St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

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KS2 classes are hoping to raise some money to purchase gifts from the St Vincent de Paul Christmas tree in St Mary’s Chapel. As well as bringing in some small change from their piggy banks at home, pupils have come up with some other initiatives.

The P7 year group are running a Christmas postal service for all classes within the school for the two weeks leading up to the holidays (Monday 10th December – Friday 21st December). They gave a presentation at assembly last Friday, which covered the key points below.

Children are invited to post all of their cards to classmates and/or those in other classes for the small total of £1, which will go to SVP. Post boxes and accompanying money boxes are placed throughout the school. There will be a post collection after registration and delivery after break each day. If children wish to avail of this service, they should label their envelopes with the first and second name and class of the child they are sending the card to before posting. 

On Wednesday evening at the P5 Nativity in St Mary’s Chapel, there will also be a door collection for any loose change, with again all proceeds going to St Vincent de Paul.

KS2 classes wish to thank everyone in advance for helping a worthwhile charity at this difficult time of year for many people.

Eco Committee Elections

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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!

Cumman na mBunscol Award

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At the recent Armagh Cumman na mBunscol AGM, St Mary’s was presented with a commemorative plaque to recognise the good work completed in relation to the promotion of Gaelic Games during the 2017-18 school year.

St Mary’s is one of only five primary schools in the county to hold the Level 3 award and hope to make strides towards Level 4 over the course of this academic year.

Well done everyone!

Post-Primary School Open Events

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Over the coming weeks and months, local post-primary schools will be hosting their annual Open Day / Night events.

We will post details on our school website and send notes home with P7 pupils for the events which we are informed about.

The first such event of the year is the Sacred Heart Open Night, which is taking place this Thursday, November 22nd @7.30pm. The principal’s address is @7.30pm and 8.30pm.

Michael J Murphy – Winter School

img_0420On 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.

Notice for P7 Parents

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This is just a quick note ahead of Saturday’s Transfer Test.

As you would be aware, the test organisers have asked for the children to wear their school uniform. Our P7 pupils have chosen to wear their PE uniform, as they feel this would be the more comfortable option.

It has also come to our attention that there is a charity event taking place in Camlough on Saturday morning which may result in increased traffic in the area.

Michael J Murphy, Winter School

Michael J Murphy, Winter School

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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.

These include:

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. 46108062_512109299258616_4627406101241921536_n

 

P7 -Transfer Pupils

transferA reminder to our P7 Transfer Group, school is open this Monday and Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm. Please bring a snack for break time and a packed lunch.  Take school bags as normal with pencil cases books, etc. Please wear your school uniform, (PE uniform is fine). Everyone to be dropped off at the front door.

Thanks Miss Mulkerns+ Mr Mc Coy