News and Events

Post Primary Placements

The Education authority will post their letters of placement into Post Primary Schools to our P7 Parents this Saturday 19th May. The Education Authority have set up a special hotline number for next Saturday if there are any concerns regarding the places allocated. The helpdesk will be manned from 3.00pm-5.00pm. The helpdesk number is 028 2566 1379.
Date Added: 14 May 2018

First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion is on in the church on Sunday 20th May at 12pm. Can children and parents be in the church no later than 11.40am.
There will be refreshments served in the school afterwards. We need a few volunteers to help out for an hour at a time between 1.00-3.00pm approx. The school will be open at 11.00am to allow for everything to be set up. If you would like to help please complete and return the slip to the school newsletter as soon as possible.
Date Added: 8 May 2018

Belfast Marathon

Many, many thanks to those parents and staff who gave up their Bank Holiday (and all the days previous to this training) to take part in the Belfast Marathon 2018. We can never explain the extent of our gratitude to these 'athletes' but just to say we are so appreciative of your efforts to raise money for the school, especially considering the impossible financial constraints which we face at present.
Date Added: 8 May 2018

Important dates in June

Nursery Induction - Tues 5th June 2.15pm in the Primary School assembly h all
P1 Induction - Wed 6th June 1.15pm in the assembly hall
School Show (P7s) - Tues 12th & Wed 13th June 7.00pm
KS1 Sports Day - Mon 18th June 9.30-12.00 (approx.)
KS2 Sports Day - Tues 19th June 9.30-12.00 (approx.)
More details for all these events will follow.
Date Added: 8 May 2018

Dates for Leavers

Our Leavers mass is on Monday 25th June. The pupils and parents will have a big breakfast in the morning at 9.30 in the school and then we will walk over to the church for the celebration of mass at 11.00am. The pupils will then be free to go home after the ceremony, and this will be the last day for our P7 pupils.
The end of year disco for P1-P7 pupils which was to be on the 22nd of June has now been moved to Thursday 28th June. Our P7 pupils, who will have left on the Monday, will of course be very much welcome to attend their last disco at Our Lady Queen of Peace PS.
Date Added: 8 May 2018

Shared Education

We were thrilled to welcome our partners in the shared education programme, Killowen and Holy Evangelists' Primary Schools to our school on Thursday to begin our work together. The pupils from Mr Gribbin's class met and mingled with the children from the other schools and engaged in activities in the school assembly hall. Last Friday all the pupils attended the Ulster Museum
Date Added: 26 March 2018

Parking Arrangements

Again we are sorry to report that cars are still coming up to the roundabout at the front of the school and other cars are driving through our traffic cones. It seems inevitable that the gates will be closed to all cars other than blue badge holders next term from 2.00pm onwards. There are actually cars coming up to and turning on the senior playground while classes are taking place. For health and safety reasons we ask that all parents in cars use the main car park and walk the short distance to the classroom door to collect your child as the Principal does not want to cause offence by asking drivers to move. All other schools have their gates closed and after frequent requests drivers are still ignoring our appeals. The same principles apply to the morning drop off. Unless you have a blue badge cars are not allowed to drive up to the front of the school.
Date Added: 19 March 2018

Summer BBQ

The PTA are running a parent barbeque in the Devenish on Saturday 9th June. Tickets cost £20 each and are now available from the office.
This was a great success last year and we are looking forward to an even bigger response this year. It costs a lot of money initially to reserve the Devenish so we are relying on you our parents to come out and make a great night of it. There will be live bands and prizes to be won. The food is of the highest quality and everyone who was there last year we are sure will come again.
Date Added: 19 March 2018

End of term

School term will conclude next Thursday (Holy Thursday) 29th March at 12 noon for all pupils from P1-P7. There will be no dinners served on that day. The final session of the term for the nursery unit will be next Wednesday 28th March in the afternoon. There will be no nursery sessions on Holy Thursday as the staff are involved in training. School will recommence on Monday 9th April
Date Added: 19 March 2018

Pizza Day - Autism Awareness

We will be having a Pizza Day this Friday 23rd March. The cost will be £1 and each child will receive a 7" cheese pizza from Pizza Company. If you wish to order a pizza for your child, please send in £1 no later than Wednesday 21st March. As we cannot guarantee that the pizza's will be here in time for lunch the children will have their lunch as normal and take the pizza home with them.

