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Greenspace Bernie Project

Before Easter, the Extended Service children helped plant willow to create a large willow dome for the Pre School’s garden. The Greenspace project joins together the Primary School, Pre School, Scouts…

Notification Of Allocated places for Pre School Year 2022-2023

For those who have applied for a Pre School place for their child for the year 2022-2023, you will be able to view the outcome of their application from Thursday 28th April 2022 at 10:00am. This ca…

Congratulations to our Easter Raffle Prize Winners!

A huge congratulations to our Easter Raffle Prize Winners: – Parents of Eamonn J who won our 1st prize – the 1 night stay awayParents of Ava who won our 2nd prize – the wonderful Easter treats bas…

Easter Raffle & Easter Holiday Dates

As we are approach the Easter Holidays, we will be doing a Easter Raffle for our Pre School families and we have some fabulous prizes to be won! Pre School will be closed to children on Thursday 14…

Happy Mother’s Day!

St. Bernard’s Pre School want to wish all the Mummies, Stepmums, Aunties, Grannies, Mother-figures, pet-mums, mums-to-be and mums-in-waiting a wonderful Mother’s Day. May you all get a well earned res…

Beautiful Bird Nests

This week, the children have been learning about the lifecycle of a Frog, but another activity the children have been doing is creating beautiful birds nests at our Mud Kitchen area. Firstly, the chil…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

We are closed for St. Patrick’s day (tomorrow 17th March) and Friday 18th March for a Staff Development Day. The children have been busy this week making St. Patrick’s hat-masks and some of our Extend…

Celebrating World Book Day!

Today the children celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite character or wearing an outfit relating to their favourite book. The children loved showing off their outfits and discuss…

It’s a Jungle out there!

We had a fantastic visit from Catherine (The Amazon Jungle Show) last week for all of the children. Catherine shared her knowledge and expertise as well as showing her wonderful animals. This was a gr…

Play areas getting an upgrade!

Ms Mulhern is always seeking new ways to update our existing play areas to enhance play and learning experiences. We have been able to add a new seating unit to create a more cosy feel in our library …

EA Pre School Admissions now open!

The Admissions portal is now open from today (10th January 12 noon) until Friday 28th January at 12 noon. Details on how to apply to St. Bernard’s Pre School can be viewed on our website under our …

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all! We hope that all of our Pre School families and staff enjoyed a restful and relaxing Christmas break and we look forward to welcoming children back on Thursday the 6th of Ja…

Christmas Celebrations!

It’s hard to believe that we are now in Christmas week and soon we will be entering 2022! It has been another busy year impacted by COVID-19 for many families but I’m delighted to say that the childre…

Fizz Wizz Pop!

As part of our Festivities – we had the amazing Fizz Wizz Pop come and put a show on for the children! We had Fizz Wizz Pop come and visit for our end of year celebrations in June and we couldn’t resi…

Christmas Showtime!

Triplevision Productions were back at it again but this time it was for the Pre School’s Christmas Show! (and also for the children’s play video on Wednesday)The children worked really hard and it wil…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas……

….at St. Bernard’s Pre School! We are already feeling festive – even though it’s only November. The children have been busy the past few weeks prepping for their Christmas Show and will be starting …

Our Prospectus for 2022-2023 is now live!

You can download a PDF copy of our Prospectus above. The Prospectus is for the year 2022-2023 for applications made in January 2022. Please have a look through to gain an insight into what St. Bernard…

Staff Development Day – Puppet Training

On Friday 22nd October, Donna Mulhern the Pre School Manager led training on ‘Using Puppets as a teaching tool in the classroom for behaviour management and Social & Emotional Development’. At Pre…

Pre School place available!

Due to a change in circumstances, a place as come available within the Pre School. We are opening up our usual criteria in relation to area and you do not need to reside in a BT6 or BT8 address, but a…

Back to outdoor play!

Now all of the children are well in and settled, this years group of children started play in their outdoor classroom as part of their morning routine. Whilst the space may be small, Ms Mulhern our Ou…

Hello September!

A big welcome to all of our class of 2021-2022! We have started phasing the children in from the end of August and our settling in period runs through to the end of September with all children in from…

Just to say Hello!

A BIG HELLO to all of our Pre School families! I hope you have all been enjoying the summer holidays so far. A major change in the weather now, but I hope you have all been able to get out and about a…

A belated End of Year Celebrations post!

This is very much a belated post in relation to our End of Year Celebrations for Class 2020-2021! But I couldn’t not share what we all got up to at the end of June as looking back now, it all went b…

5-a-day for Outdoor Play (and Extended Service!)

This week the children made ‘Superhero Salads at our mud kitchen area! Ms Mulhern provided children with a range of different vegetables, herbs, spices and oils throughout the week to encourage experi…

Our roof is on & wonderful new play spaces!

Our direct outdoor space has been out of bounds the past few weeks due to our roof being put on by the wonderful Freddie! We have been wanting a roof on our outdoor space as this helps us weatherproof…

Promoting wellbeing – The Colour Monster

We have been super busy over the last weeks and now we are into the swing for our last term this year, we ae focusing on project themes each week. To coincide with Mental Health Awareness week 2 weeks…

Hello Butterflies!

