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Welcome to P6/7 class page. Please take the time to have a look at all our hard work but we also have lots of fun!

June 2016

Shared Languages Graduation Ceremony

 

Our P.6 children were presented today with their certificates for their participation in the Sharing Languages Sharing Cultures Project organised and led by Sinead Gibney from Shimna Integrated College. Our class worked with children from Newcastle Primary School and they learned about the Spanish culture and the Spanish language. The children thoroughly enjoyed wearing their graduation robes and hats. Well done everyone!

 

P.7 Residential 

Our P.7 children are leaving tomorrow for their trip to Newgrange. They are extremely excited and we look forward to posting the photographs of all their exploits very soon.

 

 

P.6 End of Year Trip

Our P.6 trip is on Wednesday 22nd June to Lisburn Leisureplex and Omniplex. The children are very excited and hopefully they will all have a great day out!

Sports Day

Congratulations to all the children who participated in our recent Sports Day and to those who won medals for their efforts. It was a fun day and Mr. Fusco treated all the children to an ice-cream. A special mention to Catherine who won the Victor Ludorum trophy for being the overall sports girl winner this year. 

Go For Gold!

Our P.7 children performed recently in our school production, 'Go For Gold'. Each and every one of them put in 100% effort. Their singing and acting was of the highest standard and it was obvious to all how much they enjoyed it. Many thanks to Mrs Peters and Sarah for all their efforts with the backdrop and props. They really helped to make the show more realistic. Thanks also to Oisin for managing the music and sound effects and to Mrs Cunningham and Mrs Murphy for helping in our preparations. Mrs Rooney's dance moves really helped to liven up the show. Our biggest thanks goes to Mrs McCann who directed the entire performance. It was a lovely opportunity for the P.7s to work together and now we look forward to our end of year assembly.

 

 

 

P.6 School Visits

​Today our P.6 children visited different schools to attend organised sampler activities. The schools involved were Assumption Grammar School, St. Patrick's Grammar School and Shimna College. They all had great fun doing Home Economics, P.E, Technology and different languages to name but a few!

 

Shimna College
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May 2016

Go For Gold

We have just started our rehearsals for our forthcoming production of 'Go For Gold'. on Wednesday 8th June. Tickets will go on sale shortly.

Sacrament of Confirmation 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all our P.7 boys and girls who celebrated their Confirmation on 10th May 2016. It was a beautiful ceremony and the children behaved impeccably. Many thanks to Mrs McCann who helped us so much in our preparation.

April 2016

St. Mary's Got Talent Final

Congratulations to Laura, Sasha and Eoin on their tremendous performances in the final. Both acts did themselves and our class proud. The overall winners, Sasha and Laura, danced their way to the top! Friday morning proved that St. Mary's P.S really has got talent!!

 

 

St.Mary's Got Talent

Today the auditions were held for St.Mary's Got Talent. The talent in our class was amazing! It included gymnastics, Irish Dancing, tin whistle, football skills, dancing, singing and magic shows. The members of our class were each given a vote and the two winning acts going forward to represent our class in the Final on April 29th are Eoin- Singing and Sasha/Laura-Dancing. Thank you to all the children who participated and we will look forward to this event next year. 

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Science of the Titanic

Our P.6 boys and girls have been learning about the Morse Code as a means of communication in 1912. They have been investigating circuits and conductors and insulators of electricity. They were tasked with creating a switch to communicate their message to others. Evidently they had a lot of fun!

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Confirmation

Our P.7 children are currently preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on 10th May. They celebrated their Commitment Service and Service of Light recently and they were all a credit to themselves, their families and our school. Their behaviour was exemplary and their singing was beautiful!

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Children's Theatre

Today we were very lucky to get the opportunity to watch real theatre in our own school premises. M and M Productions put on their version of the famous classic, 'The Railway Children'. It was spellbinding and all the children were captivated throughout. We look forward to them visiting again next year.

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Junior Entrepreneur Success

 We visited Titanic Quarter for our JEP Showcase Day. It was a great experience and we even got to meet Rory Best,the captain of the Irish Rugby Team. We were given certificates to celebrate our participation in this initiative.

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March 2016

Our Nugelato and Coco's Visit

 

We had so much fun today. To celebrate all our efforts in the Junior Entrepreneur Project we went to Nugelato and Michael gave us all our choice of ice cream and different toppings. Some of us were even lucky enough to get wafers with chocolate from the famous chocolate fountain! We are very thankful to Michael and his staff for his generosity. It was awesome!!

To complete our great day we went to Coco's Adventure Playground where we had mega fun! 

