McGreevey Cup Gaelic Blitz

Well done to our P7 boys who reached the shield final of the McGreevey Blitz held in Pearse Og yesterday. The boys put in some good performances but unfortunately lost out to St Francis’ PS from Lurgan in their final game.

Thanks to Mr Paul Doyle from Armagh CBS for organising the event.

2019 Cross Country Success

        

Pupils from P4-P7 had a super day in Kilbroney for the 2019 Cross Country event. All participants gave their all and completed the tough course.

We will have to wait for notification of the results of the team events, however seven St Mary’s pupils had individual medals back home yesterday for finishing in the top 6 (two firsts, two seconds, a third, a fifth and a sixth). In total, twelve pupils achieved a top 10 finish and if we push this out slightly further, an incredible eighteen pupils finished in the top 15 of their race. As the number of participants goes up each year, this is a remarkable achievement and cannot be underestimated.

Well done to all the runners on the day and indeed to all pupils from P4-P7 in St Mary’s who have trained hard during the month of May. Thanks also to all parents who attended the event for their support and assistance with proceedings. We will update further whenever we receive the full results.

2019 Cross Country

The annual Cross Country event is due to take place tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22nd in Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. All P4, P5, P6 & P7 pupils have put in a great effort training during the month of May and we wish good luck to all of the competitors who have qualified to represent St Mary’s tomorrow. Pupils taking part need to remember to bring water, sun cream, a packed lunch, weather appropriate clothing and any medication if needed. The bus will leave school shortly after 9:10am, so pupils also need to ensure they arrive on time.

U14 Camogie Feile Fundraising

           

Last Friday, KS2 used the annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic as an opportunity to raise some funds for the Mullaghbawn U14 Camogie team, who will make the trip to Cork for the All Ireland Feile in June. There was a full schedule of fun activities, which are listed below, and all of the children brought in a donation for the team.

  • Instead of cross country practice, pupils took part in “teddy relay races,” using the teddy bears in place of the traditional baton!
  • A photo booth was set up for pupils to get selfies taken with their teddy bears. The photos have been uploaded into the Google Classroom, from where they will be able to download them if they wish.
  • The Sphero robots and iPads were taken out to the yard for a special race event. The pupils (and staff) competed against each other to see who could navigate their robot around the course (including their teddy bear) in the shortest time.
  • Many parents generously sent in lots of buns and cakes for a Teddy Tuck Shop, which went to down a treat with children and adults alike!
  • Staff members undertook a special “bear quiz,” designed by Miss Mulkerns, to see who was the most knowledgeable on the subject. Well done to Mrs Martina McKinley who came out on top.

Thanks to the generosity of pupils, parents and staff, an incredible total of £542 and €18 was raised, which along with the £215 and €6 raised from the recent non-uniform day, enabled us to hand over £757 and €24 to Blaithin O’Brien, the team coach, who came in to help with events on the day. We hope the girls have a wonderful time away and this money goes some of the way towards your fundraising target.

P7 STEM Ambassador Visit

 

P7 were recently treated to a visit from Frances Weldonwho works with Almac GroupFrances explained the kind of work that an Analytical Chemist does on a daily basis and set up a range of experiments for the children to take part in. It was a wonderful afternoon. Thanks to Frances for volunteering to facilitate the workshop and to W5 who run the ambassador programme. It may possibly inspire a subject or career choice for some of our pupils at some point in the future.

KS2 Fund Raiser

Dear KS2 Parents,

On Friday coinciding with the Annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic, KS2 are planning a number of “teddy themed activities” to raise money for the U14 Camogie Team who have qualified to take part in the Feile, in Cork in June. As well as many past pupils, the team includes 10 of our current P7 class. They need to raise around £6,000 to fund their travel and participation in the event. So on Friday,the KS2 classes: P5, P5/6, P6/7 and P7 will take part in fun events including:

Sphero Races– can you keep your “Sphero” on track and navigate it around your bear and back

Teddy Relay– a twist on a relay race but using Teddy as a baton

Teddy Tucker Sale– cake + bun sale

“Selfies” with your Best Bear-

Pair the teacher to the bear competition

As well as Spot Prizes for: “Best Dressed Bear” and “Best Co-ordinated Bear and Owner”- (To facilitate this, it can be non-uniform for KS2, but we recommend clothes suitable for taking part in outside activities.)

We are asking pupils to make a donation of £3 to take part in all the activities, this includes a £1 to spend on goodies at the Cake sale.

We are looking for donations towards the cake and bun sale, home baked, bought… we don’t mind. They can be dropped off with Miss Mulkerns, tomorrow or Friday morning.

We hope if we have enough goodies to cover all KS2 Pupils, to then open the sale to everyone at the 2 o clock pick-up.

Thank you for your help with this and we extend our best wishes to the girls and their manager for June.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

This Friday, 17th of May we are having our Annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic, lunch for all classes. So, if you know any well behaved Teddy Bears who would like to come to school for the day, please bring them along. We are expecting good weather so make sure all Teddies and owners are suitably protected from the sun with a sun hat and sun-cream please!

STEM Ambassador Visit

Thank you to Liz, who visited P6/7 this afternoon as part of the STEM Ambassadors’ Programme. She spoke about her job as a Medical Rep, explaining how medicines are manufactured: the stages of development and different jobs involved in the process.

From Leonardo Da Vinci’s anatomical drawings of 500 years ago to patient specific treatments, P6/7 recognise that great advancements have been made in the field of medicine. Perhaps some of our class will be inspired to think of a career in Science or medicine and will make their own contribution to the development of medicine!

P7 Parents

P 7 Parent,

A reminder to return the reply slip which was attached to a recent letter, indicating the time you wish to attend the “Boundaries Transition Programme” . This programe is being offering to all P7 pupils and parents in preparation for P7’s moving on to their secondary schools next term.  A copy of the information is included below, in case of its having been mislaid…

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Dear P7 Parent,

We are delighted to offer you and your child a place on an exciting programme – “Boundaries”  which will provide you both with the opportunity to explore the possibilities and pitfalls that occur at this both, exciting and anxious time, as pupils prepare to transfer to their Secondary School.   

The programme takes the form of 2 Workshops as detailed below:

Workshop 1 – Parent & Child- Wed 5th of June- @ 1.30 pm or 7.00 pm –(Please choose which session you wish to attend)

This workshop aims to provide information and knowledge to children and parents to ensure a minimum stress transition to secondary school.  We explore the new environment and terms that children may not be familiar with, suggest structures that can be put in place to assist with the changes, discuss rules and boundaries and how all our actions have consequences.  

Workshop 2 – Children Only- Wed. 12th of June @ 9.30 am

This workshop is for the children only in their class groups and explores friendships and peer pressure, how to communicate effectively with the people around them and how to understand and deal with stress, anxiety and depression.  Online safety awareness and the potential consequences of inappropriate behaviour online is part of the Workshop.

When we have been able to offer this Programme before, feed back from Parents was very positive and both Parents and Children found the tips given very useful.

We ask if you could please indicate on the reply slip your preferred time for the Parent and Child Workshop. We will try to accommodate everyone, but with 40+ in P 7 this may not be always possible.