Calling all Adult Gardeners!

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Next Friday evening (April 27th) @5pm we hope to assemble a team of adult helpers to carry out some work relating to our Eco Schools project. If you are available, then please contact the school office, who will take your name and phone number. Any help at all will be greatly appreciated.

The jobs that need be carried out include:

  • Positioning and filling the new flower beds (tractor tyres) at the front of the school;
  • Clearing an area at the back of the school to allow the planting of wild flowers;
  • Digging up an area at the bottom of the football field to allow the planting of new shrubs.

Environmental Youth Speak

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On Tuesday, 19 P6 and P7 pupils took to the stage to compete for the opportunity to represent St Mary’s at the 2018 Environmental Youth Speak. It was incredible to see all of the pupils involved showcasing their knowledge in front of their peers. We had poems, raps, drama and song!

There were a number of prizes handed out today but the overall winner was the pupil who achieved the highest combined mark for the content of the speech and also their delivery. They will go on to represent St Mary’s at the regional event next week. Good luck!

St Mary’s Whole School Litter Pick

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Our Eco Committee were once again delighted to register St Mary’s for Live Here Love Here’s Big Spring Clean. Every class in the school helped clear their designated zone of litter. Following the litter pick the rubbish was analysed and segregated for recycling. As a school we had 1 bag of recyclable waste and 2 bags of general waste. It was encouraging to see a reduction from last year’s total of 6 bags of general waste. Well done everyone!

Junior Road Safety Activities

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Today saw the conclusion of a busy few weeks for the JRSO team. The officers carried out a “safe-crossing workshop” for the Nursery class, teaching them about the role of the lollypop lady and how to cross safely. At assembly the team announced the winners of the competitions that they set before the Easter break. They found it very difficult to choose from all of the wonderful work. Winners received a certificate and a hi-viz jacket to protect them when walking outside of school. Our JRSO team hope that all of these activities help to promote safe behaviour when out and about!

  • Foundation Stage completed a “Green Cross Code Breakers” task
  • KS1 completed a “Spot the Hazards” task
  • KS2 designed a new school mascot for our JRSO team

 

Cumman na mBunscol Update

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P7 have had a busy couple of months on the Gaelic football field. This week the boys completed their league campaign with a hard-earned victory over Clonalig, securing second place in their section. Although the girls’ team did not have a formal league, they took part in some challenge matches, improving every step of the way. Our boys’ and girls’ teams also recently took part in the Malachy McGeeney blitz. All players who represented St Mary’s did so with great enthusiasm and we look forward to one final event at the McGreevey Cup blitz at the end of May.

Gaelic training continues after-school on Thursdays, with an intra-school blitz also planned for June.

Health Action Heroes

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This year, Healthy Living is one of our three main Eco Schools topics. Tomorrow (Tuesday) and Thursday will see Nursery – P3/4 taking part in “Health Action Heroes” workshops. The programme, delivered by the charity, Action Cancer, will see pupils learn how to stay fit and healthy through exercise and good food choices in a fun and interactive manner. Hopefully all of the pupils involved will be health action heroes like Mambo and Jazz by the end of the week!

Healthy Kidz Easter Camp

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Please find attached, all of the details you need for the Healthy Kidz Easter Camp. It’s sure to be lots of fun!

This week, five lucky pupils from St Mary’s received free passes to the camp from Owen, our school coach. These were awarded to pupils who put in a big effort during PE lessons and regularly input their exercise and healthy eating data into the app. Well done to all pupils who continue to make a big effort with Healthy Kidz!

Armagh GAA coaches

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P7 have been very lucky to have benefitted from Armagh GAA camogie and Gaelic football coaches this term. They have practised many new skills and had lots of fun along the way. Thanks to Fintan and Miceal for all of their hard work over the past number of weeks.