🦀P7A Visit to Templetown Beach🦐

What an amazing day P7A had at Templetown beach, learning all about the different tide zones and exploring the rock pools. A huge thanks to Brian, from Mountain Ways Ireland for showing us the wildlife that we rarely notice… but… is all around us each time we visit the beach. We may have a few marine biologists in the making after today!

P.S. Reluctantly all crabs, shrimps and fish were returned to the sea before we came home. 😀

Erasmus Training – Social Media in the Classroom

Miss McDonnell & I have just returned from an Erasmus training course entitled ‘Social Media in the Classroom’. We spent the week in Barcelona at the Europass Academy of Creativity with teacher trainer Matt Johnston. This course focused on the use of social media as an educational tool to improve students’ motivation and engagement in lessons. We were joined by teachers from Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia and Hungary. We are both looking forward to returning in the new school year and putting our new found skills into practise back in the classroom.

🐝”The Connecting Through Art Project” – Day 1 🐝

🐝”The Connecting Through Art Project” – Day 1 🐝

P6/7 were delighted to spend the day with artist Conor Mc Ginley, working on the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), 15- Life on Land. They focused their work on our pollinator friends, the bees. 🐝 They sketched, printed, painted working both individually and as a group to create the fantastic display pictured above.  P6/7 really enjoyed their day and appreciated the chance to work with an “real life artist”.👨‍🎨

Conor will be back with us on Wednesday to work with Miss Crawley’s P6 group and next week for a day with Mr Mc Coy’s, P7 group. Each group will focus on a different SDG as part of our Erasmus Project.

A big thank you to the Play Resource Centre, Belfast, for the opportunity to work with Conor, made possible through funding, “The Connecting Through Art Project”.

Wild Atlantic Tales

Our P6 and P6/7 classes were held spellbound by the traditional story teller Niall De Burca today on their visit to the Newry Museum at Bagnell’s Castle.

Niall from Galway, began by welcoming the children from Mullaghbawn, saying how delighted he was to hear that the first group of children he would perform for, were the children from Mullghbawn. He spoke about our village having an abundance of folklore and stories and added that the best storyteller of all time was from Mullaghbawn. He told the children of his great honour in having met the late John Campbell and that John had shared one of his stories with him, this he then retold to the children. He also told a Slovenian story for Maruska our Slovenian assistant and finished with the story of Finn Mc Cool and the Ceallach Bheara.

A huge thank you to Newry and Mourne Council for bringing Niall to Newry and allowing us to attend.

 

☘ Green Day ☘

☘ Green Day ☘

☘☘☘ We are inviting everyone to wear something “Green” this Wednesday, 16th of March, in celebration of St Patrick’s Day.☘☘☘

We are asking everyone for a £1 donation, to not have to wear school uniform!  All money raised will be sent through a recognised charity to aid the refugees and especially the children, fleeing war torn Ukraine.

Anyone in the wider Community wishing to donate, please place in an envelope marked “Green Day Donation” and drop off at school office or send into school via staff or pupils and we will ensure it is included in the total amount raised.

Thank you in advance for your support and…. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

P6/7 Trip to Bessbrook

P6/7 Trip to Bessbrook

P6/7 got a glorious morning for their walking tour of Bessbrook Village with Una today. They have been learning about flax and the linen industry in the area and a visit to the village of Bessbrook gave the ideal opportunity to bring history to life. They learned about the Richardson family responsible for the setting up of the village and were able to see a wide range of buildings and learn about their use in Bessbrook’s Linen, industrial past.

Our study forms part of our wider Erasmus Project, with our partner schools, in Donegal, Mayo, Greece and the Basque Country. It is based around the UN’s Sustainable Goals, in particular we will be focusing on Goals 3, 4, 14 and 17. Follow the link below if you would like to learn more about the Goals.

Our last stop of the morning was the  Mill Pond where we got close to the local wildlife and had the opportunity to try out the play ground. We heard that the playground is newly upgraded, only opening at the weekend so we were among the first to try out the equipment!

Thanks once again to Una for her enthusiasm and for sharing the stories of South Armagh’s past with our pupils.

https://sdgs.un.org/goals

Connecting Classrooms Evaluation

Connecting Classrooms Evaluation

Thank you to the boys and girls from P6 and P7 who completed an online evaluation for our Connecting Classrooms project which came to an end last term. Over 2 years we have been sharing lessons with our partner school in Nepal, learning about our partner school’s culture and country. Miss Crawley and Miss Mulkerns joined from Bilbao,  Mr Mc Coy and pupils joined from Mullaghbawn and the researcher from Belfast! The children all received a small token from Bilabo in thank-you for their participation, a keyring of the famous flower dog outside the Gugghenheim Museum or a football keyring inscribed with Basque symbols and language.

International School Award

We are delighted to announce that St Mary’s received the “International School Award”, for the 2nd time at a virtual ceremony held this evening. A BIG congratulations to all our pupils and staff  on a tremendous achievement. A special word of thanks to Miss Crawley for her hard work (and patience) in leading St Mary’s in International work and in encouraging and supporting other schools to get involved.

We were delighted this evening to share the “virtual stage” with St Joseph’s High School, Crossmaglen. It is great to see the International journey begun in St Mary’s continuing for pupils.

 

 

 

“Back from the Brink”

Photo by Marie Mc Cartan

We know many of our boys and girls enjoy walking on Slieve Gullion’s slopes and on their walks some have been lucky enough to have encountered a red squirrel. A lucky few, have been fortunate enough to meet the conversationalists whilst they have been out recording and monitoring the pine martin population. So, we thought you might all like to know about a documentary on tonight, Sunday 28th, of March @ 6:30 pm on RTE 1. The programme is called “Back from the  Brink”, and will feature some of the red squirrels and pine martins from Slieve Gullion in a documentary about conservation successes across Europe.

Over lock down in the coldest winter weather the “Ring of Gullion and Cooley, Red Squirrel Group” put out a call for donations to buy food (peanuts) for the squirrels.  A donation from our Erasmus funding on behalf of all the pupils and wider school community of St Mary’s was made. So, tonight we can all watch with pride in the knowledge that St Mary’s has played a small part in this success story!

Congratulations to everyone involved, (especially Marie Mc Cartan for the wonderful photos above), we look forward to tonight’s programme and chatting about it tomorrow.

Help!!! Please

Help!!! Please

 

 

 

Dear Parents, Guardians, Past Pupils, Friends of St Mary’s,

Before closure we were working on a joint Art/Music/Dance Project, with our Erasmus + partner schools. Each school/country inspired and challenged the others with a piece of music, a dance or song, to create their own versions of the chosen piece.

As we can’t under the current circumstances complete the work we are asking all our musical, creative, dancing families, (and we know we have plenty of those, we’ve seen the videos 😉), to come up with their own versions of this catchy song sent by our French partners, “L’amour à la française”, and send them to us. 

We hope to make a compilation of all the pieces, so it can simply be: a musical version, a chorus of the song or a section of the dance, even recreate the running scene in front of a Mullaghabawn landmark, be as creative as you want and involve the whole family!

We would be eternally grateful as it will enable us to fulfill our obligations and complete the project… and it might be good fun!

The clips to the original song are attached below, when you have completed your piece email us and we will organise a way for you to share your work with us.

Thank you and have fun,

Miss Crawley- ccrawley501@c2ken.net

Miss Mulkerns- pmulkerns611@c2ken.net

 

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x203r0   -Voici le clip de la chanson des Fatals Picards à l’Eurovision

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efmJO9Ve8P4     (Words only at this link)