Newsdesk - Creative Writing Workshop

Today our P.7 children were involved in a creative writing workshop with David Huntley, the presenter of Newsdesk. Over the forthcoming weeks the children will be uploading their poetry and writing masterpieces to a specially designed Fronter page. This page will contain lots of good quality pieces of writing for everyone to enjoy.

ICT St. Malachy's High School

Today the P.6 children attended an ICT event in St.Malachy's High School, Castlewellan with three other local primary schools. This event was organised in conjunction with staff from Queen's University , Belfast and its aim was to introduce the children to the idea of computer programming. The children had great fun and by lunchtime they were able to program drones and spheros and make an app for a tablet. Have a look at all the fun they had and also the learning which took place.

THE UNSINKABLE TITANIC 

Our Black and White Movies of the Titanic Story

We are very pleased with our efforts at this task. To complete this experience we worked with our peers to discuss ways we could improve our film making techniques. So watch this space!

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We are currently working on imovies to celebrate our Titanic journey. Today we dressed up as characters of this era and tried to portray the sadness of this tragedy through our BBC News clips. We used a green screen app to portray images of the Titanic as the background and we were able to superimpose images of ourselves on this. We are now in the process of editing our movies and we hope to make them available on our class page very soon. It was a fun experience and one we will never forget! Many thanks to Barry from Nerve Belfast for all his help!
As part of our topic on Titanic we looked at different items and investigated reasons why they sank or floated. It was messy but fun, thank you to Mr Mc Guigan for helping us. He is soooo cool.
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WORLD BOOK DAY CELEBRATIONS

Some of our Primary Seven children participated in a Newsdesk broadcast recently celebrating our love of books. Eleven other schools were involved across Northern Ireland and our selection of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was chosen as the winning book. Well done to all those children involved. They are a credit to our school! 

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As part of our World Book Day celebrations we visited Mr Prenter's class to read to the primary three's. We really enjoyed reading to the younger boys and girls and listening to them reading to us. We look forward to reading with the P3's again soon.
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February 2016

OUR CHEGO MOVIE by Laura and Sasha

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As members of the story telling team we were tasked with creating a story about the Junior Entrepreneur Programme. We decided to make a video to showcase our business idea. We hope you enjoy!

OUR CHEGO STORY by Shea and Cormac

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CHEGO-An Amazing Success!

Today proved to be the best part of our JEP journey so far. We made our CHEGO pots of chocolate lego and ice cream and put them on sale in the school hall for all the children from P.1 to P.7. It was such an enjoyable day and all the boys and girls raved about our CHEGO pots.

 

We have not paid all our expenses as yet but we estimate that we will make a profit of approximately £250. WOW!!!!!! We really are entrepreneurs of the future!

 

We discussed in class what we would do with the profit we made and collectively we decided that it would be a good idea to take our class to Coco's Adventure Playground as a reward for all our hard work. Since this is the season of Lent we also decided to give the remaining profit to Trocaire.

 

Well done to all the children in P.6 and P.7 for their efforts with the Junior Entrepreneur Programme and I know they are now looking forward to our next topic about the Titanic.

World Book Day Celebrations

Due to our active participation in C2K Newsdesk, our P.7 children have been asked to carry out a performance relating to their favourite novel which will be broadcast on Newsdesk early in March for World Book Day. They chose 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' by J.K. Rowling.

 

The T.V cameras arrived at school today and the children were dressed up for the occasion. They boarded the Hogwarts Express and performed a short choral speaking poem on the sorting hat. It was a great opportunity for the children to experience behind the scenes in TV and film production.

 

Many thanks to Sarah and Mrs Peters for their fantastic replica of the Hogwarts Express. We really appreciate all their efforts.

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JEP Update

Our Dragons' Den Day was a a real experience. Sit back and enjoy watching our pitches for our business ideas!

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Gymnastics is Fun!

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JEP Assembly

Our class are now preparing for their Assembly on Friday 12th February to celebrate their Junior Entrepreneur journey with the rest of the school community. Don't miss it!

 

Celebrating World Book Day

Some of our P.7 children are currently preparing for a visit from the Newsdesk TV crew to capture their thoughts on their favourite book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K Rowling. This short clip will be available to view on Newsdesk shortly.

 

January 2016

Problem Solving is Fun!

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Fundraising for LEPRA- Aerobics in Action!
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Our Class Displays

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DRAGONS' DEN 

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On Thursday the children in P6 and P.7 pitched their business ideas to the Dragons. The Dragons were extremely impressed with the children's enthusiasm and passion for their products. Congratulations to all the children for participating in this exciting venture and we look forward to the next step on their journey to becoming junior entrepreneurs.

