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We are proud to have received the following awards and continue to strive towards excellence in all areas of the curriculum….

                                

Reception and Primary 1 applications for pupils starting September 2024

Online applications for a Reception or Primary 1 place for September 2024 open today (9th January) at 12noon via EA Connect.

Applications close at 12 noon on Friday 26 January 2024, and it is important to note that applications are not considered on a first come, first served basis.

Visit https://connect.eani.org.uk/parent/ to apply and see EA’s website for more information on the admissions process: www.eani.org.uk/admissions

New Prospectus (2023-24)

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Integration

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Latest News

December 2023

Choir Christmas Carol Visits

Our Choir made various visits to local care homes and churches to sing Christmas Carols. We were immensely proud of the children both for their brilliant singing and their exemplary behaviour. They are pictured here at Newcastle Methodist Church with Mrs McConnell (our choir co-ordinator)

Christmas Plays

We hope everyone who was able to come along to ‘The Sleepy Shepherd’ and ‘The Inn-Spectors’ had a great time enjoying our wonderful Reception to Primary 4 children perform their nativity plays.

Down Primary Schools Cross Country Race – 6th December

A report from our cross country coach Mr Rodgers!
29 spirited souls descended on a damp and cold Donard Park on Monday morning to participate in the 2nd round of the Down Primary Schools Cross Country League. Four races took place: girls’ and boys’ Fun Runs and girls’ and boys’ main race. Everyone finished strongly and returned to school upbeat to thaw out.
Morning athletics training continues each Wednesday morning at 8.00am for P6 and P7 children and we hope to participate in a ‘parkrun’ event when the warmer days return.
Congratulations to everyone who took part in very testing conditions.

Life in Reception & Primary 1

It’s been another busy few weeks in Reception & P1 with plenty of topic work on ‘People Who Help Us’ and of course getting ready for Christmas. Next week is a big week for many of the children when they perform their nativity play. Hopefully these photos show just how engaged the children continue to be with their learning and development.

October 2023

P7s at Tollymore Outdoor Centre
We are so fortunate to be close to our National Outdoor Centre. This means that our P7s can travel up once per month for a half day workshop helping them foster a wide range of outdoor skills, develop resilience and teamwork skills all in our wonderful local environment. The workshops also help them get ready for a three day residential (at Tollymore NOC) in May. Today the class had a Leave No Trace workshop following trails in Tollymore Forest and enjoying some bushcraft including hot chocolate and marshmallows! We particularly hope that these experiences will help them care for our beautiful local environment. Thank you Tollymore National Outdoor Centre for a great afternoon.

Afterschool Clubs
We are delighted to be able to offer a wide range of after-school clubs here at All Children’s. With two weeks of this term’s programme nearly over we also have lots of photographs to show the Ninja, Irish Dancing, Drumming/Circus Skills, Football, Tennis, Arts & Crafts, Gardening, Mountaineering at Tollymore NOC and Multi-Sports Clubs in action! Thank you to all our coaches and leaders for doing such a great job.

Halloween Disco 
On Friday 27th October our Parents Council ran a Halloween fancy dress disco for the children as well as a Pumpkin competition.
Thank you to everyone who helped the children with their wonderful Halloween/Autumn costumes. Well done as well to Jack from P2 who came in as Tom Cruise from Top Gun and to Jack’s grandad who did such a great job with the plane! We hope the children enjoyed the discos and thank you to our PCC, Mrs Cowan and to Tesco (who donated some of the tuck) for doing such a great job. Below are a some class photos of the children in their fancy dress outfits as well as a few photos of the fantastic pumpkin designs….

September 2023

First Assembly of the new School Year
Thursday Assembly & Pupil of the Week

Each Thursday at our school assembly we love to present small certificates & pencils to one child from each class who has done really well during the week. We like to reward not only good work but also great manners, showing respect to others, showing kindness, a willingness to help others and even offering to help tidy up after art! Well done to our first set of winners! We also make a point throughout the year to ‘catch everyone being good’ to ensure all the children get a chance to be celebrated.

Starting School Resources from CCEA
Photos show our P1s fully engaged in play during lovely weather last week.

P7 Visitors

Primary 7 have had several visitors running workshops today. This morning they welcomed Campbell and Onya from Hope 4 Life NI. Hope4Life is a mental health charity that uses comics to help aid discussions on a range of issues to help promote better wellbeing. Today the workshop focussed on dealing with cyber-bullying as well as the difference between hate speech and free speech. During the year Hope4Life will run a number of these workshops with our P7s.
Then this afternoon we welcomed back Claire Hardy from Tollymore National Outdoor Centre. Claire came into All Children’s to speak to the P7s about the outdoor programme we run for them with Tollymore. Once a month on Thursdays afternoons throughout the year we bring them up to the Centre to develop their mountaineering /teamwork skills, mountain biking and kayaking skills as well as introduce them to climbing either on the climbing wall at Tollymore or outdoors. They also learn about the wonderful variety of habitats in the Mournes and the importance of ‘Leave No Trace’ principles. The club has been a great success in previous years and we are planning to run it again this year.

