P5 Presentation and Coffee Morning

P5 Presentation and Coffee Morning

A big thank you to everyone who came along to our Coffee Morning in aid of the Hospice and to view the work from our P5 Goat Project. We raised almost £500!!!!

Thank you to everyone who sent in goodies…it was much appreciated.

If you didn’t make it…here are some pictures from the event. The Artwork will be on display, this weekend in Ti Chullain during the Michael J Murphy Winter School.

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.

Coffee Morning and Presentation

You are cordially invited to join us this Friday, from 10-12 in Ti Chulainn for a tea /coffee morning in aid of the Southern Area Hospice who are celebrating their 50th year!

Whilst enjoying your “cuppa” you can view our recently completed glass and felt artwork, watch our amazing documentary about the ancient herd of goats which roam the slopes of Slieve Gullion, and surrounding hills, as well as hearing how we have recreated Mullaghbawn village in the late 1800’s /early 1900’s… digitally, using Minecraft, and you will have the opportunity to meet some amazing goat characters!!🐐

It will be a morning not to miss…everyone is welcome: parents, grandparents, extended families, friends and neighbours of St Mary’s. Please spread the word far and wide, we would love to have a big crowd to support this fantastic organisation which has helped so many connected to our school. 😀

Talk for Parents

We are delighted to offer the Parents of KS2 Pupils, (from P5 to P7), the opportunity to attend an informal talk, to be given by, Dr. Jane Mc Evoy, Child Clinical Psychologist.

“Helping Children Cope with Big Feelings” 

On Wednesday, 6th of November, at 7.30 pm in school

Upset, anger, disappointment, worry, frustration, jealousy,
sadness, feeling left out…. can all be overwhelming for children. When children become overwhelmed it can be hard to not become overwhelmed

yourself!

In this relaxed event:

Learn how to support your child when ‘big’ feelings happen.
Reflect on ways in which you can stay calm when they are in chaos
Learn ways to build their emotional resiliency for the future.

Last year, Jane spoke with Parents of younger pupils, we are sure P5-P7 Parents will find her tips and techniques equally insightful. She has 26 years experience working as a Clinical Psychologist with children, young people and families. This has been in Primary Care and CAMHS services, both in the UK and Ireland. She regularly delivers seminars and workshops to parents, teachers and other professionals. Jane has also been Honorary Lecturer at the University of East London and Queen’s University Belfast.

This will be a small group event with a limit of 15 places, Parents who are interested please contact the Office, to book your place, on Monday 4th November, when school reopens after the Hallowe’en Break . 

Thank-you, P Mulkerns

P5 Goat Project

Congratulations to P5 who were the perfect hosts to our visitors from Mulranny and Domintee Primary Schools. Our guests joined P5 pupils to work on IT and Art activities with specialists in Glass Art, Puppet making, Felting, Film making and Minecraft with a focus on the Old Irish Goats.
Pupils representing each of the three schools worked in groups to create Goat Puppets which made appearances as bloggers in a highly entertaining news bulletin reporting on The South Armagh Goat Herders. Mine craft Education Software was used by a group of highly skilled programmers who digitally designed and created the communities of Mulranny, Dromintee and Mullaghbawn in the late 1800s.
Thanks to funding awarded by the department for culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht the pupils received a hands-on experience working alongside art and IT experts. We look forward displaying our completed pieces during the Michael J Murphy Winter School in November.

https://www.newrymournedown.org/ring-of-gullion-partnership-hosts-visit-from-county-mayo-school-group-to-explore-shared-heritage-of-old-irish-goat

Goat Project

Goat Project

P5 are looking forward to a busy couple of days, as they begin their “Goat Project”. They will be welcoming as part of the project, staff and pupils from Dromintee PS and Mulranny National School, Co. Mayo.

Taking inspiration from our shared heritage, the herd of ancient wild goats, which can be found on the slopes of Slieve Gullion and other mountains here in the Ring of Gullion, as well as in Mulranny, pupils will be engaging in a range of activities.  At one time South Armagh was known as the “Goat Droving Capital of Ireland” and the “Goat Men of South Armagh” were central to the Irish travelling herd trade, taking goats from the West and exporting to England and beyond.

Over the next couple of days, pupils will have the opportunity to work together alongside, professionals in the fields of ICT and Art: creating films, building virtual replicas of their villages and creating art works through the mediums of glass and felting.

So, if you see the Mayo flag, flying over school tomorrow, you will know it is to welcome our guests from the West who will be staying in Ti Chulainn over the next few nights. We hope they enjoy their first visit to St. Mary’s and South Armagh.

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.