Attention P1 +P2 Parents


Update on procedures for collecting children from school in the afternoon

· From Monday 27th September the Nursery Car Park may be used by parents collecting Pupils from P1 & 2. This may help to reduce congestion at the front gate of the school.

· The teacher and assistants on duty will contact your child’s class teacher and call for the child/children to come to the front door. No one should enter the school to collect a child.

· It is important that the school crossing patrol has a clear line of sight to assist children and parents across the road at the point immediately opposite the front gate.

· The reservation along the main road should be clear of vehicles to allow a clear line of vision so the road crossing patrol can assess for any oncoming traffic.

Junior Savers’ Week

Please see below a letter from Caroline O’Brien, Manager of the Slieve Gullion Credit Union.


Dear Parent/ Guardian,

Slieve Gullion Credit Union Limited is encouraging children in this area to open an account & start saving with their local credit union! The credit union launches its “Junior Savers Week “from the September 20th – 26th to raise awareness on the importance of saving for the future.

During this week, credit unions will be running a number of initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of children saving.

Studies show that giving kids hands-on, real-world experience with money is essential to prepare them financially for adulthood.

In a focus group of Irish parents conducted by the Irish League of Credit Unions and insights company, Parents and Brands, many parents confirmed that physical experiences, like putting coins in piggy banks or a savings account, or shopping with a list, was the best way to teach children about money.

As part of the week, those who open a new account during Junior savers week get an additional £5 lodged to their account.

Opening up a credit union account for children is a simple process and we will be welcoming all new junior saver members throughout the week to enjoy the fun and activity. For children, saving money in a credit union is a real benefit and also teaches them the value of credit unions which are run by the community, for the community. Our junior savers are the future and we will always be there for them in the future, for whatever financial assistance they might need, be it college, a new car, a holiday or their wedding day.

Please contact the office if you are interested in opening an account, we will be delighted to talk you through the process involved in opening an account for your child.

Yours sincerely,

Caroline O’Brien, (Manager)

Slieve Gullion Credit Union Limited


Online Opening School Liturgy

Online  Opening School Liturgy

Tuesday 14th September, 2021

11.15 – 12.00 noon

Bishop Michael Router

Will preside over an online opening School Liturgy from the Cathedral in Armagh

Students, Teachers, Parents, Guardians, Grandparents and other family members are encouraged to participate following the link below, as we pray for all the children who have returned to school for another academic year

Violin Lessons

Violin lessons resume tomorrow Tuesday, 14th of September for those P6 and P7  pupils who were involved last year. 

Please have your child bring their instrument and music folder into school. Lessons will take place in the Assembly Hall, starting at 9:15 am.

Best wishes to Clare our strings’ tutor and all the children taking part, we look forward to the sweet sound of violins filling our corridors on a Tuesday morning again!

P Mulkerns

Best Wishes Mullaghbawn Ladies

St Mary’s PS wishes the best of luck to the Mullaghbawn Senior Ladies’ team who take part in the Armagh Intermediate County Final this Saturday. Pictured are some of our P7’s who made posters to wish the team luck.

A special mention to staff members Miss Niamh Murphy, Mrs Sara Grant & Miss Aoife Tierney, as well as the numerous past pupils on the team. The success of the senior team helps to inspire the younger generations and participation numbers for girls’ football in our school and club are increasing every year.

We encourage as many pupils and families as possible to support the team in the final. It is against Killeavy this Saturday afternoon @2pm in the Athletic Grounds. Good luck!

Deepest Sympathy

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of our former esteemed colleague, Mrs Helen O’ Hare. We have many fond memories of Helen’s time with us, working with pupils within the classroom and supporting them to access all aspects of school life. We would like on behalf of the Board of Governors, Staff and Pupils, Past and Present, to extend our heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends.

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P6/7 Class

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We have been informed of a positive Covid case in our P6/7 Classroom, (ie Miss Mulkerns’s class). Following PHA published advice for those young people aged between 5-17 years, close contacts who are not fully vaccinated should self-isolate and book a PCR test as soon as possible. 

If the PCR test is negative they can end self-isolation and should arrange to take a second PCR test 8 days from the last known contact which was yesterday, Thursday 2nd, September.

If your child develops symptoms at any time they should immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test, even if earlier PCR test was negative.

If your child tests positive they should self-isolate for 10 days, in line with advice for confirmed cases.

Mr P Mc Donnell


Deepest Sympathy


We were saddened today to hear of the death of Mrs Eileen Keenan, known to many of our Past Pupils as “Mrs Kennan, the dancing teacher”. For very many years Mrs Keenan traveled weekly from Newry to Mullaghbawn on the lunch-time bus, tape recorder in hand, ready to teach the “1,2, 3’s” in our Assembly Hall.

We have many fond memories of her time with us and we would like on behalf of the Board of Governors, Staff and Pupils, Past and Present, to extend our heartfelt sympathy to her family, friends and the wider Dancing Community.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam

Deepest Sympathy

It is with great sadness we share the news of the passing of Andrew Nesbitt, Grandfather of Mrs Lisa Mc Keown, highly esteemed member of St Mary’s, Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors, Staff and Pupils of St. Mary’s Primary School wish to extend their heartfelt sympathy to Lisa and the wider Nesbitt family at this sad time.

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