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!
Our school has been selected to take part in the TIMMS- (Trends in Mathematics and Science), Study 2019. This is an independent worldwide research study which takes place every 4 years in over 60 countries with pupils of 9-10 years, i.e. our P6 pupils.
It is extremely beneficial for pupils from Northern Ireland to take part as it directly influences education policy making here in Northern Ireland, as well as around the world.
All P6 pupils took home today a letter explaining in more detail about the study as well as a home questionnaire. Tomorrow, an independent Moderator will oversee administration of the assessments which consist of Maths and Science, multiple choice and open ended questions. The Moderator will also oversee and collect questionnaires to be completed by pupils.
Home questionnaires can be returned in the envelope provided and returned to the school for the Moderator to take away tomorrow.
Apologies for the short notification, but we only received the questionnaires and Parental letters by courier, over the Bank Holiday Weekend.
I thank you in advance for your support with this important study.
On Thursday 2nd of May, P6 Pupils visited The Ulster Museum, Belfast. The Museum had on loan an exhibition of 12 pieces of Leonardo da Vinci’s work to mark the 500th anniversary of his death… and amazingly we visited the exhibition on the exact date of his death!
Included in the exhibition were two of his most famous works- The Head of Saint Anne, made around 1510 and an anatomical drawing from 1489, The Skull Sectioned. Sharon, the Museum Curator took us on a tour of the exhibition, explaining all about the pictures on display.
Local artist Anushiya Sundaralingam, demonstrated and directed pupils on using Leonardo’s techniques of: observation and creating light and shade. Pupils then created their own art works, unusually using no pencils, only sponges, foam straws and even pieces of vegetation.
For many of our P6’s it was there first ever trip to a Museum and we would like to thank the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, via the Royal Collections Trust for the funding, which made the trip possible.
The Easter breaks sees the conclusion of a busy spell for our school football teams. There have been many matches and blitzes taking place this half-term and over forty girls and boys have experienced wearing the school jersey in a competitive fixture. We hope that the children continue to work hard in school training, at the club and at home with the aim of developing their skills and representing their club teams this summer and long into the future. Thanks to Mullaghbawn CLG for the use of their facilities for our games and also to Frank, Tracy and the senior players who continue to assist with after-school training on Thursdays.
A huge thanks to David Pilkington from Sentinus for facilitating STEM workshops for all P6 and P7 pupils in school today. David, along with student teacher Mr Duffy, instructed the pupils on how to programme micro-bots to make their way around a course marked out on the floor. This helped to enhance their coding, mathematical, problem-solving and teamwork skills, as well as having lots of fun along the way.
They have been having fun taking part in games and activities whilst exploring the following themes:
- Similarities and Differences
- Respect for self and others
- Peer Influence
- Stereotypes and Prejudice
- Leadership and Diversity
Well done to everyone for taking part and expressing their thoughts and views on such important issues.
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 had a great response to our In- House “ Youth Speak Competition”, 21 pupils from P6 and P7 took part. At Assembly this morning they received a small prize as recognition of their hard work and effort in researching the topic, writing, practising and finally delivering their speech to their peers and teachers.
Well done everyone!
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.