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!
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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 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!