Supporting Down Syndrome Awareness

Yesterday we joined in a worldwide celebration in support of those with Down Syndrome. Wearing our odd socks with pride, we had a wonderful day discussing everyone’s talents and abilities. Such young children see the world in such a straightforward way and it is a tonic to hear what Down syndrome means to them.  Their comments about Aaron included, “He is the same as me only he can run faster”, “ He gives me seven hugs everyday”, “ He is very good at drawing”, He loves Mr Tumble and Peppa”, “ I like building blocks with him”…… The fondness all the class spoke of Aaron clearly shows the huge impression he has made on them and indeed us, the staff.  Aaron brightens every day with his huge personality, his sense of humour, his love and a natural inclination to give a hug just when it is needed most.

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Environmental Youth Speak 2019

 

Well done to the 21 pupils from P6 and P7 who entered into the Environmental Youth Speak competition for 2019. The theme was, “A Day in the Life of an Eco-Warrior.”

All of the pupils and staff in attendance were blown away by the stage presence, standard of delivery and the content of the speeches. The children demonstrated great courage by getting up on stage in front of a packed assembly hall.

The winning entrant will be the pupil who has the highest combined score for their content and presentation, which are marked in equal measure. Their name will be revealed in school tomorrow and we wish them luck ahead of the Newry, Mourne & Down DC Final in Downpatrick next Tuesday.

Big Battery Hunt and Green Day

The Eco Committee launched the Big Battery Hunt at assembly on Friday. Each family in the school has received a battery collection box to take home. When this is filled with used batteries, pupils can take them into school and empty it into the mega-battery in the foyer. Pupils can refill their collection boxes as often as they wish. Once our mega-battery is completely filled, it will be collected and the school will be entered into a draw for some great prizes.
Thanks also to everyone who contributed towards the non-uniform Green Day on Friday past. A super total of £195 was raised and this money will go towards the Eco Schools programme in the school.

Family Quiz

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.

After-School Gaelic Football

After-school Gaelic Football for P6 and P7 will resume tomorrow (Thursday), with this being, “Boys’ Week.” Next Thursday will be “Girls’ Week.” Parents will have a copy of the information sheet that was sent home before mid-term, as permission slips, which have been returned to school, were detached from this sheet. Pick-up times, gear needed, dates of boys / girls’ sessions etc. are all listed on this information sheet. Please keep it for your reference. We look forward to a good turn-out tomorrow!

Literacy Week Launch

Thank you to our Junior Librarians who informed us at Assembly of all the exciting events taking place next week for Literacy Week.

On Monday, 4th of March, we have a visit from local author Declan Carville. Declan is author of a number of titles including: The Fairy Glen, A Day to Remember at the Giant’s Causeway and Valentine O’ Byrne Irish Dancer.

As part of the “Author Visit” there will be a book signing in school on Monday and an opportunity for everyone to buy a book and to have it signed. Three titles will be available for sale: The Magic Harp, Billy, where have all your friends gone?  and Nelly Fandango. The oldest in families received a sheet with additional information on these titles. The cost / book is £5.

Parents may accompany children to book signings at the times indicated below, otherwise please place money in an envelope with the name of the book you wish to purchase clearly indicated.

Times for Book Signings:

1.15- 1.45 pm Nursery Pupils in Nursery

1.45-2.15 pm P1, P2 and P3 in Accelerated Reading Room

2.45-3.15 pm P5, P6 and P7 in Library.

 

P7 Catholic Schools Week Assembly

Primary 7 led a special assembly for the rest of the school to mark Catholic Schools Week 2019 on the last day before mid-term. This assembly had been rescheduled from the previous two Fridays due to unforeseen circumstances.

The theme of Catholic Schools Week 2019 was “Living Stones” and P7 explained to the rest of the school that it is people that makes our school a special place; we are the living stones. The girls and boys showcased the video (I’m a celeb’ style) that they created, led a prayer service with readings and sang the beautiful hymn, “Living Stones.”

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