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Dear Parents and Guardians,


I hope this message finds you and your families well.

At present we are making arrangements for your children’s safe return to school.

We are awaiting further direction from Minister Weir, who, at present, has proposed revised plans which are currently with the NI Executive for approval.

At this moment in time, in line with the current guidance, our intention is that children will return on a split week, with one group attending Mondays and Tuesdays and a second group attending Thursdays and Fridays, with remote learning taking place on the other three days.

(We are planning that children in the same family will attend school on the same days).

We will advise of you of which group your child will be in as soon as possible.


Nursery and Primary One.

A slightly different arrangement is planned for Nursery and Primary One children.

The Induction Meetings for Nursery and Primary One children will take place in St. Matthew’s Primary School on:

NURSERY INDUCTION MEETING: THURSDAY 20thAugust 2020 at 2.00pm and 


Mrs Donnelly, Head of Nursery and Foundation Stage will be emailing further details to you directly next week.


Please bear in mind that these arrangements are subject to change, particularly in the light of Mr Weir’s new proposal (of which we are unclear of all the details).


We are currently writing a “RESTART BOOKLET” for parents, which is very detailed and will provide you with essential restart information.  This will be made available towards the end of next week.


In the meantime, for our new Nursery and Primary One children, the SCHOOL PROSPECTUS is available online, on our school website:

This will provide you with some general information about both the Primary School and the Nursery.

In addition, TRULY FARE, Ormeau Road, is our official stockist of the uniforms for St. Matthew’s Primary School and Nursery.

Paula, in the Truly Fare shop, would be happy to assist you with any queries regarding your child’s uniform.


I shall be in contact with you again with more detailed arrangements towards the end of next week.


The staff of St. Matthew’s Primary School and Nursery look forward to your children’s safe return to school and to the days when our classrooms and corridors are full of life and fun once again.


Thank you for your continued support.


Miss A. Browne.


St. Matthew’s Primary School and Nursery, Belfast.