An amazing half term spent in our Connecting Classroom’s school, Jhapa Model English School, Damak, Nepal, visiting and teaching classes and sharing experiences with staff. We look forward to developing our joint project “Zero Waste” and learning more about each others’ school and country.

Digital History Project

Representing the Digital History Group parents Karena McGahan and Kate Quinn presented Miss Mulkerns and Miss Crawley with a specially commissioned Donegal Pen as a token of appreciation on conclusion of the project.

During their visit to Donegal the group heard how the owners of the company ‘Donegal Pen’ Rónán and Conor McGarvey started their very successful business while still attending Scoil Eoin Pol, Loch an Iuir.


Italian Visitors

italian-schoolWe look forward to hosting pupils and teachers from our “Erasmus+” Partner school, S.D. Savio T. Fiorein Gravina, Italy this week. They will arrive late Monday night and are staying next door in Ti Chulainn until Friday.  They will be with us in school, Tuesday and Wednesday when everyone will get the opportunity to meet and talk with them.

The weather forecast is looking fantastic… and we look forward to proudly showing them around our school, village and local area. We wish them a safe trip and a big “Cead Mile Failte” to St. Mary’s.


Confucius Chinese New Year Art Competition Presentation

Congratulations to P6 pupil Moya who received 1st prize in the Confucius Chinese New Year Art Competition.

Moya was presented with her prize by Madam WANG Shuying, Chinese Consul General during a very special celebration ceremony in the Mac Theatre, Belfast.  

Guests were entertained by the very talented Guangzhou Art Troupe who presented Lingnan Puppet, Cantonese Music and Cantonese Songs. A very memorable occasion for everyone. 

Infectious Diseases Experiment

P7 have concluded their topic on ‘Emerging Infectious Diseases.’ This topic forms part of a wider British Council Commonwealth project that P7 will contribute to throughout the year. There have been many fun science experiments relating to microorganisms. Today the children experienced how effective hand washing and using sanitizer can prevent the spread of harmful microbes. This was facilitated by Eve’s dad who provided a UV lamp and Glo-Gel for the experiment as well as delivering a presentation to the year group. It went down a treat.

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Environmental Art

As part of our Erasmus+ Project, P 7 A created “Works Of Art” using materials found in their gardens and on a Nature walk… We will be uploading our work to our shared Moodle- “Dissolving European Boundaries” and waiting in anticipation to see what our Erasmus + partner schools, in Finland, Greece, the Basque region, Donegal and Italy will have created, but meanwhile we have created a gallery showing some of our finished pieces. we hope you enjoy! 

Visit of Catalan Children



Last month we had a visit from Cormac Walsh and pupils from his Catalan School. It was a busy time with a Film Night, Disco Night and a Drama afternoon over the weekend but we know they really enjoyed themselves and their Principal has written a lovely letter to Mr. Mc Donnell thanking everyone for the hospitality and welcome they received at St. Mary’s and in Mullaghbawn.

On the Monday of their visit the sun shone and everyone in Key Stage 2 had a great day, as they joined our P5, 6 and 7 classes. Mr Mc Coy and Mr Hamill organised a Gaelic Football Tournament for both boys and girls and it didn’t take our Catalan friends long to get to grips with the rules…  They also had the opportunity to join with our P 6 and try out hurling. Everyone enjoyed their visit, making new friends and learning about each other’s culture, even trying out a bit of Spanish! Here are some pictures from the day spent in our school.














Cead Mile Failte

A young boy holding an Independentist Ca

Excitement is building in Key Stage 2 as we prepare to welcome, past pupil Cormac Walsh and a group of 20 pupils and 6 staff, from his school in Barcelona, to St. Mary’s. They arrived yesterday evening and are staying in Ti Chulainn until Tuesday. Over the weekend there are a series of events organised for them and all St. Mary’s KS 2 pupils-(P5, P6 and P7), were given the opportunity to be involved in these events. So tonight for those pupils who chose the Disco Option, it is on in Mullaghbawn Community Hall (7pm – 9pm). Tomorrow for those who chose Option 2, a Drama Workshop will also be held in Mullaghbawn Community Hall(2pm – 5pm) and on Monday night Option 3, a movie night will be held in Ti Chulainn (7pm – 9pm). Remember boys and girls you can only attend the Option you chose as numbers are restricted for each event!

Everyone will get the chance to meet our visitors on Monday when they will spend the day in School, weather permitting we will be having sporting events, where our Spanish students will join our hurling classes and take part in Gaelic Football events. P5 – P7 can come to school in their PE uniform


Chinese New Year

DSCN1600Thank you to our Mandarin Teacher Mai, who spent the day with P6 and P7 pupils, teaching them about the Chinese New Year. They had lots of fun learning about the New Year traditions and trying out new crafts.


Everyone made red envelopes, which are now hopefully stuffed with money!!


We were all wore red as it is the colour of good luck and keeps the evil spirits away.

Try reading the Mandarin messages on our envelopes!!!



Happy Chinese New Year Everyone!!!


Chinese Visitors

We were delighted after many months of planning, to finally welcome our Chinese Colleagues to Northern Ireland and especially, Mullaghbawn, last week. As lead school for the “Bridges to China” Project, St. Mary’s played a pivotal role in coordinating the visit which involved 20 schools, 10 from China and 10 from Northern Ireland, drawn from across the sectors here: Controlled and Maintained, as well as Primary and Post Primary.

Chinese and Northern Ireland Teachers pictured after their visits to both Cedar Lodge Special School and Lowwood Primary School, North Belfast.


Minister of Education, John O’ Dowd welcomed the group to Stormont on Thursday and hosted a buffet lunch for everyone, after which the group enjoyed a tour of the Great Hall and Assembly Chamber. An added bonus was the presence of the STEM bus at Stormont which the visitors were able to view and see the importance placed on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the Northern Ireland Education system.

Director of Education Huran Provence China meets Minister of Education NI John O' Dowd
Director of Education Huran Provence, China meets Minister of Education NI John O’ Dowd


The visitors presented Minister O' Dowd with a beautiful piece of calligraphy
The visitors presented Minister O’ Dowd with a beautiful piece of calligraphy


A  visit to Culturlann, Falls Road Belfast was arranged for the evening and after a typical Irish Meal, the visitors were invited to take part in some Ceili Dancing and were taught a rhyme in Irish!

Ceili Dance teacher explaining steps
Ceili Dance teacher explaining steps

On Friday our partner school colleague spent the day in our school and they were delighted to have the opportunity to see and learn about our education system and in particular our school. On Friday evening all 20 schools were invited as guests of  Newry, Mourne and Down Council to dinner in the Council Offices. Council, Vice Chairperson, Gillian Fitzpatrick oversaw events and made everyone feel most welcome. Elaine O’ Sullivan and her band of musicians provided musical entertainment which introduced our visitors to the rich culture of music in our country but especially in the South Armagh area. Newry, SRC was represented by Dessie Murphy who very kindly presented our guests with “goody” bags.

On Saturday visits were arranged for the group to: Holy Rosary Primary School, Belfast, Queen’s University and the Titanic Building. A hectic few days but invaluable to allow our Chinese Colleagues a glimpse of school life and culture in Northern Ireland as well as the opportunity to ask questions.

A special word of thanks to everyone who helped make the visit such a success,  a special word of thanks to our Mandarin Teacher Miss Lai who kindly came along to assist with translation and without whom we could not have as effectively communicated!!!