Congratulations to the new members of the St Mary’s Eco Committee. They were presented with their badges by Mr McDonnell at assembly recently. Some pupils who were absent are missing from the photo. Well done to everyone who put themselves forward at the election stage. There were some fantastic ICT presentations, songs, raps, poems and much more.
A reminder that elections for the school Eco Committee will take place this Friday afternoon for KS2 pupils (P5,P6,P7). 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 by Thursday. A promotional poster can also be displayed in the assembly hall. Good luck to all of the entrants!
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 afternoon we had the premiere of our P6 Drama “An Chailleach Bheara”. Originally written by former Principal of St. Mary’s, Master Seamus Keating it was specially adapted by Anne Garvey with parts for all the P6 children from Dromintee, Forkhill, Meigh and Mullaghbawn Primary Schools. Anne cleverly divided the play up, with parts for Sprites, Stone Cutters,Warriors, Narrators, Main Characters and even Unicorns…a part for everyone!
There was great excitement as each school and group of actors, recognised themselves on the big screen. Whilst we experienced issues with sound on Friday these will be edited out and then we will have a showing for the whole school community. All are invited to come and see what a great project it was for our P 6’s to be involved in. Our sincere thanks to Seamus Keating, Anne Garvey and our IT technician Emma Clare.
On Thursday night as part of the Michael J Murphy Winter School, Schools’ events, 21 families from the participating schools presented their mini documentaries telling of life in the past, here at the Foot of Slieve Gullion.
Following in the footsteps of Michael J himself, pupils interviewed parents and grandparents, dug out implements from the past and raided photo albums to create their I Movies telling of their families’ lives in the area and their struggles to survive. We heard stories of smuggling, pavving and even of an arrest from the altar!
Local journalist and broadcaster Eamonn Mallie kindly acted as compere for the evening and entertained everyone with stories from his own childhood and read his own poetry based upon his early home life. He was extremely impressed with pupils’ work and spoke words of encouragement to all present on the night.
There will be a second showing (date to be confirmed), if you would like to see the films for yourself and DVD’s will be available for purchase…they’d make a lovely Christmas gift for family near and far.
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.
A taster day has been kindly organised for all P6 Pupils in St. Joseph’s High School, Crossmaglen, this Friday 19th of October. The proposed programme for the day is as follows-
P6 pupils will be split into groups for the day. They will have the opportunity to experience the subjects such as :
c) Technology and Design
d) Home Economics
(each session will last for approx. 45-50 minutes).
Pupils should wear their St. Mary’s P.E. uniform as they will be taking part in sporting activities.
They should travel to St Joseph’s on the St. Joseph buses. School starts at 8.30 am, you will need to ask a neighbour or relative what time you will need to be at the bus stop.
Lunch is at 12.40 pm. Pupils who receive a free meal here at St Mary’s will be entitled to a free meal in St Joseph’s, we will pass that information to St. Joseph’s. There are cafeteria facilities for those who pay for lunch- £3.00 max. Alternatively pupils may bring a packed lunch if you prefer.
Pupils will go home by bus at the end of the school day which is 2.35 pm.
Any questions about this day can be directed to Mrs Carleton or Ms Miller at St Joseph’s.
P6 pupils were lucky enough to attend an “Earth, Science Week” event at Slieve Gullion, Courtyard today. Focusing on the geology and landscape of our area, pupils had the opportunity to learn how the landscape and geology formed through a series of interactive workshops. They tried their hand at: Exploding volcanoes, predicting earthquakes, creating and watching glaciers race, being rock detectives and investigating fossils!
Thank you to Newry, Mourne and Down, District Council for hosting the event in conjunction with the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and giving P6 the opportunity to attend, everyone had a great time and learned lots!