Our assemblies continue this month with Mrs Hamill’s children on Friday 8 November 2013, Miss Murphy’s children on *Thursday 14 November 2013 and a joint P4 assembly on Friday 22 November 2013. As always, all assemblies begin at 9.30am and parents and friends are very welcome to attend. *Please note that Miss Murphy’s class assembly is on a Thursday.
This year, our Primary 2 and Primary 3 children will be inviting their parents to their Christmas shows on Thursday 12 December and Thursday 5 December respectively. Each show will be in the school assembly hall and will begin at 1.00pm promptly. Parents are advised to put this date in their diaries as they are always very popular events which no-one wants to miss! Primary 2 children are presenting ‘Whoops a Daisy Angel’ and Primary 3 children are presenting ‘The Hoity Toity Angel’. Tickets, priced £3 per family, will be available at the door.
Each of our Primary 1 children will be inviting their parents to a special presentation of the Nativity just before the end of term. Dates for these 3 events are being sent home separately.
The KS2 Carol Service will take place in St Therese Church on Tuesday 17 December at 1.30pm. Family and friends are very welcome to join us on this wonderful celebration of the true meaning of Christmas. The Nativity is told through song, verse and music and will be led by our school orchestra and children from P5 – P7. We hope you are able to join with us for this special celebration.
Anti-Bullying Week takes place from 18 November until 22 November. Anti-Bullying Week 2013 will focus on the theme of, ‘I See, I Hear, I Feel’. This theme looks at how young people communicate with each other, both online and in the physical world, and the ways in which bullying can happen as part of this. This could include name-calling, teasing, mocking, spreading gossip, nasty text messages and unpleasant online posts. The children will be engaged in a number of activities to highlight this important issue. More information is available at www.niabf.org.uk
This year, our P1 – P4 children will be going to the Lyric Theatre to see ‘Cinderella’ on Friday 6 December 2013. Our P5 – P7 children will be going to the Waterfront Hall on Wednesday 4 December to see ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. Both of these classic tales should make for extremely entertaining mornings for the children! As before, due to the kind assistance from our Parents’ Association, we are able once again to subsidise the price of the ticket, which remains the same as the last few years - £8 per child. Letters with further details will be going home shortly.
FUNDRAISING – NI HOSPICE
By now, all families will have received a special ’Walls of Hope’ fundraising booklet and we hope you are having fun finding out where all the walls are! By all accounts so far, a few of them are certainly testing the observation skills of our children, parents and staff! Please give this appeal your generous support as all monies raised are going to the NI Hospice which desperately needs funds to complete their building project. Thank you.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our P7 children who will shortly be sitting Entrance Tests for Post-Primary Schools, every success in the coming months. The children have been working extremely hard and our thoughts and prayers are with them as they sit the tests this month.
Our P7 children are being given the opportunity to take part in a residential at the Share Centre, Enniskillen, in March 2014. Letters have just been sent home regarding this venture. Deposits should be paid by Friday 29 November 2013 to secure a place on the residential.
PUNCTUALITY WEEK 11– 15 NOVEMBER
Our first Punctuality Week this year is from 11 – 15 November 2013. Parents will be aware of the importance of excellent attendance and punctuality at school. Children should be in their lines each morning, ready for the Morning Prayer, at 8.55am. Following this important start to the day, the children are then ready to begin their day’s work and play. Whilst the punctuality of the majority of our children is very good, there is always room for improvement. We would ask everyone to make a special effort to attend school on time. The year group which currently needs to improve the most is P2. The winning class in each key stage will get a prize so the challenge is there, P2! Let’s see if you can be a winner!
SCHOOL COUNCIL NEWS
Thank you to all those children who ran for the School Council elections. The election speeches provided much food for thought, for pupils and teachers alike. Congratulations to our new school councillors: Eoin Conroy, Catriona Lindsay, Anna Muller, Aisling O’Hara, Meabh Maguire, Keelan Smyth, Rose Sheridan and Eoin Mackey. The children have already come up with some fascinating ideas and are working hard on their first edition of the School Buzz, which will be out in the next few weeks.
HELPING AT HOME WITH MATHS – PARENT WORKSHOP
Have you ever wondered how mathematics has changed since you were at school? Are there occasions when you wish you could help your child more with their homework? If the answer to these two questions is ‘Yes!’ –
then this is the workshop for you.
Timothy Doyle has been employed in SELB for over 10 years as an Advisory Teacher in Numeracy (Primary). He recently completed a Post Graduate Cert/Diploma in Maths Recovery at Strathclyde University making him one of only two Maths Recovery Trainers in Northern Ireland. Timothy will be running this workshop for parents of Primary 4, 5 and 6 children on Wednesday 20 November at 7.00pm. He will discuss simple, yet effective methods, outlining how parents can help their children at home. He will be discussing practical maths in the home, websites, challenging games and mental maths strategies. The evening will be both entertaining and informative so please come along and learn how you can do more to help your child at home. Letters are going home shortly with more details.
SUPPORTING LITERACY SKILLS AT HOME – PARENT WORKSHOP
A Literacy workshop for parents of children in P1, P2, P3 and P4, related to The Linguistic Phonics Programme, will take place on Monday 25 November at 2.15pm. The workshop will give parents an opportunity to see the format of a phonics lesson and observe a variety of phonics games and activities to support their child’s learning. Information will also be available at the workshop to use with your child at home. An invitation to this workshop will be sent out by your child’s class teacher shortly.
