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FREE ONLINE COURSES

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The Solihull Approach are offering free online courses for parents.  There is normally a charge for the these, but the access code below should give you free access.  Courses include:

  • Understanding your child's feelings
  • Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby
  • Understanding your baby
  • Understanding your child: from toddler to teenager
  • Understanding your child with additional needs
  • Understanding your child's mental health and wellbeing
  • Understanding your brain (for teenagers only)

Your can access these courses by visiting:  https://inourplace.co.uk/

The access code for these free courses is: NIFAMILIES

Many thanks,

Miss Agnew

HOUSE PRIZE

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Ash has won the house prize for this term.  Children who are in Ash house are allowed to wear non uniform tomorrow (Friday) and will be having ice cream and other treats!  

Well done!

SAFER SCHOOLS APP

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Today is Safer Internet Day.

Following on from our parentmail a few days ago regarding the Safer Schools App, please see the attached information on how to download it and the access code you will need to activate it.

If you have any problems, please contact the school office.

Many thanks

CHANGE TO SCHOOL MEALS MENU

Dear Parent/Guardian,

There will be a change to the School Meals Menu when we return from our half term break on 19th February 2024.  We will be on Week 2 of the menu.  

Monday and Tuesday of that week will be swapped around so on Monday it will be Chicken Chunks etc and on Tuesday it will be the savoury mince.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

CHINESE NEW YEAR COLOURING COMPETITION

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The PTC would like to invite all boys and girls to take part in our Chinese New Year Colouring Competition. The competition was dreamt up by one of our pupils with Chinese roots, who also kindly donated the prizes on offer for winners!

To enter, simply collect the colouring sheet from the school office. Entry is £1 per sheet. Be as creative as you like!

Competition closes on Thursday 8th February 2024.

Winners will be announced on Friday 9th February 2024.


Best of luck to all those participating!

THANK YOU

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I would like to thank all those parents and carers who completed the audit.  There as a fantastic response with approximately 70% of our families completing it.  The responses are really positive, and it is so encouraging knowing that you are happy with so many areas of school life and your child's learning experience at Hazelwood.

We will now carefully go through the audit and identify any areas that we can improve on.  Next week we will hopefully have a full copy of the audit available for you to read on the school website and a shorter summary available on See Saw as well as hard copies that can be collected from the school office.

Mr J McDaid (Principal)

PARENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE

Dear Parent/Carer, 

A very important part of our school improvement strategy is to have a good understanding of the views and opinions of our entire school community including our parents/carers. 

I have attached a link to a questionnaire that I am asking you to complete.  The questionnaire is totally confidential and anonymous and will take under 10 minutes to complete.  Previously we have sent a parent questionnaire every 2 years.  Instead of this one lengthy questionnaire on all areas of the school life, I will instead send two shorter questionnaires each year.  The one in which I have sent a link in this Parentmail will focus on your views on Integration, Pastoral Care, Behaviour and Ethos. 

Completing these questions is really important.  Your suggestions and ideas are so important to us.  In previous questionnaires you told us of a number of issues that were important to you.  Some of these I am happy to say we implemented in school including: 

  • Improving the traffic management 
  • Having increased opportunities to see your child's work 
  • Improving the lunchtime dinner experience 
  • Having a meet the teacher afternoon 
  • Improving afterschool clubs 

Parents play a very special role in the life of Hazelwood.  Hazelwood was opened by parents.  This continues to be your school and completing this question allows you to be part of it. 

Can I ask that you please complete this by Friday 26th January 2024. 

Mr McDaid (Principal) 

 

 

https://sdp.wholeschool.ie/hazelwoodps_1066531/questionnaire/b3aae186-9487-4277-a033-475e50380581

TRANSLINK BUS STRIKE DAYS

Dear Parent/Guardian, 

The Education Authority (EA) has been notified by Translink that their bus drivers who are members of the GMB and Unite Unions, have voted to take strike action in relation to 2021 pay. 

This will result in all Translink bus services being withdrawn on Thursday 1st February, Thursday 15th February, Tuesday 27th February and Wednesday 28th February. Translink continue to engage with trade unions to try and avert this action. Pupils who use any Translink service for any element of their journey are likely to be impacted, this includes our school bus services, and parents should make other transport arrangements for these dates. 

