Parent Teacher Meetings – Wednesday 26th October

Parent Teacher Meetings – Wednesday 26th October

Parents of Nursery pupils who have meetings scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday 26th October, these will continue as planned at the time communicated to you. Parents who were scheduled for Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th will receive a new appointment date and time in due course.

P7a pupils Parent Teacher Meetings will be arranged as soon as their teacher returns to work. 

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!


🦀P7A Visit to Templetown Beach🦐

What an amazing day P7A had at Templetown beach, learning all about the different tide zones and exploring the rock pools. A huge thanks to Brian, from Mountain Ways Ireland for showing us the wildlife that we rarely notice… but… is all around us each time we visit the beach. We may have a few marine biologists in the making after today!

P.S. Reluctantly all crabs, shrimps and fish were returned to the sea before we came home. 😀

Reminder P7 Parents- Application for Transfer Closing Date

Dear P7 Parent/Guardian,

Please see below communication we have received re Registration for this year’s Transfer Test. Please remember Parents must register their child, this cannot be done by the Primary School. 




The five local Grammar Schools – Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School, Our Lady’s Grammar School, Sacred Heart Grammar School, St. Colman’s College, and St. Louis Grammar School, have confirmed that they will use Assessment of Primary Seven students as a method of Transfer from Primary to Post Primary Education. The local schools are among the thirty-four Grammar/Integrated Schools which make up the Northern Ireland Post Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC) which have successfully operated GL Assessments in previous years

The closing date for Registration for the Transfer Assessment is Friday 23rd September 2022. Parents of P7 pupils who wish to register their sons or daughters should complete a Registration Form and return it to the Newry & Kilkeel Registration Centre c/o Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School. Registration Forms and associated information is available from any of the schools listed above either in hard copy or from a school’s website. Pupils who attend a primary school, or live in Lower or Upper Mourne, are not required to sit the Entrance Assessment if they wish to attend St Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel

The Assessments which have been conducted in a very professional manner, have gained the confidence of parents. In the past large numbers of pupils have successfully completed the Assessments in English and Mathematics and have gained a Post Primary School place in local Grammar Schools.

It is proposed that PPTC Schools, including the five Newry and Kilkeel Grammar Schools, will continue to use GL Assessments as part of their Admissions Policies until such times as there is an agreed consensus on Post Primary Transfer.

The purpose of this communication is to remind parents that the closing date for registration for sitting the GL Assessment on Saturday 12th November 2022 is Friday 23rd September 2022

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.