School Meals + Summer Food Payments

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Families who received free school meals during this school year, 2021/22, are entitled to a Summer Food Payment over the summer holidays. The first of two payments will be made into bank accounts on 8th July. If the EA do not hold bank account details for you a cheque will be sent from the EA on the 8th of July.

Please be advised that families receiving the holiday food payment still need to apply for Free School Meal and Uniform Grant for school year beginning in September 2022. The link below will take you to the EA website where you will find more information.

https://www.eani.org.uk/financial-help/free-school-meals-uniform-grants

Best Wishes to the Class of 2022

The P7 class of 2022 have left St Mary’s for the final time. The children enjoyed a final day of fun in school on Thursday, having celebrated their Leavers’ Mass the previous night. Thanks to Fr Emlyn for presiding over a lovely ceremony. After mass, all of the P7’s were awarded with their certificates to mark the completion of their primary education at St Mary’s PS.

The two annual awards were then presented to the winners for 2022. The Pius Tierney Cup is awarded annually to a P7 Leaver who the whole staff believe is an embodiment of our school ethos and a reflection of our school motto, “Never Settle for Less than Your Best”. The Anne Murphy Cup is awarded annually to a P7 Leaver who the whole staff believe contributes to the life of the school through their involvement in sport, not only in their final year, but also over the previous six in the school. Well done to the two recipients.

Thanks to Mrs Quinn, who generously took the class over to SPAR Mullaghbawn for an ice-cream treat to mark the end of her time with the year group, having followed them through the school from P2.

We hope that all of the outgoing P7 pupils have a great summer and we wish them well for September and the start of the next stage of their education in Post Primary School. Good luck from everyone in St Mary’s Mullaghbawn!

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.

📚 Summer Reading Challenge 📚

Join the ‘Gadgeteers’ Summer Reading Challenge 2022 for a very special science-themed Challenge!

What’s it all about?

Children aged 4 – 11 can join the ‘Gadgeteers’ for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge to spark their curiosity about the world around them. There will be amazing books, awesome rewards and plenty of fun ideas too!

How does it work?

The Summer Reading Challenge will take place from 25 June until the 3 September.  You can sign-up at any of our local libraries: Newry City, Crossmaglen or Bessbrook or even at the mobile library. Then, choose your reading goal and read any books to collect special stickers and other rewards along the way – and it’s all for FREE. 😃

There is also a digital platform so the fun can carry on anywhere! (link below)

Everyone who completes their personal challenge will receive a certificate and medal.

Lots of exciting events and activities will take place throughout the summer, both in libraries and online so…. GET READING!!

(Check out the links below for further information)

Link to Library Website:

https://www.librariesni.org.uk/summer-reading-challenge-2022/?src=hpbnr17062022-SRC22LdgPg&fbclid=IwAR30wU_29joAM8aLraGUq9eLr8QUSUL5QIQdM0B49dnesyOcaSA166iBncU

Digital Platform link website.

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!