Congratulations to P5 who were the perfect hosts to our visitors from Mulranny and Domintee Primary Schools. Our guests joined P5 pupils to work on IT and Art activities with specialists in Glass Art, Puppet making, Felting, Film making and Minecraft with a focus on the Old Irish Goats.
Pupils representing each of the three schools worked in groups to create Goat Puppets which made appearances as bloggers in a highly entertaining news bulletin reporting on The South Armagh Goat Herders. Mine craft Education Software was used by a group of highly skilled programmers who digitally designed and created the communities of Mulranny, Dromintee and Mullaghbawn in the late 1800s.
Thanks to funding awarded by the department for culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht the pupils received a hands-on experience working alongside art and IT experts. We look forward displaying our completed pieces during the Michael J Murphy Winter School in November.
A reminder to all P6 Parents that tomorrow P6 pupils are invited to St. Joseph’s Crossmaglen for an exciting day of activities. Pupils should wear their St. Mary’s P.E. uniform, lunch will be provided by St Joseph’s. A second letter with all the details was distributed today.
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.
On Friday P5/6 visited Newry and Mourne Museum to participate in a Living History Workshop as part of their World War II topic. During the workshop pupils travelled back in time to experience life as a child in the 1940s and to learn about handling Gas Masks, Air Raid Procedures and Make Do and Mend.
Our short film shows very sad faces as P5/6 pupils were evacuated from their families just like the characters Olive and Cliff in their novel “Letters from the Lighthouse”. A big decision for pupils to decide what items to pack into a small suitcase!
We celebrated our beginning of year Mass this morning. A big thank you to Fr Aidan and everyone who took part and made it such a moving and special occasion. Thank you also to the Mums, Dads, Grandparents and wider Community who came along to celebrate with us and a special big thanks to our guest of honor Sr. Declan.
Sr. Declan joined us back at school afterwards and is pictured here with pupils past and present, members of staff and an acer tree which we will plant in our “Garden of Honour” in memory of all the good times we have shared with her. We wish her a long and happy retirement and hope she will pop in to see us whenever she is back in the area.
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.