Thank-You

Thank-You

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We would like to say thank-you for all your support to St. Mary’s over the past year and in particular over the past difficult few months. You have helped us to support your child/children by ensuring that they have engaged with learning, both on and off line, it hasn’t been easy, we know. It was a steep learning curve for everyone and we appreciate you will have encountered many difficulties along the way, but you stuck with it and this very much encouraged us to continue with and develop new ways of reaching out to our children and families. The whole experience will have taught your children many new skills and developed important life skills- not least not giving up! We are very proud, our whole school community very much lived up to our school motto: “Never settle for less than your best!”

We are currently working on a plan for return to school in September we hope to be in a position to share this with you by the end of next week.

Thank you for all your messages and emails of support, we hope all our families have a lovely Summer Holiday and we look forward to working with you in the Autumn Term.

Stay safe, Stay well.

The Staff of St. Mary’s.

Primary 7 Leavers 2020

The P7 year group have bid farewell to St Mary’s for the last time, although this year’s celebrations were significantly different to previous.

To mark the occasion, all of the leavers and their families signed on to Collaborate Ultra for a virtual send-off online. It was great for everyone to be in the one place at the one time. We looked back on some photographs from not only this school year, but also right back to nursery. Certificates were presented to all of the leavers, before the Tierney and Murphy Cups were awarded to the recipients for 2020. Thanks to Mr Pius Tierney & Miss Niamh Murphy for coming to the school afterwards to present the esteemed trophies. The 2020 leavers also kept a long standing tradition going, as they signed their shirts virtually! It was also nice for the children to be able to see and hear from each other and to say goodbye to each other as a class.

After the virtual send-off, all P7 pupils and their families assembled at the school for a surprise car parade through the area. Sincere thanks to everyone from our community who braved the elements to line the route. You all helped to generate a fantastic atmosphere and gave the P7 class of 2020 an experience that they will never forget.

Finally, from everyone at St Mary’s Mullaghbawn, farewell and best wishes to the P7 pupils as they move on to their new schools in September.

Irish Proverb and Art Competition

Well done to all the P7 students who participated in the Irish Proverb competition in conjunction with Mullaghbawn CLG. Particular congratulations to the winners of first, second & third place. Thanks to Tomás Óg Ó Ceallaigh for organising the competition and providing the great prizes. Tomás Óg was very professional in his approach and his hard work ensured that the children had lots of fun.

Lost Property

Dear Parents/Guardians

If your child left a coat, hat, lunchbox, football boots etc. in school, there is an opportunity tomorrow from 10 am to 12 noon to pick these up. Weather permitting they will be laid outside the main entrance on tables for collection. If weather does not allow tables will be placed in the dinning hall.

Please observe social distancing rules and if entering the school there will be a one in, one out policy, remember to use the hand sanitising station on entry.

Any items not claimed tomorrow, will be bagged up and sent to charity.

Thank you for your co-operation

Miss Mulkerns

Attention P7 Parents

Dear P7 Parent/Guardian,

A reminder about tonight’s important Transition Workshop for P7 Parents + Pupils @7 pm. This will be online using Collaborate Ultra our C2k approved video conferencing platform. All our P7 pupils have had the opportunity to use this platform so they are experts and will lead you through the process of getting onto the platform! It is most important to use Google Chrome when entering otherwise your virtual experience will not be good.

This is an important annual event in the P7 calendar and we hope that you and your P7 child will be able to attend. The Programme has been adapted for a virtual environment and will last 45 mins to 1 hour. It aims to reduce stress at this important time for both you and your child with useful tips and advice. Feedback from Parents in past years has been most positive.

We look forward to welcoming you both virtually this evening for what we know will help you both with this very exciting but daunting event in your child’s life- “Transition”.

Check your child’s Google Classroom this evening for the link to the Virtual Room.

Please like and share this post to spread the word to all P7 Parents

Thank you

Miss Mulkerns + Mr Mc Coy

P5, P6, P7 Parents/Guardians

P5, P6, P7 Parents/Guardians

Dear Parent/Guardian,

A reminder that tomorrow evening, Wednesday 23rd of June @ 7 pm we have a fantastic opportunity for Parents and Guardians to join virtually in a presentation to be given by Action Mental Health. The presentation will cover important issues such as supporting and improving social and emotional well being and self- care techniques.

A link will be posted in your child’s Google Classrooms- P5, P5/6 P6 and P7 tomorrow afternoon, the room will open 10/15 mins before the start time. Simply copy and paste the link into your Google Chrome Browser- other browsers will not support our video conferencing platform, Collaborate Ultra.

We look forward to welcoming you virtually:

KS2 Teachers

Mr Mc Coy     Miss Mulkerns    Miss Crawley    Miss Mc Ardle

Parents’- Workshop

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I am delighted to offer you, the opportunity to take part in a “Healthy Me” -Virtual Workshop, this coming Wednesday, 24th June @ 7pm. This workshop is suitable for Parents, Carers and Teachers of children aged 8-11 years, (P5-P7). It will last around 1 hour and will deal with important issues such as:

  • How to start conversations about Mental Health
  • How to recognise signs/symptoms of mental ill-health
  • teach self care techniques building resilience and confidence
  • How and where to access support.

A link will be posted to your child’s Google Classroom on the day. Please ensure you use Google Chrome for the workshop, copy and paste the link into your Google browser.  I look forward to welcoming you “Virtually” on Wednesday evening.

