Congratulations to P5 who were the perfect hosts to our visitors from Mulranny and Domintee Primary Schools. Our guests joined P5 pupils to work on IT and Art activities with specialists in Glass Art, Puppet making, Felting, Film making and Minecraft with a focus on the Old Irish Goats.
Pupils representing each of the three schools worked in groups to create Goat Puppets which made appearances as bloggers in a highly entertaining news bulletin reporting on The South Armagh Goat Herders. Mine craft Education Software was used by a group of highly skilled programmers who digitally designed and created the communities of Mulranny, Dromintee and Mullaghbawn in the late 1800s.
Thanks to funding awarded by the department for culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht the pupils received a hands-on experience working alongside art and IT experts. We look forward displaying our completed pieces during the Michael J Murphy Winter School in November.
A reminder to all P6 Parents that tomorrow P6 pupils are invited to St. Joseph’s Crossmaglen for an exciting day of activities. Pupils should wear their St. Mary’s P.E. uniform, lunch will be provided by St Joseph’s. A second letter with all the details was distributed today.
P5 are looking forward to a busy couple of days, as they begin their “Goat Project”. They will be welcoming as part of the project, staff and pupils from Dromintee PS and Mulranny National School, Co. Mayo.
Taking inspiration from our shared heritage, the herd of ancient wild goats, which can be found on the slopes of Slieve Gullion and other mountains here in the Ring of Gullion, as well as in Mulranny, pupils will be engaging in a range of activities. At one time South Armagh was known as the “Goat Droving Capital of Ireland” and the “Goat Men of South Armagh” were central to the Irish travelling herd trade, taking goats from the West and exporting to England and beyond.
Over the next couple of days, pupils will have the opportunity to work together alongside, professionals in the fields of ICT and Art: creating films, building virtual replicas of their villages and creating art works through the mediums of glass and felting.
So, if you see the Mayo flag, flying over school tomorrow, you will know it is to welcome our guests from the West who will be staying in Ti Chulainn over the next few nights. We hope they enjoy their first visit to St. Mary’s and South Armagh.
Congratulations to the TEN St Mary’s pupils who were selected for the Newry Cross Country / Endurance Squad. They were selected based on their performance at last May’s Cross Country event in Kilbroney.
The children had their first training session with Athletics NI on Monday evening past in St Colman’s College. The very best of luck to all of the pupils in their training over the coming months.
A reminder that elections for the school Eco Committee for KS2 pupils (P5,P6,P7) will take place next Monday, October 14th.
Presentations can take the form of a written speech, poem, rap, song or digital presentation. Pupils have been informed that if they intend to stand in the election, they must register with their class teacher. If they are using a supporting digital presentation, it must be brought in on a pen or uploaded to their Google Drive before the date of the election. Promotional posters may also be displayed around the school. Good luck to all of the entrants!
After-school Gaelic Football training for P6 and P7 boys and girls will commence this Thursday, October 10th. All pupils who are interested in attending were given a note with all of the necessary information at the end of last week. Please retain the information on the note, detach the reply slip and return it to school to ensure your child is signed up. We look forward to helping the children improve their skills and have lots of fun along the way.
On Friday P5/6 visited Newry and Mourne Museum to participate in a Living History Workshop as part of their World War II topic. During the workshop pupils travelled back in time to experience life as a child in the 1940s and to learn about handling Gas Masks, Air Raid Procedures and Make Do and Mend.
Our short film shows very sad faces as P5/6 pupils were evacuated from their families just like the characters Olive and Cliff in their novel “Letters from the Lighthouse”. A big decision for pupils to decide what items to pack into a small suitcase!
Yesterday, St Mary’s hosted a football blitz with four schools taking part. Boys and girls from Clonalig Primary School, St Patrick’s Crossmaglen & St Patrick’s Cullyhanna joined our own pupils for a fun, sporting morning. All pupils played their part and there was great football on show. Thanks to Cúchulainn CLG for the use of their facilities and to the other schools for making the effort to travel.