Nursery Admissions September 2021

Nursery Admissions September 2021

Dear Parents,

Unfortunately  due to the current situation we are unable to host our open day to allow prospective pupils and parents to see our setting and to meet the staff.   For a little peek into our setting please view the following link.

This short clip gives you some insight into the classroom but more importantly it allows you to see the extensive opportunities we offer to our pre-school children.   I think the happy smiles on the children, staff and parents in the clip captures the fun and the positive relationships which makes Mullaghbawn Nursery a warm, welcoming and secure environment for such young children.

In order to make your application please log onto the Education Authorities web page and select admissions.  You will find a useful video which will explain the process.

If you are experiencing any difficulties or if you have any questions regarding our Nursery you can phone the school on -02830888351 or email myself, Paula Byrne, Nursery teacher on Or Mr McDonnell at

You can view the admissions criteria for the Nursery on the Education Authorities web page.

I hope this post is useful for you.  We look forward to welcoming you and your child in September.
P. Byrne

BBC- Lockdown Learning

BBC- Lockdown Learning

Dear Parent/Guardian,

From Monday the BBC are broadcasting programmes for both Primary and Secondary school pupils, on different platforms. For the Primary School age group they start at 9 am on CBBC and follow the timetable above. 👆  For Secondary age pupils they start at 1pm on BBC2 and follow the timetable below.👇 All shows will be available for “Catch Up” on the IPlayer also. They cover a wide range of subjects so should include something for all interests,  you may find them useful.

Further information can be found at the following link-

Admissions for School Year 2021/22

Admissions for School Year 2021/22


Dear Parent/Guardian,

Application for Nursery and P1 admissions for September 2021, will open this Thursday, 7th of January 2021 at 12.00 noon and will remain open until Friday, 29th January 2021 at 12.00 noon. 

This is a digital process through the “Citizen’s Portal” more information about the process and the steps you must take can be found at the Education Authority (EA) website, at the link given below.

Please note this year the EA have introduced a “document upload process” for all required supporting documentation. Please be  advised (as in the EA picture above), to read the admission criteria carefully, this can be found on the EA Website and links are given below for your convenience. Please make sure to include all required supporting documentation including: birth cert, proof of address- 2 utility bills, proof of an older sibling currently or who will be in attendance at St Mary’s for the 2021/22 school year.

This documentation can take the form of a photo, a scan, a pdf or a doc. from either a mobile phone, tablet or laptop.

Once you have completed your application on the Citizen’s Portal you should receive 2 emails:

-the first will be confirmation of your application and an invite to upload the required supporting documentation.

– the second email will contain a link taking you to the upload facility.

If you experience difficulty help is available through:

  • the EA Digital Admissions Helpine – 028-95985595
  • “Virtual Clinics” through GoONNI –
  • The “Intercultural Education Service” which offers translation services for any Parent/Guardian for whom English is not their first language. Telephone: 028 9448 2210

Please keep an eye on the EA website and social media channels for further information/ reminders.

Link to Primary School Criteria:

Link to Nursery School Criteria:

Attention Key Workers


Dear Parents

The school will provide supervision for the children of any key workers from Nursery through to P7 if requested.

The Minister Swann back in June 2020 broadened the definition of key worker which you can reference from the following link:

Should you wish to avail of the supervision to facilitate your attendance at work please make contact with me in advance to allow for appropriate number of staff to be organised.

I can be contacted at

The teachers and classroom assistants are preparing online activities for your children and will be making contact with the pupils through the platforms SeeSaw and Google classrooms. If you are having difficulties with accessing work and activities, please make contact with us.

The experience of online learning over this past 10 months has proved to be much more effective than some media reports would have you believe. The results achieved is the product of us all working together in partnership and it is the maintenance of this collaboration which will allow us to get through the current situation.

Best wishes and stay safe,

P Mc Donnell


Important Notice

Dear Parent/Guardian,

This communication is in response to the Minister for Education, Mr Peter Weir’s most recent press release today. I am sure that you have heard through the media that primary schools are to be closed next week and it is the purpose of this notice to inform you how Mr Weir’s announcement will affect us.

St Mary’s PS was due to open on Tuesday, 5th January this day will now be a preparation day (Allocated Optional Closing Day) with teachers and staff making preparations for online learning.

From Wednesday 6th January teachers will post activities for pupils on the See Saw Classroom platform for foundation (including Nursery) and Key Stage 1, (P3-P4) pupils and on Google Classrooms for Key Stage 2 pupils, (P5 to P7).

St. Mary’s do not have a “Childcare Setting” attached to our Nursery, and therefore Nursery will be treated the same as the main Primary School.

Children of “Key Workers” can be accommodated within the school building from Wednesday 6th January for supervised learning as was the arrangement during the Spring and Summer terms. It is important that you inform us as soon as possible if you intend to use the facility for “Key Workers” so that we can prepare to allocate staff and school meals.

Peter McDonnell





Dear Parent/Guardian,

Please pass on the following very important message to your children.

This morning when Master Mc Donnell checked his email he couldn’t believe what he found, a very special email with the address: Santa@ The North Pole. Unbelievably, it was from Santa himself !!! Apparently he has visited our school, (see picture above which was attached in the email), and he has had a look inside our classrooms, workbooks, Google Classrooms, Seesaw Classes and even into our Google Shared Drives!!! He was so impressed by what he saw that he has confirmed that ALL our pupils are on the “Nice List” and has attached a downloadable pdf for Parents to print off and present on his behalf to everyone!

PHEW… that is such a relief.

P.S. He said not to worry if you can’t see yourself in the attached film- A direct quote from Santa’s email…

“If I  had put every outstanding piece of work and everyone’s picture into the film it would still be playing next Christmas!!! Make sure to be in bed early on Christmas Eve . Lots of Love Santa.”



Christmas Message

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope this letter finds you and your families in good health as we fast approach Christmas Day.

 I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the patience, understanding and support demonstrated over this past turbulent year.

What 2021 brings us remains to be seen, it would however, be reasonable to assume there will be further shutdowns, isolation periods and continuing restrictions.

Despite everything you and your children have gone through I can report that early indications of the assessments, carried out here in school, indicate that pupils have exceeded expectations scoring highly in Numeracy and Literacy. We have been able to assess most, but not all pupils from P5 to P7 but if this pattern of achievement holds through for the remainder of the school, then we have achieved something remarkable. I would like also to report that St Mary’s was a participating school in the international assessment, “TIMMS: The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study”, the results of which were recently reported on in the national media.

 I must pay tribute to the wonderful work you do for your children. The provision of online learning and activities provided by the teachers and classroom assistants combined with the support given at home is very significant and demonstrates the benefit of high-level teamwork.

I appreciate all that you have done and continue to do while there are so many negative factors impacting on work and home. This is without doubt testament to your resilience.  There is however a downside to the COVID-19 pandemic experience for some of our children. The assessment results also recorded higher levels of anxiety than usual among pupils and this is something we all have to be mindful of. It is important that we continue to monitor emotions and feelings of our youngsters and to help them manage stresses they may feel.

In short, teamwork has maintained the high academic standards associated with pupils here and it is this collaboration which will allow us to support children through this emotionally challenging time for our youngsters. Do not hesitate in contacting us if you see a change in your child or indeed anything that you may need some advice with. We may not have all the answers but we may know where to get the solutions from.

Finally, on behalf of the Governors and all staff at St Mary’s P.S. I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a healthy, peaceful, and prosperous New Year.

We will see you all again on Tuesday, 5th January 2021. 

P Mc Donnell