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.

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!

Student Council Elections

The corridors are festooned with campaign posters ahead of tomorrow’s elections for positions on our Student Council. Many of the changes in our school over the last few years have come about because of ideas and proposals from the Student Council. We are sure that this year will be no different, many interesting proposals have already been put forward on election posters. Tomorrow P4-P7 pupils will hear the speeches and presentations of their year group peers before they cast their vote. Good luck to everyone who is taking part and well done on all the work you have put into your election campaign so far.

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.

 

 

Cross Country Team Results

The school was recently notified of the team results from the Cross Country event. Pictured are the successful St Mary’s teams along with their medals. It was a super showing from our pupils, with six of the eight teams we entered placing in the top two of their respective races!

The strong performance from our children meant that St Mary’s finished in second place in the overall school standings, just two points off the top spot. A very credible result, with schools from right across the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area taking part. Well done to all of our participants! The two successful P6 teams are not photographed as they were on a school trip on the day of the presentation.

P4 Girls – 1st place

P5 Girls – 1st place

P6 Girls – 2nd place

P6 Boys – 2nd place

P7 Girls – 2nd place

P7 Boys – 2nd place