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Month: June 2020

End of Year Video
End of Year Video

As today was supposed to be our last day in school this school year, we’ve put together a short video to celebrate the great work, resilience and enthusiastic nature of our students and also everyone in our school community. This year has certainly been strange, demanding and quite difficult but we have come together (from a distance!) and overcome so many of the challenges the pandemic set us. Well done, everyone and we can’t wait to see everyone again soon.

Please do not share the below video via social media. It will always be available on this page.

Our Positivity Posters
Our Positivity Posters

You truly are an awesome group of pupils. We’ve had an amazing response to our Positivity Poster activity throughout the school in the last 2 weeks. We asked you to create a poster displaying a positive message to reflect how positive and resilient we have all been in these last 3 months during this strange time.

See if you can see your poster above or below. We will add all individual posters to our Activity Gallery in the coming days.

A Message from Ms Jordan
A Message from Ms Jordan
Positivity Poster
Positivity Poster

We’ve been so impressed with our pupils’ positivity and resilience during this challenging time. To celebrate this, we’re asking all our pupils to create a ‘Poster of Positivity’. We’d really love to get as many entries as possible as the final product would make a lovely end-of-year keepsake that we could put together and display here on the website and our class blog pages.

Your poster could contain a positive message, slogan or quote and a picture to go with it – something that makes you smile. It could contain drawings of things, activities or people that have brought you happiness during this time. We’ve included some sample slogans you could use below but feel free to make up your own of course! Be as creative as you’d like.

Please send us a photo or scan of the poster to your class teachers at the usual addresses by Friday 19th June.

Junior Infants – juniorinfantsteachers@virginians.ie

Senior Infants – seniorinfantsteachers@virginians.ie

1st Class – 1stclassteachers@virginians.ie

2nd Class – 2ndclassteachers@virginians.ie

3rd Class – 3rdclassteachers@virginians.ie

4th Class – 4thclassteachers@virginians.ie

5th Class – 5thclassteachers@virginisns.ie

6th Class – 6thclassteachers@virginians.ie

The DEN – denteacher@virginians.ie

Every class will be putting their posters together to make one big collage of positivity that truly represents how strong and adaptable our fantastic pupils are! We look forward to seeing your entries.

Sample slogans and quotes for your poster:

  • Keep smiling!
  • Keep calm and carry on.
  • Difficult roads often lead to beautiful places.
  • “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” – John Wooden
  • “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

Amber Flag Award
Amber Flag Award

St. Mary’s N.S. has recently been awarded the Pieta House Amber Flag for promoting Positive
Mental Health in our school for the school year 2019-2020. We set and achieved goals
throughout the year.

We established a Healthy Minds Committee with pupils from 1st to 6th class. We had monthly
meetings with the Healthy Minds Committee where the pupils discussed ideas for promoting
mental health and wellbeing in our school. They worked very hard during the year.

We ran a Jersey Day for World Mental Health Day in October 2019, where we raised money for
Pieta House. We ran a Health and Wellbeing Week in January 2020. We had lots of activities
incorporating mental health, wellness and mindfulness. We also ran a Health and Wellbeing
Poster Competition as part of Wellbeing Week. We also have a Health and Wellbeing
noticeboard in the corridor, which we added to each term and displayed the winning posters.

Thank you to Mrs Brennan, Ms Lawlor, Mrs McHugh, Mrs O’Reilly, Ms McLean, Mrs Clerkin, Ms
O’ Reilly, Ms Olwill and Ms Gilcreest who were the staff Amber Flag Committee members.

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