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This Week in St. Colman's ... 
Maths Week 
Monday 20th October 
Shoe Box Appeal Team  
P6 Tin Whistle Tuition 
Swimming P6 
GAA Coaching P4, 5 & 7 
P 4 - 7 Music Tuition 
Monday 27th October 
Halloween Dress Up Day P1 & P7 
School closed at 12 noon 
Welcome back to school everyone! 
I extend a very special word of welcome to all the children who are starting school for the first time in Primary 1. It is lovely to see them settling into their new class and leaving with a smile each day. 
I also welcome the children who have joined us in other classes. I know that they will have been made feel at home and those first morning fears and anxieties are no longer there. 
It was my delight and privilege to welcome all the children 
back to school as the new principal of their school, St. Colman’s. 
I look forward to working with everyone in the school, children, parents, staff, Board of Governors and all others associated with the school 
I wish to thank you all for your best wishes as I begin my first days! 
We wish Mr. White many years of health and happiness in his retirement. 
Mrs Donnelly 
P4 - 7 children had a visit from two members of the Down Ladies Football team on Thursday 18th September for a great question and answer session. 
Healthy Break 
The children have taken part for many years in the Healthy Break Initiative. 
We encourage the children to eat a healthy snack at break time and avail of the milk provided by the school. P2-P7 bring in a snack of their own choice and P1 children have a snack during Play Time which is provided by the school. 
Safety of Children 
At the beginning of each school year it is necessary to gather important information concerning your child. Please set aside time to read and complete the forms sent home with your child and return to the class teacher as soon as possible. 
The safety of your child is paramount to all of us here at all times. When your child has to leave school for any reason before home time it is now necessary to sign a registration book at Reception. 
School Uniform 
All our children look very smart in their school uniform. Thank you parents for all your efforts to make sure that full school uniform is worn. 
I would appreciate that children would wear navy tracksuit bottoms, white polo shirt, trainers and blue school jumper on PE days.  
Your child’s teacher will tell you when your child will have PE. We are awaiting details from coaches from GAA and Ulster Council who provide coaching once a week throughout the school. In the meantime teachers will begin PE activities and you will know either from the class teacher or your child when to wear PE uniform. 
Thank you for your anticipated co-operation. 
We had fun in all classes last week for Maths Week. 
Flu Vaccination 
Tuesday 4th November 
The nurse wil be in school to vaccinate children against the flu virus.  
Please note this was a children's holiday in our orignal holiday list sent home in September. School will be open that day and children should be present to receive the vaccination.  
We were privileged to host the  
'Voice of Africa' choir all the way from Uganda on Thursday 18th September. As you can see from the photos it truly was a spectular performance filled with beautiful music and dance. 
It is very important that all lines of communication are operating at all times. When you need any information, no matter how small, your first point of contact is your child’s teacher. The school secretary, all staff and I are readily available to assist with any concerns or enquiries. 
It is vital that the contact details for your child are always correct. If your details change for any reason please inform the office as soon as possible to update our records. 
I am introducing a whole school texting service during this term. This service will be used when parents/guardians need to be contacted at short notice for example school closure due to inclement weather. Please ensure that our records always have the correct mobile telephone number of the person whom you have listed as contact number 1. 
T: 028 4176 3179 
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