Nursery trip to Newry Fire Station

We had a wonderful trip today to Newry Fire Station.  Our sincere thanks to the Firefighters who treated us so well,  our group were educated, engaged and entertained by the presentation.  We had a lot of aspiring firefighters on the way home. Special thanks to Brian Kirwan, Ben’s Dad who is stationed at the Newry fire department, we appreciate your help in facilitating the visit.

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P7 Residential Trip


The time has almost arrived for the overnight trip to Carlingford Adventure Centre. Below is a copy of the note sent out to P7 parents last week, with some useful information for the trip.

Excitement is building as we approach what is arguably the highlight of every primary school pupil’s life; the overnight trip. This is a brief note, to inform you of some important details. It is a wonderful opportunity for pupils to gain valuable life experience, as they challenge themselves with the fun-filled itinerary of exciting activities that Carlingford Adventure Centre has to offer. It is also a new experience for many who will stay away from home for the first time.

The bus will depart the school @8.00am sharp on Wednesday, May 30th. Please ensure that your child is at the school on time and that they have eaten a hearty breakfast, as we aim to get start straight into the activities when we arrive. Pupils will arrive back at school @6.30pm approx. on Thursday, May 31st for collection.

It is recommended that your child is involved in the packing of their belongings, so they know exactly what they have with them and where it is in their bag. Your child should bring clothes that they don’t mind getting wet or muddy and that will keep them warm. The items listed below is not conclusive but are recommended by the centre as essential items.

  • Tracksuit tops, bottoms, t-shirts & socks (at least one change per day)
  • Swimwear
  • 2 pairs of runners (including an old pair for water sports)
  • Personal toiletries & towels
  • Sunscreen & a hat
  • A small backpack

If your child has their own walking boots, waterproof jacket and trousers, please bring them, although these will be available at the centre. It is highly recommended that children have their name clearly written on their belongings.

A maximum of E10 will be more than enough to bring on the trip. Electronic devices are something which are not required on the trip and we ask that you comply with this. Should your child need to contact you for any reason there will be a telephone on site (or in an emergency situation you can contact the centre on 00353429373100).


Grow your own picnic ~ part 2

The Nursery had an extremely busy morning over at Finnegan’s Garden Centre today.  Firstly  we checked the progress of  the potatoes that we planted on our previous visit.  Then we went on a sensory exploration discovering the taste, textures and smells of various garden flowers, herbs and plants.  There was great excitement as we got up close to very friendly snails.   We finished our visit by planting pumpkin seeds and lettuce.   Thanks again to the staff for such a well-planned learning experience, the children really enjoyed it.


Healthy Kidz Easter Camp

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Please find attached, all of the details you need for the Healthy Kidz Easter Camp. It’s sure to be lots of fun!

This week, five lucky pupils from St Mary’s received free passes to the camp from Owen, our school coach. These were awarded to pupils who put in a big effort during PE lessons and regularly input their exercise and healthy eating data into the app. Well done to all pupils who continue to make a big effort with Healthy Kidz!

P5 Trip

P5 finally got to go on their trip after it was cancelled earlier this month due to the snow. They visited St. Brigid’s Shrine at Faughart, as we celebrated St. Brigid’s Day on the 1st of February, we saw the first signs of Spring with daffodils blooming along the stream banks.
We said a prayer for everyone and blessed ourselves with water from the stream.
We learned that St. Brigid lived around 500 AD and later we travelled onto Kilnasaggart were we saw the earliest dateable Christian stone in Ireland. It has an inscription in an ancient script which we couldn’t read and many crosses engraved on its surface.
We then walked the short distance to Moyry Castle which was used to guard the Gap O’ The North, the main roadway between North and South.
Inside we saw were the different floors would have been and the remains of the chimney.
We looked out through the defence openings they were very small and someone was looking back at us! Do you recognise who?

P7’s last day of fishing

A great day was had by Mark, Brianna, Barney and Sean who along with Caitlin Loye caught 70 fish over the past 3 weeks (fish released at end of each session unharmed back into lake).

Fishing tutors, Geoff and James Quinn pictured with the children.

Children in fine singing form on receipt of their certificates and t-shirts at the conclusion of a very successful fishing project.