Athletics NI Indoor Sports Hall Competition

     

A group of ten P7 pupils attended the Newry heat of the Athletics NI Indoor Sports Hall Competition yesterday. The children got to try out new events in first class facilities.

The boys team came third in the team relay, a group of six pupils came third in the mixed agility relay, one pupil finished third in the girls’ speed bounce and another pupil came third in the boys’ endurance run. All pupils received certificates of participation which will be presented at assembly on Friday morning.

Well done to all of the St Mary’s participants and thanks to Athletics NI for organising a great day.

P7 Visit to Faughart Shrine

 

 

 

 

 

To mark Catholic Schools Week 2019 and to continue their ongoing preparations for making their Confirmation in May, Primary 7 visited Faughart Shrine last Friday. This coincided with the feast day of St Bridget. Archbishop Eamon Martin led a short prayer service and discussion on the life of St Bridget. It was also an opportunity for the children to get the St Bridget’s crosses that they made in school blessed. Thanks to Fr Heagney and the Parish Council for organising the trip.

P7 Trip to Bagenal’s Castle

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.

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Nursery trip to Newry Fire Station

We had a wonderful trip today to Newry Fire Station.  Our sincere thanks to the Firefighters who treated us so well,  our group were educated, engaged and entertained by the presentation.  We had a lot of aspiring firefighters on the way home. Special thanks to Brian Kirwan, Ben’s Dad who is stationed at the Newry fire department, we appreciate your help in facilitating the visit.

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P7 Residential Trip

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The time has almost arrived for the overnight trip to Carlingford Adventure Centre. Below is a copy of the note sent out to P7 parents last week, with some useful information for the trip.

Excitement is building as we approach what is arguably the highlight of every primary school pupil’s life; the overnight trip. This is a brief note, to inform you of some important details. It is a wonderful opportunity for pupils to gain valuable life experience, as they challenge themselves with the fun-filled itinerary of exciting activities that Carlingford Adventure Centre has to offer. It is also a new experience for many who will stay away from home for the first time.

The bus will depart the school @8.00am sharp on Wednesday, May 30th. Please ensure that your child is at the school on time and that they have eaten a hearty breakfast, as we aim to get start straight into the activities when we arrive. Pupils will arrive back at school @6.30pm approx. on Thursday, May 31st for collection.

It is recommended that your child is involved in the packing of their belongings, so they know exactly what they have with them and where it is in their bag. Your child should bring clothes that they don’t mind getting wet or muddy and that will keep them warm. The items listed below is not conclusive but are recommended by the centre as essential items.

  • Tracksuit tops, bottoms, t-shirts & socks (at least one change per day)
  • Swimwear
  • 2 pairs of runners (including an old pair for water sports)
  • Personal toiletries & towels
  • Sunscreen & a hat
  • A small backpack

If your child has their own walking boots, waterproof jacket and trousers, please bring them, although these will be available at the centre. It is highly recommended that children have their name clearly written on their belongings.

A maximum of E10 will be more than enough to bring on the trip. Electronic devices are something which are not required on the trip and we ask that you comply with this. Should your child need to contact you for any reason there will be a telephone on site (or in an emergency situation you can contact the centre on 00353429373100).

 

Grow your own picnic ~ part 2

The Nursery had an extremely busy morning over at Finnegan’s Garden Centre today.  Firstly  we checked the progress of  the potatoes that we planted on our previous visit.  Then we went on a sensory exploration discovering the taste, textures and smells of various garden flowers, herbs and plants.  There was great excitement as we got up close to very friendly snails.   We finished our visit by planting pumpkin seeds and lettuce.   Thanks again to the staff for such a well-planned learning experience, the children really enjoyed it.

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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!