📚 Summer Reading Challenge 📚

Join the ‘Gadgeteers’ Summer Reading Challenge 2022 for a very special science-themed Challenge!

What’s it all about?

Children aged 4 – 11 can join the ‘Gadgeteers’ for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge to spark their curiosity about the world around them. There will be amazing books, awesome rewards and plenty of fun ideas too!

How does it work?

The Summer Reading Challenge will take place from 25 June until the 3 September.  You can sign-up at any of our local libraries: Newry City, Crossmaglen or Bessbrook or even at the mobile library. Then, choose your reading goal and read any books to collect special stickers and other rewards along the way – and it’s all for FREE. 😃

There is also a digital platform so the fun can carry on anywhere! (link below)

Everyone who completes their personal challenge will receive a certificate and medal.

Lots of exciting events and activities will take place throughout the summer, both in libraries and online so…. GET READING!!

(Check out the links below for further information)

Link to Library Website:


Digital Platform link website.

Celebratory Afternoon Tea for Primary 4

Celebratory Afternoon Tea for Primary 4

Miss Murphy, Mrs Magee and all the Primary 4 class enjoyed their afternoon treats party today after winning the “Decorative Doors” Competition in conjunction with World Book Day.  It was a lovely afternoon and I have to commend the class on their excellent behaviour and super manners.  It was a pleasure to host you today and I hope you enjoyed it.

Wild Atlantic Tales

Our P6 and P6/7 classes were held spellbound by the traditional story teller Niall De Burca today on their visit to the Newry Museum at Bagnell’s Castle.

Niall from Galway, began by welcoming the children from Mullaghbawn, saying how delighted he was to hear that the first group of children he would perform for, were the children from Mullghbawn. He spoke about our village having an abundance of folklore and stories and added that the best storyteller of all time was from Mullaghbawn. He told the children of his great honour in having met the late John Campbell and that John had shared one of his stories with him, this he then retold to the children. He also told a Slovenian story for Maruska our Slovenian assistant and finished with the story of Finn Mc Cool and the Ceallach Bheara.

A huge thank you to Newry and Mourne Council for bringing Niall to Newry and allowing us to attend.


We have a WINNER

We have a WINNER

A whooping 2109 votes were cast in response to our decorated doors competition.  Thank you so much for your engagement, we all thoroughly enjoyed the week. Congratulations to Primary 4 – Miss Murphy, Mrs Magee and all the pupils who have been crowned champions for this year.   Afternoon tea awaits you all.  Thank you to all staff for your huge effort this week, much appreciated.   Well done to parents and children for entering into the spirit of this week, I hope you enjoyed it all.

The decorated doors was only a small part of our Literacy focus.  Enjoy the following video which celebrates, Shared reading, Reading outdoors, Reading for pleasure  and lots of happy faces.



It’s Time 🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁

It’s Time 🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁

It’s the moment you have been waiting for…..

The unveiling of our Decorated Doors for a World Book Day.

Congratulations to all our classes for the thought and efforts which went into creating such masterpieces.  A special mention must go to our last minute entry from Michael and Paula who decorated his store door as St Mary’s very own Cinderella.
Each class will have a separate post of just their door, other photographs from our week long celebration of books will follow but for now, it is only the doors.  Only likes on the schools page can be counted so shared likes will not be counted.

Voting closes at 8pm on Sunday evening.
At a special Assembly this morning all classes were announced as winners and therefore there will be treats for all next week with one class claiming the overall prize.
Please enjoy the photographs.


P. Byrne

Fun ahead of World Book Day

Fun ahead of World Book Day

Dear Family and Friends of our school,

World Book Day ‘22 has brought unprecedented levels of excitement within the school.  I never knew we were such a competitive crew ! Before our fun filled day tomorrow, take a sneak peak into the antics of our staff ahead of the Door decorating competition.
Decorated doors will be posted at the weekend with voting closing at 8pm on Sunday, spread the word to friends as the winning class gets an afternoon tea party.
The atmosphere in the school this week has been wonderful, smiles and laughs galore.
I look forward to sharing the tremendous work that has been produced and I know you will agree it is exceptional.

Kind wishes,

P. Byrne



World Book Day

World Book Day

Dear Parents, 

There is a great sense of excitement in the school as we prepare for World Book Day, which we will celebrate on Friday. This week all classes have been focusing on “reading for pleasure” and encouraging children to reach for a book for relaxation, enjoyment and escapism. Below I have linked suggested age appropriate popular reading choices for children. I hope you find them useful. 
Competition between class groups (or should I say staff) is becoming intense as each class takes on the challenge to decorate their door to represent their favourite book/author. The winners will be chosen by you- our school community. At the weekend photographs of each door will be shared on the schools social media and we ask for you to give a “like” to your favourite one. The winning class will be treated to a special afternoon tea party. All classes work will be celebrated. 
We are really looking forward to sharing everybody’s work. Stay tuned for further updates 


P. Byrne