Calling all Adult Gardeners!

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Next Friday evening (April 27th) @5pm we hope to assemble a team of adult helpers to carry out some work relating to our Eco Schools project. If you are available, then please contact the school office, who will take your name and phone number. Any help at all will be greatly appreciated.

The jobs that need be carried out include:

  • Positioning and filling the new flower beds (tractor tyres) at the front of the school;
  • Clearing an area at the back of the school to allow the planting of wild flowers;
  • Digging up an area at the bottom of the football field to allow the planting of new shrubs.

Environmental Youth Speak

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On Tuesday, 19 P6 and P7 pupils took to the stage to compete for the opportunity to represent St Mary’s at the 2018 Environmental Youth Speak. It was incredible to see all of the pupils involved showcasing their knowledge in front of their peers. We had poems, raps, drama and song!

There were a number of prizes handed out today but the overall winner was the pupil who achieved the highest combined mark for the content of the speech and also their delivery. They will go on to represent St Mary’s at the regional event next week. Good luck!

Junior Road Safety Activities

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Today saw the conclusion of a busy few weeks for the JRSO team. The officers carried out a “safe-crossing workshop” for the Nursery class, teaching them about the role of the lollypop lady and how to cross safely. At assembly the team announced the winners of the competitions that they set before the Easter break. They found it very difficult to choose from all of the wonderful work. Winners received a certificate and a hi-viz jacket to protect them when walking outside of school. Our JRSO team hope that all of these activities help to promote safe behaviour when out and about!

  • Foundation Stage completed a “Green Cross Code Breakers” task
  • KS1 completed a “Spot the Hazards” task
  • KS2 designed a new school mascot for our JRSO team

 

Health Action Heroes

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This year, Healthy Living is one of our three main Eco Schools topics. Tomorrow (Tuesday) and Thursday will see Nursery – P3/4 taking part in “Health Action Heroes” workshops. The programme, delivered by the charity, Action Cancer, will see pupils learn how to stay fit and healthy through exercise and good food choices in a fun and interactive manner. Hopefully all of the pupils involved will be health action heroes like Mambo and Jazz by the end of the week!

Healthy Kidz Easter Camp

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Please find attached, all of the details you need for the Healthy Kidz Easter Camp. It’s sure to be lots of fun!

This week, five lucky pupils from St Mary’s received free passes to the camp from Owen, our school coach. These were awarded to pupils who put in a big effort during PE lessons and regularly input their exercise and healthy eating data into the app. Well done to all pupils who continue to make a big effort with Healthy Kidz!

Sentinus K’Nex Construction Challenge

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Well done to both P7 teams from St Mary’s who took part in the K’Nex Construction Challenge organised by Sentinus. The task involved pupils planning and constructing a sports arena. The brief stated that it had to be structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing. Our pupils were commended for their efforts  and had a great day out.

Another two teams will enter the Primary STEM Challenge next week.

Green World Book Day at St Mary’s

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Today was no ordinary day at St Mary’s, as our postponed World Book Day event was combined with a Green Day. Lots of funds were raised, in the name of our patron saint, to help finance some new seeds and planting equipment to improve the exterior of our school.

Mrs Murphy (aka Gansta Granny) and her team of assistants coordinated many great activities, including a book swap and book lottery. Well over 1,000 books have found a new home this evening, with every pupil in the school getting their hands on at least one new title.

There will be plenty of reading in Mullaghbawn over St Patrick’s weekend as a result of this joint literacy and Eco schools initiative.

 

A Greener World Book Day

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Friday will be a celebration of two important elements in our school, our dedication to helping every child become a lifelong reader, and our commitment to winning a green flag for being an Eco–school.

We are combining the postponed World Book Day activities with a Green Day event.

  • Children are invited to dress in green OR as a book character,
  • There will be a recycled book sale from our central library stock,
  • A book DROP-AND-SWAP table in the Old Nursery which parents are welcome to avail of,
  • Lucky green book bags will be given in a class lottery,
  • Pupils will be led by the Eco-committee in complete the BIG SPRING CLEAN,
  • A £1 per child or £2 per family donation for school funds would be appreciated.

We wish everyone a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day and a relaxing time reading your book choices on Monday 19th.

Newry Chapter Credit Union Quiz

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Our quiz team did the school, their families and the Slieve Gullion region proud on Friday night past in The Armagh City Hotel, as they went toe-to-toe with all of the first round winners from the Newry Chapter of the Credit Union.

Having finished in joint second place behind the Abbey Grammar after twelve rounds, our team went into a tie-break with St Dallan’s. Unfortunately they fell short in the tie-break and finished in third place, but what an achievement it was to finish so far up the leaderboard with teams present all the way from Armagh to Kilkeel!

The group have worked very hard as they prepared during lunchtimes and in their own free time since winning the local heat six weeks ago. You can all be very proud of yourselves.