Dear Parent/Guardian

I hope that you were able to enjoy some of the sunshine last week and are looking forward to the Easter break.

Examination Classes

Some of our pupils now have only a few weeks of face-to-face learning left in school before we break for study leave. We intend to finish with Years 12 and 13 on the afternoon of Friday 6th May, and with Year 14 at noon on Thursday 12th May. These dates are provisional, and may change if necessary. Please be aware that some classes will continue to run after these dates to support revision.

Causeway to Ukraine

Thank you for your overwhelming support for the Ukrainian appeal last week. I have copied a letter from one of the organisers below:

Dear Headmaster,

It is my distinct pleasure to write on behalf of a group, Causeway to Ukraine, Giants United, to thank you, your colleagues, pupils and parents for your generous support for our humanitarian effort.

I must tell you, that my fellow volunteers, David Croft, Ken Bamford and I, were truly humbled and left almost disbelieving by the huge amount of baby, toddler and period products that your school community donated and the generous gift of £250, which brought our total to £5545.

The money is going to a small charity called, ‘Mums in the city of Kielce’. Kielce is a city close to the Ukrainian border. Yesterday, I spoke with a tearful Magda, the charity coordinator, who described the trauma and sense of hopelessness that they are encountering in Ukrainian mothers and their children, lucky enough to escape.

We have had to redirect the cargo to Moldova, but I can assure you that it will be equally, if not even more welcome there.

I should be most grateful, if you would pass on David, Ken and my sincere thanks and appreciation for all the support given by the Bloomfield Collegiate school community.

Yours most sincerely,

Colin McLean

School Numbers

I am delighted to share with you that the Department of Education notified me earlier this week that the Development Proposal put forward by Controlled schools in the East Belfast area has been signed off by the Minister. This means that we will be allowed to grow by an additional ten places per year until we reach a total enrolment of 770.

The additional numbers will not impact greatly on class size, and the school will continue to maintain its “homely” feel, but we will attract the additional funding that is needed. The decision is with immediate effect, so we will be offering 110 places, not 100, to our current P7 applicants for this September.

Pupil News

Congratulations to Sara Fleming, Year 10, who qualified for the Northern Ireland Gymnastics championships when she was placed silver on beam and vault, then gold on vault and beam and bronze on floor routines. Sara then went on to secure gold on vault and bronze on bars on Saturday at the NI Championships. Amazing!

Well done also to Rebecca Kerr and Charlotte Hinds, both Year 11. The girls are in an Acrobatic Gymnastics women’s group with Flight Gymnastics Academy. On Sunday 20th March they competed in the Acrobatic Gymnastics NDP regional preliminaries, winning gold, and will now be representing Northern Ireland at the National Finals in May.

Our own golfing superstar, Katie Poots, Year 13, was busy recently as she was representing Ireland U18 girls in a golfing challenge cup against Wales U18s. Katie won all three of her matches and the Irish team won the cup. Outstanding!

Emily Stewart, Year 10, was involved in baking and decorating heart shaped Ukraine flag biscuits with some of her friends. They sold them and raised over £2500 for the Red Cross Humanitarian appeal.

The Joan Lingard Library

We were delighted to host the Minister for Education, Michelle McIlveen MLA on Friday 25 March, as she joined our librarian, Ms Debbie Furphy, guests and pupils to officially open the new Joan Lingard Library.

The library is being named in honour of Joan Lingard, an established author who was educated at Bloomfield from 1943-48. She is most notably the author of the Kevin and Sadie series of novels, set during the era of the Troubles in Northern Ireland and which many parents of a certain age – myself included – will have read in the late 70s and early 80s. Her novel, The File on Fraulein Berg, is set largely in the school in wartime Belfast. She currently lives in Edinburgh and is delighted to have the library named after her. Memorabilia donated by her family is on display in the new library.

A message from the author was read before a video made by the pupils reviewing some of her books was played. The Minister then formally declared the library open before cutting a ribbon, assisted by the Head Girl, Rachel Brady, and past pupil, Ann Hardcastle.

While at the school, the Minister took the opportunity to announce funding for schools to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by cutting a cake alongside four “Old Girls” who attended Bloomfield Collegiate in 1952.

Dates for your Diary

Year 8 Online Parental Consultation Monday 9th May 3.30pm-5.30pm

Year 10 Online Parental Consultation Thursday 12th May 1.00pm-3.00pm

School will end at 12 noon next Friday for the Easter break. It will be a blue and yellow themed charity non-uniform day, with all donations going to the DEC Ukraine relief appeal. Pupils will be reminded in registration that clothing appropriate for school should be worn.

Parents of all pupils, whether they participate or not on Friday, will be able to donate via Parentpay from Tuesday onwards.

Take care

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Mr Greer
Principal

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