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!

St Mary’s Girls are Armagh Indoor Champions!

This morning, eight St Mary’s girls made the short trip to Silverbridge Resource Centre for the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Armagh Indoor Girls’ County Final Blitz.

Having won a regional heat back in November, our girls were up against the other regional blitz winners from across Armagh. They knew it was going to be a high standard and that they would have to be at the top of their game to compete. The girls put a great effort in during the group stages against Crossmaglen and Tannaghmore to qualify for the semi-finals. After defeating a very strong Middletown team in the semis, the girls secured the trophy by defeating Tannaghmore in the final. Our girls proved that their determination and will-to-win matches their talent.

There were jubilant scenes at the final whistle and back in school, when the girls returned with the cup. Everyone associated with the school is extremely proud of your efforts today and it is worth noting that the girls football panel extends well beyond the eight girls who attended today, with around twenty girls across P6 and P7 attending weekly training.

The good news is that the journey doesn’t end here and our ‘indoor team’ now move on to represent Armagh in the Ulster Final Blitz in Magherafelt on March 31st.

Thanks to Mr Paul Doyle from Armagh CBS for coordinating the blitz and Silverbridge GAA for hosting.

Kilcurry and Faughart Visit 2020

On Friday past, Primary 7 made the short trip to Kilcurry Church for a special mass to celebrate St Brigid’s Day. Pupils from the five schools of the three parishes in the PART (cluster) group attended the mass and it was a very special occasion. Thanks to the staff and pupils of Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Kilcurry who organised the mass.

After the mass, pupils ate their lunch in Kilcurry Resource Centre, before travelling on to St Brigid’s Shrine in Faughart for a guided tour. Thanks to Sheamus Ruddy for leading the tour and also to the Parish Council who organised the day out for our pupils.

Armagh LGFA Promotional Offer

Please see the notice from the Armagh LGFA Board below.

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As we are approaching our first home National League Game, we would like to encourage all the primary schools in Armagh to promote our games. Please inform your school community of the following offer.

One adult will get free entry to a game when they are accompanied by an U10 child (preferably female), as we are aiming to promote the 20×20 campaign for female sport.

If any pupils are interested in going and want a free ticket for their parent, please give your details to Mr McCoy, who will pass them on to the Armagh LGFA Board. Anyone who has submitted their details will be able to collect their tickets from the collection point at Silverbridge before the game.

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P7 Take Part in 2020 Bee Safe Event

 

Primary 7 visited Newry Leisure Centre this afternoon to take part in the 2020 “Bee Safe” event. This event is tailored towards P7 pupils and informs them about how to react and deal with challenging situations that they potentially may be faced with over the coming years, as they move on to their new schools.

Experts informed the pupils about the areas of Transport, Home Safety, Cyber Crime, Health & Well-being and Fire Safety. Thanks to Newry, Mourne & Down District Council for organising the event. Pupils were also provided with a healthy snack and received a goody-bag filled with stationary for their pencil cases. An afternoon well spent.

Pre-Sacramental Meeting for Confirmation

An important note was sent home this afternoon with P7 pupils who are making their Confirmation later in the school year. It details an upcoming Pre-Sacramental Meeting for parents / guardians of P7 pupils in the parish. The meeting will take place in St Oliver Plunkett’s Church, Forkhill next Wednesday evening (February 5th) @7.30pm. Important information regarding the preparation for Confirmation will be relayed at this meeting.

Catholic Schools Week Mass 2020

 

The P7 class and our school choir had a wonderful day in St John the Baptist Church, Drumcree in Portadown for the mass, celebrated by Bishop Michael Router, to mark the beginning of Catholic Schools Week 2020 in the Armagh Diocese.

It was a very special occasion, as a number of St Mary’s pupils were involved in the ceremony. The choir, led by Mrs Murphy and Mrs McCann, enriched the ceremony with their beautiful singing. The drew great appraisal for their performance from many people in attendance. Two P7 pupils carried forward an art canvas which a group of their classmates had created for the event. Another pupil brought forward a tree sapling to be blessed. This will be planted in the school grounds next week.

The theme was linked to “Living in Harmony with God’s Creation” and we look forward to examining this further next week and disseminating some of the key messages to the rest of the school.

Thanks to the organisers for the invitation to attend.