Grow your own picnic ~ part 2

The Nursery had an extremely busy morning over at Finnegan’s Garden Centre today.  Firstly  we checked the progress of  the potatoes that we planted on our previous visit.  Then we went on a sensory exploration discovering the taste, textures and smells of various garden flowers, herbs and plants.  There was great excitement as we got up close to very friendly snails.   We finished our visit by planting pumpkin seeds and lettuce.   Thanks again to the staff for such a well-planned learning experience, the children really enjoyed it.


Exciting times ……

Today was such a special day in the Nursery as our new climbing frame arrived.  I really think the staff were more excited than the kids.   I’m sure you will agree the new apparatus really has that WOW factor.  Our sincere thanks to Peter McParland for his creativity, his skills and most importantly for giving up his time to plan and create the frame.  Today he was assisted by Noel McParland, our thanks to Noel for all he has done for the Nursery.  We are indebted to these gents for their interest and support.  For years we envisaged having an outdoor area that would challenge the children and provide hours of fun, well now we do !  In the current financial situation the Education system is in we could never have achieved this, it was the support given to us from the community during our recent fundraising efforts that made this possible.   We are so appreciative.  This is phase 1 of our project, there is much more to come.

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Fruity Friday fun

Today all the children brought in fruit and we made a huge sharing platter.  We discussed food origins, textures, smells and had great fun sampling the various fruits.  Earlier in the week we had a parent/child exercise session hosted by local fitness instructor, Shaundelle Marks from Top Marks fitness.  Our sincere thanks to our past pupil, Shaundelle for giving up of her time.  Her enthusiasm was very contagious, the adults and children loved the energetic, fun class.  


Grow your own picnic

Today the Nursery class spent a very enjoyable morning in Finnegans Garden Centre.  It was part of their new schools initiative which aims to give children practical hands on experience of growing flowers, fruit and vegetables.  It broadens their knowledge of the growth process through fun and interaction.  Over the next three months we will visit the garden centre to observe changes in what we planted today.  Today we planted, sweet pea, potatoes and strawberries.  The project is called “Grow your own picnic”, we will enjoy a tasty picnic at the end of June.  The children’s behaviour, manners and engagement were exemplary – great little ambassadors for St Mary’s.  Thanks to the staff of Finnegans for making us feel so welcome, we are looking forward to our next visit.


April Newsletter

April newsletter


Dear Parents,


Welcome back after the break I hope you had an enjoyable Easter. It is hard to believe that we are in our last term of Nursery.


Thank you so much for your support with our March fundraising efforts. We are overwhelmed with the total amount raised £3,211.  This is absolutely fantastic and we intend to get the project started as soon as possible.


Our topic for this month is “Healthy Living”. We will be covering healthy eating, food origins and food from around the world.  We will be discussing the importance of regular exercise and good personal hygiene.  We are transforming our imaginative play area into a cooking area, were the children will get experience of cutting different foods to explore their taste, texture and smell.  Friday the 20th of April will be “Fruity Friday” in the Nursery, children are invited to take in some fruit and we will make a huge sharing platter and offer sampling experiences for all. The children will also participate in daily yoga sessions to demonstrate self-calming strategies and breathing techniques. Our colour for April is Yellow.


On Thursday 12th April the Action Heroes program will visit the Nursery covering important areas of healthy lifestyles.


You are invited to a parent/child exercise session on Wednesday 18th of April at 11am.  Local fitness instructor Shaundelle Marks, owner of Top Marks Fitness will host the fun event.   Can you please let us know if you wish to attend.


We are delighted to announce that next Monday the 16th of April, we will be travelling to Finnegans Nursery centre to participate in their new schools initiative.  We will be visiting once a month for the next three months to “Grow your own picnic”.  To cover the cost of the bus and the experience we ask £5 per child for each visit.  The experience will offer a wealth of learning opportunities both fun and educational.


The school photographer will return on the 26th April to take any individuals that were absent and the class photo.


We have been discussing four shapes – circle, square, triangle and rectangle. Please encourage your child to recognise these shapes in the environment.



The 22nd of June will be the Nursery Graduation Day.  This is one of the highlights of the Nursery year.  You are all invited to attend.  This will be the last day of the Nursery.


