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.
A big thank you to the Mums and Dad who came into school this afternoon and shared their language skills, making our first ever celebration of “European Language Day” a huge success. We had Irish, Spanish, French, Latvian, Russian and Slovakian, spoken this afternoon! We even had sign language thanks to one of our P7 pupils who’s Mum taught him some conversational language last night. We really enjoyed hearing…. and seeing…all the different languages spoken. We hope it will inspire everyone to learn a new language!
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.
As our International Month draws to a close we would like you to join us in congratulating P5 pupil Elise who was awarded Top Student of the Year in Mandarin Speaking.
Elise was chosen from over 4,000 pupils across Northern Ireland by the Confucius Institute at the University of Ulster, Belfast. This is a great achievement for Elise to be chosen from such a high number of students. Congratulations Elise and we look forward to your continued success in the future.
Elise and her family were invited to attend the special Awards Ceremony where she was presented with her award.
Excitement is building here at St. Mary’s as we await the arrival of guests from schools across Northern Ireland and Nepal this weekend. The events are part of our Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning Project and will include seminars on: the UN Sustainable Goals, the Google Suite of Apps, Coding and Spheros. We hope also to squeeze in opportunities for our guests to visit some of the many sites of interest around our area.
So “welcome “… “Namaste” to all our visitors we hope you have a safe trip and we will see you soon.
A very successful meeting with our Erasmus+ partner schools, hosted by our French colleagues in Ecole Sainte Famille, Amiens. Lovely to meet again with the French students we hosted in Mullaghbawn just a short time ago!
We introduced our Catalan visitors to Gaelic Football yesterday and they very quickly got to grips with the differences to soccer. Thanks to Mr Mc Coy for organising the Blitz and to everyone in P5 and P6 for their help in explaining the rules and taking the visitors under their wings. On the day Cork were victorious!
A big thank you to Bernie and the U14 girls who came last night to give our Catalan visitors a taster of camogie… they thoroughly enjoyed their experience as did the P6 pupils. It’s the turn of P7 tonight to host our Catalan friends, music and dancing at BlueBell Lane from 7 to 8.30pm, bring a jacket.
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.