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As we finish the school year at Hazelwood I am writing to you to thank you all for your resilience and support over the last 15 weeks. The work you have done, the care you have given your children and the ongoing determination of the community to keep smiling through this pandemic has been exceptional. The uncertainty remains however and I am writing to inform you of arrangements for September as we know them.

• Hazelwood will reopen on Monday 24th August for our P7 children and this will be an induction week for the other classes also. This will focus on the pastoral needs of our pupils, their health and wellbeing and the enhancement of a ‘reconnect’ between pupil and school. This will be timetabled for each year group and will involve a morning session in small groups. Specific details regarding dates and times will be provided  in due course.
• Hazelwood is hopeful that we will re-open for all our children on September 1st  - but there will be different arrangements in place and we will let you know about these in August. In addition, we hope that full school weeks will be possible – this may change.
• Arrangements regarding staggered arrivals/collections may be necessary and details will be communicated to you as soon as we can.  All parents will be asked to remain outside school buildings to reduce footfall and the potential spread of the virus. There may also be restrictions in accessing the school grounds by car.
• Pupils are asked to ‘air’ their  school uniform every day and if it can be washed that would be helpful.
• School bags or other items from home should not be brought into school.  Packed lunches should be in disposable packaging. We will provide individual work packs in class.
• No guidance has yet been issued to schools with regard to transport or school meals.  Details will follow.
• At Hazelwood  our school staff will be reinforcing the good practice that you are undertaking at home, to educate your children in the necessary measures for minimising the spread of the virus, e.g. ‘Catch it, Bin It, Kill It’, thorough handwashing, maintaining social distance etc. we trust that this good practice will continue.
• It is your responsibility to access and follow school communications e.g. Website ,Facebook, Parentmail etc.  Please ensure that you regularly access those platforms to stay in touch.

Finally, please note -

In light of Covid precautions we will operate a cashless system via Parentmail from the new school term – more details will follow.

Please be aware that this information is subject to change in light of evolving DE Guidance.

As always if you have any queries please get in touch.

Have a lovely Summer and we look forward to seeing you all in September!



Tomorrow, Wednesday 17th June, you may come to school to collect your child's report, PE kit, coats and any other belongings etc from the Assembly Hall from 9.15 am - 2.15 pm.

There will be a one way system in place. Entry is through the double doors at the side of the hall.  2 metre distancing measures and hand sanitizing stations will be in place.  No more than 4 will be permitted into the hall at any one time.  Exit is on the far side of the hall.

Please follow the instruction of Staff - DO NOT bring your children.  If you have any queries please contact the School Office in the first instance.

We would appreciate  your co-operation in these matters


As we are starting our planning process for school reopening in September, we will have a Staff meeting on Monday 15th June.  Please do not expect online work from your child's teacher on Monday.

School Reports can be collected from the School Office from Wednesday 17th June.  Please note social distancing measures will be in place - only one person in the porch area at the School Office at any one time and if queuing please observe the 2 metre distancing rule required.

Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.



As we are coming to the end of our 11th week of school closure, I hope you are well and enjoying the exceptional weather.  Staff at Hazelwood have been meeting regularly on Zoom since lockdown  monitoring how remote learning has gone for our children.  

We have noticed a big drop off in engagement since the beginning of May and this is very worrying considering the gap it creates in your child's learning.  We would ask you to ensure that your child logs in everyday and does as much of what their teachers has prepared as you can.  Teachers are working very hard daily to prepare this work.  Please focus on Maths and English work, especially Bug Club - please try to complete all books and activities before the end of term.  If you need paper based work packs or any technology to support your child please get in touch.  After Mid June teachers will be tying up loose ends regarding learning and will not have such packs available so please get involved now.

School Reports will be available for collection from 17th June onwards - these reports will be based on the shorter school year we have had and may not have the same detail as previously.  We will remind you regarding arrangements for collection of reports closer to the time.  Any queries please get in touch.