P Mulkerns

P7 Parents/Guardians- Transitioning Workshop

P7 Parents/Guardians- Transitioning Workshop

Dear P7 Parent/Guardian,

During the month of June as part of our Pastoral Programme we usually run a Parent/Pupil Transition workshop for all P 7’s as they begin to think of their next exciting but daunting step as they prepare to move on to Post Primary School.

We believe that this year it is even more important than ever to participate in this programme and have therefore rearranged this event as a “Virtual Workshop”.

It will take place next Thursday, 25th of June at 7 pm, a link to the virtual room will be sent on that day to your child’s Google Classroom. The workshop is facilitated by REIMS and funded through our  Extended Schools’ Cluster Group.

The workshop provides practical information, tips and guidance on how to make that transition with the minimum of stress for both you and your child.

Topics to be covered in the session include:

  • Getting used to your new school
  • New friendships
  • Communicating effectively

We look forward to greeting you and your P7 child “virtually” and ask that you spread the word to all P7 Parents, this is an important event. It will last approx 45 mins to 1 hour.

Thank You

Miss Mulkerns + Mr Mc Coy

St Mary’s Sports Day 2020

Good morning everyone and welcome to St Mary’s Sports Day 2020!

As explained at the start of the week, some members of our P7 class will demonstrate 8 activities for you in the video below. Written instructions are also available through the link at the bottom of the post. You can do as many or as few of these as you please and at a time that suits your family’s schedule. The video will be available all day. You may even wish to create your own programme of events instead. There is no pressure to run a big event at home, do what you can. Today is all about having fun, whatever you get up to. Hopefully, pupils in the older classes will help their younger siblings out if they need. If you do any physical activity today, please capture it and upload photos to your online classroom. Your teacher would love to see them.

To get Sports Day underway, the teachers have come together for a relay race. Check it out in the video. Enjoy the day off school work everyone and have fun whatever you get up to!

As mentioned at the beginning of the week, 79 pupils registered for the Healthy Kidz Virtual Sports Day which is due to take place tomorrow (Saturday) @2pm live on the Healthy Kidz facebook page. We wish anyone taking part in the live event good luck for tomorrow.  As of 3pm on Thursday, 15665 points had been registered on the app from 1644 activities by pupils in our school. 23 of our pupils have achieved certificates for logging their activities since the app was launched. Well done to all of these children. Your teachers will upload your certificates to your online classroom for you to download.

A special mention must go to Anya Gartland, Una Kilkenny, Danny Murchan & Canlaoch McNulty who have each recorded a 20-day streak for logging activities on the app. As was outlined in the information shared at the beginning of May, these pupils will be entered into a prize draw for a £20 SPAR voucher. More details for this draw will be available next week. Indeed Anya & Una are the pupils who logged the most points in the entire school (over 2,200 points each). There will be a special prize waiting for the two girls when school re-opens.

HK Sports Day 2020

Sports Day 2020

In normal times, as we would approach the middle of June our attention would duly shift towards Sports Day. Despite the school building being currently closed, we hope this can still be the case this week.

Since we launched the Healthy Kidz / SPAR Virtual Sports Day on May 11th, 79 St Mary’s pupils registered on the app to take part. Well done to all of these pupils and we wish them luck. As explained at the beginning of May, any pupils who log activities for twenty consecutive days on the app will be entered into a special draw for a £20 SPAR voucher. More details on this will be announced on Friday. The Healthy Kidz Virtual Sports Day will be streamed live on the Healthy Kidz facebook page this Saturday, June 13th @2pm. It will consist of the 8 activities which the children were given the opportunity to practise over the past month (Sprint, Long Jump, High Jump, Egg and Spoon Race, Welly Boot Toss, Superstrong Challenge, Marathon Challenge & Create your own Obstacle Course). As we explained at the time, entering this event was entirely optional and parents / guardians did not have to register if they did not wish.

As a school staff, we felt it was important to mark a school day on the calendar for Sports Day. Therefore, this Friday June 12th has been earmarked for our own St Mary’s Sports Day. For the 79 pupils registered for the Healthy Kidz live event on Saturday, this will serve as a great practice run as the activities we post will follow the same format. If you are not registered to take part in the Virtual Healthy Kidz Sports Day on Saturday, that is no problem at all. You can still have a go at the activities at home on Friday for a bit of fun.

There is no pressure to organise a big event in your garden on Friday. We know how busy you, as parents / guardians, are at home in lockdown. The good news is that there will not be any school work posted to any online classes from Nursery right up to P7 this Friday. A video of some our P7 pupils demonstrating the 8 activities will be posted into all of the online classes @9am on Friday, but please remember that  you can do as much or as little of this as you please. You can do it at a time that suits your family. You don’t have to follow the same format as suggested in the video and you may even wish to create your own events instead. Friday is designed to be a day for us to come together as a school community for some fun in our own homes.

A link to the Healthy Kidz guidance booklet which outlines the instructions / coaching tips / equipment needed for the 8 activities can be found below if you want to get a head start. This is the same booklet that was shared on May 11th. All of the information will also be posted into the online classes by class teachers tomorrow. Whatever you get up to on Friday and/or Saturday, we hope that you enjoy it and that the sun shines. If you do any physical activity, make sure to capture it and upload it to your online classes to show your teachers. Have fun!

HK Sports Day 2020