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.

Fruity Friday fun

Today all the children brought in fruit and we made a huge sharing platter.  We discussed food origins, textures, smells and had great fun sampling the various fruits.  Earlier in the week we had a parent/child exercise session hosted by local fitness instructor, Shaundelle Marks from Top Marks fitness.  Our sincere thanks to our past pupil, Shaundelle for giving up of her time.  Her enthusiasm was very contagious, the adults and children loved the energetic, fun class.  

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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!

The Big Bus

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Action Cancer’s mobile unit, the BIG BUS, is coming to:

 St Mary’s Primary School on 21st and 22nd of May

The Big Bus provides two services which are now available to book, we are asking a total contribution of £15/person to avail of either or both of the services outlined below. All money collected goes to the charity Action Cancer.

  1. If you are a woman aged 40-49 or 70+, you are eligible to make an appointment for Breast Screening on the BIG BUS. The charity is the only place in Northern Ireland for women outside of the NHS screening age range to avail of a breast screening, so this is a great opportunity. The screening takes only a few minutes and for the majority of women, provides peace of mind.
  2. MOT Health Checks are open to anyone aged 16+ and are a great way to get a current picture of your health. The check takes about 20 minutes and you will receive a variety of tests, such as blood pressure and cholesterol. You will also stand on the body composition scales to receive a print out of details such as muscle mass, hydration levels, fat around your organs, and BMI. The Health Promotion Officer carrying out your assessment will be able to provide advice and information about lifestyle improvements and cancer prevention.

Call Action Cancer on 028 9080 3344,  Phone lines are open from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturday.

Or visit  www.actioncancer.org/appointments to make your appointment on line for either service.

Stormont Visit

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Eco Committee checking out recycling facilities at Stormont,

We had a great day at Stormont touring the building and hearing how proposals are debated and passed into Law. We were also lucky to met Alliance M.L.A, Kellie Armstrong who explained to us how M.L.A.’s are elected and the work they do. We even had our own mock debate in the Chamber, on the proposal, “School uniforms should be banned”!  We’re sure you can guess which side won!

 

Stormont Trip

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A reminder to our Eco Committee and School Council members that we are going to Stormont tomorrow, Tuesday 10th of April. We will have a tour of the building and learn more about the work of our M.L.A.’s and the decision making process.

We will be leaving at around 9.15 am and we will be back for normal home time at 3.10 pm. It is important that everyone is in full school uniform and  brings a packed lunch, preferably in a disposable bag as we won’t be bringing school bags, (this is to speed our way through the security checks).

 

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!