Our class assemblies are a great opportunity for the children to celebrate the work they are doing in class to develop their faith and grow in love for one another and for God. Assemblies continue this month with Mrs Mc Clurg/Mrs Mc Williams’ P2 class presenting their assembly on Friday 11 October. Ms Dorman’s P2 class will present their assembly on Friday 18 October and Mrs
Mc Ilwaine’s P4 class will present their assembly on Friday 25 October. Assemblies start at 9.30am. As always, parents, grandparents and family members are warmly invited to attend.
MASS FOR ST THERESE AND NEW SCHOOL YEAR
On Tuesday 1st October, the children in Primary 5 to Primary 7 celebrated Mass for the opening of the new school year. The Mass took place on the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux and the children were led in prayers by Fr. Paul Strain. Deacon Andrew Black also officiated at the ceremony. Fr Paul congratulated the children for their enthusiastic participation in the ceremony and of course, for their beautiful singing and their reverence in the church. We hope the children enjoyed the Mass and that it has set them well on their way to a very happy and successful year in our school. Well done, once again, girls and boys!
FUNDRAISING NI HOSPICE
The children, their parents, grandparents and friends of St Therese of Lisieux Primary School have enjoyed a long and distinguished association with supporting those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Indeed, in the last seven years we have raised almost £70,000 for good causes. We warmly congratulate everyone for their tremendous efforts.
This term, we hope to offer our support to the NI Hospice for their ‘Wall of Hope’ campaign. A representative from the NI Hospice, John Philips, will speak with the children in the coming weeks, after which an activity based fundraising event will be launched. The children in KS1 and KS2 will be treated to a show as a reward. Further details to follow.
EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES
I would like to thank everyone for making our European Day of Languages such a huge success. I am sure you will agree the children (and teaching staff!) all looked fantastic in their Spanish colours. The girls and boys from St Malachy’s College and Dominican College commented on how impressed they were with our children as they participated fully and enjoyed the lessons they provided for them. We would like to thank Fabienne Nugier, a parent of one of our Primary 5 children, for teaching the Primary 1 children French songs and poems.
The Spanish dancing in the hall on Friday afternoon was fantastic. All the children had lots of fun participating and learning some new dance moves.
BIG COFFEE MORNING
A huge thank you to all the staff in St Therese of Lisieux for their amazing baking skills which helped to make our coffee morning such a wonderful success. Thanks also to those parents who kindly contributed with delicious cakes and buns. A morning filled with chat and laughter was had by all and yet again our kind parents and their families gave generously. We raised £846.05 to support the NI Hospice! Many thanks to everyone involved.
At lunchtime, the children have been enjoying playing a variety of games and sports with our Lunchtime Activities programme. P4-P7 pupils have been doing a fantastic job as leaders for the activities. All the children in P4-P7 will have the opportunity to be a leader throughout the year. Since introduced a number of years ago, the lunchtime activities have always been a huge success and greatly benefit the children, not just in terms of their physical health and well-being but also in the development of their social skills. Activities rotate, so there should be plenty of variety for the children.
MACBETH AT THE MAC
On the 1st of October the P6 cast of Macbeth visited the Mac theatre and took part in an actor’s workshop to share their ideas with fellow performers and drama coaches. It was a fantastic afternoon and all the children contributed with great energy and enthusiasm. The children were also introduced to the stage where they will perform Macbeth on 16 Oct in the MAC. Ticket allocation details to follow.
As you are all aware we have successfully achieved our Green Flag for ECO Schools!!! A big thank you goes to the ECO leaders and all the ECO helpers for all their hard work over the past few years. To celebrate this wonderful award we are hoping to have a whole school celebration. We will be sending home suggestion forms for pupils to put forward ideas on how best to celebrate our Green Flag achievement.
We have had another successful year taking part in the Sustrans ‘Bike it’. Ms Scannell and Mrs Hamill are the school ‘Bike It’ champions who will be promoting ‘Bike It’ throughout the school with lots of fun cycle days and competitions.
