P7 Eskimos Construct Igloo

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Primary 7 have been working on a Christmas craft with a difference this year, as they created St Mary’s first ever igloo! This STEM task enabled pupils to enhance their mathematical, technological and thinking skills. The idea came from our Eco Committee and the finished product has been given as a gift to the new Accelerated Reading library. The children invited the kitchen staff down to see the finished article today as many of the milk cartons came from the canteen. Bernie liked it that much she wanted to try it out for herself!

Pupils worked through the following stages in this project:

  • Creating a detailed plan for each stage before commencing the build;
  • Collecting lots of 2L milk cartons;
  • Measuring the radius & marking out the circumference of the cardboard base;
  • Gluing the cartons into pairs using the hot glue gun;
  • Sticking each pair into place with a space in between to create a curve;
  • Calculating the decrease in cartons needed for each ascending row;
  • Bridging the entrance and forming the closed roof at the top.

P7 certainly used a lot “i-glue” in this project, pardon the pun, but can anyone guess how many cartons were used? Pupils can submit their guesses tomorrow to win a special Eco Schools prize!

Eco Committee Elected

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Congratulations to the new members of the St Mary’s Eco Committee. They were presented with their badges by Mr McDonnell at assembly recently. Some pupils who were absent are missing from the photo. Well done to everyone who put themselves forward at the election stage. There were some fantastic ICT presentations, songs, raps, poems and much more.

Eco Committee Elections

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A reminder that elections for the school Eco Committee will take place this Friday afternoon for KS2 pupils (P5,P6,P7). Presentations can take the form of a written speech, poem, rap, song or digital presentation. Pupils have been informed that if they intend to stand in the election, they must register with their class teacher. If they are using a supporting digital presentation, it must be brought in on a pen or uploaded to their Google Drive by Thursday. A promotional poster can also be displayed in the assembly hall. Good luck to all of the entrants!

Vote for the Ring of Gullion

dscn67771Could we ask everyone please to give a vote to the Ring of Gullion, Partnership scheme at the link below, they are nominated for funding through the Big Lottery but success is dependent on getting as many votes as possible.

Over the past years, St. Mary’s pupils have benefited greatly from the many different projects which they have run e.g. The Townlands’ Project, The Archaeological Dig at Glassdrummond and not least this year our Wednesday afternoon Gardening Club with Alison.

As they have currently no funding and as we would like the opportunity to work with them in the future, please vote.  You can vote once using any email address and you can vote again using a different address. Likewise if you retweet your vote it counts as another vote! Every vote counts and we are into the last week for voting. So please spread the post and encourage others to vote, to help keep this great resource for our children up and running.

http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/ring-gullion-landscape-partnership-scheme

 

 

Cycling Proficiency Scheme

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Following a tremendous amount of hard work in both practical and theory lessons this term, P7 pupils have been awarded their certificates for completing the Cycling Proficiency Scheme. Although there has been a great improvement over the course of the scheme, the children fully understand that this has not made them experts or ensure that they will be exempt from danger. They must take great care every time they get on their bikes.

Congratulations to all of the children on their success. Cycling is a fun way to stay fit and healthy!

Thanks Alison and Abby!

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The after-school Gardening Club had their end-of-year party last Wednesday. It was a party with a difference, as the children used fruit and veg from the school garden to cook the treats. There was soup, salad sandwiches, rhubarb crumble, carrot cake and much more.

It was also a sad occasion, however,  as it was Alison’s last week with the club. Unfortunately the funding for Ring of Gullion’s Landscape Partnership has not been renewed and they will have to cease their involvement with the school garden this summer. Everyone wishes to thank Alison and also Abby for all of their hard work over the past two years. A lot has been achieved and you have left a lasting legacy in St Mary’s. Best wishes for the future!

NMandD DC Green Flag Reception

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The P7 members of the Eco Committee attended the NMandD DC chairperson’s Green Flag reception in Warrenpoint Town Hall this morning. The children representing St Mary’s were commended for their hard work in the Eco Schools project.

Thanks to Mrs Mulkerns who organised a specially designed cake, as a treat for the whole school to celebrate our first Green Flag. It was a big hit with all pupils in the school!

Grow Your Own Picnic

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The Nursery were busy bees yesterday at Finnegans Nursery. We had a delightful day filled with fun and happiness outside in the garden. Previously, the children have been planting and growing different vegetables and fruit, and yesterday they finally got to enjoy and eat them with their picnic. We went on a magical walk through the garden and looked at all the different plants and trees. Then we used our mathematical skills and measured each other to see who was the tallest! A truly enjoyable morning!

I hope you enjoy the photos and we would like to thank you for supporting the scheme ‘Grow Your Own Picnic’.

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St Mary’s is a Green Flag School!

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Tuesday, June 14th 2018 will go down as a historic day for St Mary’s, as the school achieved its very first Eco Schools Green Flag. It’s the culmination of three years of hard work by pupils, staff, parents and the local community.

Our Eco committee members were thrilled to receive the good news from the assessors and asked Mr McDonnell to call a special outdoor assembly to inform the rest of the school before home time. They also plan to hold a special ceremony to raise the flag on the pole for the first time before the end of the academic year. Unfortunately, some committee members had to leave school early today and missed the assembly, but they will be in attendance for the flag ceremony.

Finally, the work doesn’t stop here, as the school will look for other areas to improve upon in the years ahead!

Biodiversity Workshops

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Thanks to Michael McKinney, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Biodiversity Officer, for facilitating Primary 1 and Primary 7 biodiversity workshops. The children learned about the local landscape and range of living things in our area, in a fun and interactive session. Michael was impressed with the level of understanding among the pupils and passed on some more fascinating facts to the children.