The AMAZING “Still Life” art work completed by P6 pupils in their live art lesson last Friday, with art teacher Sinead Campbell of “The Art and Design Factory”. We think each and every piece of work would grace the walls of any art gallery! Well done!!
This week was the turn of P5 and as soon as the boys of girls of P5 have upload their work we will bring it to you, here on our website.
If you’d like to learn more about Sinead’s work a link to her Facebook page is given below.
The Ring of Gullion ,“Dragons in the Hills” Project have teamed up with local artists to bring an exciting art competition for all classes to take part in. The theme is: “Reptiles, Amphibians and Habitats”, it’s a great excuse for everyone to get outside, have a explore of some likely habitats,- ponds, marshy ground, stone walls, … Why not take some photos, and then once back indoors get experimenting with different media, paint, pastels, collage – choose the piece you are most happy with and submit a photo via the link given below!
All work must be submitted by 17th March There are some great prizes up for grabs!
Learning something new each day can be really good for our well-being:
It raises our self-esteem
It encourages social interaction
It gives us a sense of hope and purpose
It makes us better equipped to cope with stress
Today P6, ( and their teachers) were challenged to learn something new as they took on the challenges of learning (and teaching) a new language… the language of “Scratch” a programme which translates what humans say -so that their computers can understand!
Facilitated by Eleanor from REIM, not only did everyone begin to learn the new language they did it during a Live Lesson, whilst togging between different screens on their devices, following Eleanor’s teaching on one, whilst trying out the steps for themselves on another.
ICT skills, thinking and communication skills all challenged whilst being creative!
What new learning did you undertake today to support your well being?
We were delighted to have the buzz of children’s voices around school again today as we welcomed P6 Pupils back for the first day of their 2 week Literacy and Numeracy Summer Scheme. Smiley faces and lots of catching up with each other to be done. We are all looking forward to a great 2 weeks of learning… and fun!
We would like to say thank-you for all your support to St. Mary’s over the past year and in particular over the past difficult few months. You have helped us to support your child/children by ensuring that they have engaged with learning, both on and off line, it hasn’t been easy, we know. It was a steep learning curve for everyone and we appreciate you will have encountered many difficulties along the way, but you stuck with it and this very much encouraged us to continue with and develop new ways of reaching out to our children and families. The whole experience will have taught your children many new skills and developed important life skills- not least not giving up! We are very proud, our whole school community very much lived up to our school motto: “Never settle for less than your best!”
We are currently working on a plan for return to school in September we hope to be in a position to share this with you by the end of next week.
Thank you for all your messages and emails of support, we hope all our families have a lovely Summer Holiday and we look forward to working with you in the Autumn Term.
You may find you have a missed phone call (or two) from school. Over the last couple of days we have been trying to make contact with all P6 Parents to give details of a 2 week Summer Scheme being put in place by the Government for current P6 pupils over the Summer holidays (dates to be confirmed).
This would take place in small groups in school and will focus on Literacy and Numeracy. As there are only a limited number of places, if you are interested please make contact with school asap.
If your child left a coat, hat, lunchbox, football boots etc. in school, there is an opportunity tomorrow from 10 am to 12 noon to pick these up. Weather permitting they will be laid outside the main entrance on tables for collection. If weather does not allow tables will be placed in the dinning hall.
Please observe social distancing rules and if entering the school there will be a one in, one out policy, remember to use the hand sanitising station on entry.
Any items not claimed tomorrow, will be bagged up and sent to charity.
As you are probably aware tomorrow P6 are to have their “Virtual Pet Show” + Showcase of Websites. As explained to the children this morning, we have had to change the time of this event, it will now start at 11.30 am and will run probably until 1.00 pm. A link will be posted in their Google Classroom in the morning. There will be no Live Lesson @10 am.
We will start with the showing of Pets, as pupils arrive into our virtual class at 11.30 we will draw up a running order. Each child will be given advance notice of their turn to show their pet, when prompted they can turn on their camera and introduce them. We will try to keep this section as brief as possible!
Following this we will have break out groups and pupils will have the opportunity to discuss the websites which they have created around the theme of Pets, in a small group setting. They should have received links to the sites created by other members of their Group through email. Alternatively, if they go to “Google Sites” through their My School account and click on “New Google Sites” on the left hand-side of the launch page, they should see all the sites they have been allocated to view before our virtual meeting.
If you could please spread the word about our change of time that would be much appreciated.
Looking forward to a “lively” virtual class tomorrow,
A reminder that tomorrow evening, Wednesday 23rd of June @ 7 pm we have a fantastic opportunity for Parents and Guardians to join virtually in a presentation to be given by Action Mental Health. The presentation will cover important issues such as supporting and improving social and emotional well being and self- care techniques.
A link will be posted in your child’s Google Classrooms- P5, P5/6 P6 and P7 tomorrow afternoon, the room will open 10/15 mins before the start time. Simply copy and paste the link into your Google Chrome Browser- other browsers will not support our video conferencing platform, Collaborate Ultra.
We look forward to welcoming you virtually:
Mr Mc Coy Miss Mulkerns Miss Crawley Miss Mc Ardle
I am delighted to offer you, the opportunity to take part in a “Healthy Me” -Virtual Workshop, this coming Wednesday, 24th June @ 7pm. This workshop is suitable for Parents, Carers and Teachers of children aged 8-11 years, (P5-P7). It will last around 1 hour and will deal with important issues such as:
How to start conversations about Mental Health
How to recognise signs/symptoms of mental ill-health
teach self care techniques building resilience and confidence
How and where to access support.
A link will be posted to your child’s Google Classroom on the day. Please ensure you use Google Chrome for the workshop, copy and paste the link into your Google browser. I look forward to welcoming you “Virtually” on Wednesday evening.