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27th Jun 2022

Our Year 3,4,5 and 6’s headed off to Letterkenny on Friday for their school trip. When we arrived, we were greeted by Emma who we had met before in school, when she was carrying out workshops for Action Mental Health. We had our lunch, then the real fun started!  We listened to music, got our faces painted, got our hair braided and took part in arts and crafts activities.

Thank you to Emma for the invite we all had a great time! :) 

 
 
 
 
24th Jun 2022

Well done to all our stars this week: 

⭐️ Nursery: Lucy 

⭐️ Year 1/2: Evelyn

⭐️ Year 2/3: Robbie

⭐️ Year 3/4: Eve & Annabel 

⭐️ Year 5/6: Sophie O & Jody

⭐️ Year 6/7: Katelyn 

 
 
 
 
21st Jun 2022

Some clips from Sports Day 🏅 

 
 
 
 
 
21st Jun 2022

The ‘Magnificent 7s’ in-paper feature will appear in this week’s Strabane Chronicle on Thursday 23rd June.

This photographic feature includes a class photograph of the departing Primary 7’s.

 
 
 
 
 
21st Jun 2022

During the month of June we have started our transition programme for the nursery children who are moving into P1 in our school in September.  The boys and girls have been for a few visits to experience the different sections of a typical day in P1. This includes, morning break, outside play in the playground and for a school dinner.  
They have coped exceptionally well with all of these transitions and we are very proud of them.  Here are a few photos of them having a great time in P1 with Mr Henderson and Anne. 😁

 
 
 
 
21st Jun 2022

Today was a very exciting day in Nursery! We walked down to Artigarvan play park for some fun and a picnic. Mrs Harper brought us down an iced lolly and we were so glad as it was quite warm.  Thankfully the weather stayed dry and the boys and girls had so much fun.  Sometimes the simple things in life are by far the best!!😁😁 
The children were so well behaved and most importantly had the best morning together having fun! ⭐️⭐️

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17th Jun 2022

A huge well done to all our boys and girls who graduated from nursery today, what a special morning celebrating with you all 👩‍🎓 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17th Jun 2022

Everyone at Artigarvan is delighted with the newest addition to the Artigarvan family. One of our very talented parents made this bear and gifted it to our school-we just love it!! Thank you so much to Kiara’s mum for our special bear 🐻 

 
 
 
 
 
17th Jun 2022

Well done to the boys and girls who took part in the Cycling Proficiency Scheme with Mr Campbell. Today in assembly they were presented with their certificates and a special badge to mark 50 years of Cycling Proficiency 🚲 

 
 
 
 
 
17th Jun 2022

Well done to Emma and Katelyn who became Word Millionaires and have now joined Millionaire's Row. Congratulations girls-we hope you enjoy your treats 🍬   

 
 
 
 
17th Jun 2022

🌟 Well done to all our stars this week 🌟 

⭐️ Year 1/2: Harper

⭐️ Year 2/3: Mason 

⭐️ Year 3/4: Mia

⭐️ Year 5/6: Darci

⭐️ Year 6/7: Emma & Katelyn

 
 
 
 
13th Jun 2022

Everyone in our room has been working hard on their times tables and division sums. Have a look at the movers within our room in the past few weeks. Well done everyone 😀

 
 
 
 
10th Jun 2022

We are delighted that we have another word millionaire to join our Millionaires Row notice board. A huge well done to Lucia 🌟 another reading star who has read one million words. 📚 

 
 
 
 
 
10th Jun 2022

Well done to all our stars this week: 

⭐️ Nursery: Sophia

⭐️ Year 1/2: Jack

⭐️ Year 2/3: Isla & Hannah

⭐️ Year 3/4: Eva

⭐️ Year 5/6: Jody

⭐️ Year 6/7: Olly & Roy

 
 
 
 
9th Jun 2022

Well done to all our boys and girls for taking part in Sports Day today! It all went so well despite the drizzle. We will complete the obstacle and novelty races on the next dry day and let you know how we get on 😊 

 
 
 
 
8th Jun 2022

We have had a busy week!! On Monday we came into nursery and we were greeted with 2 new arrivals. We had 2 chicks hatched from our eggs in the incubator. 🐣 As the week has progressed we have had more and more and managed to get 9 chicks from a batch of 12 eggs.  ðŸ˜¯

Today the boys and girls got to hold a chick for the 1st time.  We wanted to leave them for a few days to let them get a little stronger before they were handled by little hands. 

