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									                               Stirling Council Education Services
             St. Mary’s R.C. Primary School, Park Drive, Bannockburn, Stirling FK7 0EH
                                    Headteacher: Mrs T. O’Hanlon
                              Tel: 01786 812294 Fax: 01786 818332
                                             December 2010

The severe weather has posed many challenges and disrupted the usual flow to school life over the last few
weeks. In the new term we aim to look at a more efficient way of informing parents of school closures. A
possible way ahead of improving communication will be via the new school website or by a text messaging
service that could be introduced. I would like to thank parents for their patience and understanding throughout
this difficult period.

 Advent                                                 Christmas Fayre

 Due to the severe weather we had to cancel the         A record number of parents and friends visited the
 first two Advent Masses. However we had a              school for the Christmas Fayre. It was a great
 good turn out of children, parents and staff last      afternoon and the children all thoroughly enjoyed it
 Wednesday morning. Weather permitting Mass             from start to finish. Thank you to everyone who
 will go ahead this Wednesday at 8.40am.                contributed and who helped make the Fayre such a
                                                        success. Thank you to the Parent Council for the
                                                        tremendous amount of organisation and hard work.
                                                        A total of £4100 was raised.

                                                        Twinning Project
 Nativity Play
                                                        Cardinal O’Brien visited St.Ninian’s Primary School
 This year’s Nativity Play, “It’s A Baby” was           last week to view the joint project both schools had
 performed by P1, P2 and P3 children to a packed        been involved in. A group of P7 children from both
 audience last Wednesday afternoon and                  schools delivered a power point presentation on the
 Thursday morning. Today the children did a final       joint working in the lead up to the Papal Visit. P5/6,
 performance for the whole school. All three            alongside senior pupils from St.Ninian’s entertained
 performances were extremely well done and              during the Christmas concert which followed. The
 enjoyed by all.                                        Cardinal expressed how delighted he was that the
                                                        two schools worked so successfully together and
                                                        how much he enjoyed the concert.

 The whole school was treated to the Pantomime,         Anti Bullying Week
 Cinderella, last week in the school hall. Chaplins,
 Theatre Company entertained the children from          During “Anti Bullying Week” the whole school
 beginning to end. A big thank you to the Parent        participated in our anti bullying programme. This
 Council for funding the venture.                       provided the children with knowledge of what bullying
                                                        is and how to respond if at any time they feel
 Carol Singers                                          unhappy or unsafe in school. This is an area which
                                                        we take very seriously and the programme provided
 Well done to the senior pupils who visited             opportunity for discussion and reinforced the
 Bannockburn Hospital last week to sing carols          message to the children of how to access help if
 and Christmas songs. Thank you also to the             need be. The school’s Health and Wellbeing
 choir who sang at the Grand Boys Shop                  programme and R.E. programme will provide
 alongside children from Bannockburn Primary.           ongoing opportunities to reinforce this very important

        I hope you will find the dates for the sessio
                     Eco News

         We now have our recycling bins up and
          running. Please send in old mobile
          phones and batteries if you can.
         Please remember the Carbon cutter plan
          target this month. It was to plan your
          meals so there was less food wasted. We
          will be assessing them next term.
         The winners of our recycled tree           On the last day of term children may be collected at
          decorations have been announced in the     12pm which will be the start of lunch time or at 1pm
          paper newsletter:                          when the school closes for the holiday. The school
                                                     bus will leave at 1pm. Children cannot be collected
                                                     from school during lunch time.
                                                     23rd December 1pm            End of Term
I would like to thank parents for their continued    6th January   9 am           New Term Begins
support in ensuring the children wear their school
uniform every day. Once again I would like to
                                                     24th January 7 pm            Parent Council Meeting
remind parents that we greatly discourage the
wearing or displaying of football colours and        10th February 1.30 pm        P1-P3 Valentine Disco
badges in school.
.                                                                  6 – 7.15pm     P4-P7 Valentine Disco
It would also be helpful in the new term if dinner
money could be paid on Monday mornings rather        14th -15th February   School Holiday
than each day of the week. This would help
support staff and office staff greatly.              16th -18th February   Staff Development Days


Once again I would urge drivers to use Park Drive       The Staff would like to wish
as a one way system at the beginning and end of        parents a very happy and holy
the school day in particular. When parking
around the school area please consider the            Christmas and a restful holiday.
safety of the children and the residents in the
local area.

School Website

Our new school website has been updated and
can be viewed at;

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