MACBETH AT THE MAC
What a wonderful night the 16 October this year turned out to be as our P6 Shakespeare cast performed their wonderful production of Macbeth in the MAC. We were immensely proud of our children’s achievements. The Regional Coordinator of the project, Eibhlish Fleming gave this appraisal of the performance:
"As I said last night, it really was a fantastic production of Macbeth - your students told the story with such enthusiasm and energy. I loved your use of the director's board to switch the focus of the story. There were
brilliant moments: the opening entrances; the use of rhythm and chanting, and the physical puppet-master-type performance from the witches; your committed ensemble throughout, who created the atmosphere of the piece with such poise and professionalism. It was a beautiful example of ensemble theatre, and it really brought the drama of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's plotting to us in a creative and exciting way. In a short space of time
you took the audience on a real journey and your cast truly had us captivated. It was clear that they had not only grasped the meaning of the language, but that they were also enjoying using it - no mean feat for a young cast! They were independent, committed and truly professional performers. I hope they left the theatre standing tall, full of pride in their achievements.”
Thank you again to all of our P6 boys and girls who took part, our parents who offered support and encouragement and all those who came to support the project.
NORTH BELFAST LANTERN PARADE
Miss Gargan’s P4 children recently had the fantastic opportunity to work with local artists from the New Lodge Arts Project, designing and creating beautiful lanterns for the North Belfast Lantern Parade. The finished dragonfly lanterns were beautiful and created a colourful spectacle around the classroom. The parade took place on Wednesday 30 October 2013 at 6.00pm. It travelled from Crumlin Road Gaol to the Waterworks Park. Many of our P4 children joined in with their lanterns on display and were very proud of their creations. Well done, children!
MATHS WEEK IRELAND 2013
In October students from St.Malachy’s College came into our school during ‘Maths Week Ireland’ and had great fun doing mathematics activities with Primary 2 and P4 children. The boys were great role models and are very keen to come back to work with the children again. They found the children very enthusiastic workers!! Well done everyone!
MERCY COLLEGE PRIMARY TRANSITION PROGRAMME
The P7 children have been invited to participate in a 3 day programme organised by Mercy College Belfast to aid transition form primary to post primary. The children have currently completed the business programme in association with Junior Apprentice and the head girl from Mercy College. They had the opportunity to enter the world of business by working in teams to draw up mind maps that highlighted product names and profitable pricing. The final 2 days will consist of a STEM challenge (science, technology, engineering and maths) and a Health4LIFE workshop engaging the children in the concepts of being proactive in leading balanced and healthy lifestyles.
Mrs O’Prey’s P5 class is involved in a North South schools-based project that brings pupils together using technology. Entitled ‘The Dissolving Boundaries Programme’, the initiative has been running since 1999 and is funded by the two Departments of Education and managed by the University of Ulster and National University of Ireland, Maynooth. It aims to develop principles of good citizenship through collaborative project work which means that our school will have a partner in the Republic of Ireland –‘Mullingar Educate Together’ school. Pupils in the two schools will correspond with each other and work in collaboration on the topic of ‘Our Local Area’.
ST THERESE OF LISIEUX SCHOOL GAELIC TEAM
The Belfast Schools’ Gaelic League started in early September. Our Primary 6/7 boys and girls participated in their first game together against Holy Rosary PS. After a hard fought encounter St Therese were unfortunate to come off losing by 3 points. It was a fantastic display with St Therese leading for most of the game only to be denied by two late opposition goals. Unfortunately recent games have been cancelled due to poor weather. Hopefully they can be completed in November.
BIKE IT PROGRAMME NEWS
The school Bike It champions, Mrs Hamill and Ms Scannell have some brilliant and exciting news to announce this month. St Therese of Lisieux Primary School has achieved the ‘Silver Award’ from Sustrans! Over the last year we have all worked so hard to achieve this award and the Bike It champions are understandably very proud of all the children who helped achieve this award so soon after we got the Bronze award. Celebration plans will be announced at a later date. Well done to everyone and keep up the cycling, scooting or walking to school!
A huge congratulations to everyone who got involved in this year’s Spooky Cycle. Beth Harding, our Sustrans schools Bike It champion, came to help judge the entries and she found it very difficult to pick the winners, so well done to everyone for your efforts. A special congratulation to all our winners!
As we continue to promote healthy living in our school, with many different enrichment programmes throughout the school such as our Bike It initiative, we would like to remind everyone of our Healthy Break Policy where children should bring only fruit to eat at break-time. Children may also bring in a small bottle of still water to drink throughout the day. Parents are also reminded that nuts or food containing nuts such as peanut butter, should never be brought into school. Thank you for your support in these matters.
MUSIC TUITION FEES
Tuition fees for Term 1, for children who receive instrumental tuition provided by the Belfast School of Music, are now due. Where possible, parents are asked to call in at the school office to pay the fee. Once the fee has been paid, parents will be issued with a receipt. Letters have already been sent home to parents regarding this payment. Please contact school office should you require further details.
THE ASSOCIATION OF THE FRIENDS OF ST THERESE
Following their successful Halloween Discos, the Association will be holding a ‘Movie Night’ on Monday 18 November in the school assembly hall. Details are as follows:
P1-P3 ‘Arthur Christmas’ 5pm-6.40pm
P4-P7 ‘Elf’ 7pm-8.40pm
Cost is £2.50 per child which includes refreshments. Prompt attendance please, as film needs to begin on time. We hope to see lots of the children for a great evening’s entertainment!
Dates for your Diary
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