We introduced our Catalan visitors to Gaelic Football yesterday and they very quickly got to grips with the differences to soccer. Thanks to Mr Mc Coy for organising the Blitz and to everyone in P5 and P6 for their help in explaining the rules and taking the visitors under their wings. On the day Cork were victorious!
Thank you to all our very talented boys and girls who took part in Assembly yesterday morning. With P7 having a lie in after their Confirmation, Thursday night it was the children from P4, P5 and P6 who took the lead, reciting a poem written by P6/7 especially for the occasion, demonstrating Irish dancing and traditional music. Well done, you were great ambassadors for our school and Community.
Our Catalan visitors also treated us to songs in Spanish and Catalan as well as a fabulous gymnastics display. Thank you, we really enjoyed it.
St Mary’s Staff are participating in the Race for Life walk on Sunday in Belfast in memory of our treasured V.P. Mrs Ann Murphy and all those we know who have lost their battle with cancer. The Race for Life raises much needed funds for Cancer Research in Northern Ireland. Tomorrow Friday 24th May there will be a non uniform day in school with all proceeds going to this very worthy cause. Thank you all your support.
Pupils from P4-P7 had a super day in Kilbroney for the 2019 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 seven St Mary’s pupils had individual medals back home yesterday for finishing in the top 6 (two firsts, two seconds, a third, a fifth and a sixth). In total, twelve pupils achieved a top 10 finish and if we push this out slightly further, an incredible eighteen pupils finished in the top 15 of their race. 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 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.
The annual Cross Country event is due to take place tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22nd in Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. All P4, P5, P6 & P7 pupils have put in a great effort training during the month of May and we wish good luck to all of the competitors who have qualified to represent St Mary’s tomorrow. Pupils taking part need to remember to bring water, sun cream, a packed lunch, weather appropriate clothing and any medication if needed. The bus will leave school shortly after 9:10am, so pupils also need to ensure they arrive on time.
Last Friday, KS2 used the annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic as an opportunity to raise some funds for the Mullaghbawn U14 Camogie team, who will make the trip to Cork for the All Ireland Feile in June. There was a full schedule of fun activities, which are listed below, and all of the children brought in a donation for the team.
- Instead of cross country practice, pupils took part in “teddy relay races,” using the teddy bears in place of the traditional baton!
- A photo booth was set up for pupils to get selfies taken with their teddy bears. The photos have been uploaded into the Google Classroom, from where they will be able to download them if they wish.
- The Sphero robots and iPads were taken out to the yard for a special race event. The pupils (and staff) competed against each other to see who could navigate their robot around the course (including their teddy bear) in the shortest time.
- Many parents generously sent in lots of buns and cakes for a Teddy Tuck Shop, which went to down a treat with children and adults alike!
- Staff members undertook a special “bear quiz,” designed by Miss Mulkerns, to see who was the most knowledgeable on the subject. Well done to Mrs Martina McKinley who came out on top.
Thanks to the generosity of pupils, parents and staff, an incredible total of £542 and €18 was raised, which along with the £215 and €6 raised from the recent non-uniform day, enabled us to hand over £757 and €24 to Blaithin O’Brien, the team coach, who came in to help with events on the day. We hope the girls have a wonderful time away and this money goes some of the way towards your fundraising target.
On Friday coinciding with the Annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic, KS2 are planning a number of “teddy themed activities” to raise money for the U14 Camogie Team who have qualified to take part in the Feile, in Cork in June. As well as many past pupils, the team includes 10 of our current P7 class. They need to raise around £6,000 to fund their travel and participation in the event. So on Friday,the KS2 classes: P5, P5/6, P6/7 and P7 will take part in fun events including:
Sphero Races– can you keep your “Sphero” on track and navigate it around your bear and back
Teddy Relay– a twist on a relay race but using Teddy as a baton
Teddy Tucker Sale– cake + bun sale
“Selfies” with your Best Bear-
Pair the teacher to the bear competition
As well as Spot Prizes for: “Best Dressed Bear” and “Best Co-ordinated Bear and Owner”- (To facilitate this, it can be non-uniform for KS2, but we recommend clothes suitable for taking part in outside activities.)
We are asking pupils to make a donation of £3 to take part in all the activities, this includes a £1 to spend on goodies at the Cake sale.
We are looking for donations towards the cake and bun sale, home baked, bought… we don’t mind. They can be dropped off with Miss Mulkerns, tomorrow or Friday morning.
We hope if we have enough goodies to cover all KS2 Pupils, to then open the sale to everyone at the 2 o clock pick-up.
Thank you for your help with this and we extend our best wishes to the girls and their manager for June.
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+
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!