Richmount Primary School  
105 Moy Road - Portadown - BT62 1QP l Tel: 02838 357929 
Week Commencing 2nd March 2015  
At a Glance 
No Choir 
Boys' Hockey - Mrs Whitford/Mr Clyde 2.40pm - 4.00pm sharp 
Swimming P5-7 
Girls' Hockey -Miss Haslam 
Boys' Football - Mr Hall 
Tennis Lessons - P1 - P2 from 2pm until 3pm 
P3 - P7 from 3pm until 4pm 
No Irish Dancing - Mrs Mayes 
House Points 
BANN ................ 2140 
LAGAN.............. 1400 
FOYLE .............. 2075 
SHIMNA ...............1755 
A Message from the Principal: 
Mr. M. Hall, B.Ed, M.Ed; D.A.S.E; P.G. Dip. Ed; PQH (NI) 
Dear Parent/Guardian 
Friday 30th January 2015 was a landmark in the history of Richmount Primary School as we had the official opening of our new multi-purpose hall and classroom. The new facilities are being fully used and appreciated by the entire school population and many of those who attended our Christmas assembly in December commented favourably during their visit. 
I was delighted that Dame Mary Peters CH DBE RNR was our guest of honour. I believe that it is very fitting that someone with her civic role, sporting background and link with Portadown kindly agreed to carry out this duty. 
Yours Sincerely 
Mr. M. D.J. Hall 
Congratulations Hannah! 
This year I competed in the Flahavans Porridge Athletics N.I. Primary School Cross Country. I was 5th in Northern Ireland Primary Girls and 1st in the Southern Area. 
The league final brought together 192 competitors from across the province. This was made up of the top 5 individuals in each of the 7 areas and the best 3 school teams from each area. 
The top 20 girls and boys are invited to join the NI Junior Cross Country Squad for 2015. I cannot wait to train with them and be part of the squad. 
The best part of the day was having the P7 girls, Miss Haslam and Mrs Courtney there to support me. I had the best supporters there! 
By Hannah Cochrane (P7) 

Official Opening Of Richmount Primary School’s Multi-purpose Hall 

Friday 30th January was indeed a landmark in the history of Richmount Primary School with the official opening of the new multi-purpose hall and classroom. The opening was performed by Dame Mary Peters CH DBE RNR, who had very kindly agreed to fulfil this function. 
Dame Mary was welcomed by the Chair of Governors, Mrs. Deirdre Kennedy. Also in attendance was Mr. Plunkett Campbell (Chairperson SELB), along with representatives from the SELB architects and planning department, Bryson Architects and Bradley Construction. 
In a short speech the Principal Mr. Hall thanked the SELB for providing the capital investment necessary to provide this new facility. He also personally thanked the entire team of architects, SELB colleagues and builders who had worked tirelessly throughout the building programme for their hard work, co-operation and patience. 
Mr. Hall then directed his words towards Dame Mary, as guest speaker. He congratulated her on her most recent award of Companion of Honour bestowed upon her by Her Majesty the Queen. Mr. Hall then thanked Dame Mary for being such a super role model and ambassador for all of us in Northern Ireland. Finally he produced a copy of the Portadown News, dated 29th September 1972, which reported Mary’s triumphant return to Portadown following her success at the Munich Olympics. 
Dame Mary then cut a ribbon and unveiled a plaque, declaring the new multi-purpose hall open. To assist her Dame Mary, of her own volition, enlisted the help of P7 pupil Hannah Cochrane, whose photograph Mary had noticed in this week’s Portadown Times. Hannah had been pictured having just qualified for the Northern Ireland cross country finals. 
Dame Mary spoke to all of the pupils in a very relaxed manner, regarding her athletics career, her childhood and impressed upon everyone the need for a healthy lifestyle and the need for exercise, regardless of age. 
For the large crowd of pupils, parents and friends in attendance, Dame Mary’s visit to Richmount will certainly live long in the memory. 
Dame Mary surrounded by pupils in a casual pose. 
Dame Mary unveiling the new plaque. 
Dame Mary speaking in a relaxed fashion to the school pupils accompanied by Hannah Cochrane P7 
Hannah Cochrane sporting Dame Mary’s Gold Medal. 
Dame Mary cutting the ribbon. 
Pupils Tom and Ronnie Harland along with Mr. Hall (Principal) and Dame Mary. They are posing with a copy of the Poratdown News dated Friday 29th September 1972 which recorded Mary’s triumphant return to Poradown following her success in Munich. 

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Aspire, Aim and Achieve 

In school we have designed a new noticeboard which will enable us to highlight achievement by pupils each month. This board allows us to celebrate the achievement by a pupil from each year group plus the after school club. Certificates are awarded during a full school assembly on the last Friday of each month. 
We encourage all of our pupils to “Aspire, Aim and Achieve” in everything they do both in school and at home. We have taken this slogan as it is the motto for the 2012 London Olympic Games. 
Winners for February 2015 
P1 Casey Spindlow – Working so hard with her words and reading. 
P2 Anastasia Pencheva – Working really hard on her reading and making great progress. 
P3 Beth Newport – Making and excellent start on tens and units and being strong with mental maths. 
P4 Lauren Edgar – Showing great enthusiasm during the past month. 
P5 Anna Reilly – Excellent behaviour and great work in class. 
P6 Fiona Mayes – For making excellent progress with her musical instrument. 
P7 Charlotte Ruddock – For making excellent progress with her musical instrument. 
After School Club – Thomas McClelland – Good manners and great behaviour. 
January 2015 winner 
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