Halloween Fun

Today lots of us dressed up in different costumes. We played with worms in the cauldron, carved pumpkins and dooked for apples. We had great fun! Here is some video of both groups singing the ‘Hairy, Scary Castle’ song, followed by some photos so you can see what we got up to!

P1 Enrolment

We’re starting the enrolment process for children eligible to start P1 in August 2017. If your child’s 5 birthday falls between March 1st 2017 and the last day of February 2018, they can start school in August 2017. We will be taking enrolments over the next couple of weeks. They must be enrolled by November 11th 2016 at the latest.

If you are coming to enrol your child, you can only do so with the following documents:

  1. A completed enrolment form for Loretto RC Primary (please call into the school office if you need this).
  2. Your child’s birth certificate (and baptism certificate if your child is Roman Catholic)
  3. An up-to-date Council Tax assessment letter. If you do not have this, you should go to your local council office, where they will be able to provide you with one.
  4. A utility bill dated within the last six months.

Please note – the standard enrolment form assumes that this is your catchment school. If you live outwith the catchment area, you need to make an out of catchment placement request.

We have put the enrolment forms and the yellow ‘Information for parents and carers enrolling their child’ booklet in your child’s pigeon-hole at nursery. Please make sure you collect these. Thanks!

Soup and Soda Bread

This week the Morning Group made Butternut Squash Soup (similar to pumpkin!).  We used peelers and knives to prepare the vegetables.  Both groups made and tasted Irish Soda Bread. The soda bread got a bit sticky!  We marked the dough with a cross on the top, dividing it into 4, using a knife.  (According to Irish folklore this is to this is to let the fairies out!)  Here are some photos of us busy cooking and tasting the soup.  The recipes follow the photos.


Butternut Squash Soup:

1 butternut squash
3 carrots
1 onion
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2-3 tbsp milk
herbs (we used rosemary and sage from the garden)
black pepper
a ‘pipkin of salt’ (like in the story ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper)

Peel and chop the vegetables (add others too if you want). Add them to a large pan with the oil. Cover and ‘sweat’ the vegetables for 10 minutes on a low heat until beginning to soften. Add the water/stock to cover the vegetables, herbs and seasoning. Simmer until the vegetables are soft. Purée using a hand blender.

Irish Soda Bread

We used James Martin’s Irish Soda Bread recipe.

Please let us know if you have other soda bread recipes we could try.



On Monday at nursery we shall be having a little gentle Halloween fun, including dooking for apples!  If they want to, children can come dressed up on Monday 31st October.  We also have a limited number of costumes in nursery.  No masks please, as some children find these frightening.

Balance Bike Success

Children from the Morning and Afternoon Groups received their certificates for completing their balance bike training.  As you can see, they look very proud of their achievements!  They have come a long way since their first lesson, and were completing figures of eight on the bikes!

A further block of training will start on Monday 7th November 13:30-14:00 for 6 weeks, and the final block will be in January.  There will be space available if you feel your afternoon child would benefit from repeating the training, and you can commit to coming along to support them.

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