Attention P1 +P2 Parents


Update on procedures for collecting children from school in the afternoon

· From Monday 27th September the Nursery Car Park may be used by parents collecting Pupils from P1 & 2. This may help to reduce congestion at the front gate of the school.

· The teacher and assistants on duty will contact your child’s class teacher and call for the child/children to come to the front door. No one should enter the school to collect a child.

· It is important that the school crossing patrol has a clear line of sight to assist children and parents across the road at the point immediately opposite the front gate.

· The reservation along the main road should be clear of vehicles to allow a clear line of vision so the road crossing patrol can assess for any oncoming traffic.

Deepest Sympathy

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of our former esteemed colleague, Mrs Margaret  Kelly. Fondly known to us all, as Peggy, she was for many years dinner/playground supervisor at St Mary’s. We would like on behalf of the Board of Governors, Staff and Pupils, Past and Present, to extend our heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam

Junior Savers’ Week

Please see below a letter from Caroline O’Brien, Manager of the Slieve Gullion Credit Union.


Dear Parent/ Guardian,

Slieve Gullion Credit Union Limited is encouraging children in this area to open an account & start saving with their local credit union! The credit union launches its “Junior Savers Week “from the September 20th – 26th to raise awareness on the importance of saving for the future.

During this week, credit unions will be running a number of initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of children saving.

Studies show that giving kids hands-on, real-world experience with money is essential to prepare them financially for adulthood.

In a focus group of Irish parents conducted by the Irish League of Credit Unions and insights company, Parents and Brands, many parents confirmed that physical experiences, like putting coins in piggy banks or a savings account, or shopping with a list, was the best way to teach children about money.

As part of the week, those who open a new account during Junior savers week get an additional £5 lodged to their account.

Opening up a credit union account for children is a simple process and we will be welcoming all new junior saver members throughout the week to enjoy the fun and activity. For children, saving money in a credit union is a real benefit and also teaches them the value of credit unions which are run by the community, for the community. Our junior savers are the future and we will always be there for them in the future, for whatever financial assistance they might need, be it college, a new car, a holiday or their wedding day.

Please contact the office if you are interested in opening an account, we will be delighted to talk you through the process involved in opening an account for your child.

Yours sincerely,

Caroline O’Brien, (Manager)

Slieve Gullion Credit Union Limited


Online Opening School Liturgy

Online  Opening School Liturgy

Tuesday 14th September, 2021

11.15 – 12.00 noon

Bishop Michael Router

Will preside over an online opening School Liturgy from the Cathedral in Armagh

Students, Teachers, Parents, Guardians, Grandparents and other family members are encouraged to participate following the link below, as we pray for all the children who have returned to school for another academic year

Deepest Sympathy

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of our former esteemed colleague, Mrs Helen O’ Hare. We have many fond memories of Helen’s time with us, working with pupils within the classroom and supporting them to access all aspects of school life. We would like on behalf of the Board of Governors, Staff and Pupils, Past and Present, to extend our heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam

P6/7 Class

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We have been informed of a positive Covid case in our P6/7 Classroom, (ie Miss Mulkerns’s class). Following PHA published advice for those young people aged between 5-17 years, close contacts who are not fully vaccinated should self-isolate and book a PCR test as soon as possible. 

If the PCR test is negative they can end self-isolation and should arrange to take a second PCR test 8 days from the last known contact which was yesterday, Thursday 2nd, September.

If your child develops symptoms at any time they should immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test, even if earlier PCR test was negative.

If your child tests positive they should self-isolate for 10 days, in line with advice for confirmed cases.

Mr P Mc Donnell


Nursery Class 2021

Nursery Class 2021

Dear Parents,

I hope you are keeping safe and well at this time.  We are really looking forward to meeting the class of 21/22 and feel positive that this year will hopefully see a return to some normality.  You will shortly receive a letter regarding our up and coming induction day, Monday 23rd of August, times will be confirmed in the letter.  We will follow the current Covid precautionary measures to ensure your visit is as safe as possible.  On this date you will receive all the information you need regarding your child starting school, the relevant forms and have the opportunity to share any concerns you may have with the class teacher.   The children will meet the staff and explore their new surroundings. If you can’t make this date please let me know and we will do our best to organise a different date.    Below is a photograph of the Nursery uniform available from Daisy, McEvoys and Streets Ahead in Crossmaglen.

If you are entitled to Free school meals please visit the Education Authorities Web page and submit your application ASAP.

If you have any questions please get in touch with me:
Looking forward to celebrating the 20th Year of St Mary’s Nursery with you and your child.

Many thanks,

Paula Byrne