News Archive March 2015

TYRONE TIPS

Posted on 09th March 2015

On Monday 23 February, Year 11 and Year 12 GCSE PE students attended a Player Welfare Workshop in the school Sports Hall. The Workshop was led by Ryan Mellon, who won 3 All-Ireland medals in his time with the Tyrone Senior Football team. Ryan is now the Player Welfare Officer for Ulster GAA. Ryan gave the pupils some advice and strategies to use when analysing their own performance and general lifestyles. The information was very well received by all our Gifted and Talented Athletes.

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IN FINE VOICE

Posted on 09th March 2015

St Mary’s ‘Stage Musical Group’ attended Ballymena Festival on Wednesday 4 March to participate in the ‘Song and Chorus’ competition. The group was directed by three Year 14 students, Enya Loughlin, Shannon Donnelly and Catherine Devlin, who rehearsed with them every Thursday lunchtime and many evenings after school. They were unrecognisable leaving St Mary’s grounds on Wednesday lunchtime, dressed as the ‘Revolting Children’, from the musical ‘Matilda’. The adjudicator commented on their enthusiasm and energy in their performance and the spell-binding acting from Year 10 soloist, Anna McCloskey. Unfortunately, they were beaten by Cambridge House players, but Catherine Devlin (Upper Sixth), commented on how proud she was of the students and that their dedication to the group produced ‘a stunning performance’. Ella McCloskey and Sinead Thorntonremarked how they had ‘gained so much confidence performing in front of an audience.’ The girls will reprise this performance at the annual spring concert which will be held on Thursday 26 March.

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BRINGING THE PAST TO LIFE

Posted on 09th March 2015

Year 13 History students attended a series of lectures on Germany 1918-45 at the Somme Heritage Centre. The lectures were delivered by Dr Robert McNamara from the University of Ulster. Luke Doyle said, ‘I found it to be a very informative lecture which gave me a better understanding about the level of detail required to be successful in my upcoming Nazi Germany exam.’ While Niamh Martin added, ‘It was very insightful and enjoyable and I think the information provided will be most useful for my exam in June.’

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ST MARY’S SET TO IMPROVE LOCAL AREA WITH NEW TREES!

Posted on 11th March 2015

Year 14 pupils have been improving the local environment by planting trees which will increase biodiversity by attracting more wildlife to the school grounds.

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VOTE NOW FOR A SWEET DISCOVERY!

Posted on 11th March 2015

Year 10 pupil, Cian McStocker, recently received the great news that he has been selected as one of just 12 UK finalists out of 9,500 entrants in the ‘Young Writers – Creative Voices Competition’ for his poem, ‘A Sweet Discovery.’ Cian is currently in the process of making a video to accompany his poem which will posted online; the pupil who receives the most votes will be declared the UK overall winner . Log on to Young Writers  from18 March and vote for Cian!

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YEAR 10 NETBALL 2015

Posted on 19th March 2015

​An enthusiastic team of Year 10 Netballers represented St Mary’s admirably in the NEBSSA netball league this year. The girls had a packed schedule, playing four matches against: Parkhall Integrated, St Patrick’s, Ballymena; Ballyclare High School; and, Magherafelt High School between Tuesday 24 February and Friday 27 February. St Mary’s recorded two very convincing victories against Parkhall and Ballyclare and battled valiantly to narrow defeats in their matches against St Patrick’s and Magherafelt High School. It is great to see the success of St Mary’s netball this year and the dedication and enthusiasm shown by the girls involved indicates that netball will continue to flourish in the years ahead.

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