News Archive December 2015

STARS IN OUR SCHOOL

Posted on 01st December 2015

‘It takes a whole team to make a school a safe and happy place for children to learn. But many are tucked away behind the scenes – the unsung heroes of our children’s education.’ UNISON

St Mary’s joined schools across the UK to say ‘thank you for all you do’ to our teaching support staff. Led by Assistant Principal, Mrs I Hynds, she explained, “Each pastoral team opted to do something for Teaching Support staff to show their appreciation, such as cleaning the canteen for them on a given day or assisting with litter duties outside. Year 8 pupils (and their families) have already established that they are exceptionally skilled at baking: they baked much appreciated treats for all support staff. And each member of staff was paired up with a Teaching Support member to do at least one nice thing for them that week.” The result was that our ‘tucked away behind the scenes’ stars were allowed to shine for all to see and thank!

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TOP CANDIDATES IN CCEA SUMMER 2015 GCSE AND GCE ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATIONS

Posted on 01st December 2015

Congratulations to the following students who achieved first, second and third highest marks in the CCEA 2015 GCSE and GCE Summer Examinations:
Claire Cosgrove -First in Spanish and First equal in French

Emma McKay- First equal in Art

Keeva Madden- Second equal in ICT

Cliodhna S Ni Mhianain (Year 8) - First equal in Irish

Lauren McStocker - Third equal in Science DA Modular

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FREE FRUIT FRIDAY!

Posted on 01st December 2015

The free fruit that the SNAG committee gave out at break-time on 20 November was an immense success! It was in response to recent findings that 96% of children in Northern Ireland do not eat their five a day and neither do 82% of adults. A report says sugar intake should be drastically reduced. The SNAG group agree with the sentiments of the report and so took this step: “We want to encourage children to reduce their intake of sugar through sweets/ biscuits/ cakes which contain lots of saturated fat etc. And at the same time encourage children to take more natural sugar through their fruits and veg which contain more fibre and are ultimately much better for them.”  The lesson was most fruitful!

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RISING TO THE CHALLENGE

Posted on 01st December 2015

Huge congratulations to our Year 14 students who were very successful in the recent Senior Challenge achieving 12 Silver and 36 Bronze Awards. The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are lively, intriguing multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths. Well done to Anna Coogan, Paul McCarron, Orla Mallon, Marc Friel, Gerard O‘Brien, Megan Monaghan, Emma Quinn, David McGuigan, Siobhan Comer, Una McCoy and Emma Robinson who each received the Silver Award; and to the recipients of the Bronze award-  Bronagh McFarlane, Dermot Donnelly, James Tennyson, Hannah McGurk, David McErlain, Connor Devlin, Cormac Mackle, Bernadette Henry, Sheila Campbell, Conor McCann, Niamh Hughes, Kyle Johnston, Jack McLean, Hugh-Roe O’Donnell, Hannah Doherty, Niamh Kelly, Jamie Duffin, Shannon McGillian, Conor Burns, Eamon Conway, Ciara McAuley, Mark Rushe, Tonicha Donnelly, Ellen Groom, Conor Shaw, Megan Kearns, Cathal Craig, Bronagh Harkin, Michael McElhone, Gabriela Kacprzyk, Alana Quinn, John Joe O’Hagan, Eamonn Devlin, Claire O’Neill, Maria McVey and Cathal Mullan.

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YEAR 9 PUPILS GET TO GRIPS WITH IZAK9

Posted on 01st December 2015

The Maths department has been using Izak9, which is an active learning device specifically designed to create a totally immersive and engaged shared learning environment. It provides exceptional opportunities for the teaching and learning of mathematics. All areas of the maths curriculum at Key Stage 3 are addressed in an environment rich in problem solving, oracy, fluency, variation and depth. Izak9 support the needs of pupils of all abilities and preferred learning styles. Children work together in small groups using real cubes to not only solve the number, algebra, data and shape / space problems posed, but also to develop ideas and create tasks and questions of their own.

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ST MARY’S YOUNG LEADERS OF THE FUTURE!

Posted on 01st December 2015

Mrs Reid prepared students for the Rotary competition. She explained, “Following on the outstanding success of Siobhan Comer in last year’s Rotary Competition, Lauren McStocker is one of just 20 winners from across the North and South of Ireland who will participate in a week long leadership trip to Strasbourg in February, where she will have the opportunity to further develop her leadership potential. She is a lovely, unassuming and modest pupil – a true ambassador and a commanding leader!”

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