Thanks to Tracy Fitzpatrick from Mullaghbawn CLG for coming in to school before mid-term to inform all of the girls in P4/P5/P6 about the upcoming Gaelic 4 Girls programme. A lot of hard work has gone into securing this programme for our area and it’s a great opportunity for girls who haven’t played Gaelic before.
There will be a registration event this Wednesday, February 27th @7pm in the clubrooms and the action gets underway on Saturday, March 2nd @10.30am.
To celebrate Safer Internet Day we would like to invite all Parents / Guardians to this free workshop where you will learn about:
* Internet Browser security*
*”Hot” websites that may cause concern*
This event to open to all parents and members of our local community. Feedback from previous years’ workshops was very positive. Parents attending commented on the practical tips and advice shared by our experts , one parent evaluation read, “Very useful advice and easy to apply”.
So we are strongly recommending all Parents / Guardians to come along Monday night. Knowledge around internet safety is paramount to keeping our children safe and the content of the workshop is updated annually. We are confident you will find this workshop very useful and informative.
Congratulations to the new members of the St Mary’s Eco Committee. They were presented with their badges by Mr McDonnell at assembly recently. Some pupils who were absent are missing from the photo. Well done to everyone who put themselves forward at the election stage. There were some fantastic ICT presentations, songs, raps, poems and much more.
A reminder that elections for the school Eco Committee will take place this Friday afternoon for KS2 pupils (P5,P6,P7). Presentations can take the form of a written speech, poem, rap, song or digital presentation. Pupils have been informed that if they intend to stand in the election, they must register with their class teacher. If they are using a supporting digital presentation, it must be brought in on a pen or uploaded to their Google Drive by Thursday. A promotional poster can also be displayed in the assembly hall. Good luck to all of the entrants!
Sadly, Monday was the last day of our “Hive Hackers” project, a 7 Week Coding Programme created by PwC for Primary Schools. Learning to code is like learning a second language and pupils were introduced to the fundamentals of coding: algorithms, sequencing, loops and conditionals. On Monday working in pairs they used coding blocks to create a story each with up to 6 Characters, in 3 different settings, with characters that could actually move on command! We had football stories, adventure stories and even romances.
We are delighted to have been selected to participate in PWC’s programme which taught us to Code in a fun, structured and supportive environment.
Early in December each child who took part in the project will be presented with a certificate for completing the course at a special Assembly.
On Friday afternoon we had the premiere of our P6 Drama “An Chailleach Bheara”. Originally written by former Principal of St. Mary’s, Master Seamus Keating it was specially adapted by Anne Garvey with parts for all the P6 children from Dromintee, Forkhill, Meigh and Mullaghbawn Primary Schools. Anne cleverly divided the play up, with parts for Sprites, Stone Cutters,Warriors, Narrators, Main Characters and even Unicorns…a part for everyone!
There was great excitement as each school and group of actors, recognised themselves on the big screen. Whilst we experienced issues with sound on Friday these will be edited out and then we will have a showing for the whole school community. All are invited to come and see what a great project it was for our P 6’s to be involved in. Our sincere thanks to Seamus Keating, Anne Garvey and our IT technician Emma Clare.
On Friday our P 5 Pupils attended the unveiling of all the fabulous Art work created for the Michael J Murphy, Winter School, Schools’ Event. 4 local schools and around 120 pupils took part from: Dromintee Primary School, St. Joseph’s, Meigh, St. Oliver Plunkett’s, Forkhill and St. Mary’s, Mullaghbawn.
Each school worked with one of our local ROGHA artists, in a different media. Dromintee worked with their artist in residence, Julia Armstrong in the medium of paint. Meigh with Tracey Mc Verry, in glass. Forkhill pupils with Caoilfionn Murphy O’ Hanlon, in felt, and Mullaghabwn pupils with Sharon Donnelly in ceramics. The theme for each school was, “The View from our Window” which for each school is a stunning view of Slieve Gullion.
Each pupil got to create their own individual piece which they will take home and also contributed to a larger piece which will displayed in their school.
Here at St. Mary’s we look forward to displaying our ceramics which form the outline of Slieve Gullion as viewed from our dinning hall window!
It’s that time of year again… and preparations are underway for our annual P 5 Nativity but we need your help! Our costumes are worse for the wear and we urgently need help to jazz up and indeed make additional costumes. If you are handy with a sewing needle or have material or trimmings which could be used, would you please contact the School Office. All donations and help would be greatly appreciated.
A busy week ahead for everyone as we prepare for the Michael J Murphy, Winter School which runs from Thursday evening through to Saturday. Around 250 pupils from 5 schools: St. Joseph’s Meigh, St. Oliver Plunkett’s Forkhill, Dromintee Primary School, Scoil Eoin Pol, Loch an Iuir, and St. Mary’s have collaborated to take part in a programme of School’s events.
1. Pupils from across the schools, have produced I Movies with parents and grandparents to tell stories from around the foot of Slieve Gullion and Loch an Iuir. These will be shown on Thursday evening, starting at 7 pm in Ti Chulainn, with Eamon Mallie compering the event.
2. P5 pupils in St. Mary’ s have worked with local artist Sharon Carragher and produced ceramic art work representing the theme, “My view of the Mountain”. This fabulous work, along with work produced by the other participating schools will be on display over the weekend. P5 pupils from the schools will have the opportunity to attend the Art Exhibition and view their finished work, on Friday Morning.
3. P6 pupils in each school have dramatised a scene from a play set on Slieve Gullion, (orginally written by Mr Seamus Keating, Past Principal of St. Mary’s), it has been adapted by Mrs Anne Garvey who has worked with the pupils over a 6 week period. Each school has had their section videoed and these have been edited to form a complete adaption of the play. This will be shown on Friday afternoon and all P 6 pupils will attend the showing. We will have another showing at a later date for anyone interested in viewing this amazing collaborative dramatisation.
All events over the weekend are listed in the Winter School brochure, below see the School’s Programme and timings.