Kilrea Primary School

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Christmas newsletter 2016

Deck the (Assembly) Hall!

On Thursday 8th December the Christmas spirit really was a-plenty as preparations for our Diamond Anniversary Christmas Tree Festival reached fever pitch .

Trees were erected and decorated by all the classes in the school, to showcase the many aspects of today’s school curriculum, and by every club and organisation that has used the school over the last 60 years. There were trees made from all sorts of things including sports equipment, egg-boxes, books and pallets and there was also a Victorian tree to mark the opening of the first school on this site 150 years ago. On Thursday afternoon we received a visit from the Minister for Education, Mr Peter Weir, who met with representatives of the school and cut the ribbon to open the festival.

Over the next 2 days pupils, past pupils, parents and friends visited the school to admire everyone’s handy work, reminisce about their own schooldays and enjoy the refreshments provided by the PTA committee.  Everyone agreed it was a lovely way to begin our year of celebrations and we look forward to the next big event in the calendar.


Of course the Christmas tree festival was not the only event which took place over the last couple of months. 

On Friday 18th November we had a ‘Spotty Day’ for Children in Need.  Spotty socks, ribbons and even whole outfits were on show and we also had a bouncy castle.  The playgroup came to join us that day too, so it was a lot of fun and we raised £237 for Children in Need.

Some of the P4s went to a special activity day with Causeway Archers where they introduced a new resource for younger children.  On their return they brought the equipment with them for us to try out in school.  The rest of the P4 class have been the first to test it and all agreed it was a lot of fun.  Keeping the scores is also good for the mental maths.


Wednesday 14th December was the carol service in Second Kilrea Presbyterian Church.  The children led the service and once again the church was filled with family and friends.  The collection, along with the money from Christmas Jumper Day, will be presented to Save the Children and ZAP in January.  Thank you again for your continued generosity. 

To finish off the festivities everyone enjoyed ‘Fun for All’ last Thursday and remember, a very special visitor may pop in on Tuesday 20th December to check  you have all been behaving.

Many thanks for all your support of our Anniversary fund, the PTA and our many charity ventures this term including the Poppy appeal, Children in Need, ZAP, and Save the Children.


N.B. School will be closed from

Wednesday 21st December until Tuesday 3rd January 2017,


Back to school on

Wednesday 4th January 2017.

Enjoy your holidays.


Anniversary Christmas Tree Festival

In 2017 we will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of our current school and 150 years since a school has stood on this site and we intend to have a range of events throughout the year to mark the occasion. 
We kicked off our celebrations with a Christmas Tree Festival on the 9th and 10th December.  The Minister for Education, Mr Peter Weir, cut the ribbon on Thursday evening and over the next few days hundreds of pupils, past pupils, parents and friends came to see our display.  Thanks to all those who helped create the display of 30 trees and to the PTA for providing the refreshments.
If you didn't get to this event I hope you weren't too disappointed and that you can join us at one of our others in the future.  Below you can see a sample of what you missed.

Autumn News 2016

And our survey says....

On Thursday 27th October, pupils and parents gathered in the hall for the first PTA event of the year.  Whilst the parents had a short AGM and elected the new committee, the children had games and dancing in the hall.  After some refreshments names were chosen at random to make up two teams for ‘Family Fortunes’.  The answers were drawn from a survey of the pupils in the school and the final ‘head-to-head round’ was down to Holly McCombe and Ruth Armstrong, who together managed to get enough points to win the top prize.  It was a night of fun and laughter and a unique insight into children’s minds… for example ‘Name something YOU would put in a bucket’.

Once again we collected an enormous number of shoes to send to Zomba through ZAP and we thank you for your generosity.


Eco-Update and International Links

The eco-committee have had a very busy first half-term.  with some apple picking, tidying up the school garden in preparation for winter and a Cash for Clobber collection.

We would also ask that you please keep collecting old newspapers, magazines and ink cartridges, and deposit them in the collection boxes in the entrance hall, as all these can be recycled to raise cash for the school and various charities.

The European Day of Languages was celebrated on Monday 26th September with games and activities using as many different languages as possible.  This is now an annual event, one of the many, such as our on-going Spanish lessons, which have helped us gain our International Award for the second time.

We were also delighted to hear that a group of past pupils had the opportunity to travel to Zomba in Malawi over the summer, to work on an orphanage project there and we look forward to hearing about their adventures.
We love to learn about other countries and cultures so if you or anyone you know has been travelling please contact Miss Steele, as we would love you to come and share your experiences with us.



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