Healthy Lunches

Dear Parent/Guardian,

See above information regarding a free Zoom Workshop for Parents/Guardians about Healthy Eating and in particular Healthy Lunch Box ideas for school children. This is free and there is no need to pre-register, further information is available on the Public Health Agency Social Media sites.

Here is a link to a useful booklet to download with ideas for packed lunches.

See also letter sent to school Principals, from Judith Hanvey, Regional Food in Schools Co-ordinator.

Kind Regards,

P Mulkerns

Below is a link to their website on which you will find a downloadable booklet with more information about Healthy Lunches.

P Mulkerns


School Dinners

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Our school kitchen reopens tomorrow, Tuesday, 1st September. To allow for as much spacing and as little movement as possible, the following new procedures will be in place:

  1. Only those taking dinners will be allowed into the dining hall and will be seated in their Social/Class bubble. (Nursery Pupils will be served in their own classroom.)
  2. Pupils taking dinner must do so for the whole week, (or all days they are in school until we are operating a full week)
  3. Pupils will remain seated and dinner supervisors will bring dinners to the table.
  4. Kitchen and supervisory staff will be wearing visors and/or masks.
  5. Doors and windows will be open to allow as much ventilation as possible through the dining hall. 

Please check back to the website/social media channels for a post on the 21st of August for September’s menu. As far as possible the menu will remain unchanged but please be aware that from time to time changes have to be made, when deliveries don’t arrive on time.

Please note we are unaware of any change to the cost of school dinners, it remains we believe at £2.60/day for P1-P7 Pupils and £2.50/day for Nursery Pupils. Please place payment into a sealed envelope clearly marked with child’s/children’s names and classes, this should be given to the class teacher, parents and/or children are not permitted into the Office. 

Thank you for your co-operation,

P Mc Donnell (Principal)


Dinner Menu for September

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Please see above Menu for the month of September. Please be advised that the School Meals’ Service does not begin until Tuesday 1st of September.

Those pupils in Groups returning to school next week, (Week beginning, Monday 24th of August), will need to bring a packed lunch to school.

Please see attached document from Peter Weir, Minister for Education, Section 4 (Pgs 44-46) refer to School Meals’ Service.

Free School Meals

Dear Parents/Guardians

We believe from Posts on the “Education Authority Twitter Account”, that they will be making payments of £2.70/child /day for all families currently eligible for Free School Meals. Payments will be made directly into bank accounts on a fortnightly basis and will continue over the Easter Holidays. For those families for whom the Education Authority does not have bank details they will send a text to you to direct you to their website where there will be a form to complete. Please be aware with phone coverage in our area, texts may not reach you and you may need to follow up directly with the Education Authority.

For anyone finding their circumstances may have changed below is the link for downloading the form for applying for Free School Meals.

Pancake Tuesday

Today is one of our favourite days of the year, Pancake Tuesday! We want everyone to enjoy their pancakes before Lent begins tomorrow, but a reminder, we have pupils with life threatening allergies, specifically to nuts and kiwi. So if you are having a Pancake for break or lunch today remember, no Nutella or similar spreads please. Please note this applies to any snacks with Nutella or similar fillings. Thank you for your continual cooperation on this matter.


“The Academy” visits St Mary’s

A huge thanks to St Mary’s PS parents Karen and Frank Daly of “The Academy” for coming into St Mary’s today and facilitating a health and nutrition workshop for the P4 and P6 classes. Pupils learned about healthy eating habits and Karen even showed them how to cook her tasty banana pancakes. Meanwhile, Frank gave the children a good workout, as they completed a mini-bootcamp in the playground. It was a great afternoon for all of the pupils involved.

Thanks again to Karen and Frank, for giving up the time from their busy schedule to make it happen. Healthy Living is one of our Eco Schools topics and we continue to promote healthy eating and lifestyle habits. Every little helps!

There will be further workshops taking place for other classes before the end of the term.