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October 18 Newsletter Translatable version



The settling-in process is going well and all the children are now admitted. Settling in is a difficult disruptive time in families. We appreciate the time and effort you have all made, ensuring a good start to school for your child. The staff are looking forward to spending the year with the children, fostering and monitoring their development.


During the first half term we concentrate on getting to know each other, getting to know about our school and our routines and learning to be as independent as possible.


There are photographs of all the children in your child’s class in the classroom. Why not use these to talk to your child about his/her friends?

Nursery Routines and independence

Already many children can:

  • Find their own names and stick them onto paintings or registration board
  • Choose and put up own page on painting easel
  • Put finished artwork on drier
  • Help themselves to snack and take care of any empties and leftovers.
  • Help each other with aprons
  • Put on/ help each other put on a coat at playground time.
  • Manage independently at toilet and wash time
  • Help to tidy up toys and keep the classroom clean and organised.

This month we begin the theme of ‘myself’, getting to know each other and family members.

We will focus on the colours orange and black.


At the end of the month we will be concentrating on Hallowe’en traditions and events.



Don’t forget: ‘Once a week, take a peek!’ – Keep a close eye out for head lice.



There is a red recycling bin at entrance to school. Please use this to clear out any unwanted clothes, shoes, toys etc. All proceeds to British Heart Foundation.

We also recycle batteries.

The children will be planting bulbs this month as well as beginning to develop an awareness of recycling card, paper and plastics.

We collect empty cereal boxes, cardboard tubes etc for ‘junk art’. Please leave in trolley in entrance hall.

We appreciate any help to plant and weed our flower boxes.



This will be non teaching supervised time only. We will offer this service from 8.30am each school morning starting Monday 15th October.

Morning room is available between 8.30am and 8.55am. If you arrive after this time, please wait until the main doors open at 9am. This allows time for staff to safely escort the morning room children into their classrooms before the main doors are opened. (We ask for a voluntary contribution of 50p per day which should be paid along with snack/dinner money in the blue envelope.)


  • Parents and their children will enter the school via the main door.
  • Please press intercom button to access the hall.
  • Help your child to hang up their coat on their peg
  • Your child must be handed to a member of staff in the hall each morning.




We have postboxes outside N1 and N2. These post boxes are to be used for snack,dinner money and morning room money. Any reply notes can also be posted here.

Please make sure your childs name and class is on the envelope.



Start Monday 1st October. Dinners cost £2.50 per day (unless your child is entitled to free school meals.) Therefore snack and dinner money is a total of £17.50 per week.



We will be taking orders for our school jumpers week of 1st October. This will be the last chance to order any items this school year. Forms to be returned no later than Monday 8th October. Please ask for a uniform order form to be completed, and returned with payment.




Mon 1st October to Fri 5th October 9.00am – 1.00pm

Mon 8th October onwards 9.00am-1.30pm


  2. Mon 8th October- Story Sacks Workshop for Parents 9.15-10.15
  3. Mon 15th October- 9.15-10.15 Mrs Symington will be running a Parent workshop session on sensory development and how you can help your child’s attention, concentration and emotional wellbeing by using sensory approaches. This will be a very worthwhile session, incorporating a presentation with a practical session. All parents are welcome, please wear something comfy.
  4. Friday 19th October- Mr Hullaballoo visits the nursery
  5. Mon 22nd October- This is an exciting day for our children as we go for a trip on a big Double Decker Bus to Stormont Park. There we will go on an Autumn Walk, exploring Nature, and for a play at the adventure playground. We really rely on the help of Parent Volunteers on our trips, otherwise they cannot go ahead. If you are able to come along, we would really appreciate it. Permission sheets will soon be available outside each classroom.
  6. 22nd, 23rd, 24thOctober – Parent/Teacher interviews for Mrs Symingtons class.
  7. 24th October- Parent/Teacher interviews for Mrs McGowan/Mrs Farrens class. (If this date doesn’t suit you, please speak with Mrs Symington)

You can choose the time that suits you best- sign- up sheets will soon be available outside each classroom.

  1. 26th October- Dress up Party. If you would like your child to dress up in their own costume, please send costume (clearly named) with them to school that day in a carrier bag. We will also have costumes available at the nursery for children to get dressed up. Parent Volunteers from 12pm would be helpful, Many thanks J
  2. Individual School photographs will be taken of each child on Friday 9th November


Important dates for your diary can be found on our website, including our Christmas Concert and Christmas Party date J. Please note that the school day finishes at 11.30am on both these days.


Incredible Years Programme

Mrs Symington will be running a 14 week programme starting on Thursday 25th October. These parent workshops will start at 9.30 and last approximately two hours. They will run until February/March 2019. More information will follow this month. This is a really worthwhile programme for parents and we would encourage you to attend.

Dates: 25th Oct, 8th Nov, 15th Nov, 22nd Nov, 29th Nov, 6th Dec. Further dates TBC

Funding for this has been made available through our Partners at Eastside Learning.



We finish on Friday 26th October at 1.30pm for the half-term holiday. School will re-open on Monday 5th November.