Today was very exciting and very child was brave enough to hold or pet a chick. We can’t wait to watch them grow and to care for them over the next couple of weeks. 🐥

 
 
 
 
7th Jun 2022

Today we celebrated two little children for their successes with outside of school activities.  Annie was a winner at a Jubilee Bonnet competition with Sollus which was held at Bready Primary School during the weekend. Well done Annie and what a magnificent bonnet!!

 

Also, during the same event Alex got presented with his Pirate Dance Award.  He brought in his trophy and certificate and we even got to have a little sample of his highland dancing.  Keep up the super work Alex. 

 
 
 
 
6th Jun 2022

Have a look at what the boys and girls in Afterschool Club have been up to as they celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 👑 

 
 
 
 
2nd Jun 2022

Year 1/2 have been very busy learning about the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. They had great fun using finger paints to design a colourful Queen’s head. The boys and girls were busy writing diamanté/diamond poems. A diamante poem, or diamond poem, is a style of poetry that is made up of seven lines. The text forms the shape of a diamond. Have a look at the finished masterpieces 👑 

 
 
 
 
1st Jun 2022

Thank you so much to everyone who supported our Fun Day. Over the past few weeks children have been bringing in bottles and items for the rainbow stall. We would also like to thank Spar in Artigarvan for their contribution to the bottle stall, the creamery for providing treats for break, Ali’s Steakhouse for the burgers, Mr Whippy for the ice-cream and to Mark Hetherington for his help getting the Full Swing vans up onto our pitch!!! Artigarvan definitely has community spirit when help is needed and we appreciate it all so much. We sent out a text to ask for any bakers to help out with the tea/coffee stand and we were overwhelmed by the response-thank you so much to everyone who donated tray bakes and buns. It was lovely to see all our families back at school and the children all having fun. We will update you of the final total raised in the coming days!!! Thank you once again for your continued support ☺️

 
 
 
 
1st Jun 2022

On Wednesday lots of beautiful Kings and Queens were enjoying lunch together to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Thank you to the kitchen staff for providing our party lunch 👸 

 
 
 
 
1st Jun 2022

Today the children made crowns and worked together to create a beautiful commemorative collage art piece to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee. Look at their faces beaming with pride!

 

 
 
 
 
27th May 2022

Emma from Action Mental Health called to school to collect the money that we raised from our Big Purple Picnic. Thank you to everyone who supported the Big Picnic - we raised £115 for Action Mental Health. We would also like to thank Action Mental Health for their workshops and support for pupils and staff this school year 💜 

 
 
 
 
27th May 2022

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week TT Rockstars were running a competition for all schools in Northern Ireland called Northern Ireland Rocks. The children in Artigarvan loved taking part and seeing how far up the leaderboard they could travel. Well done to the winners in each class and remember to keep practicing your tables on TT Rockstars 🎸 

 
 
 
 
27th May 2022

Well done to all our stars this week:

⭐️ Nursery: Torin

⭐️ Year 1/2: Poppy

⭐️ Year 2/3: Holly

⭐️ Year 3/4: Mia

⭐️ Year 5/6: Riley

⭐️ Year 6/7: William

 
 
 
 
26th May 2022

Well done to everyone who took part in the quick cricket tournament at Fox Lodge today. 

Everyone had a great time scoring runs, bowling brilliantly and some fantastic fielding.

Well done to both teams, ‘The lads’ and ‘Partygarvan’. 

