A Fun Family Opportunity!

Calling all budding actors and actresses,

Looking for something different to do?

We have an exciting opportunity for a family this Friday, 9th of April!!!!!

Therese at the Ring of Gullion is seeking a family, (Mum and/or Dad, 2/3 kids) who would be willing to take part in a short 1 min video clip. This will be used to promote the AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), work in the area.

Filming will conform to Covid restrictions, should take about 30 minutes and will take place at the Giant’s Lair, Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Friday @9 am.

If you are interested please contact Miss Mulkerns or Therese Hamill of the Ring Of Gullion, ASAP.

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Collaborating from Home!

Collaborating from Home!

Who said group and collaborative work wasn’t possible during Lock down?…. It was no problem to our IT savvy P6 and P7 pupils!

As part of their “live” online RE lessons, pupils were divided into Groups and given a link to a Google JamBoard. Each group were tasked to create their own visual display of “The Beatitudes” which they had been learning about.

Pupils could see each other’s online presence and through the use of “Sticky Notes”, they communicated and negotiated with their JamBoard partners. Suggestions were made, tasks assigned and the overall appearance of their combined work agreed upon.

We were delighted with their combined efforts, why not click on the link to see for yourself the amazing collaborative work completed whilst physically distanced, well done to everyone!


Online Conference for Parents

The North West College have announced today on “World Autism Awareness Day” that they are hosting a FREE online conference aimed at carers & parents of young people with autism. It will look specifically at moving into and through the teenage years, with many speakers covering a range of topics. A link to their bios is given below. It takes place on Thursday, 29th of April 9:30 am to 3:30 pm 

For more a programme of speakers, topics covered and to register follow this link  bit.ly/2QSZOa2.

For information on the speakers click here: https://www.nrc.ac.uk/images/uploads/Autistic_Identity_Moving_Through_The_Teenage_Years_Speaker_Bios1.pdf

Stations of the Cross by P6/7

P6/7 have been learning about the Stations of the Cross and last week visited St Mary’s Church to complete some research as to what each of the 14 Station represents. They made some sketches whilst in the Chapel and these are put together in the video linked below as a reflection for everyone on this Good Friday, as we know many will not be able to visit the Church. We hope you enjoy and wish everyone a peaceful and happy Easter.

From P6/7


Celebrating Autism Awareness Day 2021

Celebrating Autism Awareness Day 2021

On World Autism Awareness Day we would like to give a big shout out to all our wonderful children with Autism.  We treasure your valuable insight into the world and the joy you bring to the classroom.  To the families of Autistic children, we see everyday what a brilliant job you are doing.  Thank you for allowing us the pleasure of getting to know your child.  We hope you have a very special day.
Kind regards from the whole school community.

Our First Assembly of 2021!

Our First Assembly of 2021!

It has been a very long time since we all prayed together, but a blink of sunshine on Friday provided us with this rare moment!

We gathered and prayed for all those connected to our school who are unwell, for all the families who have lost a loved one since we last met and for each and every boy, girl and member of staff, as they settle back into their classes and friendships after such an extended period of time away.

Master Mc Donnell congratulated everyone on the work they completed through Seesaw and Google Classrooms and thanked Parents, Grandparents, all who helped and supported our boys and girls during a tough period of Lock-down and home schooling.

The well deserved Easter break beckons, ( just one more day for pupils) and the Staff and Pupils of St Mary’s take this opportunity to wish the wider school community a very Happy Easter.

“Back from the Brink”

Photo by Marie Mc Cartan

We know many of our boys and girls enjoy walking on Slieve Gullion’s slopes and on their walks some have been lucky enough to have encountered a red squirrel. A lucky few, have been fortunate enough to meet the conversationalists whilst they have been out recording and monitoring the pine martin population. So, we thought you might all like to know about a documentary on tonight, Sunday 28th, of March @ 6:30 pm on RTE 1. The programme is called “Back from the  Brink”, and will feature some of the red squirrels and pine martins from Slieve Gullion in a documentary about conservation successes across Europe.

Over lock down in the coldest winter weather the “Ring of Gullion and Cooley, Red Squirrel Group” put out a call for donations to buy food (peanuts) for the squirrels.  A donation from our Erasmus funding on behalf of all the pupils and wider school community of St Mary’s was made. So, tonight we can all watch with pride in the knowledge that St Mary’s has played a small part in this success story!

Congratulations to everyone involved, (especially Marie Mc Cartan for the wonderful photos above), we look forward to tonight’s programme and chatting about it tomorrow.