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 school was delighted to be notified of the team results from Cross Country last week. Amazingly, five teams were placed in the top three of their various race categories.
Primary 4 boys were placed 1st
Primary 5 girls were placed 1st
Primary 5 boys were placed 3rd
Primary 6 girls (team 1) were placed 2nd
Primary 6 boys (team 1) were placed 2nd
The members of these teams were presented with their medals at assembly on Friday. Pupils who missed assembly because they were either absent or attending the Nursery Graduation will receive their medals from their class teacher.
Pictured is the winner of the Mullaghbawn CLG 5K medal design competition. Well done!
Thanks to Anne and Tracy from the club for organising the competition and providing the hoodie as a prize. The ladies commentated on how difficult it was to pick out a winning entry from such a strong field.
We hope that that the event goes well again this summer and that there is a big turn out on the day.
Two very excited P7 pupils represented St Mary’s at a Cumman na mBunscol blitz in Derrynoose last week. They are pictured accepting the Cumman na mBunscol Level 2 award from Mr Gary Farrell, Armagh CnmB chairperson. It’s a great achievement as currently only five primary schools in Armagh hold this level.
It was awarded as a result of the work that St Mary’s does to promote GAA. Examples include the school partaking in matches & blitzes, running after-school training every week, having a strong link to the local club, communicating information online and in local press, having a visible GAA noticeboard, promoting the Respect Initiative and much more.
Sporting fever gripped the school last week, as the annual netball and football blitzes were held. Pupils from P5, P6 and P7 played out some great matches in both codes. Well done to the winning teams and indeed everyone who took part.
Unfortunately, due to the weather warning in place after-school Gaelic will have to be cancelled this week. This was due to be the final session of the year. St Mary’s would like to say a huge thanks to Frank and Tracy for all of their help throughout the year.
St Mary’s whole school Sports Day took place on Wednesday. We were blessed with magnificent weather and the children enjoyed a full day of activities. A huge thanks to SPAR Mullaghbawn, who again sponsored packs for every child in the school. This is an extremely generous act and is much appreciated by everyone associated with the school. Thanks also to Mrs McKeown for providing the music and to the P7 pupils who operated the ice cream stand. It was a busy day and all of the children went home with a big smile on their face.
Whole School Sports Day, sponsored by SPAR, will take place next Wednesday, June 6th (weather permitting). All parents are welcome to attend. Proceedings will begin at approximately 9.25am. All children should wear a tracksuit and bring along shorts, a hat, sun cream and a bottle of water. In the interest of child protection, it is our school’s policy that photographs should not be recorded by parents using any mobile devices. Each class has been assigned a World Cup country and if they wish, children are invited to wear the colour associated with their country. An ice-cream stand will also be operated by some of our P7s and children can purchase one for £1, with all proceeds going towards Eco Schools funds. Hopefully we will have a dry day and lots of fun!
A huge thanks to St Mary’s PS parents Karen and Frank Daly of “The Academy” for coming into St Mary’s today and facilitating a health and nutrition workshop for the P4 and P6 classes. Pupils learned about healthy eating habits and Karen even showed them how to cook her tasty banana pancakes. Meanwhile, Frank gave the children a good workout, as they completed a mini-bootcamp in the playground. It was a great afternoon for all of the pupils involved.
Thanks again to Karen and Frank, for giving up the time from their busy schedule to make it happen. Healthy Living is one of our Eco Schools topics and we continue to promote healthy eating and lifestyle habits. Every little helps!
There will be further workshops taking place for other classes before the end of the term.
There were two very special guests of honour at KS2 assembly this morning. The Abbey CBS in Newry recently won the Brock Cup and St Mary’s was very proud to welcome back past pupils, Sean Conlon and Oran McKeown, who starred on the successful team. The boys showcased the cup, posed for photographs (including one with a very proud younger brother) and answered questions, but more importantly they stood as an example of what can be achieved through hard work and determination. They are two great ambassadors for St Mary’s and are living out the school motto of, “Never settle for less than your best!”
Thanks to Oran and Sean, along with their teachers/coaches, Mr Gallagher and Mr Hannon, for making the trip out this morning. It will hopefully help to inspire the next generation of Gaelic footballers in our area.