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.

Assembly for Catalan Visitors

Thank you to all our very talented boys and girls who took part in Assembly yesterday morning. With P7 having a lie in after their Confirmation, Thursday night it was the children from P4, P5 and P6 who took the lead, reciting a poem written by P6/7 especially for the occasion, demonstrating Irish dancing and traditional music. Well done, you were great ambassadors for our school and Community.

Our Catalan visitors also treated us to songs in Spanish and Catalan as well as a fabulous gymnastics display. Thank you, we really enjoyed it.

International Term Kicks Off!

Summer Term is International Term here at St. Mary’s with visitors from Catalonia, Amiens, Loch An Iuir, Nepal, China and Dundalk over the next few weeks.

Currently we have 21 students and 4 staff from Escola Ramon Llull, Barcelona, taking part in classes and activities with our KS2 pupils, including, Art, Languages, ICT and Sport.

Over the next few evenings they have invited groups of our pupils to join them for activities, all of which will run from 7.00 t0 8.30 pm as listed:

Wednesday evening: P5 for a movie night here in school

Friday evening: P6 for sports activities, weather permitting in the school field.

Saturday evening: P7 for a music evening at Bluebell Lane, Glamping Site.

Christmas at St. Mary’s

Nursery and Foundation Stage have joined with Anne Sullivan International School in Barcelona to work on a project based on pen pals.  We are delighted to have been invited by Cormac Walsh (originally from Mullaghbawn) to participate in this project.  All the children in Nursery, P1 and P2 were excited to watch a video showing the children from the school in Barcelona on their school trip to a sea turtle rescue centre.

Over the past few weeks the children at St. Mary’s have been busy getting ready for Christmas.  These moments have been captured on camera and put together to create a movie.  This movie has been sent to Cormac who was showing it to parents at a Christmas concert in Anne Sullivan International School.

We hope you enjoy watching it as much the children enjoyed making it.

Merry Christmas  to everyone from all in Nursery, P1 and P2.

 

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.

 

Erasmus+ Visitors

In March we welcomed visitors from our Erasmus+ Partner Schools to Mullaghbawn. On the Saturday morning they joined with St. Mary’s staff for training in Internet safety and then spent the rest of their day taking a tour of South Armagh visiting places of interest in the locality like: Ballykeel Dolmen, Killeavy Old Church and Kilnasaggart Stone. On the Monday they visited our classes and in the evening they popped in to listen to the Music Partnership Classes. On the Tuesday they went with our P1 and P2 classes to the Giant’s Liar and in the evening they went to the  Comhaltas Session in The Welcome Inn, Forkhill. A busy but enjoyable few days for everyone showcasing St. Mary’s and the stunning locality.

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