Brock Cup visits St Mary’s

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There were two very special guests of honour at KS2 assembly this morning. The Abbey CBS in Newry recently won the Brock Cup and St Mary’s was very proud to welcome back past pupils, Sean Conlon and Oran McKeown, who starred on the successful team. The boys showcased the cup, posed for photographs (including one with a very proud younger brother) and answered questions, but more importantly they stood as an example of what can be achieved through hard work and determination. They are two great ambassadors for St Mary’s and are living out the school motto of, “Never settle for less than your best!”

Thanks to Oran and Sean, along with their teachers/coaches, Mr Gallagher and Mr Hannon, for making the trip out this morning. It will hopefully help to inspire the next generation of Gaelic footballers in our area.

Cross Country

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Pupils from P4-P7 had a super day in Kilbroney for the 2018 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 five St Mary’s pupils had individual medals back home yesterday for finishing in the top 6 (a first, two seconds, a third and a fourth). 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 pupils 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.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

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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!!