P7 Three Churches Project

During the school year our P7s visit three local churches in Newcastle including Our Lady of the Assumption (Parish of Maghera D&C), St. John’s Church of Ireland (St John’s Parish Church Newcastle Co Down) and Newcastle Presbyterian (Newcastle Presbyterian Church). They do this as part of their Key Stage 2 (P5-P7) RE programme which also includes workshops on Humanism, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism.
Today the class attended a Beginning of Year Mass for local primary schools and then had a tour of the church. We hope that these visits will help them deepen their understanding of the connections between all the churches and other faiths. Thank you as ever to Our Lady of the Assumption for making them feel so welcome.

June 2023

P7 Leavers
It is almost time for us to say goodbye to our P7s. They spent the day on Friday working with Trudy Burke from “The Ash Galleries and Studio” making their copper hands. This has been a tradition in All Children’s IPS for many years and the hands are framed and given to the children at their Leavers Assembley on Tuesday (27th). Thank you as always to Trudi for leading this activity.

P7 Donard Trek…from Classroom to Summit
Very well done to our P7s who walked from the school to the summit of Slieve Donard on Wednesday (21st). This is no mean feat for 11 year olds and we were all very impressed with their determination to reach the top. The weather was kind for most of the day and hopefully the children will have some fond memories of their last days in All Children’s. Thank you to Tollymore Outdoor Centre for facilitating the walk.

NI Children’s Hospice
It was super to welcome Michael Nugent from the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice to our assembly to receive a cheque for £1150.00. This amazing amount was raised through our Elmer work which our current and last year’s P1 and Reception were involved. Activities included a Tea Party, making and selling decorative stones, and selling plants. Thank you to everyone who supported this very worthwhile charity throughout the year

YeHa
Last week our P5, P6 & P7 classes put on 3 amazing performances of “YeHa”. The children (and staff) put alot of work into these perfomances and it was a pleasure watching the children enjoy entertaining the audiences. The standard of acting and the children’s attitude towards the play has been superb and they all seemed to genuinely enjoy themselves…they made us laugh and smile everytime. Well done everyone!

Sports Day & Summer Fete
On Friday 9th June we held our annual Sports Day in the morning and this was followed by the Summer Fete. A great day was had by all and the weather was very kind. Thank you to Mr Rodgers for organising Sports Day and to our wonderful Parents Council for organising a very successful Summer Fete.

May 2023

P2 Drumming and Music Workshop
It was wonderful to have one of our P2 parents, Mr Dumangane return to All Children’s today to run an outdoor drumming and music workshop. Mr Dumangane also ran a cookery workshop before Christmas. The P2s were clearly having a fantastic time having brought their own drums and percussion instruments. Thank you Mr Dumangane

Cricket Coaching
Thanks to a grant from the Integrated Education Fund, we are able to offer Cricket coaching to our P4-P7 classes during the summer term. The P6s and P7s have been thoroughly enjoying their coaching sessions with the coaches from Dundrum Cricket Club.

P7 Residential – Tollymore OC

Our P7s enjoyed a great few days on their residential to Tollymore Outdoor Centre. After an unsettled start the weather finally turned and the children had a great day out on Strangford lough where they canoed to Salt Island and back…well done to all. The residential finished on Friday and the kids are back safe and sound with great stories and memories of their time away!

April 2023

Happy Easter from All Children’s IPS
Great to be able to bring some of our choir to River House yesterday to sing for the residents and thank you to them for making us so welcome and for all the lovely treats for the children. Easter is almost here and it has been fantastic seeing the Easter art being made around the school. Here are Cara, Tom and Tilly showing off the beautiful work they have produced.

Good Friday Agreement Workshops
With the 25th anniversary of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement next week, our older children have been finding out about how it came about and its importance for everyone who lives here.
The small drawings were made by our P3s only last week when they were asked to imagine going to the moon and planting a flag just like Neil Armstrong. Lots of the flags showed off the children’s own designs while others represented the two main communities in Northern Ireland.
As an integrated primary school we feel strongly that everyone’s beliefs and culture should be celebrated and valued to ensure all our pupils grow up to be at ease and interested in the backgrounds of everyone who lives here.

