Best Wishes to the Class of 2022

The P7 class of 2022 have left St Mary’s for the final time. The children enjoyed a final day of fun in school on Thursday, having celebrated their Leavers’ Mass the previous night. Thanks to Fr Emlyn for presiding over a lovely ceremony. After mass, all of the P7’s were awarded with their certificates to mark the completion of their primary education at St Mary’s PS.

The two annual awards were then presented to the winners for 2022. The Pius Tierney Cup is awarded annually to a P7 Leaver who the whole staff believe is an embodiment of our school ethos and a reflection of our school motto, “Never Settle for Less than Your Best”. The Anne Murphy Cup is awarded annually to a P7 Leaver who the whole staff believe contributes to the life of the school through their involvement in sport, not only in their final year, but also over the previous six in the school. Well done to the two recipients.

Thanks to Mrs Quinn, who generously took the class over to SPAR Mullaghbawn for an ice-cream treat to mark the end of her time with the year group, having followed them through the school from P2.

We hope that all of the outgoing P7 pupils have a great summer and we wish them well for September and the start of the next stage of their education in Post Primary School. Good luck from everyone in St Mary’s Mullaghbawn!

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Activity Week 2022

To mark Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Activity Week 2022, St Mary’s hosted a range of events and activities.

Pupils designed new versions of their club or county jersey, wrote about their favourite players, took part in the zoom quiz organised by Mr Madine from St Patrick’s PS Crossmaglen and P6/P7 pupils played out the annual school county blitz. The whole school also took part in a jersey day on the Friday to mark the occassion.

Or school football teams also took part in a blitz, hosted by Glasdrummond PS, in Silverbridge GAA and all of the girls from P4-P7 enjoyed a Camogie Fun Day hosted by Mullaghbawn Camgie Club. Thanks to Mr Rooney from Glassdrummond PS, coach Miceal and everyone at Mullaghbawn Camogie Club for their efforts in organising these events. A busy time all round!

The girls who won the 2022 Malachy McGeeney Cup were presented with their medals and the school also welcomed back the past pupils who won the Armagh Indoor Championship back in 2020. These girls were also presented with their medals, as this competition was played just on the cusp of the pandemic outbreak.

Well done to all of the children who took part in the activities and thanks to all of the staff members who helped to make it an enjoyable week in the school.

St Mary’s Sports Day 2022

St Mary’s Whole School Sports Day, sponsored by SPAR, took place last Tuesday. All of our pupils enjoyed a full day of activities down the field.

P4-P7 girls spent the first half their day at Mullaghbawn club for a Camogie Fun Day, before returning to take part in their full programme of events for Sports Day in the afternoon. Thanks to Miceal, his coaches, Mrs O’Hagan, Mrs Glynn and everyone in Mullaghbawn Camogie Club for organising a great morning.

A huge thanks also to SPAR Mullaghbawn, who again sponsored goodie-bag packs for every child in the school. This is an extremely generous act and is much appreciated by everyone associated with the school.

Finally, well done to our P7 pupils who operated the ice-cream stand on the day.

Cycling Proficiency Scheme 2022

Last week, the P7 pupils who enrolled in the Cycling Proficiency Scheme all sat (and passed) their theory test. Afterwards, they were awarded their certificates.

Since the Easter break, the children have taken part in practical and theory lessons to help them understand the rules of cycling and improve their ability on a bicycle. 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 and always wear a helmet.

This year was a special one, as it was the 50th anniversary of the Cycling Proficiency Scheme. Congratulations to all of the children on their success.

Cross Country

Over the past 3 weeks, pupils from P4-P7 have been practising Cross Country 3 times per week. Collectively, all 4 year groups clocked up 1100km; which is no mean feat! There has been a great improvement across the board, with pupils attempting to beat their times each day. Keeping active remains such an important aspect of our pupils’ daily lives as it helps to bring about a positive impact on their physical and mental health.

All pupils from P4-P7 were presented with certificates to commend them for their efforts over the past 3 weeks. There were also medals for 1st / 2nd / 3rd place in each race. Check out some of the photos from the final races. Well done to each and every pupil who took part!

Jersey Day – Friday June 17th

 

Dear Parent / Guardian,

This week has been designated, “Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Activity Week,” across the country. Cumann na mBunscol organise Gaelic Games and other associated activities in primary schools.

To mark this occasion, classes across the school will take part in a range of activities throughout the week. These will include quizzes, GAA art, letter writing to favourite players and more. The annual St Mary’s “county blitz” will also take place this week for P6 and P7 girls and boys.

Finally, to mark the end of Activity Week, all pupils are invited to wear a jersey or sports t-shirt to school on Friday, June 17th. No donation is required.

Cross Country

Over the past 3 weeks, pupils from P4-P7 have been practising Cross Country 3 times per week. Collectively, all 4 year groups clocked up 1100km; which is no mean feat! There has been a great improvement across the board, with pupils attempting to beat their times each day. Keeping active remains such an important aspect of our pupils’ daily lives as it helps to bring about a positive impact on their physical and mental health.

All pupils from P4-P7 were presented with certificates to commend them for their efforts over the past 3 weeks. There were also medals for 1st / 2nd / 3rd place in each race. Check out some of the photos from the final races. Well done to each and every pupil who took part!

Congratulations Confirmation Class of 2022

Congratulations to the P7 pupils who made their Confirmation in St Mary’s Church last week. The children prepared diligently and their participation ensured that we had two very special ceremonies.

Thanks to Fr Emlyn for celebrating the ceremonies and to Annette for preparing the church. Another big thank you to Mrs McCann and our school choir for adding so much to the occasions. Thanks also to Claire for her work with our musicians in the lead up to Confirmation and indeed throughout the school year.

St Mary’s Girls Win Allianz Mary O’Reilly Shield

Our girls continued their successful Cumann na mBunscol season by picking up the Allianz Mary O’Reilly Shield today. The girls had to dig deep in both games against St Anthony’s Primary School, Craigavon and were thrilled to come out victorious in the Eire Og GAA complex.

This is the inaugural year of the competition in memory of Mary, who was a great advocate of LGFA in Armagh. Our girls demonstrated some of Mary’s fighting spirit by recovering from being eliminated from the cup competition last month, to eventually go on and win the shield final today.

Maith sibh!