Cookstown Primary School

'Educating today's children for tomorrow'

Coolnafranky Demesne, 20 Molesworth Street, County Tyrone, BT80 8PF

Tel: 028 8676 2622

info@cps.cookstown.ni.sch.uk

 

News

 

26th May 2022

Traditional Group performances

18th May 2022

After school provision
We are delighted to announce that Buddies After School Club has been taken over by Activity NI. Please see the attached poster.
Booking link for Activity NI After Schools is below:

18th May 2022

Education Authority

The admissions process for children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs is managed by a dedicated team at EA to find the most suitable placement for your child.
Parents of children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs awaiting the outcome of a post-primary application will be updated on the progress of their application by their SEN link officer as soon as possible.
Where places have not been confirmed through issue of a Final / Amended Statement by 10th June, SEN Link Officers will communicate with parents to update them on their individual consultation process.
For help and support, Parents can contact their SEN Link Officer or EA’s dedicated SEN Helpline on 028 9598 5960, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Further contact details can be found on the EA website:

18th May 2022

Education Welfare Service Transformation Project

As part of our Education Welfare Service Transformation Project, we asked you, our children and young people, what challenges you face in attending school, what your needs are and the best way we can help support you with positive school attendance.

We also consulted with our parents and carers on the challenges faced and how we can help them with their child's positive attendance at school.

17th May 2022

Translink Planned Industrial Action - UPDATE

The Education Authority are pleased to be able to provide a further update to confirm that Translink have reached an agreement with officials from Unite the Union and GMB Bus Driver Trade Unions to avert this week’s planned industrial action. This means that all Translink bus services, including school buses, will operate as normal tomorrow and for the rest of this week. Therefore, pupils should travel via their usual transport arrangements.

16th May 2022
Translink Planned Industrial Action
Dear Parents/Guardians
The Education Authority (EA) has been notified by Translink that their bus drivers who are members of the GMB and Unite trade unions have voted to take strike action in relation to 2021 pay. 
This will result in all Translink bus services being withdrawn from Tuesday 17th May to Monday 23rd May 2022. Translink continue to engage with Trade Unions to try and avert this action. 
Pupils who use any Translink bus service for any element of their journey are likely to be impacted and parents should make other transport arrangements for these dates. 
This includes pupils who connect with Translink buses using an EA yellow bus. As EA cannot guarantee pupils could complete their journey to and from school, even if the EA yellow bus is running, parents should make alternative arrangements for the whole of their child’s journey. 
Parents should follow Translink’s social media channels and website over the coming weeks and start to plan now for their alternative transport arrangements. 
Translink has advised that train services will not be affected by the industrial action.
We will continue to keep you updated in relation to this and communicate any further updates as we receive them.
Kind regards
Education Authority
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Did you apply for a Primary 1 place for September 2022?
By now you should be aware of which school you have been offered a Primary 1 place for September 2022. If not, please contact the Admissions Helpdesk on 028 9598 5595 between 9am and 5pm or email primaryadmissions@eani.org.uk
Please complete this form if you have been offered a Year 1 place in Cookstown Primary School for your child in September 2022. Please complete this form by Friday 6th May 2021.
Thank you for applying for a place in our school. We will be in touch soon with further details. We hope that your child will have seven happy years with us.
 
 

1st April 2022

April Dinner Menu

April Dinner Menu is now available in the Parents' Area.

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Autism Awareness Week 

Next week is Autism Awareness week, so from Monday 28 March until Friday 1 April, we will be celebrating difference and promoting empathy and inclusion.  The children will be learning about this in class during the course of the week and on FRIDAY 1 APRIL, we will be celebrating our learning through wearing different socks and wearing blue for autism awareness.  Children can wear odd socks and wear something blue or just do one of these! Whichever they prefer.  Uniform is not required.  Any parents/carers wishing to do the same, we would love to see you dropping off your children supporting this cause. #celebrating difference.

EDIT It has come to our attention that red and gold have been chosen as colours of choice for autism awareness by people with a diagnosis of Autism. 

Therefore, if you prefer to wear red or gold instead of blue - feel free to do so!

Activity NI  Easter Camp

To sign up please see link below:
Just a reminder that parents will have sign up separately to week 1 and 2 if they wish for child to attend both weeks.

9th March 2022

Express Yourself Poetry Competition.

Loran Higgins, Danske Bank Cookstown Branch Manager called in to say hello to the primary 7 pupils at Cookstown Primary School last week. 
The pupils were busy writing their mental health poems for Aware's Express Yourself poetry competition. 
 
They were joined by our very own Miss Northern Ireland and 'Express yourself!' ambassador Miss Leitch. 
Well done everyone! You are all superstars and the best of luck!

