Well done Demi!

We were delighted to hear today that Demi, P5, was the Armagh Observatory & Planetarium Logo Moon Reach for the Stars Competition Winner for both KS2 and the overall winner. Her design is to be made into the sticker for summer visitors to the Planetarium.

As well as an individual prize, Demi has won a free trip for her class to the Armagh Observatory & Planetarium.

Please read the press release for more information.

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Thanks to Luke Calderwood for coming into school to take some football sessions on Thursday. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the lovely sunshine as they played outdoors.


Today our P7 children had a lovely morning out to Domino’s Pizza in Ballymena. They made their own pizzas with toppings of their own choice and then afterwards enjoyed eating them. Thanks to the staff of Domino’s for the invitation and for providing the pizzas and drinks for our children.


Dr Nicholas Wright fRNS, Community Engagement Officer, Museum Services, Ballymoney Museum secured a grant from The Royal Society that enabled P6/7 children to visit Ballylough House.  With kind permission of Ballylough Living History Trust, the children learnt about the amazing discoveries of the Trail brothers in 19th century.  Children learnt that two brothers, William and Anthony, pioneered the first hydro electric tramway, in the world, from Portrush to the Causeway.  W5 were also present to help children build their own lego model. 



A huge thank you to our P7 children for organising our end of year talent show. We had a very entertaining morning of super singing, dancing, gymnastics, football skills, comedy, puppet shows etc from many of our very talented pupils. The judges had a very tough decision to make. The winners of Rasharkin’s Got Talent 2019 were ….Susanna P5 and Hannah P6. Susanna and Hannah played a duet - Susanna on piano and Hannah on clarinet. Well done to everyone who took part.


P1 and P2 had a busy morning during outdoor play. They had four main activities:-

  • den building

  • race track

  • building site

  • playing in the garden

The children all brought their teddy bears to school and after breaktime they had a delicious teddy bears’ picnic together. Thanks to Mrs Calderwood and Miss O’Boyle for organising this. Thanks also to some of our P7 children who helped with outdoor play today.


Yesterday, our P1 to P4 children had a super outing to Rosepark Farm. The children really enjoyed seeing the animals, and especially all the animals in the petting sheds. After a long walk around the farm and through the fairyland wood, everyone had lunch and then had great fun on the bouncy castles, swings and ziplines and pedal tractors. The boys really enjoyed using the diggers in the sand area. Thanks to our two guides who looked after us so well, and gave us lots of information about the animals.


Alexander and Sam went to Ulster University Jordanstown, to take part in the K’Nex Construction Challenge Final. Their brief was to design a Ferris Wheel for a new funfair. The Ferris Wheel had to be strong and it had to rotate using an electric motor. As you can see from the photo, they made a super Ferris Wheel and although they did not win, they had a great experience alongside the many other teams taking part. They also got a chance to look around the Sentinus Event that was taking place at the University. Thanks to Lorna Wylie for accompanying the boys to Jordanstown.


On Friday 21st June, our P5,6 and 7 children enjoyed a visit to CS Lewis Square in Belfast. This is a a public space commemorating the Belfast-born author, CS Lewis. The Chronicles of Narnia have been recreated with seven bronze sculptures from 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe', including Aslan, The White Witch, Mr Tumnus, The Beavers, The Robin and The Stone Table.

Afterward they went to the Ulster Museum and saw the famous ‘Mummy’ - Takabuti.


Congratulations to Jeorgia, Alexander and Hannah who received a goody bag each from Causeway Dental Practice. Their posters promoting ‘Visiting the Dentist’ were chosen as first prize winners at Ballymoney Show.


Congratulations to Joe and Peri who have read more than a million words this year, in the Accelerated Reading Scheme.


Congratulations to Hana P4, who was the winner of the Accelerated Reading Cup for this half term.


At the end of another busy year at our school, it was time to celebrate the many successes of our pupils at our annual Prize Day.  P1 -P3 children sang the song ‘The Dandelion Clock’, and P4 - P7 - ‘A Whole New World’.  Mrs Howe in her Principal’s remarks, highlighted the exceptional opportunities our children have been given, both in the academic learning environment, and in many other wider areas, which has enabled our children to have a well rounded education. 

Mr Fred Corscadden was our special guest.  He has been working with P6 and P7 on Map Reading and Orienteering skills over the past few months.  Mr Corscadden spoke to our children about the opportunities  they have here at Rasharkin Primary School, and he also spoke to the P7 children about moving on to their new schools in September.  He reminded us that the best guide for our lives is the Bible.

Certificates and Prizes for Achievement in Literacy and Numeracy were presented, followed by Cups and Trophies.  Rev Blue thanked Mrs Howe for her exceptional leadership at Rasharkin Primary School.  

Thanks to the many parents and friends who came along to Prize Day.  We wish all our P7 pupils success as they move to their new schools in September.


Thank you to our Scripture Union Team, Laura Calderwood, Bob Anderson, Lorna Wylie and Hazel Bamford who have come along to deliver the Scripture Union ‘It’s Your Move!’ programme to our P7 children. This programme is designed to help children to prepare for their move from primary school to secondary school.


Today a member of staff from Patrick Kennedy’s Pharmacy came to school. He talked to the P5 children about keeping safe in the sun and distributed leaflets about Sun Safety to them.


On Friday 14th June P5 -P7 pupils together with pupils from St Patrick’s Primary School went to Portglenone Forest. Here they used their map reading skills to find clues around the forest trails. Thanks to Liz who is the Forest Education Officer for setting the trail up for our children.


Congratulations to our special Lunchtime Award winners for June.


Assembly awards for June 2109 were presented for ‘Progress in Numeracy’, ‘Being Kind and Caring’, ‘Excellent Handwriting’ and Good Contribution to P.D.M.U.’


Sports Day was held on Tuesday 11th June. We were grateful for a dry afternoon which allowed our children to enjoy their races - beanbag, obstacle, running and egg and spoon. The golf equipment which we received as part of a grant for the Open Golf Championships, provided great entertainment and competition in the team games. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way, and a special thanks to some of our former pupils who came along to lend a helping hand. Thanks also to the many parents and friends who came along to support their children on Sports Day.

Woodhall Thurs Activities

The children rounded off their very energetic week with challenging themselves on three different levels of the climbing wall and a second zip line session. They then enjoyed a BBQ lunch and some toasted marshmallows before returning to school happy, but exhausted!