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Christmas Arrangements 2016

Dear Parent/Guardian

Before the end of term, I would like to inform you of some important information and upcoming events.

The Education Authority has recently carried out a review of school meals prices and it has been agreed that revised prices will take effect in two stages. From 1 January 2017, the cost of the Meal of the Day in the school canteen will rise from the current £2.70 to £2.75. On 1 September 2017, it will increase again to £2.80. For those students in receipt of Free School Meals, their allowance will rise to £2.75 on 1 January and again to £2.80 on 1 September 2017. EA have advised that the price of some individual items may also increase.

On Friday 16 December 2016, Save the Children is running a nationwide Christmas Jumper fundraising event. Some of our Sixth Form students thought it was a good idea that we raise money for this very worthwhile charity. The Student Council agreed, so consequently, this Friday will be a non-uniform day and students are encouraged to wear a Christmas jumper or something red. Students are asked to donate £1 which will be forwarded to Save the Children.

On Monday we had an inspection visit from ETI. The Inspector spent all day observing lessons and speaking to key coordinators and senior leaders. He left with a very favourable opinion of how we are progressing as a school and was very complimentary about our staff and students. I felt it was important to share this information with you.

Once again we produced a very successful Pantomime this year. During the course of the week over 3000 people attended the shows. 150 of our students participated in or assisted with the production and they were a huge credit to you as parents and the school. I would like to thank you for your support with the hampers. We managed to raise just over £1300 in our raffle. This will be split between the two charities CANCER CONNECT NI and ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY. We will also be using some of the funds and the amenity funds to purchase a defibrillator for the school which could also be used by our neighbouring community in case of emergency.

I would also like to remind you that on Monday 19 December we will be holding our annual Carol Service in the school assembly hall at 10.30 am. Students should wear full school uniform.

On the last day of the Christmas Term – Tuesday 20 December, we will finish school at 12.00 pm. The school and gates will be closed at 12.30 pm. There will be no transport at that time or school meals during the day, although students who are entitled to a free school meal can avail of a packed lunch if ordered the day before.

Staff training will be held on Tuesday 3 January and school resumes for all students on Wednesday 4 January 2017.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Yours sincerely

S Mowbray

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