8th March 2022

Cookstown Swimming Club 

7th March 2022

Updated Holiday List
We have had to update the Holiday List to accomodate staff training and the upcoming election. Changes are highlighted in red.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your continued support.
To view the new Holiday List click here.
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4th March 2022

Hockey Pearson Cup Qualifiers

After a two-year absence the Cookstown Primary Boys hockey team were delighted to attend the recent Pearson Cup qualifiers held at Cookstown Hockey Club on Thursday 3rd March. The boys were fantastic and only lost 1 game all day. The team finished in 3rd position, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the NI Finals. A massive thank you to Mark Simpson and Mark Cuddy, who assisted alongside Mr Coulter on the day.

 

Please see the results and scorers below.

Group Stage

CPS v Coagh 2  2-0 (Goals Harry Jordan x2)

CPS v Ballytrea 2 -0 (Goals Harry Jordan x 2)

CPS v Coagh 1  3-0 (Goals Olly Ross & Harry Jordan x 2)

CPS v Orritor 6-1 (Goals Mason McAleece x3, Harry Jordan x2              & TJ Kelly)

CPS v Donaghey  3-1 (Goals Harry Jordan x3)

CPS v Moneymore   1-1 (Goal Harry Jordan)

Semi Final

CPS v Donaghey

Lost 3-0

 3rd v 4th 

CPS v Coagh 1 3-0

TJ Kelly x2

Harry Jordan 

24th February 2022

Snow Day Photos

Click here to view our photos and videos.
 
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24th February 2022

URGENT 

Unfortunately Cookstown Primary School is closed today due to adverse weather conditions.

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PSNI Internet Safety Day

Constable Stevenson had so much to teach the pupils about how to be safe online.

The most important message was to tell an adult if something you view online makes you unhappy. 

The photos will be under each year group.

8th February 2022

Safer Internet Day story books
It's Safer Internet Day and there are 5 free digital books available in the Digiduck series that explore internet safety matters. Check them out here:
We hope you enjoy reading the Digiduck collection to your child.

8th Febraury 2022

Internet Safety Day

Today, Tuesday 8th February 2022 is Safer Internet Day – we will be highlighting and exploring this in class. Why not take some time today to discuss with your child/ren how they can enjoy the internet safely.
You may wish to browse www.saferinternetday.org and explore how we can all work together to make the internet a kinder, more supportive place for children when watching, creating or exploring content online.

Is your child due to start Year 1 in September 2022?
Webinar dates now released. See poster below.

Pre-School and primary school admissions.

For more information regarding pre- school and primary school admissions click here.

Merry Christmas from Year 1

Parent Update

Dear Parent/Guardian

I hope that you have been able to have a lovely summer break with your family. It has certainly been needed after what was once again, an extremely challenging year for us all. As the summer holidays now draw to an end, your attention is no doubt starting to turn to your children returning to school.

The Department of Education released their guidance to schools, for the new school year on Wednesday 18th August and whilst we carefully study the information within, I wish to let you know that the children in Year 3-7 will be able to bring school bags and personal equipment (pencil cases, lunch/snack boxes etc) as well as their school books, to and from school daily. Children in Year 1 and Year 2 will not require schoolbags.

School dinners remain priced at £2.60 per day. The dinner menu will be available on our Facebook page and school website before the end of August.

Further information including starting and finishing times, along with entrances and exits will be released in the next few days.

If you have any further queries or require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Year 1 Induction

Dear Parent/Guardian

I hope you have all had an enjoyable summer break.

The start of the new school year is rapidly approaching and hopefully all our children are excited and looking forward to beginning their new school.

All our new Year 1 pupils should have received notification in June regarding dates for Induction and starting school, either by email or post. If you didn’t, please contact the school office.

The induction will be a short informal meet and greet session with the staff as well as providing you with some information about Year 1. The children are not required to wear their school uniform.

We are looking forward to meeting you all soon.

Regards
Paul Mitchell
Acting Principal

Back to School Information.

I hope that you are all enjoying your summer holidays and are making the most of our break from school.

At the moment, the guidance and information regarding pupils returning to school for the new academic year has yet to be released by the Department of Education.

We are therefore unable to share with you at present, our school's plans for the safe return of all children.

In the meantime I have attached the 'Term Dates' for the new academic year, including the dates for returning to school.

Year 1 and the LSC/ASC classes have been notified of their start dates separately.

Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for further parent updates

Click here to see Term Dates for 2021-2022

Year 7 Prize-Giving

Yesterday was a very special day in Year 7 as we held our annual Prize Giving. Many children received awards and certificates for their work and contribution to school life. Well done to all the Prize Winners.

We are so proud of everything that our Year 7 children have achieved.

Please see the prize-winners photographs in the Year 7 page and the list of prize winners also. 

21st June 2021

Year 1 intake 2021

To view your Childs teacher welcome video click here.

