St Patrick's & St Joseph's
Takes the hand, stretches the mind, touches the heart
St Patrick's & St Joseph's Schools

June's Newsletter

1 Jun 2017





5 Churchtown Road



BT51 5BA

(Tirkeeran Site)

Tel: 028 2955 8039

Fax: 028 2955 8039



37 Glen Road



BT51 5BD           

(Glenullin Site)

Tel: 028 2955 8641

Fax: 028 2955 8641




Principal:  Mr Aidan Rafferty



1 June 2017


Dear Parent/Guardian


Allergies / Medical Needs


A number of children within the school are allergic to nuts and or eggs. As an anaphylactic reaction to these foods can be potentially life threatening we ask that all parents ensure that no nut products (e.g. Kinder eggs/ bars) or egg (such as egg sandwiches) be brought into the school.

To lessen the risk of choking please do not send hard lollies (e.g. Chupa Chups Image result for Chups Chops) into school and ensure grapes are cut into halves.


Bring and Buy Sale


Our annual Bring and Buy sale will be held at the beginning of June. We would be grateful for any donations including unwanted gifts, toiletries, costume jewellery, fancy dress costumes, toys, books, DVDs and games in good condition. Please bring donations to either site as soon as possible. All money raised from the sale will be donated to charity.

Thank You
Thanks to all who brought in paint.  If anyone else has any oil based colours that they no longer require please bring in.
Maths’ Games
If anyone has any maths’ games which the school could use during June and would like to donate them please leave at either site.  Thank you.


Grammar for the Month       


Could have

Would have

Should have

Might have

Could of

Would of

Should of

Might of






I could have done my homework, because I had the time

I would have done my homework and learnt how to make words rhyme

I should have done my homework and been real good therefore

I might have got a star for learning more and more.






Song for the Month                Arthur McBride



Oh, me and my cousin, one Arthur McBride
As we went a-walkin' down by the seaside
Now mark what followed and what did betide
For it bein' on Christmas mornin'…

Oh, me and my cousin, one Arthur McBride
As we went a-walkin' down by the seaside
Now mark what followed and what did betide
For it bein' on Christmas mornin'
Now, for recreation, we went on a tramp
And we met sergeant Napper and corporal Vamp
And a little wee drummer intending to camp
For the day bein' pleasant and charmin'

"Good morning, good morning, " the sergeant he cried
"And the same to you, gentlemen, " we did reply
Intending no harm but meant to pass by
For it bein' on Christmas mornin'
"But, " says he, "My fine fellows, if you will enlist
Ten guineas in gold I'll stick to your fist
And a crown in the bargain for to kick up the dust
And drink the king's health in the morning

"For a soldier, he leads a very fine life
And he always is blessed with a charming young wife
And he pays all his debts without sorrow or strife
And he always lives pleasant and charmin'
And a soldier, he always is decent and clean
In the finest of clothing he's constantly seen
While other poor fellows go dirty and mean
And sup on thin gruel in the morning"


Irish for the Month
Amharc amach an fhuinneog
Ark amack an in yog
Look out the window
lá galánta atá ann agus feicim
la gal aunt a ta ann agus feic im
it’s a great day and I can see
duilleoga glasa ar na crainn
Dill yuga glassa ar na cran
green leaves on trees
an ghrian ag soilsiú
an grain egg sol shoe
sun shining 
spéir ghalánta ghorm
spare galunta gor im
lovely blue sky


To Mrs Ball’s P6 class as they obtained first place in the Live to Play GAA ‘Oscars’ ceremony on Friday 19 May with the production ‘Cos you’ll never get to Croker’

winning for the school £1,000 in O’Neill’s vouchers!


Congratulations to Joe McNicholl, P6 for being the individual champion and his brother Finn, P4 for coming overall second at the Garvagh Primary Schools’ Orienteering Championship.


All 31 entries to the ‘Fair Trade Bake Off’ organised by Mrs McCloy and the P5 class.  The range of cakes can be seen on the school website and in excess of 150 Fair Trade products were used.  The winners were;

Most Fair Trade products used – Anna, P3 and Niamh McNicholl P1

Best Looking Cake – Aoife, P4 and Ruairi Dempsey, P2

Best Junior Baker – Annie Leadon, P5

Dinner Money
Please be advised that dinners have to be paid by the school on a weekly basis to the Education Authority.  As any outstanding money has to be taken from school funds we would ask that all dinners are paid for either daily or weekly.