Thank you to David and the North West Cricket Union for the invitation.

 
 
 
 
24th May 2022

Thank you to Clayton at Fultons Pumpkin Patch for kindly gifting our school some pumpkin plants. We are excited to watch these grow at school. Thank you Clayton 🎃 

 
 
 
 
 
24th May 2022

This week we had our final week of Families Connect.  We are very pleased with the turn out and would like to thank each parent for their participation in the 8 week programme.  We really hope you enjoyed it and have gained some strategies to use with your child. 

We had lots of discussions each week and as parents ourselves, (Mrs Harper and Mrs Preston) we were able to contribute and relate very much the rewarding job of parenting.  We learned lots from each other and we hope that you continue to play the games and use the strategies that we discussed. 

Thank you for your support and commitment each week. 

 
 
 
 
24th May 2022

This term our 2 topics are based around the farm and in the garden.  We have had lots of exciting things happening over the last few weeks.

 We have watched our sunflowers grow taller and taller each day. 🌻🌻 Some of them are growing slower than others but we are having patience.  

We have watched 10 caterpillars grow, make cocoons and we have been able to watch as 9 of them have turned into butterflies. We even managed to watch 2 butterflies emerge from their cocoons. It was amazing to watch this transformation! 🐛➡️🦋 We will release them from the net into the world very soon. 

We also have 12 hen eggs sitting in an incubator and we are hoping in 3 weeks time we will have some baby chicks. 🤞🏻

We have had fantastic learning opportunities with all of the new life and we are very excited to watch our eggs very carefully over the next few weeks. 

Enjoy looking at our photos and keep coming back to see if we have any new friends arrive. 🐥🐥

 
 
 
 
20th May 2022

A huge well done to Ella and Rebecca who became Accelerated Reading Word Millionaires today. Their photograph will now join the other Millionaires on Millionaires Row Notice Board 😊 Congratulations girls and keep up the fantastic reading 📖 

 
 
 
 
20th May 2022

Well done to all our stars this week:

⭐️ Nursery: Annie W

⭐️ Year 1/2: Eve

⭐️ Year 2/3: Russell

⭐️ Year 3/4: Charlie 

⭐️ Year 5/6: Zac

⭐️ Year 6/7: Katelyn 

 
 
 
 
19th May 2022

Thank you to everyone who supported our Action Mental Health Big Purple Picnic today-we raised £108 for Action Mental Health. 

 
 
 
 
19th May 2022

Primary 2 and 3 had great fun today sharing their picnic goodies with their friends and Mr Henderson’s class.

 

 
 
 
 
 
19th May 2022

Please see attached flyer from Parentline NI about their latest workshop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
18th May 2022

You are all invited to our Fun Day on Wednesday 1st June from 5-7pm

 
 
 
 
18th May 2022

There was lots of excitement in school this morning as we switched on as many devices as possible to help set a new Guinness world record “most viewers of a rolling numbers live stream”. 
A few weeks ago Gill and Tom from TimesTables Rockstars 🎸 visited our school and filmed Mr Campbell’s class performing the special five times tables chant. The boys and girls were happy to see themselves on screen this morning and delighted that the new world record has been set at over 5000. 
Today is National Numeracy Day and we are proud that our little school has been chosen to be part of this event…we would like to thank TimesTables Rockstars for involving our school. Keep rocking and rolling for National Numeracy Day 🎸 

 
 
 
 
 
 
13th May 2022

Huge congratulations to Noah who became an AR Word Millionaire today. Well done on reading one million words and we hope you enjoy your treats 🍬

 
 
 
 
 
13th May 2022

Well done to all our stars this week:

⭐️ Nursery: Eve

⭐️ Year 1/2: Charlie

⭐️ Year 2/3: Brett

⭐️ Year 3/4: Abbie

⭐️ Year 5/6: Rebecca

⭐️ Year 6/7: Noah

 
 
 
 
11th May 2022

The Translink Safety Bus visited our school and the pupils in P6 and P7 had the opportunity to hear what Kevin and Paul from Translink had to say about keeping safe on the bus (and waiting for the bus). This was especially useful for children moving to secondary school in September who may not be familiar with travelling by bus. Thank you for visiting our school Translink!! 