We would ask parents to follow Translink's social media channels, website and the local news bulletins over the coming days and start to plan now for alternative arrangements for the strike dates. 

Many thanks 

Mr J McDaid (Principal)

STRIKE ACTION - THURSDAY 18TH JANUARY 2024

Dear Parent/Guardian, 

In a previous Parentmail, I informed you of the intentions of teachers and school principals to take strike action on Thursday 18th January 2024. 

I had hoped that following negotiations with the Government and local parties that this strike action could have been averted. This is now unlikely. Therefore, the school will be closed to ALL pupils next Thursday 18th January 2024. No pupils may attend school that day, however, your child will NOT be marked absent. 

As regrettable as this action is, it is also because: 

  • The education system has been systematically defunded over a number of years. We have had to endure significant cuts to the school budget which has impacted in our ability to deliver the first-class educational experience your child deserves.  
  • Teachers are now paid less for doing the same job than all other regions in the UK and Island of Ireland. 
  • Strike action is a last resort and comes from a sense of deep frustration (shared by many others in the public sector) that despite negotiations with the DE and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, no resolution to this dispute has been found. 

However, I also fully understand the great inconvenience that this will cause our families and for that I apologise. 

Mr J McDaid (Principal) 

PRE SCHOOL AND P1 ENROLMENT FOR SEPTEMBER 2024

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The EA Open Enrolment website opens tomorrow (Tuesday 9th January) for those parents who have younger children and wish to apply for a place for September for Nursery and Primary 1.

Please see the attached leaflet which will give you more information on how to apply, criteria etc.

Please also pass this information on to anyone you know who would be eligible. 

If you have any queries, please contact the school office.

Many thanks

SCIENCE INVESTIGATION WEEK

SCIENCE INVESTIGATION WEEK 

  Next week is Science Investigation Week at school. It is wonderful to see children’s enthusiasm and participation in this every year. 

Science investigation homework will go out this Thursday 11th Jan to kickstart our Science Week in school. You should receive a letter explaining what children are expected to do along with the Science Investigation write up sheet and some suggestions to help you. Children can use this template or they can write it up in their own creative way. 

ALL our pupils are expected to complete a science investigation. To allow time for this, all homework other than reading and spellings has been suspended until Friday 19th January when all investigations will be handed in to teachers.  

Please return Science Investigations and write ups to your child’s teacher.  

We expect science investigations to be child led and completed as independently as possible.  This is an opportunity for you to support your child’s learning and it is an important part of the curriculum. 

We will have a science award assembly on Thursday 8th of February to celebrate all the investigations completed by our pupils. 

Many Thanks,  

Miss Scott  

ONE WAY TRAFFIC SYSTEM

Dear Parent/Guardian,

A quick reminder that the one-way system for entry to the school grounds begins this morning. There will be school staff at the gates to direct you and we would ask for your patience and co-operation.

Please see the map below for more details.

Many thanks

Mr J McDaid (Principal)

LITERACY BOOKS BEING SENT HOME

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Following a parent audit in 2021, 93% of parents requested that they would like to see their child's books through the year.

On Thursday of this week, your child's teacher will send home their Literacy books.  I would ask that you look at your child's work and sign the slip provided to confirm you have received and looked at the books.

It is VERY important that these books are returned on Monday 18th December as your child will need them.  I hope you find this opportunity both useful and informative.

NB: This year we have introduced a new evidence based model of pupil feedback and marking called 'The Learning Journey'.  This is quite a different method of how a teacher communicates with a pupil on the progress they are making in class.

This has been trialled by P2, P5 and P6 classes only.  You may see a difference in how the teachers in these classes records feedback in the Literacy books.

If your child is in P2, P5 or P6, their teacher will send home an overview to explain 'The Learning Journey'.

Mr McDaid (Principal)

BREAKFAST CLUB

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are delighted that many more pupils are using our free Breakfast Club. This service is available to all our pupils and we would welcome more pupils. This service will be available until the end of January 2024.

Starting next week, we will have a special breakfast on Tuesday and Friday, when we will offer pancakes or waffles as well as cereal and juice.

If you would like your child to attend, please get in touch with Alison in the School Office.

