We held our first Student Council Meeting of 2018/19 this afternoon at which the positions of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Press Secretary were filled, by Katie, Eoin, Oisin, Ella and Conor. Now that these important positions have been filled we are ready to get down to work!
We are holding “Anti -Bullying Week” next week so we will be busy organising events to mark the week. Watch this space for more information.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete and return their vote for election of a Parent Representative to our Board of Governors. Voting closed at 3 pm today and we can now announce that Catherine Murchan has been elected as Parent Representative.
We were delighted this weekend to host our Erasmus+ partners from: The Basque Country, Greece, France and Donegal. We are beginning a new, 2 year project and this year we are focusing on Art. Each country will choose a piece of art, in any medium… whether contemporary, well- known or unknown… or even a piece of folk art to represent their country and culture. These will be shared with the partner schools and each school will use the chosen piece as a stimulus to complete their own “works of art”, these will then form part of a “European Art Show” in each school at the end of the project!
Thank you to Padraig + Sharon Carragher and family, for showing our guests around their magical “Bluebell Glamping Site” here in Mullaghbawn. Padraig shared stories from the area and demonstrated his craft as a wood-turner. A great start to our Art Project!
Thank-you also to the Carrickdale Hotel for making our guests feel so welcome to the area.
A busy week ahead for everyone as we prepare for the Michael J Murphy, Winter School which runs from Thursday evening through to Saturday. Around 250 pupils from 5 schools: St. Joseph’s Meigh, St. Oliver Plunkett’s Forkhill, Dromintee Primary School, Scoil Eoin Pol, Loch an Iuir, and St. Mary’s have collaborated to take part in a programme of School’s events.
1. Pupils from across the schools, have produced I Movies with parents and grandparents to tell stories from around the foot of Slieve Gullion and Loch an Iuir. These will be shown on Thursday evening, starting at 7 pm in Ti Chulainn, with Eamon Mallie compering the event.
2. P5 pupils in St. Mary’ s have worked with local artist Sharon Carragher and produced ceramic art work representing the theme, “My view of the Mountain”. This fabulous work, along with work produced by the other participating schools will be on display over the weekend. P5 pupils from the schools will have the opportunity to attend the Art Exhibition and view their finished work, on Friday Morning.
3. P6 pupils in each school have dramatised a scene from a play set on Slieve Gullion, (orginally written by Mr Seamus Keating, Past Principal of St. Mary’s), it has been adapted by Mrs Anne Garvey who has worked with the pupils over a 6 week period. Each school has had their section videoed and these have been edited to form a complete adaption of the play. This will be shown on Friday afternoon and all P 6 pupils will attend the showing. We will have another showing at a later date for anyone interested in viewing this amazing collaborative dramatisation.
All events over the weekend are listed in the Winter School brochure, below see the School’s Programme and timings.
A ballot paper with the names of those candidates nominated for election to the position of Parent Governor to the Board of Governors will go home today/tomorrow with the oldest child in each family. They should be returned in a sealed envelope by 3pm, on Monday 12th November and placed in the ballot box placed in the Secretary’s Office.
A reminder to our P7 Transfer Group, school is open this Monday and Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm. Please bring a snack for break time and a packed lunch. Take school bags as normal with pencil cases books, etc. Please wear your school uniform, (PE uniform is fine). Everyone to be dropped off at the front door.
Our Annual Hallowe’en Sponsored Walk will take place this Friday, 26th October starting at 10.00 am, weather permitting. Parents are very welcome to walk along with us.
Our routes are:
P4-P7 starting at the school, will walk through the village, passing the Football Club, the Golf Club and back into the village by Belmont.
P1-P3 will take a shorter route walking as far as the Football Club before turning back to school.
Nursery Class will have their own Walk within the school grounds when the other classes have left.
Children may wear their Hallowe’en costumes but please be mindful that they will need footwear suitable for walking and a warm coat, we expect Friday to be dry, but cold. (Please no clown costumes as we have a number of children afraid of clowns.)
Parents who have participated in the walk may take their children home on return to school.
We ask everyone to wait until after the Hallowe’en break to return Sponsor Money. We thank you in advance for your contributions to this vital fund raising. Money raised goes towards the cost of buses for school trips/sports fixtures etc. as well as much needed resources.
School will close for the Hallowe’en Break on Friday, at the normal closure times: 2:00 pm for P1-P3 and 3:10 pm for P1-P4.