 
 
 
 
9th May 2022

On Friday 29th April our Year 6 pupils travelled to Strabane Academy to take part in a cricket blitz organised by North West Cricket Union. Congratulations to Olivia and Noah who received a prize on the day.

On Friday 6th May the Year 7 pupils travelled into Strabane Academy for their blitz, well done to prize winners Katelyn and Harry 🏏 

 
 
 
 
6th May 2022

🌟 Well done to all our stars this week 🌟

⭐️ Nursery: Drew

⭐️ Year 1/2: Jaxon

⭐️ Year 2/3: Ellie-May

⭐️ Year 3/4: Ariana

⭐️ Year 5/6: Sophie O

⭐️ Year 6/7: Abbey-Gale

 
 
 
 
6th May 2022

On Tuesday 10th May we will be taking part in Action Mental Health Great Big Purple Picnic as part of Mental Health Awareness Week (9th-15th May). More information will follow 🧺 

 
 
 
 
 
6th May 2022

This week we have been keen little gardeners as we have planted some sunflower seeds. Mrs Preston read us a story called ‘Sam plants a Sunflower’ and we used this to help us with each step. The children have planted one seed each and we will watch over the next few weeks to see if we can see any little shoots starting to grow. 
Each day we will choose a little helper to water and check our seeds. 

We can’t wait to keep you posted if we see any growth but we know that we must have patience.

 
 
 
 
6th May 2022

Last week we met for week 5 of Families Connect which was based around ‘Book Talk.’ We had lots of conversations about the importance of books and reading stories to our children.  Our parents participated and told us about experiences they have at home in relation to story time and exploring books. 

When the children joined us they spent some time with their Mummy reading some of the books on display.  One child was enjoying the special story time so much he stayed behind with his Mummy to finish his book after the session had finished. 

Thank you to those parents for their participation and commitment each week. 

 
 
 
 
6th May 2022

This morning we had 3 fluffy little visitors who came to meet us. 🐥🐥🐥  Torin’s Daddy Tom, brought in their chicks to let the boys and girls see and hold them. Torin taught us how we need to hold the chicks and told us about which ones will grow to be chickens or roosters.  Did you know if a chick has furry feet, it is female?

Most children wanted to hold a chick and the they all did fantastic.  One little chick kept trying to fly away but we managed to keep it safe.  It even tried to climb up onto William’s shoulder!😁

A big thank you to Torin and his Daddy for bringing in the chicks and teaching us lots of new things. What a fantastic learning experience!

 
 
 
 
 
29th Apr 2022

Well done to all our stars this week:

⭐️ Nursery: Cally

⭐️ Year 1/2: Judah

⭐️ Year 2/3: Alesha

⭐️ Year 3/4: Beth

⭐️ Year 5/6: Olivia

⭐️ Year 6/7: Beth

 
 
 
 
28th Apr 2022

We had lots of fun taking part in the 10th anniversary of the Daily Mile. Each day in school the boys and girls take some time to go outside and complete the daily mile. We have been doing this in our class bubbles for some time now but today we all joined together (including nursery) in our lovely pink t-shirts to celebrate ten years of the Daily Mile. Happy 10th Birthday Daily Mile from everyone at Artigarvan Primary School and Community Nursery 🥳 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
27th Apr 2022

Our school and nursery will be taking part in this tomorrow-please wear your trainers and tracksuit bottoms/shorts. You will receive your free tshirt in school tomorrow morning 😊

 
 
 
 
 
7th Apr 2022

Well done to all the boys and girls in Year 3 and Year 4 and their grown ups who completed six weeks of paired reading.

