Spooktacular Art Club Lanterns 🎃

Spooktacular Art Club Lanterns 🎃

P7 girls would like to share their “Spooky Halloween Video” created using photos captured during  After School Art Club.
Thanks to the recently elected Student Council who responded promptly to a huge expression of interest to research, organise and form the Art Club.
There has been a high level of interest and uptake for places, we hope it will run throughout this school year a wonderful opportunity for pupils to work with a specialist in their field.
Click on the photo or the link to view


Visit to O’Fiaich Centre

Visit to O’Fiaich Centre

Thanks to the Rural Health Partnership and Una Walsh for a very interesting visit to the Cardinal O’Fiaich Centre in Cullyhanna yesterday. Pupils viewed the exhibition and had time to discuss local history, culture and heritage of South Armagh.

A fantastic resource in our local community which was topped off with a visit to Annaghmare Court Cairn to find out how our ancestors lived 4000 years BC!

It was great to hear our pupils questioning and debating topics relating to their local area.

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!


P7 visit to Templetown Beach

P7 visit to Templetown Beach

P7B continued on working their Erasmus Project with a visit to Templetown Beach today exploring the sea shore for marine life.

Led by the very knowledgeable Brian Hoey, Mountain Ways Ireland, pupils found lympets, whelks, prawns, crabs and mussels in addition to some tasty seaweed.

Pupils were amazed how these tiny creatures survive on the seashore with the help of the ebb and flow of the tide.
A beautiful day for everyone with some paddling along the way.

P7A you have a very enjoyable day ahead on Friday.

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