If you feel your little one is worrying about coming back to school please do not hesitate to contact the Principal or class teacher who will work with you to make this transition as smooth as possible.
RISE NI have created this short video clip to help parents support their child’s return to school, to help cope with any worries or fears children may have going back into their classrooms.
Understanding Childhood Worry & Anxiety
Please watch this short video clip to help parents to support their child with feelings of anxiety or worries.
You may also find other useful links on the RISE WEBSITE.
Parents have started to call requesting information about the new process. Please be assured everyone will be provided with as much support as they need, and you have plenty of time to prepare. You can begin by having a look at the local post primary school websites and review their admission criteria. All Post Primary Schools have 'Virtual Open Days' available on their websites. Take time with your child, to look at these now.
Admission Criteria will be published and are available on the EA Website
POST-PRIMARY APPLICATION PARENT CHECKLIST
The Post-Primary application process will take place online, for the first time, in 2021. The application process will be open from 12 noon on 1 March and will remain open until 4pm on 16 March. Please see our parent checklist that may help you prepare for the process or visit our website for more details.
The Post Primary online application procedure opens at 12 noon on Monday 1 March 2021 and closes at 4pm on Tuesday 16 March 2021.
Parents access the outcome of their child’s application via the online portal
P1 Applications went online for a few years and this was straightforward. We are therefore confident that the process will work relatively smoothly. It is however very important that parents do their 'homework' now with their children, make their choices and know which criteria apply to them.
It is important, particularly for those who wish to apply to over subscribed schools, that careful consideration is given to the admissions criteria and time is taken to ensure that parents clearly state how they meet the set criteria on the admissions portal when applying, particularly this year, where test results are not available to be used.
World Book Day is a celebration of books and reading in school - It is an opportunity to encourage our children to read for learning and pleasure. This year we are having a 'Potato Challenge' where the children are being asked to decorate a potato as one of their favourite book characters. Further details are available on the children's class Seesaw Page.
We look forward to seeing their finished products next week.
Some ideas are available on pinterest
School is closed to pupils all of next week for the half term break. While most of us have not been in the building, it will be a break for everyone from 'Remote Learning'. Let's hope it warms up a bit so that we can get outside to enjoy the first signs of new beginnings - like the snowdrops.
Congratulations on how well you have all done this half term and enjoy the break.
Pupils will need their C2K username to do this. This is their login when they logging in to the computer network in school. Their initial, surname and 3 numbers. If you need reminded of this please contact email@example.com and it will be sent to you.
Please find attached the staff information sheet which is the most straightforward guide to installing the package on to your home computers.
Support is Available -
We really want this to work for everyone. Our teachers are extremely conscientious and are working hard to plan interesting, varied, fun activities at your child's level.
Please do not hesitate to contact school if you are having any connection issues, need advice. Copies or booklets can be made available from the school office - but must be 'ordered' and collected at a prearranged time.
This morning our Covid Link Officer provided the following links to pointers, tips and advice which parents might find useful to help establish routines with your children over the following weeks. We all want this to be as constructive as we can make it for your children.
Congratulations to this year's 'Eco Warriors' who were chosen by their class mates. Mrs Kerrigan will be delighted to get your ideas and help to maintain our school grounds and ideas for recycling. Our Eco Flag shows our care for the school and the environment.
A new ‘Phone First’ service is being trialled at Daisy Hill and Craigavon Area Hospital Emergency Departments and South Tyrone Minor Injuries Unit from today (Monday 30th November).
Patients including children, who are considering attending with an urgent but not life threatening injury or illness are being asked to ‘Phone First’.
The service will operate 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
The ‘Phone First’ number to ring is 0300 123 3 111
Text relay number is: 18001 0300 123 3 111
Please find attached below a letter sent to parents on Thursday 12th November and links to this year's 'Antibullying Anthem' from Andy and the Odd Socks - 'The Kids Are United'.
By now I am sure, through TV, radio or social media, you are aware that schools have been instructed to finish this Friday, 16th October for an extended Half Term holiday by the Department of Education. I can only apologize for the inconvenience that this late announcement may cause working parents at this time. It is planned that school will reopen to all pupils on Monday 2nd November.
The Department of Education have designated this as an extension to our half term holiday as distinct to learning moving home as happened last March. Some of this time off has to be taken from our school holiday allocation with the department allocating additional ‘Exceptional Closure’ days to cover the closure. I therefore have to make another change to our annual holiday list. (An updated holiday list will be posted on the school website as soon as it has been confirmed with DENI).
While most KS1 & KS2 classes have already got reading and spelling lists home for next week which teachers would welcome your continued help with, please note, as directed by DENI, work will not be posted on the school Website or Seesaw for the children during the two weeks of this half term holiday.
Free School Meals
During the week beginning 19 October direct payments will be made to pupils in receipt of Free School Meals.
School App & Messaging
Many parents have signed up for our school App. Using the App, letters like this one, go directly to your phone or email account. While it is appreciated that not everyone uses email, it is proving a quick and efficient means of getting information to parents and we would encourage as many parents as possible to make use of it, especially at this time. You are welcome to email: firstname.lastname@example.org including your mobile telephone number and child’s name to be included in future emails.
Foundation Stage Macmillan Collection
Sincere thanks to everyone who so generously donated to the Macmillan Coffee Morning. Please check the P1 & P2 class pages on the school website for a flavor of the experiences enjoyed by the pupils both preparing for the event and at home in aid of this very worthwhile charity. P2 have also added a little video to say thank you. The amazing amount of £908 has been sent to the charity. We appreciate the work put in by our P1 & P2 staff, particularly Mrs. Moore’s who coordinated the event.
Continued Vigilance Please
Please continue to keep up your guard and stay safe during half term. We really want everyone back in school to learn together after this two week break. We continue to remind children to remain in their class bubble and regular handwashing while in school.
Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell and especially if they have any Covid 19 symptoms:
The PHA & EA’s latest guidance poster which includes testing information has been posted on the school website at: https://www.windsorhillps.co.uk/newsletters-and-letters-for-parents/
Please feel free to contact school for any further clarification.
Miss I McKane
Congratulations to all our pupils whose work was chosen by their class teacher this month for the best classwork board. Each child received a certificate and Windsor Hill 'Well Done' pencil this morning to recognise their achievements. Our best classwork board is updated monthly. We look forward to showcasing further good work throughout the year.
We usually celebrate this success at Assembly, but in the absence of whole school assemblies at present we want to show everyone through our website.
(Please note we do not publish pupil names on the website - the reason for the blanked out certificate).