Brock Cup visits St Mary’s

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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.

Working with Lislea Men’s Shed

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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.

Cross Country

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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.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

teddy-bear-wallpapers-1This 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!

Hill Walking P6

slieve-gullion-south-armaghA 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.

 

Environmental Youth Speak

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On Tuesday, 19 P6 and P7 pupils took to the stage to compete for the opportunity to represent St Mary’s at the 2018 Environmental Youth Speak. It was incredible to see all of the pupils involved showcasing their knowledge in front of their peers. We had poems, raps, drama and song!

There were a number of prizes handed out today but the overall winner was the pupil who achieved the highest combined mark for the content of the speech and also their delivery. They will go on to represent St Mary’s at the regional event next week. Good luck!

Stormont Visit

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Eco Committee checking out recycling facilities at Stormont
Eco Committee checking out recycling facilities at Stormont,

We had a great day at Stormont touring the building and hearing how proposals are debated and passed into Law. We were also lucky to met Alliance M.L.A, Kellie Armstrong who explained to us how M.L.A.’s are elected and the work they do. We even had our own mock debate in the Chamber, on the proposal, “School uniforms should be banned”!  We’re sure you can guess which side won!