LATEST NEWS OF FREYA OUR GUIDE DOG
Freya - Pupdate 3
Hello, I’m Sophie, Freya’s trainer. I’m excited to say that Freya has moved to Maidstone and I’ll be teaching her more of the skills she’ll need in order to become a guide dog.
Freya has settled into her new environment well. She’s staying with a boarder who drops her off to me in the mornings, ready for her day of training. Her boarder is very fond of her and said she was happy and relaxed from the moment she arrived. She’s a very adaptable dog and takes to new people and places quickly, which is a great skill for a guide dog.
To begin our training, I first worked on developing a bond with Freya. It’s important to have a good bond when training a guide dog as it lets them put their trust and confidence in you and they are then more likely to pay attention! Freya is such an affectionate dog, so it didn’t take long.
I’ve been using clicker training with Freya to help her learn and she’s responding to this really well. She’s currently learning to find objects such as doors and chairs. When I say ‘find a chair’, Freya will take me to an empty chair on a bus or in a shop, and this will allow her future owner to get around freely and independently in busy environments. She’s showing initiative in her ‘left’ and ‘right’ commands too. When she looks in the right direction I give her lots of praise, so she builds a sense of direction.
Freya is great fun to work with and definitely has a cheeky side to her personality. She can be a bit reluctant to sit at curbs, so I’m working on this with her using lots of treats! But, she’s very intelligent and generally has an easy-going, laid back personality, so it can be funny to watch her be a bit stubborn sometimes!
She’s taken well to her harness too and showed no body sensitivity. Some guide dogs are a bit wary of wearing the harness at first, so we have to work at building up their confidence. It’s great that Freya’s taken it all in her stride. The first time she wore it, she strutted around as if to show it off!
I’ve got high hopes for Freya. I can’t wait to tell you more in her next Pupdate in October.
Click on the link for a video of Freya
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Thank you for sponsoring a puppy as a gift. Your puppy will not just be a companion for someone with sight loss, but will also help them enjoy the same freedom and independence as everyone else. We really couldn’t do it without you!
Puppy Sponsorship Manager
ROAD CLOSURES ON THOMAS STREET FROM MONDAY 14th -FRIDAY 18th NOVEMBER
We have been informed today From Monday 14th November until at least Friday 18th November, you will not be able to drive down Thomas Street outside our school due to the road being closed because of gas mains laying. Thomas Street will turn into a one way system meaning people will ONLY be able to drive up Thomas Street from the Portadown Road under the Annagh Bridge and up to the lights outside school. You will not be able to come down Hanover Street, come from Meadow Lane or upper Thomas Street from the main street in town. We have made allowances that the only traffic which will be allowed to come down the street will be the Ulsterbus so it can stop outside our school.
We ask that everyone keeps this in mind next week. You will have to park in side streets and walk children to school or park in the car park across from the Health Centre/behind the Baptist Church and walk children around to the entrance to the school.
We would ask that you leave extra time for your journey to facilitate these traffic road closures.
Remember you will NOT be able to drop children outside the school gate for at least one week.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
Regards Ms Mulholland
We will start our FREE English classes on Thursday morning 10/11/16 at 9.15am-11.15am in the school canteen. You are welcome to take friends to the English classes. More details will be given on Thursday 10/11/16 when instructors assess the numbers of people attending, the level of English you have and what you would like from these English classes and any other issues you wish to have clarified.
We hope to see you at these free English classes every Thursday.
Regards Ms Mulholland
Please sign below if you would like a place on this weekly course
Names of friends you would like to come with you:_________________
Everyone who applies for places will be able to go to this course so please come along on Thursday 10/11/16.
Começamos as nossas aulas de inglês GRÁTIS nas manhãs de quinta-feira dia 10 de Novembro 16 às 09:15-11:15 na cantina da escola. Está convidado trazer amigos para as aulas de inglês.
Mais detalhes serão dados na quinta-feira, 10 de Novembro de 16 quando os instrutores avaliarem o número de pessoas presentes, o nível de inglês que têm e o que espera dessas aulas de inglês ou quaisquer outras questões que deseja esclarecer.
Esperamos vê-lo nestas aulas gratuitas de Inglês todaa as
Por favor assine em em baixo se está interessado neste curso semanal:
O seu nome:_____________________________________________________________________
Nome da criança:_________________________ Classe:___________
Nome dos amigos que lhe irão acompanhar:
Todos os que se inscreverem terão um lugar neste curso portanto, por favor, compareça na quinta-feira 10/11/16.
W czwartek 10 listopada rozpocznie się DARMOWY kurs języka angielskiego. Zajecia będą odbywać się w każdy czwartek w kantynie szkolnej od godz. 9:15 do11:15. Więcej informacji na temat zajęć zostanie przekazana na pierwszym spotkaniu, gdy nauczyciel zapozna się z liczbą chętnych oraz na jakim poziomie jest ich angielski, a także z oczekiwaniami kursantów.
Do zobaczenia na zajęciach.
Z wyrazami szacunku
Jeśli chcą Państwo wziąć udział w darmowym kursie języka angielskiego, prosimy wypełnić poniższe dane.
Imię i nazwisko:_______________________________________________________________
Imię i nazwsiko ucznia:_________________________________________________________
Imiona i nazwiska osób, które chciałby z Państwem zapisać się na kurs:
Names of friends you would like to come with you:
Każdego, kto chce wziąć udział w kursie zapraszamy na pierwsze spotkanie w czwartek 10 listopada.
