COVID-19 UPDATE 24th March 2020
At present All Children's IPS is closed for all pupils other than those whose parents are Key Workers or vulnerable children and who have contacted us via email. This is reviewed on a regular basis and is dependent on relevant staff being available. This emergency provision is for a limited number of children only. No Key Worker or parent of a vulnerable child should assume a place as this must be confirmed by the school.
Please refer to 'Key Workers and Vulnerable Children' letter to parents/carers forwarded to all parents/carers through our school app on 20th March 2020 for more details.
Parentline NI have been in contact to say that their Regional Parents Helpline is in full operation throughout this period. They can be contacted on freephone 0808 8020 400 to provide advice, support and guidance to parents and carers.
They are open:
Monday- Thursday 9am-9pm
Or contact them via webchat www.ci-ni.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to everyone for your support and understanding at this very worrying time.
Online Resources and Advice during Covid-19 emergency
Please use this list to access online learning resources and advice to help at home during the Covid-19 emergency.
Stuck Inside Book
Please click here for new PDF book on explaining Covid-19. Suitable for young readers.
Google Classroom Access Guide
Click here to access the Google Classroom user guide to access classrooms and upload work.
Safeguarding and Child Protection
Please click here for information on accessing Safeguarding advice from school during the Covid-19 emergency
New Safer Schools App
The Department of Education Northern Ireland (DENI), have partnered with INEQE Safeguarding Group to provide a Safer Schools App to support all school staff, parents and carers to keep children in their care safer online. Please click here to access the link for the app.
Please click here to view a huge range of online and offline activities to help support home learning when the school is closed. Many of these were included in the packs which we sent home on the 20th March.
Please click here for further good educational resources to support learning at home.
Activities to encourage Physical Activity
Graham from Acti-Sport has produced videos for YouTube on helping keep children fit and healthy during the school closures. Click here for the link.
Sustrans, the charity which encourages cycling and walking, is producing weekly activities to help children stay active.
English and Maths Resources
1. Twinkl is an online educational website featuring teacher-made resources across many subject areas and including english and maths. Click here to access their Home Learning Hub created for the current Covid-19 crisis.
2.Ur Brainy English and Maths worksheets (all year groups). Click here to access the free resources.
Please note that with both Twinkl and Ur Brainy website for many resources their Reception = our P1s, their Year 1 = our P2s, their Year 2 = our P3s etc.
3.Guided Reading Activities for Foundation Stage. This is a great resource to encourage independent writing. Click here for the resource.
4.Guided Reading activities for P3-P7. Another great resource to encourage independent writing. Click here for the resource.
5.The Book Trust is the UK's largest reading charity reaching over 4 million children per year. Click here to visit their website and enjoy free online books and videos. From 6 April they will have a new Northern Ireland page featuring local authors and stories.
6. An Education Authority resource for parents to encourage numeracy at home. Click here for the resource.
7. A range of maths activities to develop core Money and problem-solving skills.
Click here for the P5 Money activities
Click here for the P6 Money activities
Click here for the P7 Money activities
Click here for the P2 and P3 problem-solving activities
Click here for the P4 and P5 problem-solving activities
Click here for the P6 and P7 problem-solving activities
8. New literacy, maths and science based lessons and resources from BBC Teach Live. Click here for the resources.
Science and Nature Activities
Wow Science. Click here for great practical science activities that can be done at home.
Woodland Trust. Click here for great nature activities including building bird boxes, hedgehog homes and mini-nature reserves all at home.
Science Sparks. Click here for more investigations including a special Easter section.
The BBC are creating a digital gallery and would like children to create art for display. Please click here for details.
Time Capsule Activity Pack
A lovely idea for an activity pack to help you record what it's been like for you during the Covid-19 emergency. Click here for the resource.
Getting Ready to Learn has produced this excellent resource of ideas for parents of children up to four to use. Click here for the resource.
Looking after your Mental Health
Click here for Action for Children's recommendations of apps aimed at promoting better mental health.
Click here for a free book on how to explain Covid-19 to your child. Illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler the book helps explain the global pandemic to primary aged children and what they can do to help.
This pack contains a wide range of other activities to keep everyone occupied during the lockdown period. Click here for the resource.
NI Play Board. A link here to information on promoting play at home during Covid-19.
SEN Links During Covid-19
Click here for the Education Authority's Autism Advisory and Intervention Service website
Click here for the Education Authority's Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Service website giving information on helping children with Moderate Learning Difficulties, Downs Syndrome and Medical Needs.
Why Choose All Children's Integrated Primary School?
Click on the 'Integration' link above to find out about life at our primary school and visit us on Friday 6th December 2019 at 10-30am to find out about what we offer at All Children's IPS.
