Food Waste Challenge

Ruth from “Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful” was in St Mary’s today to lead P5 in a Food Waste Workshop. Pupils discussed the issue of Food Waste in the 21st century and measures we can introduce to reduce it. This starts within our school and so P5 will soon commence a project relating to this topic. P6 and P7 also received a summary presentation in the form of a KS2 assembly.

Ruth is pictured with our Eco Committee who welcomed her to the school and thanked her for her time.


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Safer Internet Day


“Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”

Safer Internet Day will celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February so join us and 1000s  of organisations across the world to celebrate this very important day.

We are inviting all Parents/ Guardians and Pupils to visit the Internet Safety page on our school website for useful information and updates.

Follow the links on the page to the many resources available for pupils and parents / guardians

Why not take the Safer Internet Day Quiz online?


YCT Success

dscn5559 dscn5558 dscn5557 dscn5562 dscn5561It was lovely to welcome back 5 of last Year’s P 7 Group to receive certificates recognising their success in the prestigious Y.C.T (Youth Chinese Test), Level 1. We were delighted to welcome Yan Liu, Director of the Confucius Institute based at the University of Ulster to make the presentations.

The test requires students to read and write in Mandarin and the girls far surpassed the required 120 pass mark! Well done and a big thank you to Miss Candice for preparing them so well. We wish you all the best in your new schools girls and hope that the experience of learning a second language at St. Mary’s  will stand to you, in your studies ahead.

Credit Union Quiz Teams

dscn5570-2 dscn5568-2 dscn5569On Friday last, three teams of quizzers from St Mary’s took part in the annual Slieve Gullion Credit Union Quiz in Forkill Community Centre. All three teams performed very well, with one team out right winners on the night. They will now move on to the Newry ‘Chapter’ heat in the coming weeks. Details of that event are TBC.

P7 Catholic Schools Week Assembly


To launch Catholic Schools Week 2018 (Called to be a Family of Families), P7 planned and presented their own assembly for the KS2 classes. It incorporated prayer, song, drama and ICT. They key message was the importance of family at home, at school and in our parish. P7 also informed the school about the ‘World Meeting of Families,’ which is due to take place later this year in Dublin. Some of the content from the assembly is shown below.

Family Prayer

God made a family, We need one another,

We love one another, We forgive one another,

We work together, We pray together, We worship together,

Together we use God’s word, Together we grow in Christ,

Together we love all people, Together we serve our God,

Together we hope for heaven. These are our hopes and ideals.

Help us to achieve them, O God, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.


Class Video to show why St Mary’s is a truly good Catholic School –


Junior Road Safety Quiz


Well done to our four Junior Road Safety Officers who took part in the regional heat of the NI Road Safety Quiz. The children had to answer a mixture of general knowledge and road safety questions and performed very well, coming in eighth place overall in the district. It was a very well organised event in the Canal Court Hotel and thanks to the sponsors “CRASH,” who provided refreshments and sponsored materials to bring back to school. Our officers will now look to pass on the message of road safety throughout our school over the course of their last few months in P7.