Pictured is the award presented to St Mary’s for encouraging and inspiring young people in STEM subjects through the use of STEM ambassadors.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths are areas which have increasing relevance in our society and we hope to equip children with the necessary skills to pursue future careers and interests in these areas.
St Brigid’s Day is the first day of Spring and Spring was definitely in the air today when we visited the Shrine and Faughart Old Graveyard. We were blessed with glorious sunshine and as well as learning about St. Brigid and the stations of the cross we also took in a little history, geography and maths. Hope you enjoy our photos they were taken by one of our P7 pupils.
Today is the Feast of St Bridget and to mark the occasion, two classes, Miss Crawley’s P6 and Miss Mulkerns’s P6/7 will travel to St. Bridget’s Shrine at Faughart tomorrow. Pupils should wrap up well, please make sure to have a waterproof coat. We will leave at 9.30 and we will be back in plenty of time for dinner at 12.30.
It was lovely to welcome back 5 of last Year’s P 7 Group to receive certificates recognising their success in the prestigious Y.C.T (Youth Chinese Test), Level 1. We were delighted to welcome Yan Liu, Director of the Confucius Institute based at the University of Ulster to make the presentations.
The test requires students to read and write in Mandarin and the girls far surpassed the required 120 pass mark! Well done and a big thank you to Miss Candice for preparing them so well. We wish you all the best in your new schools girls and hope that the experience of learning a second language at St. Mary’s will stand to you, in your studies ahead.
On Friday last, three teams of quizzers from St Mary’s took part in the annual Slieve Gullion Credit Union Quiz in Forkill Community Centre. All three teams performed very well, with one team out right winners on the night. They will now move on to the Newry ‘Chapter’ heat in the coming weeks. Details of that event are TBC.
A reminder that after-school Gaelic will return tomorrow after the January break (weather permitting). It is P6 week and pick-up is @4.10pm. Remember to bring all of the usual gear, including a gum-shield and warm clothes.
Gardening Club is well under way for Term 2. As a result of the cold weather, the group worked inside with Alison this week, planting cabbage and lettuce seeds. They will return to the polytunnel next week to continue work on the raised beds.
A huge well done to the two P7 pupils who represented St Mary’s at half time in Armagh’s first round NFL match against Sligo in The Athletic Grounds. Both children received a commemorative medal and experienced pulling on the Armagh jersey in front of a bumper crowd. Hopefully it won’t be the last time that happens!
Well done to our four Junior Road Safety Officers who took part in the regional heat of the NI Road Safety Quiz. The children had to answer a mixture of general knowledge and road safety questions and performed very well, coming in eighth place overall in the district. It was a very well organised event in the Canal Court Hotel and thanks to the sponsors “CRASH,” who provided refreshments and sponsored materials to bring back to school. Our officers will now look to pass on the message of road safety throughout our school over the course of their last few months in P7.