Family Fun Night
Best Kept School Award
We have been awarded 3rd place in the Northern Ireland Best Kept School award!!! Thank you to all the staff and pupils who help make our school a lovely environment to work and learn in!
50 Years of Cookstown PS - Burnavon celebration
"Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, a warm welcome to the Burnavon and to a very special evening of celebration for Cookstown Primary School...the new school opening its doors back in 1967 and the great joy that there was to have a new building on a shared campus with all the benefits of shared facilities.Lots has changed, of course, in the intervening 5 decades: it has been extended and renovated; it has a suite of new resource rooms for IT, library and after school facilities; there are astro turf hockey pitches, an athletics track and a full size football pitch; very recently a beautiful new soft play area has been added to the mix and plans for an outdoor classroom which sounds very exciting, are progressing well.The school now caters for just under 500 pupils, with a teaching staff of twenty-six, who are backed up by a dedicated support staff made up of three secretaries, two caretakers, an ICT technician and thirty-two classroom / general assistants. All of them are working not only to ensure the children receive the best possible education, but to ensure that they develop the social skills and understanding that will stand them in good stead in adult life. Given its history and its long tradition of being at the heart of Cookstown life, I have no doubt that Cookstown Primary School will simply go from strength to strength in the years to come."
The Gardening Club have been busy bees!!!!
The Gardening Club have been 'busy bees' as they worked together to construct and paint a bee hive. The school was awarded this certificate for their achievement. The bee hive will be on show at Loughry College during the Tullylagan Vintage Rally on Sat 10th June.
H.M. Royal Marine Beat Retreat
Cookstown Primary School hosted their annual Spring Serenade on Friday 28th April. Children throughout the school participated in the celebrations. Musical items featured the school Orchestra, Junior Choir, Senior Choir, Pipes and Drums and also the Traditional music group. Parents, family members and friends all visited the school to experience the exciting programme. The pupils had invested many hours in rehearsal and practice. An enjoyable morning was had by all!
A special event will take place in Coolnafranky Demesne at 8pm on Friday 12 May hosted by Cookstown Primary School and Cookstown High School. The band of HM Royal Marines will conduct a ceremonial beat retreat. Admission is FREE but by ticket only. Tickets can be obtained by following the instructions in the letter. To download the letter click here.
Evening of Magic!
The Ulster Magic Society will be performing at Cookstown Primary School on the 25TH May at 7.00pm to celebrate the 75TH anniversary of the school. This is going to be an incredible family event with well-known magicians such as Paul Gomas, George Bleeks and Caolan and Nicola McBride. All funds raised will be donated to the Autism Centre, Cookstown. Refreshments will also be available during the interval. Audience participation will be key throughout the night, and some lucky children will get to perform magic tricks too! The show will last approximately two hours with two headline acts performing either side of the interval. If you want to find out more about the Ulster Magic society please follow this link: https://en-gb.facebook.com/theulstersocietyofmagicians/
We had a fantastic morning listening to all of the musical groups performing. Please watch the video below, where the Junior and Senior choir are performing 'Don't stop the feeling'.
SOFT Project Official Launch
The SOFT Project was officially launched on Tuesday 4th April by the NI Commissioner for Children and Young People, Koulla Yiasouma.
Mr Trevor Wilson, Chairman Mid Ulster Council, welcomed guests to the event and Mr Neil Downing, Chairman of the SOFT Management Committee outlined the background to the project. SOFT is a consortium of 20 partners working together to help our children and young people in Cookstown reach their full potential at school. SOFT works to find the right help, at the right time and the right place to meet the needs of families and organises events, workshops, courses, family bonding trips and one to one support, as well as drawing on the expertise of the SOFT partners.
The SOFT project is funded for five years from the Big Lottery and made possible thanks to National Lottery Players.
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Easter Colouring Competition
Congratulations to the winners of the Cuppatino's colouring competition.The following pupils are prize winners:
- Rachel Brown P6(DC) Overall Winner
- Jasmine Chan P6(DC) 1st Runner Up
- Tommy-Lee Payne P2 (CP) 2nd Runner Up
Runner's up Jasmin and Tommy-Lee bagged themselves an Easter goodie bag. As well as a number of Easter goodies for herself, Rachel has won breakfast at Cuppatino's for her whole class followed by a trip to the cinema! Well done to all of the winners!
NI Commissioner for children visits CPS
Cookstown Primary School had the privilege of a visit from the Northern Ireland Commissioner for children on Tuesday 4th April. Kuolla Yiasouma was greeted by members of the School Council who gave her a tour of the school. The tour included viewing the new Outdoor Play Area for Years 1 and 2, the Sensory Garden, the Polytunnel where Year 2 were busy planting hanging baskets. She also visited one of the Learning Support Classes and was most impressed by the Inclusive approach which the school has adapted for all children. Her last stop was the outdoor Soft Play Area which was funded to a large extent by Parents and Friends. During the tour the School Council were able to ask the Commissioner questions about her job. They were also curious to know if she really supported Arsenal football team!!
