Admissions: Nursery + P1 for September, 2020

Dear Parent,

If you have a child due to start Primary school or Pre-school in September 2020, you will need to fill out an online Admission Form.  The portal for this opens on the 7th of January and remains open until January, 30th 2020.  It can be found at the following link:

www.eani.org.uk/digitaladmissions.

In January, we will host a workshop in the I.C.T. suite, during which we can assist you with the on-line application process and answer any questions you may have. The date and time of this Workshop is yet to be confirmed, watch our Website, Facebook and Twitter feeds for further notification.

Parents, please note admissions are not on a “first come first served” basis, but follow our school’s admission criteria which can be viewed on the Education Authority’s Web Page.

In addition, to completing the online form you will need to supply your child’s birth certificate, (which will be returned to you) and two utility bills which verify your address.

We take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year, and we look forward to welcoming you to our Admissions’ Workshop in January 2020.

Sponsored Walk Draw

A huge thank you to everyone who returned sponsor cards following our sponsored walk at Hallowe’en, an amazing total of £1,800 was raised for school funds!

All the names of those who returned their sponsor cards were put into a raffle and 2 draws made, the lucky families were the Kellys and O’ Callaghans (Nursery pupil), each family received a gift voucher for Smyth’s Toys.

An additional raffle was held for all those who raised around £50 and over, the lucky winners were the Ferris Family.

One P7 pupil who overall raised the highest amount, well in excess of  £100, was acknowledged for her superb effort.

Amazing work everyone.

Sports Day

St Mary’s Whole School Sports Day took place in early June. All of our pupils enjoyed a full day of activities. A huge thanks to SPAR Mullaghbawn, who again sponsored packs for every child in the school. This is an extremely generous act and is much appreciated by everyone associated with the school. It was a busy day and all of the children went home with a big smile on their face.

eTwinning update

Following from my recent trip to Prague at the start of June, I am  delighted to announce that our Nursery is eTwinned with a Kindergarten in Norway.  The Scandinavian approach to play is extremely interesting and I’m really looking forward to introducing new ideas that I have learnt from our Norwegian friends and to continue developing our project.  It is an honour to be part of the exciting eTwinning network.

Thank you for all the well wishes that I received on the school’s Facebook page, it meant a lot and showing it to other participants they all commented on what a supportive school community we have.

Nursery class 2019

 

The sun shone brightly for this year’s Graduates special day.  We were delighted at the turn out of family and friends of the school to support our superstars !  Well done to those who participated in our parents race, I believe it went down to a photo finish in the end ! Thanks to Mary Toal in Ti Chulainn for helping us prepare the room for today and for her assistance with the refreshments.   The delicious treats were in abundance and thoroughly enjoyed by all – so our thanks to parents  for this.  Tomorrow we will announce the total raised for one of our Nursery mums – Amanda McTaggart, #Action-4-Amanda. It was great to see Amanda there today and we are pleased to be able to help out in a small way.  I am so proud of each and every child that participated today, your confidence shown through with your enthusiastic dance moves and fantastic singing.  Finally, on behalf of all the Nursery staff we would like to express our sincere thanks for your very generous and thoughtful gift.   It is very much appreciated.

Unfortunately we didn’t get any snaps from the day so please feel free to share memories of this special day.

Thanks again,

Paula

eTwinning Conference

Wishing Mrs Byrne a very safe and successful trip to the Czech Republic where she will participate in an eTwinning Conference with over 200 Foundation teachers from across Europe.

Congratulations Mrs Byrne, who is one of only four teachers, selected from a large number by the British Council to represent the UK at this very prestigious event.

Exciting times ahead for St Mary’s Nursery who will have wonderful experiences working on their eTwinning Project. We look forward to hearing about the conference and your plans for the project.