Dragon Daycare – the Nursery has a new pet 🐉🐉

Dragon Daycare – the Nursery has a new pet 🐉🐉

Last weekend the Nursery class enjoyed an imagination story or as we call it in class, “a Story from your head”! It is a real favourite during our school week as we spin a wheel to see which children will feature in our story.  The fact there is no book to focus on really develops their listening skills and imagination skills.  Below I have included the link for our Imagination story.  The children’s follow-on task was to draw a picture of what our new pet dragon would look like.  It was great to see their finished work which they shared through Seesaw.  This project was particularly special because our partner eTwinning  school in Norway shared the story with their Kindergarten Class.  I was delighted when their teacher Mr Daniel forwarded some of the artwork his group produced.  We are currently engaging in eTwinning Meetings discussing the return to Nursery after the Pandemic, the Norwegian approach is extremely interesting and we will definitely be exploring some of their suggestions.
Updated story link – https://youtu.be/QxmZYm0Dd9w

Help!!! Please

Help!!! Please




Dear Parents, Guardians, Past Pupils, Friends of St Mary’s,

Before closure we were working on a joint Art/Music/Dance Project, with our Erasmus + partner schools. Each school/country inspired and challenged the others with a piece of music, a dance or song, to create their own versions of the chosen piece.

As we can’t under the current circumstances complete the work we are asking all our musical, creative, dancing families, (and we know we have plenty of those, we’ve seen the videos 😉), to come up with their own versions of this catchy song sent by our French partners, “L’amour à la française”, and send them to us. 

We hope to make a compilation of all the pieces, so it can simply be: a musical version, a chorus of the song or a section of the dance, even recreate the running scene in front of a Mullaghabawn landmark, be as creative as you want and involve the whole family!

We would be eternally grateful as it will enable us to fulfill our obligations and complete the project… and it might be good fun!

The clips to the original song are attached below, when you have completed your piece email us and we will organise a way for you to share your work with us.

Thank you and have fun,

Miss Crawley- ccrawley501@c2ken.net

Miss Mulkerns- pmulkerns611@c2ken.net


https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x203r0   -Voici le clip de la chanson des Fatals Picards à l’Eurovision

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efmJO9Ve8P4     (Words only at this link)


Connecting Classrooms- Nepal

Connecting Classrooms- Nepal


Just because we are not in school does not mean or “Global Learning” has to stop. The boys and girls from our partner school, Jhapa Model English School, Damak, Nepal have shared photos with us of what they’ve been up to since school has been out. Like us they are using Google Classroom and Video Conferencing to continue their learning and when not in their virtual classrooms they are helping out at home, with the household chores. We’re sure all our St Mary’s boys and girls can identify. Thank you JMES for the photos.

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!