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.

Mico i Hand ii

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!!!