JRSO 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.

Social Media Cyber-Sense Project

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P7 recently undertook a social media cyber-sense project to highlight the possible struggles that children their age face as they move from primary to post-primary school. They created paper-based storyboards detailing various scenarios regarding children their age using social media and then used the app “Comic Life” to bring them to life. A sample of a comic is shown above.

It has recently been highlighted that although social media can have it’s many advantages, it can also have it’s dangers. In St Mary’s, pupils are well informed of good practice when it comes to internet safety. Now more than ever it’s important that children manage their free-time appropriately and do not let social media take over their lives, as it can negatively impact upon their confidence and self-esteem. Hopefully this project will go some way in educating the children about how to manage social media appropriately.

Catholic Schools Week Mass


P7 had a wonderful day in St John the Baptist Church, Drumcree in Portadown for the mass to mark the beginning of Catholic Schools Week 2018. It was a very special occasion, made even more so as three of our own pupils were involved in the ceremony. The theme was linked to “The World Meeting of Families” and we look forward to disseminating some of the key messages to the school at assembly on Friday. Thanks to the organisers for the invitation to attend.

P 7 Parents



To mark the beginning of Catholic Schools’ Week 2018, our P 7 class are travelling tomorrow to attend Mass in St. John the Baptist Church Drumcree, with pupils from all over the Armagh Diocese. One of our pupils, Rhiannon, is taking part in the ceremony and we need to be there for a practice before Mass begins. Please everyone be on time in the morning, we will be leaving at 9.15 am sharp. Everyone should wear full school uniform, (shirt and tie), please bring a packed lunch as we will not be back in time for dinners.


Mr. Mc Coy, Miss Mulkerns


P7 Martin Luther King Jr Day Video

Inspired by Ms Mulkern’s assembly presentation on Martin Luther King, P7 have been thinking about their dreams for the world in the future. They have completed art work and created a profile on Martin Luther King using the iPads.

This video, created using the “green screen” app summarises their dreams for their family, our school community and indeed the wider world. It’s encouraging to hear such kind sentiments from the children, however they also realise that words need to be followed by actions if change is to be realised.

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

                                                           (Martin Luther King Jr)