GOOD-BYE FOR NOW!

Best wishes to Mrs Henry as she starts her maternity leave.

EASTER EGG HUNT

Today was our last day before Easter and we had an Easter egg hunt. There was a lot of searching around the school grounds but eventually all the groups found their nine eggs. We hope everyone has a lovely Easter break.

ACCELERATED READING CERTIFICATES

Congratulations to all the children who received Accelerated Reading Certificates for this half term.

EASTER STEM FUN DAY

Today we had a very exciting Easter STEM Fun Day. The children all enjoyed five different activities -

Making chocolate nests, Maths Easter Hunt and Jenga Challenge, Tower building, Protect an Egg and Easter quiz.

ACCELERATED READING CUP

Congratulations to Molly P5 who was the winner of the Accelerated Reading Cup for this half term. Molly had over 70 points in her quizzes!

Easter Assembly

Our special Easter Assembly was held on 10th April 2019. Once again we were glad to welcome many parents and friends who had taken time to join us. P1 - 3 sang ‘Its Spring’ and P4 -P7 sang ‘What a Wonderful Saviour is Jesus’. Thanks to Brian Griffith who reminded everyone of the real meaning of Easter by showing some of the photos he had taken while he was in Israel.

Mrs Valerie Cubitt gave out prizes for the colouring competition organised by CLIC Sargent Cancer Charity. Thomas and Zuzanna,both from P4 were the winners.

Molly from P5 was presented with the Accelerated Reading Ccup for this half term. Thanks also to the parents who organised tea/coffee for everyone.

TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT

Andrew, Stephen, Alexander and Grace attended a table tennis tournament in the Joey Dunlop Centre yesterday. This tournament was a follow on from the table tennis coaching held earlier this year, which was run by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. The children all played really well, with each player playing ten games. We were delighted that Rasharkin team got third place in the tournament. Click her to see Andrew Stephen Alexander Grace

SCRIPTURE UNION

We were delighted to welcome back one of our past pupils, Robert Anderson to take our Assembly on Tuesday 2nd April. Robert is currently on placement with Scripture Union. Thanks to our volunteers who helped Robert tell the story of Jairus' daughter from the Bible.

WATERWAYS IRELAND CERTIFICATES

Pupils from P6 and P7 received their certificates for attending the Waterways Ireland Workshop at Portna.

SCIENCE - PUPIL WORKSHOP P4 - P7

Once again we were delighted to have Mr Terry Hasson in school to talk to children about building bridges.  P6/7 children then built bridges from K’Nex, while P4/5 used motors to make cars. They made some very spectacular bridges and great cars..

SCIENCE - PUPIL WORKSHOP P1 - P3

On Thursday 4th April we welcomed Pat from Sentinus who came to school to take various science workshop. P1 - P3 made rockets. These were launched outside and the children were really excited to see how high they went. One went right over our school.

SHARED EDUCATION FOREST SCHOOL P3 and P4

On Thursday 4th April, P3 and P4 had their second Forest School session at St Patrick’s Primary School. The activities included

  • Making stick men

  • Making bird bracelets from Cheerios for the birds to eat

  • Making mud faces

  • Making 2D and 3D shapes from sticks

HISTORY CELEBRATION DAY

P4 and P5 children and the P5 children from St Patrick’s Primary have been working together on a history of Rasharkin topic, as part of the Shared Education Programme. They have been writing about and creating eBooks about Rasharkin, then and now. On Wednesday they had a final celebration day where everyone dressed up in clothes from the past. The children showcased the ICT work that they have been doing over the past weeks. At St Patrick’s Primary, there were different activities organised, relating to the past. There was a demonstration of how to bake soda bread which everyone got to sample. The children were not too keen on the smell of the buttermilk!! They then played some playground games that would have been popular in the past. Thanks to the teachers and classroom assistants from both schools, for their work on this very interesting topic.

SPRINGTIME SCAVENGER HUNT

Today P1 and P2 along with children from St Patrick’s Primary School, had a Shared Education Day with the focus once again being ‘Springtime’. The children were learning about the different plants and flowers that can be found in our school grounds in springtime. They then went outside and had a scavenger hunt to find and name the flowers and plants.

STEM - CAR BUILDING

As part of British Science week, Kevin from Sentinus came to school on Thursday 28th March to deliver a workshop on building model cars with our P3 and P4 children. In groups of two, the children made their cars and then they raced them down a ramp to see whose car would go the furthest. They then worked on putting power into their cars using batteries and circuits. The children learned a lot of new skills from this excellent session.

DOUGHNUT TREAT

Our children once again enjoyed a ‘doughnut treat’ for eating healthy breaks over the past few weeks.

BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK

British Science Week Celebrations Launch – Wednesday 27th March

We have been delighted to have been given a ‘Kickstart Grant’ to help celebrate British Science Week.  Many different activities are planned over the next few weeks and to start it all off we had a special evening for parents and children on Wednesday 27th March. We were inspired by Mr Terry Hasson’s presentation of his work on Belfast Rise- (Sculpture at Broadway Roundabout Belfast), to build giant geodesic domes in the assembly hall.  Hasson’s Engineering Rasharkin, built the iconic dome in Belfast, after winning the contract from Belfast City Council.   Mr Hasson provided a brief overview of how the project progressed, including an excellent time lapse video.  Children and parents then moved to the assembly hall to build two giant domes, with the help of Sentinus. 

IT'S SPRINGTIME SHARED EDUCATION

P1 and P2 together with some of the P1s from St Patrick’s Primary School had a lovely Forest School shared Education day at our school.  This session was organised by Mrs Calderwood and Mrs McFadden.  The ‘Learning Intention’  for the session was for the children to ‘Learn collaboratively’  about springtime. Their activities included

  • Looking for and being aware of signs of spring in Rasharkin

  • Building nests together

  • Thinking about the types of birds that may nest in our area

  •  Identifying some plants growing in our school grounds

The children learned so much from this session and they all enjoyed the lovely sunny springtime weather.

SHARED EDUCATION ORIENTEERING

Today P6 and P7 together with P7 from St Patrick’s Primary had their first Orienteering Session. The main focus today was map work skills.