The Dragons had such admiration for all of the pitches and were unable to select a winner so it was decided that the children would vote on what they each thought was the best business idea.Team Chi-Ching with their idea of JEGO was selected as our class winning product. we look forward to carrying out further market research and to our sales day later in the term.

 

JEP- Junior Entrepreneur Programme

We are now completing our business ideas for presentation to the Dragons at our Dragons' Den Day on Thursday 14th January. We have written a business plan and considered best value for money products. We hope to sell the winning product to the children in our school at the end of February and hopefully make a profit, after all we are the entrepreneurs of the future!

December 2015

Our Christmas Production

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What a Christmas Feast!

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Story Writing Prizewinners

Well done to Shea, Alice, Lucy and Catherine for their efforts in our recent Literacy Christmas competition. Congratulations also to Tiernan for achieving his Reading Award recently.

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Pilots'Visit

Two pilots, Enda and Paul, came to visit us this week to share their experiences of flying with us. This was a lovely way to complete our topic of Flight. We learned a lot about Flight and some of the children seem to be interested in following this as their chosen career path. So watch this space! Thanks to Enda and Paul!

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Our Special Visitor

Christmas Preparations

It's hard to believe it's this time of year again. Rehearsals have begun for our Christmas production which this year takes a new slant. We have decided to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and this will be celebrated with every child in our school performing on 16th and 17th December in the Christmas Story. (Don't worry P.7's we will be doing another production in May so you are getting the best of both worlds!)

JEP Comes to Town!

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We have just begun our work for the Junior Entrepreneur Programme. We have discussed in class what the word 'entrepreneur' means and we have researched famous entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs within our locality.

To commence this project Mrs Mahon wants each of us to think of two business ideas which we could take forward as a class project with the aim of making some profit. We will then break up into teams of four and through the process of negotiation we will agree on a single group idea. 

In order to decide on our whole class initiative, each group will present their findings to three members of the Dragon's Den- Mr Fusco, Mrs Lawrence (BOG) and Mr Michael Nugent (Nugelato). Once the whole class idea has been agreed we will begin our work on researching costs, marketing, brand name etc. We hope to sell our product to the children in our school in the new year.

We are really looking forward to Mr Michael Nugent's visit to our school next week. We hope he will tell us the story of his business and how it has developed. We would like to ask him about the challenges he faced along the way and how he overcame these.

 

 

Technology at Work!

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Spanish

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We have now started Spanish lessons along with the P.7 children from Newcastle Primary School. We hope to learn lots of new Spanish vocabulary and more about Spanish culture. Our teacher is Mrs Gibney and she says we will have lots of fun over the coming weeks.

November 2015

Science in Action

This term we have covered a lot of science activities and investigations linked to our topic of flight. We have studied air pressure, the Bernoulli Effect and the forces of lift, weight, thrust and drag associated with flight. In order to demonstrate how some of these forces work we even tried to push down our school! We soon realised that this was an example of an unbalanced force and no matter how hard we pushed the wall it didn't matter because the wall was exerting a stronger force in the opposite direction.

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October 2015

Celebrating Halloween in Style!

Using ipads to showcase our work

This month we have been using 'Morfo Booth' to record our speeches of famous aviators, such as, The Wright Brothers and Amelia Earhart. We have also used 'Comic Life' to create a comic strip of the famous myth about Icarus and Daedulus. We have imported our work into iMovie and hope to upload some of our activities very soon.

 

Down District Council- Recycling Activities

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Maths Day 2015

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September 2015

Our topic for this term is Flight. We will be finding out about flight in nature and the science of flight. We have begun with a study of birds. We were all so excited when Ian Patterson came into our classroom to show us his birds and to give us lots of facts about them. He brought in different types of owls and a kestrel. Some of us were lucky enough to actually hold the birds!

 

Mrs Mahon was really happy with our recount writing of this visit. She gave us all stickers and a Good News certificate to celebrate our achievements.

 

We have also completed some lovely art displays. Lots of mess and lots of fun!!

 

 

 

 

 

Our Topic Displays

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Ian Patterson's Classroom Visit

Mathletics

Congratulations to those children who continued with Mathletics over the summer holidays. Well done!

Our class have started off really enthusiastically this term. In our first week our class achieved third in the UK and Sasha was first in the UK. Mrs Mahon was very happy!

In order to continue this success we need all the boys and girls to try their best on a weekly basis to achieve their certificate. There will be a fun day out at the end of the year for all those children who demonstrate regular commitment. Constant effort at Mathletics really helps to consolidate the work covered in class and as a school we have already seen the benefits of this on-line resource.

 


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