“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.

Flower Planting

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The front of our school has been given a lift this week, with the planting of new flowers for the summer. Have a look at the flower beds, recycled tyre planters, hanging baskets and wellington boots next time you are coming through the front entrance.

The Eco Committee purchased the flowers with the proceeds of our Green Day back in March. The committee also hope to have some new window boxes in place before the end of the year, courtesy of the Lislea Men’s Shed. Watch this space!

Exciting times ……

Today was such a special day in the Nursery as our new climbing frame arrived.  I really think the staff were more excited than the kids.   I’m sure you will agree the new apparatus really has that WOW factor.  Our sincere thanks to Peter McParland for his creativity, his skills and most importantly for giving up his time to plan and create the frame.  Today he was assisted by Noel McParland, our thanks to Noel for all he has done for the Nursery.  We are indebted to these gents for their interest and support.  For years we envisaged having an outdoor area that would challenge the children and provide hours of fun, well now we do !  In the current financial situation the Education system is in we could never have achieved this, it was the support given to us from the community during our recent fundraising efforts that made this possible.   We are so appreciative.  This is phase 1 of our project, there is much more to come.

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Environmental Youth Speak 2018

NMDDC ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH SPEAK 2018 FINAL

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A huge well done to the St Mary’s P7 pupil who represented the school in Downpatrick at the recent Environmental Youth Speak competition. The speech was filled with great content on the theme, “Brown is the New Black” and was delivered in a very confident, dramatic and at times humorous manner. It has really helped to highlight the importance of using the brown bin for food waste in our school and in our homes.