Many thanks

Mr J McDaid (Principal)

REMINDER ABOUT TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR MONDAY 13th NOVEMBER

Dear Parent/Guardian,

A quick reminder that the new traffic arrangements start on Monday 13th November 2023.

For those not already done so, you can collect your pass from the school office. These are for Nursery to P2 children. Please have this clearly displayed on your dashboard each morning from Monday 13th November. I hope this will make your entry to school easier.

Only cars with this pass will be allowed access to the school. If you have a blue mobility badge, this really should apply to your child and not the driver and therefore I would ask that your child also walks from the front gate, and you do not drive into the school grounds.

As a result of these changes traffic coming into the school grounds has been greatly reduced. The punctuality of our pupils has greatly improved and the safety of our pupils while walking in the school every morning and afternoon has also been improved.

Thank you once again for your support.

Mr J McDaid (Principal)

CODE OF CONDUCT - PARENTS

Dear Parent/Carer,

Hazelwood Parent/Carer Code of Conduct.

Please take time to read and understand what your responsibility is to ensure that the entire hazelwood Community, its employees. pupils and parents/carers, are treated with respect, so that the ethos and values of Hazelwood are upheld by everybody.

A copy of this is also available on the school website .Hazelwood Parent/Carer Code of Conduct.

Mr McDaid (Principal)

ADMINISTERING MEDICATIONS IN SCHOOL

Dear Parent/Guardian,

After reviewing the Department of Education's Guidance on the administration of medicine, there are a few things we wanted to highlight.

  • -If children need to take prescribed medications in school (including inhalers), parents must fill in a form called Administration of Medicine and return it to their child's class teacher.
  • -If children are prescribed a short-term antibiotic, we would ask parents to try and administer these at times when the children are at home.
  • -All prescribed medication must be sent into school in its original box, so staff can see names, instructions and date of expiration.
  • -School is not permitted to administer non-prescription medication, such as Calpol.
  • -If your child needs an inhaler for asthma, we would ask (where possible), that you provide 2 of these in case of an emergency where one inhaler runs out.

Lastly, can I remind parents that we are a nut free school.  We have a number of children with serious nut allergies.  Please ensure that you do not send in nuts or foods containing nuts, eg Nutella, Snickers, Peanut butter.

Many thanks for your support.

Mr J McDaid (Principal)

27th October 2023

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT - NEW ARRANGEMENTS FROM MONDAY 13TH NOVEMBER 2023

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Thank you to all those parents/guardians who have supported the school with new traffic access arrangements beginning Monday 13th November 2023.

To improve the flow of traffic for families from Nursery to P2, I would ask that you collect from the school office your school access pass.  Please have this clearly displayed on your dashboard each morning.  I hope this will make your entry to school easier.

Only cars with this pass will be allowed access to the school.  If you have a blue mobility badge, this really should apply to your child and not the driver and therefore I would ask that your child also walks from the front gate, and you do not drive into the school grounds.

These passes are available for collection from the School Office from Monday 6th November.  I would ask that all Parents/Guardians of pupils from Nursery to P2 will have them displayed from Monday 13th November.

As a result of these changes traffic coming into the school grounds has been greatly reduced.  The punctuality of our pupils has greatly improved and the safety of our pupils while walking in the school every morning and afternoon has also been improved.

Thank you once again for your support.

Mr J McDaid (Principal)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 NEW BUS TIMETABLE FOR THE MORNING BELFAST BUS

Dear Parent/Guardian,

A quick reminder about the new bus timetable for the Belfast morning Bus beginning on Monday 6th November 2023.

As a school we have been concerned about the late arrival of pupils travelling on the morning Belfast Translink bus. Indeed, some parents shared my concerns also.

This should help ensure that the bus arrives on time. It is really important that you check how this new schedule affects you and your child. This applies to the morning bus only.

Please do not hesitate to let me know if there are any issues with this new schedule.

