Digital Admissions Clinic

Digital Admissions Clinic

Dear Parent,

We were informed today of an additional venue added to the Education Authority’s Digital Clinics designed to assist parents who may be experiencing difficulties with the new on-line Admissions system, introduced for Admissions to Nursery and P1 September 2019.

If you have a child for admission this Autumn and have no access to internet  or need assistance in setting up the necessary email address or require the services of a translator to help in completing the application, please attend either one of the two drop in sessions, both take place tomorrow,

Wednesday, 16th of June, as outlined :

Silverbridge Football Club- 9.30 am to 12.30 pm 

Newry City Library, Hill Street, 2 pm to 4 pm

Clinics to Assist On-Line Applications

Dear Parent,

It has come to our attention that the Education Authority is running a series of Clinics to assist parents with the online application process for Nursery and Primary Places, the closing date for which is fast approaching. Drop in sessions are to be held in various locations across Northern Ireland. One such session is to be held in Silverbridge Football Club, on Wednesday 16th of January from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. Please follow the link below for further information.

Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

I write to inform you that St. Mary’s Primary and Nursery School underwent a “Sustaining Improvement Inspection” on Monday, 26th of November 2018.

The outcome of this Inspection has been influenced by ongoing and legitimate industrial action.

Non- cooperation with the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI), involved all teaching staff and myself, where we did not present or complete any documentation or teach in front of ETI.

However, as advised by INTO (Trade Union) and our employers CCMS we did complete a “Safe Guarding Proforma”, which was presented to the Reporting Inspector. In addition the Reporting Inspector interviewed a compliment of Primary 6 Pupils.

Because of the action, short of strike, the ETI was unable to evaluate fully, or discuss with staff the outworking of the arrangements for Safe Guarding in our school.

I wish to assure you that Safe Guarding arrangements at St Mary’s is comparable to best practice in other schools and the quality of teaching and learning remains very high.

You can view the report at  : 

Yours Sincerely,

Peter Mc Donnell


Admissions Information Evening

ed-authorityAn information evening will take place this Thursday, 20th of December at 7.00 pm in St. Mary’s Primary School, for all parents wishing to enroll their child for places in either Nursery or P1 for next school year. At this meeting the new online admission’s procedure introduced by the Education Authority will be explained.



Events this Week

Events this Week

Christmas Logo

Dear Parent,

Another busy few days ahead for pupils and staff, before well deserved holidays on Friday…

Monday, 17th December:

Penitential Service for P5 +P6 in St. Mary’s Church @11 am. (There is no Penitential Service for P 7 at this time.)

Christmas Party Day: Party food is on the Dinner menu and there is a free raffle organised by the kitchen staff, for all those taking dinners. To get into the festive mood classes may wear their Christmas Jumpers/Christmas colours if they wish.

“At Slieve Gullion’s” Foot Celebration Event: everyone is invited into school at 7 pm to view the P5 Artwork, P6 Drama Film and the Family Families created by pupils P3-P7 as part of the recent Michael J Murphy Winter School.

Tuesday, 18th December:

P 7 Trip to Newry Museum for Victorian Christmas Workshop. This is a morning event so everyone will be back to school in plenty of time for normal home time.

Wednesday, 19th December:

Our third Nativity Play… this time it’s the turn of Foundation Stage- P1 and P2 with their “ABC Nativity Play” . It takes place in Ti Chulainn at 7.30 pm.

Friday, 21st December:


We will be closing early on Friday for Christmas Holidays for a well- deserved rest for pupils and staff…. over the past month we have had: P4 Enrollment Mass, P7 pupils taking part in Advent Masses in the Parish, Carol Singing, Penitential Service for P5 +P6, Switching on of the Christmas lights, P 5 Nativity, Nursery Activity, Foundation Nativity, Class Trip to Santa for Nursery, P7 Trip, a Video Conference with our Erasmus Partner Schools, Christmas Dinner, Presentation for P 5 Artwork, Presentation for KS2 pupils who took part in Coding last term, Celebration night for all those who took part in Michael J Murphy Winter School, P7 Girls Football Blitz… and with all that has been going on pupils have also taken the time to think of others: Nursery organised a “Shoebox Appeal” and KS2 Pupils have to date collected just over £100 for St. Vincent De Paul…

Well done to everyone and thank you to Parents and Friends of St. Mary’s for your support over what has been a busy few weeks. We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Parent Survey- Closing Deadline


Dear Parent/Guardian,

A reminder that our on-line Parent Survey closes tomorrow, Tuesday, 11th of December. If you haven’t already done so, we would ask you to complete the survey. It takes around 10/15  minutes and once started it needs to be completed in one sitting, you cannot return to it at a later stage. The survey is for Parents of pupils in Years P1-P7, (not Nursery Pupils).

The oldest child in each family had a letter home with a Password, you need this to access the website, the link to which is below:  

Thank you in anticipation of your assistance in this matter.


Dear Parents,

You are cordially invited to a “Night of Celebration” on Monday 17th of December at 7 pm, as we proudly showcase the work of our young film makers, artists and dramatists who took part in the recent Michael J Murphy, Winter School .

In total around 75 of our pupils were involved in the aptly named, “At Slieve Gullion’s Foot Project” which involved close to 250 pupils from four local Primary Schools.

Pupils from P3 to P7 interviewed and collected oral history and made documentary style, I Movies. P5 pupils have captured the beauty of Slieve Gullion through their art work and P6 pupils have dramatised one of the best known local stories, that of the infamous meeting of Fionn Mc Cool and the Cailleach Beara.

This is a chance for pupils, parents, extended families and friends of St. Mary’s to come and see the I Movies and Drama Film and to view the Art Work which is now proudly on display in our Assembly Hall.

It’s a date not to be missed…you will be blown away by the work of the talented pupils of St. Mary’s and their tutors: local artists, dramatists and IT technicians.

Films are available to purchase we are now taking orders and we will have DVD’s ready for collection on the night. Cost of both the Drama DVD and the I Movie DVD is £6 or 2 DVD’S for £10. They’d make the ideal Christmas pressie, for Granny’s, Grandad’s, Godparents….

We look forward to seeing you there,

Miss Crawley, Miss Mc Ardle and Miss Mulkerns

Pupil of the Week

Pupil of the Week


Congratulations to the recipients of “Pupil of the Week” in KS2. We heard at Assembly on Friday how they have been working hard and demonstrating good “thinkings skills” and applying these to their class work. Well done boys!

Yesterday was the first day of December and the beginning of the Season of Advent, a time of preparation for the coming of the Christ Child.  At KS2 Assembly on Friday we all received a challenge to complete an act of kindness everyday between now and Christmas Day. Simple acts like: making a Christmas Card for someone who is lonely so that they know someone is thinking about them, or simply saying some kind words to someone. We have a “Calendar of Kind Acts” displayed in our classes to help us remember so good luck with the challenge everyone.

Parish News

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Please see below information about an upcoming Parish event in aid of a very worthy cause….

Christmas Floral Arrangements By Fr. Sean McEvoy:
Organised by the YPC & Pastoral Council
Date: Thursday 29th November,
Venue: Mullaghbawn Football Club.
Tickets £8. You can also pay at the door on the night.
All proceeds in Aid of Women’s Aid Armagh/Down.
please support this worthy cause.