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Racecourse Rd
Londonderry, BT48 7RE
United Kingdom

028 7126 6241

Events

BIG BEDTIME READ

Jennifer Marshall

Our opening Big Bedtime Read event takes place on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6th February 2019 from 6.15 pm - 7.15 pm.

Keep one of these evenings free to attend school with your child!

Settling In Questionnaire - Feedback

Jennifer Marshall

Thanks to all the parents who took the time to complete our Settling In and Getting Ready to Learn questionnaires.

 The Getting Ready to Learn questionnaires will be used to gauge progress following our Big Bedtime Read, Happy Healthy Kids and Ages and Stages programmes which will commence this term.

 We were delighted with the responses to our Settling In Questionnaire in particular comments on our parent evenings with Mrs Canning, our Speech and Language Therapist, and Mrs Doherty, Occupational Therapist.  So many parents found the tips and advice very useful not only for their nursery aged child but for other children too. 

 Settling in can be a challenge for many children and their parents.  We do try to keep parents informed of how their child is coping.  We’re sorry if some parents found it hard to hear that their child was finding it difficult, we want parents to work with us and need them to be aware of the problems so we can address them together.

 Many parents commented that they enjoyed the Stay and Play sessions which incorporated their parent teacher meeting.  We apologise if there was some confusion around the meetings, choosing a classroom or office based meeting, we’ll try our best next time to ensure this is communicated more effectively.  Our next Parent Teacher meetings will take place before Easter, at the end of the year we do a written report for parents which is also forwarded on to your child’s next school.

 Children get a varied snack at school.  We are very limited in what we should offer as it has to be a healthy snack but once a week children usually get a biscuit or two, this tends to be on a busy day when there are other activities happening in school.  Snack for the week is displayed on the staff room door in the hall area.  Generally during the week we have a day for toast, cereal, crackers with cheese and ham or a biscuit, we might also do muffins, yogurts or Actimel.  Every day there is a selection of fruit available for children along with milk or water.  All children are encouraged to come for snack.

 Many parents have been making use of the photographs of their child’s class, discussing their day, naming their friends, etc don’t worry if your child doesn’t know everyone in class, some children will only know the friends that they play with and that’s ok.

 We are glad many parents have adapted some of our positive behaviour strategies, for example using the thinking chair, and have found this promotes good behaviour at home.

 We do take lots of photographs throughout your child’s year.  We do not have permission to display every child’s photo on our website and have decided to use our facebook page for information only.  However we do display photos on our tv in the hall area and many will be printed out and sent home at the end of the year.

Staff Training Day

Jennifer Marshall

School will be closed on Monday 28th January for staff training. Staff are getting ready for special experience at Belmont Nursery School… watch this space!!!

Yoga

Jennifer Marshall

Children will be attending yoga on a Wednesday with experience instructor and nursery teacher Sinead Burley. Children should wear comfortable clothing on Wednesdays, tracksuit bottoms, leggings etc. Also they should wear velcro shoes they can take on and off themselves.

Christmas Holidays

Jennifer Marshall

We are extending the Christmas holidays as there is some maintenance work being carried out on our heating system. Children start back on Monday 7th January 2019. The school had been holding an additional holiday for throughout the year so this has been allocated to allow for this work.

Christmas Party

Jennifer Marshall

The afternoon class should attend on the morning of Friday 21st December for the Christmas Party. Children can come into school from 8.45 am.

Home times

AM Class 11.00 am

PM Class 11.15 am

FT Class 11.30 am

Jungle King Visit

Jennifer Marshall

We’re all going to Jungle King on Monday 19th November. We’ll all be attending from 10-11 so this means that the afternoon class will attend during the morning. The afternoon class will come in at 8.45 am and get out at 11.30 am. There’ll be no separate afternoon class this day as all staff are attending training.

Mid Term Break

Jennifer Marshall

School will be closed all week Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November.

We reopen on Monday 5th November.

Happy Halloween, stay safe, enjoy trick and treating and the fireworks!

Halloween

Jennifer Marshall

We’re having a Halloween party on Friday 26th October. Children can come dressed up (please name all the costume parts!) Don’t worry if they don’t want to dress up we’ve load of costumes if they change their mind.

Buddy will be entertaining us with some magic and jokes.

Click here for some Halloween songs to enjoy at home.

Forest School

Jennifer Marshall

All children will get the opportunity to visit the Forest School at the Playtrail twice each term, Click here for further information about this unique learning experience. We welcome parents/grandparents to attend with their child/grandchild. Not only do children love sharing this experience and love seeing you in their school but you might learn something too!!! Click here to view the different class groups and the dates they’ll be attending.

Children can wear/bring wellies for the Forest School adventure. They may like to wear a fleece jacket, the school provides red water proof suits for all children to wear in wet weather. If children are wearing hats, scarves etc please ensure they are named.

Parent/Teacher Meetings

Jennifer Marshall

Parents can sign up to meet with their child’s teacher. Parents have the option of an office based meeting or can come into the classroom for approx 1 hour, play with their child and see how they enjoy the busy classroom. The teacher will take 10 minutes for an individual chat with parents. If none of the times displayed suit working parents please contact the office for an alternative time/date.

Coffee Morning & Afternoon

Jennifer Marshall

You’re all invited to our coffee morning/afternoon taking place on Thursday 27th September. We’ve a session at 9 am and another at 12.15 pm. Feel free to bring someone with you, the more the merrier!

Parent Governor

Jennifer Marshall

We’re looking for a parent to join of team of Governors. Do you feel you would have skills to bring to our Board? Click here for further information - don’t be shy!

Settling In Questionnaire

Jennifer Marshall

Thanks to all the parents who took the time to complete our questionnaires.  We have had some time to read all the responses and have collated some of the comments.  We value your opinions/feedback and believe this is a time for you to share any concerns/issues, we're always looking to improve so we hope you will be happy with our responses and/or action we have taken as a result.  Click here to view comments/responses.  Please remember that if you have any concerns throughout the year we would encourage you to share these with us so that we can address them.