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Latest News

ALL STAR AWARD FOR ST. MARY’S STUDENT

Posted on 15 Oct 2019 | News

Congratulations to Year 13 student, Caitriona Toner, who was awarded an Ulster Schools Camogie All Star for 2019/20 following her participation in trials at the Ulster University, Jordanstown last week. 

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GIDEONS INTERNATIONAL VISIT TO ST. MARY’S

Posted on 15 Oct 2019 | News

On Monday 14 October 2019, St. Mary’s was delighted to welcome representatives from Gideons International to speak to Year Eight during their weekly assembly.  

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DRAMA STUDENTS ATTEND LYRIC THEATRE PRODUCTION OF ‘BLACKOUT’

Posted on 10 Oct 2019 | News

On 9 October 2019, A Level Drama students attended a performance of Blackout at Sperrin Integrated College, Magherafelt.

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The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards

Posted on 26 Sep 2019 | News

The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards has launched its campaign to shine a light on the commitment and dedication of young people’s volunteering efforts across Ireland by encouraging students to apply for their 2020 awards.

 

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St.Mary’s School Formal 2019

Posted on 24 Sep 2019 | News

It was an evening of sophistication and sartorial splendour as students from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt attended the annual Year 14 Formal.

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Awards Ceremony 2019

Posted on 18 Sep 2019 | News

ST.MARY’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL - ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has held its annual Awards Ceremony to recognise and reward the academic and extra-curricular achievements of pupils. The event took place in the school on the evening of Tuesday 10 September 2019 in the presence of Guest Speaker, Professor Roderick Paisley, who holds the Chair of Scots Law at the University of Aberdeen. 

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Drama Workshop with the Lyric Theatre 2019

Posted on 17 Sep 2019 | News

On Thursday 12 September 2019, Year 11 and Year 13 Drama students took part in a physical theatre workshop facilitated by the Creative Learning Department of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

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GCSE EXAMINATION SUCCESS FOR ST. MARY’S

Posted on 23 Aug 2019 | News

Students at St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt have excelled in 2019 GCSE examinations. Following the publication of results, Ms Gillespie, Principal, described the grades achieved by students as “truly remarkable” and reported that 98% of students achieved A*-C grades in at least 7 subjects, including English and Mathematics. An impressive 60% of all grades were A*-A.

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A LEVEL EXCELLENCE AT ST. MARY’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL

Posted on 20 Aug 2019 | News

A LEVEL EXCELLENCE AT ST. MARY’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL

St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt is celebrating another year of exceptional performance in A-Level examinations.

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ST. MARY’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, MAGHERAFELT WINS FINAL OF NATIONAL LEGAL COMPETITION

Posted on 26 Jun 2019 | AwardsGeneralNews

Two Year 13 pupils from St. Mary’s have been crowned the winning team in a prestigious national legal competition.

Una Campbell and Luke McCallion competed against 8 other finalists from three schools across the UK in the “The Legal  Apprentice” competition, hosted by law firm Kingsley Napley LLP in partnership with The Times. 

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5* NEWS EXPERIENCE DAY WITH THE IRISH NEWS

Posted on 19 Jun 2019 | GeneralNews

All Year 8 pupils participated enthusiastically in The Critical Literacy Project through The Irish News earlier in the year.  This involved reading weekly student editions of The Irish News and completing various activities based on that week’s newspaper. The aim of the project was to develop pupils’ literacy skills and 8C were the worthy winners of a day spent at The Irish News Offices, in Belfast and at Inter-press, on the 18th June, learning all about how the different sections of the paper are planned and put together.

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LIFEWORKS ESSAY COMPETITION

Posted on 03 Jun 2019 | AwardsGeneralNews

For the third successive year, a St. Mary’s student achieved a top award in the LifeWorks Education National Life Advocate Essay Competition.  Year 14 student, Anne McCoy, was Highly Commended for the excellent essay she submitted in response to the words of Pope Francis: “The right to life is the first among human rights.”  

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MARTIN O’FARRELL CUP CHAMPIONS 2019

Posted on 03 Jun 2019 | AwardsGeneralNews

After losing their opening game to Omagh CBS by one point, the Year 8 boys dusted themselves down to go on a run that would lead them all the way to the Martin O’Farrell Cup. 

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ST. MARY’S STUDENTS NAMED FINALISTS IN NATIONAL LEGAL COMPETITION

Posted on 24 May 2019 | AwardsGeneralNews

Two Year 13 students from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt have successfully reached the final of the ‘Legal Apprentice’ competition.  

Una Campbell and Luke McCallion will compete against three other schools from the UK to be crowned the winning team in the final at News UK (Headquarters of The Times) on 19 June 2019.

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IRISH NEWS CRITICAL LITERACY PROJECT

Posted on 20 May 2019 | AwardsGeneral

In English, Year 8 pupils enjoyed their student edition of The Irish News every Wednesday for eight weeks as part of the Irish News Critical Literacy Project.  The project is designed to deliver news and develop literacy understanding in the classroom.  Highlights involved Student Bingo and The Scavenger Hunt which required pupils to compete to find articles on various topics.  St. Mary’s was one of just three schools to win a day trip to The Irish News headquarters in June.  We are confident that we have a number of future journalists in our midst. 

