All of Primary 5 went to Belfast last Wednesday to visit W5. The children got to take part in a forensic workshop, the “climbit” frame and we visited all the different floors. Everyone had a brilliant day!
A big thank you to Bernie and the U14 girls who came last night to give our Catalan visitors a taster of camogie… they thoroughly enjoyed their experience as did the P6 pupils. It’s the turn of P7 tonight to host our Catalan friends, music and dancing at BlueBell Lane from 7 to 8.30pm, bring a jacket.
Thank you to all our very talented boys and girls who took part in Assembly yesterday morning. With P7 having a lie in after their Confirmation, Thursday night it was the children from P4, P5 and P6 who took the lead, reciting a poem written by P6/7 especially for the occasion, demonstrating Irish dancing and traditional music. Well done, you were great ambassadors for our school and Community.
Our Catalan visitors also treated us to songs in Spanish and Catalan as well as a fabulous gymnastics display. Thank you, we really enjoyed it.
St Mary’s Staff are participating in the Race for Life walk on Sunday in Belfast in memory of our treasured V.P. Mrs Ann Murphy and all those we know who have lost their battle with cancer. The Race for Life raises much needed funds for Cancer Research in Northern Ireland. Tomorrow Friday 24th May there will be a non uniform day in school with all proceeds going to this very worthy cause. Thank you all your support.
The Nursery would like to thank Mrs O’Hagan, her P3class and Finnegan’s Nursery for coming over this morning and performing “Operation transformation”on our garden. They weeded, planted and watered a new sensory patch and added splashes of colour and scent all around. As a thank you we all shared morning snack outside and the ice lollies went down a treat. We then made the most of the sunny day with the P3s and Nursery enjoying an outdoor play session together, finishing our impromptu fun day with a magical dramatised story in our Willow Hut. School days really are the best ……
The annual Cross Country event is due to take place tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22nd in Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. All P4, P5, P6 & P7 pupils have put in a great effort training during the month of May and we wish good luck to all of the competitors who have qualified to represent St Mary’s tomorrow. Pupils taking part need to remember to bring water, sun cream, a packed lunch, weather appropriate clothing and any medication if needed. The bus will leave school shortly after 9:10am, so pupils also need to ensure they arrive on time.
Last Friday, KS2 used the annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic as an opportunity to raise some funds for the Mullaghbawn U14 Camogie team, who will make the trip to Cork for the All Ireland Feile in June. There was a full schedule of fun activities, which are listed below, and all of the children brought in a donation for the team.
- Instead of cross country practice, pupils took part in “teddy relay races,” using the teddy bears in place of the traditional baton!
- A photo booth was set up for pupils to get selfies taken with their teddy bears. The photos have been uploaded into the Google Classroom, from where they will be able to download them if they wish.
- The Sphero robots and iPads were taken out to the yard for a special race event. The pupils (and staff) competed against each other to see who could navigate their robot around the course (including their teddy bear) in the shortest time.
- Many parents generously sent in lots of buns and cakes for a Teddy Tuck Shop, which went to down a treat with children and adults alike!
- Staff members undertook a special “bear quiz,” designed by Miss Mulkerns, to see who was the most knowledgeable on the subject. Well done to Mrs Martina McKinley who came out on top.
Thanks to the generosity of pupils, parents and staff, an incredible total of £542 and €18 was raised, which along with the £215 and €6 raised from the recent non-uniform day, enabled us to hand over £757 and €24 to Blaithin O’Brien, the team coach, who came in to help with events on the day. We hope the girls have a wonderful time away and this money goes some of the way towards your fundraising target.
P7 were recently treated to a visit from Frances Weldon, who works with Almac Group. Frances explained the kind of work that an Analytical Chemist does on a daily basis and set up a range of experiments for the children to take part in. It was a wonderful afternoon. Thanks to Frances for volunteering to facilitate the workshop and to W5 who run the ambassador programme. It may possibly inspire a subject or career choice for some of our pupils at some point in the future.
P1 are currently involved in a Shared Education Project with Dun Dealgan National School. On Tuesday Dun Dealgan came to St. Mary’s to participate in lessons around the theme of Folklore. Then on Wednesday we travelled to Dundalk where we joined in art and music lessons with the boys and girls in Dun Dealgan. We are looking forward to meeting up with our new friends very soon.