Please see below a flyer relating to the new afterschool “Sports Clubs,” on Mondays and Tuesdays, which are being facilitated by our school PE partner organisation; Healthy Kidz. Booking and payment is via the Healthy Kidz website and the link can also be found below. Places are limited for each session and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. A copy of this note and flyer was sent home with the eldest in each family today. We are delighted to welcome Healthy Kidz back to St Mary’s for another year of fun PE lessons and after-school activities.
There is no school for all P1 children on Monday 20th June. This is to facilitate the induction day for the incoming P1 children. P2 children in Miss McCann’s class will come to school as normal on that day.
It was a busy week in St Mary’s as we celebrated Maths Week Ireland 2021. Everyone from Nursery to P7 enjoyed participating in an array of Maths Week activities. Congratulations to everyone who participated, all of our prize winners, P3a for guessing the correct amount of pumpkins in the jar, P6 for correctly guessing the weight of the pumpkin, and a special shoutout to Master McCoy’s P7 class for winning one of the St. Paul’s Maths Week Challenges. Thank you to everyone who helped to make Maths Week such a great success. Have a lovely Halloween break!
For the attention of Parents/Guardians of P1 + P2 Pupils,
We have received a request from Dr. Paddy O’ Connor, Lecturer in Education, at the School of Psychology, Queen’s University, Belfast to share the following…
I am getting in touch to ask whether your school might be able to assist me with a research project which concerns validating a questionnaire to identify young children who may need some assistance with mathematics.
The purpose of the study is to ask parents (who have children in Primary 1 and/or Primary 2) to complete a short questionnaire, which asks them to rate the extent to which their child is able to carry out tasks which involve some kind of ordering skills, as well as asking parents to give some demographic information about themselves and their child. Previous research has found that these skills may be important to young children’s Maths learning. We are trying to validate this questionnaire with a large number of parents, so that in the future, this questionnaire could be used to identify young children who may need some help with learning maths during the foundation years.
I am writing to you to ask if you could display a link to the questionnaire on your online bulletin board, for the attention of Parents of children in Primary 1 and Primary 2 only. When the parents open the link, they will be asked to complete a consent form. We do not need any personal information about pupils, apart from their date of birth in order to calculate their exact age, and their gender. No identifying information about pupils would be accessible in any data files associated with the study or any reports that are written up about our findings.
I am delighted to inform you that we have funding for an additional teaching post. This additional teacher will mean we can reduce class sizes in our Foundation and KS1 classes, (that is P1 to P4 classes). As a result I am in the process of revising class lists for pupils’ return to school on September 1st.
We have just received confirmation of a positive Covid test result in Mrs Nolan’s P2 Class “Bubble”. All children and staff in Mrs Nolan’s P2 Class Bubble are close contacts and must now self isolate. Letters of official notification will be issued in due course.
We have been alerted to the possibility that Mrs Nolan’s P2 Class “Bubble” may have been compromised. Whilst at this stage we don’t have a positive confirmation, we would advise that all Parents consider their own personal situations carefully.
This year, our traditional Sports Day event is going to be a little different. Each year group will be designated a specific day over the course of a “Sports Week” for their own Sports Day. The timetable for all year groups has been copied above. If you have difficulty viewing the timetable, please try clicking the link below it which will open a PDF version of this message. A hard copy will also be sent home with the eldest child in each family tomorrow (Thursday).
On their Sports Day, pupils should wear their tracksuit / shorts and bring a hat, sun cream and a bottle of water. Unfortunately, we cannot welcome any parents / guardians into the school this year for Sports Day, again due to the ongoing restrictions. Fingers crossed the weather remains in our favour as we move into next week.