Our P 7 Pupils had a busy morning, learning some very important 1st Aid and Life Saving skills. They began by dramatising some different 1st aid situations, which could occur in any of our homes or classes, including how to deal with excessive bleeding, broken bones and bangs to the head. They then moved on to, “The Push Over” a procedure for putting a casualty into a safe position which ensures the airways are kept open if the casualty is unconscious. Finally everyone had the opportunity to practise chest compressions on “Norman” our very patient casualty!
Thank you to Sarah from the Red Cross, Youth Section for taking the course and we hope everyone is more confident and better equipped to deal with any emergencies which could occur.
We are looking for dancers, singers, musicians, comedians…. from all classes, for our first ever “St. Mary’s Got Talent, Show“! It promises to be a great afternoon of entertainment… indeed if early indications are anything to go by we will have to start at 9.10 am as soon as the morning bell rings, to fit in all the acts signed up!
It’s being organised by our Student Council who are busy, making posters, and signing up acts, from individuals, groups and classes. So any budding entertainers, if you haven’t already signed up, get in touch with your Student Council Representatives.
All those taking part please note, you have until Wednesday, to have your act polished and ready for performance. If you intend using a sound track, please speak to your teacher before Wednesday.
All classes are invited to watch, entrance is £1/pupil, with all money raised going towards school funds.
Thanks to Michael McKinney, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Biodiversity Officer, for facilitating Primary 1 and Primary 7 biodiversity workshops. The children learned about the local landscape and range of living things in our area, in a fun and interactive session. Michael was impressed with the level of understanding among the pupils and passed on some more fascinating facts to the children.
St Mary’s whole school Sports Day took place on Wednesday. We were blessed with magnificent weather and the children enjoyed a full day of activities. A huge thanks to SPAR Mullaghbawn, who again sponsored packs for every child in the school. This is an extremely generous act and is much appreciated by everyone associated with the school. Thanks also to Mrs McKeown for providing the music and to the P7 pupils who operated the ice cream stand. It was a busy day and all of the children went home with a big smile on their face.
The time has almost arrived for the overnight trip to Carlingford Adventure Centre. Below is a copy of the note sent out to P7 parents last week, with some useful information for the trip.
Excitement is building as we approach what is arguably the highlight of every primary school pupil’s life; the overnight trip. This is a brief note, to inform you of some important details. It is a wonderful opportunity for pupils to gain valuable life experience, as they challenge themselves with the fun-filled itinerary of exciting activities that Carlingford Adventure Centre has to offer. It is also a new experience for many who will stay away from home for the first time.
The bus will depart the school @8.00am sharp on Wednesday, May 30th. Please ensure that your child is at the school on time and that they have eaten a hearty breakfast, as we aim to get start straight into the activities when we arrive. Pupils will arrive back at school @6.30pm approx. on Thursday, May 31st for collection.
It is recommended that your child is involved in the packing of their belongings, so they know exactly what they have with them and where it is in their bag. Your child should bring clothes that they don’t mind getting wet or muddy and that will keep them warm. The items listed below is not conclusive but are recommended by the centre as essential items.
- Tracksuit tops, bottoms, t-shirts & socks (at least one change per day)
- 2 pairs of runners (including an old pair for water sports)
- Personal toiletries & towels
- Sunscreen & a hat
- A small backpack
If your child has their own walking boots, waterproof jacket and trousers, please bring them, although these will be available at the centre. It is highly recommended that children have their name clearly written on their belongings.
A maximum of E10 will be more than enough to bring on the trip. Electronic devices are something which are not required on the trip and we ask that you comply with this. Should your child need to contact you for any reason there will be a telephone on site (or in an emergency situation you can contact the centre on 00353429373100).
There were two very special guests of honour at KS2 assembly this morning. The Abbey CBS in Newry recently won the Brock Cup and St Mary’s was very proud to welcome back past pupils, Sean Conlon and Oran McKeown, who starred on the successful team. The boys showcased the cup, posed for photographs (including one with a very proud younger brother) and answered questions, but more importantly they stood as an example of what can be achieved through hard work and determination. They are two great ambassadors for St Mary’s and are living out the school motto of, “Never settle for less than your best!”
Thanks to Oran and Sean, along with their teachers/coaches, Mr Gallagher and Mr Hannon, for making the trip out this morning. It will hopefully help to inspire the next generation of Gaelic footballers in our area.
Congratulations to the Primary sevens who made their Confirmation yesterday in St Oliver Plunkett’s Church, Forkhill. We were blessed with beautiful weather and all of the children did their jobs diligently to ensure it was a beautiful ceremony.
A special thanks to Mrs Murphy (choir co-ordinator) and Mrs McCann (organist) for their hard work in preparing the musical elements of the mass. Thanks also to our celebrant Cardinal Brady, to Fr Carville and Fr Heagney who assisted with the ceremony and everyone else who helped make it such a special day for the children involved.