Congratulations to our 12 winners from P7, who took part in a recent Art Competition to celebrate the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Thank you to the Confucius Institute at the University of Ulster for organising and sponsoring prizes, each winner received a book token for Waterstones and had their artwork made into a poster. Missing from the photos is Sean Ferris, but his peers ensured his prize was collected and his work was included in the pictures!
Classes were especially delighted to receive the much coveted Panda Mascots of 2022 Olympics. They look forward to having many adventures at St Mary’s!!!
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.
Yesterday we were delighted to welcome back 33 former pupils with their Secondary School Principals and teachers to receive certificates for the YCT Level 1, which they sat in their P7 year.
The YCT is an international standardised test of proficiency in Mandarin, set by Hanban, the Department of Education, China. It assesses students’ abilities to use Mandarin through demonstrating their ability to understand and use some of the most common Mandarin phrases and sentences. The test is made up of two components, writing and speaking.
We are delighted to report that St. Mary’s students under the instruction of Mr Wan Li our Confucius Institute, Mandarin tutor, scored very highly on their papers, in fact well beyond the required pass mark!
Congratulations everyone, we were delighted to see you all again and hope that your experience of learning Mandarin at St Mary’s will promote a life long, love of languages.
Tomorrow we look forward to a wonderful morning of Global Learning as we celebrate Chinese New Year with Mr Cui and invited guests. Mr Cui has an exciting programme of entertainment planned, immersing us in Chinese culture. Pupils from P4, P5 and P6 will perform, as well as professional Chinese Artists, including musicians, dancers and Sichuan Opera, face changers!
To assist with P5 and P6 girls’ costume changes and P6 Kong Fu demonstrations all those pupils in P5 and P6 performing, may wear their PE uniforms.
In attendance will be 33 former P7 Pupils, (and their Secondary School Principals) whom we welcome back to receive their YCT Mandarin Level 1 certificates. In addition we will have representatives from SWC Confucius Hub, Mrs J. McDowell, Mrs L Beatty and Mrs F Cole.
We will take photos to share here with you, so watch this space!
Congratulations to P6 and P7 pupils who entertained our audience with Chinese Poetry, Song and Dance during the very special YCT Certificate Presentation.
The pupils’ enthusiasm and enjoyment for learning Chinese Mandarin is always very evident during lessons but to hear the group sing, recite and dance so confidently for a large audience was truly magnificent! Well done to all!
There were special performances from our Chinese teachers Miss Yan and Ms Candice who recited a W.B. Yeats poem “When You are Old” in Chinese Mandarin. Miss Yan also played the Chinese Hulusi instrument.