Healthy Kidz Global Challenge

Healthy Kidz remain committed to ensuring that all pupils remain active throughout the duration of the school closures by providing a vast array of content via their YouTube channel and various Social Media platforms, as well as free access to their revamped Healthy Kidz App for children to record their activity.

You are invited to sign up to the Global Challenge. Go to the Healthy Kidz website before next week’s Challenge begins (Monday 6th April). The link to sign up to this FREE initiative is https://healthy-kidz.com/healthy-kidz-global-challenge/. Previous usernames and passwords are not required. Many families connected to our school have already signed up and are taking part in this current week’s challenge.

Please also note that if a pupil manages to record a 7 day streak on the App, they will be in with a chance of winning some great prizes. This week’s winner will receive a Fitbit Advanced Health and Fitness Tracker, while next week’s prize will be a StatSports Apex Athlete Series GPS Performance Tracker (RRP £250).

Good luck to all who enter!

Numbers’ Day

Numbers’ Day

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There were numbers everywhere today, helping us to spread the important message, “Speak Out, Stay Safe”. Even Buddy the NSPCC mascot made a return visit to help out.

We hope you enjoy catching a glimpse of some of the activities we were involved in around the school. Watch out for more pictures in the local papers this week.

A big thank you to family and friends for sponsoring the children in their Dance- athon and to our student teachers Miss Hearty and Miss Murphy who led all the classes through their dance moves.

Finally a big thank you to Mrs O’ Hagan our Numeracy Co-ordinator for organising the day and promoting a love of Maths with all the boys and girls.

A Busy Week…

Parents,

Another busy few days ahead for pupils and staff, before well deserved holidays on Friday… Here are a few key dates and times.

Monday, 16th December:

P1/2 Nativity Play- “Prickly Hay Nativity Hoedown” in Ti Chulainn @7.30 pm. All P1 and P2 pupils taking part to be in Ti Chulainn for 7 pm on the night.

Christmas Party Dinner- party food is on the menu at dinner and everyone can wear party/festive clothes if they wish. There will be a free raffle for all those taking dinner with prizes kindly donated by the kitchen staff.

Tuesday, 17th December:

P1/P2 Pupils’ Trip to Bluebell Lane, Santa Experience. Leaving school at 9.40 am they will return in time for school dinners. Festive wear is the order of the day: Christmas jumpers, Santa hats, but remember to wrap up well, a coat, scarf, gloves, an extra pair of socks and wellies would be recommended.

P3/4 Nativity Play- “An Irish Barnyard Christmas” @ 7.30 pm in St. Mary’s School Assembly Hall. Join P3 and P4 pupils as they tell a tale of an Irish Christmas, long ago.

Wednesday, 18th December:

P5’s turn this time, with their Nativity, “Peace on Earth”@ 10.30 am and again at 7.00 pm in St. Mary’s Church. All are welcome to come along and join with P5 as they tell the story of Christmas, but with a few updates of course! 

Thursday, 19th December:

Nursery Trip- our Nursery Class are off to visit Santa- pupils will need to bring a packed lunch.

Hospice Presentation: Over the past weeks we have been collecting for the Southern Area and Children’s Hospices in memory of our former V.P. friend and colleague Mrs Anne Murphy, we hope to make the presentation on Thursday. We will let you know our final tally at that time.

St. Vincent de Paul- KS2 classes: P5, P5/6, P6 and P7 have also been collecting for St. Vincent de Paul and we will be purchasing gift vouchers for shops such as O’ Neill’s.  The young people who receive these vouchers as their Christmas Presents, will then be able to choose sport’s wear of their choice.  We hope also to have these ready to hand over on Thursday. We have asked each KS 2 child to make a small donation from their own money towards this worthy cause.

Friday, 21st December:

HOLIDAYS!!!!

We will be closing at 11.30 on Friday, for our Christmas Holidays for a well- deserved rest for pupils and staff alike.

A big thank you to all our Parents and Friends of St. Mary’s for your support over what has been a busy term and in advance for your support at our many events this week. We hope you enjoy each and every performance and that they bring the true meaning of Christmas to life for everyone. 

A very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and New Year to all, from the Pupils and Staff of St. Mary’s.

Sponsored Walk Draw

A huge thank you to everyone who returned sponsor cards following our sponsored walk at Hallowe’en, an amazing total of £1,800 was raised for school funds!

All the names of those who returned their sponsor cards were put into a raffle and 2 draws made, the lucky families were the Kellys and O’ Callaghans (Nursery pupil), each family received a gift voucher for Smyth’s Toys.

An additional raffle was held for all those who raised around £50 and over, the lucky winners were the Ferris Family.

One P7 pupil who overall raised the highest amount, well in excess of  £100, was acknowledged for her superb effort.

Amazing work everyone.

St Mary’s PS Athletics Success

Congratulations to the TEN St Mary’s pupils who were selected for the Newry Cross Country / Endurance Squad. They were selected based on their performance at last May’s Cross Country event in Kilbroney.

The children had their first training session with Athletics NI on Monday evening past in St Colman’s College. The very best of luck to all of the pupils in their training over the coming months.

Eco Committee Elections

A reminder that elections for the school Eco Committee for KS2 pupils (P5,P6,P7) will take place next Monday, October 14th.

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 before the date of the election. Promotional posters may also be displayed around the school. Good luck to all of the entrants!

Student Council Elections

Student Council Elections

Some photos from our Student Council Presentations on Friday…. a lot of thought went into the presentations and speeches and some really good ideas were put forward which we look forward to discussing further when we have our first meeting later this week.

A huge well done to everyone who took part, it’s not easy to stand up and deliver a presentation or speech in front of your peers, much less take questions from the floor, definitely a few politicians in the making!

Burns Skill’s After-school Activities

Burns Skill’s After-school Activities

Dear Parent,

Burns’ Skills School, will be offering after school activities starting this  Tuesday, 17th of September, as follows:

Monday- Soccer

Tuesday- Gaelic Football

Friday- Basketball

There will be 2 sessions each day: 2-3 pm for P2 – P3 followed by P4-P7 session from 3.10 to 4.10 pm.

Each activity runs for 10 weeks, and the cost is £40 , £20 of which must be paid on booking a place with the balance paid after Halloween. There is a limit of 20 places for each activity and registration takes place this Monday, 16th of September. Start dates for each activity are given below.

Gaelic Football- Tuesday, 17th of September

Basketball – Friday, 20th of September

Soccer – Monday, 23rd of September.