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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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)

 

Connecting Classrooms- Update

Connecting Classrooms- Update

In June last year we welcomed a group of teachers from across Northern Ireland and Nepal to St Mary’s.  Whilst visiting with us they took part in training in the United Nation’s, SDG’s- the Sustainable Development Goals and the Google suite of Apps for education.  During the visit British Council interviewed the teachers and created a short video which is now used for promoting Connecting Classrooms’ Projects with other schools. We have added the link below for you to view… you may recognise a few faces…

http://bit.ly/ConnectingNI

Goat Project

Goat Project

P5 are looking forward to a busy couple of days, as they begin their “Goat Project”. They will be welcoming as part of the project, staff and pupils from Dromintee PS and Mulranny National School, Co. Mayo.

Taking inspiration from our shared heritage, the herd of ancient wild goats, which can be found on the slopes of Slieve Gullion and other mountains here in the Ring of Gullion, as well as in Mulranny, pupils will be engaging in a range of activities.  At one time South Armagh was known as the “Goat Droving Capital of Ireland” and the “Goat Men of South Armagh” were central to the Irish travelling herd trade, taking goats from the West and exporting to England and beyond.

Over the next couple of days, pupils will have the opportunity to work together alongside, professionals in the fields of ICT and Art: creating films, building virtual replicas of their villages and creating art works through the mediums of glass and felting.

So, if you see the Mayo flag, flying over school tomorrow, you will know it is to welcome our guests from the West who will be staying in Ti Chulainn over the next few nights. We hope they enjoy their first visit to St. Mary’s and South Armagh.

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.

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol South Armagh Quiz

 

 

  

 

Nineteen teams from thirteen different schools took part in the South Armagh heat of the 2019 Cumann na mBunscol Armagh Quiz in Silverbridge GAA clubrooms this morning. After ten rounds, St Malachy’s PS Camlough ran out winners on 53pts. Runners-up were the children from St Patrick’s PS Cullyhanna (51pts) and in third place was St Patrick’s PS Crossmaglen on 50pts. When the results are collated with the north and south region, the top two teams from the county will progress to the provincial final. Well done to our own team from St Mary’s who came in fourth place.

Thanks to Michael and Arthur from Silverbridge GAA for the use of their facilities and for setting out the room. Also, a big thanks to Mr Benny Tierney for taking care of proceedings as quizmaster and to all of the teachers in attendance for helping with collecting answers, marking and giving out refreshments.