Primary 7 Leavers 2020

The P7 year group have bid farewell to St Mary’s for the last time, although this year’s celebrations were significantly different to previous.

To mark the occasion, all of the leavers and their families signed on to Collaborate Ultra for a virtual send-off online. It was great for everyone to be in the one place at the one time. We looked back on some photographs from not only this school year, but also right back to nursery. Certificates were presented to all of the leavers, before the Tierney and Murphy Cups were awarded to the recipients for 2020. Thanks to Mr Pius Tierney & Miss Niamh Murphy for coming to the school afterwards to present the esteemed trophies. The 2020 leavers also kept a long standing tradition going, as they signed their shirts virtually! It was also nice for the children to be able to see and hear from each other and to say goodbye to each other as a class.

After the virtual send-off, all P7 pupils and their families assembled at the school for a surprise car parade through the area. Sincere thanks to everyone from our community who braved the elements to line the route. You all helped to generate a fantastic atmosphere and gave the P7 class of 2020 an experience that they will never forget.

Finally, from everyone at St Mary’s Mullaghbawn, farewell and best wishes to the P7 pupils as they move on to their new schools in September.

Irish Proverb and Art Competition

Well done to all the P7 students who participated in the Irish Proverb competition in conjunction with Mullaghbawn CLG. Particular congratulations to the winners of first, second & third place. Thanks to Tomás Óg Ó Ceallaigh for organising the competition and providing the great prizes. Tomás Óg was very professional in his approach and his hard work ensured that the children had lots of fun.

St Mary’s Sports Day 2020

Good morning everyone and welcome to St Mary’s Sports Day 2020!

As explained at the start of the week, some members of our P7 class will demonstrate 8 activities for you in the video below. Written instructions are also available through the link at the bottom of the post. You can do as many or as few of these as you please and at a time that suits your family’s schedule. The video will be available all day. You may even wish to create your own programme of events instead. There is no pressure to run a big event at home, do what you can. Today is all about having fun, whatever you get up to. Hopefully, pupils in the older classes will help their younger siblings out if they need. If you do any physical activity today, please capture it and upload photos to your online classroom. Your teacher would love to see them.

To get Sports Day underway, the teachers have come together for a relay race. Check it out in the video. Enjoy the day off school work everyone and have fun whatever you get up to!

As mentioned at the beginning of the week, 79 pupils registered for the Healthy Kidz Virtual Sports Day which is due to take place tomorrow (Saturday) @2pm live on the Healthy Kidz facebook page. We wish anyone taking part in the live event good luck for tomorrow.  As of 3pm on Thursday, 15665 points had been registered on the app from 1644 activities by pupils in our school. 23 of our pupils have achieved certificates for logging their activities since the app was launched. Well done to all of these children. Your teachers will upload your certificates to your online classroom for you to download.

A special mention must go to Anya Gartland, Una Kilkenny, Danny Murchan & Canlaoch McNulty who have each recorded a 20-day streak for logging activities on the app. As was outlined in the information shared at the beginning of May, these pupils will be entered into a prize draw for a £20 SPAR voucher. More details for this draw will be available next week. Indeed Anya & Una are the pupils who logged the most points in the entire school (over 2,200 points each). There will be a special prize waiting for the two girls when school re-opens.

HK Sports Day 2020

Sports Day 2020

In normal times, as we would approach the middle of June our attention would duly shift towards Sports Day. Despite the school building being currently closed, we hope this can still be the case this week.

Since we launched the Healthy Kidz / SPAR Virtual Sports Day on May 11th, 79 St Mary’s pupils registered on the app to take part. Well done to all of these pupils and we wish them luck. As explained at the beginning of May, any pupils who log activities for twenty consecutive days on the app will be entered into a special draw for a £20 SPAR voucher. More details on this will be announced on Friday. The Healthy Kidz Virtual Sports Day will be streamed live on the Healthy Kidz facebook page this Saturday, June 13th @2pm. It will consist of the 8 activities which the children were given the opportunity to practise over the past month (Sprint, Long Jump, High Jump, Egg and Spoon Race, Welly Boot Toss, Superstrong Challenge, Marathon Challenge & Create your own Obstacle Course). As we explained at the time, entering this event was entirely optional and parents / guardians did not have to register if they did not wish.

As a school staff, we felt it was important to mark a school day on the calendar for Sports Day. Therefore, this Friday June 12th has been earmarked for our own St Mary’s Sports Day. For the 79 pupils registered for the Healthy Kidz live event on Saturday, this will serve as a great practice run as the activities we post will follow the same format. If you are not registered to take part in the Virtual Healthy Kidz Sports Day on Saturday, that is no problem at all. You can still have a go at the activities at home on Friday for a bit of fun.

There is no pressure to organise a big event in your garden on Friday. We know how busy you, as parents / guardians, are at home in lockdown. The good news is that there will not be any school work posted to any online classes from Nursery right up to P7 this Friday. A video of some our P7 pupils demonstrating the 8 activities will be posted into all of the online classes @9am on Friday, but please remember that  you can do as much or as little of this as you please. You can do it at a time that suits your family. You don’t have to follow the same format as suggested in the video and you may even wish to create your own events instead. Friday is designed to be a day for us to come together as a school community for some fun in our own homes.

