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St Mary's Primary School

March Newsletter

School Closures:

The school will be closed on Friday 15th and Monday 18th of March for St. Patrick’s Day.

 

Ash Wednesday

We will be having mass at 10am on Wednesday 6th of March in St. Mary’s Church to mark the beginning of lent and distribute ashes. This mass is for all children and staff in school and Canon Jimmy and Canon Mullin would be delighted to see anyone who is free to come along and celebrate the mass with us.

World Book Day:

We will celebrate World Book Day on Friday 8th March. We would like your child to dress up as a character from a Book to mark the occasion. We expect this to be a fun day for all, using clothes they have at home. Teachers will provide the children with ideas in class. Prizes (book vouchers) will be given for the best dressed in each class. Children will also be taking part in lots of fun reading challenges to mark the day. Ch’n who prefer not to dress up, come in uniform as normal.

 

Reading Week:

As part of the celebrations for World Book Day we are having a sponsored read for the children, from Friday 1st of March to Friday 8th of March. The aim of the sponsored read is to encourage the children to read and help raise funds for the school which will allow us to buy more reading books.

Cumann na mBunscol:

Boys & Girls Indoor Hurling & Camogie Blitz Congratulations to both our Boys’ and Girls’ Teams who did brilliantly in the recent Hurling and Camogie Blitz. The boys reached their final beating a very skilled St. Patrick’s Mullanaskea team in the semis but were unfortunate in the final, beaten by a physically strong St. Mary’s Mullymesker team.

Quiz Well done to our quiz team who represented the school in the County Cumann na mBunscol quiz in the Irvinestown coming 4th in the competition.

 

Indoor Soccer:

Commiserations to the boys who were defeated in the semi-finals of the indoor 5 a side soccer competition in the Lakeland Forum on Monday the 4th February, they were very unlucky but can hold their heads high with their effort and great attitude throughout.

 

Netball Tournament

Key Stage 2 girls will be participating in a Netball Tournament on Tuesday the 5th of March in the Lakeland Forum. The tournament is being organised by the A Level students of Mount Lourdes as a fundraiser and participants are asked to bring £1 each to be involved fundraising on the day. We as a school have already paid the entrance fee. P.5-P.7 ch’n not attending will have swimming as normal on this day, there will be no P.E in the hall on this day however.

 

Spanish

Spanish Afterschool Classes will be on Wednesday the 12th and 26th of March this month.

After School Homework Club for P.6’s continues on Thursdays.

 

Young Enterprise Programme

Thank you to all the children and parents who came to our Bring and Buy sale. The children raised a massive £345 which will be used to buy resources in their Young Enterprise venture. Any money left over and how it will be used will be discussed at the April School Council meeting and subsequently explained in the school Newsletter.

Thanks also to Tim McCrea creator of Helmetor who provided a really enjoyable and interesting session with the children about, inventing, branding and marketing a product.

Gaelic Football

The P4 and P.5 children will take part in a Go Games Blitz on Wednesday 27th March in the Castle Park Centre Lisnaskea. Blitz will run from 10.15am to 12.15pm. The children will back for lunch in school.

Sports Coaching

Keith Reilly St. Mary’s Gaelic Athletics Club will be leading the P.1-4 children in PE lessons for an 8 week block beginning on Monday the 25th of March. The lessons will be done on Mondays during school time. P.1&2 1.15pm to 2pm and P.3 & 4 2pm to 3pm. Thank you Keith.

Eco School Initiative

We would like to thank all those parents and extended family members who donated unwanted clothes to Clothes Collection drive during February. We will let you know when we find out how much money we raised for school funds.

SUSTRANS

This Friday 1st of March we will be working with Ann-Marie Cox SUSTRANS Active Travel Officer who will be here all day leading workshops with all of the classes to promote Activity in the children’s lives. To help promote the event we will be asking the children to walk/scoot/cycle to school on this day. On Friday ch’n can be dropped off at St. Mary’s Church Carpark and Ann Marie and St. Mary’s staff will be there to walk them to school. Parents feel free to join the walk. Ch’n should wear the Hi-Vis vests which were distributed earlier in February.

Thank you to everyone who brought in ‘Fitness pictures’ into school, awards will be given at Friday Assembly. SUSTRANS Cycle Training Certificates for P.6 & 7 will also be presented at this special assembly.

Engineers Week

P.6 & P.7 children will travel to Waterways Ireland on Friday 8th March to participate in Engineer’s Week. Waterways Ireland engineering staff will lead workshops based on the Erne System. The children will learn about the navigation, history and present use of the Erne System. The children will also see how the different types of engineering equipment and drawings are used during design and construction works. They will also learn a little bit about navigation maintenance.

Sacramental Dates

Confirmation Enrolment Ceremony will take place this Sunday at 11.30am Mass in Holy Cross.

The Mass for the ‘Do This in Memory’ for the P.4 children will take place on Sunday 10th March.

Thank you to Fr. Eamonn Murray and Canon Mullin on the prayerful and relaxed First Confession for the children on Wednesday the 27th of February.