Environmental Youth Speak 2019

 

Well done to the 21 pupils from P6 and P7 who entered into the Environmental Youth Speak competition for 2019. The theme was, “A Day in the Life of an Eco-Warrior.”

All of the pupils and staff in attendance were blown away by the stage presence, standard of delivery and the content of the speeches. The children demonstrated great courage by getting up on stage in front of a packed assembly hall.

The winning entrant will be the pupil who has the highest combined score for their content and presentation, which are marked in equal measure. Their name will be revealed in school tomorrow and we wish them luck ahead of the Newry, Mourne & Down DC Final in Downpatrick next Tuesday.

Big Battery Hunt and Green Day

The Eco Committee launched the Big Battery Hunt at assembly on Friday. Each family in the school has received a battery collection box to take home. When this is filled with used batteries, pupils can take them into school and empty it into the mega-battery in the foyer. Pupils can refill their collection boxes as often as they wish. Once our mega-battery is completely filled, it will be collected and the school will be entered into a draw for some great prizes.
Thanks also to everyone who contributed towards the non-uniform Green Day on Friday past. A super total of £195 was raised and this money will go towards the Eco Schools programme in the school.

Ann Garvey Facilitates Public Speaking Workshops

 

 

Many thanks to Ann Garvey for coming in to school today to facilitate some public speaking workshops for Primary 7 and Primary 6 pupils, who are busy preparing their entries for the 2019 St Mary’s Environmental Youth Speak competition. The children were delighted to receive some tips in the art of public speaking from Ann Garvey, who is an expert in her field.

Pupils have been enhancing their literacy skills through this Eco Schools activity. This project will also incorporate ICT, as the children will submit their work through their Google Classroom.

There is great excitement building now with just one week to go to the big event. The winner will then go forward to represent St Mary’s at the Newry, Mourne & Down DC Final later in the month.

World Book Day Quiz

One P6 pupil couldn’t wait to get home, to complete his World Book Day Quiz!

Good luck to all our KS2 pupils who have the quiz as homework tonight. Remember if you want to win a book of your choice, from next week’s Book Fair, submit your answers to your Google Classroom, or as your Teacher has asked you to. There will be one winner chosen from each KS2 class. Which book would you choose?

Good luck everyone!

After-School Gaelic Football

After-school Gaelic Football for P6 and P7 will resume tomorrow (Thursday), with this being, “Boys’ Week.” Next Thursday will be “Girls’ Week.” Parents will have a copy of the information sheet that was sent home before mid-term, as permission slips, which have been returned to school, were detached from this sheet. Pick-up times, gear needed, dates of boys / girls’ sessions etc. are all listed on this information sheet. Please keep it for your reference. We look forward to a good turn-out tomorrow!

Literacy Week Launch

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

2.45-3.15 pm P5, P6 and P7 in Library.