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News Archive 2010/2011

Millennium Arts Clay Project

On Wednesday 29thJune Jonny from the Millennium Court Arts centre visited the school and showed the children how to make figures out of clay. Each child made a figure which will be displayed in the ‘Invasion’ exhibition in the Arts Centre in Portadown.

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Dog Trust Visit

On Wednesday Cathy and her dog, Jed, from the Dog’s Trust visited us. This year Holly her colleague accompanied her.  As always, we were not disappointed. They visited each class in turn teaching us how best to look after our dogs. We watched an informative DVD and she showed us beautiful pictures of Muffin a dog that she had rescued lately.

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Action Cancer Workshops

The Primary 5 and 6 class took part in two Action Cancer workshops presented by Malachy Nixon from Action Cancer. The children discussed the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and really enjoyed the games and role plays over the two weeks.

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Himalayan Balsam

Today the Primary 5&6 classes did their bit for the local habitat when they went to the Washingbay centre to help members of the Conservation Volunteers pick the Himalayan Balsam plants that grow there. They had a great time, and filled an impressive 45 bags for composting.

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Primary 1, 2 & 3 School Trip.

On Friday 17thof June Primary 1,2 & 3 travelled to Aladdin’s Kingdom in Omagh.  The children had a fantastic time in the adventure playground and were well ready for their lovely meal. Thankfully the sun was shining and the trip carried on to the nearby outdoor play park. After a long and busy day, there were quite a few sleepy heads on the bus journey home.

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Sports Day

The annual Sports Day was held last Thursday and a great day was had by everyone. The weather was perfect and allowed everyone to have a fun day taking part in all the events and of course a few tumbles down the Bouncy Slide!

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Primary 6 & 7 School Trip

Primary 6 and 7 pupils headed off on their annual school excursion on Friday Last. The boys and girls had a great day at Formular 1 Go-Karting. Some very quick lap times were recorded as the pupils sped around the track. Pupils ten headed over to the cinema to watch the latest Diary of a Whimpy Kid movie.

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Armagh Rhymers

Today the ‘Armagh Rhymers’ paid a visit to St. John’s Kingsisland and provided a great morning of entertainment. The children listened to some fantastic stories and took part in the singing of the songs. A great morning was had by all.

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Life in the Past

Timesteps Living History Programme visited St John’s Primary 3 & 4 class on Tuesday 14th They told us all about life in our grandparents’ time. They demonstrated how the people in olden times washed and ironed clothes and how they churned butter using cream.   They allowed us to help with these activities as you can see from the pictures.   Later we discussed how we lighted our homes from the very earliest of time until the present day. At the end, we made our own candles.

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First Holy Communion

Primary 4 Pupils celebrated their First Holy Communion on Saturday 11th June. Special thanks must go to class teacher Mrs Quinn who had the boys and girls prepared perfectly and Mrs Lowe and her helpers who had the chapel decorated beautifully. Everyone came back to St John's after the ceremony for light refreshments served up by our hard working kitchen staff. 

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Primary 1 Assembly

The Primary 1 & 2 pupils performed a beautiful assembly in fron of the whole school on Friday morning. The theme of the assembly was 'Mothers'. The pupils acted out stories and sang some beautiful hymns. Well done to all of our young pupils and their teachers.

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Non-Uniform Day

On Friday 27th May we had a non-uniform day to raise money for a special children's hospital in Crumlin. Our Lunchtime supervisor Ladene is running in the Flora Women's Mini Marathon on Monday 6th June to raise funds for the hospital. We thank everyone who donated to this special cause.

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Mr Sandman

Mr Sandman paid a visit to St John's today. The pupils had great fun singing songs and playing games. The focus was on the children using their imagination to make up games, tell stories and draw pictures. Every pupil in the school had a chance to perform with Mr Sandman.

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Cycling Proficiency

Primary 6 and 7 pupils have dusted down their wheels and are busy learning all about the safe use of their bikes. Mrs Campbell the cycling proficiency teacher has been teaching pupils all week in preparation for their test on Friday.

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Lough Neagh Rescue Visit


Primary 3,4,5&6 had a visit today from Paul and Neil from the Lough Neagh Rescue team. They were told about the dangers of the water and learned some very important points about water safety. Neil and Paul were kind enough to bring some equipment for the pupils to try on and I think you’ll agree by looking at the pictures, Kingsisland have a few promising young Lifeboat Rescuers of the future!

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Rainforest Adventure

Primary 5,6&7 had a special visit this week from Charlie from the Rainforest Adventure team. Charlie brought some of her friends from the Rainforest with her including Rooney and Berbatov the Cockroaches and Hernandez the giant snail. The children learned all about the different creatures and even got to hold some of them.

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Tri-County Shield Winners

Well done to the school football team who won their section of the tri-county league. The team scored a total of 46 goals and conceded 0. They also reached the semi-finals of the knockout tournament. Unfortunately they conceded a goal with the last kick of the game. The game went to apenalty shoot out and the team were unlucky to lose despite some extraordinary goalkeeping by Kieron Hagan.

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Primary 7 Podcasts

Primary 7 pupils have been busy working on their school news podcasts. The boys firstly gather all the news around school. Then they write up their scripts and finally record their work using microphones on to the computer software. They then download background MP3 tracks and bring all their tracks together.

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Armagh Safari Trip

The Primary 5,6&7 classes had a great day today taking part in the ‘Armagh Safari’ workshop in Armagh County Museum where they learned about the animals and plants in various ecosystems. They investigated food chains and learned about how animals and plants survive in their habitats.

