Goat Project

Goat Project

P5 are looking forward to a busy couple of days, as they begin their “Goat Project”. They will be welcoming as part of the project, staff and pupils from Dromintee PS and Mulranny National School, Co. Mayo.

Taking inspiration from our shared heritage, the herd of ancient wild goats, which can be found on the slopes of Slieve Gullion and other mountains here in the Ring of Gullion, as well as in Mulranny, pupils will be engaging in a range of activities.  At one time South Armagh was known as the “Goat Droving Capital of Ireland” and the “Goat Men of South Armagh” were central to the Irish travelling herd trade, taking goats from the West and exporting to England and beyond.

Over the next couple of days, pupils will have the opportunity to work together alongside, professionals in the fields of ICT and Art: creating films, building virtual replicas of their villages and creating art works through the mediums of glass and felting.

So, if you see the Mayo flag, flying over school tomorrow, you will know it is to welcome our guests from the West who will be staying in Ti Chulainn over the next few nights. We hope they enjoy their first visit to St. Mary’s and South Armagh.

Goodbye Sister Declan

Goodbye Sister Declan

We celebrated our beginning of year Mass this morning. A big thank you to Fr Aidan and everyone who took part and made it such a moving and special occasion. Thank you also to the Mums, Dads, Grandparents and wider Community who came along to celebrate with us and a special big thanks to our guest of honor Sr. Declan.

Sr. Declan joined us back at school afterwards and is pictured here with pupils past and present, members of staff and an acer tree which we will plant in our “Garden of Honour” in memory of all the good times we have shared with her. We wish her a long and happy retirement and hope she will pop in to see us whenever she is back in the area.

Thank You

Thank You

A big thank you to the Mums and Dad who came into school this afternoon and shared their language skills, making our first ever celebration of “European Language Day” a huge success. We had Irish, Spanish, French, Latvian, Russian and Slovakian, spoken this afternoon! We even had sign language thanks to one of our P7 pupils who’s Mum taught him some conversational language last night. We really enjoyed hearing…. and seeing…all the different languages spoken. We hope it will inspire everyone to learn a new language!

European Language Day

European Language Day

You may have noticed that we have changed “the flag” flying outside of school, to mark, “European Language Day” tomorrow.  Today we counted 10+ languages, connected to our school, through our families and our Erasmus+ project. Some of the languages we have identified are : Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovak, Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, French, Basque, Greek, and Irish and we are sure there are more!

Learning other peoples’ languages is a way of helping us to understand each other better and to overcome our cultural differences. Tomorrow we will recognise the great linguistic resource we have within our school community and celebrate our school diversity, by learning some words/greetings in another language.

Līdz tam rīt!

Polymer Bank Notes

Dear Parent,

As and from Friday, 4th of October we will only be accepting the new polymer style £5 and £10 denomination notes in payments, as the paper versions of these denominations have been phased out.

Thank you

School Closure

A reminder to everyone that school is closed for pupils this Monday, 30th of September. A copy of the school calendar detailing closures for the year was sent home, please check school bags for a white envelope if you didn’t receive it. Important dates for this half term have been added to our Google Calendar which can be found at the bottom of our website homepage.

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Beginning of Year Mass

We will celebrate the beginning of a new school year with Mass, this Friday, 27th of September @ 10 am in St Mary’s Church. This will be a chance for the whole school community to meet for the first time Fr. Aidan, our new Parish Priest and to join with us in thanking our very special guest, Sr. Declan.

Sr. Declan a regular visitor to our school and classes retired at the end of last year and on Friday we will make a small presentation to her in appreciation for all she has done over the years for our pupils, their families and staff alike.

Everyone is very welcome to join us.

Student Council Elections

Student Council Elections

Some photos from our Student Council Presentations on Friday…. a lot of thought went into the presentations and speeches and some really good ideas were put forward which we look forward to discussing further when we have our first meeting later this week.

A huge well done to everyone who took part, it’s not easy to stand up and deliver a presentation or speech in front of your peers, much less take questions from the floor, definitely a few politicians in the making!