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Garden of Solace opens at Holy Cross PS, Atticall

A SENSORY garden, which opened at Holy Cross Primary School in Atticall yesterday, is to offer a “quiet place” for pupils and others wishing to use it.

The idea for the ‘Garden of Solace’, which has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Asda, was from a discussion by the Friends of Holy Cross Primary School parents group and the primary seven pupils from school year 2017/18.

The installation of this sensory garden has become a pivotal part of their ‘Let’s talk about it’ campaign which was launched on World Mental Health Day in October 2018.

Sonia Ferris, Chairperson of Friends of Holy Cross PS Atticall, said: “We had this plot of land in the school and thought it would be a great idea to try and create something beautiful which could also benefit the students’ mental health.

“Our campaign focussed on the issue of emotional, mental health and well-being of pupils, parents, teachers and the wider community.”

She added that the outdoor sensory garden was a “key part of this process for such support.”

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Work starts on £8.6 million Holy Evangelists’ Primary School in Dunmurry

The first sod has been cut on a brand new school build for Holy Evam delighted to seeangelists’ PS in Belfast.
Construction is expected to be complete by November 2020 and will deliver a new 21 class primary school and double nursery unit.
Derek Baker, Permanent Secretary with the Department of Education said:

“This is an important day for Holy Evangelists’ Primary School as it celebrates the start of construction work on a brand new school.
“This represents a £8.6 million investment by the Department and I have no doubt that it will create many positive outcomes for the pupils and teachers and indeed the wider school community.
“I appreciate the patience and determination shown by all involved since the original announcement in June 2014 to advance this major capital investment project in planning.  To have reached this key milestone, celebrating the start of the physical school build, is a credit to you all.
“I wish the pupils, staff and school management every success as they embark on this new chapter.”

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Keeping Children Safe on the Farm this Summer

Anna Carville, Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) visited Holy Cross Primary School, Kilkeel to deliver interactive workshops about farm safety to our pupils and how to keep children safe on the farm this summer.

Holy Evangelists’ PS and NU Achieve the Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark

Little Seeds Nurture Group has received the outstanding achievement of the MBQM Award, which recognises the wonderful work of the staff in developing each little seed blossoming and growing into happy, confident learners ready to take on any challenge in school and at home each day.

The Nurture group opened back in 2010 when the school was lucky enough to receive Big Lottery funding with the help of Colin Neighbourhood partnership the programme has gone from strength to strength, with the staff continuing to nurture so many more children since the first little seeds entered the magical room back in its inception.

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Young Citizens Make a Difference Challenge

Tara Cunningham, Recycling Office for Newry, Mourne & Down District Council visited Holy Cross Primary School to supply the school with equipment for their Beach Clean as part of the young Citizens Make a Difference Challenge which will take place on 19th June 2019 in Antrim.

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Holy Cross Girls’ PS – 50th Anniversary

Holy Cross Girls’ PS opened its doors to a wonderful new school for girls in the parish on May 12th 1969. Under the Principal, Miss Mary Hanson and her staff, the school provided exceptional education and was an oasis of calm during the political unrest at that time.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the school the present principal, Mrs Maura McNally, and staff organised a special mass in Holy Cross Church on Thursday 31st May. The school orchestra and Primary 7 girls provided beautiful music. The P4 First Holy Communion class lead the congregation in the Our Father. The staff and children offered prayers for all those who worked over the years in Holy Cross Girls to make it the outstanding school that it is today. However, the highlight of the mass was the P1, P2 and P3 children who sang on the altar the beautiful hymn, Our Lady of Knock. The performance was followed by well-earned applause from the congregation many of whom had a tear in their eye.

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