Well done to all the children in Years 5-7 who reached their target in Accelerated Reading-enjoy your Easter egg and homework pass.

 
 
 
 
7th Apr 2022

Today, every child in school and nursery has received an Easter Egg from the Hills Church. Inside one of the eggs there will be a golden ticket 🎟 If you find the golden ticket you can visit the Hills Church Fun Day (every child has a leaflet today about this). At the Fun Day you will receive your prize which is a pair of Air Pods. Thank you so much to the Hills Church for their kindness and good luck everyone….who will find the Golden Ticket????

 
 
 
 
 
6th Apr 2022

Easter has arrived at After School Club this week - the boys and girls made beautiful Easter trees and some yummy treats 🧁 have a look at the photographs to see the finished products.

 
 
 
 
6th Apr 2022

What an amazing display of egg creations in our hall today, the cooks Cherry and Samantha had such a hard decision to pick a first, second and third in each class. Well done everyone you all made beautiful eggs this year. Congratulations to all our winners:

🐰Nursery🐰

1st: Darcy

2nd: Drew

3rd: Lily-Rose

🐰Year 1🐰

1st: Sophie (two chicks)

2nd: Alex (bumblebee and ladybird) 

3rd: Amelia-Rose (a man)

🐰Year 2🐰

1st: Brett (meteor hits dinosaurs)

2nd: Carrie (smell the morning flowers) 

3rd: Jamie (Mario)

🐰Year 3🐰

1st: Eva (Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your eggtastic hair)

2nd: Russell (Minions) 

3rd:Amelia (egg zoo)

🐰Year 4🐰

1st: Rachel (Barry’s Eggscellent Bus)

2nd: Nancy (Queens Jubilegg)

3rd: Max (Egg Sheeran)

🐰Year 5🐰

1st: Jasmine (Humpty Dumpty)

2nd: Zac (Easter Castle) 

3rd: Mason (Egg-cient Egypt)

🐰Year 6🐰

1st: Chloe Y (Easter Tree)

2nd: Zara (wildlife) 

3rd: Beth (Easter Fish Bowl) 

🐰Year 7🐰

1st: Sarah-Jane (The Wizard of Eggz)

2nd: Savannah (Secret Garden) 

3rd: Ella (Mr McGregor’s Garden)

 
 
 
 
5th Apr 2022

Please find attached our new menu for after Easter. Children will receive a paper copy tomorrow.

 
 
 
 
4th Apr 2022

Last week as part of our 50th celebrations every child received a birthday bag with some treats. Thank you to past pupil Trevor McGerrigle for this lovely poem that we were able to put in the birthday bags.

 
 
 
 
4th Apr 2022

This week we had lots of fun again with Kathleen.  We sang a new song about a bunny for Easter and Kathleen treated us with some music by playing her ukulele as we sang along.  We explored fast and slow music too.  Thank you for another fantastic session Jo and Kathleen. 😁

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1st Apr 2022
  • The children in Year 2 and Year 5 have been enjoying Parental Involvement in Numeracy. The children had the opportunity to take home numeracy games to play with their parents. Well done to all the children and grown ups!! 
 
 
 
 
1st Apr 2022

Today in assembly Sarah-Jane and Jessica became Word Millionaires and will join the others on Millionaire’s Row photograph board. Chloe has now read two million words 🌟 and received some treats also. Well done girls and keep up the reading 📚 

 
 
 
 
1st Apr 2022

Well done to all our stars this week:

⭐️ Nursery: Tommy

⭐️ Year 1/2: Bella-Rose

⭐️ Year 2/3: Ella & Mason 

⭐️ Year 3/4: Rachel

⭐️ Year 5/6: Zara 

⭐️ Year 6/7: Sarah-Jane & Jessica 

 
 
 
 
30th Mar 2022

Today we had our 3rd week of Families Connect. We talked about the importance of giving your child praise and we also looked at the different types of praise. 
It made us all think about how often we actually praise our children and the different ways in which we do it. 

