P6/7 have been learning about the Stations of the Cross and last week visited St Mary’s Church to complete some research as to what each of the 14 Station represents. They made some sketches whilst in the Chapel and these are put together in the video linked below as a reflection for everyone on this Good Friday, as we know many will not be able to visit the Church. We hope you enjoy and wish everyone a peaceful and happy Easter.
It has been a very long time since we all prayed together, but a blink of sunshine on Friday provided us with this rare moment!
We gathered and prayed for all those connected to our school who are unwell, for all the families who have lost a loved one since we last met and for each and every boy, girl and member of staff, as they settle back into their classes and friendships after such an extended period of time away.
Master Mc Donnell congratulated everyone on the work they completed through Seesaw and Google Classrooms and thanked Parents, Grandparents, all who helped and supported our boys and girls during a tough period of Lock-down and home schooling.
The well deserved Easter break beckons, ( just one more day for pupils) and the Staff and Pupils of St Mary’s take this opportunity to wish the wider school community a very Happy Easter.
Congratulations to our Nursery children for jumping back into school life with ease. It is a credit to these very young children that they have adapted so well to their long awaited return to the classroom, such a demonstration of resilience. 🌟🌟 We are so proud of you all. Enjoy our St Patrick’s Day video. Have a super St Patrick’s Day.
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!!!✨👏
Last weekend’s “Big Garden Bird Watch”, gave us all plenty of opportunity here at St. Mary’s to get outside. Not only did we immerse ourselves in nature, we also “expressed ourselves” through: creating bird feeders, taking photographs, drawing and recording what we saw!
We know why we spend time outdoors in nature:
It builds our confidence- The way we play in nature is more informal and less structured than most of our indoor play.
It promotes our creativity and imagination. We can think more freely, design our own activities, and approach the world in inventive ways.
It teaches us responsibility. When we take care of the living parts of our environment we learn what happens when we forget to water a plant, or pull a flower out by its roots.
It provides us with different stimulation. We activate all our senses: we can see, hear, smell, taste and touch in outdoor environments.
It gets us moving. Interacting with nature involves more exercise than sitting on our couch!
It makes us think. The phenomena that occur naturally in our gardens and fields make us ask questions about the earth and the life that it supports.
It reduces our stress and helps our Mental Health.
So, what are you waiting for? Be like us and GET OUTSIDE!
Today is St. Brigid’s Day, the 1st of February and usually some of our classes would visit the Shrine at Faughart, to mark the occasion. Today instead our virtual classes will have activities related to St Brigid: listening to stories associated with her life, looking at pictures from the Shrine and Faughart Graveyard, making crosses etc. We hope everyone will get involved!
Some events happening today to mark the occasion:
Mass is being celebrated from the Shrine at Faughart @11 am, it will be broadcast live via the Faughart Parish Facebook page.
2. Also at 11 am, The ArmaghRhymerswill be presenting the story of St Brigid through song, dance and craft by hosting a free virtual show as part of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Ireland, St Brigid’s Day celebration event. The event will be live streamed on their website to attend click on the link below (no sign up/download etc required).
As part of their home learning experience the Nursery group were exploring the months of the year. Check out this link to see how each month is presented. A word of caution ….. this song is seriously catchy and may be in your head all day.
Well done Nursery – we loved seeing your photographs. Keep up your fantastic Seesaw work and enjoy the weekend.