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21st June 2021

CINDERELLA

Over the past few weeks, the Primary 7 pupils have been working very hard to produce their end of year Leavers’ Play so without further ado - we present to you Cinderella!

The story tells the tale of a girl who longs to attend Prince Charming’s party. Will her evil stepmother and nasty sisters allow her to attend? Will Prince Charming meet the girl of his dreams? Only time will tell…

The trailer above will give you a flavour of what is to come! The full production is available to view via the link attached. (Please note, this link should only be downloaded if desired, for personal use and should not be shared with anyone outside of school).

The children have really put so much work and effort into this video and deserve all the credit for their fantastic performance.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oJAiXBfXs2V8rkCRzUKCqAKtDmi8PslM/view?usp=sharing 

For now, sit back, relax and enjoy our virtual performance of ‘Cinderella!’

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Cookstown Primary School Does the NI Daily Mile

On Friday 28th May the pupils and staff took part in NI Daily.

You will find the photographs that where taken during the day under each Year Groups. 

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2nd June 2021

Superhero Week at Cookstown Primary School Autism Centre

Click here to view some of the amazing Superhero's in ASC & LSC.

26th May 2021
FAO Newcomer Parents
 
We would like to make you aware that due to Brexit families living in N Ireland who are not British or Irish must apply for EU settlement by 30th June 2021.
This is a matter of urgency.
CLICK HERE to view the urgent message for newcomer Parents regarding the EU Resettlement scheme.
CLICK HERE to view the deadline and more information. 
 
Please contact either Steps as mentioned in the letter or contact the school if you need help with this.
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21st June 2021
Leavers' Hoodies 
Did your child leave our school in June 2020?
 
Dear Parent/Guardian
 
I have been asked about the possibility of getting Year 7 Leavers' Hoodies for the children who left school in June 2020.
Last year's Year 7 children were unable to celebrate their leaving of Cookstown Primary School, in the way they usually would have in the past, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This might go some way to mark their leaving!
In order to check if it is feasible, could you please complete the expression of interest form below by Wednesday 26th May 2021.
We will then be in touch with further information if we have enough interest.
 

29th April 2021

Parent NI

Parent NI are delighted to announce a new series of sessions on how parents can support their children through their formative years.

The first session focusses on Sleep and will take part on Monday 10th May at 10am.

To book a place call Parent NI free on 0808 8020 400

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19th April 2021

Fuel Stamps

Please read the attached letter for more information regarding fuel stamps. 

Click here to view the letter. 

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26th March 2021

Year 7 Leaver's Hoodies Announcement‚Äč

We are delighted to announce that for the first time ever our Year 7 pupils will have the opportunity to purchase a bespoke 'Leaver's Hoodie' as a memento of their time in Cookstown Primary School.  

These will be available in a variety of colours, with personalized initials and the school crest on the front and the names of all Year 7 pupils inside a ‘21' on the back. The price of these hoodies is £18.

Signature Leavers have created a designated section on their website for Cookstown Primary School Leavers 2021. This online shop will go live for 7 days from Tuesday 30th March - Tuesday 6th April. Please use the link below.

https://www.signatureleavers.co.uk/catalog/

 

When opening the link, please ensure you click on the Cookstown Primary School section. 

 

The process is very simple: 

1. Click on the link and search for the Cookstown Primary School section.  

2. Select the colour of hoodie from the choices. 

3: Choose the size – Ages 7-8 – Adult XL.  

4. Write your child's name.  

5. Fill in the initials that you want printed on the front e.g. JB for Joe Bloggs.  

6.Click add to bag  

7. In delivery section click 'Deliver to Cookstown Primary - £0.00' and then 'Update Total' (The company will post all the hoodies to the school for free) 

8. Proceed to checkout and pay for the hoodie.  

 

The Year 7 teachers would love as many of the current Year 7 pupils to participate in this exciting opportunity to remember their days in Cookstown Primary School. 

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24th March 2021

Soft Project

Please take a few minutes to complete our survey about family needs in our community. This will enable us to your feedback to evidence children's needs & develop our service to continue to support you along with our lead partner The Speedwell Trust.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MN6YWR9

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23rd March 2021

Returning to School

Whilst a lot of our Year 4-7 children will be very happy to return to school on Monday, we recognise that others may feel anxious and worried about the return for a variety of reasons and particularly those children who have a diagnosis of ASD. With this in mind, we have attached a social story to help with the return to school for any child who may feel anxious for whatever reason.

Please be reassured that we are all here to help and we are so excited about seeing you all again on Monday. We will do our best to help you settle back into school. The teachers have some lovely activities planned for you.

In the meantime, have a lovely weekend, enjoy the beautiful weather and we look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Take care and stay safe.

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9th March 2021

Keep our school safe.

