50/50 Draw

50-50

The first of our weekly 50/50 draws takes place this Friday, 23rd of February. The draw costs £1/week with half the proceeds going towards the weekly prize and the other half into school funds. The more tickets sold the greater the prize! Tickets went home before the mid-term break, if they haven’t appeared have a look in school bags or call into the Office for more.

Friends, family and associates far and wide can enter, just make sure to fill out a contact name and number in case they are one of our lucky winners.

We appreciate it can be tiresome selling tickets, but the money raised in recent years has helped with the refurbishment of our ICT Room and the purchase of I Pads. This year the money will help with the purchase of a Math’s Resource called “Numicon” and the digitalising of our Central and Class Libraries in preparation for a programme called “Accelerated Reading”.

We thank you in advance for your support and wish you good luck!

Nepal

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An amazing half term spent in our Connecting Classroom’s school, Jhapa Model English School, Damak, Nepal, visiting and teaching classes and sharing experiences with staff. We look forward to developing our joint project “Zero Waste” and learning more about each others’ school and country.

St. Brigid’s Shrine

St. Brigid’s Shrine

St Brigid’s Day is the first day of Spring and Spring was definitely in the air today when we visited the Shrine and Faughart Old Graveyard. We were blessed with glorious sunshine and as well as learning about St. Brigid and the stations of the cross we also took in a little history, geography and maths. Hope you enjoy our photos they were taken by one of our P7 pupils.

Chinese Cultural Night

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The pupils’ enthusiasm and enjoyment for learning Chinese Mandarin is always very  evident during lessons but to hear the group sing, recite and dance so confidently for a large audience was truly magnificent! Well done to all!

There were special performances from our Chinese teachers Miss Yan and Ms Candice who recited a W.B. Yeats poem “When You are Old” in Chinese Mandarin. Miss Yan also played the Chinese Hulusi instrument.

 

St. Bridget’s Day

cbfd1ca3e1f72a89ab830b14fc3e5aa4Today is the Feast of St Bridget and to mark the occasion, two classes, Miss Crawley’s P6 and Miss Mulkerns’s  P6/7  will travel to St. Bridget’s Shrine at Faughart tomorrow. Pupils should wrap up well, please make sure to have a waterproof coat. We will leave at 9.30  and we will be back in plenty of time for dinner at 12.30.

YCT Success

dscn5559 dscn5558 dscn5557 dscn5562 dscn5561It was lovely to welcome back 5 of last Year’s P 7 Group to receive certificates recognising their success in the prestigious Y.C.T (Youth Chinese Test), Level 1. We were delighted to welcome Yan Liu, Director of the Confucius Institute based at the University of Ulster to make the presentations.

The test requires students to read and write in Mandarin and the girls far surpassed the required 120 pass mark! Well done and a big thank you to Miss Candice for preparing them so well. We wish you all the best in your new schools girls and hope that the experience of learning a second language at St. Mary’s  will stand to you, in your studies ahead.

Credit Union Quiz Teams

dscn5570-2 dscn5568-2 dscn5569On Friday last, three teams of quizzers from St Mary’s took part in the annual Slieve Gullion Credit Union Quiz in Forkill Community Centre. All three teams performed very well, with one team out right winners on the night. They will now move on to the Newry ‘Chapter’ heat in the coming weeks. Details of that event are TBC.