St Patrick's Day

To celebrate St Patrick's Day the children may come to school wearing something green on Friday 16th March
Date Added: 12 March 2018

Peace Proms

An enjoyable afternoon was had by all as our choir took part in the Peace Proms in the SSE Arena. It was an amazing experience and the children were great ambassadors for the school. Thank you to all parents for their support. Pictures have been posted to the school's Facebook page
Date Added: 26 February 2018

World Book Day

World book day will now be Thursday 8th March. Pupils can come along to school dressed as their favourite fictional character. We have already posted on the Parents Association Facebook page some suggestions which will require very little effort or expense
Date Added: 26 February 2018

Inspection Report

The inspection report from ETI has been published. We are so delighted with the positive comments regarding the pastoral care, standards, management and governance of the school. As you are aware, like most other schools, the inspection took place under the industrial action by teacher unions. This led to evaluations not being able to be completed by ETI. However, as non-compliant inspections go, the inspection team have been very generous with the amount of positive statements they have included in their report. This confirms the great work at an academic, pastoral and governance level which takes place in Our Lady Queen of Peace PS and Nursery Unit day and daily.
The report can be read on the ETI website - Our Lady Queen pf Peace
Date Added: 5 February 2018

P6 Transfer Meeting

There will be a meeting for all P6 parents who are interested in their child undertaking the transfer assessment test in November 2018 here in the school on Wednesday 7th March at 7.00pm in Mrs Bleakley's room led by the Principal. This is an opportunity to find out what is expected from the pupils, arrangements which parents must make and how the school will assist with the transfer in the coming months.
Date Added: 5 February 2018

School Disco

The disco will take place on Friday 23rd March
KS1: 6.00-7.00pm (goody bag provided)
KS2: 7.15-8.30pm
Form will be issued after mid-term break.
Date Added: 29 January 2018

Half Term

School will close for half-term on Friday 9th February at 12.30pm to facilitate staff training. The school will be closed from Monday 12th February to Friday 16th February inclusive. The children return on Monday 19th February.
Date Added: 20 January 2018

Service of Light and Confirmation

In preparation for Confirmation there will be a Service of Light in the Church on Tuesday 6th February at 7pm. This Service is for children and parents. Sponsors are also invited (if they are available). The children should be in the church for 6.45pm in full school uniform.
Confirmation will take place on Monday 12th March at 4pm. The P7 children do not have to wear their uniforms in school that day, but full school uniform must be worn to the Service P7s may go home after lunch at 1.30pm.
Unlike other years this will not be a shortened day for the rest of the school and the normal school day will apply for pupils from nursery to P6.
Date Added: 20 January 2018

First Confession

First Confession will take place on Tuesday 27th March at 11am in the Church. The children are free to go home with their parents after the ceremony.
Date Added: 20 January 2018

Santa Day

Santa has kindly offered to take time from his busy schedule to visit the children this Friday 15th December. Each child will receive a class photo a present and a selection box the cost of which is £3. All money should be paid no later than Thursday 14th. This will be a non-uniform day.
Date Added: 11 December 2017

Important Dates

28th Nov: Nursery Blessing, 11.10am & 2.40pm
8th Dec: Nursery Carol Singing (Dairy Farm) 1.30pm
12th & 13th Dec: P3 Christmas Show 9.30am
12th Dec: Nursery Nativity 10.45am & 2.15pm
14th Dec: P1 Christmas Show 9.30am
15th Dec: Santa Day
19th Dec: Nursery Jolly Show 11.00am & 2.30pm
21st Dec: School finishes for Christmas Holiday's 11.30am
Date Added: 20 November 2017

Open Days

P1 Open Day will take place on Monday 18th December beginning with the Principal's address at 9.30am
Nursery Open Day will also take place on Monday 18th December from 1.00pm-3.00pm
Date Added: 20 November 2017

School Closure - Parent/Teacher Meetings

The children will be off on Monday 27th November to facilitate Parent/Teacher Meetings. Your child's teacher will be in touch to arrange a suitable time.
Date Added: 13 November 2017

Christmas Fair

Sunday 26 November 1.00-3.00 pm
Stalls can be hired for the day at a cost of £25. If you are a business owner or have a business contact and would be able to secure a prize for our ballot/rickety wheel please let us know. You can do this by leaving details at school office or alternatively by email: olqoppa@gmail.com
Date Added: 13 November 2017

