Congratulations to those who completed phase one of the “Getting ready to learn” Early years program. The feedback was very positive. We appreciate you taking the time to attend the presentation. Phase two will be on Friday – 9.30 – 10.30, this is the “Stay and Play”session, looking forward to seeing you there.
There was great excitement at assembly this morning when Master McDonnell received a special letter from the post man. The letter introduced us to the school’s Christmas elf who was hiding on top of the cupboard. Follow his journey as he causes mischief in the run up to Christmas. Who will find him on Monday ?
Well done to the P7 pupils who completed the Cycling Proficiency Scheme. The boys and girls put in a great effort during theory and practical lessons in the third term. We hope you will remember all that you have learned when on your bikes this summer and into the future.
We look forward to hosting pupils and teachers from our “Erasmus+” Partner school, S.D. Savio T. Fiore, in 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.
Our first ever after-school Gardening Club have just completed their second term of activities. The group have been working tirelessly to regenerate the Eco Garden and breath new life into it. The polytunnel has been recently recovered and this will hopefully lead to an increase in growth. Crab apples tress, strawberries, onion sets, potatoes and lettuce and much more are currently being nurtured.
Last week, one of our budding gardeners took some rhubarb home and along with the help of his family, created a fabulous crumble that went down a treat in school.
A huge thanks to Alison from Ring of Gullion and also Tí Chulainn who we work very closely with on a weekly basis. Their assistance is invaluable and this sense of community collaboration underpins what the whole Eco Schools programme is all about.
The school is collecting tokens to be in with a chance of winning a GAA Coaching Day with a current inter-county footballer. If you or any family members usually purchase a copy of the Irish News, could you search for, cut out and send the tokens in with your child to give us the best chance of winning a coaching day or some GAA equipment.
The tokens will be appearing in the paper everyday until Saturday, March 4th. Thank you!
On Friday past, four teams of “quizzers” from St Mary’s took part in the annual Slieve Gullion Credit Union Quiz in Forkhill Cummunity Centre. It was a wonderful event and all of our children gave a great account of themselves.
Congratulations to the team who beat off stiff competition to win the Under-13 competition (they are pictured with their trophy below). They will now go on to represent Slieve Gullion in the next round in Newry. Details of that heat will soon be released.
P7B embarked on their first outing of the year over to Tí Chulainn to view the exhibition on St Mary’s Primary School in Carricknagavna. The children viewed pictures of people who attended or taught in the school, which included some relations. They also looked through roll books and read stories about one of the old schools of the area. It was an activity that encouraged the class to value their sense of place.
Following weeks of hard work in both practical and theory lessons, the class of 2016 have been awarded their certificates and badges. The improvement during this time has been wonderful; however, the children fully understand that this has not made them experts or ensure that they will be exempt from danger. They must take great care every time they get on their bikes. Congratulations to all of the children on their success. Cycling is a fun way to stay fit and healthy!