50/50 Draw

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The first of our weekly 50/50 draws takes place this Friday, 23rd of February. The draw costs £1/week with half the proceeds going towards the weekly prize and the other half into school funds. The more tickets sold the greater the prize! Tickets went home before the mid-term break, if they haven’t appeared have a look in school bags or call into the Office for more.

Friends, family and associates far and wide can enter, just make sure to fill out a contact name and number in case they are one of our lucky winners.

We appreciate it can be tiresome selling tickets, but the money raised in recent years has helped with the refurbishment of our ICT Room and the purchase of I Pads. This year the money will help with the purchase of a Math’s Resource called “Numicon” and the digitalising of our Central and Class Libraries in preparation for a programme called “Accelerated Reading”.

We thank you in advance for your support and wish you good luck!

The RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch

On Thursday, Primary 3 and Primary 3/4 took part in the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch. The children reused old yoghurt pots to make bird feeders to encourage birds to visit our school and were delighted to see birds feeding from them. Both classes showed fantastic enthusiasm for learning about birds in our local area! The most common birds they identified were crows, blackbirds, wagtails and robins. Well done Primary 3 and Primary 3/4!

Media Workshop

Today a group of P6 pupils were invited to St Mary’s High School, Newry to participate in a Media workshop in collaboration with the BBC News Report and Eco Schools NI.

The P6 group had the opportunity to work with pupils from St Mary’s High School, Newry, St Mark’s High School, Warrenpoint and St Joseph’s High School, Newry in two workshops.

Workshop one introduced the pupils to report writing and journalism before moving onto the excitement of creating and editing their own News report for the Eco Schools programme. BBC reporter John was very impressed with their reporting skills and final editing of their News Reports! A very entertaining showcase of News Reports from our pupils!

Thank you to Miss Olivia McCann, Past Pupil of St Mary’s PS, who invited us today as part of the Eco Ambassador School Programme for a very enjoyable and well organised day.

Safer Internet Day

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“Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”

Safer Internet Day will celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February so join us and 1000s  of organisations across the world to celebrate this very important day.

We are inviting all Parents/ Guardians and Pupils to visit the Internet Safety page on our school website for useful information and updates. http://stmarysps.org/internet-safety

Follow the links on the page to the many resources available for pupils and parents / guardians

Why not take the Safer Internet Day Quiz online? https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018/safer-internet-day-quiz-2018

 

Getting ready to learn “Stay and play” session

This morning the Nursery class welcomed their parents in for a “stay and play” session.  Parents had the opportunity to observe the morning routine and to engage in fun play activities.  A great morning was had by all.   This is part of our ongoing “Getting ready to learn” initiative, we are delighted with the positive feedback we are getting about this very worthwhile program.  The next phase will be the “ Big Bedtime Read”, details to follow.

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St. Brigid’s Shrine

St. Brigid’s Shrine

St Brigid’s Day is the first day of Spring and Spring was definitely in the air today when we visited the Shrine and Faughart Old Graveyard. We were blessed with glorious sunshine and as well as learning about St. Brigid and the stations of the cross we also took in a little history, geography and maths. Hope you enjoy our photos they were taken by one of our P7 pupils.