FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

As of today, 6/10/20, both First Holy Communion services scheduled for  the 10th and 17th October are still expected to take place. Naturally this is assessed on a daily basis as the health and well being of every pupil and member of staff is our paramount concern. We have no control over community transmission of Covid 19 but we are doing everything within our power to keep our school a safe place of learning.

To date one pupil and one staff member have tested positive for Coronavirus. A very small number of other staff and pupils are isolating at home under PHA regulations following “close contact” or negative results.

Fortunately, the one positive pupil was not at school for several days prior to showing symptoms and being tested. Accordingly, the PHA said their considerable absence from school ruled out the possibility of transmission. However staff took the precautionary measure of deep cleaning their classroom as well as toilets, cloakrooms and the Main Hall.

One member of staff, who had limited direct contact with a small number of pupils also tested positive at the weekend, again this followed an absence from school for a number of days. Under PHA guidance  the parents of those pupils involved were directly contacted yesterday and informed of the situation and are subsequently following the regulatory advice to self isolate.

Pupils and Staff have been and continue to work in “class bubbles”. They avoid entering other classrooms and are undertaking daily additional cleaning of their work areas. We have taken direction from the EA cleaning services and have had an onsite visit from their consultant cleaning officer who further advised on every aspect of contact management.

Some parents have informed us of the decision to keep their own children at home due to concerns over rising cases in the community, or indeed due to someone in the family testing positive and we thank them for keeping us fully aware of all developments.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected and we wish our pupils and colleagues a safe return to school when the full isolation period has been exceeded.

As yet, Primary 5 remains unaffected, and 44 children are pinning their hopes on two momentous occasions being able to take place very soon. We ask our patrons to keep assumptions and speculation at an all time low to spare these families undue stress on the lead up to these dates. Please keep checking our school website where information will be posted as soon as anything changes and /or contact  the school directly to speak to Miss Mulkerns or Mrs Murphy if you have further questions.

We will continue to keep the situation under daily review and update you if there are any changes in circumstances.

Stay safe, and help keep each other safe. We really are in this together.

Confirmation

Best wishes to Mr Mc Coy and all our P7’s from last year on Confirmation tomorrow. The Ceremonies take place in St. Mary’s Church Mullaghbawn @ 11 am for Group 1 and again @3 pm for Group 2.

Unfortunately under the current circumstances we cannot be there with you to share your ceremony and celebrations. We wish you a joyful and happy day and we ask for God’s blessing on you all as you settle into your new schools.

P Mc Donnell

(Principal)

 

Thank-You

Thank-You

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We would like to say thank-you for all your support to St. Mary’s over the past year and in particular over the past difficult few months. You have helped us to support your child/children by ensuring that they have engaged with learning, both on and off line, it hasn’t been easy, we know. It was a steep learning curve for everyone and we appreciate you will have encountered many difficulties along the way, but you stuck with it and this very much encouraged us to continue with and develop new ways of reaching out to our children and families. The whole experience will have taught your children many new skills and developed important life skills- not least not giving up! We are very proud, our whole school community very much lived up to our school motto: “Never settle for less than your best!”

We are currently working on a plan for return to school in September we hope to be in a position to share this with you by the end of next week.

Thank you for all your messages and emails of support, we hope all our families have a lovely Summer Holiday and we look forward to working with you in the Autumn Term.

Stay safe, Stay well.

The Staff of St. Mary’s.

P7 Parents/Guardians- Transitioning Workshop

P7 Parents/Guardians- Transitioning Workshop

Dear P7 Parent/Guardian,

During the month of June as part of our Pastoral Programme we usually run a Parent/Pupil Transition workshop for all P 7’s as they begin to think of their next exciting but daunting step as they prepare to move on to Post Primary School.

We believe that this year it is even more important than ever to participate in this programme and have therefore rearranged this event as a “Virtual Workshop”.

