Healthy Kidz After-School Sports Clubs

Dear Parent / Guardian,

Please see below a flyer relating to the new afterschool “Sports Clubs,” on Mondays and Tuesdays, which are being facilitated by our school PE partner organisation; Healthy Kidz. Booking and payment is via the Healthy Kidz website and the link can also be found below. Places are limited for each session and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. A copy of this note and flyer was sent home with the eldest in each family today. We are delighted to welcome Healthy Kidz back to St Mary’s for another year of fun PE lessons and after-school activities.

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Activity Week 2022

To mark Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Activity Week 2022, St Mary’s hosted a range of events and activities.

Pupils designed new versions of their club or county jersey, wrote about their favourite players, took part in the zoom quiz organised by Mr Madine from St Patrick’s PS Crossmaglen and P6/P7 pupils played out the annual school county blitz. The whole school also took part in a jersey day on the Friday to mark the occassion.

Or school football teams also took part in a blitz, hosted by Glasdrummond PS, in Silverbridge GAA and all of the girls from P4-P7 enjoyed a Camogie Fun Day hosted by Mullaghbawn Camgie Club. Thanks to Mr Rooney from Glassdrummond PS, coach Miceal and everyone at Mullaghbawn Camogie Club for their efforts in organising these events. A busy time all round!

The girls who won the 2022 Malachy McGeeney Cup were presented with their medals and the school also welcomed back the past pupils who won the Armagh Indoor Championship back in 2020. These girls were also presented with their medals, as this competition was played just on the cusp of the pandemic outbreak.

Well done to all of the children who took part in the activities and thanks to all of the staff members who helped to make it an enjoyable week in the school.

St Mary’s Sports Day 2022

St Mary’s Whole School Sports Day, sponsored by SPAR, took place last Tuesday. All of our pupils enjoyed a full day of activities down the field.

P4-P7 girls spent the first half their day at Mullaghbawn club for a Camogie Fun Day, before returning to take part in their full programme of events for Sports Day in the afternoon. Thanks to Miceal, his coaches, Mrs O’Hagan, Mrs Glynn and everyone in Mullaghbawn Camogie Club for organising a great morning.

A huge thanks also to SPAR Mullaghbawn, who again sponsored goodie-bag packs for every child in the school. This is an extremely generous act and is much appreciated by everyone associated with the school.

Finally, well done to our P7 pupils who operated the ice-cream stand on the day.

Cycling Proficiency Scheme 2022

Last week, the P7 pupils who enrolled in the Cycling Proficiency Scheme all sat (and passed) their theory test. Afterwards, they were awarded their certificates.

Since the Easter break, the children have taken part in practical and theory lessons to help them understand the rules of cycling and improve their ability on a bicycle. Although there has been a great improvement over the course of the scheme, the children fully understand that this has not made them experts or ensure that they will be exempt from danger. They must take great care every time they get on their bikes and always wear a helmet.

This year was a special one, as it was the 50th anniversary of the Cycling Proficiency Scheme. Congratulations to all of the children on their success.

Sport’s Day


Dear Parent / Guardian, 
Whole School Sports Day is planned for Tuesday, June 21st (weather permitting). In recent days, there has been a rising incidence of COVID-19 cases in the school and local community. While government restrictions have been removed, there still remains a threat to health, as well as an issue for those who are planning on going on holidays and are required to be COVID free. Therefore, whilst limited access to the school grounds is permitted, we must keep the mixing of groups to a minimum. A suggestion for parents, who wish to attend, is to view proceedings from the Main Carpark or from along the path at the Bog Road. Unfortunately access into the school buildings/grounds will continue to be restricted to visitors.  
All children should wear a tracksuit / shorts and bring along a hat, sun cream and a bottle of water. In the interest of child protection, it is our school’s policy that photographs/videos should not be recorded by Parents/Guardians. Proceedings will begin at approximately 9.30am. In the event of inclement weather, a post will be made on the school website / social media pages early on Tuesday morning to notify parents if Sports Day has to be rearranged. 
P7 pupils will operate an ice–cream stand. If pupils wish to have an ice-cream, they can take in £1 and give it to their teacher when the roll is being taken on Tuesday morning. Any profit will be donated to school funds. Each class has been designated a county and pupils can wear something with the colour of their county on Sports Day, if they wish. The list of classes & counties is given below.
Girls from P4-P7 will spend the first half of Sports Day at Mullaghbawn GAA Grounds for a “Camogie Fun Day”. They will take part in their full programme of events in the afternoon when they return from the football club. We look forward to a day of fun as the end of the school year approaches. 
Kind Regards, 
Mr P McDonnell Class Counties 
Nursery – Dublin 
P1A – Mayo  
P1/2 – Armagh  
P2 – Down 
P3A – Meath 
P3B – Tyrone 
P3/4 – Donegal 
P4 – Cork 
P5 – Kildare 
P6 – Clare 
P6/7 – Kerry 
P7 – Monaghan  

Netball News

Today our P7 and P6 girls travelled to Newry to play St. Joseph’s Primary School. This is St. Mary’s first competitive Netball match in over 15 years!

The girls have been training hard from January, after school each week and put on a fantastic display in Newry today. Well done girls!

A special mention to Mrs Orlaith Gray (Smyth) a former past pupil and teacher in St. Mary’s who agreed to play and host this event. It is great to see Netball up and going in our area and we look forward to playing St. Joseph’s again next year.

Miss Murphy