A huge thank you to Caroline O’ Hanlon, for taking time out last night to speak with our KS2 girls and their Mums. Caroline told us how she became involved in sport from a young age, through her local Club and Primary School. She spoke about her many achievements, offered tips for continual skills development even during this period of lock-down. She emphasised the importance of sport and exercise on all our health and well-being and encouraged our girls to get involved.
Well done also to our wonderful girls, they had great questions prepared and put them to Caroline with such confidence. They have all taken to this “virtual” world with ease!
Finally a big thank you to Miss Murphy for organising, Caroline is a wonderful role model for all our girls and everyone really took a lot away from the session, thank you.
We are delighted to welcome Caroline O’ Hanlon, footballer and netball player, “virtually” tomorrow evening at 7 pm to speak to our KS2 girls about her participation in sport and busy life as a doctor.
We know many of our girls look up to Caroline particularly for her performance on the Armagh County, Ladies’ Gaelic team but also as the Captain of the Northern Ireland Netball Team, who participated in the World Cup. We know they will be eager to listen to and learn from her great wealth of experience.
There will be time to ask questions, so any girls (or Mums) who wish to, please have your questions noted down. We kick off at 7 pm as always, the virtual room will be open 10/15 minutes before that time for everyone to gather.
All “Code of Conduct Permission” replies, must be returned before attendance and we would want to take any girls who have not used Collaborate Ultra before, on a virtual tour of the video conferencing platform tomorrow afternoon in preparation for the event.
Any Mum who has a boy and not a girl in KS2 and who would like to join us, you would be very welcome, the link can be posted to your son’s KS2 Google Classroom for you. You can contact either one of us at the email addresses below.
Congratulations to P5/6 pupils who since Easter have set a target to read “One Book a Week”. This achievement was recognised by Mrs Murphy, Literacy Coordinator, who presented P5 pupil Ciara and P6 pupil Cailaim with the Accelerated Reading Top Reader of the Month Certificate.
Not only did P5/6 read the classics Black Beauty and Around the World in 80 Days, they read a non-fiction book The Deadly Vikings by local author John Farrelly, cousin of P5 pupil Oisin O’Hagan.
As you will see in their short film pupils completed book reviews and character studies, created Google Quizzes and even designed and made a home for Badger in The Wind in the Willows.
On top of all this P5/6 have been busy writing, Ava wrote instructions on how to make face masks which she shared with the class while others entered a GAA writing competition to describe their favourite GAA player! It is great to see that all pupils chose to write about their own family members who have contributed so much to GAA sports in our local football clubs.
Well done P5/6 a very busy couple of weeks for you all and we all look forward to another 7 weeks of hard work!
Healthy Kidz have followed up their ‘Global Challenge,’ by launching their own ‘Virtual Sports Day’ pack in accordance with SPAR. These two organisations have supported our annual Sports Day for many years and they aren’t letting the school closures change that.
Click on this HK SPAR Road Map link to view the suggested plan of activities. It begins tomorrow, Monday May 11th and builds towards a Sports Day at home on June 13th.
Click on this HK Sports Day 2020 link to access all information, including some preparation tips and general guidance.
Click on this HK Sports Day Flyer link to find out how you can register your child to enter this great initiative. Our school has registered, but it is the responsibility of the parent / guardian to register their child to be in with the chance of winning some great prizes. The deadline is tomorrow, Monday May 11th @6pm.
Make sure to upload photos of you practising the different events to your class Seesaw or Google online learning platform along the way, so the teachers and Owen can see how you are getting on. Good luck with the preparation!
Healthy Kidz remain committed to ensuring that all pupils remain active throughout the duration of the school closures by providing a vast array of content via their YouTube channel and various Social Media platforms, as well as free access to their revamped Healthy Kidz App for children to record their activity.
You are invited to sign up to the Global Challenge. Go to the Healthy Kidz website before next week’s Challenge begins (Monday 6th April). The link to sign up to this FREE initiative is https://healthy-kidz.com/healthy-kidz-global-challenge/. Previous usernames and passwords are not required. Many families connected to our school have already signed up and are taking part in this current week’s challenge.
Please also note that if a pupil manages to record a 7 day streak on the App, they will be in with a chance of winning some great prizes. This week’s winner will receive a Fitbit Advanced Health and Fitness Tracker, while next week’s prize will be a StatSports Apex Athlete Series GPS Performance Tracker (RRP £250).
This morning, eight St Mary’s girls made the short trip to Silverbridge Resource Centre for the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Armagh Indoor Girls’ County Final Blitz.
Having won a regional heat back in November, our girls were up against the other regional blitz winners from across Armagh. They knew it was going to be a high standard and that they would have to be at the top of their game to compete. The girls put a great effort in during the group stages against Crossmaglen and Tannaghmore to qualify for the semi-finals. After defeating a very strong Middletown team in the semis, the girls secured the trophy by defeating Tannaghmore in the final. Our girls proved that their determination and will-to-win matches their talent.
There were jubilant scenes at the final whistle and back in school, when the girls returned with the cup. Everyone associated with the school is extremely proud of your efforts today and it is worth noting that the girls football panel extends well beyond the eight girls who attended today, with around twenty girls across P6 and P7 attending weekly training.
The good news is that the journey doesn’t end here and our ‘indoor team’ now move on to represent Armagh in the Ulster Final Blitz in Magherafelt on March 31st.
Thanks to Mr Paul Doyle from Armagh CBS for coordinating the blitz and Silverbridge GAA for hosting.
Please see the notice from the Armagh LGFA Board below.
As we are approaching our first home National League Game, we would like to encourage all the primary schools in Armagh to promote our games. Please inform your school community of the following offer.
One adult will get free entry to a game when they are accompanied by an U10 child (preferably female), as we are aiming to promote the 20×20 campaign for female sport.
If any pupils are interested in going and want a free ticket for their parent, please give your details to Mr McCoy, who will pass them on to the Armagh LGFA Board. Anyone who has submitted their details will be able to collect their tickets from the collection point at Silverbridge before the game.
A huge well done to the two P7 pupils who represented St Mary’s at half-time in the Armagh-v-Cavan NFL game in The Athletic Grounds on Saturday evening. Both pupils played their hearts out and we’re sure it won’t be the last time they grace the hallowed turf in Armagh.