Nepal- Connecting Classrooms

Over mid-term Miss Crawley and Miss Mulkerns travelled to Damak, Nepal as part of our British Council, “Connecting Classrooms” Project. We would like to thank our host school, Jhapa Model English School, for the warm welcome and hospitality shown to our teachers. They were welcomed with traditional dance and presentations given by pupils, staff and the wider school community.

The focus of the Project are the 17, UN Sustainable Development Goals, and in particular Goals 4: Quality Education and Goal 5: Gender Equality.

We were delighted to send a Mini-Sphero and Maze Map as gifts to our host school. Miss Crawley and Miss Mulkerns demonstrated to pupils and staff how coding could  be used to develop thinking skills and creativity across the curriculum. The specially produced Maze Map has 10 embedded QR Codes, each of which uploads work completed on the project by each of the 10 Northern Ireland Schools, including our own.

In particular, we were delighted this year to have two local schools join us in our Cluster: St Patrick’s Primary School, and St Joseph’s High School, both Crossmaglen.

We were also delighted to have two past pupils travel to Nepal: Miss Olivia Mc Cann, St. Mary’s High School Newry, and Mrs Eimear Donnelly, St. Joseph’s High School, Crossmaglen.

Other schools in our Cluster group are:

St. Teresa’s P.S. Glen Rd, Belfast,

Holy Rosary P.S. Sunnyside Crescent, Belfast

Lowwood P.S. Sheringhurst Park, Belfast

Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch

St. Mary’s High School, Newry

St. Oliver Plunket’s P.S. Beragh, Co. Tyrone

St. Patrick’s P.S. Mullanaskea, Co. Fermanagh



Safer Internet Day 2020

Monday 10th February,

@ 7.00 pm

St. Mary’s Primary School

To celebrate Safer Internet Day 2020, we would like to invite all Parents / Guardians to this free workshop where you will learn about:

* Internet Browser security*

*Safe searching*

*Internet filters*

*Social networking*


*”Hot” websites that may cause concern*

This year’s theme is:

‘Safer Internet Day: Free to be me – exploring identity online.’  

So we are strongly recommending all Parents / Guardians to come along Monday night to explore ways in which we can help our young people to manage their online identity.

We are confident you will find the workshop very useful and informative.

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!


P1 Singing Traditional Ballads

P1 had lots of fun learning and performing some traditional Irish ballads for the Erasmus project.


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.