Key Dates for P1 Applications 2022/23

A reminder to all Parents with a child due to begin P1 September, 2022 the application process closes on Thursday, @ 12 Noon and by the end of the following week all supporting documentation and child’s birth certificate must be uploaded. For further information on the online application process please check the Education Authority website at the link below.

https://www.eani.org.uk/parents/admissions

Maths Week Ireland 2021

It was a busy week in St Mary’s as we celebrated Maths Week Ireland 2021. Everyone from Nursery to P7 enjoyed participating in an array of Maths Week activities. Congratulations to everyone who participated, all of our prize winners, P3a for guessing the correct amount of pumpkins in the jar, P6 for correctly guessing the weight of the pumpkin, and a special shoutout to Master McCoy’s P7 class for winning one of the St. Paul’s Maths Week Challenges. Thank you to everyone who helped to make Maths Week such a great success. Have a lovely Halloween break!

 

P1 + P2 Parents/Guardians

For the attention of Parents/Guardians of P1 + P2 Pupils,

We have received a request from Dr. Paddy O’ Connor, Lecturer in Education, at the School of Psychology, Queen’s University, Belfast to share the following…

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I am getting in touch to ask whether your school might be able to assist me with a research project which concerns validating a questionnaire to identify young children who may need some assistance with mathematics.

The purpose of the study is to ask parents (who have children in Primary 1 and/or Primary 2) to complete a short questionnaire, which asks them to rate the extent to which their child is able to carry out tasks which involve some kind of ordering skills, as well as asking parents to give some demographic information about themselves and their child. Previous research has found that these skills may be important to young children’s Maths learning. We are trying to validate this questionnaire with a large number of parents, so that in the future, this questionnaire could be used to identify young children who may need some help with learning maths during the foundation years.

I am writing to you to ask if you could display a link to the questionnaire on your online bulletin board, for the attention of Parents of children in Primary 1 and Primary 2 only. When the parents open the link, they will be asked to complete a consent form. We do not need any personal information about pupils, apart from their date of birth in order to calculate their exact age, and their gender. No identifying information about pupils would be accessible in any data files associated with the study or any reports that are written up about our findings.

Here is the link to the study: http://go.qub.ac.uk/mathsresearch

I appreciate that there are many demands on schools, but hope that you will consider this project worthwhile. I hope that your school can assist us with this research.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Paddy O’Connor

 

P1 Induction

Dear Parents

As you may already be aware, some of our classes have been compromised as a result of positive cases of Covid 19.  Unfortunately, we have been advised by the Public Health Agency to postpone all contact within and outside class/school bubbles.  As a result, we are left with no option but to cancel all P1 Induction meetings next week.  We hope to rearrange these meetings before the academic year begins, if it is safe to do so.

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding,

E. McCann & S. McCann

Sports Day 2021

Sports Day Note

Dear Parent / Guardian,

This year, our traditional Sports Day event is going to be a little different. Each year group will be designated a specific day over the course of a “Sports Week” for their own Sports Day. The timetable for all year groups has been copied above. If you have difficulty viewing the timetable, please try clicking the link below it which will open a PDF version of this message. A hard copy will also be sent home with the eldest child in each family tomorrow (Thursday).

On their Sports Day, pupils should wear their tracksuit / shorts and bring a hat, sun cream and a bottle of water. Unfortunately, we cannot welcome any parents / guardians into the school this year for Sports Day, again due to the ongoing restrictions. Fingers crossed the weather remains in our favour as we move into next week.

Kind Regards, Mr McDonnell.