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Details for the new school year are as follows:

Wednesday 31st August – 9am to 12 noon (no dinners or buses)

Thursday 1st September – normal school hours (school dinners and buses available) 

New Prospectus (2021-2022)

To see our new prospectus click here .

All Children’s IPS Movie

Click on the video below to watch a 6 minute movie to get a flavour of life at our school.

Integration

Please click on the picture below to learn more about Integrated Education.

Life in P1

Click on the ‘Welcome to P1’ image to watch a PowerPoint presentation, voiced over by our P1 teacher Miss McIvor. This is normally used at induction meetings and gives a great overview of life in P1 for prospective parents.

Life in Reception

Click on the ‘Welcome to Reception’ image to watch a Powerpoint presentation, voiced over by one of our Reception teachers Mrs McConnell. This is normally used at induction meetings and gives a great overview of life in Reception for prospective parents.

Latest News

June 2022

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

We hope the children enjoyed the range of activities we put on for the Jubilee. The younger classes had tea parties (and came in dressed as princes and princesses) while we also ran assemblies, planted a tree and held a postcard competition for everyone

Class Assemblies

Well done to our Primary 5s and Primary 6s who put on two wonderful class assemblies for parents & carers. The P5s presented on learning styles & mindsets and the P6s told us all about life in the rainforest, the Irish Famine and a wonderful retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale from ‘Fractious Fairy tales.’

It was great to see the pleasure all the children took performing in front of an audience for the first time in over two years. Great work!

Sports Day / Summer Fete

We held our sports day on Friday 10th June and were delighted to welcome our parents back to spectate. This was followed by a very successful family Summer Fete…the rain showers did not deter us and a great day was had by all. A big thank-you to everyone on our Parents Council as well as other volunteers and governors who helped out on the Summer Fete today. This is one of our main fundraising activities of the year and the first large event since the pandemic began. All money is going towards the development of outdoor learning at All Children’s (using our local outdoor spaces to enhance learning across all curriculum areas). An amazing £1640-00 was raised even with the torrential downpours! Thank you. Ian Campbell from the Tens Foundation also wanted to say thank you. They raised over £800 towards their important work in the Philippines.

May 2022

A New Term

It has been a lovely week at All Children’s with a real feeling of things returning to normal. This week has been the first time since the pandemic began that we have been able to allow all the children to play together at break and lunchtime and it has been a pleasure seeing the age groups mix. At this time of year, we allow the children to play on the large grassy area at the rear of the school and over the Easter break one of our ex-parents & governors Mark Poland, has built us a wonderful large seating area (along with a new bird table and compost area) which everyone has been enjoying. We have also started running our ‘Playground Initiative’ again. This was developed pre-Covid and involves a wide range of activities being available to the children at lunchtime including outside art tables, dressing up materials and small & large outdoor toys. If anyone has any of the following and would like to donate them to the school to have more toys/games available that would be very much appreciated.

(i) Action Figures (ii) Dolls (iii) Large chalk (iv) Lego

Secondly, we held our first large assembly (R to P4) back in the assembly hall for the first time since March 2020 this week. None of our Reception, P1 or P2 children had been to one before! They listened brilliantly and I enjoyed handing out Pupil of the Week certificates to almost twenty children. We are hoping to reintroduce class assemblies soon and I will keep you updated about these.

Ukraine Appeal

Thank you again to everyone who contributed to this fundraiser for the Red Cross. A total of £554.50 was raised from the Bake-off and in addition to this two groups from our P5s and P6s sold all manner of things to raise more money. The primary 5s (Elise, Annabelle, Leah, Zoe, Lainey, Ava, Ayla, Jane, Lila, Caoimhe and Keiley) raised a total of £111.60 and the primary 6s (Lucy J., Lexie, Eva, Emily and Shea) raised a total of £105.00. Fantastic work everyone.

April 2022

Ukraine / 40th Anniversary IE Day

Thanks to everyone who sent in cakes, buns or soft toys as part of our appeal for Ukraine. We were amazed at the amount of hard work and creativity that went into the baking and it was fantastic seeing all the different designs. Well done to everyone – it was very difficult choosing winners as the
standard was so high! The Bake Off winners from each Key Stage were Issy (Foundation), Alex & Jane (KS1) and Eva (KS2). I want to say thank you to everyone who sent in cakes, buns, soft toys or who made donations.
Well done to Lucy from P6 who made over 60 yellow and blue bracelets which are currently being sold to raise more funds for the Red
Cross. A big thank you too, to our P5 girls who also made items to sell around the classes raising £111.60 bringing our total (so far) to a whopping £661.60…congratulations to all involved. We will also be sending out the soft toys along with letters for refugee children from Ukraine who are currently in Poland.