Anti-Bullying Week

Next week is Anti-Bullying Week. We will be sending some information home to parents to better inform them of what we do as a school to prevent bullying. The children will have an Anti-bullying Assembly and will also take part is some activities. Click the link to open our Anti-Bullying Information in pdf file format or Right-click to download it to your computer Anti-Bullying Information
Date Added: 6 November 2017

School Closure

The school will be closed for Halloween Monday 30th October - Friday 3rd November inclusive. School will re-open on Monday 6th November.
Date Added: 23 October 2017

School Disco

The Parents Association will hold the first pupil disco of the year. It will take place on Friday 27th October (the last night before half term), 6.00pm-7.00pm for P1-P3 and 7.15pm-8.30pm for P4-P7. We encourage all our pupils and parents to support the school in all our ventures in the coming year. Each child will be given a permission slip home this week. This slip should be completed and brought with £3 to the Disco on Friday. The disco is not fancy dress.
Date Added: 23 October 2017

100 Club

Once again this year we are organizing the 100 club. For £20 for the year you can pick a number for a monthly draw of £50. This number will remain yours for the rest of the year. This proved very popular last year with our parents and we hope you will be able to support this again this year. Letters will go out this week and all returns should be made by the following Friday 20th October.
Date Added: 9 October 2017

Mrs Fox

We had to say goodbye to our colleague and friend Mrs Fox our Classroom Assistant on Friday as she has left to take up a new position. We are sorry to see her go and we wish her every success in her new position. The school will not be the same without her
Date Added: 9 October 2017

Parents Association

The first meeting of the year for our Parents' Association will take place in the school on Wednesday 11th October at 7.00pm. This group of parents fulfil such an important role for us and already there are so many events which we are planning. We would love to see new members join us and have an input into the work of the group.
Date Added: 2 October 2017

Break the Rules

We will be having a special day of fundraising through our annual 'Break The Rules Day' on 25th October. Please help us raise much needed funds for resources through this sponsorship. Mr O'Doherty will send out a note to explain how you can get involved in this venture.
Date Added: 2 October 2017

Scholastic Bookfair

The Scholastic Bookfair will be coming to the school 13th-17th November. As usual we hope as many of you as possible will support this project as every book sold will lead to a contribution of vouchers towards the school to purchase much needed resources.
Date Added: 2 October 2017

Transfer Meeting

There is a final meeting for any parents whose child is taking part in the Transfer Test in November.
This will take place in Mr Kilpatrick's room at 6.00pm on Wednesday 4th October
Date Added: 18 September 2017

Curriculum Meetings

P1: Thursday 28th September, 1.15pm
P2-P3: Tuesday 3rd October, 1.15pm
P4-P6: Tuesday 3rd October, 2.15pm
Meetings will take place in the classrooms
Date Added: 18 September 2017

Holy Communion

The date for First Holy Communion has been set for Sunday 20th May at 12noon in the church
Date Added: 18 September 2017

School Holidays

The school will be closed on the following dates inclusively:
Friday 29th September: Staff Training (replaces Tuesday 8th May)
Mon 30th October - Fri 3rd November: Halloween mid-term break; Monday 27th November: reporting to parents
Friday 22nd December - Friday 5th January: Christmas Holidays
Monday 12th - Friday 16th February: Midterm
Friday 30th March - Friday 6th April: Easter Holidays
Monday 7th May: Bank Holiday
Monday 28th May: Bank Holiday
An updated holiday list is available here. Terms and Holidays
Date Added: 4 September 2017

Change of Training Day

Due to the availability of training providers we have had to make one change to the holiday schedule for this academic year. The school will be closed for all pupils on Friday 29th September to facilitate essential staff training for ICT. This day will replace the 8th May which was originally earmarked for training. Tuesday, 8th May will now be a normal school day for all pupils. We are sorry for the change of plans but we are trying to give you as much notification as possible.
Date Added: 4 September 2017

Welcome Back

We are delighted to see all the faces return for another year at the school. We sincerely hope that you had a great summer break and fully energized for the months ahead. See this week's newsletter for some pastoral care/child protection arrangements
Date Added: 4 September 2017

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