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St Francis of Assisi Primary School, Madden Row, Keady
Jersey Day TOMORROW 3rd Nov -Non-School Uniform Day! Pupils are invited to wear in their Armagh colours, club jerseys or sports clothes tomorrow 3rd December in support of Armagh County Camogie Team who play in the All-Ireland Final this Saturday 5th December. We have several of our past pupils playing on this panel and they are coming to visit the school tomorrow morning. Any camógs or hurlers who would like to take in their sticks and helmets will even get to have a puck around with the All-Ireland Finalists. If you have hats, flags or headbands take them in and we will deck the school in orange and white tomorrow! Ard Mhacha Abú! | Xmas Dinner Xmas dinner should please be ordered with the class teacher on Google Classroom/Seesaw before FRIDAY 27TH NOV as the kitchen is finalising numbers. Xmas dinners will be on Thurs 10th Dec- school closes half day after dinner has been served. Rang1, P1, P2 and Mrs O Malley’s P2/3 will finish at 12:30pm. Mrs McEvoys P3/4 - P5 finish at 12:45pm and P6-P7 at 1pm. Any child with older siblings can remain with their teacher and one lift per family can be facilitated. Dinner costs £2.60 and can be paid as normal on parent pay system or for people not registered as a one off cash payment to class teacher in sealed envelope. | Xmas Performances Class recording of Xmas songs will start this Mon 30th Nov for Xmas video. Xmas clothes/costumes to be left in school this Friday as recording may take a few days. There will be a small window of opportunity for us to record any child isolating and include in video depending on date of return.   | Isolation Packs- Paper Copies 'Isolation Packs'- NOT homework. NOT extra work! These packs are being sent home so that parents will have paper copies of work if in the unfortunate event any class should have to isolate before Christmas. Please put pack away safely- for use ONLY in the event of a whole class off school isolating. The school will inform you if the pack is needed. There will be no reprints issued so please put pack away in a safe place. | Reminder For All Parents If your child or anyone in the household is feeling unwell and you are unsure if your child should attend school: Please keep your child at home and contact school office asap or email for further advice. | Important Information If any of our pupils test positive, have symptoms of corona virus or have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive,  pupils should remain at home and parents should ring the school immediately on 02837531284 or if school is closed email Mrs Hughes on:
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Enabling our older pupils to become a ‘Buddy’ is one of the ways we encourage our children to be involved in school life. During break times we have designated ‘Playground Buddies’ to support anyone who feels they may need them. The Buddies will be trained to look out for any pupils who are in need of a friend and they will also be taught to mediate in minor disputes.

Playground Pals

Meet our fantastic ‘Friendship Buddies’ (Peer Mediators) who help make our playground a fun place to be! Pupils from Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 undertake training in how to mediate between their friends and encourage everyone to be a good playground pal. This training aims to give pupils a sense of responsibility and to teach them the skills they need to resolve conflicts peacefully without the need for adult intervention. If children are lonely, have no-one to play with, need to talk or have help with a problem, they can go to a friendship Buddy. Our designated buddies are identified in the playground by their bright yellow waistcoat.

Children who applied to be a friendship Buddy knew they would be a good playground pal because:

“I make people laugh”

“I sort out problems”

“I love helping people”

“I can make new friends”

“I like being a role model”

“You get to help people make friends, therefore, it makes the school better.”

Better Buddies!

Well done to the children who completed Buddy training this week! Pupils investigated the skills needed to fulfil their difficult role as peer mediators and discussed some daily problems they face when trying to ensure our playground is a safe, happy and fun place to play. Our buddies recognised the importance of:

  • working as a team
  • respecting others voice and feelings
  • showing kindness through words and actions
  • building trust between buddies and their peers    

Check out our photos!

Marvellous Me! Kids spent time getting to know their fellow Buddies over some tasty M&M’s.

Human knots! Teams had to untangle themselves by working as a team. Kids quickly learned the importance of listening and cooperating with each other.