When the children came to join us, they spent some time making a Superstar Award with their Mummy. They will use this at home to pick someone each day to be the Superstar and they will talk about why that family member deserves to get the award. 

Praising our children will help develop their self esteem and self confidence so let’s all think and speak positively to our children. 💙

 
 
 
 
30th Mar 2022

What a special day we had in Artigarvan Primary School celebrating our 50th Birthday! It started with a shout out on Downtown Radio from Gary and Glen who sang Happy Birthday to our school 🎵 

In school, Mrs Harper held an outdoor assembly on the playground, we sang our Happy Birthday song followed by a quiz about our school. The boys and girls in Artigarvan have definitely researched the history of our school very well-they answered every question correctly 🌟 

We had a disco/party on the playground before dinner with lots of fancy dance moves on display followed by a lovely party dinner -thank you to the kitchen staff for providing this 🌭 🍟 

The children were wondering why there was no dessert at dinner time but soon had a big smile on their faces when they went out to find the Mr Whippy van parked outside 🍦 

Before the children went home they received a birthday bag with some treats as well as some keepsakes to remind them of the time their very special primary school turned 50. 

We hope everyone enjoyed their day and thank you for celebrating with us 🎂 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
28th Mar 2022

What a noisy week with Kathleen and Jo today, we were playing the cymbals!!! Look at how much fun we were having and we were still able to follow the instructions that Kathleen was giving us. Well done boys and girls! 

 
 
 
 
 
28th Mar 2022

Our topic at present is Nursery Rhyme time and we have decided to participate in The Rhyme Challenge from Bookstart.  Each week the children get sent home 2 nursery rhymes to learn during that week.  We try to sing these in class also as singing can be done by anyone no matter of their ability.  This initiative is to encourage parents/grandparents to sing more nursery rhymes with their children as it seems that fewer children can recite the most common rhymes when they are of pre-school age. 
Have a listen to 3 of our children who very confidently stood up and performed these rhymes in front of their peers. Well done to William, Lily-Rose and Darcy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25th Mar 2022

A huge well done to Bethany who has joined Millionaires Row and has read one million words in Accelerated Reading. Congratulations Bethany…we hope you enjoy your treats and keep up the fantastic reading 📕 

 
 
 
 
 
25th Mar 2022

🌟Well done to all our stars this week:

⭐️ Nursery: Elsie

⭐️ Year 1/2: Victoria

⭐️ Year 2/3: Nicki

⭐️ Year 3/4: Nancy 

⭐️ Year 5/6: Tamzin

⭐️ Year 6/7: Bethany 

 
 
 
 
25th Mar 2022

Today we received our Queen's Green Canopy Plaque from our tree planting on Wednesday, we also received this message:

We are delighted to confirm your Jubilee tree planting has been uploaded to The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) map.

Please find attached your QGC virtual plaque, which we invite you to share on social media using the hashtag #QueensGreenCanopy or #plantatreeforthejubilee to encourage others across the UK to get involved.

Please follow our digital channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where we will be sharing Jubilee tree plantings throughout the official planting season, which is from October to March. 

Thank you for your contribution to this special initiative, which we hope will inspire countless others. With your support we are creating a greener UK and a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the nation, which will benefit future generations.

 

 
 
 
 
 
25th Mar 2022

This week our class were working hard on their times tables. We have all 32 pupils on the T-team board now 🙌🙌

 

Have a look at the movers this week. 

Eva became a cub

Emily became a cadet

Nancy became a captain 

Sarah became a commander

Lacey and Alfie have became a division whiz

 
 
 
 
25th Mar 2022

On Monday it was our turn to walk, bike or scoot to school. We got out on our wheeled vehicles to have some fun on the playground. It was so encouraging to see so many confident riders in our class already! 

 
 
 
 
25th Mar 2022

Thank you so much for your fabulous contributions to our growing challenge! We weeded the bed before planting onions, carrots, peas, sunflowers and some beautiful wildflowers! We can’t wait to see the little seedlings sprout but until they do we have some weeding and watering to do each week! 

