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.
St Mary’s Staff are participating in the Race for Life walk on Sunday in Belfast in memory of our treasured V.P. Mrs Ann Murphy and all those we know who have lost their battle with cancer. The Race for Life raises much needed funds for Cancer Research in Northern Ireland. Tomorrow Friday 24th May there will be a non uniform day in school with all proceeds going to this very worthy cause. Thank you all your support.
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!
There was great excitement yesterday afternoon, when the winning ticket for our 50/50 Draw was pulled. One lucky P5 pupil went home with a cheque for £185, he’s pictured here with his brother joining in the celebrations and hoping to get a share of the winnings!
Next week is Week 4 and there’s still time to get tickets for a Jackpot we estimate will be £200+
We are delighted with the response there has been for the informal talk/discussion, “Helping Small Children Cope with Big Feelings”, for Parents of pupils, from Nursery to P4.
As advertised numbers at this event are limited and response has been so great that we have spoken with the facilitator Dr. Jane Mc Evoy and have secured her services for a second, repeat event on the following Wednesday, 17th of April.
At this stage, we have filled all available spaces on both nights and we will be in touch to confirm dates with those parents who have already returned reply slips tomorrow. Anyone still interested please return your reply slip and we will keep you on our reserve list in the event that someone drops out.
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.
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