Mr J McDaid (Principal)

 

Hazelwood Primary School (retimed school service)

Service No. 778

Location Time

Carr's Glen (Joanmount) 0828

Oldpark Rd (Oldpark Terrace, Co-op) 0833

Westland Road (Golf Course) 0835

Cavehill Road (Inver Avenue) 0836

North Circular Road 0838

Antrim Road (North Circular Road) 0839

Antrim Road (Salisbury Avenue) 0842

Antrim Road (Atlantic Avenue) 0846

via Duncairn Gardens,

North Queen Street (Mountcollyer) 0849

Shore Road (Lidl/Asda) 0851

Shore Road (Gray's Lane) 0855

Lower Whitewell (White City) 0857

Hazelwood Primary School 0900

 

 

27th October 2023

22.10.2021

Can I thank all our parents and carers for their incredible food donations for our Harvest Table.  All donations were picked up by "The People's Kitchen" an organisation which helps the homeless and those families less fortunate than ourselves. They were overwhelmed by the generosity of our families.  Every item will be distributed to families in Belfast who are in great need.  As you can see from the attached photo all our donations were able to fill a whole van!

Please check inside your child's Homework Diary for their attendance percentage for September.  We ask that you please sign to show you have seen the entry.  During these still difficult times we understand that taking time off due to illness is understandable but we all are aware of the importance of being in school everyday on time.

Each half term, children with an attendance percentate of 97% and above are entered into a draw to win a £20 movie voucher!  This is to promote how important excellent attendance is to the education and well being of all pupils.  Thank you for your continuing support.

Can I take this opportunity to thank you all for your support this term.  I wish all our families a safe half term.  See you all on 1st November!

Mr J McDaid (Principal) 

20.9.2021

This letter is to inform you that some of our students in school have severe food allergies to peanuts/nut products. It is important that there is strict avoidance to this food in order to prevent a life-threatening allergic reaction. We are asking your help to provide the student with a safe school environment.

Any exposure to peanuts/nuts may cause a life-threatening allergic reaction that requires emergency medical treatment. To reduce the chance of this occurring, we are asking that you do not send any Hazelnut or products that contain nuts such as Nutella, Ferrero Rocher etc to school with your child that will be eaten in the classroom, and please read the ingredients on any food your child is binging in to ensure no nuts or nut traces come in to school. Hazelwood is a nut free school and we rely on parents to help us maintain this.

If your child has eaten peanuts/nuts before coming to school, please be sure your child’s hands and face have been thoroughly washed before entering the school.

We appreciate your support of these procedures. Please contact me if you have any questions.

24.8.21

BOOK BAGS

Dear Parent/Guardian,

FAO P1-P3 PARENTS

Just a quick reminder about the option to purchase a book bag for your child for September. The cost is £5. We would encourage you to purchase these bags instead of a School Bag for your child. These are designed to fit under desks (saving space) unlike school bags that hang off the back of chairs or fall on the ground and cause a tripping hazard.

You can purchase these bags via Parentmail. If you have any questions or problems with this, please give the school office a ring.

We would appreciate your co-operation in this matter.

Many thanks

21.8.21

NEW SCHOOL TERM INFO

Dear Parent/ Guardian,

I hope that you and your family had a great summer and managed to enjoy the sun when it was here and made the most of the rain.

Last Thursday I was issued with some guidelines from the Department of Education (DE) on the reopening of schools. Having then met with the Senior Management team I can now give you some details on how Hazelwood will reopen. I like yourself had hoped that we would have a return to normal operation in September. However unfortunately that will not be happening yet. However, I am able to cautiously make some changes. 

The first day of the new term is Wednesday 1st September.

·     School Bags: Pupils can once again bring school bags/pencil cases to school. The pupils in P1-3 have been encouraged to use Book Bags rather than school bags. These book bags are considerably cheaper to buy and more practical in terms of storage. We would encourage parents from P4-7 to reuse the school bags you already have as I am sure any that were purchased before lock down remain in good condition.

·     Class starting/home time: There will be no staggered starts. All year groups will begin at 9.00. P2-3 will finish at 2.00. P4-7 will finish at 3.00. Staff will be on duty to supervise and assist all our pupils as they arrive on their first day. Registration will close at 9.05. Any pupil marked after that (except those pupils travelling on the bus) will be marked as being late.  

 

Class

Start Time

Class entry point

Home time

Class exit

Nursery

Parents of pupils starting Nursery  have already been informed of the starting arrangements for their child.

