KS2 Parents

Dear KS2 Parents/Guardians,

We are all set up and ready to go! Classwork should hit work stations at 9 am tomorrow. Judging from the online activity there are some eager beavers out there, we hope this enthusiasm keeps up!

There are 2 areas within Google Classroom: the Stream where pupils can comment/chat with each other and Classwork where assignments are posted.

We have worked hard to keep the process and instructions as clear as possible,  work is in the main, a continuation of what pupils have been doing and are familiar with. This will hopefully make things easier for everyone. Everything that is needed is included as attachments, as we have no idea who has what books in school bags.

On Friday we produced and uploaded to the Stream our own “Google Classroom User Guide” in the form of a Google slideshow, with screen shots of steps to follow. Pupils all have access to the full suite of Goggle Apps through their My School Log in.

We expect there may be hitches to start with, but pupils have all experience of using Google Classroom and this is a good opportunity to practice independence and thinking skills. We will monitor and make adjustments if needed as we go along.

Whilst this may be a novelty with pupils, we are all too fully aware that in the grand scheme of things, school work isn’t high on anyone’s agenda at the moment. So please Parents/Guardians don’t stress over this, (it may prove to be a useful distraction), we want you, your children and wider families to be safe, that is and has to be the first priority.

Lastly, we are forever grateful to the Parents, friends and wider community who assisted and supported our ICT fund raising a number of years ago, your support at that time has placed us in the position we are today, ready and able  to launch this approach to teaching and learning.

Keep safe and well,

God Bless

P Mulkerns, C Crawley, P Mc Coy K Mc Ardle

 

 

 

Parents/Guardians of P5, P6 + P7 Pupils

Dear Parents/Guardians of P5, P6 + P7 Pupils

We are using these days to prepare work/activities for our classes. These we will be uploading to each classes’ Google Classroom, on a daily basis from Monday.

Last Friday all KS2 pupils took home a sheet with login and password details to check their home access, we know some have been successful because we can see their online activity, well done! However, there are still a number who have not yet accessed.

Parents we ask that today or tomorrow you please ask for the sheet, (it may still be buried in a school bag), and take the time to sit with your child and check their access. Sometimes Homepages etc. can look different when accessed outside of school and this can cause confusion for the child.

We will be in school over the next two days and are happy to answer questions or help if we can with access, issues. We have given our email addresses below and over the next 2 days we would like to get any access issues sorted, please email and if we can possibly help, we will.

We will upload tomorrow to the Google Classrooms a suggested timetable, with materials and resources uploaded from Monday for all KS2 classes- P5, P5/6, P6 and P7.

Details for other Year Groups will follow tomorrow.

Stay safe and well everyone.

KS2 Teachers;

pmccoy148@c2ken.net

pmulkerns611@c2ken.net

ccrawley501@c2ken.net

kmcardle514@c2ken.net

 

St Mary’s Girls are Armagh Indoor Champions!

This morning, eight St Mary’s girls made the short trip to Silverbridge Resource Centre for the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Armagh Indoor Girls’ County Final Blitz.

Having won a regional heat back in November, our girls were up against the other regional blitz winners from across Armagh. They knew it was going to be a high standard and that they would have to be at the top of their game to compete. The girls put a great effort in during the group stages against Crossmaglen and Tannaghmore to qualify for the semi-finals. After defeating a very strong Middletown team in the semis, the girls secured the trophy by defeating Tannaghmore in the final. Our girls proved that their determination and will-to-win matches their talent.

There were jubilant scenes at the final whistle and back in school, when the girls returned with the cup. Everyone associated with the school is extremely proud of your efforts today and it is worth noting that the girls football panel extends well beyond the eight girls who attended today, with around twenty girls across P6 and P7 attending weekly training.

The good news is that the journey doesn’t end here and our ‘indoor team’ now move on to represent Armagh in the Ulster Final Blitz in Magherafelt on March 31st.

Thanks to Mr Paul Doyle from Armagh CBS for coordinating the blitz and Silverbridge GAA for hosting.

Numbers’ Day

Numbers’ Day

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There were numbers everywhere today, helping us to spread the important message, “Speak Out, Stay Safe”. Even Buddy the NSPCC mascot made a return visit to help out.

We hope you enjoy catching a glimpse of some of the activities we were involved in around the school. Watch out for more pictures in the local papers this week.

A big thank you to family and friends for sponsoring the children in their Dance- athon and to our student teachers Miss Hearty and Miss Murphy who led all the classes through their dance moves.

Finally a big thank you to Mrs O’ Hagan our Numeracy Co-ordinator for organising the day and promoting a love of Maths with all the boys and girls.

Kilcurry and Faughart Visit 2020

On Friday past, Primary 7 made the short trip to Kilcurry Church for a special mass to celebrate St Brigid’s Day. Pupils from the five schools of the three parishes in the PART (cluster) group attended the mass and it was a very special occasion. Thanks to the staff and pupils of Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Kilcurry who organised the mass.

After the mass, pupils ate their lunch in Kilcurry Resource Centre, before travelling on to St Brigid’s Shrine in Faughart for a guided tour. Thanks to Sheamus Ruddy for leading the tour and also to the Parish Council who organised the day out for our pupils.

Safer Internet Day 2020

Monday 10th February,

@ 7.00 pm

St. Mary’s Primary School

To celebrate Safer Internet Day 2020, we would like to invite all Parents / Guardians to this free workshop where you will learn about:

* Internet Browser security*

*Safe searching*

*Internet filters*

*Social networking*

*Cyber-bullying*

*”Hot” websites that may cause concern*

This year’s theme is:

‘Safer Internet Day: Free to be me – exploring identity online.’  

So we are strongly recommending all Parents / Guardians to come along Monday night to explore ways in which we can help our young people to manage their online identity.

We are confident you will find the workshop very useful and informative.

P7 Take Part in 2020 Bee Safe Event

 

Primary 7 visited Newry Leisure Centre this afternoon to take part in the 2020 “Bee Safe” event. This event is tailored towards P7 pupils and informs them about how to react and deal with challenging situations that they potentially may be faced with over the coming years, as they move on to their new schools.

Experts informed the pupils about the areas of Transport, Home Safety, Cyber Crime, Health & Well-being and Fire Safety. Thanks to Newry, Mourne & Down District Council for organising the event. Pupils were also provided with a healthy snack and received a goody-bag filled with stationary for their pencil cases. An afternoon well spent.

Pre-Sacramental Meeting for Confirmation

An important note was sent home this afternoon with P7 pupils who are making their Confirmation later in the school year. It details an upcoming Pre-Sacramental Meeting for parents / guardians of P7 pupils in the parish. The meeting will take place in St Oliver Plunkett’s Church, Forkhill next Wednesday evening (February 5th) @7.30pm. Important information regarding the preparation for Confirmation will be relayed at this meeting.