 
 
 
 
24th Mar 2022

On Wednesday 23rd March the sun shone brightly over our little school while the boys and girls sat patiently awaiting the arrival of our special visitors. The Board of Governors and Mrs Harper first welcomed Lord Lieutenant Robert Scott to Artigarvan Primary School. The Lord Lieutenant visited as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy Initiative. 

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.

A short while later we welcomed Minister of Education Michelle McIlveen to our school and we were delighted that she was able to attend our school as it is our 50th birthday next week. 

When everyone had taken their seats the Minister and Lord Lieutenant were treated to some highland dancing by eight of our pupils who attend Sollus Highland Dance. Darren who comes to our school each week to teach chanter kindly led the girls on the bagpipes and we would like to thank Georgina (Sollus Highland Dancers) and Darren for this special touch to our day. 

The boys and girls sang our Happy Birthday song to the Minister and Lord Lieutenant before P7 girls Savannah and Emma presented a letter to the Minister from our P7s explaining how the plans for our new school in 2008 never happened. They listed some of the things that they would like changed at our school especially our toilets and are hoping the Minister will have a think about our new school that we were promised back in 2008. 

Jodie-Lynn and Layla our youngest pupils in P1 presented a beautiful basket of flowers to the Minister and Cassie presented a gift to Lord Lieutenant Robert Scott to thank them for visiting our school on its 50th birthday. 🎂 

We had some birthday bags to give out to our guests which contained some little keepsakes to remember our 50th birthday as well as a copy of one of the winning birthday cards from our birthday card competition. Thank you to Alex, Cassie, Emily, Danny and Olly for distributing these. 

Next Roy met with the Minister and Lord Lieutenant to tell them about the items we had chosen for our time capsule. We had items to remind us of 2022 such as face mask, a pencil for our 50th birthday, a special 50p which was released for the Jubilee and an AQE test. The Minister and Roy placed the items in the time capsule before screwing on the lid and putting up our plaque “Here lies our Time Capsule, Artigarvan Primary School 50th Anniversary”.

It was then time for the planting of our beautiful birch tree. Lord Lieutenant Robert Scott with the help of James in P6 planted the tree. We had lots of photographs and clapping before the Minister went on a tour of our school with Mrs Harper and the staff. 

We would like to thank the boys and girls for being wonderful representatives of our school-you all were amazing and the Minister especially loved meeting the boys and girls in our Afterschool Club while she was having a tour of the school. 

Thank you Minister and Lord Lieutenant for a lovely relaxed afternoon that we won’t forget on our 50th year and please everyone check out the Queen’s Green Canopy Initiative website. We are very proud of our little school and all the teamwork from staff and pupils to have it looking beautiful for our guests. 

 

 
 
 
 
24th Mar 2022

We had a lovely afternoon yesterday when the Minister of Education and Lord Lieutenant visited our school. Here is a video of the highlights…more photographs to follow 📸 

 
 
 
 
 
24th Mar 2022

Yesterday we arrived to nursery to find a brand new climbing frame. We were given some funding for the well being of the children and we decided to buy this for our outdoor area. It has a climbing wall, metal bars and ropes to climb up and the best bit is the long wavy slide. We took turns to make sure everyone had a go today and there were lots of happy boys and girls. 😁

 
 
 
 
23rd Mar 2022

Children in school were asked to design a birthday card for our 50th birthday next week. Thank you to all the boys and girls who created some beautiful birthday cards 🎂 Well done to the winners who received a 50th birthday pencil and bar of chocolate: 

🎈 Robbie

🎈 Russell

🎈Aaliyah

🎈Emme 

🎈Sarah-Jane


Copies of the winning cards were put into gift bags for the Education Minister, Lord Lieutenant Robert Scott and special guests who visited our school to plant a tree for the Queens Jubilee and our 50th birthday celebrations. 

