St Patrick's & St Joseph's
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St Patrick's & St Joseph's Schools

March's Newsletter

3 Mar 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



2 March 2017


Dear Parent/Guardian


Easter Egg Draw


Enclosed are tickets for the Easter Egg draw which will take place on Wednesday 12 April.  Tickets cost £1.00 per strip or six strips for £5.00.  Please ensure purchaser’s name, pupil’s name and class are on the back of every strip purchased.  Additional tickets are available on request from the school.


If you do not want any tickets, simply return them to the school. 


All proceeds will be donated to support Trocaire’s work in South Sudan and Somalia.



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.


Get Caught Reading


As a follow up to World Book Day we are again running our ‘Get caught Reading’ competition.  Please take a photograph of your child/children reading a book in an unusual location or pose.  Please email photographs to All entrants will be available to view on the school website.  Winners will be announced at the Whole School Assembly on Friday 31 March.



Whole School Assembly


The Whole School Assembly on Friday 31 March will be led by P2 in the Glenullin site.  It will commence at 9.15 a.m. and everyone is welcome




Johnny Burke Fleadh – Saturday 25 March 2017


The school would like to give pupils an opportunity to perform in the inaugural Johnny Burke Fleadh in Claudy this year. Anyone who wishes to enter the poetry competition must be able to confidently recite the appropriate poem from memory by Wednesday 8 March.  The form below should be completed together with the £2 fee for any of the following entries; the poetry recital, playing a traditional instrument, or singing a song in Irish.



Below is a copy of the poems which we will be practising in school.  Pronunciations can be obtained from the school website.



Suitable for P1/ 2 /3


Suitable for P4/ 5

Suitable for P6/ 7



Froganna beaga deasa,

Froganna beaga buí,

Froganna beaga glasa,

Is a mamaí ina luí.


Daidí frog ina sheasamh,

Is bata ina láimh,

Ag múineadh do na páistí,

cad é an dóigh le snámh.



Tá Neilí bheag ag caoineadh

Tá tinneas ina ceann

"Rith go dtí an dochtúir

Agus féach an bhfuil sé ann!”


"Brostaigh ort a dhoctúir,

Tá Neilí ina luí.

Beir leigheas leat sa mhála –

Úll mór is piorra buí!”

Éirígí, A Pháistí

Éirígí, a pháistí!

Amach linn faoin aer;

Tá an ghrian gheal ag taitneamh,

Níl scamall sa spéir.


Tá gaoth bhog ag séideadh

Thar cnoc agus gleann,

Tá duilleoga ag damhsa

Ar sceach is ar chrann.


Tá úlla is sméara

Go tiubh ar gach craobh,

Tá bláthanna geala

Ag fás ar gach taobh.


Éirígí, a pháistí!

Amach linn faoin aer

Chun aoibhneas a bhaint

As an áilleacht go léir.












Johnny Burke Fleadh – Saturday 25 March 2017


Please complete and forward with the £2 entry fee not later than Wednesday 8 March.


I would like __________________­­­­­­_________ to participate in the poetry recital competition


I would like ___________________________ to participate in the solo singing competition


I would like ___________________________ to participate in the instrumental music section


and will play the ______________________


I understand that it is my responsibility to transport my child to and from the Johnny Burke Fleadh taking place on Saturday 25 March in Claudy.


Enclosed £ __________


Grammar for the Month

Wait on me a minute!   x


Surely we can say wait for

If you’re waiting on a bus usually this should mean that you’re either inside it on a seat or on the roof!

Waiting for a bus means Paddy’s late. 


P.S. You can wait on tables if you’re a waiter!


Song for the Month

‘Amhrán na bhFiann’

Sinne Fianna Fáil
A tá fé gheall ag Éirinn,
buion dár slua
Thar toinn do ráinig chugainn,
Fé mhóid bheith saor.
Sean tír ár sinsir feasta
Ní fhagfar fé'n tiorán ná fé'n tráil
Anocht a théam sa bhearna bhaoil,
Le gean ar Ghaeil chun báis nó saoil
Le guna screach fé lámhach na bpiléar
Seo libh canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann.

Image result for ballons congratulations

Congratulations to;          

Eamonn Hasson who came 12th in the Final of the ‘Flahavan’s Primary School Cross Country’ league on Wednesday 22 February. 

Eamonn has been selected for the Athletics NI Junior Cross Country Squad 2017.



Best wishes to our two quiz teams Oisin Bradley, Willie John Bradley,

Sinead Rafferty, Fionn McEldowney,

Carl Talbot, Conor McIlvar,

James Francis Burns and Matthew Smyth who are taking part in the next round of the Credit Union Quiz on Friday.




Today, World Book Day we have invited local farmer and author Brian Rankin.  Brian farms near Limavady and visited orphanages in Uganda in 2004 to work for two weeks.  He returned and decided to publish simple poems based on his life experiences of which can be found if you Google ‘Brian Rankin Poet’.  He has since published four books of poetry and all proceeds from his work go directly to help those people in the Ugandan orphanages.  As thanks for Brian coming along to the school each pupil and/or class will write him a thank you note and we invite voluntary donations of £1 per child to support this worthy cause.


Brian performing earlier today


Dates for Terms Two and Three






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

P7 – Thursday 2 March

P4 – Thursday 23 March

P6 – Thursday 9 March

P3 – Thursday 30 March

P5 – Thursday 16 March

P2 – Thursday 6 April


The Friday

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Friday 3 March – Eamonn Hasson & Eoin Hasson

Friday 10 March – Matthew Johnston & Tiernan Kearney

Friday 17 March – John Paul Leadon & Danielle McBride

Friday 24 March – Fionn McEldowney & Aibhlinn McGlinchey

Friday 31 March – Conor McIlvar & John Anthony McNeill

Friday 6 April – Aislinn Moore & Caitlin Mullan



13 March

Seachtain Na Gaelige



16 March

Class Ceilis



17  March


School closed – St Patrick’s Day



22 March

First Confession in St Joseph’s Chapel, Glenullin at 7.30 p.m.



30 March

Confirmation in St Mary’s Ballerin at 5.00 p.m.



31 March

Whole School Assembly led by P2 in the Glenullin site commencing at

9.15 a.m.  Everyone welcome. 



3 April

NSPCC talk



6 April

Information Sheet 8


10 April

NSPCC workshops for P6 and P7

Thursday – Monday

13 April –

1 May incl.

School Closed for Easter Holidays – reopens Tuesday 2 May



11 May

Information Sheet 9


20 May

First Holy Communion in St Joseph’s, Glenullin at 11.00 a.m.



26 May

Whole School Assembly led by P1 in the Glenullin site commencing at

9.15 a.m.  Everyone welcome. 


Monday – Tuesday

29 - 30 May

School closed – reopens Wednesday 31 May



1 June

Information Sheet 10




Financial Awareness Week




Sports’ Day


Wednesday – Friday

7 – 9 June

P7 class to Woodhall Residential Centre, Kilrea



29 June

Leavers’ Mass at 7.30 p.m. in the Glenullin site.



30 June

School closes at 12 noon for Summer Holidays.





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