Looking forward to seeing all our talented children in Hazelwood's Got Talent!

Mrs P Murtagh (Principal)


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


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


Board of Governors



We are currently in our 9th week of lock down and this 'new normal' is now in place. I wish to thank all of you for your support in keeping some level of routine and normality for your child through on line learning - if you have any issues with that please get in touch with the school and if your child's teacher has been in touch with you I ask you to respond. 

 I wish to thank all the teachers who work long days setting tasks - teaching and responding to your children's work and to those staff in all roles who are supporting key workers families keeping the administration and cleaning regimes up and running and to those who are helping with preparation for opening later in the year.  As yet we have no idea how or when our school will open but we will keep you informed of plans.

This Friday 22nd May and next Monday 25th May had been allocated to staff training and Bank holiday break - please be aware that your child will not be sent any work by their teacher on these days - time has been allocated for staff to write reports. These will be sent to you by end of June with some adjustments due to the reduced time your child was in school. 

In the meantime we would love to see your Sports Day adventures and at a later time your Hazelwood's Got Talent entries.Keep an eye on our website and Facebook for updates.  Please stay safe and take care - I will be in touch soon. 

Mrs P Murtagh (Principal)


The link below is for parents/guardians to browse through, who have children with difficulties in Literacy. It is from the EA Literacy service and is mainly aimed at children with specific learning difficulties but there are lots of helpful ideas there for all children to help with literacy!

The Education Authority’s Literacy Service provides support for pupils, schools/guardians and parents in the area of specific learning difficulties, especially Literacy.

Please see the link below to get started.


Please see the link below for a fun fitness session with Jump Jiggle and Jive.  


LIVE jump jiggle and jive class 

Thursday 7th May at 10.30am 

On jumpjiggleandjive facebook page 

LINK TO VIDEO INVITATION  - https://youtu.be/8-XvtJ8Cmq4


Please click on the link below or copy and paste into your internet browser for a video from the Education Welfare Department about tips and hints on how to get through home schooling during lockdown and useful numbers and contacts if you are struggling in any way at home.  




Dear Parent/Guardian,

It is hard to believe we are into our 7th week of lockdown!  We hope everyone is keeping well and staying safe at home.  Teachers continue to provide work via the See Saw and Google Classroom Apps, if you are having any difficulty accessing these, please contact your child's teacher or the school office for assistance.

For those parents/guardians who's children would normally receive free school meals when at school,  we would like to advise you, if you are not aware already, that you are entitled to a payment equivalent to the daily amount for a school meal.  This is payable from the Government into your bank account on a weekly basis.  If you have not received payment as yet or would like more information, please ring the school office.

In the meantime please continue to follow Government guidelines regarding the Coronavirus and we will hopefully see your children back at school in the near future.

Stay safe, stay home.

Mrs P Murtagh (Principal)



At the start of our new term, we welcome you all back to school if in a different format.  It has been good to see the coming and going of remote learning beginning again.

We commend and thank you for your work in this area - keep up the good work!

If you are having difficulties in any way, please get in touch with your child's teacher as soon as you can.  Staff will be in touch with you where there are issues or if we haven't heard from you.  We all want to help in any way we can to make the situation work for our children.


Please also see the link below for advice about claiming Free School Meals Allowance.



We hope that in our second week of home learning that you have managed to find your way through the packs,

through Bug club and Seesaw. I have been getting feedback from staff P1- P6 that a substantial number of parents have not logged on to the Pupil See Saw app through which much of the work is being uploaded.


There is a second Seesaw app that also must be downloaded- This will allow you to receive work from teachers and children can also upload work back to their teacher. An information sheet was sent out with the home learning packs. Also some home learning packs are still in school and can be collected at your convenience. It is of vital importance that your child is keeping in touch with some kind of school routine over the next few months - If you have any queries please get in touch with your child's teacher via Seesaw.

