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MARCH 2019



First Confession

The P3 children will celebrate the sacrament of Penance at 2pm on Tuesday 5th May. Parents are asked to collect P3 pupils at 1.10 and to go directly to the chapel.


Choir members are asked to attend First Confession as well. The choir will be bused to the chapel and should be collected from there at 2.45. If you are unable to make arrangements for your child to be collected at the chapel, they can remain in school and go home as usual.


Please complete the permission slip attached.


Ash Wednesday

P4 – P7 pupils will attend mass in Aghagallon on Ash Wednesday. P1 – P3 pupils will receive ashes in school.


Staff Training

All our staff are being trained on the use of Google Classroom on Wednesday 27th March. To facilitate this, we will be closing at 1.15 on that day. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause but this training is essential for our staff.



Over the next few weeks and months a number of our staff will be trained in the Heartstart programme. This will enable us to deliver an Emergengy Life Saving skills programme to our pupils at a level appropriate to them. These are skills for life and we feel this will greatly benefit all those involved.


Congratulations Mrs Jordan

We would like to congratulate Mrs Jordan on her nomination for Classroom Assistant of the Year at the upcoming Families First Award ceremony on the 9th March. We wish her every success. Good luck from everyone in Derrymore! A sincere thank you to the parent who nominated her.

We really appreciate this.


St Patrick’s Day

School will be closed on Monday 18th March.


St Mary’s Aghagallon will organise their annual parade from the Cranagh Hall at

10am to mass in Aghagallon at 11. We would love for our school to be represented in

the parade. Complete the attached slip if you would like to be part of the parade

this year.


Gaelic Training

Gaelic training for P5/6/7 will begin again on Monday 4th March. Please bring appropriate clothing and gumshields.


World Book Day: Thursday 7th March

We have planned a number of events to celebrate World Book Day. An information sheet was sent home with all pupils in relation to this. Details can be found on the school Facebook page.

Dress Up for World Book Day

We would like the children to dress up for World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. No need to buy an expensive costume. Just wear one of the following inspired by the books listed.


  • A stripy top (Where’s Wally? Burglar Bill Cops and Robbers)

  • A Football Strip (Football Academy Willy the Wizard)

  • Witch or wizard’s hat (The Worst Witch Harry Potter Meg and Mog Room on the Broom)

  • Everyday clothes (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and Lola)


Credit Union Quiz

Good luck to Amy, Cliodhna, Oisin and Padraig in the Chapter level of the Credit Union quiz on Sunday 3rd March. The team recently beat off very stiff competition from all other primary schools in the Lurgan/Craigavon area to become the Under 11 winners. We hope you all have a great day on Sunday.


Bee Safe

The P7 class will take part in the Bee Safe Campaign on Tuesday 12th March from 10am to 11.30am. This will take place in Brownstown Community Centre Portadown. The event is organised by the Policing and Community Safety Partnership. Please complete and return the attached permission slip.


Friends of Derrymore

There will be a meeting of our PTA group on Thursday 28th February at 7.30pm to organise some fund raising activities and to begin to make preparations for our school’s 50th anniversary. Newly signed up members are asked to attend. If any other parent or relative would like to join the group please join us at this meeting.

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