Further closures are 7th May for the Bank holiday.  1st June – Nursery will be  closed to facilitate an open day for next years intake.  Whole school closed on 4th June for a staff development day.


Thank you for your continued support and co-operation.
















Thank you so much

What a wonderful event our “Chapters and Chatter” Afternoon tea party turned out to be. We are delighted with the positive feedback we are receiving.  It was an afternoon enjoyed by all ages, it was great to see so many people getting into the spirit of the event and joining in the activities.

Thank you so much to our sponsors for their generous donations and support.  The raffle prizes went down a treat.

Our sincere thanks to Martina Crilly who completely transformed Ti Chulainn into a magical fairytale land.  Her vision and talent is amazing and we truly appreciate your time, enthusiasm and support.

Thanks also to Mary Toal and the committee of Ti Chulainn for their support.  Mary has worked so hard to assist our fundraising ventures, we are very grateful for all you have done for us and we look forward to working with you in the future.

We are super excited to announce that between St Patrick’s day and the tea party we have raised a total of £3,123 for the Nursery.  We intend to start work immediately on our outdoor area.  As a school we want to thank the community and beyond for your generosity and ongoing support.  We are overwhelmed and truly humbled by the response.  Our sincere thanks.  Please share any images 


Chapters and Chatter – Round 2

Just a reminder that this Sunday that we will be hosting our rescheduled Afternoon Tea party in Ti Chulainn from 1pm – 3pm. We can’t wait; it promises to be a very special event with lots of surprises in store.

All tickets should be collected ASAP because we have a reserve list in place. To all the bakers that kindly offered their services we would appreciate it if you could drop buns/sandwiches on the Sunday morning between 11.00 – 12:00, or Saturday afternoon from 3-4pm in the Nursery. There will be a raffle on the day with a fantastic array of prizes to be won. Below is a list of our sponsors to date.

We would encourage everyone to enter into the spirit of the event and come in fancy dress. We have managed to persuade Ally McParland from F.B.I fashion to assist with judging the Best Costume categories. Ally and her cousins fashion blog is extremely popular with a vast following, she is well accustomed to judging such events but this is her first of this kind.

Noelle Marks from Shanroe photography will be there to capture all. Over the years Noelle has been so supportive of all school event; we truly appreciate your time. So folks glad rags on and smiles at the ready…. This is going to be fun.


Raffle Prizes

Thank you so much to the following local business who have kindly sponsored a raffle prize.

So far the list includes:

  • Berling Voucher
  • Four Ball at Clover Hill Golf Club
  • Vouchers for Hair by Maria
  • Scissor sister
  • Gym Trix – a free place for their Summer camp
  • Karen Daly at The Academy – Voucher for 7 Sessions at the Academy and one place on her post Easter bootcamp.
  • Hamper
  • Meal Voucher
  • Slieve Gullion Meats Voucher
  • LC Beauty voucher
  • Mullaghbawn GFC voucher
  • D.P. Fitness
  • Colaiste Airt – Free place in Irish Summer camp.
  • Lynda Strain MUA
  • Hair Care set from Coiffeur Hair Salon.
  • Tickets will cost £1 per strip or 6 strips for £5.

Good luck 




World Down Syndrome Day


Today is World Down Syndrome awareness day so we celebrated with one of our pupils, Master Aaron Daly.   We are so fortunate to have Aaron in our care.  He brightens every day with his every ready huge smile and his loving nature.  He brings so much to our whole school with his larger than life personality.  Thank you Aaron for the hugs and fist pumps – you truly are a star !


Green World Book Day at St Mary’s



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Today was no ordinary day at St Mary’s, as our postponed World Book Day event was combined with a Green Day. Lots of funds were raised, in the name of our patron saint, to help finance some new seeds and planting equipment to improve the exterior of our school.

Mrs Murphy (aka Gansta Granny) and her team of assistants coordinated many great activities, including a book swap and book lottery. Well over 1,000 books have found a new home this evening, with every pupil in the school getting their hands on at least one new title.

There will be plenty of reading in Mullaghbawn over St Patrick’s weekend as a result of this joint literacy and Eco schools initiative.