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.

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.

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!