News Archive September 2016

ZUMBA TIME

Posted on 12th September 2016

On Friday 9 September 2016, Year 8 pupils joined their Year 13 and Year 14 ‘Senior Buddies’ in the Sports Hall for Zumba.  It was an energetic afternoon of fun and dance which gave Year 8 pupils and their ‘buddies’ an opportunity to get to know each other. 

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TAKING ACTION

Posted on 19th September 2016

On 16 September 2016, Year 10 pupils presented Anne Walker from Action MS with a cheque for almost £3000 for the charity.  The money was raised through a sponsored walk which the pupils undertook at the end of Year 9.  Congratulations to all Year 10 pupils on this outstanding fundraising effort.      

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READING REALLY IS THE BEST MEDICINE

Posted on 19th September 2016

On Monday 12 September 2016, Year 8 pupils welcomed local author, Christine Hamill, to St. Mary’s library.  Pupils had the opportunity to listen to Christine reading extracts from her recent novel, The Best Medicine, and to ask questions about what it was like to be a published author.  Year 8 pupil, Katie-Mae McCloskey, commented:  “It was an inspirational morning and I really enjoyed reading the book as it was so funny. It was also exciting to meet a real-life author!”  Charley Nicholas (8D) was the lucky winner of the free copy of The Best Medicine.

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INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY

Posted on 27th September 2016

On Wednesday 21 September 2016, St. Mary’s marked International Peace Day in a significant way.  Thirty three Year 10 pupils from St. Mary’s joined other pupils from within the Magherafelt Learning Partnership and across Northern Ireland at the ‘Amazing the Space’ event at the Maze, Long Kesh. Meanwhile, St. Mary’s was the host venue for a live streaming of the main event and welcomed pupils from other schools within the Magherafelt Learning Partnership for a morning of activities, including a ‘Big Breakfast’ and a Zumba session before joining the live stream.  Year 10 pupil, Amy Loughran, played a central role in the event as her ‘Peace Pledge’ was filmed and broadcast during the live stream.  Organiser of the event, Dr. David Latimer, spoke about the important role young people have in peace-building.  He said: “Young people, with open minds, fresh ideas and positive energy are the key to a brighter future in Northern Ireland. The young have the power to forge a path of good hope that shimmers with peace and prosperity. This central idea is the catalytic touchstone of the Amazing the Space initiative.”

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UNDER THE SEA

Posted on 27th September 2016

On Thursday 22 September 2016, Year 13 Biology students participated in a field trip to Portaferry Seashore and the Exploris Aquarium. 

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SILVER DUKE OF EDINBURGH EXPEDITION

Posted on 30th September 2016

Between 22 – 24 September 2016, a group of Year 14 students completed their qualifying Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition in the Mourne Mountains. 

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