The after-school Gardening Club had their end-of-year party last Wednesday. It was a party with a difference, as the children used fruit and veg from the school garden to cook the treats. There was soup, salad sandwiches, rhubarb crumble, carrot cake and much more.
It was also a sad occasion, however, as it was Alison’s last week with the club. Unfortunately the funding for Ring of Gullion’s Landscape Partnership has not been renewed and they will have to cease their involvement with the school garden this summer. Everyone wishes to thank Alison and also Abby for all of their hard work over the past two years. A lot has been achieved and you have left a lasting legacy in St Mary’s. Best wishes for the future!
Sporting fever gripped the school last week, as the annual netball and football blitzes were held. Pupils from P5, P6 and P7 played out some great matches in both codes. Well done to the winning teams and indeed everyone who took part.
Tuesday, June 14th 2018 will go down as a historic day for St Mary’s, as the school achieved its very first Eco Schools Green Flag. It’s the culmination of three years of hard work by pupils, staff, parents and the local community.
Our Eco committee members were thrilled to receive the good news from the assessors and asked Mr McDonnell to call a special outdoor assembly to inform the rest of the school before home time. They also plan to hold a special ceremony to raise the flag on the pole for the first time before the end of the academic year. Unfortunately, some committee members had to leave school early today and missed the assembly, but they will be in attendance for the flag ceremony.
Finally, the work doesn’t stop here, as the school will look for other areas to improve upon in the years ahead!
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.
Whole School Sports Day, sponsored by SPAR, will take place next Wednesday, June 6th (weather permitting). All parents are welcome to attend. Proceedings will begin at approximately 9.25am. All children should wear a tracksuit and bring along shorts, a hat, sun cream and a bottle of water. In the interest of child protection, it is our school’s policy that photographs should not be recorded by parents using any mobile devices. Each class has been assigned a World Cup country and if they wish, children are invited to wear the colour associated with their country. An ice-cream stand will also be operated by some of our P7s and children can purchase one for £1, with all proceeds going towards Eco Schools funds. Hopefully we will have a dry day and lots of fun!
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.
Thanks to Mrs Gregory’s dad, Peter, who presented new window boxes to our Eco Committee today. Peter, along with the other members of Lislea Men’s Shed have worked hard to design and manufacture the flower holders, after receiving a written invitation for assistance from our Eco Committee. It’s great to work alongside other local community groups as we try to make our school a greener place and achieve our green flag.
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.