Thanks to Tracy Fitzpatrick from Mullaghbawn CLG for coming in to school before mid-term to inform all of the girls in P4/P5/P6 about the upcoming Gaelic 4 Girls programme. A lot of hard work has gone into securing this programme for our area and it’s a great opportunity for girls who haven’t played Gaelic before.
There will be a registration event this Wednesday, February 27th @7pm in the clubrooms and the action gets underway on Saturday, March 2nd @10.30am.
P6 pupils really enjoyed their visit to the Digitial Arts Exhibition to celebrate Chinese New Year in the University of Ulster. Pupils experienced, through the use of digital media and Augmented Reality, the practices and traditions associated with the Spring Festival. These included a virtual visit to a Chinese Puppet Theatre, electronic paper cutting and moulding clay into Chinese Porcelain.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners in the Confucius Institute for your kind invitation to today’s exhibition and we wish you a very Happy Chinese New Year of the Pig!
P6 pupils are looking forward to celebrating Chinese New Year as guests of the Confucius Institute at their “Meeting China – Digital Arts Exhibition” on Monday 28th January. This is very exciting opportunity for pupils and staff as the exhibition is being held in the newly built University of Ulster Campus in Belfast.
Pupils will depart school at 9.15am and will return for normal school finishing time.
All pupils should take a packed lunch as we will not be back to school for dinner time and can wear their PE uniform.
Pupils received an information letter and permission slip.
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.