School Meals + Summer Food Payments

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Families who received free school meals during this school year, 2021/22, are entitled to a Summer Food Payment over the summer holidays. The first of two payments will be made into bank accounts on 8th July. If the EA do not hold bank account details for you a cheque will be sent from the EA on the 8th of July.

Please be advised that families receiving the holiday food payment still need to apply for Free School Meal and Uniform Grant for school year beginning in September 2022. The link below will take you to the EA website where you will find more information.

🎁 Presentation 🎁

🎁 Presentation 🎁

We were delighted to welcome Lillian our cook, back to St. Mary’s on Friday morning for her last day of employment with the EA. Lillian has worked in a number of schools across the Newry area over her career, but latterly here in St Mary’s. Pupils and Staff presented Lillian with flowers and a gift in thanks for all the delicious meals she lovingly prepapred at St. Mary’s.

The Pupils, Staff, Board of Govenors and wider school community thank Lillian for all her work, wish her a continual return to full health and hope the future is full of exciting and fun times in her retirement.


Notice to Parents/Carers

Dear Parents/Carers

Given the rising number of positive COVID cases reported in our community it should be no surprise to you that I now report that there is also a rising number of positive cases in our school.

I inform you of this development because I am aware that some of you have planned holidays abroad for the start of July.

This communication is simply to inform you that I will understand fully and support any action you consider necessary to reduce the risk of infection to your family at this time.



“Cloth + Cork”- Last chance to purchase!

A place for water, tea or coffee,

Or even a little treat like a toffee!

Our Coasters we feel,

Are a great deal,

But tomorrow is the last chance

To enhance the finance,

As they prepare to leave,

Help P7 achieve…


Coasters are priced at £3.50 each or 3 for £10!

Bags are priced at £9 each, or a bag and a coaster for £11!

Thank you for your support,  P7 Entrepeneurs.



Reminder for P7 Parents

Dear P7 Parent / Guardian,

A reminder of the schedule for our P7 Leavers.

The Leavers’ Mass will be held on Wednesday, June 22nd in St Mary’s Church, Mullaghbawn. Please note the change of start time for the Mass; it will now begin @6.30pm. This is to accommodate Parents who have been asked to attend an information evening in one of the Post-Primary Schools.

The end-of-year awards and certificates will be presented at the end of Mass. Owing to the rising incidence rate of Covid-19 within the school and local community, there will be no reception back in the school assembly hall, the school buildings are off limits for large gatherings.

Traditionally, P7 pupils would have finished school on the day of the Leavers’ Mass, however, as a group of pupils now have their Introductory Meetings in their new school on Wednesday, June 22nd, the last day for P7 will be Thursday, 23rd June.

May we take this opportunity to congratulate your child as they complete their time at St Mary’s and wish them well as they move on to their new schools.

Miss Mulkerns +Mr Mc Coy

Sport’s Day


Dear Parent / Guardian, 
Whole School Sports Day is planned for Tuesday, June 21st (weather permitting). In recent days, there has been a rising incidence of COVID-19 cases in the school and local community. While government restrictions have been removed, there still remains a threat to health, as well as an issue for those who are planning on going on holidays and are required to be COVID free. Therefore, whilst limited access to the school grounds is permitted, we must keep the mixing of groups to a minimum. A suggestion for parents, who wish to attend, is to view proceedings from the Main Carpark or from along the path at the Bog Road. Unfortunately access into the school buildings/grounds will continue to be restricted to visitors.  
All children should wear a tracksuit / shorts and bring along a hat, sun cream and a bottle of water. In the interest of child protection, it is our school’s policy that photographs/videos should not be recorded by Parents/Guardians. Proceedings will begin at approximately 9.30am. In the event of inclement weather, a post will be made on the school website / social media pages early on Tuesday morning to notify parents if Sports Day has to be rearranged. 
P7 pupils will operate an ice–cream stand. If pupils wish to have an ice-cream, they can take in £1 and give it to their teacher when the roll is being taken on Tuesday morning. Any profit will be donated to school funds. Each class has been designated a county and pupils can wear something with the colour of their county on Sports Day, if they wish. The list of classes & counties is given below.
Girls from P4-P7 will spend the first half of Sports Day at Mullaghbawn GAA Grounds for a “Camogie Fun Day”. They will take part in their full programme of events in the afternoon when they return from the football club. We look forward to a day of fun as the end of the school year approaches. 
Kind Regards, 
Mr P McDonnell Class Counties 
Nursery – Dublin 
P1A – Mayo  
P1/2 – Armagh  
P2 – Down 
P3A – Meath 
P3B – Tyrone 
P3/4 – Donegal 
P4 – Cork 
P5 – Kildare 
P6 – Clare 
P6/7 – Kerry 
P7 – Monaghan