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St. Malachy’s News Grandparents’ Day Volume 14 February 2013

Don’t Miss

25th Anniversary Concert in New Youth Centre on 7th March at 7pm

Inside this issue:

We celebrated Grandparents’ Day on 30th January as part of Catholic Schools’ Week . Grandparents were invited to a special assembly where children from each class read out poems and stories they had written about their grannies and grandads. Pictured above are Aimee Winchester with Grandad Tommy and Emma McCavana with Grandad Sean. Aimee’s Grandad had a special surprise at the assembly when we all sang Happy Birthday to him as he had turned 78 that very day! Congratulations Tommy!

St Brigid’s Crosses


Jubilee Concert








Pupils of the Month




Grandparents’ Day-Catholic Schools’ Week

Arya P7 serves biscuits to the grandparents

Building on the success of last year’s Grandparents’ Day , we extended our celebration this year to include tea and coffee served after our assembly to give grandparents a well deserved break! We understand and value the role of grandparents in the lives of our pupils today and wanted to celebrate this.

Aodhan P7 with Granny Margaret

John Joseph P7 with Granny Patricia Page 2

Aimee P7 with Granny Rosaleen St. Malachy’s News

St Brigid’s Day

Children celebrated the Feast of St Brigid’s Day on 1st February by making St Brigid’s Crosses. Above Sorcha and Ryan and left Michael P6 learn the technique. Children from P6 then taught children in P4 how to make the crosses which the younger children then used in a special assembly.

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25th Anniversary Concert

Continuing with our Jubilee year celebrations we are having a special concert in the newly completed Youth Centre on Thursday 7th March from 7.30 to 9.30pm. The concert shall feature every child in the school performing in a variety of musical acts with their classes. Following this shall be the well known band ‘Tara Folk’ with a great set of traditional songs. Tickets are £5 each and are available from your child’s teacher.

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Confirmation 2013

The P7s had their Ceremony of Light on 22nd January and Confirmation on Friday 8th February with Bishop Farquhar. The children were very well behaved and had a lovely day. Pictured above is Gerard Lawlor with Bishop Farquhar in the Parish Hall afterwards.

Primary 1 News P1s are enjoying their second term in St Malachy’s and are working well in school and at home. Our parents have been very supportive with homework activities and sending materials into school to help with our topic of ‘weight’.P1 have joined P2 to prepare some ‘Belfast street Songs’ to perform at the Jubilee Concert in March. P1 s are colouring in Fruit Fun pages for a health competition so good luck to them all! Volume 14

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School Disco

The School Disco held on 12th February was a great success. The children were all really well behaved and had a ball! Above left P3 boys and above right Mr White P4 gets down with the kids! Left middle; Key Stage 1 strut their stuff and left bottom P7 boys looking cool! Page 6

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Top left; Dillon P5, John Paul P4 and Frankie P5 and top right Frank P5 shuffling! Bottom left Nathan Delauney and right Emily Calvert let off steam! Volume 14

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Basketball News There have been a lot of games during February for all the basketball teams. The first was against Queens Girls U-10s. The school decided to bring a team of girls from p.4, p.5 and p.6. For the p4 girls and p5 girls this was their first competitive basketball match and they performed brilliantly. The team won a hard fought game 21-20 and all the girls played fantastically. Mollie Clinton in p.4 deserves a special mention as it was her first game and she scored what turned out to be a crucial basket. Next up it was the boys turn, again U-10s. This time we hosted Queens down at Shaftsbury Recreational Centre. Most of the p6 boys who played in the match had represented the school before and as the game progressed the experience of the older boys helped the team. Saint Malachy’s won by a comfortable margin in the end, 28-16. The team performed to a very high standard but a special mention goes out to Caoimhin Pollock in p.6 whose defence was exceptional and a big factor in the win. Lastly it was the p.7 boys and girls team. Again we were up at Queens. The girls played a mixture of their U-11 boys and girls while the boys played their U-12 team. Our girls took a while to get into their stride and perhaps showed the boys they were playing a bit too much respect. However as the game progressed they came into their own and won the match 22-16. Well done to Abigail Burnett in p.6 who got MVP (Most Valuable Player) for her performance. The boys did not start the game well and were down 12-2 at half time against a strong Queens’s team. After a few ‘stern words’ from Mr. White they soon found their form and made a fantastic comeback to win the game 24-18. A special mention to Jordan McGrattan for his defensive performance and Jack Flynn who top scored with 12 points and won the MVP award. Both boys are in p.6. So the final scored was Saint Malachy’s 4- Queens 0!!! Well done to all involved! Page 8