P1

Parents of pupils starting P1 have already been informed of the starting arrangements for their child. After an initial phased return all P1 pupils will fully return on Monday 20thSeptember 9.00- 2.00

P2

9.00 am

Both classes will use the main door at the front of the school. Pupils must wait in two  separate class lines at the front until they are escorted into the school by a member of staff   

Mon –Frid 2.00 pm

Fri- 2.00

Both classes will leave by the same side doors they entered.

P3

9.00 am

Both classes will enter the separate side doors by their class in the middle playground. This will be labelled

Mon –Frid 2.00 pm

Fri- 2.00

Both classes will leave by the same side doors they entered.

P4

9.00 am

Both classes will enter the separate side doors by their class in the middle playground. This will be labelled

Mon -Thurs 3.00 pm

Fri- 2.00

Both classes will leave by the same side doors they entered.

P5

9.00 am

Both classes will enter the separate side doors by their class in the front playground. This will be labelled

Mon -Thurs 3.00 pm

Fri-2.00

Both classes will leave by the same side doors they entered.

P6

9.00 am

Both classes will enter the separate side doors by their class in the front playground. This will be labelled

Mon -Thurs 3.00 pm

Fri-2.00

Both classes will leave by the same side doors they entered.

P7

9.00 am

Both classes will enter the separate side doors by their class in the front playground .This will be labelled 

Mon -Thurs 3.00 pm

Fri-2.00

Both classes will leave by the same side doors they entered.

IMPORTANT.

·     Pupils in P4-7 will have signed zoned areas in the front playground where they must gather each morning before being escorted to class. They must remain in the area designated to them.

·     Pupils should not be in school before 8.50am. They will not be supervised. Breakfast club is available for pupils who need to be in school before 8.50am.

 

 

Parents entering school grounds. DE guidelines remain that;

·     Parents/ Carers are not to congregate in the school grounds. 

·     Parents / Carers are to wear face coverings while on the school grounds and keep 2 metres apart

·     Parents/ Carers are not to enter the school building unless they have made an appointment.

School Uniform:

·         All pupils are expected to be in full school uniform with black shoes.

Wrap Around Care:

·         Breakfast club will commence on the first day back (Wed 1stSeptember) from 8.05am

Payment details will follow in due course.

·         We hope to organise an After School and Homework club this term. However, we are not in a position to start this yet. We will give you further updates if we are in a position to do so. 

School Dinners:

·     With appropriate mitigating measures in place we feel we can now have a full return of school dinners for all pupils who wish to have a cooked dinner. Dinners will be available from Wednesday 1st September.

Further details on how to pay for those not in receipt of Free School Meals will follow in due course.

The arrangements we have put in place are in compliance with the DE guidelines. We have taken every possible measure to ensure that we reopen the school so that is a safe place for our pupils, staff and families. All these arrangements are subject to review. At the time of writing this letter N. Ireland had recorded the highest number of Covid positive cases since in pandemic began. We continue to have the highest number cases in the UK. If I feel that I need to review and change the arrangements in school, then I will do so. For this reason, I urge all our parents and careers to play their part in ensuring that we have a school reopening that is as close to normal as possible and we have no further disruption to the learning experiences of all our pupils   

Your child’s teacher will communicate with you regarding specific arrangements for their class. There will be further details on the school reopening later this week.

I look forward to welcoming you and your children back to Hazelwood on 1stSeptember

21.4.21

Thank you to those parents who have completed our survey so far, we really appreciate your feedback.  We would like to encourage as many parents as possible to take 2 minutes and complete the survey about what clubs/activities that you would be interested in for yourselves.

Hazelwood Integrated Primary School was established over 36 years ago by a small group of parents?

Parents continue to play a special role in our school. We have a tradition of supporting the families and communities which our children come from. We would like your input on how we can open the school up to our parents and carers.

Whether it's a football team, a yoga class, art group or a dander through the woods, we would LOVE to hear all your ideas!

Please click on and open the link below (or copy and paste into your internet browser) and take 2 minutes to complete the questionnaire. Let us know if there would be any activities you would be interested in attending. We would love to hear all your ideas!

Thank You

 

https://sdp.wholeschool.ie/hazelwoodps_1066531/questionnaire/80613ec2-8c50-4ac2-8d3e-7b0ca85ba112

 

22nd April 2021

15.4.2021

BREAKFAST CLUB

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As you will be aware the NI Executive issued guidelines about the restarting of Breakfast Clubs within schools from Monday 12th April 2021.

