'CAUGHT ON CAMERA'

On Thursday we had a visit from Ken the school photographer.  Everyone was looking very neat and tidy. We are looking forward to having the photographs in the next few weeks. 

P6 AND P7 P.D.M.U. N.I. ASSEMBLY

This half term in P.D.M.U (Personal Development and Mutual Understanding),the P6 and P7 children have been looking at who makes our laws and who makes decisions that will help to make Northern Ireland a better place to live.  They are also focusing on what children can do to help make this happen.

James, from N.I. Assembly Education came to do a workshop with P6/7.  He told them how the Assembly works, and how laws are made.  They also learned how our voting system works and they got the opportunity to do a pretend election.  The Technology Party got the most votes. Maybe the promise of a free mobile phone to everyone, helped sway the vote in their favour

P1 and P2 OUTDOOR LITERACY

P2 have been learning how to write lists.  During Outdoor Play, they collected five items and put them into bags. They then made a list of all the items they had collected.  P1 children collected five items and they took turns to describe some of the items in their bags.

GARDENING

Thanks to all our children who eagerly helped to plant bulbs and flowers at the front of school.  We are looking forward to watching them grow.

ROYAL AIR FORCE WINGS APPEAL

Each year our children get the opportunity to support this charity by buying, badges, teddy bears and ducks.  Thanks to everyone who supported the appeal and to the P7 children who gave up some of their lunchtime to sell the badges.

CASTLE BUILDING!

P4 and P5 were given another STEM Challenge.  This time in their groups, they had to build a castle with Lego.  It had to contain moving parts and be around 20 cms tall.  They created some wonderful castles with moving doors and revolving tables.   One castle even had a swimming pool.  The winning castle was built by, Ewan, Sam, Emma, Ethan, Cameron, Hana and Oliver. 

RADAR

RADAR

On Thursday 4th October P6 and P7 travelled to RADAR in Belfast.  RADAR stands for Risk Avoidance Danger Awareness Resource.  The children all really enjoyed and benefitted from their visit to RADAR and were given lots of practical information on road safety, personal safety. fire safety, and dangers of alcohol and being a good citizen.  One of the main areas covered was Internet Safety, which is becoming an increasing danger to even primary school children with the use of ‘Snap Chat’ etc.

Detailed below is information that the children were given, to help keep them safe online:

  • all setting should be set to private

  • don’t share personal details online

  • don’t invite someone to be a ‘friend’, if you don’t know him or her well enough to invite to your house

  • Use ‘Ghost Mode Snap Chat’, otherwise everyone can see where you are even if you are not using Snap Chat.

LIBRARY VAN

Once again we are delighted that the library van is calling at school once every two weeks. Children in P3 - P5 have the opportunity to take out books from the van.  The older children are always excited to get books that they can do Accelerated Reading quizzes on!

SCHOOL COUNCIL

Nine children from P4-P7 have been chosen to serve on School Council.  All our children wrote a manifesto giving reasons why they should be chosen to be on the School Council.  There was then a class vote, and the following children were elected:- Lily, Emily, Harley, Ella, Jodie, Lucy, Oliver, Emma and Sam.  In assembly, the nine new School Council members read their manifestos.  They are now looking forward to working alongside the teachers, to try to implement some of the changes that pupils have suggested, to make our school a better place.

ASSEMBLY AWARDS SEPTEMBER

Congratulation to all the pupils who received certificates for September.  Certificates were awarded for ‘Being Kind and Caring’, ‘Great Reading’, ‘Good Organisation’, and ‘Excellent Class Presentation Skills’.

Parent Information

Parents and carers may find these sites useful. 

This is the link to the ‘Take a Peek’ campaign, to help combat head lice.

http://www.onceaweektakeapeek.com/

This link is to an interesting article challenging adults in how we allow our children to experience and deal with risk in their play. 

Play Challenge

SPORTS TASTER SESSIONS

Rasharkin Primary and St Patrick's Primary School have been working together over the past number of years in the Shared Education Project.   This year P5 - P7 have been joining with St Patrick’s children for six Sports Taster Sessions at the pitch at Rasharkin Community Centre, and later at Dunloy Sports Academy.  They have all enjoyed football, Gaelic football, cricket and handball.  Thanks to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council for funding these sessions

HOCKEY COACHING

P4 - P7 had their first Hockey Coaching session on Wednesday after school.  John their coach from Causeway & Glens Borough Council, taught them new skills this week and will continue to do so over the next few weeks. 

Let's Sing

Today in assembly, we all got the chance to sing a lovely new song called ‘Everything I am’.  Thanks to Flora, Emma and Hana from P4 for volunteering to sing part of the song on their own. 

STORM ALI!

‘Storm Ali’ gave P1s and P2s the perfect opportunity to gather some leaves at break time.  Have a look at some of the fantastic pictures they made using the leaves.

P1 NUMERACY

P1 have only been in school for a couple of weeks but they have already settled into the school routines.  In numeracy they have been following their ‘Numeracy Taskboard’.  They have been - 

  • playing with numbers

  • developing hand strength by rolling play dough

  • learning to share and take turns during numeracy games

TOWER BUILDING

P4 and P5 were given a STEM challenge. In groups, they had to build a paper tower construction that would be able to stand on its own.  They were given twelve sheets of paper and masking tape and were not allowed to use any other materials. They looked at towers from around the world for design inspiration.  Some of the towers were very tall but the winning tower was the group whose tower was able to stand unaided.  Heidi, James, Tom, Emma and Ethan had the winning design.  It was 60 cms high. A few children from P6 and P7 gave them a helping hand to finish off their towers.

POTATO HARVEST

On Friday P3 and P4 were very excited to see if the potatoes that had been planted earlier this year, had grown.  They were not disappointed!  They had great fun pulling the tops and gathering the potatoes.  They had quite a crop.

LUNCHTIME PRAYER

At the beginning of each new school year, all our children get a chance to write a lunchtime prayer.  The winning prayer is then said every day, before lunch is taken.  We had some excellent prayers from the different classes.  The overall winner was Stephen in P7.  Wiktor P3, Ethan P4,  Lucy P5, Annie P5 and Alexander P7 also received prizes for their prayers.