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!

 

Green World Book Day at St Mary’s

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Today was no ordinary day at St Mary’s, as our postponed World Book Day event was combined with a Green Day. Lots of funds were raised, in the name of our patron saint, to help finance some new seeds and planting equipment to improve the exterior of our school.

Mrs Murphy (aka Gansta Granny) and her team of assistants coordinated many great activities, including a book swap and book lottery. Well over 1,000 books have found a new home this evening, with every pupil in the school getting their hands on at least one new title.

There will be plenty of reading in Mullaghbawn over St Patrick’s weekend as a result of this joint literacy and Eco schools initiative.

 

Waste Week

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Last week, numerous classes within our school celebrated International Waste Week by completing various waste-related activities. Some classes carried out fact finding missions, some made posters to highlight waste issues and some traced the origins of fruits, calculating their hidden carbon footprint. The Eco committee, who delivered assembly on Friday, decided to provide stickers to all pupils involved, but just photocopy one certificate per class to save paper! Well done to all.

World Book Day

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Just because we are not in school today does not mean you can’t celebrate World Book Day… check out www.worldbookday.com for lots of ideas and activities you can do!

Also check out this link to our World Book Day Quiz and answer sheet, complete and bring in to your teacher… or P6 / P7 pupils can you be the first to complete and upload to your Goggle Classroom ??? Prizes on offer!!!

World Book Day Quiz : (the power point presentation and sheet to record your answers on will download to your PC)

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KS2 classes remember you can log into “Fiction Express” you were all given your login usernames and passwords.  Our 5 week free subscription is due to run out this weekend, so make the most of the opportunity and catch up on the latest chapters, don’t forget to vote and use the message/blog facility to send messages to the authors. There are 100’s of books on there so enough to keep the most avid reader in books over these snow days!!

 

Safer Internet Day

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“Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”

Safer Internet Day will celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February so join us and 1000s  of organisations across the world to celebrate this very important day.

We are inviting all Parents/ Guardians and Pupils to visit the Internet Safety page on our school website for useful information and updates. http://stmarysps.org/internet-safety

Follow the links on the page to the many resources available for pupils and parents / guardians

Why not take the Safer Internet Day Quiz online? https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018/safer-internet-day-quiz-2018

 

YCT Level 1 Certificate Presentation

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We are delighted to announce that Yan Liu, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Ulster, will present Past Pupils who sat the prestigious YCT Level 1 Mandarin exam in 2017 with their certificates of achievement on Wednesday 31st January.

During this very special occasion P6 and P7 pupils will launch the 2018 celebrations of Chinese New Year of the Dog in St Mary’s when they will entertain their audience with very special performances of Chinese and Irish poetry, song and dance.

Click on the links below to listen to a sample of the Chinese music which will be performed on the night.