Extending Our Sympathy

The Board of Govenors, Staff and Pupils of St Mary’s would like to extend our deepest sympathies to our esteemed colleague, Mrs Martina Mc Kinley on the death of her beloved father, Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are with Martina and the entire Mc Kinley, Family Circle.

Requiem Mass will take place tomorrow, Sunday 19th of January at 10.30 am in St. Mary’s Church, Mullaghabawn.

Any pupils attending Mass, please wear full school uniforms for a Guard of Honour, we will meet outside the Chapel at 10.10 am.

Invitation to view our Nursery

If you have a child of pre-school age you are invited to come and view our Nursery setting on Thursday 16th January from 2pm-3pm.  The Nursery staff will be present to answer any questions you may have and to assist you with your online application.  Come along and see our excellent indoor and outdoor facilities, our tailored curriculum and our links with the Primary school.  Experience first hand the warm and welcoming environment we take such pride in offering the community.  We look forward to meeting you on Thursday.

Digital Admissions Clinics

The Education Authority are holding, “Digital Admissions Clinics” aimed at Parents and Guardians who may require support in completing the on-line application form necessary for applying for a Pre-school or Primary School, place for September 2020. In our area the Clinics are as follows:

Crossmaglen Library- 17 January, 10.00 am – 12.00 noon

Newry Library, 15 January, 10.00 am – 2.00 pm

Warrenpoint Library, 14 January  10.30 am – 12.30 pm

Further information can be found at the following link:


Thank -You !!!!

Thank -You !!!!

A huge thank you to everyone for your donations to our Hospice appeal, we were overwhelmed by your generosity. It was a lovely and fitting tribute to our former Vice- Principal, Mrs Ann Murphy. This morning we made two presentations: one to the Children’s Hospice for £860 and 137 Euro and a second to the Southern Area Hospice for £840 and 150 Euros. In addition, staff presented a cheque to the Southern Area Hospice for £650 which they raised last term completing “The Race for Life”.

Once again a big thank you, we hope you have a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and New Year.

The Pupils and Staff of St. Mary’s.


Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas

P6 were busy this week making individual Nativity Scenes which we’re sure will take pride of place in their homes this Christmas. Lots of new skills were gained through their construction and they were decorated and embellished displaying great flair and individuality. Well done to everyone on their hard work, hopefully they made the journey home in one piece.

We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

From P6 and Miss Mulkerns

Admissions: Nursery + P1 for September, 2020

Dear Parent,

If you have a child due to start Primary school or Pre-school in September 2020, you will need to fill out an online Admission Form.  The portal for this opens on the 7th of January and remains open until January, 30th 2020.  It can be found at the following link:


In January, we will host a workshop in the I.C.T. suite, during which we can assist you with the on-line application process and answer any questions you may have. The date and time of this Workshop is yet to be confirmed, watch our Website, Facebook and Twitter feeds for further notification.

Parents, please note admissions are not on a “first come first served” basis, but follow our school’s admission criteria which can be viewed on the Education Authority’s Web Page.

In addition, to completing the online form you will need to supply your child’s birth certificate, (which will be returned to you) and two utility bills which verify your address.

We take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year, and we look forward to welcoming you to our Admissions’ Workshop in January 2020.

A Busy Week…


Another busy few days ahead for pupils and staff, before well deserved holidays on Friday… Here are a few key dates and times.

Monday, 16th December:

P1/2 Nativity Play- “Prickly Hay Nativity Hoedown” in Ti Chulainn @7.30 pm. All P1 and P2 pupils taking part to be in Ti Chulainn for 7 pm on the night.

Christmas Party Dinner- party food is on the menu at dinner and everyone can wear party/festive clothes if they wish. There will be a free raffle for all those taking dinner with prizes kindly donated by the kitchen staff.

Tuesday, 17th December:

P1/P2 Pupils’ Trip to Bluebell Lane, Santa Experience. Leaving school at 9.40 am they will return in time for school dinners. Festive wear is the order of the day: Christmas jumpers, Santa hats, but remember to wrap up well, a coat, scarf, gloves, an extra pair of socks and wellies would be recommended.

P3/4 Nativity Play- “An Irish Barnyard Christmas” @ 7.30 pm in St. Mary’s School Assembly Hall. Join P3 and P4 pupils as they tell a tale of an Irish Christmas, long ago.

Wednesday, 18th December:

P5’s turn this time, with their Nativity, “Peace on Earth”@ 10.30 am and again at 7.00 pm in St. Mary’s Church. All are welcome to come along and join with P5 as they tell the story of Christmas, but with a few updates of course! 

Thursday, 19th December:

Nursery Trip- our Nursery Class are off to visit Santa- pupils will need to bring a packed lunch.

Hospice Presentation: Over the past weeks we have been collecting for the Southern Area and Children’s Hospices in memory of our former V.P. friend and colleague Mrs Anne Murphy, we hope to make the presentation on Thursday. We will let you know our final tally at that time.

St. Vincent de Paul- KS2 classes: P5, P5/6, P6 and P7 have also been collecting for St. Vincent de Paul and we will be purchasing gift vouchers for shops such as O’ Neill’s.  The young people who receive these vouchers as their Christmas Presents, will then be able to choose sport’s wear of their choice.  We hope also to have these ready to hand over on Thursday. We have asked each KS 2 child to make a small donation from their own money towards this worthy cause.

Friday, 21st December:


We will be closing at 11.30 on Friday, for our Christmas Holidays for a well- deserved rest for pupils and staff alike.

A big thank you to all our Parents and Friends of St. Mary’s for your support over what has been a busy term and in advance for your support at our many events this week. We hope you enjoy each and every performance and that they bring the true meaning of Christmas to life for everyone. 

A very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and New Year to all, from the Pupils and Staff of St. Mary’s.

Christmas Jumper Day for Umbiko

Happy faces from Umbiko, proudly wearing new shoes bought with money raised by St. Mary’s and the Parish of Forkhill/Mullaghbawn.

Each year we make a donation to the Parish, Umbiko Fund and this year is no different, on Thursday, 19th of December we will have our Annual Christmas Jumper/Festive Wear Day, with all proceeds going to the Umbiko Fund.

We ask for a donation of £1/child or £2/family.

Thank you in advance, such a small amount makes such a big difference, just look at those smiley faces.

Nursery and Primary 1 Admission information 2020

Parents of prospective Nursery and Primary 1 Pupils

If you have a child that is due to start Primary school or Pre-school in September 2020 you will need to fill out an online admissions form.  The portal for this opens on the 7th January until the 30th January 2020.  It can be found at www.eani.org.uk/digitaladmissions. When the Portal opens we will host an assistance workshop in the school’s ICT suite whereby we can assist you through the process and answer any questions you may have. Date and time to be confirmed.  Admissions are not on a “first come first served” basis but follow our school’s admission criteria which can be viewed on the Education Authorities web page.  The school will require your child’s birth certificate ( which will be returned) and two utility bills which can verify your address.  We look forward to welcoming you to our school and we are happy to help you through the application process.

Christmas wishes and see you early 2020.