A few weeks back, we had some new residents at Pre School. We had our lovely caterpillars, whom we have been observing closely as one of our themes for this term– lifecycles. We have enjoyed creatin…

General updates – Reminders, issues with email & Acceptance of Pre School places

I hope you are all enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend (shame about the weather!). This is a reminder to current parents (as per email) that we we open tomorrow to children (4th May), even though the Pr…

*Change to notification of allocated places for new intake 2021/2022*

As stated in a previous Blog Post, I had mentioned that the Pre School would be sending letters to those who have successfully been allocated a place in the Pre School for the year 2021/2022. There h…

Spring has sprung!

A big Happy Easter to everyone from the staff team at St. Bernard’s Pre School!We hope you have all been enjoying a chocolate egg or two and some of the sunshine over the past few days! We have lov…

Week 7 (1st – 4th March) theme – The Rainbow Fish

For our seventh week of our planning cycle and as part of our weekly project themes, Ms Mulhern and the children explored the story sack ‘The Rainbow Fish’ – a story by Marcus Pfister. This sto…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Reminder: We are closed Wednesday 17th – Friday 19th March. We hope everyone has a safe and restful St. Patrick’s break! We are happy to continue the attendance of all children week commencing the …

Week 6 (22nd – 25th February) theme – Ringo the Flamingo

“When you hug people, it makes their heart go faster” – Emilia For our sixth week of our planning cycle and as part of our weekly project themes, Mrs Scott and the children explored the story sack …

Somewhere over the Rainbow…

We’re back after the mid term break and welcoming our key worker children back into Pre School. We’re delighted to hear that all of the children will be back on Monday 8th of March and an email has be…

Week 4/5 (1st – 11th February) Theme : Celebrations – St. Valentine’s Day

For our fourth and fifth week of our planning cycle and as part of our weekly project themes, Ms Mulhern and Mrs Scott brought two celebratory themes together! One of our celebratory themes was St. Va…

Week 4/5 (1st – 11th February) Theme : Celebrations – Chinese New Year!

For our fourth and fifth week of our planning cycle and as part of our weekly project themes, Ms Mulhern and Mrs Scott brought two celebratory themes together! One of our celebratory themes was Chines…

Week 3 (25th – 28th January)theme – ‘Mrs Rainbow’

For our third week of our planning cycle and as part of our weekly project themes, Ms Mulhern and the children explored the story sack ‘Mrs Rainbow’ – a story by Neil Griffiths. This story is about a …

Week 2 (18th – 21st January) theme – ‘The Gruffalo’

For our second week of our planning cycle and as part of our weekly project themes, Mrs Scott and the children explored the very well known book ‘The Gruffalo!’ – a story by Julia Donaldson. In …

Week 1 (11th – 14th January) theme – ‘Whatever Next!’

For our first week of our planning cycle and as part of our weekly project themes, Ms Mulhern and the children explored the book ‘Whatever Next!’ – a story by Jill Murphy. This story is about a baby b…

Part 2 of our Home Learning Programme

As part of our Remote Learning programme, we are also recording activities from the classroom that involve a range of activities such as reading stories/exploring story sacks, number & action rhym…

Our Remote/Home Learning Programme

Our Remote/Home Learning programme is underway! This has been devised in response to lockdown and ensures that the resources provided to parents are helpful in engaging and working with their child th…

Videos by Triplevision Productions!

Just before the Christmas break we had Triplevision Productions come in and record show-around videos of the Pre School! Triplevision Productions are a production company from Northern Ireland and Eam…

Pre School Admissions are now open!

The Admissions portal is now open from today until Friday 29th January 2021 at 12noon. Details on how to apply to St. Bernard’s Pre School can be viewed on our website under ‘Admissions’ or on the Edu…

Pre School Closure – COVID-19

Hello everyone. It’s very hard to comprehend that unfortunately we are still dealing with this unforgiving virus and the impact it is having on our provision. In relation to updated guidance we have h…

Reminders

Christmas Holidays We are closed Thursday 24th until Wednesday 6th of January 2021. Children’s last day will be Wednesday 23rd and we look forward to seeing all of the children back on Thursday…

Professional Practice

At St. Bernard’s Pre School we are always keen to develop on our existing practice and keep refreshing our training (both external and in-house training). During the month of November, Mrs Scott co…

St. Bernard’s Pre School’s Christmas Jumper Day!

On Thursday the 10th of December we had a Christmas Jumper day for Save the Children Charity! We have so far raised £297 which is absolutely fantastic and St. Bernard’s Pre School has still to make…

Who came to see the children at St. Bernard’s Pre School?

On Tuesday 8th of December, we had a very special visitor for all of the children. We had Mrs Mary Claus come to visit! The children went into see Mrs Claus in her very own house and received chocolat…

Our outdoor space

We have been wanting a direct outdoor space for many years and due to the impact on our facilitates as a result of COVID-19 we have been delighted to fast track our aim and begin creating a direct out…