Michael J Murphy, Winter School

Michael J Murphy, Winter School


A busy week ahead for everyone as we prepare for the Michael J Murphy, Winter School which runs from Thursday evening through to Saturday. Around 250 pupils from 5 schools: St. Joseph’s Meigh, St. Oliver Plunkett’s Forkhill, Dromintee Primary School, Scoil Eoin Pol, Loch an Iuir, and St. Mary’s have collaborated to take part in a programme of School’s events.

These include:

1. Pupils from across the schools, have produced I Movies with parents and grandparents to tell stories from around the foot of  Slieve Gullion and Loch an Iuir. These will be shown on Thursday evening, starting at 7 pm in Ti Chulainn, with Eamon Mallie compering the event.

2. P5 pupils in St. Mary’ s have worked with local artist Sharon Carragher and  produced ceramic art work representing the theme, “My view of the Mountain”. This fabulous work, along with work produced by the other participating schools will be on display over the weekend. P5 pupils from the schools will have the opportunity to attend the Art Exhibition and view their finished work, on Friday Morning.

3. P6 pupils in each school have dramatised a scene from a play set on Slieve Gullion, (orginally written by Mr Seamus Keating, Past Principal of St. Mary’s), it has been adapted by Mrs Anne Garvey who has worked with the pupils over a 6 week period. Each school has had their section videoed and these have been edited to form a complete adaption of the play. This will be shown on Friday afternoon and all P 6 pupils will attend the showing. We will have another showing at a later date for anyone interested in viewing this amazing collaborative dramatisation.

All events over the weekend are listed in the Winter School brochure, below see the School’s Programme and timings. 46108062_512109299258616_4627406101241921536_n


P 6 Parents

P 6 Parents

logoDear Parent/ Guardian

A taster day has been kindly organised for all P6 Pupils in St. Joseph’s High School, Crossmaglen, this Friday 19th of October. The proposed programme for the day is as follows-

  • P6 pupils will be split into groups for the day. They will have the opportunity to experience the subjects such as :

a) P.E.

b) Science

c) Technology and Design

d) Home Economics

e) Numeracy

(each session will last for approx. 45-50 minutes).

  • Pupils should wear their St. Mary’s P.E. uniform as they will be taking part in sporting activities.
  • They should travel to St Joseph’s on the St. Joseph buses. School starts at 8.30 am, you will need to ask  a neighbour or relative what time you will need to be at the bus stop.
  • Lunch is at 12.40 pm. Pupils who receive a free meal here at St Mary’s will be entitled to a free meal in St Joseph’s, we will pass that information to St. Joseph’s. There are cafeteria facilities for those who pay for lunch- £3.00 max. Alternatively pupils may bring a packed lunch if you prefer.
  • Pupils will go home by bus at the end of the school day which is 2.35 pm.

Any questions about this day can be directed to Mrs Carleton or Ms Miller at St Joseph’s.




Earth Science Week

Earth Science Week

P6 pupils were lucky enough to attend an “Earth, Science Week” event at Slieve Gullion, Courtyard today. Focusing on the geology and landscape of our area, pupils had the opportunity to learn how the landscape and geology formed through a series of interactive workshops. They tried their hand at: Exploding volcanoes, predicting earthquakes, creating and watching glaciers race, being rock detectives and investigating fossils!

Thank you to Newry, Mourne and Down, District Council for hosting the event in conjunction with the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and giving P6 the opportunity to attend, everyone had a great time and learned lots!

Cross Country


The school was delighted to be notified of the team results from Cross Country last week. Amazingly, five teams were placed in the top three of their various race categories.

  • Primary 4  boys were placed 1st
  • Primary 5 girls were placed 1st
  • Primary 5 boys were placed 3rd
  • Primary 6 girls (team 1) were placed 2nd
  • Primary 6 boys (team 1) were placed 2nd

The members of these teams were presented with their medals at assembly on Friday. Pupils who missed assembly because they were either absent or attending the Nursery Graduation will receive their medals from their class teacher.

Well done everyone!

Maths Trail Treat


Summer’s coming quickly, but not to worry Primary 6 are keeping busy with a Maths Trail, set up by our Maths Co-ordinator, Mrs. O’Hagan. Lots of fun, lots of learning.Well done P6 for completing the maths and having fun at the same time. Thank you to Mrs.O’Hagan for setting up the Maths Trail.

Pictures and Post by Ena and Seona (P6)

St Mary’s Got Talent

St Mary’s pupils certainly proved that there is plenty of talent in our school!

We had comedians, magicians, singers, dancers, musicians, gymnasts and footballers who entertained a very appreciative audience  this morning.

Congratulations to our Student Council who organised a fantastic show and encouraged pupils to display their many talents.