Integrated Education Month to mark the 40th Anniversary Integrated Education

Each year March is officially Integrated Education month. At All Children’s we have been celebrating this in a number of ways. These have included the Bake Off mentioned above along with four assemblies for P4 to P7 on the theme of anniversaries. The P4 and P7 ones took place this week and we looked at the following anniversaries:

40 years since the first integrated school started in Northern Ireland (Lagan College)

100 years since the formation of Northern Ireland

100 years since Irish independence

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Later this year to mark the 40th anniversary of Integrated Education we will be getting our School Council to plant some trees including an oak tree in the school grounds kindly donated by Lagan College.
This month was also an important month for the integrated sector as a whole as the Integrated Education Bill was passed at Stormont; something which will help further develop integrated education across Northern Ireland.

March 2022

World Book Day- 3rd March

World Book Day is a world-wide celebration of reading and books. It is recognised by UNESCO and its focus is to foster a love of reading for pleasure. World Book Day has its own website where you can find out more about why reading is so important. As they state:

Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income. We want to see more children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a life-long habit of reading for pleasure and the improved life chances this brings them.

At All Children’s we spent the 3rd March enjoying reading to and with the children who wore their onesies to enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and stories with their teachers! They also found out about famous children’s books and their authors.

       

Sentinus Workshops

Sentinus is an organisation that supports the development of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in primary schools in Northern Ireland.

On 3rd March our P6s and P7s really enjoyed workshops using mini-robots to develop their coding, science and mathematics skills. It was quite a sight with them all still in their onesies in the hall!

Here are some of the children’s comments on how much they enjoyed the workshops…

“I liked the coding because it made me feel like a genius. It was super fun…at one point it drove into the river. The man who taught us codes was very nice.”
Sean Magorrian (P6)

“I thought the software that we were using was very easy to use. The Mbot perfectly did what it was told to do. The teacher told us how to use it really well. It made perfect sense and it was very funny”
Noah Doran (P6)

“I really liked programming the bots yesterday. It was my first time doing this and I thought the instructions were very clear.”
Molly Magee (P6)

     

February 2022

Internet Safety Week

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. This year it’s on 8th February and will be celebrated with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’. It’s coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, and is celebrated in over a hundred countries.

At All Children’s every class will run a workshop. These include:

P1 – iPad Rules

P2 – Digi-Duck Safety

P3 – Staying Smart Online

P4 – Internet Safety Mini-Book

P5 – Internet Safety Quiz

P6 – Respect & Relationships when Online Gaming

P7 – All Fun and Games

If you are keen to find out more please click here. I will also send out a letter from Mr Houlahan (ICT Co-ordinator) giving further details and resources.

NSPCC Keeping Safe

Each year at All Children’s all teachers teach a ‘preventative curriculum’ as an integral part of our safeguarding & child protection work and we also run assemblies (which we are currently doing with individual classes). You are maybe already familiar with some of this work through related homeworks. Five years ago we were one of the first schools in Northern Ireland to be part of this project and we are continuing to use it throughout the school.

Each class has nine lessons each year and at its heart the programme helps children recognise abusive behaviours and stresses the importance of telling a trusted adult. It is an evidence-based whole-school programme designed to help primary schools teach children aged 4-11 years, important safety messages about issues such as bullying, sexual abuse and domestic abuse.

January 2022

Hope4Life Kindness Awards

Hope4Life the charity that uses comics with our P7s to teach about mental health issues recently sent us an email about their ‘Acts of Kindness Awards.’ Please see below for details.

Nominate a pupil (aged 8-16) who has made a difference to someone’s life with their Acts of Kindness, no matter how big or small. The competition is open to every child/young person who is a resident in Northern Ireland and who has showed kindness to those in their families, communities or friendship groups. It would be amazing for them to experience the awards live ceremony if they’re chosen by the judging panel.

Finalists will be invited to a star-studded in-person Awards Ceremony this year, complete with red carpet, 3-course meal and an array of entertainment where we can really highlight Northern Ireland’s wonderful young people.

Nominate in minutes through this link on our website Acts of Kindness Awards – Uberheroes Entries close on Friday 28th January at 5pm.

As staff working in a primary school we are lucky to frequently witness lovely small acts of kindness between the children and if you know someone who you feel is worthy of a nomination, please click on the link above.

December 2021

Christmas Plays

Due to Covid restrictions our Christmas performances, featuring Reception to P4, were filmed on Wednesday 15th December and family and friends were able to enjoy seeing the children via a private you-tube link. The children had great fun performing and were very excited to see themselves on screen. For Reception and P1 parents we were able to do 2 live socially-distanced shows!

There was a lovely Christmassy feel around the school with Christmas displays, trees, lights and on Thursday 2nd December the children enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner.

A copy of the Board of Governors Annual report 2020/21 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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