Sometimes the best days just happen …..

The Nursery would like to thank Mrs O’Hagan, her P3class and Finnegan’s Nursery for coming over this morning and performing “Operation transformation”on our garden.  They weeded, planted and watered a new sensory patch and added splashes of colour and scent all around.  As a thank you we all shared morning snack outside and the ice lollies went down a treat.   We then made the most of the sunny day with  the P3s and Nursery enjoying an outdoor play session together, finishing our impromptu fun day with a magical dramatised story in our Willow Hut.  School days really are the best ……

 

 

International Term Kicks Off!

Summer Term is International Term here at St. Mary’s with visitors from Catalonia, Amiens, Loch An Iuir, Nepal, China and Dundalk over the next few weeks.

Currently we have 21 students and 4 staff from Escola Ramon Llull, Barcelona, taking part in classes and activities with our KS2 pupils, including, Art, Languages, ICT and Sport.

Over the next few evenings they have invited groups of our pupils to join them for activities, all of which will run from 7.00 t0 8.30 pm as listed:

Wednesday evening: P5 for a movie night here in school

Friday evening: P6 for sports activities, weather permitting in the school field.

Saturday evening: P7 for a music evening at Bluebell Lane, Glamping Site.

Confirmation

A reminder to all that Confirmation takes place tomorrow at 5 pm in St. Oliver Plunkett’s Church, Forkhill. School closes at 1 pm, at which time all pupils will need to be collected from school, as there are no buses available for the home run.

P6 Hillwalking 2019

Weather conditions were perfect for the annual P6 climb of Slieve Gullion. The mountain was very busy with climbers enjoying the good weather and spending time outdoors in our area of outstanding natural beauty.

We met past pupil Moya who recalled her happy memory of climbing Slieve Gullion when she was a P6 pupil in St Mary’s.

Click on the link below to view our short film of photos

P6 Hillwalking

 

KS2 Fund Raiser

Dear KS2 Parents,

On Friday coinciding with the Annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic, KS2 are planning a number of “teddy themed activities” to raise money for the U14 Camogie Team who have qualified to take part in the Feile, in Cork in June. As well as many past pupils, the team includes 10 of our current P7 class. They need to raise around £6,000 to fund their travel and participation in the event. So on Friday,the KS2 classes: P5, P5/6, P6/7 and P7 will take part in fun events including:

Sphero Races– can you keep your “Sphero” on track and navigate it around your bear and back

Teddy Relay– a twist on a relay race but using Teddy as a baton

Teddy Tucker Sale– cake + bun sale

“Selfies” with your Best Bear-

Pair the teacher to the bear competition

As well as Spot Prizes for: “Best Dressed Bear” and “Best Co-ordinated Bear and Owner”- (To facilitate this, it can be non-uniform for KS2, but we recommend clothes suitable for taking part in outside activities.)

We are asking pupils to make a donation of £3 to take part in all the activities, this includes a £1 to spend on goodies at the Cake sale.

We are looking for donations towards the cake and bun sale, home baked, bought… we don’t mind. They can be dropped off with Miss Mulkerns, tomorrow or Friday morning.

We hope if we have enough goodies to cover all KS2 Pupils, to then open the sale to everyone at the 2 o clock pick-up.

Thank you for your help with this and we extend our best wishes to the girls and their manager for June.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

This Friday, 17th of May we are having our Annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic, lunch for all classes. So, if you know any well behaved Teddy Bears who would like to come to school for the day, please bring them along. We are expecting good weather so make sure all Teddies and owners are suitably protected from the sun with a sun hat and sun-cream please!

TIMSS Study 2019

Dear Parent,

Our school has been selected to take part in the TIMMS- (Trends in Mathematics and Science), Study 2019. This is an independent worldwide research study which takes place every 4 years in over 60 countries with pupils of 9-10 years, i.e. our P6 pupils.

It is extremely beneficial for pupils from Northern Ireland to take part as it directly influences education policy making here in Northern Ireland, as well as around the world.

All P6 pupils took home today a letter explaining in more detail about the study as well as a home questionnaire. Tomorrow, an independent Moderator will oversee administration of the assessments which consist of Maths and Science, multiple choice and open ended questions. The Moderator will also oversee and collect questionnaires to be completed by pupils.

Home questionnaires can be returned in the envelope provided and returned to the school for the Moderator to take away tomorrow.

Apologies for the short notification, but we only received the questionnaires and Parental letters by courier, over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

I thank you in advance for your support with this important study.

P Mulkerns

P6- Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibition Trip

On Thursday 2nd of May, P6 Pupils visited The Ulster Museum, Belfast. The Museum had on loan an exhibition of 12 pieces of Leonardo da Vinci’s work to mark the 500th anniversary of his death… and amazingly we visited the exhibition on the exact date of his death!

Included in the exhibition were two of his most famous works- The Head of Saint Anne, made  around 1510 and an anatomical drawing from 1489, The Skull Sectioned. Sharon, the Museum Curator took us on a tour of the exhibition, explaining all about the pictures on display.

Local artist Anushiya Sundaralingam, demonstrated and directed pupils on using Leonardo’s techniques of: observation and creating light and shade. Pupils then created their own art works, unusually using no pencils, only sponges, foam straws and even pieces of vegetation.

For many of our P6’s it was there first ever trip to a Museum and we would like to thank the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, via the Royal Collections Trust for the funding, which made the trip possible.