Results from our Parents Survey (June 2017)
97% of our parents felt that their child's culture/background is respected
95% of our parents felt that their child is taught to appreciate people who have different backgrounds to their own
New School Prospectus
Please follow links from 'Our School' above to see our new school prospectus (November 2019)
'At a Glance' School Development Plan
Please click here to view a copy of our Year 1 'At a Glance' School Development Plan for 2019-2022
6th March 2020
World Book Day
We had a lovely day yesterday for World Book Day. Classes came in, in their pyjamas/onesies to enjoy stories and hot chocolate. A big thank you to our Parents Council Committee who helped out by making numerous cups of hot chocolate!
Social Media Awareness Workshops
Thank you as well to the PSNI who have been in school today running social media awareness workshops with our P7s delivering very important messages on keeping safe online and being responsible users of social media.
Thank you as well to one of our dads, Dr Colhoun, who was also in P7 today giving a workshop on flight. Dr Colhoun, a professional ornithologist, who was explaining to the P7s about the science of flight has been a regular visitor to our school recently as he also ran a workshop with the P4s on polar bears as part of a topic they were studying. Thank you Dr Colhoun!
February 7th 2020
Internet Safety Week
Next week is Internet Safety Week and we will be running assemblies and workshops throughout the week. If you are interested in finding out more please go to https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2020 . Here you will find great resources to help you explain the importance of internet safety to your child(ren).
January 10th 2020
Excellence in Integrated Education Award
We are delighted to announce that NICIE (Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education) have awarded All Children’s IPS an Excellence in Integrated Education Award. This award recognises if a school has a highly developed integrated ethos and can demonstrate the essential elements of being a good integrated school including promoting equality, promoting respect for those of different beliefs and none, high levels of parental involvement and promoting social responsibility. Since it began in 2010 there have only been a handful of schools recognised for this prestigious award.
The award comes at the end of a four-year project to ensure all the key areas were developed across the school. A particular thank you to Mrs McConville who has led this work. We will receive a detailed report on our work later in January and there will also be a special presentation ceremony later in the year. Congratulations as well to Shimna IC who were also given the award just before Christmas.
13th December 2019
Very well done to our Reception - P2s and P3 - P4s for the four fabulous concerts they put on earlier this week. All the shows were a joy to watch and thank you to carers, parents and grandparents who came along to make these so memorable. I have no doubt many of the children slept very well on Tuesday and Wednesday evening as they gave all they had for the shows.
Congratulations to the Cross-Country team who qualified for the NI Primary Schools Final at Mallusk in February. In the two races at Castlereagh and Donard Park the boys team finished 1st overall and the girls’ team 2nd. Training is in full flow for the finals!
Well done to our Pupil Council who met yesterday to help review some of our major work from last year including a whole school animation project supported by the NERVE Centre in Belfast, our Shared Education work with St Mary's PS, a new Reading Buddies project for P4s & P6s and finally our collaborative work with Shimna Integrated College. Many thanks to the Council for helping us evaluate these projects.
29th November 2019
Open Morning and Early Evening Visits
Our Open Morning for parents wishing to apply for a place for their child in Reception or P1 (starting September 2020) will be held on Friday 6th December between 10-30am and 11-30am. This will involve a welcome from the choir, a tour of the school (helped by P7s, parents and Governors) and a chance to ask questions over tea/coffee.
15th November 2019
Congratulations to five of our P7s who yesterday came second in a public speaking competition on the theme of improving our local environment run by the Newcastle Lions. The P7s came up with a project to design and create an outdoor classroom in Donard Forest and were narrowly beaten by Knockevin Special School. Well done to Katelynn, Ruadh, Glen, Grace and Sadhbh!
25th October 2019
A very big well done to our Parents Council Committee for running a fabulous ‘Autumn Fest’ evening on Wednesday. With reptiles shows, Halloween discos, pumpkin displays and Halloween games hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported this event. The PCC raised a fabulous £1063.23 for school resources! Thank you also to everyone who helped their child/ren carve pumpkins which have been on display throughout the week. Over 80 pumpkins were brought in and they looked fantastic. Ten of the pumpkins were selected as prize winners and at today’s assembly Sean's name was picked out of a hat and won the main prize of a Family Pass to Mountpanther Estate (thank you Mountpather for supplying the tickets). We are all definitely in the Halloween spirit after Autumn Fest.
11th October 2019
Cross Country Success!