Free School Meals


The number of pupils who are on the free school meals’ register affects the school budget. If you are in any doubt as to whether you are entitled to free dinners please complete a Free School Meals’ form which is available from the office in the Tirkeeran site, even if you do not wish your child to actually take dinner.


Important notice


Garvagh Kitchen will not be providing hot dinners on Election Day, Thursday 8thJune.  Sandwiches can be pre-ordered up to Tuesday 28 February using the slip below.


Lunch on Thursday 8th June will consist of a chicken or cheese sandwich together with milk, a piece of fruit and a biscuit costing the usual price of £2.55 or free for Free School Meals’ pupils.


Please return not later that Tuesday 6 June


Please order the following lunch option for my child / children on Thursday 8 June




Name _________________________ Class _____          Chicken Sandwich



                                                                                             Cheese Sandwich




Name _________________________ Class _____          Chicken Sandwich



                                                                                             Cheese Sandwich




Name _________________________ Class _____          Chicken Sandwich



                                                                                             Cheese Sandwich




Name _________________________ Class _____          Chicken Sandwich



                                                                                             Cheese Sandwich


Enclosed £_______________



Milk Money


Milk for the academic year, September 2017 to June 2018, costs £36.60, i.e. 183 days @ 20p.  Milk will not be provided on half days, i.e. Friday 22 December 2017 and Friday 29 June 2018.  Due to confusion in previous years where children have been taking milk without their parent’s consent, milk will be ordered only for those children whose parents complete and return, with payment, the slip below. 


MILK for SEPTEMBER 2017 – JUNE 2018






















Total amount enclosed




Whole School Fun Day – Monday 12 June 2017

P1 class only (all pupils in attendance last year have already paid)


@£10 per pupil






Dates for Term Three



P7 swimming







Each class will, in turn, visit Garvagh Library on a Thursday morning. 

P6 – Thursday 8 June


P2 – Thursday 15 June


P1 – Thursday 22 June


The Friday

Website Reporter


Friday 2 June –  Jamie O’Kane & Carl Talbot

Friday 9 June – Mary Kate Turner & Sarah Stewart



2 June

Fr Gallagher Cup Football Tournament in Faughanvale


2 June

Loreto day for transferring P7 pupils


6 June

St Patrick’s, Maghera’s day for transferring P7 pupils

Wednesday – Friday

7 – 9 June

P7 class to Woodhall Residential Centre, Kilrea


8 June

Election Day – no hot dinners available today, see sandwich option below


12 June

Fun Day     Cost per pupil £10 (P1 only)


13 June

P7 Football – St Canice’s Dungiven



13 June

St Patrick’s, Maghera’s day for transferring P7 pupils



14 June

Castle Cup Football Tournament– St Patrick’s Maghera



15 June

Hit the Surf programme for P7



16 June

Sports’ Day



19 June

St Paul’s day for transferring P7 pupils



19 June

Financial Awareness Week



20 June

Camogie Tournament– St Patrick’s Maghera



New date

21 June

Leavers’ Mass at 7.30 p.m. in St Joseph’s Chapel Glenullin.



26 June

New P1’s morning at Tirkeeran



27 June

Altar Servers’ Trip


30 June

School closes at 12 noon for Summer Holidays.



Lidl Surprises


At the suggestion of a parent our school is requesting support for a grant application to regenerate our two outdoor play areas from Lidl.  Forms can be accessed from  We have enclosed an example of what a completed form may look like.  The following could be used in the ‘why do they deserve funding’ box.

St Patrick’s & St Joseph’s is a primary school with two sites approximately three miles apart.  In 2009 with the help of the local community they created two excellent ‘Super grounds multisensory learning areas’.  These areas have been well utilised since.  They are deserving of funding because the school would now like to include additional seating areas for members of the community to revamp the pond areas and supply new water based play resources.  Not only would this improve the appeal and use of these areas for the existing 177 pupils and their families but it would also make the areas more attractive to preschool children and retired members of the community.

The closing date is Sunday 25 June so we urge you and your friend/s to complete a form as soon as possible.


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