This was a busy trip for Kuolla, as she was also visiting Holy Trinity Primary School and Holy Trinity College before going on to launch the opening of the SOFT Project. The SOFT project is a new initiative set up to support families in the Cookstown area. The Project aims to support families with any difficulties to ensure that children reach their full potential. They have a variety of programmes and activities from one to one support and after school clubs. SOFT can be contacted on 07717390733.
The Senior Choir went to Portadown Festival on Tuesday 28 March. They sang beautifully and achieved the 2nd place plaque! Unfortunately the festival clashed with Miss Murray’s class Killowen trip so those children were unable to attend the festival…however they will have the opportunity to perform the festival pieces at our Spring Serenade on Friday 28 April at 10am. They are performing two complex pieces with lots of harmony – Put a little love in your heart and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. If you haven’t bought your tickets for the Spring Serenade, please do so! You won’t want to miss it!!
Well done to the CPS showjumping team. It was a very successful day and they achieved 2nd place over all! A huge well done!!! Check out the video below showing Kym and her pony strutting their stuff around the arena.
Larne Half Marathon
Well done to the staff and friends of Cookstown Primary School who ran the Larne half marathon. The squad crossed the line together in 2hrs 28 minutes. We appreciate all of your efforts in raising money to support our school extra curricular activities.
World Book Day
To celebrate World Book Day the staff and pupils dressed up as their favorite book characters and sports personality. The range of costumes were amazing. To see more photographs please visit each year groups page on the website.
The Parents and Friends of Cookstown Primary School hosted their annual Valentine’s disco on Tuesday 14th February. Children throughout the school, and their parents, were invited to the party. A great night was had as the children danced the night away and feasted on the tuck shop treats! A grand total of £847.00 was raised for the school. Thank you to Parents and Friends for organising such a fantastic evening!
Education Minister visits Cookstown PS
On Tuesday 18th January, Cookstown Primary school had the pleasure of hosting the Education Minister, Peter Weir for the second time this academic year. Below are some photographs taken during his visit.
This year First Cookstown Presbyterian church hosted Cookstown Primary School’s Carol Service. Traditional congregational carols such as ‘Away in a manger’ were led by Year 7 pupils. Pupils from various year groups participated in Bible readings which retold the birth of Christ. The Infant Choir, Junior Choir and Senior Choir all sang beautiful Christmas themed songs at the service. The Orchestra, Brass Group and Traditional group also performed. Rev. Dr. I Thompson closed the service with a short epilogue reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas. Both services were attended by many parents and friends.
Supper with Santa
Cookstown Primary school began their Christmas celebrations in style on Tuesday 6th December, hosting its annual ‘Supper with Santa’ Christmas Fair. The event, planned and hosted by the Parents and Friends committee of Cookstown Primary school, raised an immense £1806.50 on the night. There were lots of fun activities to keep the whole family entertained. The children (and parents of course!) could visit Santa in his grotto with his elves and have their photo taken. There was also a chocolate fountain, face painting, enchanted tree, rodeo reindeer and Star Wars Storm Troopers! Outside the children could have a spin on Santa’s very own train around the Coolnafranky campus. The evening was finished off with supper. An excellent evening was had by all. Well done Parents and Friends!
Education Minister visits Cookstown Primary School
On Thursday 17th November, Cookstown Primary school had the pleasure of hosting the Education Minister, Peter Weir. Mr Downing quoted,
“The staff and pupils were delighted that Mr Peter Weir MLA, Minister for Education, and Mr Keith Buchannan MLA agreed to visit Cookstown Primary School. During the course of the visit, the minister was able to see at first hand the way in which the schools on the Coolnafranky Demesne work together to ensure that all of the children in their care reach their full potential. He clearly understood the challenges that we face and indicated that his department was already taking action to try to improve the situation.
The visitors were entertained by the school’s Senior Choir on arrival before the minister took time to engage directly with the singers and hear more about their experiences of school life. To round off his visit, the minister met with representatives of Cookstown Primary School, Holy Trinity Primary School and Phoenix Integrated Primary School’s School Councils. The group talked about the Shared Education projects that the schools are involved in before asking the minister a number of very searching questions.”
On Wednesday 26th October 2016 Cookstown Primary School hosted its annual Harvest Tea service. Children throughout the school participated in the celebrations. Musical items featured the school orchestra, Junior Choir, Senior Choir and also the Traditional Music Group. Many parents, family members and friends visited the school to listen to the exciting programme which the pupils had keenly rehearsed. An enjoyable morning was had by all!
The children had a wonderful time at the Autumn Disco. As you can see some very interesting characters turned up!!!! A special thanks to Parents and Friends for all their hard work in planning and coordinating this event. In total £1145.00 was raised!
Ulster Scots Showcase
Ulster Scots came to visit our school last week! What an exciting morning we had dancing with them! Be sure to check out Mr Mitchell's impressive dance moves in the video above! If your son or daughter would like to learn highland dancing please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our school facebook page for more information https://www.facebook.com/CookstownPrimarySchool/