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


P7 -Transfer Pupils

transferA reminder to our P7 Transfer Group, school is open this Monday and Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm. Please bring a snack for break time and a packed lunch.  Take school bags as normal with pencil cases books, etc. Please wear your school uniform, (PE uniform is fine). Everyone to be dropped off at the front door.

Thanks Miss Mulkerns+ Mr Mc Coy

Good Luck Mullaghbawn CLG

Everyone in St Mary’s Primary School wishes the Mullaghbawn senior team good luck in the county final this Sunday. With a large number of past pupils involved, the school community is behind you all the way!

Many of the current pupils are making the journey to Armagh to cheer the team on and some members of the P7 year group will actually take to the field itself at half-time, to play a St Peter’s select. Good luck to all of the girls and boys involved!





P7 Newry Democrat Supplements


Copies of the Newry Democrat’s P7 Leavers’ Supplement have arrived in school and are ready for collection. Although school finishes today for the pupils, the school office will remain open from 10:00-12:00 tomorrow (Friday), Monday and Tuesday. The newspapers are laid out on a table in the school foyer and are labelled with the names of those who placed orders. The school will retain any copies that are not collected and distribute in the new school year.

Please spread the word to other P7 parents.

Cycling Proficiency Scheme

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Following a tremendous amount of hard work in both practical and theory lessons this term, P7 pupils have been awarded their certificates for completing the Cycling Proficiency Scheme. Although there has been a great improvement over the course of the scheme, the children fully understand that this has not made them experts or ensure that they will be exempt from danger. They must take great care every time they get on their bikes.

Congratulations to all of the children on their success. Cycling is a fun way to stay fit and healthy!

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!

5K Medal Design Winner


Pictured is the winner of the Mullaghbawn CLG 5K medal design competition. Well done!

Thanks to Anne and Tracy from the club for organising the competition and providing the hoodie as a prize. The ladies commentated on how difficult it was to pick out a winning entry from such a strong field.

We hope that that the event goes well again this summer and that there is a big turn out on the day.

Cumman na mBunscol Award



Two very excited P7 pupils represented St Mary’s at a Cumman na mBunscol blitz in Derrynoose last week. They are pictured accepting the Cumman na mBunscol Level 2 award from Mr Gary Farrell, Armagh CnmB chairperson. It’s a great achievement as currently only five primary schools in Armagh hold this level.

It was awarded as a result of the work that St Mary’s does to promote GAA. Examples include the school partaking in matches & blitzes, running after-school training every week, having a strong link to the local club, communicating information online and in local press, having a visible GAA noticeboard, promoting the Respect Initiative and much more.