P7 Parent Update

P7 Parent Update

P7 pupils have received a number of notes for the attention of their parents / guardians over the past week and will receive more over the coming days. These are to inform parents of a number of upcoming events and other important details for the last month of school. Below is a brief reminder of some of the details.

 

  • P7 End-of-Year Production Rehearsals – Tuesday June 4th, Friday June 7th & Monday June 10th during school hours in Lislea Hall.
  • P7 End-of-Year Production – Tuesday June 11th & Wednesday June 12th @7.30pm in Lislea Hall.
  • Boundaries Transition Programme (Parent & Child Workshop) – Wednesday June 5th @1.30pm or 7.00pm depending on your requested time preference.
  • P7 Healthy Living and Body Image Workshop – Thursday June 13th during school hours.
  • Leavers’ Mass – Thursday June 20th @7.30pm in St Mary’s Church with refreshments back in school.

 

  • Orders are now being taken for the Confirmation DVD. They cost £14 or E15.
  • Orders are now being taken for ‘Pledge Pins,’ which will be presented at the Leavers’ Mass. They cost £6.
  • Orders are being taken for the Newry Democrat Leavers’ Supplement. They cost £1.20 per copy.
  • Orders will be taken for tickets for the P7 Production from this coming Wednesday (June 5th). They cost £5 per adult and £3 per child.

2019 SPAR Sports Day

Whole School Sports Day, sponsored by SPAR, is planned to take place on Thursday, June 6th (weather permitting). All parents are welcome to attend. Proceedings will begin at approximately 9.30am. All children should wear a tracksuit and bring along shorts, a hat, sun cream and a bottle of water. In the interest of child protection, it is our school’s policy that photographs should not be recorded by parents using any mobile devices. Each class has been assigned an Irish county and if possible, children are invited to wear the colour associated with their team. An ice-cream stand will be operated by some of our P7s and all children can purchase one for £1, with all proceeds going towards school funds. In the event of inclement weather, a post will be made on the school website / facebook page early on Thursday morning to notify parents if Sports Day has to be rearranged. Hopefully we will have a dry day and lots of fun!

 

  • Nursery – Armagh
  • P1A – Mayo
  • P1B – Dublin
  • P2 – Monaghan
  • P3 – Down
  • P3/4 – Tyrone
  • P4 – Donegal
  • P5 – Galway
  • P5/6 – Kildare
  • P6/7 – Meath
  • P7 – Kerry

Confirmation 2019

Congratulations to the Primary 7 class of 2019 who made their Confirmation on Thursday evening past in St Oliver Plunkett’s Church Forkhill. It was a beautiful ceremony, which was enriched by the lovely music from the joint school choir from Mullaghbawn and Forkhill, under the guidance of Mrs Murphy and Mrs McCann.

P7 will need to be well rested over the long weekend as they head off on their residential trip to Carlingford on Tuesday morning. The bus will depart the school @8am sharp.

McGreevey Cup Gaelic Blitz

Well done to our P7 boys who reached the shield final of the McGreevey Blitz held in Pearse Og yesterday. The boys put in some good performances but unfortunately lost out to St Francis’ PS from Lurgan in their final game.

Thanks to Mr Paul Doyle from Armagh CBS for organising the event.

2019 Cross Country Success

        

Pupils from P4-P7 had a super day in Kilbroney for the 2019 Cross Country event. All participants gave their all and completed the tough course.

We will have to wait for notification of the results of the team events, however seven St Mary’s pupils had individual medals back home yesterday for finishing in the top 6 (two firsts, two seconds, a third, a fifth and a sixth). In total, twelve pupils achieved a top 10 finish and if we push this out slightly further, an incredible eighteen pupils finished in the top 15 of their race. As the number of participants goes up each year, this is a remarkable achievement and cannot be underestimated.

Well done to all the runners on the day and indeed to all pupils from P4-P7 in St Mary’s who have trained hard during the month of May. Thanks also to all parents who attended the event for their support and assistance with proceedings. We will update further whenever we receive the full results.

2019 Cross Country

The annual Cross Country event is due to take place tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22nd in Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. All P4, P5, P6 & P7 pupils have put in a great effort training during the month of May and we wish good luck to all of the competitors who have qualified to represent St Mary’s tomorrow. Pupils taking part need to remember to bring water, sun cream, a packed lunch, weather appropriate clothing and any medication if needed. The bus will leave school shortly after 9:10am, so pupils also need to ensure they arrive on time.

U14 Camogie Feile Fundraising

           

Last Friday, KS2 used the annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic as an opportunity to raise some funds for the Mullaghbawn U14 Camogie team, who will make the trip to Cork for the All Ireland Feile in June. There was a full schedule of fun activities, which are listed below, and all of the children brought in a donation for the team.

  • Instead of cross country practice, pupils took part in “teddy relay races,” using the teddy bears in place of the traditional baton!
  • A photo booth was set up for pupils to get selfies taken with their teddy bears. The photos have been uploaded into the Google Classroom, from where they will be able to download them if they wish.
  • The Sphero robots and iPads were taken out to the yard for a special race event. The pupils (and staff) competed against each other to see who could navigate their robot around the course (including their teddy bear) in the shortest time.
  • Many parents generously sent in lots of buns and cakes for a Teddy Tuck Shop, which went to down a treat with children and adults alike!
  • Staff members undertook a special “bear quiz,” designed by Miss Mulkerns, to see who was the most knowledgeable on the subject. Well done to Mrs Martina McKinley who came out on top.

Thanks to the generosity of pupils, parents and staff, an incredible total of £542 and €18 was raised, which along with the £215 and €6 raised from the recent non-uniform day, enabled us to hand over £757 and €24 to Blaithin O’Brien, the team coach, who came in to help with events on the day. We hope the girls have a wonderful time away and this money goes some of the way towards your fundraising target.

P7 STEM Ambassador Visit

 

P7 were recently treated to a visit from Frances Weldonwho works with Almac GroupFrances explained the kind of work that an Analytical Chemist does on a daily basis and set up a range of experiments for the children to take part in. It was a wonderful afternoon. Thanks to Frances for volunteering to facilitate the workshop and to W5 who run the ambassador programme. It may possibly inspire a subject or career choice for some of our pupils at some point in the future.

P7 STEM Workshop

 

P7 recently welcomed Kathleen Gregory, an environmental engineer, to our class. Kathleen came in to talk to the children about the Water / Bridges work that they completed with student teacher, Mr Duffy. Thanks to Kathleen for taking the time out of her schedule to support our pupils out with their project. Thanks also to Sentinus who run the ambassador programme.