From Monday Breakfast Club will start again from 8.05am in the School Assembly Hall.  If you wish your child to avail of this club, please pay on the Parentmail App between Friday 3pm and Monday 8.15am.  The cost is £2.50 per day, you just need to purchase the amount of days you will need for the week.

If you have any queries, please contact the school office in the first instance.


15.4.2021

TREK

Celebrating Difference Trek

 

TRUTH RESPECT EMPATHY KINDNESS

 

As part of our Personal Development and Mutual Understanding programme we will be focusing this month on developing an increased understanding and appreciation of social and cultural differences within our society and encouraging our Hazelwood children to celebrate these differences.

 

To launch our programme ‘Celebrating Difference TREK’ on Monday 19th April we are having a Rainbow/Diversity Day and are asking children to come into school in a Different Coloured Top to represent and celebrate Hazelwood’s inclusive ethos.

 

As part of the programme, over the next two weeks, we will be encouraging children to demonstrate our TREK values of

TRUTH  RESPECT   EMPATHY   KINDNESS

both to each other and the wider community.

 

We would really appreciate your support in this initiative by encouraging you child over the next two weeks to perform random acts of kindness whenever possible which can then be shared and celebrated in school.

We are working together with the charity CANCER FUND for CHILDREN for our TREK programme and are asking parents, grandparents and friends of our Hazelwood community to give to this brilliant charity through either a donation directly to the school on Monday 19th April, sent in with your child in a sealed envelope, or through logging on to the Cancer Fund for Children’s Just Giving page, https:/www.justgiving.com/fundraising/celebratingdifferencetrek

 

Schools collectively in North Belfast are involved in promoting and celebrating inclusivity and diversity this month and we hope you as parents will encourage your child to perform as many random acts of kindness as they can. Please encourage your child, as we begin our TREK journey, to understand better what it is like to ‘walk in other people’s shoes’ and be assured all the proceeds donated will go directly to support the work of Cancer Fund for Children in helping children/young people suffering from cancer and their families, particularly in these difficult times.


15.4.2021

Traffic Management

As you are aware, we have been working to improve safety for all on our school site we would like to bring to your attention the following important points: 

  • BLUE BADGE HOLDERS ONLY are permitted to park at the front of the school. We would ask you NOT to park on the bend behind the Nursery as this is blocking traffic flow.
  • Show respect and patience on our site when collecting or dropping off your child - this includes complying with requests from staff. DO NOT drop off your child at the roadside or on a zebra crossing this causes traffic disruption and delays.  Please also refrain from doing u-turns at zebra crossings, this is very dangerous for pedestrians and other road users.
  • Do not park and leave your car on double yellow lines, or blocking safe access by parking on bends especially at the back of the Nursery, this causes a health and safety risk to our children and is an inconvenience to school buses who cannot park in their normal place where they pick up children and causes traffic delays
  • Be vigilant for young children on site, they can be unpredictable. We would especially ask parents NOT to let your child roam freely around the school at drop off or pick up times, we have noticed an increase in this over the past week and would ask for your co-operation.  Everyone's safety is everyone's responsibility.
  • Please DO NOT park in front of residents driveways or block their access to their homes .  We would ask you to be courteous to residents who live in the area directly around the school.

 If parking continues to be a problem we will have to look at whether we allow cars onto the school site or not, so your co-operation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

If you have any concerns please as always, contact the school office in the first instance.

Mr J McDaid (Principal)

28.3.2021

No one thought that when we closed the school on December 18th 2020 we would not fully open again for 14 weeks. Last week we finally welcomed back all 451 of our wonderful pupils from each of our 16 classes.  

Despite our teacher’s careful planning and preparation for this reopening, nothing prepared us for the overwhelming positive response from our pupils. Despite the unprecedented disruption and challenges in their young lives they returned to their classes with enthusiasm and joy. Friendships were reunited. Sand trays became messy again. Marshmallows were toasted. Goals were scored. Songs were sung and classrooms were once again full of curious and happy learners.    

The strength of their spirit and the resilience they showed last week was commendable. I thank all our parents and guardians who worked so closely with your child’s teacher to help minimise the disruption in your child’s learning during the school closure.  