In the meantime - stay home stay safe!


As we near the end of our first week dealing with this exceptional situation, can I first of all thank you for your support and your work with your child so far.  

Please do not stress about getting everything done, do as much as you can each day.  Have a quick walk, some fun time etc.

Do ask for help from your child's teacher within  school hours as far as possible and they will respond as soon as they can.  We will send out regular communication and if you need to contact the school, please ring,  or if we are closed use this email address info@hazelwoodintegratedps.belfast.ni.sch.uk as this is being monitored.

Mrs Allen is available on Friday 27th March to help with telephone queries.

In the meantime take care and stay safe.

Mrs P Murtagh (Principal


A quick reminder that school will be closed next Monday 16th (for Staff Training) and Tuesday 17th March (St Patrick's Day) and therefore pupils should not attend on these days.  School will re-open as normal on Wednesday 18th March.

sports Relief

Friday 13th March is Sports Relief Day and we are all encouraged to "get moving" a little bit more, whether that's cycling, running, walking, swimming or just generally getting out and about more!

We are asking children to come to school on Friday wearing something Red and bring in £1, all proceeds will go to Sports Relief.  Children do not need to wear their uniform this day.

So come on! What are you waiting for?! Get up, get out and do "Whatever Moves You!"


The School Photographer will be in school on Thursday 12th March from 9.30am to take group photographs of Nursery, P1s and P7s.  There will also be an opportunity for those pupils that missed out on their individual photo to have their photo taken.  

If your child did not get their individual photo taken last time, please let the school office know and we will ensure it is taken when the photographer visits next Thursday.



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.


After an inspection of the School grounds this morning and in the interest of Parent and Child safety, it has been decided that the School should close today Wednesday 17th January.
The safety of our Parents and Children is paramount and we have not taken this decision lightly.  The School will hopefully be open as normal tomorrow Thursday 18th January but please keep a check of our Facebook Page, Website and Parentmail for any further updates.
Stay safe and stay warm


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.


Just a quick reminder 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 students with a safe school environment.
If you are sending food in with your child, please check it does not contain nuts or nut products.
Your help in this matter is greatly appreciated


As Christmas approaches, we are aware of what an expensive time it is.  Therefore we would encourage you not to buy gifts for all the Staff who teach and support your child - a box of sweets for all to share or a homemade card is most welcome.
Have a lovely family Christmas and thank you for your support throughout the year.


As you all know the festive season is almost upon us (as if we needed reminding!) and it's that time of year again when the Children will be treated to a traditional Christmas Dinner by our School Meals Kitchen.
This will take place on Wednesday 6th December.  The cost is £2.60 (Children in receipt of Free School Meals do not need to send in money).  If you want  your child to have a Christmas Dinner, please send in the money by Friday 1st December.
Children are also permitted to wear Santa Hats, Reindeer Antlers etc  on Wednesday 6th December, and join in the party atmosphere!


Breakfast Club
This weekend everyone who purchases a weekly pass for the Breakfast Club electronically via the Hazelwood App will be entered into a draw for one free weekly pass, worth £10.
If you would like help accessing the App please contact Alison in the School Office.


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.


This Friday (24th Nov) is known as Black Friday and  also 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.


A sincere thanks to you all for your contribution to recent Charity Events.  We raised £694 for Children in Need and £1600 for Action for Deaf Youth.  Also a considerable amount was also collected for the Poppy Appeal.


Peace Proms is a production featuring the Belfast Children's Peace Choir which is made up of 3,000 children from Primary Schools across Northern and Southern Ireland, this includes our own School Choir.  This production takes place on Sunday 25th February 2018 at 3pm in the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Tickets are now on sale via www.ssearenabelfast.com or telephone 028 90 739074.  Tickets are £15 each or £13.75 for a family group of 4.  These usually sell out quickly so please get your tickets asap to avoid disappointment!
If you have any queries, please ring the school office.


