Undoubtedly one of the highlights of a child’s time in St. Mary’s will be their involvement in the school musical. These musicals are huge productions which require a wide variety of skills (costumes, make-up, dance, photography, set design, props, etc.). The entire school community comes together to ensure each production is a resounding success.
Musicals take place every three years and involve all children from fourth to sixth class. This three-year cycle ensures that every child gets an opportunity to participate in a stage production during their primary school career.
Previous productions have included D’Annie (2016), Off to Oz (2013), and Oliver and Co. (2010).
St Mary’s has an annual Science Week where pupils undertake a number of Science activities, including experiments using electricity, magnetism and various materials. Experiments are then displayed in the halla, where all classes have the opportunity to view the work carried out.
Every November, St Mary’s hosts a Scholastic Book Fair.
A large selection of children’s books is on view in the halla. The fair is open to parents and friends to come along to browse before and after school. Book Week is a great opportunity to encourage reading among our pupils.
For every purchase made the school receives a commission which is used to get extra books for the classroom libraries. Each morning during Book Week, all children participate in paired reading where Senior and Junior classes get to read together.
Every three years the pupils take part in a week of art activities. PYPIA stands for Play Your Part In the Arts. The children produce a piece of art every day during PYPIA week, one for each strand of the Visual Art Curriculum. On the Friday, the pupils move from class to class to view all the artwork. Parents are also invited on one evening to come in to view all the art on display.
During Catholic Schools Week, we invite Grandparents to visit our school. After a cupán tae in the halla, Grandparents can visit their grandson’s class. These Grandparents pass on invaluable knowledge to the boys about what school was like when they were young. It is always a really enjoyable day.
SEACHTAIN NA GAEILGE
Seachtain na Gaeilge takes place in the lead up to St. Patrick’s Day. It helps to promote the use of Gaeilge on a day to day basis. Tá béim ar Ceol traidisiúnta, teanga agus cluichí i rith an tseachtain.