We were saddened today to hear of the death of Mrs Eileen Keenan, known to many of our Past Pupils as “Mrs Kennan, the dancing teacher”. For very many years Mrs Keenan traveled weekly from Newry to Mullaghbawn on the lunch-time bus, tape recorder in hand, ready to teach the “1,2, 3’s” in our Assembly Hall.
We have many fond memories of her time with us and we would like on behalf of the Board of Governors, Staff and Pupils, Past and Present, to extend our heartfelt sympathy to her family, friends and the wider Dancing Community.
Book today and have fun being creative this summer.
I also have Summer arts and crafts boxes which will entertain kids for over 6 hours over the summer holidays with accompanying video tutorials and materials.
I have created fun and engaging summer arts and crafts boxes for kids to use over the school summer holidays.
If you are a parent who wants to engage and educate your children over the summer months with 5 different art projects then this is the perfect 👍 gift.
Perhaps you feel you can’t
👩🎨help your kids develop their artistic skills and love of art
🙏or your fed up with them on their devices all the time and want for them to be creative more
👩👦or you want an hour to yourself so that you can chill out
Whatever the reason these arts and crafts boxes will help them
With 5 projects to create there’s hours of creative fun to be had.
Click on the link below to purchase hours of creative fun for your kids.
You will then be emailed the accompanying video tutorials and your arts and crafts box with art materials necessary for the crafts.
The bundle includes all templates, paper and various materials for the 5 high quality and engaging themed art lessons.
Lesson 1: Create your Summer Ice Pop themed bunting to hang in your bedroom or home. Watch the tutorial as it takes you through how to create your own Ice Pop bunting. Use the paints and paint brush, string and templates to create the bunting.
Lesson 2: Draw and paint a palm tree, beached themes landscape following the accompanying tutorial using your own art materials.
Lesson 3: Lean how to draw and paint two different ice pops using paint and crayons/oil pastels.
Lesson 4: Create your own summer themed postcard and send it to a friend to let them know you are thinking of them. Use your literacy skills to share your summer 2021 experiences.
Lesson 5: Watch the time lapse for inspiration on how you can add colour and patterns to your camper van and surf boards. Then you can create your own beach scene using whatever art materials you prefer to use.
It is hard to believe that today is the last of our 3 week summer camp. We have had so much fun and learnt a lot!
A special thanks this week to Michaela from Sentinus who helped us make our own space rockets which we launched; to Aoife Garvey who presented us all with Certificates of Achievement for our drumming progress; to Vanessa from the AmmA Centre who taught us about animation and we made our own movies; to Kathleen from An Tobar who helped us brighten our school and homes with beautiful flowers and to Sinead who gave us another wonderful art class today! The pictures are fantastic.
Thank you to all the parents for their support over the past three weeks and we hope that the children have enjoyed the last 3 weeks! We also hope that everyone enjoys their summer and stays safe!!
Miss McArdle, Miss Hughes, Miss Murphy, Miss Hearty and Miss Murphy.
As we enter our final week of summer camp, here are some snap shots of our brilliant second week. We were so lucky with the weather each day!
A special thank you to Aoife with the African drums and Kathleen from An Tobhar. The children learnt so much and really enjoyed the activities. We also had many games in the pitch and art outside. We finished the week off at the football pitch with football matches and rounders.
Great week had by all!
Week 1 of our summer camp is complete and what a week it was! The happy faces in these pictures say it all. Everyone had so much fun and lots of brilliant memories were made this week for all involved. We hope next week is just as great.
A special thank you to Aoife Garvey with the African drums, Niall from the AmmA Centre teaching about “Sound Maps” and the art teacher Sinead Campbell of “The Art and Design Factory.” Your workshops were brilliant and we are so thankful.
A reminder of times for any new children starting next week:
Summer camp starts at 9:30am and finishes at 2pm.
P4 children are to be dropped off/picked up in the nursery car park.
P5 and P6 children are to be dropped off/picked up in the main car park.
Day 2 of our summer camp completed and what a brilliant start we have had! From African drum practice, sound map workshops and different sporting events in the field; there were lots of happy faces heading home. We hope this great weather continues for the remainder of our week! Here’s a snap shot of the last two days.
Few reminders about St Mary’s Summer Camp that is starting on Monday 5th July.
The camp is running from Monday 5th to Friday 23rd July.
Each day starts at 9:30am and finishes at 2pm. Each class has a different drop off and pick up points; please see below:
Pick up/Drop off Points
P4: Nursery Carpark
P5/P6: Main Teacher Carpark.
Please do not drop your child off at the front of the school as the main school will not be open.
Children need to ensure they bring the following with them:
Packed lunch and water
Sun cream/ hat / coat (weather depending)
Pencil case with colouring pencils and a glue stick
We are very excited to see all the boys and girls next Monday for a fun three weeks! Keep safe over the weekend and see you Monday!
With the P7 class departing the school earlier this week, this also signalled the conclusion of their Young Enterprise venture; Keychain Krew. Thanks to the support of our school community, as well as learning lots about the different aspects of running a successful business, the class also made a tasty profit too!
When all costs were deducted, there was in the region of £500 profit. The children decided against splitting the full profit amongst themselves. Instead, deciding to split £200 amongst the year group; receiving £5 each towards the cost of their recent school trip. The children then opted to give £100 back to school funds and also very generously donate £200 (+£50 Gift Aid) towards UNICEF’S drive to bring vaccines to the parts of the world, much less fortunate than ourselves here in Ireland, who are struggling to vaccinate their most vulnerable people and healthcare workers.
Amazingly, this donation will help to transport approximately 8,900 vaccines to countries such as Nepal; who our school shares a very special connection with, due to the Connecting Classrooms project with Jhapa Model English School in Damak.
Thanks again to our school community for enabling P7 to make this donation and play their part in helping the global fight against the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Please note that keychains ordered by pupils within classes who are currently isolating or pupils who will not be in school before the end of the school year, have been kept aside and will be given to them on their return to school in the new term.
Today was to be our Graduation Day but sadly we couldn’t host it in the way we had planned. This amazing group of children will forever go down in the history of our school as the Nursery group that had to finish so abruptly because of the impact of the pandemic. What a tale for them to tell future generations. I know there was great disappointment about the Graduation not happening ……. well we couldn’t let that happen. So as the saying goes, “Here’s one I’ve prepared earlier “, it is not the grand production we had envisaged but I’m sure you will enjoy it and agree that it is a true reflection of how happy and confident the children are in the setting. The relaxed demeanour of the children you see in this video is often lost when they have to perform for an audience. As adults we are disappointed about how the year ended, however the children’s memories of Nursery are not based on our last week together but rather a year of fun times, security and friendships. Enjoy our “Graduation with a difference” . On Tuesday 🤫 you will receive your child’s Graduation photo. My sincere thanks for your understanding and messages of support this week. https://youtu.be/hY7adNXHJYc