A link to the Healthy Kidz guidance booklet which outlines the instructions / coaching tips / equipment needed for the 8 activities can be found below if you want to get a head start. This is the same booklet that was shared on May 11th. All of the information will also be posted into the online classes by class teachers tomorrow. Whatever you get up to on Friday and/or Saturday, we hope that you enjoy it and that the sun shines. If you do any physical activity, make sure to capture it and upload it to your online classes to show your teachers. Have fun!

HK Sports Day 2020

 

Primary Seven – Google Classroom May & June

Below is a small selection of the work completed by Primary 7 over the past five weeks. The girls and boys have continued to cover all areas of the curriculum from home. They can be proud of how well they have reacted to this situation and the resilience that they have shown.

While maintaining their dedication to their daily literacy and numeracy tasks, P7 have also taken part in debates, created football stadiums, carried out a range of practical STEM experiments & continued to learn about and through their “Space” topic, as well as much more. The class have also continued their PE lessons, which includes their Sports Day preparation & cycling. The class also took part in a series of virtual online trips to mark the week that they were to travel to Donegal for their outdoor pursuits trip.

As we approach the middle of June, the focus begins to shift towards the P7 class finishing for the summer. I would encourage the P7 parents / guardians to continue to keep a close eye on the Google Classroom over the remaining weeks as there will be important daily posts relating to the end-of-term and the current P7 pupils finishing their primary school journey.

A Blessing for P7 on their Confirmation Date

Today was to be Confirmation Day for our P7 class. Unfortunately the ceremony will not be taking place today, but it will take place when safe to do so. We all must be patient and resilient at this time and our Primary 7 class are demonstrating these characteristics. They are mature enough to realise that they will make this sacrament when the time is right.

Our school and Parish have come together again to mark this occasion. Please see the video below in which Fr Aidan delivers a special blessing for our P7’s on this day. Thank you to Fr Aidan for leading the short but powerful service.

Thanks also to Mrs Reel, the P7 assistant, who has designed a personalised prayer memento for each of the Confirmandi as a keepsake of this date. An example is shown below. This will be something our pupils can turn to if they ever need that little extra help or guidance from above.

Finally thanks to the P7 parents / guardians who Mrs Byrne has informed us have come together to give their children a special gift today. They have named a star in the sky after the class. The certificate is shown below along with the link to the website to find out more.

Primary 7 can now enjoy a couple of days off from their remote-learning, safe in the knowledge that their special time will come.

https://www.star-registration.com/pages/star-finder

Healthy Kidz and SPAR Virtual Sports Day

Healthy Kidz have followed up their ‘Global Challenge,’ by launching their own ‘Virtual Sports Day’ pack in accordance with SPAR. These two organisations have supported our annual Sports Day for many years and they aren’t letting the school closures change that.

  • Click on this HK SPAR Road Map link to view the suggested plan of activities. It begins tomorrow, Monday May 11th and builds towards a Sports Day at home on June 13th.
  • Click on this HK Sports Day 2020 link to access all information, including some preparation tips and general guidance.
  • Click on this HK Sports Day Flyer link to find out how you can register your child to enter this great initiative. Our school has registered, but it is the responsibility of the parent / guardian to register their child to be in with the chance of winning some great prizes. The deadline is tomorrow, Monday May 11th @6pm.

Make sure to upload photos of you practising the different events to your class Seesaw or Google online learning platform along the way, so the teachers and Owen can see how you are getting on. Good luck with the preparation!

Primary Seven – Google Classroom Month 1

Yesterday marked the completion of one month of online learning for Primary 7. The oldest class in the school have embraced this new challenge and seamlessly adapted to their virtual classroom.

The pupils sign in to their Google Classroom each morning and download their instructions and materials for the day ahead. Whilst completing their usual Literacy and Numeracy activities on a daily basis, P7 have also been creating fact files on their World Around Us topics of ‘Titanic’ and now ‘Space.’ The pupils have continued their preparation for Confirmation, despite it being postponed. Daily exercise / PE is a big hit, as are the apps and websites that form part of their digital curriculum, such as EPIC, Mathletics, Corbett Maths and more. Pupils have also been carrying out fun experiments and STEM challenges. Cycling Proficiency is the latest new initiative to be launched digitally this week. All the while, the boys and girls are interacting with each other through the classroom to stay in touch, which is obviously of great importance.

Below is a small selection of the work that has been submitted to the online classroom, as well as some photos and videos of the “Life Learning” that is going on at this time. We all must remember to have a bit of fun at this time! As they move through the final term of their final year in St Mary’s, Primary 7 continue to embrace these exceptional circumstances in an exceptional manner.

Healthy Kidz Global Challenge

Healthy Kidz remain committed to ensuring that all pupils remain active throughout the duration of the school closures by providing a vast array of content via their YouTube channel and various Social Media platforms, as well as free access to their revamped Healthy Kidz App for children to record their activity.

You are invited to sign up to the Global Challenge. Go to the Healthy Kidz website before next week’s Challenge begins (Monday 6th April). The link to sign up to this FREE initiative is https://healthy-kidz.com/healthy-kidz-global-challenge/. Previous usernames and passwords are not required. Many families connected to our school have already signed up and are taking part in this current week’s challenge.

Please also note that if a pupil manages to record a 7 day streak on the App, they will be in with a chance of winning some great prizes. This week’s winner will receive a Fitbit Advanced Health and Fitness Tracker, while next week’s prize will be a StatSports Apex Athlete Series GPS Performance Tracker (RRP £250).

Good luck to all who enter!