It will take place next Thursday, 25th of June at 7 pm, a link to the virtual room will be sent on that day to your child’s Google Classroom. The workshop is facilitated by REIMS and funded through our  Extended Schools’ Cluster Group.

The workshop provides practical information, tips and guidance on how to make that transition with the minimum of stress for both you and your child.

Topics to be covered in the session include:

  • Getting used to your new school
  • New friendships
  • Communicating effectively

We look forward to greeting you and your P7 child “virtually” and ask that you spread the word to all P7 Parents, this is an important event. It will last approx 45 mins to 1 hour.

Thank You

Miss Mulkerns + Mr Mc Coy

A Blessing for P7 on their Confirmation Date

Today was to be Confirmation Day for our P7 class. Unfortunately the ceremony will not be taking place today, but it will take place when safe to do so. We all must be patient and resilient at this time and our Primary 7 class are demonstrating these characteristics. They are mature enough to realise that they will make this sacrament when the time is right.

Our school and Parish have come together again to mark this occasion. Please see the video below in which Fr Aidan delivers a special blessing for our P7’s on this day. Thank you to Fr Aidan for leading the short but powerful service.

Thanks also to Mrs Reel, the P7 assistant, who has designed a personalised prayer memento for each of the Confirmandi as a keepsake of this date. An example is shown below. This will be something our pupils can turn to if they ever need that little extra help or guidance from above.

Finally thanks to the P7 parents / guardians who Mrs Byrne has informed us have come together to give their children a special gift today. They have named a star in the sky after the class. The certificate is shown below along with the link to the website to find out more.

Primary 7 can now enjoy a couple of days off from their remote-learning, safe in the knowledge that their special time will come.

https://www.star-registration.com/pages/star-finder

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from today, Monday the 18th until Sunday 24th of May. The theme for this year is “Kindness” and  at a time when the world feels upside down, kindness can be the key to turning things around. In fact, we often use the expression,  “It is better to give than receive”, but did you know this is backed up by research?  Find out more by clicking on this link.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/kindness-matters-guide

For further information about this year’s campaign click on the you tube link and for advice on parenting through Covid 19, the parenting guide below.

https://youtu.be/Qcyc68d6OAk

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/parenting-during-coronavirus-outbreak

 

Good Friday Reflections by P5/6 and P6

As we can’t make it to the Good Friday Ceremonies today we thought you might like to share with us the “Stations of the Cross” with pictures drawn by our P5/6 and P6 pupils. They have been learning about Crosses from different parts of the world including, Ethiopia, El Salvador, and Syria/Lebanon.

We have added some reflections and music, we hope it brings a quiet moment of prayer and reflection into your homes this Good Friday, and it brings you Hope, Peace and Joy.

Just click on the link below:

https://youtu.be/WPth-9UGA0I

Palm Sunday

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday and marks the beginning of Holy Week. As we aren’t in school to hear the story of Palm Sunday, we thought you might like to listen to the story of “Dan the Donkey”.

Dan is the youngest and smallest donkey in the field where he lives. He’s teased by the other donkeys, especially when he reveals his big dreams for the future.

But one day Dan’s dreams come true, he is chosen…

To find out more click on the link below to the BBC Schools’ Radio Page watch and listen.

We’d love to see Palm Sunday pictures, from all our boys and girls, so get busy draw your pictures, take a photograph of them and email them to your teacher or to Miss Mulkerns at her address: pmulkerns611@c2ken.net. Be sure to include your names and classes in your emails please.

This is an ideal opportunity for our KS2 Pupils, (P5+P6+P7), to try out their own school email addresses, as their teachers have been encouraging them this week. All they need to do is to log into their MySchool Account, look for “Microsoft 365” on the Launch Pad, click on it and then on “Outlook”. Click on “New Message”, type in your teacher’s address at the “To”. The”attach” button on the tab at the top allows you to search for a picture stored in your computer files. When attached hit “Send”

We look forward to seeing your work.

Miss Mulkerns

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00wg4xt