After a break for tea and refreshments, pupils entertained our guests with songs and music. The Recorder Group played a beautiful melody, specially written by Miss Trail to mark the occasion. That was followed by primary 1 and 2 singing a selection of songs from their recent ‘Carnival of the Animals’ project. Primary 3-7 gave a very moving rendition of ‘Alleluia’ which was followed by a display of skill by the Drummers. Lastly, past pupils Bronwyn and Katie came back to play several stirring jigs on the pipes. After all the emotion and excitement, it was time to relax together in the sunshine and have our picnic!
As schools wind down for the end of year, St. Mary’s working parties have been disappearing deep within cupboards, emerging with armfuls of ‘things to pack’. Boxes for the removal vans are now numbered well into the 100’s – it’s going to be interesting to see what the final total is! The past few weeks have also marked up many emotional ‘lasts’ for us, including our last sports day and last assembly in a building that has been home to St. Mary’s primary for more than 40 years.
All this made recent celebrations all the more crucial and enjoyable, as a time to get together with our school community. Yesterday’s open evening and today’s ‘end of an era’ mass have been welcome opportunities to catch up with old friends, colleagues and pupils, to share many happy memories.
Mrs. Bisset’s address at today’s mass reminded us that if St. Mary’s is special, it is because we can acknowledge our faith that God loves each of us as individuals and our ethos is to reflect that in the way we treat each other. And for those of us feeling the loss of our school, Fr. Friel reminded us that, like the Phoenix, we would come back in 2012, revitalised and stronger!
Today was Mr. McCrorie’s day, as we prepare to say goodbye to him at the end of term. Mrs. Bisset spoke for the entire school when she wished him every happiness in the future, acknowledging that our loss is St. Gabriel’s gain. Mr. McCrorie is, quite simply, the best janitor a school could possibly ask for and will be greatly missed.
FLIP (Family-led information point) is a group for parents and carers of children with additional support needs.
It offers members the chance to share experiences and knowledge and information about services and support for children with additional support needs and their families. FLIP normally meets once a month or so to discuss what’s happening.
Primary 6/7 had a great day out on the 1st of June, competing in an inter-school county athletics event. Well done to Caitlin for qualifying for the 150m race and our tug of war team came a very respectable second! Other events included high jump, long jump, cricket ball throwing, the 80m race and relays. Well done to all that took part. Chloe S and Chloe M said: ‘ Mr Leslie promised us all McDonald’s if we won but we didn’t manage to hold him to it! Nevermind, we had a great day anyway! It was good fun cheering on our classmates. We’d made massive banners and were waving them like crazy! Thank you very much to Chloe S’s papa for recording our great efforts!’