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CONGRATULATIONS to our pupils who won First, Second and Third prizes and were awarded Highly Commended in Newry Show 2019!
Imaginative Colour Work
Design a Poster
Below are the pictures of other entries for the Cookery Section. The Judges awarded a special trophy – Newry Agricultural Society Livingstone Trophy – to MICS for all of the fantastic cookery entries submitted by our school!
This year, our pupils had the opportunity to enter a S.T.E.M. Competition. The remit was to design an invention as a solution to any problem they identified in the world around them. Pupils had to produce detailed, labelled diagrams of their inventions and then compose persuasive letters to try to persuade the engineers to make their inventions.
As part of the competition, pupils had to compile questions about engineering and, subsequently, interview an Engineer. We were thankful to have the visit of Mr Stephen Kyle, an Engineer, PhD student and S.T.E.M. ambassador. He ignited further interest in engineering in the pupils through his enthusiastic, informative responses to their interview questions and his engaging coding activities.
We are delighted to announce 3 pupils achieved a Distinction for their inventions! Their work will be displayed at this year’s inaugural Primary Leaders Award Public Exhibition, hosted at the Ulster University on 20th June 2019. Furthermore, 2 pupils‘ entries were awarded with a ‘Judges’ Highly Commended‘.
We offer HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to all of our aspiring engineers for their innovative projects!
School Prayer Meeting – Thursday 6th June at 8 pm
Assessment Week – Monday 10th June – Friday 14th June 2019
Primary School trip to ‘We are Vertigo’ – Wednesday 19th June 2019
High School trip to ‘Let’s Go Hydro’ – Friday 21st June 2019
Winning House Team trip to ‘Tayto’ – Wednesday 26th June 2019
Praise Night & Plays – Thursday 27th June 2019
In-House Fun Sports’ Day – Friday 28th June 2019
Our students participated in the combined Christian school choir on Easter Monday evening, singing “O Wonderful Wonderful Word Of The Lord” and “When I Survey”.
Thanks to Martyrs Memorial Belfast:
Please take a look at some of our activities during 2018 and see how the Lord has blessed our school and students.
UPDATE: As advised by the MET Office, school will remain closed on Tuesday 17th October. We apologise for the inconvenience, but safety of all is most important. We will reopen on Wednesday 18th October DV. Thank you!
School will be closed on Monday 16th October, as advised due to the extreme weather warning.
We pray everyone remains safe.
WBD: Where‘s Wally 30th Party!
Year 1-4 pupils and their Literacy teacher dressed as Wally and Wenda for WBD 2017.
First, they had to search for Wally as he had disappeared on his 30th birthday! He had left a rhyme to provide clues to find letters, which spelled out his location when unscrambled. ALL of the pupils found Wally and got their ‘I found Wally’ certificates!
We also had to find 30+ things – like 2 helmets, 4 buckets, etc. – in a ‘Where’s Wally’-style excavation site picture!
Victorian Tea Party
Mrs Watson, the KS2 History teacher, prepared a sumptuous tea for her Victorian guests, who varied from the Queen to a pauper!
During their tea party, the pupils (aka. Victorian guests) showed an awareness of the Victorian context through their conversation – some upper class ladies bewailed the discrimination between the classes and stated they would permit their children to play with those of the lower classes. Guests also demonstrated exemplary etiquette – excepting the poor pauper who had not been educated in mannerly conduct.
Following the reading of an account about a Victorian girl’s experiences of working in the mine, the pupils examined pictures of conditions in the Victorian mines for child workers, making observations. Then each pupil wrote three questions he/she would like to ask the child workers.
After this preparation, each pupil adopted the role of an MP for South Down and participated in a parliamentary debate about the conditions in Victorian mines.
THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our WBD 2017 a success!
WE’RE A ‘SCHOOL OF BOOKS’!
We are DELIGHTED to announce our Y1-4 pupils won 3rd prize in the National World Book Day Award Competition 2017! The prize won was £1000 worth of Walkers books for the school libraries. In addition, the pupils were given a signed copy of A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and a framed limited edition print from the children’s book for the classroom.
This year, the creative challenge was set by picture book giant, Oliver Jeffers and acclaimed fine artist, Sam Winston. Pupils were asked to create their own ‘world of stories’ display inspired by their new children’s book, A Child of Books, published by Walker Books, who have funded the Award for 2017.
OUR WINNING ENTRY!
Initially, our composite class of ten evaluated the spread from A Child of Books. Then, we had a ‘thought shower’ re. our favourite childhood books and described our reading experience with adjectives. One child wondered what the world would be like without stories, so we also brainstormed negative adjectives on a ‘world without stories’ – like ‘poisoned’, ‘sadly silent’, etc. This became the foundation for our display – the contrast between a world without books and a world with books. To incorporate the school’s ideas, we did an initial display in the corridor, asking everyone to write or draw inspiration for our display. We decided to display our final product in the corridor as “it’s about everybody reading”.
For the background, we constructed a giant book with contrasting sides – a flat, painted black side full of negative adjectives and a quirky, colourful, multimedia side describing ‘reading’. We used different fonts online to format the words in a visually striking way. The ‘finishing touch’ was a giant, velvet bookmarker.
Some thought a ‘world without stories’ would be “blank, so people would be blank – no ideas or words”. Therefore, they moulded a boy and girl out of wire and papier machéd them in white. Additionally, they felt it would be ‘muddy’ like a battlefield, so some followed online instructions to make mud playdough from flour, cocoa, oil, water and salt. It was a favourite activity as it was “so mucky and gooey”!
Contrastingly, after the boy and girl had a ‘reading experience’ they were colourful and full of words. Therefore, we printed words on to colourful card and used strips to papier maché them. One little girl felt the models should even have colourful hair, using blue wire and twirling it to make zany hair.
The children felt reading is a journey through different worlds, meeting characters, so they made steps of books. They imagined the blank girl and boy journeyed into the big book and then came down transformed! The small books were made from cereal boxes covered in different papers; the main characters cut from recycled book pages. To emphasise the diversity of story-worlds, pupils constructed a signpost from a tube from wrapping paper and cardboard. They googled different fonts to represent the worlds on their signpost and copied them onto their signs. ‘Space’ points upwards, symbolising “space is all up there, beyond”. At the bottom, pupils made flowers from fantasy film to show something has grown – ‘it’s not just muddy anymore’; even the little boy holds some flowers.
Finally, we made a unique book with gold-painted ‘Open me’ message on top; hidden inside, with a ‘dream bottle of ideas’, is an iPad with our interactive quiz about your ‘reading experience’, i.e. the number of books read per month, favourite characters, etc. It enables everyone to reflect about being a ‘child of books’ and collects data for a ‘big reveal’ on World Book Day about our school’s reading habits.
Ultimately, it is our special display – one boy asked, “Can it stay forever?”
THANK YOU TO WBD & WALKER BOOKS!
We would like to thank the World Book Day organisers and Walker Books for the opportunity and the fantastic prize! Also, a BIG THANK YOU to everyone – pupils and staff – at MICS who contributed to our entry with their creative ideas and expertise! It was much appreciated!
HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY!
On Tuesday 14th February 2017, the two winning Houseteams – Knox and Wycliffe – had a treat day. The teams’ FS and KS1 pupils went to Rascals, a colourful, engaging soft play area; KS2-KS4 pupils were split into two teams and had competitive laser battles at Laser Quest.
KS2 pupils constructed volcanoes as part of their ‘Physical Geography: Dynamic Earth’ theme.