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.

Changing the Narrative

We are proud to be hosting the screening of 5 short films created to celebrate the role of women in South Armagh. The screenings will be led by the 24 local women, PRONI and the Nerve Centre in partnership with the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

Also on display will be the artwork created by our P5 pupils to tell the story of the Old Irish Goat.

We look forward to welcoming to our celebration of film making and artwork which begins at 7pm in St Mary’s Primary School, Mullaghbawn.


Fire safety in P5

Local Fireman David from Crossmaglen Fire station visited P5 to talk about fire safety in the home. David explained precautionary measures to prevent a fire in the home and the importance of having a family fire escape plan to follow in the case of a fire.

Thank you David for sharing very valuable information with us.

P5 Presentation and Coffee Morning

P5 Presentation and Coffee Morning

A big thank you to everyone who came along to our Coffee Morning in aid of the Hospice and to view the work from our P5 Goat Project. We raised almost £500!!!!

Thank you to everyone who sent in goodies…it was much appreciated.

If you didn’t make it…here are some pictures from the event. The Artwork will be on display, this weekend in Ti Chullain during the Michael J Murphy Winter School.

Sponsored Walk Draw

A huge thank you to everyone who returned sponsor cards following our sponsored walk at Hallowe’en, an amazing total of £1,800 was raised for school funds!

All the names of those who returned their sponsor cards were put into a raffle and 2 draws made, the lucky families were the Kellys and O’ Callaghans (Nursery pupil), each family received a gift voucher for Smyth’s Toys.

An additional raffle was held for all those who raised around £50 and over, the lucky winners were the Ferris Family.

One P7 pupil who overall raised the highest amount, well in excess of  £100, was acknowledged for her superb effort.

Amazing work everyone.

Coffee Morning and Presentation

You are cordially invited to join us this Friday, from 10-12 in Ti Chulainn for a tea /coffee morning in aid of the Southern Area Hospice who are celebrating their 50th year!

Whilst enjoying your “cuppa” you can view our recently completed glass and felt artwork, watch our amazing documentary about the ancient herd of goats which roam the slopes of Slieve Gullion, and surrounding hills, as well as hearing how we have recreated Mullaghbawn village in the late 1800’s /early 1900’s… digitally, using Minecraft, and you will have the opportunity to meet some amazing goat characters!!🐐

It will be a morning not to miss…everyone is welcome: parents, grandparents, extended families, friends and neighbours of St Mary’s. Please spread the word far and wide, we would love to have a big crowd to support this fantastic organisation which has helped so many connected to our school. 😀