While we know that the resumption and re-engagement with learning has just begun, I want to assure you all that Hazelwood’s dedicated, committed and hardworking teachers and classroom assistants will be there for your children at every turn as they resume their learning.

I want to also take this opportunity to wish all our families a safe and happy Easter break.  See you all on Monday 12th April.

Mr J McDaid (Principal)

26.2.21 

As you are already aware, all pupils from Nursery to Primary 3 will return to school as normal on Monday 8th March until Friday 19th March. At the minute these pupils will return to remote learning on Monday 22nd until Friday 26th March, although this week may be subject to change.

Teachers will need time to plan and prepare for the school restart after a considerable 9 week closure.  As I am sure you will appreciate, this will not be a 'normal' return to school.  Teachers will need to plan how they will support the emotional health and well-being of our youngest pupils.  They will also need time to plan for the undoubted impact this school closure has had on pupil's learning.  This will need careful curriculum changes in each year group.  For this reason, I have asked all teachers of pupils from Nursery to Primary 3 to focus on planning and preparation for the school restart on Monday 8th March.

Although these pupils will continue to receive planned learning activities via SeeSaw or packs, these teachers will not be giving feedback on the pupils work.

Teachers will be meeting with me and the Senior Management Team next week to ensure that Hazelwood is well prepared to fully support and welcome back all our wonderful pupils from Nursery to Primary 3.

Thank you for your continued support during this second (and hopefully last) school closure.

Mr J McDaid (Principal)

23.2.2021

SCHOOL RE-OPENING

I am sure you will have heard on the news and social media the Northern Ireland Executive have made the decision that schools are to re-open for Nursery - P3 only from 8th March to 22nd March.  Home learning will continue for those pupils in P4-P7 as normal.

From 22nd March - 26th March ALL children will resume home learning.  Supervised learning will continue in school for Key Worker and vulnerable children only.  Easter holiday's commence from Monday 29th March to Friday 9th April inclusive.  School will be closed for everyone during the Easter Break.

We are awaiting guidance from the Department of Education regarding the restart of face to face teaching for years 4-7.  When we receive this, we will of course be in touch with you.

I am sure you are aware the situation is very fluid and we will keep you informed of any updates as and when we get them.

 

PARENT AUDIT

Thank you to all the parents and carers who completed the home learning audit before half term.

Although the feedback you gave was overwhelmingly positive, it is important that we listen to your views on how you and your child have coped with home learning during this lockdown.

Your invaluable suggestions and feedback will be shared with staff at a meeting today, and used to make any improvements that are needed.

Many thanks

 

10.2.21

PARENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE

As a school we want to ensure that we continue to support your child's learning during this period of school closure.  It is therefore important that we have an idea of the challenges our parents and carers are experiencing managing home learning.  We know that home learning will continue until at least 8th March so it is important that we know how things are going and if there is anything we can improve.

Every teacher at Hazelwood  is committed to minimising the impact this school closure has on your child's learning. You can help us do this my taking 5 mins to complete this Home Learning Questionnaire.  Simply click on the link below and this will take you directly to the questionnaire . It is completely anonymous. We will use the information you tell us to help us support you and your child.

The questionnaire will remain open until 3.00 this Friday (12th February)

I hope you and your families are all safe and well.

Thank you for your continued support

Mr M Daid

 

   https://sdp.wholeschool.ie/hazelwoodps_1066531/questionnaire/2c79b7a6-fec4-4119-af45-0a346d6ee115

 

9.2.21

Further to the previous communication regarding the Half Term Break next week, there will be NO remote learning during this time and teachers are not to be contacted.

Remote learning will commence again on 22nd February and teachers will be available again from then.

We appreciate your help and co-operation in this matter.

 

9.2.21

A quick update as to what is happening next week.

We have received notification from the Department of Education that Schools are NOTrequired to open next week for Key Worker and vulnerable children.

Therefore, school will be closed next week Monday 15th to Friday 19th February inclusive.  School will re-open again for Key Worker and vulnerable children only, from Monday 22nd February.

Parents/Guardians of Key Worker or vulnerable children who usually attend school during lockdown, if not already done so, please could you email acrothers069@c2ken.net and let the school know which days you require your child to be in school after the half term break.

