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News Archive May 2016


Posted on 09th May 2016

Article 15 (Freedom of association): Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as it does not stop other people from enjoying their rights. In exercising their rights, children have the responsibility to respect the rights, freedoms and reputations of others.

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Posted on 12th May 2016

A number of our pupils qualified for the NEBSSA Athletics Finals held in Antrim Forum – Ciara Malcolm, Eunan McElhennon, Paula-Rose McAuley, Lile Keenan, Lorcan Bradley, Conor Falls, Frank Duffin and Cathaoir Purvis. Although everyone competed extremely well, with a few very unlucky not to be placed, the stand-out competitor of the day wasYear 8 pupil Conor Falls, who came 1st in the U13 Long Jump, with a jump of over 4 metres.  Conor received a gold medal for his efforts – hopefully the first of many throughout his time at St Mary’s.

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Posted on 13th May 2016

St Mary’s, partnered with the Northern Ireland Bat Group and Creggan Country Park, held a special free batty event on Thursday 5 May from 7.30-10pm. Karen Healy from Creggan Country Park and Northern Ireland Bat Group, gave us the chance to not only to see these amazing flying mammals and their astonishing aerial acrobatics, but also learn more about them. Coordinated in school by Mrs R McComb, she explained, “The event began with a short talk in St Mary’s before sunset in the Drama Theatre, followed by a demonstration on how to use a bat detector. We then went on a bat safari to Polepatrick Park where we saw and ‘heard’ bats flying around using the bat detectors. We learnt about various species of bats found in Ireland and we also had an opportunity to see a real bat up close. It was a fantastic night!”

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Right of the Week

Posted on 16th May 2016

Right to privacy

Children have a right to privacy. The law should protect them from attacks against their way of life, their good name, their families and their homes.

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Posted on 19th May 2016

Three Year 12 pupils took part in the British Physics Olympiad Competition in March. This is an annual competition organised by the University of Oxford which aims to encourage the study of Physics and recognise excellence in young physicists. The competition demonstrates the real-world problem-solving potential of Physics and tests young people’s understanding and problem-solving skills. Well done to our three competitors: John Walker, Lorcán Toner and Dermot O’Neill who each achieved a Commendation Award.

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Posted on 20th May 2016

Our Year 9 Nannery Cup team were crowned Ulster Champions. The boys beat St Patrick’s, Cavan in the semi-final and St Colman’s, Newry in the final.  Mr McElholm explained, “This is the first time that we have won this competition which is for those pupils who didn’t make the Dalton team.” He had warm words for the team mentors John McIvor and Mark McLoughlin, and for the Captains Conaill Scullion and Malachi Johnston.

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