For the return to school the Department of Education has put up these signs at the entrance points of the school to enhance the safety for everyone.

Please be aware that adults should not gather at the gates, should give everyone space and wear a face mask when leaving children to school and collecting them.

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5th March 2021

School Restart Letter

Click here to view the letter to parents on School Restart from the Education Minister. 

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2nd March 2021

ATTENTION : All Parents / Guardians

Click here to view the letter regarding the phased return of pupils to school.
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2nd March 2021
Post-Primary Admissions – Special Educational Needs
Transfer to post-primary school is a significant milestone in your child's life and deciding on where to seek a school place will be one of the most important decisions that you will make as a parent. If your child has a statement of special educational needs, their transfer to post-primary will be managed by the Special Education Section of the EA and you can contact your named link officer should you need any advice or guidance.
If your child does not yet have a statement of special educational needs but is currently going through statutory assessment, you will still need to apply online for a post-primary placement for your child. We look forward to working with children, young people and families as they embark on this next important phases in their educational journey.
For more information on the online application process please visit our website: https://www.eani.org.uk/.../post-primary-admissions-guide

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2nd March 2021

Post-Primary Application parent checklist.

The Post-Primary application process will take place online, for the first time, in 2021. The application process will be open from 12 noon on 1 March and will remain open until 4pm on 16th March. Please see our parent checklist that may help you prepare for the process or visit our website for more details.
https://www.eani.org.uk/.../post-primary-admissions-guide

16th February 2021

Play Matters!

Play is essential for children's health and well-being, helping them build resilience and cope with stress..

PlayBoard (the lead agency for children’s play) are kindly sharing the following Play Matters – Play for Parents guide https://www.playboard.org/.../PlayBoard-Play-For-Parents... in which parents will find lots of tips and information on the importance of play.

9th February 2021

POST PRIMARY APPLICATION - ONLINE
The  Post-Primary application process will take place online this year, and will open at 12 noon on 1 March 2021 and will remain open until 4pm on 16 March 2021.
Please take the time to watch our information video to familiarise yourself with the process.

https://www.eani.org.uk/parents/admissions/admissions-videos-and-guidance

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2nd February 2021

Advice for parents of children in Year 6 in 2021

Please select the link below to find more information.

https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/publications/advice-parents-children-primary-6-2021

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10th January 2021

Supervised Learning Information Letter for Parents / Guardians 

Click here to view the latest parent/guardian update.

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10th January 2021

Important Parent / Guardian Update 

Click here to view the latest parent/guardian update.

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6th January 2021
Resetting the password.
1) If you need to change your child’s C2k password, when at home, simply go to 
Enter your child’s username, current password, e.g. primary4a, your new password twice, the verification code and then click ‘Change Password’.
Remember the new password must be;
• at least 8 characters long and,
• cannot be a password that has been used before
 
Please use the new password to access Google Classroom. Remember the Google Classroom username is your child’s C2k username followed by @c2ken.net. Please private message your child’s new password to the class teacher, using Google Classroom, whenever you have it changed.  
 
2) You may need to delete your internet browser history. If you do not do this, the browser may try to sign you in with an old password.  
 
If you are having any technical issues the school ICT Technician is available via telephone (02886762622) between 9:00 and 15:00 to deal with any queries you have regarding accessing My School or Google Classroom.
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17th September 2020

Parent information - Google Classroom Update

Thank you to all the parents who have signed their child in to Google Classroom.

Google Classroom is the ONLY way in which your child will receive important class updates and their homework.  It is also the way you will communicate with your child’s class teacher.

Therefore, if you have not joined your child’s online classroom, please do so no later than Monday 21st September as homework is beginning on this date.  Please remember to log in to Google Classroom via My-School and using your child’s Google Classroom account details that you have been given.

For everyone’s safety, please do not log in to Google Classroom using your own Google account.  This way we can keep all the children safe on-line and know who is using the classroom. 

We look forward to sharing updates and homework online throughout the ‘new’ normal.   

 

We really appreciate your support.

Thank you in advance! 

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14th September 2020

*Important information for Parents*

In preparation for us moving towards using Google Classroom for all home to school correspondence and sharing homework online, we would really appreciate it if you could check your child can login to My-School and Google Classroom, as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday 17th September.  Please remember to use your child’s account details for both My School and Google Classroom.  
Your child’s ‘My-School, Google Classroom’ login and code details are available on the back to school letter, as provided by the class teacher today.  Mrs Dornan and Mrs Wilson’s class will receive their information via email by Monday 14th September.
There are help guides available on the school website, https://www.cookstownps.co.uk/.   Please follow the Parents’ Area and select Google Classroom Support.

If you are having any technical issues the school ICT Technician is available via telephone (02886762622) during the week between 09:30-13:00 to deal with any queries you have regarding accessing My School or Google Classroom.

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