Twenty years ago today our Nursery unit was officially opened. It certainly doesn’t seem that long ago, time really does fly when you are having fun. Back in those days it was a Miss Toale and a Miss Hayes that made up the staff, the names may have changed but we are still enjoying every minute of working together and getting to know each individual pupil in our care, an estimated 530 children have come through our doors. Vicki McParland has in recent years joined the staff and together we feel privileged to offer such young children their first experience of school life. Our sincere thanks to all the Parents, Grandparents, family and friends who have supported St Mary’s Nursery unit over the years.
We were saddened today to hear of the death of Mrs Eileen Keenan, known to many of our Past Pupils as “Mrs Kennan, the dancing teacher”. For very many years Mrs Keenan traveled weekly from Newry to Mullaghbawn on the lunch-time bus, tape recorder in hand, ready to teach the “1,2, 3’s” in our Assembly Hall.
We have many fond memories of her time with us and we would like on behalf of the Board of Governors, Staff and Pupils, Past and Present, to extend our heartfelt sympathy to her family, friends and the wider Dancing Community.
We had a packed “virtual” house last night as our keen KS2 footballers tuned in to listen to and ask questions from two members of the Armagh County Squad, Eoghan Mc Donnell and Jarly Og Burns. Thank you very much to Eoghan and Jarly Og, who spoke about their own sporting careers as well as answering many questions from the floor, inspiring and encouraging the next generation of players.
Well done also to the KS2 children whose skills at asking questions, talking and listening have really developed through this new medium for teaching and learning, “video conferencing”. Our guests were very impressed by not only the questions asked but also the confidence with which the children can use our video conference platform, Collaborate Ultra. Well done all.
We have a real treat for you this afternoon, when we will be joined by 2 members of the senior Armagh panel: Jarly Og Burns, (Silverbridge) and past pupil (and Mullaghbawn man), Eoghan Mc Donnell.
They have kindly agreed to join us at 5 pm for a chat about their sporting lives and tips for all our budding Armagh players.
A link will be sent to all KS2 pupils, (who have returned their Code of Conduct for video conferencing), through their Google Classroom this afternoon, please log on 10/15 minutes before starting time, and fingers crossed we will have no WiFi problems
Yesterday we were delighted to welcome back 33 former pupils with their Secondary School Principals and teachers to receive certificates for the YCT Level 1, which they sat in their P7 year.
The YCT is an international standardised test of proficiency in Mandarin, set by Hanban, the Department of Education, China. It assesses students’ abilities to use Mandarin through demonstrating their ability to understand and use some of the most common Mandarin phrases and sentences. The test is made up of two components, writing and speaking.
We are delighted to report that St. Mary’s students under the instruction of Mr Wan Li our Confucius Institute, Mandarin tutor, scored very highly on their papers, in fact well beyond the required pass mark!
Congratulations everyone, we were delighted to see you all again and hope that your experience of learning Mandarin at St Mary’s will promote a life long, love of languages.
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.
Well done to the St Mary’s pupils and past pupils who won the Armagh Camogie Feile at the weekend. It was a remarkable achievement and everyone in school is very proud of you all. Best wishes to the entire team and management ahead of the All Ireland in Cork at the start of June.
We are delighted to hear this exciting news from St. Joseph’s Crossmaglen which involves a number of our past pupils…they are organising a fundraising event for a trip to Cambodia in February 2020, in which two teachers and 10 pupils are going to help build a home for a less fortunate family.
The 10 pupils travelling are: Cathal Doherty, Miceal Loughran, Michael O’Farrell, Fionn Downey, Abi McMahon, Aimee Murchan, Laura Hughes, Laura McAnulty, Claire Casey & Eimear Traynor.
They would appreciate support from the St. Mary’s, school community for their event. Details as below.
GAA Pre-Championship Chat Night in
St. Joseph’s High School, Crossmaglen
on Thursday 2nd May
Panelists: Joe Brolly, Aaron Kernan, Dan McCartan
MC: Benny Tierney
They will discuss this year’s Championship,
A great night to be had by all!
Tickets are on sale from: St. Joseph’s High School,
McEntee’s & Casey’s Shops, Crossmaglen.
Tickets are £12/€15 and all money raised will go to the upcoming trip to Cambodia with “Habitat for Humanity”.
A huge thank you to everyone who attended the quiz in the football club on Friday night. It proved a great nights craic for both children and adults. It was also great to see some past pupils coming back to support St. Mary’s….thanks lads! Money raised on the night and from donations earlier in the week amounted to just over £600. A word of thanks also to the winning team who very kindly donated their prize money back to our worthy cause. This money will be added to the fund and will be used to purchase an outdoor climbing frame for P1 and P2 children. Many thanks to all those from the club who helped make the night such a success.
CLOSING DATE FOR NURSERY AND PRIMARY ONE APPLICATIONS IS
WEDNESDAY 10TH JANUARY AT 12 NOON.
Application forms are available from the school office or can be downloaded from the Southern Education Authority’s website. Birth certificate and 2 utility bills confirming proof of addressed are required.