News Archive April 2016

RIGHT OF THE WEEK

Posted on 05th April 2016

11) Kidnapping

Governments should take steps to stop children being taken out of their own country illegally. This article is particularly concerned with parental abductions. The Convention’s Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography has a provision that concerns abduction for financial gain.

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THRILLING TALENTS!

Posted on 11th April 2016

March 16 March was the day some members of the Junior school participated in the House Talent Show.  The acts were cheered on by all Year 8 pupils and some classes from Year 9 and 10. Tom Crozier from 9A said, “There were many brilliant talents from singers, violinists, guitarists and even Taekwondo performers. They proved they were very talented and I look forward to another similar House event in upcoming years.”

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BUILDING THE FUTURE

Posted on 11th April 2016

Work on a £4.5 million extension and refurbishment programme has commenced.

Due for completion in February 2017, the school extension will feature a state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre, including a study area, a social and recreational space and catering facilities. The new building will also include a Music and Creative Arts Space and a number of additional classrooms. Speaking about the project, Mrs Gillespie, Principal, commented: “We are thrilled that the construction of our new building is now underway and we look forward to the improvements this will bring to our school. This extension marks another significant and exciting stage in the development and growth of St Mary’s. Our pupils will benefit hugely from the enhanced facilities and resources provided by the programme.”

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RIGHT OF THE WEEK

Posted on 11th April 2016

(12) Respect for the views of the child

When adults are making decisions that affect children, children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account. This does not mean that children can now tell their parents what to do.

 

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CÚCHULAINN CUP SUCCESS

Posted on 11th April 2016

The annual Ulster GAA Cúchulainn Cup took place at the Meadowbank Sports Arena. It aims to afford young people from different backgrounds the opportunity to engage with one another, and to educate people not traditionally involved with the GAA more about the Association. Taking part were Magherafelt Cúchulainns, Banbridge Cúchulainns and Ballymena Cúchulainns. Teams comprised of several schools from a town coming together to play Gaelic games in a cross-community team.

In preparation for the Cúchulainn Cup Blitz schools were given ‘GAA Taster Sessions’ in which pupils who had never played Gaelic games, or had very little interaction in the games were taught the basic skills of Gaelic Football and Hurling. Taster sessions were provided in eight schools with over 150 pupils getting an opportunity to sample what the GAA has to offer. After a very enjoyable day of Hurling and Gaelic football, a strong Magherafelt Cúchulainns team ran out convincing winners.

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THE SMG SOCCER CUP 2016

Posted on 12th April 2016

With over one hundred Year 9 and 10 boys participating, the first SMG Soccer Cup is stacking up to be a fantastic competition. The boys are really buzzing to get their boots on and participate in the beautiful game here at St. Mary’s. The competition was organised by Mr Paul Kalla and Mr Micky McCullough in a bid to build on the good work put in place with the Under 12 and Under 14 teams earlier this year and will be an annual event. Mr Kalla states that he is keen to involve as many boys as possible in the SMG soccer programme and this is only the start, stating “We are keen to provide internal and external soccer competition for the boys at all key stages. The SMG Soccer Cup will last just over a week and kicks off on 12 May with the final on 21 May.” Mr Kalla concluded, “The SMG Cup should provide some great entertainment as the boys will be showcasing their talent in order to be selected for one of our soccer teams that will be entered in NIBSFA Cups in September. Good luck to all the teams participating!”

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