Coffee Morning and Presentation

You are cordially invited to join us this Friday, from 10-12 in Ti Chulainn for a tea /coffee morning in aid of the Southern Area Hospice who are celebrating their 50th year!

Whilst enjoying your “cuppa” you can view our recently completed glass and felt artwork, watch our amazing documentary about the ancient herd of goats which roam the slopes of Slieve Gullion, and surrounding hills, as well as hearing how we have recreated Mullaghbawn village in the late 1800’s /early 1900’s… digitally, using Minecraft, and you will have the opportunity to meet some amazing goat characters!!🐐

It will be a morning not to miss…everyone is welcome: parents, grandparents, extended families, friends and neighbours of St Mary’s. Please spread the word far and wide, we would love to have a big crowd to support this fantastic organisation which has helped so many connected to our school. 😀

Pop up Languages Museum

A reminder for Miss Mulkerns’s P6 Class that they have a trip on Monday, a note was sent home but not everyone had returned their permission slip, before the Hallowe’en break.  If permission slips have been misled please write a note giving permission, otherwise pupils will not be able to attend. See below a copy of the letter which was sent home.

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Dear Parent,

Did you know, the UK has a museum for dog collars and lawn mowers, but not for languages! This autumn a new initiative is coming to Belfast…a “Pop-Up World of Languages Museum” and we have been lucky enough to have secured a slot for one class to visit free of charge. 

The interactive Museum is divided into 3 zones through which pupils will travel to uncover the hidden treasures of languages, through child-friendly hands-on, activities and games: 

The zones are: 

Languages and Me

Why should we bother to learn languages? You may be surprised to find out :-

  • How learning a language can boost your brain power.
  • How many languages you already know without even realising.
  • Where languages can take you in life.

Languages Around Me

All you have to do is stop, look and listen! Here, you will explore :-

  • Different accents, and your reactions to them.
  • Translating the untranslatable… can it be done?
  • The many languages around us in our cities, towns and villages

Languages in the World

There are thousands of different languages in the world! Here, you will discover :-

  • Which languages are most spoken and which are in danger.
  • Whether some languages are trickier than others.
  • The different sounds and writing systems languages use.

The activities draw on the research in a large project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, entitled ‘Multilingualism. Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies’ (www.meits.org), involving four universities: Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Cambridge (the lead university) and the Universities of Edinburgh and Nottingham.

The event takes place on Monday, 4th of November, at the Accidental Theatre, 12-13 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB. 

As we have been lucky enough to secure funding for both the event and transport, there is no cost for this trip.  Pupils can wear their PE uniform. They will need to bring a packed lunch. We will leave school at around 10.30 and we will be back for normal home time at 3.10 pm.  

 

European Language Day

European Language Day

You may have noticed that we have changed “the flag” flying outside of school, to mark, “European Language Day” tomorrow.  Today we counted 10+ languages, connected to our school, through our families and our Erasmus+ project. Some of the languages we have identified are : Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovak, Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, French, Basque, Greek, and Irish and we are sure there are more!

Learning other peoples’ languages is a way of helping us to understand each other better and to overcome our cultural differences. Tomorrow we will recognise the great linguistic resource we have within our school community and celebrate our school diversity, by learning some words/greetings in another language.

Līdz tam rīt!

eTwinning update

Following from my recent trip to Prague at the start of June, I am  delighted to announce that our Nursery is eTwinned with a Kindergarten in Norway.  The Scandinavian approach to play is extremely interesting and I’m really looking forward to introducing new ideas that I have learnt from our Norwegian friends and to continue developing our project.  It is an honour to be part of the exciting eTwinning network.

Thank you for all the well wishes that I received on the school’s Facebook page, it meant a lot and showing it to other participants they all commented on what a supportive school community we have.

Erasmus+ Visitors

Erasmus+ Visitors

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We were delighted this weekend to host our Erasmus+ partners from: The Basque Country, Greece, France and Donegal. We are beginning a new, 2 year  project and this year we are focusing on Art. Each country will choose a piece of art, in any medium… whether contemporary, well- known or unknown… or even a piece of folk art to represent their country and culture. These will be shared with the partner schools and each school will use the chosen piece as a stimulus to complete their own “works of art”, these will then form part of a “European Art Show” in each school at the end of the project!

Thank you to Padraig + Sharon Carragher and family, for showing our guests around their magical “Bluebell Glamping Site”  here in Mullaghbawn. Padraig shared stories from the area and demonstrated his craft as a wood-turner. A great start to our Art Project!

Thank-you also to the Carrickdale Hotel for making our guests feel so welcome to the area.

Italian Visitors

italian-schoolWe look forward to hosting pupils and teachers from our “Erasmus+” Partner school, S.D. Savio T. Fiorein Gravina, Italy this week. They will arrive late Monday night and are staying next door in Ti Chulainn until Friday.  They will be with us in school, Tuesday and Wednesday when everyone will get the opportunity to meet and talk with them.

The weather forecast is looking fantastic… and we look forward to proudly showing them around our school, village and local area. We wish them a safe trip and a big “Cead Mile Failte” to St. Mary’s.

 

Greek Assembly

 

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Last Friday, Miss Malone, Miss Durinn, Miss Crawley and Miss Mulkerns held a special Assembly to tell everyone about their trip to our partner school in Greece over the mid term break. We heard about harvesting olives and planting a commemorative olive tree in the grounds of our Greek partner school, visiting the archaeological site at Avdera and seeing toys from Ancient Greece, visiting a Mosque and Vistonida Lake and lots more.

A copy of the Powerpoint can be found at the link below, have a look at the slides and see how much you can remember!

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