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29 June 2016

The P7s have said their goodbyes and the Sports’ Day trophies have been handed out. As we race towards the end of yet another school year, Ni4kids catches up with what’s been happening in primary schools across the country this term…

Fleming Fulton staff and pupils recently hosted a ‘Meet and Greet Morning’ when the school was open to allow parents, friends and others to take part in a programme of events designed to showcase the work of the young people and staff. The school, situated in South Belfast, caters for children from three to 19 years of age with a physical disability and associated learning difficulties. Members of the Board of Governors, local MLA’s and representatives from the Education Committee also came along to lend their support.
One of the highlights of the day was the VEX Robotics Challenge, a worldwide event with regional competitions leading to the World Championships. The Fleming Fulton team won the Judge’s Award in recognition of their team spirit and their robot design. The overall winner was Ashfield Boys School.

Schools and youth groups across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to register for Anti-Bullying Week 2016 (ABW16), which will take place between Monday 14 and Friday November 18. This year’s theme is ‘Together We Are Stronger’. To register go to

Education Minister, Peter Weir, has visited Castle Gardens Primary School, Newtownards and congratulated them on becoming an Eco School. During the visit the Minister met with pupils and staff of the school and had the opportunity to visit the other children centred facilities available on the school site. The Minister also visited ‘School’s Out’ a childcare provider which is also located on the school grounds. Principal Mr Mawhinney said: “I am delighted that the Education Minister has visited our school today to present the Eco flag. The Eco committee has worked extremely hard raising awareness of the issues that impact on the environment and I congratulate them on their efforts.”

Hillmount Garden Centre has provided P5 pupils at Downey House with gardening equipment to enable children at the south Belfast prep school to participate in an out of this world experiment backed by British Astronaut Tim Peake. Speaking while 400km above the surface of the Earth, Tim said: “This is a really exciting week for the hundreds of thousands of young people across the country who will begin their Rocket Science experiments. I’d like to wish everyone taking part the best of luck with their investigations and I look forward to seeing some of the results.” The aim of the experiment is to enthuse young people about science and horticulture and provide the European Space Agency with key insights into some of the challenges of growing food in space.

Pupils from Old Warren Primary School in Lisburn launched a brand new MoneySense programme from Ulster Bank for children aged five to eight as part of the school’s annual Financial Capability Week. MoneySense modules focus on money safety and management, currencies and finance globally and money matters of the future. The site provides a range of curriculum linked resources and with the new content for children aged five to eight years. Jill Smyth, Community Programme Manager at Ulster Bank said: “MoneySense aims to make learning feel real, relevant and fun for all age groups and equip young people with the financial know-how and understanding to help plan for the future.”

Eason is delighted to announce Jodie Reilly as the winner of the Ulster Spelling Bee 2016. The student from St. Joseph's Primary School, Strangford, fought off stiff competition from a number of other spelling enthusiasts to compete in the All-Ireland national Spelling Bee final in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin on Monday, June 20.

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