Numbers’ Day

Numbers’ Day


There were numbers everywhere today, helping us to spread the important message, “Speak Out, Stay Safe”. Even Buddy the NSPCC mascot made a return visit to help out.

We hope you enjoy catching a glimpse of some of the activities we were involved in around the school. Watch out for more pictures in the local papers this week.

A big thank you to family and friends for sponsoring the children in their Dance- athon and to our student teachers Miss Hearty and Miss Murphy who led all the classes through their dance moves.

Finally a big thank you to Mrs O’ Hagan our Numeracy Co-ordinator for organising the day and promoting a love of Maths with all the boys and girls.

Credit Union Quiz 2020

Credit Union Quiz 2020

On Friday night we had 2 teams entered in the Slieve Gullion Round of the Annual Credit Union Quiz. Pictured above is our team entered in the older Category, we are delighted to say that even though they were up against stiff competition from other local teams, they came out on top and are through to the next round which will take place later this term.

Our second team, entered in the younger category just missed out on a place in the next round coming in, in 3rd place. (Missing from the picture is Aaron, who had left before the picture was taken.)

A big well done to both teams and Mr Mc Coy who has been putting the teams  through their paces.


On Friday our P6 girls visited Bagnell’s Castle in Newry to take part in one of the many 2020  “Herstory” events which are taking place across the country. Renowned storyteller Karen Edwards took the girls on a whirlwind tour with tales of some of the woman who shaped Irish history, from Warrior Queen Meabh, to Pirate Queen Grainne and Bride the bringer of Spring.

As an added bonus we were early for our slot and Museum staff told us about Newry in the past and the girls got to dress up in the style of the wealthy woman of Newry in the 1800’s!

NSPCC Number Day

NSPCC Number Day


Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are taking part in the NSPCC’s Number Day on Friday, 7th of February, this is our opportunity to raise funds which help provide services such as the Child and Parent Workshops we held early in January and also Childline which is manned 24/7.

There will be lots of number related activities on the day and we ask that everyone wears an item of clothing with a number on it, this can be a sports top or cap, or be creative and dress as a dice or calculator!

We are asking for a donation of £1/child or £2/family, we will also have a fun Maths, sponsored event on the day, (details to follow).The oldest in families will receive sponsorship cards.

We’re looking forward to all the fun of Number Day, and we really appreciate your support. All the money we raise on the day will make an enormous difference to children today and help change the lives of children tomorrow.


YCT Presentations

YCT Presentations

Yesterday we were delighted to welcome back 33 former pupils with their Secondary School Principals and teachers to receive certificates for the YCT Level 1, which they sat in their P7 year.

The YCT is an international standardised test of proficiency in Mandarin, set by Hanban, the Department of Education, China.  It assesses students’ abilities to use Mandarin through demonstrating their ability to understand and use some of the most common Mandarin phrases and sentences. The test is made up of two components, writing and speaking.

We are delighted to report that St. Mary’s students under the instruction of Mr Wan Li our Confucius Institute, Mandarin tutor, scored very highly on their papers, in fact well beyond the required pass mark!

Congratulations everyone, we were delighted to see you all again and hope that your experience of learning Mandarin at St Mary’s will promote a life long, love of languages.

Chinese Celebrations

Chinese Celebrations

Tomorrow we look forward to a wonderful morning of Global Learning as we celebrate Chinese New Year with Mr Cui and invited guests. Mr Cui has an exciting programme of entertainment planned, immersing us in Chinese culture. Pupils from P4, P5 and P6 will perform, as well as professional Chinese Artists, including musicians, dancers and Sichuan Opera, face changers!

To assist with P5 and P6 girls’ costume changes and P6 Kong Fu demonstrations all those pupils in P5 and P6 performing, may wear their PE uniforms.

In attendance will be 33 former P7 Pupils, (and their Secondary School Principals) whom we welcome back to receive  their YCT Mandarin Level 1 certificates. In addition we will have representatives from SWC Confucius Hub, Mrs J. McDowell, Mrs L Beatty and Mrs F Cole.

We will take photos to share here with you, so watch this space!