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!

📚 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:

Digital Platform link website.

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.

“Cloth + Cork”- Last chance to purchase!

A place for water, tea or coffee,

Or even a little treat like a toffee!

Our Coasters we feel,

Are a great deal,

But tomorrow is the last chance

To enhance the finance,

As they prepare to leave,

Help P7 achieve…


Coasters are priced at £3.50 each or 3 for £10!

Bags are priced at £9 each, or a bag and a coaster for £11!

Thank you for your support,  P7 Entrepeneurs.



Reminder for P7 Parents

Dear P7 Parent / Guardian,

A reminder of the schedule for our P7 Leavers.

The Leavers’ Mass will be held on Wednesday, June 22nd in St Mary’s Church, Mullaghbawn. Please note the change of start time for the Mass; it will now begin @6.30pm. This is to accommodate Parents who have been asked to attend an information evening in one of the Post-Primary Schools.

The end-of-year awards and certificates will be presented at the end of Mass. Owing to the rising incidence rate of Covid-19 within the school and local community, there will be no reception back in the school assembly hall, the school buildings are off limits for large gatherings.

Traditionally, P7 pupils would have finished school on the day of the Leavers’ Mass, however, as a group of pupils now have their Introductory Meetings in their new school on Wednesday, June 22nd, the last day for P7 will be Thursday, 23rd June.

May we take this opportunity to congratulate your child as they complete their time at St Mary’s and wish them well as they move on to their new schools.

Miss Mulkerns +Mr Mc Coy

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