School Meals + Summer Food Payments

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Families who received free school meals during this school year, 2021/22, are entitled to a Summer Food Payment over the summer holidays. The first of two payments will be made into bank accounts on 8th July. If the EA do not hold bank account details for you a cheque will be sent from the EA on the 8th of July.

Please be advised that families receiving the holiday food payment still need to apply for Free School Meal and Uniform Grant for school year beginning in September 2022. The link below will take you to the EA website where you will find more information.

📚 Summer Reading Challenge 📚

Join the ‘Gadgeteers’ Summer Reading Challenge 2022 for a very special science-themed Challenge!

What’s it all about?

Children aged 4 – 11 can join the ‘Gadgeteers’ for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge to spark their curiosity about the world around them. There will be amazing books, awesome rewards and plenty of fun ideas too!

How does it work?

The Summer Reading Challenge will take place from 25 June until the 3 September.  You can sign-up at any of our local libraries: Newry City, Crossmaglen or Bessbrook or even at the mobile library. Then, choose your reading goal and read any books to collect special stickers and other rewards along the way – and it’s all for FREE. 😃

There is also a digital platform so the fun can carry on anywhere! (link below)

Everyone who completes their personal challenge will receive a certificate and medal.

Lots of exciting events and activities will take place throughout the summer, both in libraries and online so…. GET READING!!

(Check out the links below for further information)

Link to Library Website:

Digital Platform link website.

🎁 Presentation 🎁

🎁 Presentation 🎁

We were delighted to welcome Lillian our cook, back to St. Mary’s on Friday morning for her last day of employment with the EA. Lillian has worked in a number of schools across the Newry area over her career, but latterly here in St Mary’s. Pupils and Staff presented Lillian with flowers and a gift in thanks for all the delicious meals she lovingly prepapred at St. Mary’s.

The Pupils, Staff, Board of Govenors and wider school community thank Lillian for all her work, wish her a continual return to full health and hope the future is full of exciting and fun times in her retirement.


Notice to Parents/Carers

Dear Parents/Carers

Given the rising number of positive COVID cases reported in our community it should be no surprise to you that I now report that there is also a rising number of positive cases in our school.

I inform you of this development because I am aware that some of you have planned holidays abroad for the start of July.

This communication is simply to inform you that I will understand fully and support any action you consider necessary to reduce the risk of infection to your family at this time.