St Mary’s whole school Sports Day took place on Wednesday. We were blessed with magnificent weather and the children 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. Thanks also to Mrs McKeown for providing the music and to the P7 pupils who operated the ice cream stand. It was a busy day and all of the children went home with a big smile on their face.
A huge thanks to St Mary’s PS parents Karen and Frank Daly of “The Academy” for coming into St Mary’s today and facilitating a health and nutrition workshop for the P4 and P6 classes. Pupils learned about healthy eating habits and Karen even showed them how to cook her tasty banana pancakes. Meanwhile, Frank gave the children a good workout, as they completed a mini-bootcamp in the playground. It was a great afternoon for all of the pupils involved.
Thanks again to Karen and Frank, for giving up the time from their busy schedule to make it happen. Healthy Living is one of our Eco Schools topics and we continue to promote healthy eating and lifestyle habits. Every little helps!
There will be further workshops taking place for other classes before the end of the term.
There were two very special guests of honour at KS2 assembly this morning. The Abbey CBS in Newry recently won the Brock Cup and St Mary’s was very proud to welcome back past pupils, Sean Conlon and Oran McKeown, who starred on the successful team. The boys showcased the cup, posed for photographs (including one with a very proud younger brother) and answered questions, but more importantly they stood as an example of what can be achieved through hard work and determination. They are two great ambassadors for St Mary’s and are living out the school motto of, “Never settle for less than your best!”
Thanks to Oran and Sean, along with their teachers/coaches, Mr Gallagher and Mr Hannon, for making the trip out this morning. It will hopefully help to inspire the next generation of Gaelic footballers in our area.
Thanks to Mrs Gregory’s dad, Peter, who presented new window boxes to our Eco Committee today. Peter, along with the other members of Lislea Men’s Shed have worked hard to design and manufacture the flower holders, after receiving a written invitation for assistance from our Eco Committee. It’s great to work alongside other local community groups as we try to make our school a greener place and achieve our green flag.
Pupils from P4-P7 had a super day in Kilbroney for the 2018 Cross Country event. All participants gave their all and completed the tough course.
We will have to wait for notification of the results of the team events, however five St Mary’s pupils had individual medals back home yesterday for finishing in the top 6 (a first, two seconds, a third and a fourth). As the number of participants goes up each year, this is a remarkable achievement and cannot be underestimated.
Well done to all the runners on the day and indeed to all pupils from P4-P7 pupils in St Mary’s who have trained hard during the month of May. Thanks also to all parents who attended the event for their support and assistance with proceedings. We will update further whenever we receive the full results.
This Friday, 25th of May we are having our Annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic, lunch. 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!
Some pictures from today’s P6 Group who braved the mist and rain and made it to the top of Slieve Gullion, well done everyone and thank you to Miss Yan for the photos.
We hope the Group going tomorrow have as much fun!
A reminder that over the next 2 days P6 pupils will have the opportunity to climb to the summit of Slieve Gullion. Walking boots and waterproofs are provided, with a ruck sack, pupils are advised to wear old tracksuit bottoms and layers which can can be put on or taken off depending on the weather conditions. Thick socks are provided with the walking boots, we would advise pupils to wear a fine pair of their own socks, the thick boot socks can be worn over these.
Please bring a packed lunch, a bottle of water, a treat can be added to the lunch but remember you will have to carry this to the top of the mountain!
We advise bringing a dry set of clothes with you on the day you are walking, to change into on return to school in the event that pupils get wet.
Please remember to bring inhalers or any medications needed.