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December 2017


The programme and activities during December are centred around the excitement and enjoyment of Christmas so there is plenty of glitter, shiny silver/gold things and red and green in use. Our aim remains, of course to provide good learning opportunities for all the children.


Parent Volunteers

December is a very busy time in Nursery school- we are always grateful for parent volunteers willing to help with any Christmas arts/crafts/general activities. Let us know if you can help in any way. Thank you for all your support.



Applications for P1 are available online (29th November) or can be collected from local primary schools.


Application forms for nursery are available online (29th November) or by calling in person to school. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 10th January at 12 noon.


Open Days for Primary Schools


Elmgrove Primary- 5th December (Avoniel Site)

Belmont Primary- Contact Belmont School Office to arrange an appointment

Dundela Primary- Contact Dundela School Office to arrange an appointment

Greenwood Primary- Contact Greenwoods Principal for an appointment.

Euston Street Primary- 30th November

Harding Memorial Primary- 11th December

Loughview Integrated Primary- 30th November

Nettlefield Primary- Contact Nettlefield School Office to arrange an appointment

St Josephs Primary- 29th November

Victoria Park Primary School-14th December


More details can be found by visiting the Primary Schools Websites, or contacting their school office directly.


Cold Weather

Please bring in a set of hats/gloves for your child (labelled with their name) to stay in school. No scarves/snoods are permitted.







On Thursday 7th December we will be having a ‘Christmas Movie’ Afternoon in our Nursery. Time -4pm. Please come along and enjoy watching a movie on our big screen with your family in a warm, relaxed and child friendly environment.

We have secured funding from Family Friendly Belfast to provide some ‘winter warming food’. A warm buffet of soup and stew made from seasonal locally grown ingredients.


We also invite you to bring along your favourite winter warming recipe to share with other families through seesaw.


This is a free event as Belfast City Council have enabled us to provide/cover food and admission.


A snack pack will also be available to purchase at the cost price of £1- this will include a drink and some sweets.


Would you be able to confirm if you are able to attend (and numbers attending) by Friday 1st December? A sign up sheet is outside your childs classroom.




We will be selling photograph fridge magnets. They will have a beautiful photo of your child and make excellent stocking fillers. Price £2 each. If you wish to place an order, please let your teacher know asap.




We hope that you are enjoying the seesaw app. Please let us know if you have any thoughts/ideas for its use. Remember, the Q code may be shared with other family members- they are bound by the same confidentiality/social media agreement which was signed at the outset.


There are a few special events that have been arranged, as follows:



The Principal and staff of Harding Memorial Primary School have most kindly invited our children to view a performance of the KS1 Christmas Nativity. We will travel by bus (provided by Harding Memorial) to the show, and will be back in nursery in time for







We will be holding an Open Evening from 7pm-8pm for parents interested in sending their child to Ravenscroft next year. Please pass on this information to anyone interested.



Visit from Santa’s E.L.F. (Environmental Litter Friend), who will discuss environmental issues with the children



‘Jumping Clay’ Christmas Workshop for parents 9.30-10.30, with our Jumping Clay expert Miss Steed. Please let us know in advance if you wish to come along so we can order/organise materials, thanks.




The Principal and staff of Elmgrove Primary School (Old Avoniel Site) have most kindly invited our children to view a performance of the KS1 Christmas show. We will travel by bus to and from the school. We need some parent volunteers for this please. We will return by bus to nursery for dinners.



The Children will have Christmas dinner today

Christmas Dinner” provided by school meals. We try to make this a special meal time by decorating the tables, having crackers and Xmas music



Pamper morning for parents hosted by Siobhain our parent worker.


CS Lewis Square hosting an event between 12.30-1.30pm. We plan to bring the Children over to join in the festivities. We would love to have as many parents along as volunteers, and to enjoy the event. Children to be picked up at CS Lewis Square that day at 1.30pm. More details to follow regarding arrangements for pickup.



You are invited to watch the Christmas nativity concert performed by the children of Ravenscroft at 11.00am. Please note that we operate a no camera phone/camera policy. Videos of the concert will be made available on seesaw as will individual photos of each child. Thankyou for your co-operation.

Children go home at end of concert (no dinner).



Last day of term. Christmas party for the children, AND Santas Grotto. No uniform!

School finishes at 11.30am (no dinner).


The school opens again on Wednesday 3rd January at 9.00am. (Morning room 8.30am)


Don’t forget to keep your Christmas cards/stamps and we will recycle them