Sports Day 2018

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St Mary’s whole school Sports Day took place on Wednesday. We were blessed with magnificent weather and the children enjoyed a full day of activities. A huge thanks to SPAR Mullaghbawn, who again sponsored packs for every child in the school. This is an extremely generous act and is much appreciated by everyone associated with the school. Thanks also to Mrs McKeown for providing the music and to the P7 pupils who operated the ice cream stand. It was a busy day and all of the children went home with a big smile on their face.

Primary 3/4 Visit Bluebell Lane

 

Today Primary 3/4 visited Bluebell Lane Glamping site as part of our Eco Schools project. In 2016 pupils from St Mary’s helped to plant some of the 20,000 trees that are situated around the site. Our class took a trip back to see how they have grown over time.

We measured the height and circumference and found out more about the many different types of trees found in the woodland.

We then discovered some of the different plant life in our flower and plant hunt. Primary 3/4 were very lucky today to see small frogs and dragon flies in the pond area. We extend our thanks to Padraig Carragher for his time today, the children throughly enjoyed the experience!

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Sports Day 2018

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Whole School Sports Day, sponsored by SPAR, will take place next Wednesday, June 6th (weather permitting). All parents are welcome to attend. Proceedings will begin at approximately 9.25am. All children should wear a tracksuit and bring along shorts, a hat, sun cream and a bottle of water. In the interest of child protection, it is our school’s policy that photographs should not be recorded by parents using any mobile devices. Each class has been assigned a World Cup country and if they wish, children are invited to wear the colour associated with their country. An ice-cream stand will also be operated by some of our P7s and children can purchase one for £1, with all proceeds going towards Eco Schools funds. Hopefully we will have a dry day and lots of fun!

  • Nursery – Brazil
  • P1 – Portugal
  • P2A – Germany
  • P2B – France
  • P3 – Argentina
  • P3/4 – Nigeria
  • P4 – England
  • P5 – Iceland
  • P6 – Mexico
  • P6/7 – Australia
  • P7 – Belgium

 

“The Academy” visits St Mary’s

A huge thanks to St Mary’s PS parents Karen and Frank Daly of “The Academy” for coming into St Mary’s today and facilitating a health and nutrition workshop for the P4 and P6 classes. Pupils learned about healthy eating habits and Karen even showed them how to cook her tasty banana pancakes. Meanwhile, Frank gave the children a good workout, as they completed a mini-bootcamp in the playground. It was a great afternoon for all of the pupils involved.

Thanks again to Karen and Frank, for giving up the time from their busy schedule to make it happen. Healthy Living is one of our Eco Schools topics and we continue to promote healthy eating and lifestyle habits. Every little helps!

There will be further workshops taking place for other classes before the end of the term.

Working with Lislea Men’s Shed

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Thanks to Mrs Gregory’s dad, Peter, who presented new window boxes to our Eco Committee today. Peter, along with the other members of Lislea Men’s Shed have worked hard to design and manufacture the flower holders, after receiving a written invitation for assistance from our Eco Committee. It’s great to work alongside other local community groups as we try to make our school a greener place and achieve our green flag.

P7 Maths Trail & Sun Dial Construction

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P7 made the most of the good weather recently to complete some maths activities outside of the classroom.

Pupils worked in pairs to construct sun dials and measured the shadow cast by the sun over the course of the school day. This linked with the P7 World Around Us topic of “Space.”

Later in the week, pupils got out and about around the school to complete a maths trail, encompassing many of the topics that they have learned about this school year.

It helped all of the children realise that maths truly is all around us!

Cross Country

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Pupils from P4-P7 had a super day in Kilbroney for the 2018 Cross Country event. All participants gave their all and completed the tough course.

We will have to wait for notification of the results of the team events, however five St Mary’s pupils had individual medals back home yesterday for finishing in the top 6 (a first, two seconds, a third and a fourth). As the number of participants goes up each year, this is a remarkable achievement and cannot be underestimated.

Well done to all the runners on the day and indeed to all pupils from P4-P7 pupils in St Mary’s who have trained hard during the month of May. Thanks also to all parents who attended the event for their support and assistance with proceedings. We will update further whenever we receive the full results.

Big Bus

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This is a reminder to any parents or members of our community, that the Big Bus will be on site today (Monday) and tomorrow.

Please also note that anyone who has booked an appointment can leave their donation towards covering the cost of this resource in the school office.

Grow your own picnic ~ part 2

The Nursery had an extremely busy morning over at Finnegan’s Garden Centre today.  Firstly  we checked the progress of  the potatoes that we planted on our previous visit.  Then we went on a sensory exploration discovering the taste, textures and smells of various garden flowers, herbs and plants.  There was great excitement as we got up close to very friendly snails.   We finished our visit by planting pumpkin seeds and lettuce.   Thanks again to the staff for such a well-planned learning experience, the children really enjoyed it.

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Wild Flower Garden

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Well done to the P3, P3/4 & P4 pupils, who along with their P7 leaders, helped prepare and sow seeds in our new wild flower garden this afternoon. The location of the new garden area was decided at a recent Eco Committee meeting and the seeds were provided by the “Grow Wild” group.

All of the classes involved are based close to the area and they will monitor it regularly to determine if there is an increase in wildlife over the coming weeks and months. Pupils will make also assemble bug hotels to help attract more minibeasts.