Just a quick reminder about the Healthy Choices Afterschools Club aimed at p4-p7. This will run each Tuesday for 5 weeks beginning today from 3pm-4pm.  There are still places available for this.  It is a great opportunity for children to learn the importance of healthy eating and show them how to look after their bodies physically and mentally with plenty of advice and practical experiments.  The cost of this is £15 (£3 per week). If you would like your child to attend this club, and have not already sent in the registration form and money, please contact the school office.


Our Primary 7 children will be going to Hazelwood College tomorrow (Friday 10th November) for their Remembrance Service.  They will leave school around 9.30am and will be walking down.  They will return in time for lunch around 11.30am.  Those Primary 7 children who are in the School Choir will be going to Stranmillis as arranged.   Please ensure your child brings a coat and sensible walking shoes!  


HEALTHY CHOICES AFTERSCHOOLS CLUB   This is an Afterschools Club aimed at p4-p7.  It will run each Tuesday for 6 weeks beginning tomorrow from 3pm-4pm.  It is a great opportunity for children to learn the importance of healthy eating and show them how to look after their bodies physically and mentally with plenty of advice and practical experiments.
The cost of this is £18 (£3 per week).  If you would like your child to attend this club download this form Health Choices After Schools Club.


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.



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.

Mrs P Murtagh, Principal


The children will participate in a fitness session to raise funds for Action Deaf Youth.  Please sponsor your child to take part in this fundraiser which will take place on Thursday 19th October 2017.  Children should come to school in sports gear.  We hope to present a cheque at assembly on 26th October 2017.
Please find attached a Sponsor Form and we would ask that you print this out and use as soon as possible.  We were hoping to distribute these at school,  but due to the weather and school closures this is not possible at present and we wanted to get the form out as soon as possible.
Please also note that on Thursday 19th October (this Thursday!) children should come to school in Sports Gear in preparation for our fundraiser fitness event.  Any Sponsor Money should be sent in to school by Thursday 26th October 2017.
Charity events are always well supported by our parents and children and we hope this will be no different.  Thank you in advance for all your support for this very worthy cause.

the sponsor form can be accessed below.

Sponsor Form



Please be advised that Chess Club begins this Wednesday 11th October from 3pm-4pm in Mrs Watson's Classroom for all those that have expressed interest in attending this


The school operates a Breakfast Club which offers a nutritious breakfast and adult supervision from 8.05am; entrance is via the top Assembly Hall door at the side of the school. Children must not be left unattended before the Club opens and only children who are attending the Breakfast Club should be in the school building before 8.30am.
Breakfast Club costs £2.50 per day – pre-booking is not essential but is helpful for those who wish to come on a regular basis. A weekly pass at £10 is available and this can now be purchased electronically via the School App. The pass will be available for purchase between 3pm on Friday afternoon and 8am on Monday morning each week. Weekly passes can also still be purchased in cash; payment for part-time attendance is only possible by cash at this time.
Please note that the pass must be used in full each week – it is not possible to carry forward single unused days to future weeks.


Just a quick reminder that the school photographer will be in school on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th September to take Family and individual child photographs.

If you wish to have a family photograph (this can include babies and other siblings) please return the reply slip that went out in your child's school bag last week. Family photographs will be taken on Tuesday between 8.30am and 8.45am.

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


Chess Club will begin again on Wednesday 11th October 2017 for children in Primary 4-7. The club, which is run by Logic NI, will be held after school each Wednesday from 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. in Mrs Watson’s Primary 1 Room. There is no charge for this club. If your child loves chess or would like to learn, then maybe they would like to come along and have some fun!
Your child will receive a permission slip for this club today - if you would like a place in the club please complete this slip and return it to Mrs Watson (limited spaces available – first come, first served basis) by Friday 22nd September. Your child will be notified if they have a place.
Mrs Watson


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 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.

Your help in this matter is appreciated.