Sentinus K’Nex Construction Challenge


Well done to both P7 teams from St Mary’s who took part in the K’Nex Construction Challenge organised by Sentinus. The task involved pupils planning and constructing a sports arena. The brief stated that it had to be structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing. Our pupils were commended for their efforts  and had a great day out.

Another two teams will enter the Primary STEM Challenge next week.

Green World Book Day at St Mary’s



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Today was no ordinary day at St Mary’s, as our postponed World Book Day event was combined with a Green Day. Lots of funds were raised, in the name of our patron saint, to help finance some new seeds and planting equipment to improve the exterior of our school.

Mrs Murphy (aka Gansta Granny) and her team of assistants coordinated many great activities, including a book swap and book lottery. Well over 1,000 books have found a new home this evening, with every pupil in the school getting their hands on at least one new title.

There will be plenty of reading in Mullaghbawn over St Patrick’s weekend as a result of this joint literacy and Eco schools initiative.


P7 “Healthy Kidz” are moving up!

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P7 pupils have been awarded their latest set of “Healthy Kidz” certificates to recognise their dedication towards daily exercise and recording this on the Healthy Kidz app. Remarkably, one pupil has already reached Level 11! It’s important that pupils remember to input all of their exercise and healthy eating into the app every day, as we try to climb the inter-school leaderboard.

Healthy Living is one of our Eco Schools topics and using the app is one such way in which we aim to make progress.


Waste Week

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Last week, numerous classes within our school celebrated International Waste Week by completing various waste-related activities. Some classes carried out fact finding missions, some made posters to highlight waste issues and some traced the origins of fruits, calculating their hidden carbon footprint. The Eco committee, who delivered assembly on Friday, decided to provide stickers to all pupils involved, but just photocopy one certificate per class to save paper! Well done to all.

Newry Chapter Credit Union Quiz

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Our quiz team did the school, their families and the Slieve Gullion region proud on Friday night past in The Armagh City Hotel, as they went toe-to-toe with all of the first round winners from the Newry Chapter of the Credit Union.

Having finished in joint second place behind the Abbey Grammar after twelve rounds, our team went into a tie-break with St Dallan’s. Unfortunately they fell short in the tie-break and finished in third place, but what an achievement it was to finish so far up the leaderboard with teams present all the way from Armagh to Kilkeel!

The group have worked very hard as they prepared during lunchtimes and in their own free time since winning the local heat six weeks ago. You can all be very proud of yourselves.

World Book Day Quiz

world-book-dayCongratulations to the boys and girls who completed the World Book Day Quiz posted to our Website, last Thursday. Whilst we were all stranded at home due to the snow, these enthusiastic learners were busy… our P6 and P7 participants uploaded their answers to their “Google Classrooms” whilst our younger participants downloaded, printed off and wrote their answers on their answer sheets. Super work guys, enjoy your prizes!

P7 Credit Union Quiz & Cumman na mBunscol Presentation Postponed


Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather, we have been informed that the Chapter Level of the Credit Union Quiz and the presentation of our Level 2 Allianz Cumman na mBunscol award at half-time in the Armagh V Derry NFL game have both been postponed. Both events will be rearranged and every effort will be made to contact parents today to inform them of this information. More details will be available when we return to school.