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St. Mary's P.S. Draperstown

“Learning, Caring and Sharing Together”

P5/6 Mrs Barton

Deirdre was in conversation at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace today. We were so lucky to get a chance to talk to her and hear all about her writing. These girls even got very special autographed books!

We passed on all the beautiful handwritten letters from the class. We hope she enjoys them and maybe someday, if she's in Draperstown she will call to see our  fabulous school!

Food, Glorious Food!

Story Telling at Draperstown Library

with Liz Weir



.....And she loved our Christmas jumpers!

Preparing for Christmas

Well done to the class for a beautiful assembly yesterday, as we lit the second candle on the Advent Wreath. We helped everyone to stop and think about the real meaning of Christmas. Helped by Ms Coyle on guitar, Cassie on the fiddle and Aoife with the tin whistle the music was fabulous. Amy led the singing while the P5,6 and 7 members of the choir supported her with their beautiful harmonies.

Thanks to P3 who helped explain the meaning of the wreath.

It is always good when so many of our parents can come to see us perform. A big 'THANK YOU' to everyone.

LOOK OUT.........There may be a SPaG about!

We will be taking turns to be SPaG detectives in the classroom. Our job is to help others with their SPELLING, PUNCTUATION and GRAMMAR! We use EDITING CARDS and CHECKLISTS to try to make sure the SPaGs will find no mistakes.

It's Lighting Up Time Again

P5/6 visit St. Columba's Church in Draperstown

The church was decorated for The Harvest Festival

Fire Fighter To the Rescue!

Thanks to Terry Scott from the Fire and Rescue Service for a most interesting lesson . He reminded us of how to ensure we stay safe at home as well as in school. The P5/6 pupils received fabulous information packs with lots of tips for parents to check too!

Have you checked

your smoke alarm recently?

A Room with a View

We have the good fortune to have the room in our school with the best view! P5/6 have been taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings to inspire some watercolour paintings.
We have been out and about, taking advantage of the mild weather, to investigate the native trees growing in our school grounds. We have been learning about indigenous, deciduous trees. How many can you identify?

Celebrating Roald Dahl's Birthday!


 When Pupils Win Awards, Do Something Special

or Need to be Recognised for Something Wonderful......

......whatever the reason....

They get a place in The Golden Book.



Didn't We Do Well!

More Winners....Well Done!

Gathering Produce from the Garden

This Summer, once again we had an abundant crop of fruit. Unfortunately, by the time September arrives the birds have had their fair share of the blackcurrants! Nevertheless P5/6 were able to gather a kilogram of berries for jam making in class.

As we have a healthy eating policy, the jam was sent home to share!

There is still a considerable number of redcurrants, some of which we have preserved in the freezer, ready for the next cooking venture! We hope to experiment with some red currant jelly recipes. If any parents have family recipes or wonderful ideas of how to use the fruit, please do share these with your children and the class. If you would like some redcurrants,  contact Mrs Barton.