Stormont Visit

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Eco Committee checking out recycling facilities at Stormont
Eco Committee checking out recycling facilities at Stormont,

We had a great day at Stormont touring the building and hearing how proposals are debated and passed into Law. We were also lucky to met Alliance M.L.A, Kellie Armstrong who explained to us how M.L.A.’s are elected and the work they do. We even had our own mock debate in the Chamber, on the proposal, “School uniforms should be banned”!  We’re sure you can guess which side won!

 

Waste Week

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Last week, numerous classes within our school celebrated International Waste Week by completing various waste-related activities. Some classes carried out fact finding missions, some made posters to highlight waste issues and some traced the origins of fruits, calculating their hidden carbon footprint. The Eco committee, who delivered assembly on Friday, decided to provide stickers to all pupils involved, but just photocopy one certificate per class to save paper! Well done to all.

Christmas Jumper Day

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Our Student Council are organising a Christmas Jumper Day this Friday, 15th of December. Charge £1/pupil or £2/family, proceeds will be split, between schools funds and the Saint Vincent de Paul, Christmas Appeal.

Remember the essential elements of a Christmas Jumper: A Christmas/Winter scene with excessive amounts of green and red, embellished with glitter, lights, puff balls, bells….and why not top it all off with a Santa hat!

Anti -Bullying Week

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Dear Parent,

This week is “Anti Bullying Week”. The theme this year is “All Equal, All Different, All Together”. On Friday we will have a special Assembly to mark the occasion and raise awareness of the issues around Bullying. We will talk about: what is bullying and how everyone has a role to play in helping, “To spot and to stop” bullying.

To add a little fun and to raise awareness that we are all different, and all unique, we are asking pupils to wear odd socks this Friday! The crazier the mismatch of colours and patterns the better.

PE Uniforms

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The PE Uniforms have arrived. They have been bagged and are ready to go. They can be collected on Monday, September 4th between 2.15pm and 4pm. If you cannot make it, then you can send in any outstanding balance in a clearly labelled, sealed envelope to school with your child on Monday.

There have been some enquiries about submitting new orders for PE gear. If you wish to purchase any items you can do so through O’Neill’s Sports Store in Newry. They will carry St Mary’s gear year round.

If you have any questions please contact the school office.

Mullaghbawn GAA 5K Medal Design Competition

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Well done to the winner of the medal design competition for the 2017 Mullaghbawn GAA 5K Fun Run. The lucky winner’s design was selected from entries submitted by all of the P7 year group. It’s really eye-catching, so make sure you go along to the event later in the summer to get your hands on one! Thanks to the Anne and Tracey from the club for organising the competition and providing the lucky winner with a designer half-zip.

New PE Uniform

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Please note that the school is phasing in a new PE uniform of navy tracksuit bottoms, with a blue trim and the school crest. These will be worn with the existing blue PE polo shirt. Anyone with the existing grey tracksuit bottoms are still permitted to wear them next year.

Other PE items that are available to purchase include a navy half-zip and navy shorts, both with the same blue trim and school crest.

There will be two sessions next week for ordering. These will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 2pm – 4pm in the school assembly hall. We will have samples in different sizes to try on both afternoons.

The prices are listed below. A deposit of £10 is required for the half-zip and bottoms and £5 for the shorts to secure an order.

  • Tracksuit bottoms £24
  • Half-zip £25 (optional initials £2 extra)
  • Shorts £8

Play Equipment

P1 enjoying their new play equipment purchased by the Student’s Council. P2 and P3 also received new play resources on Friday in time for their break! The purchases were made possible through the funds raised by the very successful “Cake Sale” the Student Council organised last term. P4 to P7 classes have not been forgotten and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of new basket ball trainer nets for their yards. A big thank you to the Student Council for all their hard work! Well done.