Positive Parenting with Shane Martin
FREE MEETING ORGANISED FOR ALL PARENTS OF PUPILS FROM PRESENTATION PS.
This is a fantastic meeting we want all of our paretns to attend!
Drumcree Pastoral Centre
Thursday 10th November 2016
· Healthy and
Shane Martin is a psychologist dedicated to teaching the very best self-help psychology to empower people to enhance the quality of their lives. He will be presenting ‘Positive Parenting’ at Drumcree Pastoral Centre for parents within the local community. Shane will talk about how we can help our children develop positive mental health and resilience as they grow.
He is the author of ‘Your Precious Life -How to Live it Well’ which has just been published by Orpen Press and is available in all good bookstores nationwide.
The annual Speech and Drama festival begins on Thursday 23rd February 2017 in Portadown Town Hall. If you would like your child to take part in this festival, then please fill in the form below.
Your child’s poem will be attached to this letter. They will have to learn it by heart and say it on stage by themselves, in front of an audience.
It will be the parents’ responsibility to bring their child to the festival; teachers will only inform them of the date and time.
The learning of the poem will take place at home, and teachers will try their utmost to help the children practice in school. This is a fantastic opportunity to help develop your child’s confidence and performance skills.
**Children who receive private tuition cannot enter through school**
Mrs L. Haddock
I would like my child (name) ______________________________________________________________
in Primary _________________________________________________________________________________
to enter Portadown Speech and Drama festival.
Class Number _____________________________________________________________________
I have enclosed the fee of £2.50.
Parents signature: ______________________________________________________________
DITCH THE DARK DAY
As part of the Sustrans Active Schools Travel programme we are holding a DITCH THE DARK DAY on Tuesday 8th November 2016.
It is a non- uniform day where we are encouraging children to walk, scoot or cycle to school, to dress as brightly as possible and to decorate their bikes and scooters in a creative and safe manner.
We will hold an assembly to discuss the importance of being bright and seen on darker mornings. Prizes will be awarded to those who have made a special effort and some KS2 pupils will have the opportunity to be involved in hi-vis science experiments.
Parents / carers are encouraged to accompany children on their journey.
Alternatively a meeting point has been organised for 8.30am at the car park under the Annagh Bridge where children who wish to travel with staff and volunteers are welcome.
This will be a fun day while highlighting the importance of being seen while travelling to school.
We hope you will support this important safety day.
Regards Ms Mulholland and Mrs Mc Anespie
Jako część programu “Sustrans Active School Travel” w Presentation P.S odbędzie się “DITCH THE DARK DAY”, zaplanowany na 8 listopada.
W ten dzień chcemy, aby uczniowie przybyli do szkoły na rowerach lub hulajnodze ubrani w jak najbardziej jaskrawe kolory. Środek transportu także powinien być udekorowany w pomysłowy, a zarazem bezpieczny sposób.
Na najbliższym apelu będziemy mówić o tym, jak ważne jest by w zimowe, ciemne poranki być widocznym na drodze.
Uczniowie, którzy włożą sporo zaangażowania w dekorację swojego rowera/ hulajnogi i jaskrawy ubiór zostaną nagrodzeni. Niektórzy uczniowie ze starszych klas będą mieli okazję wziąć udział w eksperymencie naukowym “hi-vis”.
Rodziców/ opiekunów zachęcamy do towarzyszenia swojemu dziecku w drodze do szkoły.
Na parkingu samochodowym pod Annagh Bridge o godz. 8:30 odbędzie się zbiórka dla uczniów, którzy będą chcieli dotrzeć do szkoły w grupie i wraz z opiekunem ze szkoły.
Ten dzień z pewnością będzie pełen zabawy, ale podkreśli jak ważne jest by być widocznym na drodze.
Liczymy na Państwa wsparcie w tej sprawie.
Z wyrazami szacunku
Como parte do programa Sustrans viagem ativa para a escola, estamos a organizar um DIA DITCH THE DARK na terça-feira dia 8 de Novembro de 2016.
É um dia sem uniforme onde estamos a encorajar as crianças a vir para a escola a pé, de scooter ou bicicleta, a vestirem-se o mais iluminado possivel e a decorarem as suas bicicletas e scooters de forma criativa e segura.
Realizaremos uma assembleia para discutir a importância de estar iluminado e visivel nas manhãs mais escuras. Prêmios serão entregues para aqueles que se esforçarem de uma forma especial e alguns alunos terão a oportunidade de participar em experiências científicas de hi-vis.
Pais / encarregados de educação são incentivados a acompanhar as crianças na sua jornada.
Alternativamente um ponto de encontro foi organizado para 08:30 , no parque de estacionamento sob a ponte de Annagh onde as crianças que desejam viajar com funcionários e voluntários podem comparecer e são bem-vindos.
Este será um dia divertido ao destacar a importância de ser visto durante a viagem para a escola.
Esperamos que possa apoiar este dia importante de segurança.
Freya our school sponsored Guide Dog
follow the link below to find out all about Freya the guide dog we are now sponsoring
Swimming and Healthy Kids
From 26th September to 27th October
We will then stop and restart week beginning 6th March 2016
Monday: 2.10-2.30 P4 Pandas
Tuesday; 11.00 – 11.20 P4Zebras
Tuesday: 1.50-2.10 P5 Pups
Tuesday: 2.10-2.30 P5 Cats
Wednesday: 9.40-10.00 P7 Ducks
Wednesday: 10.40-11.00 P6 Lions
Friday: 11.40-12.00 P7 Fox
Both P7s and P6 on Tuesdays 9.20-12
Thursdays. Both P5 10am-12