Lithuanian Visitors

Last week we had six visitors from Lithuania. They visited us on behalf of the Department of Education to observe and discuss with us our Induction Programme for Newly Qualified Teachers.
We also showed them our school. The girls from our Student Council (Saoirse, Beatrice and Eilja) did us proud. Our visitors remarked on the energy and openness to new ideas in our school, as well as the quality of our facilities.
Their departing remark was: “This is the kind of school we should send our ministry to see.”
Nice to hear, especially as the visit was limited in scope due to Covid.

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Christmas Shoebox Appeal – Thank You!

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Science Week: 7-14 Nov. 2021

Highlights of Science Week 2020
(courtesy of Science Foundation Ireland)

 

Trailer for Science Week 2021
(courtesy of SFI)

 

For lots more on Science Week 2021 click HERE !

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Orange Bonanza Halloween Dress Up Day – 22nd Oct.!!!!!

The Join Our Boys Trust was launched on the 9th of March 2014.  To be told that one of your children has a fatal disease, that currently has no treatment or cure is devastating. To be told your three children have a fatal disease that currently has no treatment or cure is beyond comprehension; beyond words.

Twin brothers George and Isaac, and their Mam Paula joined us at our Assembly on Friday last. Paula explained how Archie, George & Isaac have complex needs that will require additional resources to ensure that they can remain as independent as possible for as long as possible.

Attracta Doran invited St Mary’s and St Michael’s to hold a Dress up day to help the Boys in their fundraising.

As a ‘thank you’, Jim McKenna made fantastic stickmen garden characters and a bird feeder for both of our schools. Every time we see the Stickman we will be reminded of how we ”Made a Difference” in the lives of Archie, George & Isaac ?


Next Friday, 22nd October we will have an ‘Orange Bonanza Halloween Dress Up Day” ? as Orange is the colour for Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy

Thank you all in advance for supporting this cause. We at St Mary’s always like to help other children …. Children helping children. ???

Ní neart go cur le chéile!

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This is Jim McKenna setting up the beautiful bird feeder which he crafted and donated to our school in recognition of our fundraising effort to help the Archie, George and Isaac.

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‘Maths Week 2021’!

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Upcoming Fundraiser – ‘Dress Up Day’ 22nd October

Underneath are the photos of Archie and his twin brothers George and Isaac. The 3 boys, sons of Paula and Pádhraic Naughton, were diagnosed some years ago with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

DMD is a life limiting  disease and already all 3 boys are now wheelchair bound. The Join Our Boys Trust was set up to provide a home for the family that would be built to meet their changing needs and much more as their health deteriorates and also to fundraise for research to find a cure for DMD.

St Mary’s proposes to hold a ‘Dress Up Day’ on Friday 22nd October (our neighbours at St Michael’s will participate in this fundraiser as well). The pupils will have an opportunity to ‘dress up’ (if they wish) and bring in a little contribution towards this very worthy cause.

Paula and the twins will make an appearance at our Assembly on Oct 15th to introduce themselves and to thank everyone in advance!

In recognition of the fundraising efforts being undertaken, some fabulous garden ‘stick sculptures’ have been donated to both schools by Jim McKenna from Cavan. They will be a great addition to our school garden. A competition will be held to decide on the names of the ‘stick men’.

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‘Music Generation’ commences at St Mary’s

We are delighted to welcome Music Generation to our school. Music Generation MEATH is a performance music education service for children and young people  in County Meath that provides opportunities for children and young people to access music instruction.

Room 20 in full swing!

Underneath we see (and hear) the girls in Room 20 (Rang a 4) learning their first tune. This is only their second lesson! Maith sibh, a chailíní!   We will bring you more in the coming weeks!

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COVID-19: Updated Government Advice for Parents

The HSE has provided information for parents about the changes to contact tracing and testing for children aged between 3 months and 13 years in early learning and care, school aged childcare, education, primary school sports and social settings. You can find it here:
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/13610-information-for-parents-about-the-changes-to-contact-tracing-and-testing-for-children-aged-between-3-months-and-13-years-in-early-learning-and-care-elc-and-school-age-childcare-sac-education-primary-school-sports-and-social-settings/

You can find other resources for parents for download here:
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a04fc-advice-for-students-and-their-families/

Here is a concise and informative video link on the common symptoms of Covid and what to do if you feel your child is displaying symptoms:

 

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Celebrating ‘Mercy Day’ on 24th September

Every year on the 24th September, our school community celebrates the life and work of Sr Catherine McAuley (1778-1841).

Catherine realised at a young age that she wanted to devote her life to the service of the poor, the sick and the uneducated. In 1831 she established the Sisters of Mercy.

Through time, the Mercy Order arrived in Trim and built a convent in the town. By 1868 they had established a school that would provide education and care to the people of Trim for the next 150 years. Everyone here at St Mary’s Convent Primary School is very proud of our Mercy roots.

In 2018 our all-weather pitch was officially blessed and opened. The pitch has been aptly named, Páirc na Trócaire (Mercy Park), in recognition of a century and a half of dedicated service by the Sisters of Mercy.

Alas, we no longer have any Sisters of Mercy teaching in our school, but the Mercy Cross, displayed in the foyer of the building, epitomises the legacy of Catherine McAuley and all her followers.

Two videos about her life and work are available for viewing below.

JUNIOR CLASSES 

SENIOR CLASSES

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Friendship Week and National Bike Week at St Mary’s!

Friendship Week: 13-17 September!

You’ve Got A Friend In Me   (from Disney’s ‘Toy Story’ – click the link to listen in and sing along)

Brave (click the link to hear a cover of Sara Bareilles’ song, Brave, performed by One Voice Children’s Choir)

National Bike Week: www.bikeweek.ie

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