Back to School for Nursery, P1, P2 + P3

Back to School for Nursery, P1, P2 + P3

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I look forward to welcoming back pupils in the following Year Groups: Nursery, P1, P2 and  P3,  from this Monday, 8th March, for two weeks. To help keep everyone safe I ask that you read through the following procedures.

P Mc Donnell

Returning to school Procedures Mon 8th March

All of the previous routines that were in place before Christmas relating to: sanitising and washing hands, class bubbles, toileting, play activities and movement within the school and grounds will remain in place. In addition please note:

  1.  School buses to drop off and pick up as normal to begin with, but collection times may be revised when the demands of the secondary school have been established.
  2. Children to enter school at the same points as before lock down. Key-workers’ children to enter by the front door if they don’t have a sibling entering at another point.
  3. Children to exit from the same points as they entered school from.
  4. Breaks and Dinners will be at the normal times. School meals are available to all children who wish to avail of the service either though free school meals entitlement or by paying. This provision is also available for the supervised children of Key Workers.
  5. Pupils may use regular lunch bags, for packed lunches.
  6. We will continue to accommodate Key Workers’ children up to 3.30 pm. Younger siblings of these supervised children (and other pupils who need), can join with them after 2 pm when their classes end. Please arrange this in advance through the Office.
  7. Bus users may wait in school with the supervised children until the 3 pm pick-up. Please notify the Office if your child is to wait for a 3 pm bus.
  8. Supervised children who have been attending St Mary’s have been following the online activities/lessons posted by their respective teachers and this will continue to be the case. The use of personal devices, if available, would help to reduce the demand on school owned machines.
  9. If you haven’t already been using the supervision facility in St Mary’s and need a supervised place for your P4-7 child please contact us in advance on 028 -30888351 or email pmcdonnell667@c2kni.net

World Book Day

World Book Day

Tuesday’s challenge~ send your class teacher some photographs of you enjoying books in weird and wonderful places.
There is still time to “Decorate a potato as your favourite book character “.  There has been some very creative entries.

Thank you for your participation.
P.Byrne

Let’s celebrate World Book Day 2021

Let’s celebrate World Book Day 2021

Dear families,

Next week Thursday 4th of March we will be joining in the celebrations for World Book Day 2021.  As a school we endeavour to foster a love for reading all year round by exposing each child to a variety of books, genres and reading audiences.  Statistics about regarding the importance of reading to your child in the early years and encouraging independent reading when the child has acquired the skills to do so.

” Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success, more than family circumstances, parents’ educational backgrounds or incomes. ”

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and development.

We intend to make next week all about BOOKS 📙📕📗📘.  We have planned a week of fun-filled activities to celebrate our love of books.  All children, families, parents, grandparents and more are welcome to join in.  The aim is to get talking about books and to have some much needed fun exploring them.  Books offer us the perfect opportunity for escapism, so for the times that we are in, let’s use books to cheer us all up. 😀
The Program for the week is as follows.

Monday: Potato Challenge – Decorate a spud as your favourite reading bud.

Tuesday: Capture the Quirky.  We want pictures of your novelty reading spaces.

Wednesday : Come Dine with me – Prepare a menu to host a meal for your favourite book character.

Thursday: we present, THE MASKED READER.  Please send any photos of your kids in fancy dress for World Book Day.

Friday: Design time:  design a costume or new book cover for your favourite character or book,

All activities open to all ages.  Also check out the web site of Scholastic and David Walliams for some additional activities.

Check out the following link for an explanation of all the above activities.  Your teacher will keep you updated through your class online platform.
https://youtu.be/Hp60dExRnCQ

Looking forward to seeing your work.

P Byrne

 

Changes to Holiday Dates

Changes to Holiday Dates

Dear Parents/Guardians

The 18th and 19th of March had been planned as Staff Days, with pupils off school. However with the recent announcement from the Minister Peter Weir, that Nursery to P3 pupils are to return to school for 2 weeks, these days are now deferred until the 30th and 31st of March, (Holy Week). This will ensure that except for St Patrick’s Day itself, the 2 weeks face to face in class time for Nursery to P3 will not be interrupted.

Children of Key Workers who are in P4-P7 will continue to be accommodated through this 2 week period and all Key Worker children can be accommodated on the 30th and 31st of March.

P Mc Donnell

P6- “Still Life” Live Art Lesson 🎨

P6- “Still Life” Live Art Lesson 🎨

The  AMAZING “Still Life” art work completed by P6 pupils in their live art lesson last Friday, with art teacher Sinead Campbell of  “The Art and Design Factory”. We think each and every piece of  work would grace the walls of any art gallery! Well done!!

This week was the turn of P5 and as soon as the boys of girls of P5  have upload their work we will bring it to you, here on our website.

If you’d like to learn more about Sinead’s work a link to her Facebook page is given below.

https://www.facebook.com/TheArtandDesignFactory

 

 

Message to Parents

Message to Parents

Dear Parents
Firstly, let me congratulate you on the spectacular support you have given to your children during this time of home learning and online school activities.
We in St Mary’s have many issues to consider in how best to continue to support children and families at home and to manage the time taken to plan and prepare for such activities.
After close examination of the demands of continuing online activities both from a school and a home per perspective, I have decided to suspend all online activities on Fridays. This will now be a planning day for staff and a day for families and children to use away from the demands of online learning.
Your child’s teacher will be in contact with you after mid-term to organise a 10 min phone call, to discuss work done and the general progress of your child/children.
In the meantime if you have any issues of concern do not hesitate to contact me.
 Yours Sincerely
Peter McDonnell

Star Gazing ✨

Star Gazing ✨

Do you know how to identify Orion?

Do you know about light pollution and what we can all do to protect our starry skies?

Would you like to make star cookies, or complete word searches and starry dot to dots?

Even if the visibility is too poor for star gazing this weekend you will find all that you need for a “Star Gazing” weekend of activities and much more in the CPRE Star Count pack attached below!

Happy Star Gazing everyone! ✨

CPRE-Star-Count-activity-pack-2021

Celebration ✨

We were blown away by the work carried out for our recent celebration of Catholic School’s Week and had to share a selection from our KS2 Classes. There was such a high level of participation that it was almost impossible to pick out samples for the video attached below.

This week we marked the beginning of Spring with St Brigid’s Day, we all hope for brighter days ahead… but the fantastic work of our boys and girls should swell everyone’s heart in our school community with PRIDE. Well done boys and girls… YOU ARE AMAZING!!!✨👏

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRPLjjJZYSw&feature=youtu.be