STEM Challlenge

Congratulations to both P7 teams who took part this afternoon in the Sentinus STEM Challenge in Our Lady’s Grammar School. Teams had to work together to design and construct a vehicle which would carry an egg down a ramp and across the floor in a straight line to a marked spot. Both teams completed the challenge achieving high marks and we are delighted to announce that one team have actually made it through the heats’ stage to the final which will be held in June. Well done everyone!


After-School Gaelic Football

After-school Gaelic Football for P6 and P7 will resume tomorrow (Thursday), with this being, “Boys’ Week.” Next Thursday will be “Girls’ Week.” Parents will have a copy of the information sheet that was sent home before mid-term, as permission slips, which have been returned to school, were detached from this sheet. Pick-up times, gear needed, dates of boys / girls’ sessions etc. are all listed on this information sheet. Please keep it for your reference. We look forward to a good turn-out tomorrow!

Literacy Week Launch

Thank you to our Junior Librarians who informed us at Assembly of all the exciting events taking place next week for Literacy Week.

On Monday, 4th of March, we have a visit from local author Declan Carville. Declan is author of a number of titles including: The Fairy Glen, A Day to Remember at the Giant’s Causeway and Valentine O’ Byrne Irish Dancer.

As part of the “Author Visit” there will be a book signing in school on Monday and an opportunity for everyone to buy a book and to have it signed. Three titles will be available for sale: The Magic Harp, Billy, where have all your friends gone?  and Nelly Fandango. The oldest in families received a sheet with additional information on these titles. The cost / book is £5.

Parents may accompany children to book signings at the times indicated below, otherwise please place money in an envelope with the name of the book you wish to purchase clearly indicated.

Times for Book Signings:

1.15- 1.45 pm Nursery Pupils in Nursery

1.45-2.15 pm P1, P2 and P3 in Accelerated Reading Room

2.45-3.15 pm P5, P6 and P7 in Library.


Allianz Cumann na mBunscol South Armagh Quiz





Nineteen teams from thirteen different schools took part in the South Armagh heat of the 2019 Cumann na mBunscol Armagh Quiz in Silverbridge GAA clubrooms this morning. After ten rounds, St Malachy’s PS Camlough ran out winners on 53pts. Runners-up were the children from St Patrick’s PS Cullyhanna (51pts) and in third place was St Patrick’s PS Crossmaglen on 50pts. When the results are collated with the north and south region, the top two teams from the county will progress to the provincial final. Well done to our own team from St Mary’s who came in fourth place.

Thanks to Michael and Arthur from Silverbridge GAA for the use of their facilities and for setting out the room. Also, a big thanks to Mr Benny Tierney for taking care of proceedings as quizmaster and to all of the teachers in attendance for helping with collecting answers, marking and giving out refreshments.

P7 Catholic Schools Week Assembly

Primary 7 led a special assembly for the rest of the school to mark Catholic Schools Week 2019 on the last day before mid-term. This assembly had been rescheduled from the previous two Fridays due to unforeseen circumstances.

The theme of Catholic Schools Week 2019 was “Living Stones” and P7 explained to the rest of the school that it is people that makes our school a special place; we are the living stones. The girls and boys showcased the video (I’m a celeb’ style) that they created, led a prayer service with readings and sang the beautiful hymn, “Living Stones.”

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Athletics NI Indoor Sports Hall Competition


A group of ten P7 pupils attended the Newry heat of the Athletics NI Indoor Sports Hall Competition yesterday. The children got to try out new events in first class facilities.

The boys team came third in the team relay, a group of six pupils came third in the mixed agility relay, one pupil finished third in the girls’ speed bounce and another pupil came third in the boys’ endurance run. All pupils received certificates of participation which will be presented at assembly on Friday morning.

Well done to all of the St Mary’s participants and thanks to Athletics NI for organising a great day.

P7 Visit to Faughart Shrine






To mark Catholic Schools Week 2019 and to continue their ongoing preparations for making their Confirmation in May, Primary 7 visited Faughart Shrine last Friday. This coincided with the feast day of St Bridget. Archbishop Eamon Martin led a short prayer service and discussion on the life of St Bridget. It was also an opportunity for the children to get the St Bridget’s crosses that they made in school blessed. Thanks to Fr Heagney and the Parish Council for organising the trip.