Classy Crafts have produced an advertisement to promote their latest product: “The Phone Box”. This is designed to encourage us to put our phones away when in company and to “Bring Back the Chat”
The group were awarded the Overall Winners of the Team Programme in the Southern Area at the recent Young Enterprise Tradefair at Rushmere. A super day, with excellent support from parents friends and the wider community. Keep up the good work Classy Crafts!!
With Safer Internet Day 2020 taking place on Tuesday 11th February, we in school will be looking at ways that we can keep safe when using the internet. This will be in assembly and in classes.
Parents and friends can access tips on keeping themselves and their young ones safe while using the internet on the link below:
Both KS2 and KS3 pupils visited the Museum in Armagh to extend their learning within the subjects of World Around Us and Environment and Society. The pupils attended the workshop, Playing through Time where they were given the opportunity to handle and play with old and new toys. The workshop invited the pupils to examine the materials that toys in the past were made from compared to today. Pupils handled tinplate toys, wooden toys, teddy bears and dolls made from a variety of materials as well as clockwork/windup toys. At the end of the interactive workshop they had the choice to make either a peg doll or peg plane to take home.
The Daily Mile is a new initiative started this year at Lisanally. This is a fully-inclusive activity, a free and simple initiative which improves the physical and mental health and wellbeing of children.
It only takes up a short amount of time on a daily basis-15 minutes of jogging, running or walking.
Staff members have reported that following this activity the pupils are much more settled and ready to learn. It gets everyone out in the fresh air and helps to keep us all fit and healthy.
We are now part of a supportive community of Daily Mile schools. Our school’s Pin will show on the Global Map.
The Daily Mile Foundation believe that “No Human Is Limited”, and wants to ensure that every child is physically active, outside with their friends.
So no excuses-hail, rain or snow. Get outside, and give it a go!!!
Jo Jingles is a colourful, friendly character who makes a visit to Lisanally every month. Our Ks1 and ks2 pupils really enjoy the hands-on fun. Jo brings special surprises in his bag each week and is always ready to move to the music with fun actions. Children get to use percussion instruments, including tambourines, and bells and learn songs and dance moves with their friends. Sometimes Jo is shy and needs encouragement too, but he always makes time for hugs when it is time to wave goodbye!
The united Nations’ (UN) Universal Children’s Day is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide. Universal Children’s Day promotes the welfare of and understanding between children.
Pupils in EYP & Class 1 making posters to celebrate Universal Children’s Day.
Below is a link to a youtube video for ParentLine, who can offer confidential advice on any aspect of parenting should you need it:
“ParentLine NI is here to support you, your teachers, pupils and Families by offering a free confidential service. We have created a short video for you to share on your School Open Night or at any event you feel suitable.
ParentLine is operated by qualified and trained counsellors. Please feel free to contact us on 0808 8020 400 for more information.”
Lisanally recently held a presentation of cheques to 4 charities – Cycle for Suicide, KBRT, Air Ambulance NI & Southern Area Hospice.
All 4 were presented with money raised from a number of events over the course of the term. £534.93 was presented to Cycle for Suicide after staff, parents and pupils held a spin-a-thon at The Mall in Armagh for a full day in November.
£500 was presented to KBRT & Air Ambulance following a sponsored walk/run at the Navan walk on Sunday 13th October and £833.50 was presented the Southern Area Hospice following the sponsored walk and also a coffee morning held in school on the day of our Ecumenical Service. We were delighted to welcome all representatives of the charities, which included one of our former colleagues Cecilia who received the cheque on behalf of the Southern Area Hospice – 4 amazing charities whom we were only too delighted to support! A total of £2368.43 – a super effort, well done all involved!!
This year our Annual Carol Service took place in the Methodist Church, Armagh on Thursday 12th December. The congregation was treated to an array of Christmas music. A beautiful rendition of 'It came upon a midnight clear' was sung by the senior choir. Three pupils played their clarinets and were excellent. 'Child in a manger born' was performed by the staff choir. The drumming groups, Pulse and Beat It, was an exceptional way to conclude the service. As always we were grateful to Hamiltonsbawn Silver Band for accompanying us throughout the night.
This December Classy Crafts held their annual Christmas Craft Fair in school. Parents Staff and friends were invited to visit their stall in school and had the opportunity to buy some wonderful products made by the team in VTU.
Among the items made were our Mobile Phone boxes – designed to promote conversation and reduce screen time for all. They also made a range of Christmas items and cake stands which were made from recycling unused/unwanted plates. We are very grateful to all who supported Classy Crafts and we would also like to congratulate Diane who won our wooden Santa which was raffled as part of the craft fair. A total of £383.30 profit was made!!!! A great start as the group now get ready for the Young Enterprise Trade fair in Rushmere in February.
On Tuesday 10th December, EYP and the Junior School performed ‘One Starry Night’ Nativity for family and friends. EYP and Key Stage One were the ‘stars’ of the Nativity and they were accompanied with a wonderful percussion group from Key Stage Two pupils. The hall was filled with family and friends to watch and they were treated to a spectacular performance. All the pupils were amazing! We had a Christmas Raffle and would like to thank everyone who bought tickets. Hope those who had a lucky ticket enjoyed their nice prizes!
At the end of November a group of parents, staff & pupils cycled from 9am until 3pm in The Mall Shopping centre in Armagh to help raise money for The Cycle for Suicide charity. The charity do super work in spreading the message - "It's ok to not feel ok".
A total of £534.34 was raised and was presented along with fundraising efforts for 3 other charities: KBRT, Southern Area Hospice & Air Ambulance NI. Well done to everyone involved and a huge thank you to all who contributed to the total amount.
Recently we were delighted to receive 2 tickets to the Cher Concert at the SSE Arena in Belfast on Sunday 3rd November to raffle for school funds.
We were overwhelmed with the generosity of the donation of the tickets, and also by the selling of tickets from parent & friends.
A total of £445.00 was raised and Mrs Eakin was drawn to be the winner!! Congratulations!!!