Eco News

There was exciting news at today’s Eco Meeting!

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As a school we are committed to outdoor play and the value of the Forest School approach. In order to further enhance these opportunities, Knockbreda Nursery School made an application to the lottery funded Awards for All grant scheme to apply for an eco classroom. The school is delighted that we were successful in our application and it is anticipated that our eco classroom will be installed in our Forest School in time for Term 3!

The eco classroom will allow the children a sheltered and designated learning area for activities, table tasks and snack-time, with full lighting and heating installed. The eco classroom will also include an eco toilet and hand washing facilities. The classroom has the option of video camera installation to allow the children to watch and observe the local wildlife first hard via the classroom’s bird box camera. The lottery grant award is £10, 000 and this will cover the basic classroom cost and fit.

 The Eco Committee originally suggested the idea of a ‘shelter’ for Forest School at our first meeting in October…how exciting that this idea can now become a reality!

 


Posted on February 15, 2019 and filed under Eco-Schools.

Rhyme Time

Thank you to the librarians from Cregagh Library who delivered Rhyme Time today to the children at Knockbreda Nursery School.  We all enjoyed the many songs and rhymes!

Posted on February 13, 2019 .

Shared Education- Shared Circle Time

The children in the Red Apples enjoyed shared Circle Time with our friends at St Bernard’s Preschool as part of our Shared Education Partnership.  The children all took part in a Circle Time session about keeping fit and the importance of exercise, after which they enjoyed shared play together. 



What a great day we all had!  The Green Apples are looking forward to their turn to take part in shared Circle Time with St Bernard’s Preschool next month!

Posted on February 13, 2019 and filed under Partnership.

Big Garden Bird Watch

Big Garden Bird Watch 2019

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The Nursery children loved taking part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch during their Forest School sessions.  The children were keen to use the binoculars to look for different types of birds, to identify the species and to count the total of them!  The children even made some bird cake for the birds, to help care for them during these cold Winter months.

Posted on January 31, 2019 and filed under Eco-Schools.

Eco Meeting

The children from the Green Apples’ class met to discuss progress towards our Eco Action Plan and to talk about our plans for taking part in The Big Garden Bird Watch.  The children are very keen to make sure that we are looking after the birds in our garden so we will be making bird cake in our cookery sessions next week.


Sincere thanks to the parents who also attended our meeting.

Posted on January 25, 2019 and filed under Eco-Schools.

Final School Tour for new applicants 2019 entry

We have received a number of requests from parents keen to view our school having been unable to attend our previous open days or school tour. 

In order to facilitate parents in this position, there will be a final opportunity to visit Knockbreda Nursery and join a short tour of the school on Thursday 24th January from 1.30-2.00pm.  Please note that this tour is for parents/ carers only; children should not attend.

It would be appreciated if any new parents who plan to attend could contact the School Office on 02890 401567 to let us know.

Posted on January 22, 2019 .

Mr Hullabaloo

The children at Nursery enjoyed a Winter performance from Mr Hullabaloo!  Some of our children even took on the starring roles!

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Posted on January 21, 2019 .

Campfire burning

Thank you to Carl for helping to organise our first campfire session!  The Nursery children enjoyed singing songs around the campfire during this week’s Forest School session.

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Posted on January 16, 2019 and filed under Eco-Schools.

Visit from the Ambulance Service

The children at Knockbreda Nursery School were delighted to receive a visit from the NI Ambulance Service.   The paramedics gave the children the opportunity to board the ambulance and look around, ask questions and even have their wounds dressed!  Thank you!


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Posted on January 15, 2019 .

School Tour

In order to facilitate requests from parents who were unable to attend our Open Days before Christmas, there will be an opportunity for any parents who still wish to visit Knockbreda Nursery to join a short tour of the School on Tuesday 15th January between 1.30-2.00pm.

It would be appreciated if any new parents who plan to attend could contact the School Office on 02890 401567 to let us know.

Posted on January 10, 2019 .

January Newsletter

Our January Newsletter is attached here. This includes important school information and details of the activities and events planned for the start of the new term.

Posted on January 7, 2019 .

Shared Education Christmas Events

The children at Knockbreda Nursery School joined with their friends from Knockbreda Primary School and St Bernards to enjoy a Nativity performance from Knockbreda Primary School and a magic show by Fizz Whizz Pop! What a perfect end to our term!


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We will look forward to shared play sessions and shared Circle Times together in the new year, as part of our Shared Education project.

Posted on December 20, 2018 and filed under Partnership.

Christmas Elf

The children at Knockbreda Nursery School received a visit from the Christmas Elf to remind them to keep Norther Ireland tidy so that Santa can land his sleigh safely on the streets of Belfast this Christmas Eve!  The Christmas Elf was certainly full of mischief!

Posted on December 18, 2018 .

Happy Christmas!

The children at Knockbreda Nursery School enjoyed wearing their Christmas jumpers to Nursery and raising money for Save the Children!  Thank you for all the generous contributions to this important charity.

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They were also delighted to receive a visit from Santa!


Merry Christmas everyone!

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Posted on December 14, 2018 .

December Newsletter

Our Newsletter for December is attached here. We have lots of festive activities planned for December and Santa will even make time to visit us before the end of term!

Posted on December 3, 2018 .

The Owl Man visits Knockbreda Nursery School

The children at Knockbreda Nursery School were delighted to meet Mike from The World of Owls and of course, his lovely owls!  Many of the children enjoyed stroking the owls and some were even brave enough to hold the owls too!

Posted on November 23, 2018 .

Shared Education Parent Training

Thank you to Paula McTaggart for leading an excellent parent training workshop at St Bernard’s Primary School.  The focus of the workshop was speaking and listening and developing early literacy skills.  The presentation was enthusiastic and highly active!  Thank you to all the parents from across our Shared Education Partnership who attended this shared event.

Posted on November 23, 2018 and filed under Partnership.

Children in Need

Thank you for all the generous contributions towards Children in Need 2018!  The children loved wearing their ‘spotty ears’ to Nursery!

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Posted on November 19, 2018 .

Community Eco Activity Days 2018

Thank you to all our parents and friends who assisted with our Community Eco Activity Days!  What a busy few days we have had collecting litter from around the Knockbreda campus and planting in our Forest School garden!  Together, we collected 16.65kg of rubbish from the campus site!

Thanks to those parents who were able to help and to contribute resources for our planting activities, it was much appreciated indeed!  Thanks also to the pupil eco committees and staff from Knockbreda Primary School and St Bernard’s Primary School for your support.  What great eco role-models you were for the Nursery children!

Posted on November 15, 2018 and filed under Eco-Schools.