On Tuesday, 19 P6 and P7 pupils took to the stage to compete for the opportunity to represent St Mary’s at the 2018 Environmental Youth Speak. It was incredible to see all of the pupils involved showcasing their knowledge in front of their peers. We had poems, raps, drama and song!
There were a number of prizes handed out today but the overall winner was the pupil who achieved the highest combined mark for the content of the speech and also their delivery. They will go on to represent St Mary’s at the regional event next week. Good luck!
Today saw the conclusion of a busy few weeks for the JRSO team. The officers carried out a “safe-crossing workshop” for the Nursery class, teaching them about the role of the lollypop lady and how to cross safely. At assembly the team announced the winners of the competitions that they set before the Easter break. They found it very difficult to choose from all of the wonderful work. Winners received a certificate and a hi-viz jacket to protect them when walking outside of school. Our JRSO team hope that all of these activities help to promote safe behaviour when out and about!
- Foundation Stage completed a “Green Cross Code Breakers” task
- KS1 completed a “Spot the Hazards” task
- KS2 designed a new school mascot for our JRSO team
P2 and P7 year groups worked together this morning to plant some seeds in recycled 2 litre bottles. P7 pupils guided the session and were very impressed with the knowledge that the P2 pupils had about gardening. We hope to display these at the entrance of the school when they begin to flower.
P7 have had a busy couple of months on the Gaelic football field. This week the boys completed their league campaign with a hard-earned victory over Clonalig, securing second place in their section. Although the girls’ team did not have a formal league, they took part in some challenge matches, improving every step of the way. Our boys’ and girls’ teams also recently took part in the Malachy McGeeney blitz. All players who represented St Mary’s did so with great enthusiasm and we look forward to one final event at the McGreevey Cup blitz at the end of May.
Gaelic training continues after-school on Thursdays, with an intra-school blitz also planned for June.
A reminder to our Eco Committee and School Council members that we are going to Stormont tomorrow, Tuesday 10th of April. We will have a tour of the building and learn more about the work of our M.L.A.’s and the decision making process.
We will be leaving at around 9.15 am and we will be back for normal home time at 3.10 pm. It is important that everyone is in full school uniform and brings a packed lunch, preferably in a disposable bag as we won’t be bringing school bags, (this is to speed our way through the security checks).
We had 2 P7 teams away to St Paul’s HS today taking part in the STEM Challenge. They were presented with a scenario where an airplane had crashed, passengers were injured and they had to construct a bridge to span a gorge to allow access to the crash site. Their constructions were made using paper, art straws, paper clips and light weight card, it had to span at least 30 cm and hold a weight of 250gms for 30 seconds. Teams were scored in 3 areas, team work, planning and furfilling the brief. Whilst neither team were placed on this occasion, their constructions were well made and easily withheld the force created by the weight. Well done to all 6, boys and girls!
P7 have been very lucky to have benefitted from Armagh GAA camogie and Gaelic football coaches this term. They have practised many new skills and had lots of fun along the way. Thanks to Fintan and Miceal for all of their hard work over the past number of weeks.