Following a tremendous amount of hard work in both practical and theory lessons this term, P7 pupils have been awarded their certificates for completing the Cycling Proficiency Scheme. Although there has been a great improvement over the course of the scheme, the children fully understand that this has not made them experts or ensure that they will be exempt from danger. They must take great care every time they get on their bikes.
Congratulations to all of the children on their success. Cycling is a fun way to stay fit and healthy!
The sun shone brightly for this year’s Graduates special day. We were delighted at the turn out of family and friends of the school to support our superstars ! Well done to those who participated in our parents race, I believe it went down to a photo finish in the end ! Thanks to Mary Toal in Ti Chulainn for helping us prepare the room for today and for her assistance with the refreshments. The delicious treats were in abundance and thoroughly enjoyed by all – so our thanks to parents for this. Tomorrow we will announce the total raised for one of our Nursery mums – Amanda McTaggart, #Action-4-Amanda. It was great to see Amanda there today and we are pleased to be able to help out in a small way. I am so proud of each and every child that participated today, your confidence shown through with your enthusiastic dance moves and fantastic singing. Finally, on behalf of all the Nursery staff we would like to express our sincere thanks for your very generous and thoughtful gift. It is very much appreciated.
Unfortunately we didn’t get any snaps from the day so please feel free to share memories of this special day.
What a beautiful day to celebrate the first day of May. The Nursery class and the “Tubbies” Mother and Toddler group decorated a tree beside the Community hall to celebrate the ancient festival of Bealtaine. Each child participated and really enjoyed their outing. Check out the tree when you are passing, it looks really well.
Have a Wonderful Christmas everyone. The Nursery staff are delighted to announce that from your very generous donations at our Nativity performance we have raised £282 and €60. We will be able to purchase our outdoor overalls in the New Year, your support is very much appreciated. Enjoy the magic of Christmas and see you all in 2019.
Primary 7 have been working on a Christmas craft with a difference this year, as they created St Mary’s first ever igloo! This STEM task enabled pupils to enhance their mathematical, technological and thinking skills. The idea came from our Eco Committee and the finished product has been given as a gift to the new Accelerated Reading library. The children invited the kitchen staff down to see the finished article today as many of the milk cartons came from the canteen. Bernie liked it that much she wanted to try it out for herself!
Pupils worked through the following stages in this project:
Creating a detailed plan for each stage before commencing the build;
Collecting lots of 2L milk cartons;
Measuring the radius & marking out the circumference of the cardboard base;
Gluing the cartons into pairs using the hot glue gun;
Sticking each pair into place with a space in between to create a curve;
Calculating the decrease in cartons needed for each ascending row;
Bridging the entrance and forming the closed roof at the top.
P7 certainly used a lot “i-glue” in this project, pardon the pun, but can anyone guess how many cartons were used? Pupils can submit their guesses tomorrow to win a special Eco Schools prize!
Over the past two weeks P7 have been raising money for St Vincent de Paul. They organised a successful daily postal service for Christmas cards and ran a door collection at the P5 Nativity Play.
We are pleased to announce that enough money has been raised to purchase all four £35 voucher gifts from the SVP tree in St Mary’s Church (a gift from each KS2 class). Representatives from each of the four KS2 classes are pictured with their voucher gift before it was taken to SVP in Newry. £140 is a fantastic total and everyone who contributed can be very proud of the fact that they are helping others at this difficult time of year. An additional £21 was collected today and this will also be donated along with any additional money collected tomorrow.
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.
As with previous years we are supporting Newry Rotary Clubs Annual Shoebox appeal. Many thanks to those who have returned their boxes already, if you wish to join in, shoeboxes can be collected in the Nursery . The final day to return your shoebox is this Thursday – 13th. Thanks