Food Waste Challenge

Ruth from “Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful” was in St Mary’s today to lead P5 in a Food Waste Workshop. Pupils discussed the issue of Food Waste in the 21st century and measures we can introduce to reduce it. This starts within our school and so P5 will soon commence a project relating to this topic. P6 and P7 also received a summary presentation in the form of a KS2 assembly.

Ruth is pictured with our Eco Committee who welcomed her to the school and thanked her for her time.

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P7 Catholic Schools Week Assembly

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To launch Catholic Schools Week 2018 (Called to be a Family of Families), P7 planned and presented their own assembly for the KS2 classes. It incorporated prayer, song, drama and ICT. They key message was the importance of family at home, at school and in our parish. P7 also informed the school about the ‘World Meeting of Families,’ which is due to take place later this year in Dublin. Some of the content from the assembly is shown below.

Family Prayer

God made a family, We need one another,

We love one another, We forgive one another,

We work together, We pray together, We worship together,

Together we use God’s word, Together we grow in Christ,

Together we love all people, Together we serve our God,

Together we hope for heaven. These are our hopes and ideals.

Help us to achieve them, O God, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

Class Video to show why St Mary’s is a truly good Catholic School –

 

Junior Road Safety Quiz

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Well done to our four Junior Road Safety Officers who took part in the regional heat of the NI Road Safety Quiz. The children had to answer a mixture of general knowledge and road safety questions and performed very well, coming in eighth place overall in the district. It was a very well organised event in the Canal Court Hotel and thanks to the sponsors “CRASH,” who provided refreshments and sponsored materials to bring back to school. Our officers will now look to pass on the message of road safety throughout our school over the course of their last few months in P7.

JRSO quiz

Well done to our four Junior Road Safety Officers who took part in the regional heat of the NI Road Safety Quiz. The children had to answer a mixture of general knowledge and road safety questions and performed very well, coming in eighth place overall in the district. It was a very well organised event in the Canal Court Hotel and thanks to the sponsors “CRASH,” who provided refreshments and sponsored materials to bring back to school. Our officers will now look to pass on the message of road safety throughout our school over the course of their last few months in P7.

Social Media Cyber-Sense Project

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P7 recently undertook a social media cyber-sense project to highlight the possible struggles that children their age face as they move from primary to post-primary school. They created paper-based storyboards detailing various scenarios regarding children their age using social media and then used the app “Comic Life” to bring them to life. A sample of a comic is shown above.

It has recently been highlighted that although social media can have it’s many advantages, it can also have it’s dangers. In St Mary’s, pupils are well informed of good practice when it comes to internet safety. Now more than ever it’s important that children manage their free-time appropriately and do not let social media take over their lives, as it can negatively impact upon their confidence and self-esteem. Hopefully this project will go some way in educating the children about how to manage social media appropriately.