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News Archive April 2022

Year 13 STEM Projects

Posted on 01st April 2022

Over the last 6 weeks, two teams of Year 13 pupils have been taking part in STEM projects through Sentinus. The Sustainable Communities team was tasked with creating a model for sustainable communities of the future, while the Digital Futures team created two Apps- one which provided a GAA results platform; and one which centralised all school-related documents and materials in one easy-to-use App.

Both teams deserve a huge amount of credit for producing outstanding projects- well done to all involved!


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Posted on 04th April 2022

On Monday 4 April 2022, our recently appointed Inclusion, Equality and Diversity Pupil Champions engaged in training with the EA Equality and Diversity Unit to prepare them for their new role in school.  

Through the training, pupils acquired an understanding of what is meant by the terms “inclusion”, “equality”and “diversity”.  Through consideration of real-life case studies, pupils developed their awareness of issues around stereotypes, prejudicial attitudes, discrimination and unconscious bias.  They also had an opportunity to consider the actions they can take as a team to promote inclusion, equality and diversity throughout the St. Mary’s community.  We are grateful to Emma Patterson and Melissa Meenan from EA for facilitating the training session.   

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Year 13 Saphara Be the Change Award

Posted on 12th April 2022

Year 13 students from St. Mary’s have been taking part in the Saphara Be the Change Programme. They have been working hard to raise funds for poor communities in India, and their efforts were recognised at a ceremony in Belfast City Hall, hosted by the Deputy Lord Mayor.

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Year 9 Fundraiser for Autism NI

Posted on 14th April 2022

Well done to Year 9 pupils who have raised almost £3000 for Autism NI.  Each pupil walked 13,000 steps a day between 7 – 13 March 2022 to represent the 13,000 children who received an Autism diagnosis last year.  Pictured are some Year 9 pupils with Elizabeth McCaughey from Autism NI who came in to thank the pupils and explain how the money would be used.  Thank you to Mrs Clarke for co-ordinating this fundraiser.

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Posted on 14th April 2022

Congratulations to the students in Years 8-10 who were awarded for their hard work and dedication in Instrumental and Singing lessons this year.  They each received a MUSIC MERIT certificate.

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Year 13 raise £3615.58 for communities in India

Posted on 25th April 2022

Year 13 students presented a cheque to Saphara for £3615.58 to help underprivileged children in India. Well done to all involved, and thanks to all those who have contributed to fundraising initiatives throughout the year!

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