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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 stfrancisenquiries@gmail.com 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: stfrancisenquiries@gmail.com
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Eco Council

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

School Eco Council

St. Francis of Assisi PS is proud to be an eco-friendly school both inside our classrooms and outside. Our Eco and School Council meet regularly to plan activities and undertake projects to educate the children here at school on how to make better decisions for the environment. We regularly review our Action Plan to agree new strategies and targets to make our school more ecofriendly.

We would ask for your support in helping us with new initiatives. The Eco Schools Programme covers nine areas:  School Grounds, Biodiversity, Global Citizenship, Energy, Water, Waste, Litter, Transport and Healthy Living. 

Litter

Dealing with pollution can be a difficult issue. We all need to take responsibility for keeping our environment clean. Each year we participate in the ‘Big Clean’ community campaign. We work with the Armagh Council to help collect rubbish on our streets and walk ways. Our town is beautiful and we want to keep it that way. Remember don’t be a litter bug, put your rubbish in the bin!

School Grounds


We are currently working hard to develop our outdoor learning environment. We want to create colourful, exciting and interesting areas that provide habitats for wildlife and where we can grow our own fruit and vegetables. This year the Men’s Shed are helping us to create an outdoor mud kitchen for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 to use during outdoor play so that they can have some messy fun!

Biodiversity

As a school we learn about the importance of taking care of living things. The Eco and School Council are working alongside the Men’s Shed to add bird boxes, feeders, planters and a mini-beast hotel to our school garden.

Waste

Classes must use the recycling bins correctly. Each room is serviced by a general waste bin, paper recycling bin and a scrap paper tray for reusable pages. Eamonn our caretaker, who is an active member of our Eco Council, ensures that paper and plastic are being correctly recycled.

The Eco and School Council have been observing the waste generated at lunchtimes. We want everyone to aim for a package free lunch box.

Energy

Classrooms are evaluated each day according to our Eco Code. The Eco Council take responsibility for checking that energy is not being wasted. Using our agreed checklist our 'Eco Monitors' check:

  • Thermometers are being used correctly and do not go above 20degrees
  • Doors and windows are closed when heating is on
  • Electrical points are switched off when electronics are not use.
  • Lights are switched off when leaving the room.

Transport

Well done to those who are choosing to walk to school or share a lift. We appreciate your efforts to cut down carbon emissions and we hope to see more people join us our 'Walk to School' campaign later in the school year.