Referee Respect Workshop

The GAA have designated this coming Sunday, October 23rd, as national “Referee Respect Day.” To mark the occasion, local referee, Michael Loftus, came in to speak with the P6 and P7 classes. The children prepared some great questions for Michael and they learned lots about the rules of Gaelic football, camogie, hurling and ladies football, as well as his refereeing experience in general. Sincere thanks to Michael for taking the time to come in and speak with the children.

The children have learned that it is never OK to disrespect anyone, including on the field. Without referees, there are no games. More information about Referee Respect Day can be found on the links below.

Maths Week Ireland

Maths Week Ireland

The pupils of St. Mary’s are celebrating Maths Week Ireland by participating in lots of online activities and lessons both inside and outside of the classroom. On Friday 21st October, to conclude Maths Week there will be a Maths-themed non-uniform day for staff and pupils. We are looking forward to lots of creative and fun ideas with prizes to be won for the most inventive outfits!


Healthy Kidz After-School Sports Clubs

Dear Parent / Guardian,

Please see below a flyer relating to the new afterschool “Sports Clubs,” on Mondays and Tuesdays, which are being facilitated by our school PE partner organisation; Healthy Kidz. Booking and payment is via the Healthy Kidz website and the link can also be found below. Places are limited for each session and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. A copy of this note and flyer was sent home with the eldest in each family today. We are delighted to welcome Healthy Kidz back to St Mary’s for another year of fun PE lessons and after-school activities.

Netball News

Today our P7 and P6 girls travelled to Newry to play St. Joseph’s Primary School. This is St. Mary’s first competitive Netball match in over 15 years!

The girls have been training hard from January, after school each week and put on a fantastic display in Newry today. Well done girls!

A special mention to Mrs Orlaith Gray (Smyth) a former past pupil and teacher in St. Mary’s who agreed to play and host this event. It is great to see Netball up and going in our area and we look forward to playing St. Joseph’s again next year.

Miss Murphy

Cross Country

Over the past 3 weeks, pupils from P4-P7 have been practising Cross Country 3 times per week. Collectively, all 4 year groups clocked up 1100km; which is no mean feat! There has been a great improvement across the board, with pupils attempting to beat their times each day. Keeping active remains such an important aspect of our pupils’ daily lives as it helps to bring about a positive impact on their physical and mental health.

All pupils from P4-P7 were presented with certificates to commend them for their efforts over the past 3 weeks. There were also medals for 1st / 2nd / 3rd place in each race. Check out some of the photos from the final races. Well done to each and every pupil who took part!