 
 
 
 
 
21st Mar 2022

This week our school is taking part in the Sustran’s initiative ‘Wheel to School Week.’ Today the nursery boys and girls were allowed to bring their bikes or scooters to school.  We got the chance to ride around the playground in the main school and what a special treat for the boys and girls.  They absolutely loved it and had so much fun.  Well done everyone for taking part today and don’t forget to keep scooting/riding to school every day this week. 👍

 
 
 
 
 
18th Mar 2022

Well done to Charlie and Zara for becoming Cubs, to Mya who is a Cadet and Sarah who is now a Captain. Keep up the hard work!

 
 
 
 
18th Mar 2022

On Wednesday we were learning about St Patrick. Afterwards we completed some art work. First we cut out a template of a shamrock. ☘️ We then held it in place on another page and used our fingers to dab the paint around the outline of the shamrock. When we removed the template it showed the outline of the shamrock. Have a look at our super art work. 

 
 
 
 
16th Mar 2022

An invitation for past pupils and former staff to call into school for a browse around school, a time to reminisce, meet the staff and enjoy a cup of tea...

 
 
 
 
15th Mar 2022

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to our Ukraine Appeal last week. We were able to donate £410 to help the people of Ukraine through Colin Tinsleys GoFundMe page. You may have seen Colin on the BBC news or you can check out his Go Fund Me Page “Helping Ukrainians taking refuge in Poland” to see the amazing work he is doing for the people of Ukraine. 

 
 
 
 
 
11th Mar 2022

As our world book week author was Julia Donaldson, each child brought in a wooden spoon to transform into their favourite Julia Donaldson character. The children chose their characters, painted the spoon and then added details once it was dry. We had great fun retelling our stories using the spoons, don’t they look great?  

 
 
 
 
11th Mar 2022

As part of our topic ‘In the toy box’, Year 1 & 2 enjoyed making their own sock puppets this week. Mrs Kane helped with the hot glue gun and the children chose their materials and where each item would go. We can’t wait to use them next week to tell stories! 

 
 
 
 
 
11th Mar 2022

On Monday, Kathleen and Jo Jingles came to Nursery.  We had fun singing lots of familiar songs and it linked very well to our new topic, Nursery Rhyme Time. We can’t wait for the next session next Monday. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
11th Mar 2022

Well done to Katie who has now joined Millionaire’s Row!! Katie has read one million words in Accelerated Reading and today received some treats for her achievement and has earned her place on our special board of Word Millionaires “Millionaires Row”. Congratulations Katie 🌟 

 
 
 
 
 
11th Mar 2022

🌟 Well done to all our stars this week 🌟

⭐️ Nursery: Jacob C

⭐️ Year 1/2: Poppy

⭐️ Year 2/3: Robbie

⭐️ Year 3/4: Melissa 

⭐️ Year 5/6: Katie B

⭐️ Year 6/7: Katie H

 
 
 
 
10th Mar 2022

This week we have been looking at symmetry, we have been trying to find symmetrical items within our room. 

We have also been looking at the lines of symmetry in shapes.

On Thursday we made our very own symmetrical cards. We first folded the page in half then put blobs of paint in a pattern. When we folded the other half of the page over we pressed it down and held it for 10 seconds. Have a look at our finished cards.

 
 
 
 
8th Mar 2022

Lyric theatre visit - lots of fun watching the show - a great way to learn about recycling through drama ⭐️

 
 
 
 
 
4th Mar 2022

Most of the boys and girls have now received a certificate for zipping up their coat independently.  Super work boys and girls! Now your grownup won’t have to help you to do this job. 👍👍

 
 
 
 
 
4th Mar 2022

🌟Well done to all our stars this week: 

⭐️ Nursery: Henry

⭐️ Year 1/2: Victoria

⭐️ Year 2/3: Jamie

⭐️ Year 3/4: Eve

⭐️ Year 5/6: Kiara

⭐️ Year 6/7: Alex