Special Occasions

Special Occasions

SWEET EASTER TWEETS! 21/3/13
The boys in second, third and fourth class were very busy today making edible Easter goodies. Why not try to make your own at home by following our step by step guide?

ARMY BAND VISIT

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We had a real treat today when the Army Band called to our school and performed a concert just for us in our school gym. We had the privilege of watching and listening to music such as “You’ve got a friend in me”, “Theme from Harry Potter”, “Cartoon Medley”, “Pokerface” and lots more, all being performed live. One of our students, Nathan, played the drums for “I want to hold your hand” and his Dad conducted! Three students, who answered some really tricky questions correctly, were lucky enough to be allowed to conduct the band. All the teachers and staff were really impressed. Afterwards the band stayed for tea, sandwiches, buns and a chat. It was a fantastic experience.

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ASH WEDNESDAY

To mark the beginning of Lent, our Catholic pupils received ashes today in school.  The palm branches from Palm Sunday are burned to produce ashes. Holy water is added to make a paste. The sign of the cross is made on the forehead with the paste and the words “Turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel” are said.

We have been thinking about the little cross we will carry during Lent to remind us of the large cross carried by Jesus.

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SHROVE TUESDAY

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. On Ash Wednesday, Lent begins.  Shrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Tuesday because it is traditional to eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. This tradition began because people wanted to use up the rich things e.g. butter, eggs that were not allowed during the season of Lent. It was also a last chance for people to indulge themselves and to enjoy these rich foods.

Today all of our students ate pancakes. The choice of toppings included maple syrup, caster sugar, lemon juice, strawberry jam and chocolate syrup. The empty plates said it all!

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ST BRIGID’S  CROSSES

February 1st is St. Brigid’s Day and the first day of spring. Follow this step by step guide to making a St. Brigid’s Day cross. Well done, Fifth Class.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
We have been celebrating Catholic Schools Week in our school. Each day, at noon, a pupil from Sixth Class took over the school intercom system and led the school in praying the Angelus. Classes have been learning about St. Brigid, one of Ireland’s patron saints. Fifth class made crosses from reeds. You can follow their lesson in the video clip. The Catholic children attended mass in the Cathedral on Tuesday. On Friday, there will be a special assembly led by Fourth Class. Parents are invited to attend. St Mary’s Primary values and respects all faiths and beliefs of its pupils.

 

FORMER PUPIL AND OLYMPIC CHAMPION COMES TO VISIT

Olympic Champion and former past pupil of St. Mary’s, John Joe Nevin  came to visit with the Olympic medal he received this year. John Joe Nevin is fondly remembered by his teachers from his time at St. Mary’s and he spoke to the boys of our school about the importance of education, believing in yourself and chasing your dreams.

 

 

SANTA CLAUS CAME TO SCHOOL
We were really lucky on the last day before the Christmas holidays. We had a super special guest in our school. SANTA took time out of his busy schedule and spent the morning in our school. He enjoyed himself so much that he didn’t want to leave!

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE
Fifth class were very busy preparing the goodies to feed our hungry families and friends. They did a wonderful job. Watch out Masterchef!

ADVENT 2012
Advent is a time of preparation. We prepare ourselves to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

In our school, we all did our best to make Advent a very special time.

HALLOWEEN….
We had a truly spooky time.  Beware, you’re in for a scare!!