Maths Week Ireland 2021

It was a busy week in St Mary’s as we celebrated Maths Week Ireland 2021. Everyone from Nursery to P7 enjoyed participating in an array of Maths Week activities. Congratulations to everyone who participated, all of our prize winners, P3a for guessing the correct amount of pumpkins in the jar, P6 for correctly guessing the weight of the pumpkin, and a special shoutout to Master McCoy’s P7 class for winning one of the St. Paul’s Maths Week Challenges. Thank you to everyone who helped to make Maths Week such a great success. Have a lovely Halloween break!

 

P1 + P2 Parents/Guardians

For the attention of Parents/Guardians of P1 + P2 Pupils,

We have received a request from Dr. Paddy O’ Connor, Lecturer in Education, at the School of Psychology, Queen’s University, Belfast to share the following…

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I am getting in touch to ask whether your school might be able to assist me with a research project which concerns validating a questionnaire to identify young children who may need some assistance with mathematics.

The purpose of the study is to ask parents (who have children in Primary 1 and/or Primary 2) to complete a short questionnaire, which asks them to rate the extent to which their child is able to carry out tasks which involve some kind of ordering skills, as well as asking parents to give some demographic information about themselves and their child. Previous research has found that these skills may be important to young children’s Maths learning. We are trying to validate this questionnaire with a large number of parents, so that in the future, this questionnaire could be used to identify young children who may need some help with learning maths during the foundation years.

I am writing to you to ask if you could display a link to the questionnaire on your online bulletin board, for the attention of Parents of children in Primary 1 and Primary 2 only. When the parents open the link, they will be asked to complete a consent form. We do not need any personal information about pupils, apart from their date of birth in order to calculate their exact age, and their gender. No identifying information about pupils would be accessible in any data files associated with the study or any reports that are written up about our findings.

Here is the link to the study: http://go.qub.ac.uk/mathsresearch

I appreciate that there are many demands on schools, but hope that you will consider this project worthwhile. I hope that your school can assist us with this research.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Paddy O’Connor

 

Sports Day 2021

Sports Day Note

Dear Parent / Guardian,

This year, our traditional Sports Day event is going to be a little different. Each year group will be designated a specific day over the course of a “Sports Week” for their own Sports Day. The timetable for all year groups has been copied above. If you have difficulty viewing the timetable, please try clicking the link below it which will open a PDF version of this message. A hard copy will also be sent home with the eldest child in each family tomorrow (Thursday).

On their Sports Day, pupils should wear their tracksuit / shorts and bring a hat, sun cream and a bottle of water. Unfortunately, we cannot welcome any parents / guardians into the school this year for Sports Day, again due to the ongoing restrictions. Fingers crossed the weather remains in our favour as we move into next week.

Kind Regards, Mr McDonnell.

Nursery/P1 Places- September ’21

Dear Parent/Guardian.

If your child has been offered a place for either Nursery or P1 starting September 2021, please make contact with the school to confirm acceptance of your place. Please be aware that failure to do so could result in your child losing their place.

Contact details:

Telephone- 02830888351

Email- pmcdonnell667@c2ken.net

 

Back to School for Nursery, P1, P2 + P3

Back to School for Nursery, P1, P2 + P3

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I look forward to welcoming back pupils in the following Year Groups: Nursery, P1, P2 and  P3,  from this Monday, 8th March, for two weeks. To help keep everyone safe I ask that you read through the following procedures.

P Mc Donnell

Returning to school Procedures Mon 8th March

All of the previous routines that were in place before Christmas relating to: sanitising and washing hands, class bubbles, toileting, play activities and movement within the school and grounds will remain in place. In addition please note:

  1.  School buses to drop off and pick up as normal to begin with, but collection times may be revised when the demands of the secondary school have been established.
  2. Children to enter school at the same points as before lock down. Key-workers’ children to enter by the front door if they don’t have a sibling entering at another point.
  3. Children to exit from the same points as they entered school from.
  4. Breaks and Dinners will be at the normal times. School meals are available to all children who wish to avail of the service either though free school meals entitlement or by paying. This provision is also available for the supervised children of Key Workers.
  5. Pupils may use regular lunch bags, for packed lunches.
  6. We will continue to accommodate Key Workers’ children up to 3.30 pm. Younger siblings of these supervised children (and other pupils who need), can join with them after 2 pm when their classes end. Please arrange this in advance through the Office.
  7. Bus users may wait in school with the supervised children until the 3 pm pick-up. Please notify the Office if your child is to wait for a 3 pm bus.
  8. Supervised children who have been attending St Mary’s have been following the online activities/lessons posted by their respective teachers and this will continue to be the case. The use of personal devices, if available, would help to reduce the demand on school owned machines.
  9. If you haven’t already been using the supervision facility in St Mary’s and need a supervised place for your P4-7 child please contact us in advance on 028 -30888351 or email pmcdonnell667@c2kni.net

Art Competition

Art Competition

The Ring of Gullion ,“Dragons in the Hills” Project have teamed up with local artists to bring an exciting art competition for all classes to take part in. The theme is: “Reptiles, Amphibians and Habitats”, it’s a great excuse for everyone to get outside, have a explore of some likely habitats,- ponds, marshy ground, stone walls, … Why not take some photos, and then once back indoors get experimenting with different media, paint, pastels, collage – choose the piece you are most happy with and submit a photo via the link given below!

All work must be submitted by 17th March There are some great prizes up for grabs!

Good luck everyone!!!

Dragons in the Hills Project’s Art Competition 2021

 

Closing date for P1 and Nursery Applications

Closing date for P1 and Nursery Applications

 

A gentle reminder from this year’s fantastic P1 classes, to any Parent wishing to enroll their child for a Nursery or P1 place starting this September, the closing date for applications is this Friday, 29th of January @ 12 noon. Application is via the “Citizens Portal” on the Education Authority website.

https://pupilservices.eani.org.uk/CitizenPortal_LIVE/en