Important Information for all Parents.

Important Information for all Parents.

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

Our Primary 7 classes are making their Confirmation next week, this Special Ceremony will be take place on Tuesday 17th of May and Thursday 19th of May.  On these dates  the school will close at 2pm for all pupils.  There will be a restricted after school facility available for those children who in exceptional circumstances cannot be collected at 2pm and need to travel home on the 3pm bus.  Best wishes to the children and their families on this very important occasion, May God Bless them on their Confirmation day and always.

🚲Cyclist Alert 🚲

 

Dear Parent/Guardians/Community Member

Our Cycling Profiency Scheme for P7 pupils begins today and will continue over subsequent Fridays until the end of term. As a result there will be an increased number of children cycling to and from school, in both the village and around the back roads. We ask all drivers to be alert especially around the school gates at pick up and drop off times.

Thank you for your understanding and help with this matter.

P7 Teachers- Mr P Mc Coy, Miss P Mulkerns

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Update

St Mary’s girls’ and boys’ Gaelic teams have enjoyed taking part in the Malachy McGeeney series organised by Cumann na mBunscol. This included games at home to St Malachy’s, Camlough and away to St Patrick’s, Crossmaglen, along with a blitz against 3 other schools in Killeavy. The girls have remained unbeaten and qualified for the knockout stages, which will commence next week. The boys will return to action, along with the girls, after Easter for the next stage of the programme of events.

After school training also continues to alternate on a weekly basis for the 60+ pupils who registered. It will be the girls’ turn again next Wednesday (April 6th).

P7 View Aidan Strain’s Fleet

The P7 year group enjoyed one of the highlights of their year so far today. The children went down for a special viewing of Aidan Strain’s fleet of tractors and machinery, which are laid out for Saturday’s highly anticipated auction.

With such a large number of children in the year group interested in farming, there was an incredible level of excitement. Aidan organised for ASEE staff members to lead the children around in groups, before providing them with treats to enjoy back in school.

Aidan, a member of St Mary’s Board of Governors, and his wife Leontia, are close friends of our school and we are incredibly grateful to them for taking the time to provide our pupils with such a memorable experience. Thanks also to Gillian and to ASEE staff members David, Seamus, Paul, Peter and others for their time today.

Finally, there may be a few familiar faces on BBC news at some stage before Saturday, so keep an eye out for this!

 

🐝”The Connecting Through Art Project” – Day 1 🐝

🐝”The Connecting Through Art Project” – Day 1 🐝

P6/7 were delighted to spend the day with artist Conor Mc Ginley, working on the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), 15- Life on Land. They focused their work on our pollinator friends, the bees. 🐝 They sketched, printed, painted working both individually and as a group to create the fantastic display pictured above.  P6/7 really enjoyed their day and appreciated the chance to work with an “real life artist”.👨‍🎨

Conor will be back with us on Wednesday to work with Miss Crawley’s P6 group and next week for a day with Mr Mc Coy’s, P7 group. Each group will focus on a different SDG as part of our Erasmus Project.

A big thank you to the Play Resource Centre, Belfast, for the opportunity to work with Conor, made possible through funding, “The Connecting Through Art Project”.

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Update

St Mary’s girls’ and boys’ Gaelic teams have taken part in 2 fixtures so far in the Malachy McGeeney series. These games were at home to St Malachy’s, Camlough and away to St Patrick’s, Crossmaglen. Our pupils gave their all on both occassions and are looking forward to this week’s blitz in Killeavy, which will concude the first stage of the McGeeney Cup.

After school training also continues to alternate on a weekly basis for the 60+ pupils who registered. It will be the girls’ turn this Wednesday (March 23rd).

P7 Workshops

  

In recent weeks, the P7 year group have come together for some fun workshops. Una Walsh led a Townlands & Local History session and Orla (from IGNITE) led a workshop designed to help prepare the pupils for their transition to post-primary school. Both days were great fun and the children gained a lot from them.

Thanks to Orla and Una for their work with our P7’s.

Wild Atlantic Tales

Our P6 and P6/7 classes were held spellbound by the traditional story teller Niall De Burca today on their visit to the Newry Museum at Bagnell’s Castle.

Niall from Galway, began by welcoming the children from Mullaghbawn, saying how delighted he was to hear that the first group of children he would perform for, were the children from Mullghbawn. He spoke about our village having an abundance of folklore and stories and added that the best storyteller of all time was from Mullaghbawn. He told the children of his great honour in having met the late John Campbell and that John had shared one of his stories with him, this he then retold to the children. He also told a Slovenian story for Maruska our Slovenian assistant and finished with the story of Finn Mc Cool and the Ceallach Bheara.

A huge thank you to Newry and Mourne Council for bringing Niall to Newry and allowing us to attend.

 

Connecting Classrooms Evaluation

Connecting Classrooms Evaluation

Thank you to the boys and girls from P6 and P7 who completed an online evaluation for our Connecting Classrooms project which came to an end last term. Over 2 years we have been sharing lessons with our partner school in Nepal, learning about our partner school’s culture and country. Miss Crawley and Miss Mulkerns joined from Bilbao,  Mr Mc Coy and pupils joined from Mullaghbawn and the researcher from Belfast! The children all received a small token from Bilabo in thank-you for their participation, a keyring of the famous flower dog outside the Gugghenheim Museum or a football keyring inscribed with Basque symbols and language.