If you have any queries please get in touch.

26.5.2020

Dear Mrs Douglas, Hazelwood Integrated Primary School has sent you a message

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I want to thank you all on behalf of the Board of Governors , for your efforts in the home schooling of your children over the last 2 months . The parents have always been an important part of a child’s education and “our new normal” has made the parental contribution the most important element.

In the coming months when the school gradually re opens under new guidelines, the school will have to operate in new ways. The Board of Governors are committed to providing the resources required to make the school a safe place for the pupils and staff. 

When the Department of Education brings out the new guidelines on the operation of the school, your cooperation will be essential to make them work effectively.

The school will keep you informed over the coming months so that all the stakeholders, the pupils , staff and parents can work together to ensure that the pupils experience of school in its new mode will be rich and rewarding

Keep safe and stay well

Colin Petrie

Chairman,

Board of Governors

 

 

If you are entitled to Free School Meals but have still to submit your application form to the Education Authority please do so immediately. We cannot provide your child with a Free School Meal until we have been advised by the Education Authority of their eligibility.
Application forms were issued at the end of June and are also available here:
Completed forms should be returned to the Education Authority, not the school.
Until you receive confirmation of eligibility from the Education Authority please send payment (£2.60 per meal) or a packed lunch. There can be no exceptions.

 

Just a quick reminder that Hazelwood IPS is a NO SMOKING ZONE and therefore smoking is NOT permitted on school grounds or at the school gates.  Recently there has been an increasing amount of cigarette butts appearing in the school grounds and at the school gates and we would ask you to please be considerate to other parents and children and make sure you are well away from the school and school grounds before lighting up.

 

SAFETY AT HAZELWOOD INTEGRATED PRIMARY & NURSERY SCHOOL
As you are aware the School site is a busy place in the mornings and afternoons as children are dropped off and picked up.  Please take extra care in your movements around the site - especially when driving around the Zebra Crossings.
We need to keep all our children and parents safe.
We would appreciate your help and co-operation in this matter.

 

EARLY DROP OFF IN MORNINGS
An increasing number of children are being dropped off at school at 8am and are being left unattended and unsupervised.
There is no Staff allocation at this time to supervise your child.  Please use the Breakfast Club Facility for a cost of £1 per day, this is for SUPERVISION ONLY and does not include Breakfast.  
Children are supervised in the playground from 8.40am.  Your child should NOT be dropped at school before this.
MICROSOFT OFFICE PACKAGE
With Christmas on the horizon staff and students (or parents of students) may be planning  to purchase new personal devices including tablets, laptops etc. 
 To avoid the unnecessary purchase of Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc) please note that staff, pupils and guardians do not need to purchase Microsoft Office as it  available free with a C2k username on up to 5 personal devices in 4 easy steps (see below)
Each child in school should have a Username and Password that they use for the computers in school and this is what you will need in order to be able to download the Microsoft Office Package.
2.Enter C2k username in the format  auser123@c2ken.net
3.At the next box enter (i) your C2k username auser123 and (ii) password
4.Download the version of Microsoft Office you require
If you have any queries please contact the school office.

 

HEALTHY LUNCHES
REMINDER ABOUT HEALTHY LUNCHESAs part of our approach to Healthy Eating at Hazelwood, we ask that you support us by ensuring that your child's lunch is healthy.  Some ideas are attached. Friday is an opportunity to give your child a treat - this means ONE SMALL chocolate bar OR crisps and please remember we are a NUT FREE school.

 

NUT ALLERGY

This letter is to inform you that some of our students in school have severe food allergies to peanuts/nut products. It is important that there is strict avoidance to this food in order to prevent a life-threatening allergic reaction. We are asking your help to provide the student with a safe school environment.

Any exposure to peanuts/nuts may cause a life-threatening allergic reaction that requires emergency medical treatment. To reduce the chance of this occurring, we are asking that you do not send any Hazelnut or products that contain nuts such as Nutella, Ferrero Rocher etc to school with your child that will be eaten in the classroom.

If your child has eaten peanuts/nuts before coming to school, please be sure your child’s hands and face have been thoroughly washed before entering the school.

We appreciate your support of these procedures. Please contact me if you have any questions.