Today we had an end of term treat when many of our children took part in the Rasharkin's Got Talent Competition.  We had singing, dancing, football, skipping, comedy, violins, piano and gymnastics.  Our winners this year were Lucy and Lily with a fantastic gymnastic routine.  Thanks to Mr George and Hannah for judging the competition. Click here for video


Today, our P3 and P4 children and P4 children from St Patrick's Primary School went on their end of year trip to Glenariff Forest Park.  Liz, who is the Forest Education Officer told the children all about the forest animals before taking them on a riverside walk.  As we walked along we used our senses to enjoy various aspects of the forest.  We also did the Grufallo trail before enjoying our picnic and games, overlooking the spectacular Glenariff Glen. 


Today, Sam and Alexander from P6 took part in the K'Nex final at Jordanstown University.  They had to design and build an electric powered jeep, which could go up a ramp that they had also had to make.  From the photos you can see they made a really impressive car.  Well done Sam and Alexander.


Congratulations to Hannah P5 and Emma P3 who were the winners of the Danske Bank Colouring Competition.  Hannah and Emma received their prizes from Robert in Danske Bank Ballymena.  They also got a guided tour of the Bank and even got to see all the money in the safe.


Thanks to Derek and Des from Ambassadors Football for organising a football tournament for children from our school and Carnalbanagh Primary School.  This was held at Ballymena Show Grounds.  The children were in four teams and played a mini 'World Cup Tournament'.  The winning team received a medal each, and Tyler was named ' player of the match'.  The children all enjoyed the tournament and were challenged to respect each other and encourage each other as they participated in the matches.


Congratulations to the children who received certificates for June 2018.  The certificates were awarded for -  'Being Helpful in Class', 'Good Organisation', 'Good Interest in the WAU Topic'. and 'Excellent Class Presentation Skills.


Congratulations to Isaac in P5 who was the winner of the Accelerated Reading Cup for this half term.


Today 20th June, was Prize Day for 2018 where we celebrated the many successes of our pupils throughout the year.  Our guest speaker for today was Mr Brian Poots from Forest Schools Association. He has been working alongside Mrs Calderwood and the P1 and P2 children, as part of the Shared Education Project, to introduce and encourage outdoor learning.  We are delighted that Rasharkin Primary School is now an official Forest School.  Congratulations to Mrs Calderwood who has achieved the Open College Network NI Level 3 Award in Leadership in Forest Schools.  We were also delighted to announce that Lucy's design has been chosen for our new school sign which will hopefully be on display later this year. Well done to everyone who took part in singing, playing instruments and saying a poem. Click here for Video Thanks also to the parents who served refreshments and to Mullins who provided ice cream for all of our children.


On Thursday 14th June, P1 and P2 visited Coastal Zone in Portrush. Their topic in World Around Us has been 'The Seaside', so this trip enabled the children to experience many of the things they have been looking at first hand.  At Coastal Zone, they watched feeding time at the rock pool and the tank.  The children got a chance to try on the diving equipment.  They also looked at whale bones and saw thornback rays, starfish, lobsters, and sea urchins in the tank. From the observation area the children saw lots of different seabirds.


On Wednesday 13th June, P6 and P7 attended a 'Taster Day' at Cambridge House Grammar School.  They participated in lots of activities from learning colours in Spanish, to making fruit kebabs in Home Economics.  Many thanks to Cambridge House for a really enjoyable day.


P3 and P4 had their visit to Hillstown Farm near Randalstown as part of the Open Farm Weekend.  The children had a great time feeding the chickens, and looking at the lamas.  Max the very friendly Collie dog enjoyed all the attention he was getting from our children.  Nigel took the children for a tour round the fields in the tractor pulled wagon and also in the barrel wagon, pulled by a quad. The children had fun on tractors and trucks in the yard.  After lunch the children had free play in the silage field. Thanks to Nigel for looking after everyone so well.


Four pupils had their names picked out of the box for a special lunchtime award for May.  They were, Cameron, Noah, Sam and Emma


Congratulations to the children who received certificates for May 2018.  The certificates were awarded for -  'Excellent Artwork', 'Excellent P E Skills', 'Friendship Award'. and 'Always Remembering to Choose a Healthy Break.


A big thank you to all the children who entered crafts, pictures and flowers to Ballymoney show.  Once again we had many winners and I think everyone enjoyed looking for their items at the show.  Thanks also to parents who ensured that the work was completed and returned to school on time.  The photos show some of the exhibits from our school.  All pictures are on display on the noticeboards at school.


On 5th June we had our Sports Day.  We were glad that the lovely weather continued and that so many parents and friends came along to support the children.  We had the traditional beanbag race, sprint, obstacle race and egg and spoon race.  This being Football World Cup Year, the children were divided into football country teams and had created their own mascots.  In their teams they participated in ‘Dribbleaton’, ‘Take your Throw, High or Low’, ‘World Cup Shoot Out’, ‘Jigjog’ and ‘Snack Attack’.  Congratulations to Team Portugal who were the overall winners.


On Monday 4th June our P5,6, and 7 children joined with pupils form St Patrick's Primary for their Shared Education Trip to W5.

They participated in a Construction Workshop to create a rollercoaster ride. The children developed skills in teamwork, sharing ideas, creating and problem solving.  Within the time limit, the children had created fantastic rollercoasters.

They also explored two of the learning zones and did lots of practical activities including, gravity, film and animation, construction, tug of war and interactive whiteboard.  The 'Climit' activity was one of their favourite  activities.


On Wednesday we were delighted to welcome back Professor Alan Woodside to school for our weekly assembly.  For the past number of years, he has been coming to present the Barnabas award to a child who is 'an encourager' to others. The worthy winner of the trophy this year is Robyn in P7.


Yesterday 24th May, our P7 pupils attended the Ballymoney Streetwise event.  This event, for P7 pupils,aims to raise their awareness of how to keep safe as they take on more responsibility for their own safety as they move from primary school.  The event is delivered by a number of different organisations including  Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, Dogs' Trust, Tesco, Health Trust, NIE, Translink, Home Accident Prevention, RNIB, Cancer Focus NI, Coastguards and Police Service Northern Ireland.  The children had a very good morning and received lots of valuable information.


On Thursday 17th May parents and friends of our P3 and P4 children and P4 children from St Patrick's Primary School, were invited to a World War II Vinatge Tea Party at Rasharkin Community Centre.  While the adults enjoyed delicious sandwiches, scones and tray bakes, the children showcased the work that they have been doing as part of the Shared Education 'Then and Now' topic.  Dressed in WWII outfits, the children sang songs from World War II and they demonstrated their dancing skills to the songs 'Lollipop' and 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy'  - click here for video.  The finished movies which the children have been making with the help of the Nerve Centre were also shown.  It was a really successful morning and the many parents and friends who attended the celebration were thoroughly impressed by the work the children have been doing.  Special thanks to the Nerve Centre for their work with the children on their movies.  Also to the teachers and classroom assistants who prepared for the Vintage Tea Party. 


As part of their prize for winning the Cancer Focus 'Snap the Cig' photo competition, P 6 and P7 enjoyed a great day out to Cultra.  They saw around the Folk Park and learned lots of interesting facts about how people lived in the past.