Dear Nursery Parents,
Today you will receive a questionnaire from the Health Services. This is part of the Government Early Years Program which encourages closer liaison between Parents, Health Visitors and Early years Educators. The aim of which is to identify any issues or concerns at an early stage and to enable early intervention. Could all questionnaires please be returned no later than Monday the 21st of January. Following from this, there will be a timetable posted in the Nursery foyer, you can choose a suitable time for your one to one appointment with the school’s allocated Health Visitor Caroline Toner. Further information is available on the Education Authorities Web page.
Have a Wonderful Christmas everyone. The Nursery staff are delighted to announce that from your very generous donations at our Nativity performance we have raised £282 and €60. We will be able to purchase our outdoor overalls in the New Year, your support is very much appreciated. Enjoy the magic of Christmas and see you all in 2019.
Nursery and Foundation Stage have joined with Anne Sullivan International School in Barcelona to work on a project based on pen pals. We are delighted to have been invited by Cormac Walsh (originally from Mullaghbawn) to participate in this project. All the children in Nursery, P1 and P2 were excited to watch a video showing the children from the school in Barcelona on their school trip to a sea turtle rescue centre.
Over the past few weeks the children at St. Mary’s have been busy getting ready for Christmas. These moments have been captured on camera and put together to create a movie. This movie has been sent to Cormac who was showing it to parents at a Christmas concert in Anne Sullivan International School.
We hope you enjoy watching it as much the children enjoyed making it.
Merry Christmas to everyone from all in Nursery, P1 and P2.
The following people form our newly constituted Board of Governors. The newly formed Board will remain in office for a four year period. The role of the Governors is to promote good governance of the school and to support the needs of all pupils, staff and parents. The Board of Governors would like to wish all staff members and the school community a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous and peaceful New Year.
- Chairman: Mr Kevin Campbell
- Vice-chairperson: Mrs Kathleen Ferris
- Secretary: Mrs Paula Byrne
- Fr Heagney
- Mr Peter McDonnell
- Mr Aidan strain
- Mrs Lisa McKeown
- Mrs Jacqueline Conlon
- Mrs Catherine Murchan
- Mr Anthony Flynn
Primary 7 have been working on a Christmas craft with a difference this year, as they created St Mary’s first ever igloo! This STEM task enabled pupils to enhance their mathematical, technological and thinking skills. The idea came from our Eco Committee and the finished product has been given as a gift to the new Accelerated Reading library. The children invited the kitchen staff down to see the finished article today as many of the milk cartons came from the canteen. Bernie liked it that much she wanted to try it out for herself!
Pupils worked through the following stages in this project:
- Creating a detailed plan for each stage before commencing the build;
- Collecting lots of 2L milk cartons;
- Measuring the radius & marking out the circumference of the cardboard base;
- Gluing the cartons into pairs using the hot glue gun;
- Sticking each pair into place with a space in between to create a curve;
- Calculating the decrease in cartons needed for each ascending row;
- Bridging the entrance and forming the closed roof at the top.
P7 certainly used a lot “i-glue” in this project, pardon the pun, but can anyone guess how many cartons were used? Pupils can submit their guesses tomorrow to win a special Eco Schools prize!
Over the past two weeks P7 have been raising money for St Vincent de Paul. They organised a successful daily postal service for Christmas cards and ran a door collection at the P5 Nativity Play.
We are pleased to announce that enough money has been raised to purchase all four £35 voucher gifts from the SVP tree in St Mary’s Church (a gift from each KS2 class). Representatives from each of the four KS2 classes are pictured with their voucher gift before it was taken to SVP in Newry. £140 is a fantastic total and everyone who contributed can be very proud of the fact that they are helping others at this difficult time of year. An additional £21 was collected today and this will also be donated along with any additional money collected tomorrow.
Congratulations to P7 and P6/7 who recently completed their 10-week course in mindfulness. The children have acquired lots of new strategies to help them to overcome those challenging situations inside and outside of school. Thanks to Julieanne of “Mindful kids Ireland” for delivering the course.
Congratulations to the new members of the St Mary’s Eco Committee. They were presented with their badges by Mr McDonnell at assembly recently. Some pupils who were absent are missing from the photo. Well done to everyone who put themselves forward at the election stage. There were some fantastic ICT presentations, songs, raps, poems and much more.
The P7 year group had a great morning exploring Newry Museum at Bagenal’s Castle. The fun workshops were based on the theme of Christmas. Pupils completed arts & crafts activities, played with old & new toys from around the world and learned about the origin of many Irish Christmas traditions, with a particular focus on the Victorian era. This tied in with their studies this year. It was a lovely day out for the children as they edge closer to the Christmas break.