Fruity Friday fun

Today all the children brought in fruit and we made a huge sharing platter.  We discussed food origins, textures, smells and had great fun sampling the various fruits.  Earlier in the week we had a parent/child exercise session hosted by local fitness instructor, Shaundelle Marks from Top Marks fitness.  Our sincere thanks to our past pupil, Shaundelle for giving up of her time.  Her enthusiasm was very contagious, the adults and children loved the energetic, fun class.  


Grow your own picnic

Today the Nursery class spent a very enjoyable morning in Finnegans Garden Centre.  It was part of their new schools initiative which aims to give children practical hands on experience of growing flowers, fruit and vegetables.  It broadens their knowledge of the growth process through fun and interaction.  Over the next three months we will visit the garden centre to observe changes in what we planted today.  Today we planted, sweet pea, potatoes and strawberries.  The project is called “Grow your own picnic”, we will enjoy a tasty picnic at the end of June.  The children’s behaviour, manners and engagement were exemplary – great little ambassadors for St Mary’s.  Thanks to the staff of Finnegans for making us feel so welcome, we are looking forward to our next visit.


The Big Bus


Action Cancer’s mobile unit, the BIG BUS, is coming to:

 St Mary’s Primary School on 21st and 22nd of May

The Big Bus provides two services which are now available to book, we are asking a total contribution of £15/person to avail of either or both of the services outlined below. All money collected goes to the charity Action Cancer.

  1. If you are a woman aged 40-49 or 70+, you are eligible to make an appointment for Breast Screening on the BIG BUS. The charity is the only place in Northern Ireland for women outside of the NHS screening age range to avail of a breast screening, so this is a great opportunity. The screening takes only a few minutes and for the majority of women, provides peace of mind.
  2. MOT Health Checks are open to anyone aged 16+ and are a great way to get a current picture of your health. The check takes about 20 minutes and you will receive a variety of tests, such as blood pressure and cholesterol. You will also stand on the body composition scales to receive a print out of details such as muscle mass, hydration levels, fat around your organs, and BMI. The Health Promotion Officer carrying out your assessment will be able to provide advice and information about lifestyle improvements and cancer prevention.

Call Action Cancer on 028 9080 3344,  Phone lines are open from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturday.

Or visit to make your appointment on line for either service.

April Newsletter

April newsletter


Dear Parents,


Welcome back after the break I hope you had an enjoyable Easter. It is hard to believe that we are in our last term of Nursery.


Thank you so much for your support with our March fundraising efforts. We are overwhelmed with the total amount raised £3,211.  This is absolutely fantastic and we intend to get the project started as soon as possible.


Our topic for this month is “Healthy Living”. We will be covering healthy eating, food origins and food from around the world.  We will be discussing the importance of regular exercise and good personal hygiene.  We are transforming our imaginative play area into a cooking area, were the children will get experience of cutting different foods to explore their taste, texture and smell.  Friday the 20th of April will be “Fruity Friday” in the Nursery, children are invited to take in some fruit and we will make a huge sharing platter and offer sampling experiences for all. The children will also participate in daily yoga sessions to demonstrate self-calming strategies and breathing techniques. Our colour for April is Yellow.


On Thursday 12th April the Action Heroes program will visit the Nursery covering important areas of healthy lifestyles.


You are invited to a parent/child exercise session on Wednesday 18th of April at 11am.  Local fitness instructor Shaundelle Marks, owner of Top Marks Fitness will host the fun event.   Can you please let us know if you wish to attend.


We are delighted to announce that next Monday the 16th of April, we will be travelling to Finnegans Nursery centre to participate in their new schools initiative.  We will be visiting once a month for the next three months to “Grow your own picnic”.  To cover the cost of the bus and the experience we ask £5 per child for each visit.  The experience will offer a wealth of learning opportunities both fun and educational.


The school photographer will return on the 26th April to take any individuals that were absent and the class photo.


We have been discussing four shapes – circle, square, triangle and rectangle. Please encourage your child to recognise these shapes in the environment.



The 22nd of June will be the Nursery Graduation Day.  This is one of the highlights of the Nursery year.  You are all invited to attend.  This will be the last day of the Nursery.


Further closures are 7th May for the Bank holiday.  1st June – Nursery will be  closed to facilitate an open day for next years intake.  Whole school closed on 4th June for a staff development day.


Thank you for your continued support and co-operation.
















Money Sense Workshop- Fraud Scene Investigators

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Thank you to Richard from Ulster Bank for coming along to help out with the workshop and to tell us more about fraud and his job at Ulster Bank. We hope that everyone will share their learning with their family and friends to ensure we all know how to protect ourselves from fraudsters.

Check out for fun activities and games.

Stormont Trip


A reminder to our Eco Committee and School Council members that we are going to Stormont tomorrow, Tuesday 10th of April. We will have a tour of the building and learn more about the work of our M.L.A.’s and the decision making process.

We will be leaving at around 9.15 am and we will be back for normal home time at 3.10 pm. It is important that everyone is in full school uniform and  brings a packed lunch, preferably in a disposable bag as we won’t be bringing school bags, (this is to speed our way through the security checks).