Hope4Life Awards
Fantastic evening last night at the Hope4Life Acts of Kindness Awards at the Stormont Hotel. Hope4Life is a mental health charity working with 28,000 children and young people across Northern Ireland and have been delivering mental health & wellbeing workshops to our P7s for a number of years.
Two of our fabulous P7s, Lucy and Sean were nominated for an award and we were delighted that they both received highly commended prizes for a number of generous deeds and acts of kindness they have shown towards others both in and out of school. Well done to Sean and Lucy; we are very proud of you!
Here they are with Mr Houlahan, enjoying their big night out.

March 2023

All Children’s Integrated Primary School Facebook Page         
We have launched a Facebook page as a further way of keeping everyone up to date with all the goings on at school. Please do take a look at it and if you want to, follow us. You can link to the page directly from our app (menu – social media – Facebook) or our website (Facebook tab at top).

World Book Day
Thanks to everyone who made World Book Day such a success. The children talked about their favourite books at assembly, many dressed up as their favourite book character, there was a book swap and plenty of DEAR (drop everything and read) throughout the day.

P4 Class Assembly
Our P4s put on a wonderful class assembly yesterday morning on polar bears and climate change. They manged to educate us about the problems facing polar bear populations and the link to climate change as well as tell at least 10 polar bear jokes! Congratulations to them all for such an interesting assembly.

February 2023

Learning about Burn’s Night in Primary 2

Last Wednesday was Burn’s Night and it was lovely to see our P2s finding out about this important Scottish tradition from their teacher Mrs MaCauley who is a Scot herself! The children drew and learnt about ‘Braw and Bonnie’ kilts, they listened to the Gruffalo in Scots and a Scottish alphabet and their spellings included haggis, neeps and Scotland!

Roots of Empathy in P5

Roots of Empathy is an international, evidence and empathy-based classroom program which the children in Primary 5 are taking part in this school year. The Roots of Empathy mission is to build caring, peaceful, and civil societies through the development of empathy. It reduces aggression, increases sharing, caring, and inclusion, and promotes resilience, well-being, and positive mental health.

The children in Primary 5 really engage in weekly classes with their facilitator.
The children love it because, “We get to read books about feelings and emotions”, “We talk about a new topic each week” and “I like that our voices are heard, and we all have a chance to share.”
The baby (our little teacher) comes to visit every three weeks and the children can see him develop over the school year. Children have said, “It’s fun because you get to meet a baby”, “It’s exciting to watch the baby grow”, “The baby laughs and is learning how to turn over” and “It’s nice because you get to see the baby doing different things.”
A very sincere thanks to one of our mums, Mrs Simmons, who does such a great job facilitating this for us.

January 2023

New Permanent Artwork in All Children’s IPS

Last year, many of our children worked with local artist Trudi Burke to create some fantastic new permanent artwork. The project encouraged all the children to celebrate our local biodiversity by making beautiful collages which were then turned into larger pieces of art. When finished the artwork will start inside the school (outside the assembly hall) and run along walls before finishing outside. The first pieces are already up and look wonderful.

School Assemblies

This week’s whole school assembly was on the theme of ‘Secrets, Bribes and Threats.’ This is one part of our ‘Keeping Safe’ safeguarding/preventative education work which helps children develop the important life skills required to keep them safe as they grow older. The assembly was aimed at helping them understand the difference between good and bad secrets and when to seek help if they are worried about things particularly threats or bribes. If you want to find out more about this important work please click here.

Radius Growing Wild Schools Biodiversity Project

You may be interested to know that along with our Shared Education partner school, St. Mary’s PS, we have recently been selected to be one of 23 primary school partnerships to take part in a major biodiversity project. The project is supported by Radius Shared Housing and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful (KNIB).

The project has several parts:

  1. Improving the biodiversity within our grounds with KNIB providing new apple, pear and plum trees as well as blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and strawberry bushes. In addition to this we will be receiving a bird box, bat box, butterfly house, bee house, hedgehog box and a new raised bed:
  2. Workshops for the children on the importance of biodiversity and planting as well as an end of project ‘Harvest’ session with cuttings being passed on to st. Mary’s.

A copy of the Board of Governors Annual report 2021/22 is available from the school office.

Excellence in Integrated Education Award

We are delighted to announce that NICIE (Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education) have awarded All Children’s IPS an Excellence in Integrated Education Award. This award recognises if a school has a highly developed integrated ethos and can demonstrate the essential elements of being a good integrated school including promoting equality, promoting respect for those of different beliefs and none, high levels of parental involvement and promoting social responsibility. Since it began in 2010 there have only been a handful of schools recognised for this prestigious award.

The award comes at the end of a four-year project to ensure all the key areas were developed across the school. A particular thank you to Mrs McConville who has led this work. We will receive a detailed report on our work later in January and there will also be a special presentation ceremony later in the year. Congratulations as well to Shimna IC who were also given the award just before Christmas.

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