🦀P7A Visit to Templetown Beach🦐

What an amazing day P7A had at Templetown beach, learning all about the different tide zones and exploring the rock pools. A huge thanks to Brian, from Mountain Ways Ireland for showing us the wildlife that we rarely notice… but… is all around us each time we visit the beach. We may have a few marine biologists in the making after today!

P.S. Reluctantly all crabs, shrimps and fish were returned to the sea before we came home. 😀

P3/4 & P4 School Trip

A brilliant day was had today on our school trip. There will most definitely be tired boys and girls tonight.

Thankyou to all the children today, you were super ambassadors for our school, as we were complemented on your great behaviour and manners. Our thanks to GR8 in Castleblaney, the boys & girls really enjoyed it!


Thank You!

Thank You!

Thank you to “An Tobar Wellness Centre”, who kindly extended an invitation to the staff of local schools to pay a visit today. Mrs O’ Hagan and Miss Mulkerns were delighted to attend, despite the rain! They had a wonderful tour of Brian’s Wood, the wildflower meadows and the apple orchards whilst meandering to the top of Carrigan’s Hill. Along the way they heard about the social enterprise work, the workshops, fieldtrips and the many more opportunities offered at the Centre.

We wish Kathleen, Margaret and Hannah, the very best in their venture and thank them for their hospitality, it is always lovely to reconnect with past pupils of St Mary’s. We are sure this is the first of many trips we will make to An Tobar!

If you would like to learn more about this amazing local facility and the opportunites they provide check out the link below.


Primary 7 Trip

Dear Parent/Guardian,

A reminder that our P7 pupils are off to Carlingford Adventure Centre tomorrow, Tuesday 7th of June. The bus will depart from school @8:30 am sharp  On arrival we will be straight into our schedule of activities, so please make sure everyone has eaten a hearty breakfast!  Lunch and dinner were included in the cost and will be provided by the centre.

Please, old clothes only and remember we can have 4 seaons in one day! A list of essential items is given below, please label bags and items for easy identification. It is useful if children are involved in the packing so that they know what iems they have with them and can identify them in the event of the inevitable mix up in the changing room!


Track suit tops +bottoms, t-shirts & socks (allow for a change of each in the event of wet weather)

· Swimwear

· 2 pair of runners (this includes an old pair for water activities)

· Towel

· Sunscreen & a hat

· Plastic bags for putting wet gear into after water sports

· A small backpack- for carrying items needed to the different activities

· Water bottle

If you wish your child may bring money for buying treats in the tuck shop, no more than 10 Euro is allowed and should be zipped away in a pocket, as bags will be stored centrally in the Centre. Electronic devices or any other items of value are not allowed. 

We will arrive back to school @ 8:30 pm approx. If for any reason we are delayed leaving Carlingford, we will send out a message via the school website, which will feed to our Facebook/Twitter accounts.

Looking forward to a great day,

Miss Mulkerns + Mr Mc Coy

P7 View Aidan Strain’s Fleet

The P7 year group enjoyed one of the highlights of their year so far today. The children went down for a special viewing of Aidan Strain’s fleet of tractors and machinery, which are laid out for Saturday’s highly anticipated auction.

With such a large number of children in the year group interested in farming, there was an incredible level of excitement. Aidan organised for ASEE staff members to lead the children around in groups, before providing them with treats to enjoy back in school.

Aidan, a member of St Mary’s Board of Governors, and his wife Leontia, are close friends of our school and we are incredibly grateful to them for taking the time to provide our pupils with such a memorable experience. Thanks also to Gillian and to ASEE staff members David, Seamus, Paul, Peter and others for their time today.

Finally, there may be a few familiar faces on BBC news at some stage before Saturday, so keep an eye out for this!


Wild Atlantic Tales

Our P6 and P6/7 classes were held spellbound by the traditional story teller Niall De Burca today on their visit to the Newry Museum at Bagnell’s Castle.

Niall from Galway, began by welcoming the children from Mullaghbawn, saying how delighted he was to hear that the first group of children he would perform for, were the children from Mullghbawn. He spoke about our village having an abundance of folklore and stories and added that the best storyteller of all time was from Mullaghbawn. He told the children of his great honour in having met the late John Campbell and that John had shared one of his stories with him, this he then retold to the children. He also told a Slovenian story for Maruska our Slovenian assistant and finished with the story of Finn Mc Cool and the Ceallach Bheara.

A huge thank you to Newry and Mourne Council for bringing Niall to Newry and allowing us to attend.


P6/7 Trip to Bessbrook

P6/7 Trip to Bessbrook

P6/7 got a glorious morning for their walking tour of Bessbrook Village with Una today. They have been learning about flax and the linen industry in the area and a visit to the village of Bessbrook gave the ideal opportunity to bring history to life. They learned about the Richardson family responsible for the setting up of the village and were able to see a wide range of buildings and learn about their use in Bessbrook’s Linen, industrial past.

Our study forms part of our wider Erasmus Project, with our partner schools, in Donegal, Mayo, Greece and the Basque Country. It is based around the UN’s Sustainable Goals, in particular we will be focusing on Goals 3, 4, 14 and 17. Follow the link below if you would like to learn more about the Goals.

Our last stop of the morning was the  Mill Pond where we got close to the local wildlife and had the opportunity to try out the play ground. We heard that the playground is newly upgraded, only opening at the weekend so we were among the first to try out the equipment!

Thanks once again to Una for her enthusiasm and for sharing the stories of South Armagh’s past with our pupils.


Connecting Classrooms Evaluation

Connecting Classrooms Evaluation

Thank you to the boys and girls from P6 and P7 who completed an online evaluation for our Connecting Classrooms project which came to an end last term. Over 2 years we have been sharing lessons with our partner school in Nepal, learning about our partner school’s culture and country. Miss Crawley and Miss Mulkerns joined from Bilbao,  Mr Mc Coy and pupils joined from Mullaghbawn and the researcher from Belfast! The children all received a small token from Bilabo in thank-you for their participation, a keyring of the famous flower dog outside the Gugghenheim Museum or a football keyring inscribed with Basque symbols and language.