This year’s first Bike It challenge will be held on Tuesday 29 October. We are asking the children to cycle or scoot to school on their spooky bike or spooky scooter. There will be lots of prizes given out to the scariest creation. So get decorating!! We look forward to seeing all your Haunted Halloween Horrors!
POETRY IN MOTION
Over the next couple of weeks the boys and girls in Mrs McIlwaine’s P4 class will be working alongside Mr Jonee Hicks, our poet-in-residence.
The class have already met Mr Hicks and have taken part in some fun writing activities. We are looking forward to reading all their wonderful poems over the next couple of months.
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH- OCTOBER 2013
The Primary 4 children will be celebrating National Poetry Month through a range of poetry activities linked to their World Around Us studies. Mrs McIlwaine’s class are working with a local poet and will be performing their poems at a date later in the year in the Waterfront.
EXTENDED SCHOOLS- PARENT CLUBS/CLASSES
Due to the huge success of last year’s Parent Clubs/Classes programme we will be organising a programme of classes again this year. We hope to provide some new activities to ensure all parents and friends have the opportunity to avail of the Extended School Programme. Further information will be sent out next week.
It is that time of year again when we will be holding our School Council elections for Primary 4 – Primary 7 children. Over the coming week, those children who would like to run for the school council will be asked to prepare and deliver a short speech for their classmates, highlighting their special qualities which would be of great benefit on our council. Good luck to all our candidates!!
May we also take the opportunity to thank our school council members from last year, who helped out on many fundraising events and new initiatives within the school. They were excellent role models for their peers. Well done to all!!
The school photographer will be visiting the school on Thursday 17 October to take class photographs of P1 and P7 children only. Individual and family photographs will be taken in Term 2.
We are delighted to announce that two Irish Premier League stars have been recruited by our school to help coach our soccer club for the year. Liam Boyce and Conor Devlin, both playing with champions Cliftonville FC, have already begun putting the Primary 3 and Primary 6 boys through their paces. It is a fantastic opportunity for our children to learn from high quality coaches with a wealth of experience playing at the top level. This year the school soccer team will be participating in some competitions which will commence in the New Year. Soccer club will also be available to other age groups throughout the year.
The school Gaelic club has continued on from last year’s success adding some new recruits from Primary 6. The club will now help formulate the team that will represent the school in the Belfast Schools’ Gaelic league. Our first game will be against Holy Rosary on Monday 7 October. The game will be played at Cherryvale pitches on Ravenhill Road, throw in 3.15pm. Information on other games will follow. All children must wear a safety mouth guard if selected for this squad. These will no longer be provided by school but can be purchased from any sports store.
IT PROJECT WITH EDMUND RICE
Miss Doherty’s P.7 class have been invited to participate in a scheme in Edmund Rice College, Hightown Road, Glengormley to help promote ICT, Science and Technology to Primary 7 pupils. The pupils will be designing name plates using industrial software. They will upload their designs to a CNC Router where they will observe how their design is routered into oak laminate wood. This gives the pupils the opportunity to experience how products can be made in industry. This will be a fun and rewarding scheme where the children have the opportunity to develop their ICT, Science and Technology skills.
ASSOCIATION OF THE FRIENDS OF ST THERESE
The Association will be holding their Halloween Disco on Monday 28 October 2013,
P1-P4 6 – 7.00pm
Letters from The Association were sent home yesterday, asking for parents’ support. Please give their appeal serious consideration as they urgently need your support, if they are to continue to organise fundraising events.
Dates for your Diary
P3 Enrolment Ceremony 6 November St Therese Church 7.00pm
P7 Pre-Sacramental Meeting 2 December School 7.00pm
P5-P7 Pantomime Visit 4 December Waterfront 9.30am
P3 Christmas Show 5 December School 1.00pm
P1-P4 Pantomime Visit 6 December Lyric 9.30am
P2 Christmas Show 12 December School 1.00pm
KS2 Carol Service 17 December St Therese Church 1.30pm
Open Day 18 December School 10am – 12noon
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