On Monday, twenty hardy young athletes made the trek to Henry Jones Playing Fields, Castlereagh to participate in the first round of the NI Primary Schools Cross Country Championships (County Down region). The weather was favourable – sunny and dry, but heavy weekend rain had left the course wet and muddy. An unprecedented 26 schools turned up to run; in fact an amazing 104 schools participated across the week at five different venues across the North.
First up was the mixed ‘Fun run’ – more like ‘mud run’ – and we were ably represented by Ben (5th), Jamie (9th), Ben (26th), Kieran (28th), Ruby (33rd and 3rd girl overall), Parisa (40th), Emily (45th) and Niamh (47th).
Next race up was the Girls’ Race 1 (13 schools) and everyone had a fine run, led home by Erin (4th) and supported by Katelynn (17th), Helen (18th), Sadhbh (22nd), Piera (28th) and Kate (53rd). When the points were totalled up, the fabulous girls’ team finished 3rd overall.
Finally, we had the Boys’ Race 1 (again 13 schools). Yellow t-shirts were soon to the fore with Coehan blasting to the forefront to finish an amazing 2nd. Coehan was closely followed by Ben (8th), Fahlin making it a family double in 9th, Darragh (16th), James (24th) and Louis (43rd). When points were counted, the fantastic boys’ team were crowned winners of the team race by a clear margin of 22 points.
Fun was had by all on a super morning out and we look forward to doing battle in December in the second round at Donard Park. Coach Rodgers and Assistant Coach Spence declared themselves suitably impressed by the day’s performances.
27th September 2019
Annual Safeguarding Assembly for Reception to P7
During assembly yesterday we spoke to the children about how to keep themselves safe. We aimed to help the children understand that it is their right to be happy and safe and to encourage the understanding that any problem or worry that they may have is legitimate, and to share their worries – big or small – with their trusted adult; at home, at school, or with ChildLine. We explained to the children who the ‘Listening Teachers’ are. These are the members of staff who have special responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection. This year the Designated Teacher for Child Protection (DT) is Mr Beattie and the two Deputy Designated Teachers for Child Protection (DDTs) are Mr Houlahan and Mrs Curran.
During the assembly we aimed to give children:
- An understanding of different forms of abuse, including bullying
- Knowledge of how to protect themselves from all forms of abuse
- An awareness of how to get help and sources of help, including ChildLine.
- Please visit the NSPCC’s website if you would like more information www.nspcc.org.uk on general advice on safeguarding matters.
- Childline's number is 08001111
13th September 2019
Homestart at All Children's IPS
Our local Homestart group, which supports families with young children, are delighted to announce that it will be running a family group for parents and children in All Children’s commencing on Tuesday 17th Sept from 9.30am-11.30am in the assembly hall (access can be gained from the side door of hall). Homestart welcomes all parents and children from birth-preschool to join in a morning’s programme packed with fun activities and opportunities to develop social, emotion and fine and gross motor skills. They will be off on Tuesday 24th September due to training but will be back on 1st October and will run in line with our school timetable. The Homestart team looks forward to meeting you all.
6th September 2019
We have finished our first full week and it has been great having all the children back. A very warm welcome to our new Reception and P1 children and their families. Yesterday's assembly focussed on 'What makes a great school?' and the whole school helped make a 'recipe' which included all the people, the right attitudes and all the rules and rewards to make our school thrive.
Friday also saw the arrival of a beautiful new storage container to the staff carpark which will be used to store outdoor play equipment.
Back to School!
We hope everyone has had a wonderful summer break. Details for the start of the new school year are as follows:
SCHOOL RE-OPENS FOR CHILDREN ON THURSDAY 29TH AUGUST
Thursday 29th August (9-00am to 12 noon)
No dinners or school bus
Friday 30th August (9-00am to 12 noon)
No dinners or school bus
Monday 2nd September (normal school hours)
School dinners and bus available
Welcome to All Children's IPS
May I take this opportunity to welcome you to All Children's Integrated Primary School new website.
All Children's opened in September 1986 and has prospered and grown ever since. We are an all ability integrated primary school for 4 - 11 years olds and there are currently over 210 children enrolled.
The caring and dedicated staff at All Children's IPS strive to ensure that the time your child spends at primary school is memorable, happy and rewarding.
We deliver a broad and balanced curriculum for all children and aim to give every pupil frequent opportunities to express success in learning and to achieve as high a standard as possible.
As an integrated school respect and tolerance are at the core of all we do. We place great emphasis on being as inclusive as possible, providing a welcoming learning environment where all traditions, cultures and abilities are respected and nurtured together.
We value every child and have the highest expectations in all areas of their development:- academic, social, spiritual, physical and emotional.
Please feel free to contact the school if you would like further information.
A copy of the Board of Governors 2018/2019 Annual Report is available from the office.