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.
The P7 year group had a great morning exploring Newry Museum at Bagenal’s Castle. The fun workshops were based on the theme of Christmas. Pupils completed arts & crafts activities, played with old & new toys from around the world and learned about the origin of many Irish Christmas traditions, with a particular focus on the Victorian era. This tied in with their studies this year. It was a lovely day out for the children as they edge closer to the Christmas break.
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.
Please note that Our Lady’s Open Night will take place next Wednesday, December 5th @7.15pm.
The principal’s address is @7.30pm and again @8.30pm.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.