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Chinese New Year Many classes celebrated Chinese New Year in different ways. Primary 3s made their own glittery snakes to celebrate the ‘Year of the Snake’ and they are on display outside their classroom. The Nursery children tasted noodles and crackers, had dragon making and ribbon dancing and a treasure hunt for lucky money. Thomas in P6 and brother Raymond in P3 visited their home in Hong Kong and brought their classmates back little red envelopes with treasure in them!

Retreats Primary Sevens enjoyed a Retreat in the Parish Centre on 31st January with Fr McGinnity and Sr Marie. This was good preparation for Confirmation. A retreat was also held for P7 parents in the Parochial House on 5th February.

Health Education Medical students from Queens University are teaching Primary Sevens every Tuesday this term. The class is also receiving education on Drug and Alcohol awareness every Monday from FASA (Forum for action on substance abuse) which is a community based organisation.

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Irish Language Classes Free beginners classes for adults to learn Irish started on 28th February in St Malachy’s Nursery Unit. They will be held on Thursdays from 9am-10am and 6.30-7.30pm.Everyone is welcome.Failte roimh

P2 and P3 News The P2 children have been enjoying work upon their ‘Water’ topic. They have produced beautiful artwork and have had great fun at the art tray! P3s made snakes to celebrate Chinese New Year and buried items in our school garden to see if they will rot or not as part of their ’Litter’ topic.

Swimming at Queens Primary Fives have started swimming lessons on Wednesday mornings at Queens and are doing very well

After School Clubs Traditional Music Group

Afterschool Games

Thursday 12.30-1.00pm


Bodhran Group


Wednesday 3-4pm

P4/5-Tues 3pm-4pm

Djembe Group

P6/7-Thur 3pm-4pm

Monday 3pm-4pm Gaelic Football P5-7 Basketball Tues 4.30-5.30pm-Girls Wed 3pm-4pm-Boys Page 10


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Pupils of the Month for January -Key Stage 1 Back left to right; Ruth Prabeen P2 Darren Fields P2 Ahmed Sharif P2 Darren Kalungi P3 Haritha Dhinakaran P3 Ruby Lagan P1 Abigail Moore P1 Ryan Steele P1 (absent– Patrick Valliday P2 ,Lvana Rafael P3, Wiktoria Lewandowska P3, Jake Scott P1)

Pupils of the Month for January – Key Stage 2 Back left to right; Mollie Clinton P4 Shauna Behan P5 Molly Fitzsimons P6 Front; Kane Magennis P4 Liam McMullan P4 Shannon Whyte P4 Caoimhin Pollock P6 (Absent; Lauren McGuigan P7 Chantelle Manning p7 Saorlaith Maxwell P5)

WELL DONE TRANSFER TEST PUPILS !! A big congratulations goes out to all 12 Primary Seven Transfer Test pupils who got fantastic results this month. They got 6 As, 5 Bs and 1 C. Well done everyone! All Primary 7s have been visiting Secondary schools for Open days and Nights to help them decide which schools to apply for next year. We wish them all good luck with their applications for their chosen schools.

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Nursery News St Malachy’s PS Eliza Street Belfast Phone: 02890-327460 Fax: 90242484 E-mail:

lachysps www.stma .belfast.n

We had a fantastic treasure hunt for lucky gold coins in red envelopes to celebrate Chinese New Year. We had a dragon dance and everyone took home a fortune cookie. We made chocolate, heart shaped pancakes and they were yummy! We made lovely biscuits for Valentine’s Day with pink icing on them.When it was snowing we made snowmen and snowballs and had great fun playing with them but we got very cold hands!

Do you like our newspaper? Did you know you can look at this publication and past editions in colour on our school website in your own time? To check this out and lots of other fun activities log on to .If you have any ideas for this newspaper or would like anything included in future editions we would love to hear from you! Please contact Mrs McSorley P6.

Religion Inspection

All classes had a Religion Inspection on 23rd of January. The Diocesan advisors were very pleased indeed with the teaching and learning going on in our school.

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