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Blessed Patrick GAA Winners

Well done to our primary 6 & 7 pupils who won the annual Blessed Patrick O’Loughran GAA tournament today Friday 6thMay. The mixed boys and girls team defeated St Mary’s Auchnacloy in a keenly contested final. A special well done to Orlagh Gavin who was presented with the prize of “Best Girl Player”. 

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May Newsletter

The news letter and dinner menu for the month of May are now available. Please click on the newsletter icon, opposite to view the May Newsletter. Dinner menus can also be located by clicking on the Dinner Menu icon in the Most Popular section opposite.

May Dinner Menu     Newsletters

Easter Assembly

Miss McAleer’s class put on a beautiful Easter Themed Assembly in school on Wednesday morning. Primary 5 & 6 pupils performed a poem, a drama scene, the Stations of the Cross and concluded with a beautifully sang version of the hymn, “Dance and Sing for Joy”. We thank Miss McAleer and her class for all their hard work.

Annaginny Farm Visit.

Primary 1 and 2 had a fantastic day at Annaginny Farm. The boys and girls saw lots of unusual and exotic animals, which they were able to feed and handle.

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Golf Coaching

Chris Jelly, professional golf coach from Dungannon golf club came to St John’s on Friday for the first in a series of golf coaching sessions. Chris utilised the school’s golf equipment to coach the children in a series of basic golfing procedure during Friday afternoon golden time.. The children thoroughly enjoyed the session and are already looking forward to next week.

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UlsterCamogie Final

Well done to all our girls who travelled to Belfastfor the Ulster Camogie final on Thursday. The girls competed to the highest level and did everyone proud.

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Dan The Skipping Man

Dan Strange paid a visit to St John's on Friday to teache the children some new and exciting skipping routines.Dan carried out workshops with each class in the morning. This was followed by a whole school demonstration in the afternoon.

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Paddy McIntosh Memorial Cup

Well done to our Primary 6 and 7 pupils who competed today in the annual Paddy McIntosh memorial cup. The tourament is organised each year by Roan Primary School, Eglish. St John's was one of over 30 schools from Tyrone and Armagh invited to take part in this tournament which is held in Loughview Sports Centre Dungannon. The school was represented by Paul McCabe,Aidan McCaffrey, Luca O'Hagan, Kieron Hagan, Odhran Hughes, Eoin McNally, Caolan Devlin, James Scullion and Michael O'Neill. All our boys performed with distinction but a special mention must go the Eoin McNally making his debut for the school team. Eoin went in to nets for the last two games. He pulled off a series of remarkable saves, raising gasps from the many onlookers for his athleticism in goals.

Jungle Juice Jamboree

As part of their World Around Us topic on Ecosystems, the Primary 5 and 6 class made ‘Jungle Juice’ today using tropical and exotic fruits from the Rainforest.

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Tri County League Champions

The school football team emerged victorious in the Tri Countyleague section held at Loughview sports centre. After a series of matches over two days the school team won all their matches, scoring a total of 46 goals and remarkably conceded 0 goals. Well done to everyone for a superb performance.

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St Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Primary 3 and 4 pupils put on a fantastic display of Irish singing and Irish dancing on Tuesday afternoon. The class beautifully sang Hail Glorious St Patrick and  Molly Malone. Aine then performed an Irish Solo dance before all pupils took part in The Waves of Tory. Well done to all pupils and indeed their teachers for all their hard work.

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Victorian Living History

Primary 7 pupils experienced first hand today what life was really like for school children in Victorian times. Old school lady Miss Anderson recreated a Victorian school room in which the pupils had their fingernails inspected for cleanliness, their schoes inspected for muck and their morals inspected for Godliness.

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Cooking in Primary 5 and 6

The Primary 5 and 6 class made peach crumbles last week as part of their novel work for James and the Giant Peach. They got to taste and feel fresh peaches and then got their hands messy making the crumble.

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Tyrone Cups

St John’sfootball coach and Tyrone GAA Star Conor Gormley kindly brought in some of the trophies won last year by the Tyrone seniors and Tyrone Minors. The seniors won the Ulster Championship and received the Anglo Celt cup.

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University ICT Project

Niall McKenna from the the University of Ulsterat Jordanstown began a 10 week Computers Programme with the Primary 7 class yesterday. Niall will be concentrating on Computer Programming with the pupils. Each pupil can be seen working  on the computer programme LOGO, on their laptops. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed their first session.

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Linguistic Phonics Training

Anne McKinless, SELB adviser for Linguistic Phonics, visited St John’s on Wednesday to deliver additional training to staff. Anne spent time working with all classes from P1 to P7. At St John’s we have adopted the Linguistic Phonics approach to teaching reading, spellings and sounds.

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Helping Hands Programme

The Primary 5, 6 and 7 classes completed their Helping Hands Programme this week. The six week programme saw the children participating in workshops hosted by Shauna from the Women’s Aid organisation.

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Confirmation 2011

A special congratulations to all of our Primary 7 Pupils who made their Confirmation on Sunday 27 Feb in St Patrick’s Church, Clonoe. Bishop Clifford officiated at the ceremony along with our local priests, Father Fee, Father McCallion and Father MacKeone. Some of our Primary 5 & 6 pupils also added greatly to the ceremony by singing in the choir.

Drugs Awareness at Breakthru

The Primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils attended the Breakthru centre in Dungannon today to take part in workshops on Alcohol, Drugs and Peer Presure awareness. The workshops were hosted by the Youth Forum and were delivered by pupils from local secondary schools.