Sadly, Monday was the last day of our “Hive Hackers” project, a 7 Week Coding Programme created by PwC for Primary Schools. Learning to code is like learning a second language and pupils were introduced to the fundamentals of coding: algorithms, sequencing, loops and conditionals. On Monday working in pairs they used coding blocks to create a story each with up to 6 Characters, in 3 different settings, with characters that could actually move on command! We had football stories, adventure stories and even romances.
We are delighted to have been selected to participate in PWC’s programme which taught us to Code in a fun, structured and supportive environment.
Early in December each child who took part in the project will be presented with a certificate for completing the course at a special Assembly.
On Friday our P 5 Pupils attended the unveiling of all the fabulous Art work created for the Michael J Murphy, Winter School, Schools’ Event. 4 local schools and around 120 pupils took part from: Dromintee Primary School, St. Joseph’s, Meigh, St. Oliver Plunkett’s, Forkhill and St. Mary’s, Mullaghbawn.
Each school worked with one of our local ROGHA artists, in a different media. Dromintee worked with their artist in residence, Julia Armstrong in the medium of paint. Meigh with Tracey Mc Verry, in glass. Forkhill pupils with Caoilfionn Murphy O’ Hanlon, in felt, and Mullaghabwn pupils with Sharon Donnelly in ceramics. The theme for each school was, “The View from our Window” which for each school is a stunning view of Slieve Gullion.
Each pupil got to create their own individual piece which they will take home and also contributed to a larger piece which will displayed in their school.
Here at St. Mary’s we look forward to displaying our ceramics which form the outline of Slieve Gullion as viewed from our dinning hall window!
It’s that time of year again… and preparations are underway for our annual P 5 Nativity but we need your help! Our costumes are worse for the wear and we urgently need help to jazz up and indeed make additional costumes. If you are handy with a sewing needle or have material or trimmings which could be used, would you please contact the School Office. All donations and help would be greatly appreciated.
A busy week ahead for everyone as we prepare for the Michael J Murphy, Winter School which runs from Thursday evening through to Saturday. Around 250 pupils from 5 schools: St. Joseph’s Meigh, St. Oliver Plunkett’s Forkhill, Dromintee Primary School, Scoil Eoin Pol, Loch an Iuir, and St. Mary’s have collaborated to take part in a programme of School’s events.
1. Pupils from across the schools, have produced I Movies with parents and grandparents to tell stories from around the foot of Slieve Gullion and Loch an Iuir. These will be shown on Thursday evening, starting at 7 pm in Ti Chulainn, with Eamon Mallie compering the event.
2. P5 pupils in St. Mary’ s have worked with local artist Sharon Carragher and produced ceramic art work representing the theme, “My view of the Mountain”. This fabulous work, along with work produced by the other participating schools will be on display over the weekend. P5 pupils from the schools will have the opportunity to attend the Art Exhibition and view their finished work, on Friday Morning.
3. P6 pupils in each school have dramatised a scene from a play set on Slieve Gullion, (orginally written by Mr Seamus Keating, Past Principal of St. Mary’s), it has been adapted by Mrs Anne Garvey who has worked with the pupils over a 6 week period. Each school has had their section videoed and these have been edited to form a complete adaption of the play. This will be shown on Friday afternoon and all P 6 pupils will attend the showing. We will have another showing at a later date for anyone interested in viewing this amazing collaborative dramatisation.
All events over the weekend are listed in the Winter School brochure, below see the School’s Programme and timings.
The school was delighted to be notified of the team results from Cross Country last week. Amazingly, five teams were placed in the top three of their various race categories.
Primary 4 boys were placed 1st
Primary 5 girls were placed 1st
Primary 5 boys were placed 3rd
Primary 6 girls (team 1) were placed 2nd
Primary 6 boys (team 1) were placed 2nd
The members of these teams were presented with their medals at assembly on Friday. Pupils who missed assembly because they were either absent or attending the Nursery Graduation will receive their medals from their class teacher.
The Smartie Box Challenge has had an amazing response. Together we have raised£1,176 for school funds. Congratulations to Moya Rafferty P7 winner of the cinema package and to MIA Mc ArdleP2 winner of the games hamper. Thank you to everyone who took part and supported us.
Sporting fever gripped the school last week, as the annual netball and football blitzes were held. Pupils from P5, P6 and P7 played out some great matches in both codes. Well done to the winning teams and indeed everyone who took part.