The school was recently notified of the team results from the Cross Country event. Pictured are the successful St Mary’s teams along with their medals. It was a super showing from our pupils, with six of the eight teams we entered placing in the top two of their respective races!
The strong performance from our children meant that St Mary’s finished in second place in the overall school standings, just two points off the top spot. A very credible result, with schools from right across the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area taking part. Well done to all of our participants! The two successful P6 teams are not photographed as they were on a school trip on the day of the presentation.
St Mary’s Whole School Sports Day took place in early June. All of our pupils 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. It was a busy day and all of the children went home with a big smile on their face.
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!
Whole School Sports Day, sponsored by SPAR, is planned to take place on Thursday, June 6th (weather permitting). All parents are welcome to attend. Proceedings will begin at approximately 9.30am. 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 an Irish county and if possible, children are invited to wear the colour associated with their team. An ice-cream stand will be operated by some of our P7s and all children can purchase one for £1, with all proceeds going towards school funds. In the event of inclement weather, a post will be made on the school website / facebook page early on Thursday morning to notify parents if Sports Day has to be rearranged. Hopefully we will have a dry day and lots of fun!
Well done to our P7 boys who reached the shield final of the McGreevey Blitz held in Pearse Og yesterday. The boys put in some good performances but unfortunately lost out to St Francis’ PS from Lurgan in their final game.
Thanks to Mr Paul Doyle from Armagh CBS for organising the event.
The annual Cross Country event is due to take place tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22nd in Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. All P4, P5, P6 & P7 pupils have put in a great effort training during the month of May and we wish good luck to all of the competitors who have qualified to represent St Mary’s tomorrow. Pupils taking part need to remember to bring water, sun cream, a packed lunch, weather appropriate clothing and any medication if needed. The bus will leave school shortly after 9:10am, so pupils also need to ensure they arrive on time.
Last Friday, KS2 used the annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic as an opportunity to raise some funds for the Mullaghbawn U14 Camogie team, who will make the trip to Cork for the All Ireland Feile in June. There was a full schedule of fun activities, which are listed below, and all of the children brought in a donation for the team.
Instead of cross country practice, pupils took part in “teddy relay races,” using the teddy bears in place of the traditional baton!
A photo booth was set up for pupils to get selfies taken with their teddy bears. The photos have been uploaded into the Google Classroom, from where they will be able to download them if they wish.
The Sphero robots and iPads were taken out to the yard for a special race event. The pupils (and staff) competed against each other to see who could navigate their robot around the course (including their teddy bear) in the shortest time.
Many parents generously sent in lots of buns and cakes for a Teddy Tuck Shop, which went to down a treat with children and adults alike!
Staff members undertook a special “bear quiz,” designed by Miss Mulkerns, to see who was the most knowledgeable on the subject. Well done to Mrs Martina McKinley who came out on top.
Thanks to the generosity of pupils, parents and staff, an incredible total of £542 and €18 was raised, which along with the £215 and €6 raised from the recent non-uniform day, enabled us to hand over £757 and €24 to Blaithin O’Brien, the team coach, who came in to help with events on the day. We hope the girls have a wonderful time away and this money goes some of the way towards your fundraising target.
There will be a non-uniform day this Friday, May 3rd.
All proceeds will go towards the Mullaghbawn U14 Camogie team as they raise money to finance their trip to Cork for the All Ireland Feile in June. A voluntary donation of £1 per child or £2 per family would be greatly appreciated.
The Easter breaks sees the conclusion of a busy spell for our school football teams. There have been many matches and blitzes taking place this half-term and over forty girls and boys have experienced wearing the school jersey in a competitive fixture. We hope that the children continue to work hard in school training, at the club and at home with the aim of developing their skills and representing their club teams this summer and long into the future. Thanks to Mullaghbawn CLG for the use of their facilities for our games and also to Frank, Tracy and the senior players who continue to assist with after-school training on Thursdays.
Thanks to school coaches Fintan and Micheal from the Armagh Football and Camogie County Boards for all of their hard work with the P7 pupils over the course of the second term. The children really enjoyed the sessions and have gained a lot of knowledge and skills of both codes.