Our sincere thanks to Gary Ferris and SAF construction for tarring our garden path. It is so much safer and really improves the overall appearance of the outdoor area. We really appreciate the time and expertise that you gave to us.
Yesterday we joined in a worldwide celebration in support of those with Down Syndrome. Wearing our odd socks with pride, we had a wonderful day discussing everyone’s talents and abilities. Such young children see the world in such a straightforward way and it is a tonic to hear what Down syndrome means to them. Their comments about Aaron included, “He is the same as me only he can run faster”, “ He gives me seven hugs everyday”, “ He is very good at drawing”, He loves Mr Tumble and Peppa”, “ I like building blocks with him”…… The fondness all the class spoke of Aaron clearly shows the huge impression he has made on them and indeed us, the staff. Aaron brightens every day with his huge personality, his sense of humour, his love and a natural inclination to give a hug just when it is needed most.
We are delighted to offer the Parents of Pupils, from Nursery to P4, the opportunity to attend an informal talk, to be given by, Dr. Jane Mc Evoy, Child Clinical Psychologist.
“Helping Small Children Cope with Big Feelings”
On Wednesday, 10th of April, at 7.30 pm in school
Upset, anger, disappointment, worry, frustration, jealousy,
sadness, feeling left out…. can all be overwhelming for small children. When children become overwhelmed it can be hard to not become overwhelmed yourself!
In this relaxed event:
Learn how to support your child when ‘big’ feelings happen.
Reflect on ways in which you can stay calm when they are in chaos
Learn ways to build their emotional resiliency for the future.
Jane has 26 years experience working as a Clinical Psychologist with children, young people and families. This has been in Primary Care and CAMHS services, both in the UK and Ireland. She regularly delivers seminars and workshops to parents, teachers and other professionals. Jane has also been Honorary Lecturer at the University of East London and Queen’s University Belfast.
As there are a limited number of places and we expect high demand, we ask Parents who are interested to return the reply slip which will be distributed to the oldest in families, as soon as possible to secure their place and to avoid disappointment.
Big excitement today for the 1st week of St Mary’s annual 50/50 Draw!
Congratulations to P5/6 pupil Eimear who won the £120 prize! Eimear is pictured with her mammy and Mrs Byrne.
Thank you to all pupils who were busy selling tickets right up to draw-time. Tickets will be on sale again Tuesday morning.
Thank you to our Junior Librarians who informed us at Assembly of all the exciting events taking place next week for Literacy Week.
On Monday, 4th of March, we have a visit from local author Declan Carville. Declan is author of a number of titles including: The Fairy Glen, A Day to Remember at the Giant’s Causeway and Valentine O’ Byrne Irish Dancer.
As part of the “Author Visit” there will be a book signing in school on Monday and an opportunity for everyone to buy a book and to have it signed. Three titles will be available for sale: The Magic Harp, Billy, where have all your friends gone? and Nelly Fandango. The oldest in families received a sheet with additional information on these titles. The cost / book is £5.
Parents may accompany children to book signings at the times indicated below, otherwise please place money in an envelope with the name of the book you wish to purchase clearly indicated.
Times for Book Signings:
1.15- 1.45 pm Nursery Pupils in Nursery
1.45-2.15 pm P1, P2 and P3 in Accelerated Reading Room
2.45-3.15 pm P5, P6 and P7 in Library.