Christmas at St. Mary’s

Nursery and Foundation Stage have joined with Anne Sullivan International School in Barcelona to work on a project based on pen pals.  We are delighted to have been invited by Cormac Walsh (originally from Mullaghbawn) to participate in this project.  All the children in Nursery, P1 and P2 were excited to watch a video showing the children from the school in Barcelona on their school trip to a sea turtle rescue centre.

Over the past few weeks the children at St. Mary’s have been busy getting ready for Christmas.  These moments have been captured on camera and put together to create a movie.  This movie has been sent to Cormac who was showing it to parents at a Christmas concert in Anne Sullivan International School.

We hope you enjoy watching it as much the children enjoyed making it.

Merry Christmas  to everyone from all in Nursery, P1 and P2.

 

Parent Survey

Parent Survey

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

Please find below an electronic link to an on-line Parent Survey which we would ask you to complete. It takes around 10/15  minutes and once started it needs to be completed in one sitting, you cannot return to it at a later stage. The survey is for Parents of pupils in Years P1-P7, not Nursery Pupils.

The oldest child in each family will have a letter home today with the Password you will need to access the website to complete.

The Survey will be active for a 2 week period only, beginning today Tuesday, 27th of November and will close on Tuesday, 11th of December.

http://survey.gl-assessment.co.uk/s/YFLI5/  

Thank you in anticipation of your assistance in this matter.

 

Hive Hackers with PwC

Hive Hackers with PwC

img_0473Sadly, Monday was the last day of our “Hive Hackers” project, a 7 Week Coding Programme created by PwC for Primary Schools. Learning to code is like learning a second language and pupils were introduced to the fundamentals of coding: algorithms, sequencing, loops and conditionals. On Monday working in pairs they used coding blocks to create a story each with up to 6 Characters, in 3 different settings, with characters that could actually move on command! We had football stories, adventure stories and even romances.

We are delighted to have been selected to participate in PWC’s  programme which taught us to Code in a fun, structured and supportive environment.

Early in December each child who took part in the project will be presented with a certificate for completing the course at a special Assembly.

Post-Primary School Open Events

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Over the coming weeks and months, local post-primary schools will be hosting their annual Open Day / Night events.

We will post details on our school website and send notes home with P7 pupils for the events which we are informed about.

The first such event of the year is the Sacred Heart Open Night, which is taking place this Thursday, November 22nd @7.30pm. The principal’s address is @7.30pm and 8.30pm.

Yoga in the Nursery

We had a wonderful morning in the Nursery with our new intake enjoying a yoga session with Karen Bennet – the first of many weekly sessions.  From the start the children were  fully engaged, listening and following Karen’s direction.  The classroom was a haven of calm and we noticed the benefits for the rest of the day with the children being very settled and productive.  Thanks Karen for offering this service and providing our class with strategies to calm and self-regulate while improving balance and posture.  As you can see from the clip below the staff really enjoyed it also.