Environmental Youth Speak 2019

 

Well done to the 21 pupils from P6 and P7 who entered into the Environmental Youth Speak competition for 2019. The theme was, “A Day in the Life of an Eco-Warrior.”

All of the pupils and staff in attendance were blown away by the stage presence, standard of delivery and the content of the speeches. The children demonstrated great courage by getting up on stage in front of a packed assembly hall.

The winning entrant will be the pupil who has the highest combined score for their content and presentation, which are marked in equal measure. Their name will be revealed in school tomorrow and we wish them luck ahead of the Newry, Mourne & Down DC Final in Downpatrick next Tuesday.

Big Battery Hunt and Green Day

The Eco Committee launched the Big Battery Hunt at assembly on Friday. Each family in the school has received a battery collection box to take home. When this is filled with used batteries, pupils can take them into school and empty it into the mega-battery in the foyer. Pupils can refill their collection boxes as often as they wish. Once our mega-battery is completely filled, it will be collected and the school will be entered into a draw for some great prizes.
Thanks also to everyone who contributed towards the non-uniform Green Day on Friday past. A super total of £195 was raised and this money will go towards the Eco Schools programme in the school.

World Book Day in Primary 7

 

 

There were some fantastic costumes in P7 for World Book Day 2019, well done to all. As well as having literacy workshops with Ann Garvey, the children in P7 and P6/7 also tuned in to the BBC Teach Live Lesson on World Book Day. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed it and submitted photos and answers to the many questions via email during the live feed. This followed on from another great day earlier in the week, when author Declan Carville visited our school.

Ann Garvey Facilitates Public Speaking Workshops

 

 

Many thanks to Ann Garvey for coming in to school today to facilitate some public speaking workshops for Primary 7 and Primary 6 pupils, who are busy preparing their entries for the 2019 St Mary’s Environmental Youth Speak competition. The children were delighted to receive some tips in the art of public speaking from Ann Garvey, who is an expert in her field.

Pupils have been enhancing their literacy skills through this Eco Schools activity. This project will also incorporate ICT, as the children will submit their work through their Google Classroom.

There is great excitement building now with just one week to go to the big event. The winner will then go forward to represent St Mary’s at the Newry, Mourne & Down DC Final later in the month.

After-School Gaelic Football

After-school Gaelic Football for P6 and P7 will resume tomorrow (Thursday), with this being, “Boys’ Week.” Next Thursday will be “Girls’ Week.” Parents will have a copy of the information sheet that was sent home before mid-term, as permission slips, which have been returned to school, were detached from this sheet. Pick-up times, gear needed, dates of boys / girls’ sessions etc. are all listed on this information sheet. Please keep it for your reference. We look forward to a good turn-out tomorrow!

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol South Armagh Quiz

 

 

  

 

Nineteen teams from thirteen different schools took part in the South Armagh heat of the 2019 Cumann na mBunscol Armagh Quiz in Silverbridge GAA clubrooms this morning. After ten rounds, St Malachy’s PS Camlough ran out winners on 53pts. Runners-up were the children from St Patrick’s PS Cullyhanna (51pts) and in third place was St Patrick’s PS Crossmaglen on 50pts. When the results are collated with the north and south region, the top two teams from the county will progress to the provincial final. Well done to our own team from St Mary’s who came in fourth place.

Thanks to Michael and Arthur from Silverbridge GAA for the use of their facilities and for setting out the room. Also, a big thanks to Mr Benny Tierney for taking care of proceedings as quizmaster and to all of the teachers in attendance for helping with collecting answers, marking and giving out refreshments.

P7 Catholic Schools Week Assembly

Primary 7 led a special assembly for the rest of the school to mark Catholic Schools Week 2019 on the last day before mid-term. This assembly had been rescheduled from the previous two Fridays due to unforeseen circumstances.

The theme of Catholic Schools Week 2019 was “Living Stones” and P7 explained to the rest of the school that it is people that makes our school a special place; we are the living stones. The girls and boys showcased the video (I’m a celeb’ style) that they created, led a prayer service with readings and sang the beautiful hymn, “Living Stones.”

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