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!


P5 Presentation and Coffee Morning

P5 Presentation and Coffee Morning

A big thank you to everyone who came along to our Coffee Morning in aid of the Hospice and to view the work from our P5 Goat Project. We raised almost £500!!!!

Thank you to everyone who sent in goodies…it was much appreciated.

If you didn’t make it…here are some pictures from the event. The Artwork will be on display, this weekend in Ti Chullain during the Michael J Murphy Winter School.

Connecting Classrooms- Update

Connecting Classrooms- Update

In June last year we welcomed a group of teachers from across Northern Ireland and Nepal to St Mary’s.  Whilst visiting with us they took part in training in the United Nation’s, SDG’s- the Sustainable Development Goals and the Google suite of Apps for education.  During the visit British Council interviewed the teachers and created a short video which is now used for promoting Connecting Classrooms’ Projects with other schools. We have added the link below for you to view… you may recognise a few faces…

Coffee Morning and Presentation

You are cordially invited to join us this Friday, from 10-12 in Ti Chulainn for a tea /coffee morning in aid of the Southern Area Hospice who are celebrating their 50th year!

Whilst enjoying your “cuppa” you can view our recently completed glass and felt artwork, watch our amazing documentary about the ancient herd of goats which roam the slopes of Slieve Gullion, and surrounding hills, as well as hearing how we have recreated Mullaghbawn village in the late 1800’s /early 1900’s… digitally, using Minecraft, and you will have the opportunity to meet some amazing goat characters!!🐐

It will be a morning not to miss…everyone is welcome: parents, grandparents, extended families, friends and neighbours of St Mary’s. Please spread the word far and wide, we would love to have a big crowd to support this fantastic organisation which has helped so many connected to our school. 😀

Pop up Languages Museum

A reminder for Miss Mulkerns’s P6 Class that they have a trip on Monday, a note was sent home but not everyone had returned their permission slip, before the Hallowe’en break.  If permission slips have been misled please write a note giving permission, otherwise pupils will not be able to attend. See below a copy of the letter which was sent home.


Dear Parent,

Did you know, the UK has a museum for dog collars and lawn mowers, but not for languages! This autumn a new initiative is coming to Belfast…a “Pop-Up World of Languages Museum” and we have been lucky enough to have secured a slot for one class to visit free of charge. 

The interactive Museum is divided into 3 zones through which pupils will travel to uncover the hidden treasures of languages, through child-friendly hands-on, activities and games: 

The zones are: 

Languages and Me

Why should we bother to learn languages? You may be surprised to find out :-

  • How learning a language can boost your brain power.
  • How many languages you already know without even realising.
  • Where languages can take you in life.

Languages Around Me

All you have to do is stop, look and listen! Here, you will explore :-

  • Different accents, and your reactions to them.
  • Translating the untranslatable… can it be done?
  • The many languages around us in our cities, towns and villages

Languages in the World

There are thousands of different languages in the world! Here, you will discover :-

  • Which languages are most spoken and which are in danger.
  • Whether some languages are trickier than others.
  • The different sounds and writing systems languages use.

The activities draw on the research in a large project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, entitled ‘Multilingualism. Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies’ (, involving four universities: Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Cambridge (the lead university) and the Universities of Edinburgh and Nottingham.

The event takes place on Monday, 4th of November, at the Accidental Theatre, 12-13 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB. 

As we have been lucky enough to secure funding for both the event and transport, there is no cost for this trip.  Pupils can wear their PE uniform. They will need to bring a packed lunch. We will leave school at around 10.30 and we will be back for normal home time at 3.10 pm.  


Goat Project

Goat Project

P5 are looking forward to a busy couple of days, as they begin their “Goat Project”. They will be welcoming as part of the project, staff and pupils from Dromintee PS and Mulranny National School, Co. Mayo.

Taking inspiration from our shared heritage, the herd of ancient wild goats, which can be found on the slopes of Slieve Gullion and other mountains here in the Ring of Gullion, as well as in Mulranny, pupils will be engaging in a range of activities.  At one time South Armagh was known as the “Goat Droving Capital of Ireland” and the “Goat Men of South Armagh” were central to the Irish travelling herd trade, taking goats from the West and exporting to England and beyond.

Over the next couple of days, pupils will have the opportunity to work together alongside, professionals in the fields of ICT and Art: creating films, building virtual replicas of their villages and creating art works through the mediums of glass and felting.

So, if you see the Mayo flag, flying over school tomorrow, you will know it is to welcome our guests from the West who will be staying in Ti Chulainn over the next few nights. We hope they enjoy their first visit to St. Mary’s and South Armagh.

Thank You

Thank You

A big thank you to the Mums and Dad who came into school this afternoon and shared their language skills, making our first ever celebration of “European Language Day” a huge success. We had Irish, Spanish, French, Latvian, Russian and Slovakian, spoken this afternoon! We even had sign language thanks to one of our P7 pupils who’s Mum taught him some conversational language last night. We really enjoyed hearing…. and seeing…all the different languages spoken. We hope it will inspire everyone to learn a new language!