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LAUNCH OF VERTICAL TUTOR GROUPS

Posted on 30 Apr 2019 | GeneralNews

As a development of the Pastoral House System in St. Mary’s, Term Two saw the introduction of Vertical Tutor Groups.  Led by Mrs Higgins, the aim of the vertical group structure  is to enhance and encourage greater pupil interaction between pupils from different Year Groups within the same Pastoral House Group and promote a richer pupil experience and sense of House identity. 

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STEP BACK IN TIME

Posted on 25 Apr 2019 | GeneralNews

History students enjoyed a number of visits to places of historical interest.  Year 14 students visited Glasnevin Cemetery and Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin as part of their study of Ireland Under the Union 1800-1900 and the Partition of Ireland 1900-25.  Meanwhile, Year 11 pupils travelled to Derry to visit the Siege Museum and the Museum of Free Derry, before enjoying a walking tour of the Bogside as part of their study of Northern Ireland 1965-98.

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ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT

Posted on 22 Apr 2019 | GeneralNews

The Music Department’s Spring Concert showcased the exceptional musical talents of St. Mary’s pupils.  Soloists, choirs and instrumentalists entertained the large crowd with music from across a range of genres, including traditional, classical and contemporary compositions.  Organised by Miss Donnelly, Head of Music, the evening was compered by Year 14 students, Orla O’Kane and Claire Kearney, who entertained the audience with their charm and wit. 

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IN THE DRAGON’S DEN

Posted on 15 Apr 2019 | AwardsGeneralNews

On Friday 12 April 2019, Year 12 students - Declan Larkin, Mark Donnelly, Niall McAuley, Allana Campbell, Evelina McElhone, Beth Dixon and Helen Doherty - along with 500 other post-primary school students from across Northern Ireland travelled to Titanic Belfast for BelTech’s Education Day.  

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HISTORY DEPARTMENT HOSTS TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION PLATFORM

Posted on 10 Apr 2019 | AwardsGeneralNews

As part of the Shared Education Programme, the History Department was privileged to host the Truth and Reconciliation Platform which was established to give victims of the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’, regardless of their political, religious or cultural background, an opportunity to tell their stories.  On this occasion, we heard Alan Mc Bride, Eugene Reavey and Stephen Travers speak.

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STUDENT COUNCIL

Posted on 03 Apr 2019 | GeneralNews

Throughout the year, members of the St. Mary’s Student Council have been actively involved in inviting and representing the views and ideas of the wider student body to the Principal and Senior Leadership Team.  Various matters of pupil interest were discussed through regular Year Group Council meetings, Student Council meetings and meetings with Ms Gillespie and Mr Quinn.  The issues raised by pupils were discussed at Senior Leadership meetings and feedback was provided to the Student Council.  

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TALK THE TALK

Posted on 01 Apr 2019 | AwardsGeneralNews

Following the success of the first year of the cross-phase literacy project, the English Department was pleased to work with partner primary schools for a second year.  

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FORWARD IN FAITH

Posted on 01 Apr 2019 | AwardsGeneralNews

Almost 80 pupils from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt have been presented with a faith award by Archbishop Eamon Martin in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.  The Pope John Paul II Award and the Muiredach Cross Award were presented to the young people at a special ceremony on Thursday 28 March 2019 in recognition of their volunteering work in parishes, communities and schools.  

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LAYING DOWN THE LAW

Posted on 29 Mar 2019 | AwardsGeneralNews

In December 2018, a team of 15 Year 13 and 14 pupils participated in the Regional Heat of the National Bar Mock Trial Competition. The competition is facilitated by the Citizenship Foundation, a charity that aims to enable and encourage young people across the UK to actively participate in, and make a positive difference to, the societies in which they live.   The team engaged in a simulated criminal trial - an immersive, active learning experience which afforded the team the opportunity to take on the roles of barristers, witnesses and court staff to prosecute and defend specially adapted, real life legal cases, against other schools. 

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ST. MARY’S PUPIL SPREADS HER WINGS AND WINS MICHAELA FOUNDATION AWARD

Posted on 28 Mar 2019 | AwardsGeneralNews

A Year 13 student from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has won the top prize in this year’s Michaela Foundation Wings Award Programme.  

Laura Diamond was announced as the winner of the award at an Awards Ceremony in St. Mary’s University College, Belfast on Wednesday 27 March 2019.  Nominating Laura for the award, Miss Burns (Head of Religion) described her as “a kind, compassionate and inspirational young lady, who has been a true example of living faith in the twenty-first century.”

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GAEL LINN SUCCESS

Posted on 27 Mar 2019 | AwardsGeneralNews

On 27 March 2019, Year 13 pupil, Ella McKenna, was  placed First overall in the A Level group of the prestigious Gael Linn public speaking competition, Abair.  

Ella, along with Treasa Ni Chathain, made it through to the All-Ireland finals, held in the Crumlin Road Jail, after qualifying in Letterkenny in January.  The girls spoke exceptionally well and Mr McPhilomey and Miss McGouran are extremely proud of their achievements.

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BATTLEFIELDS TRIP

Posted on 20 Mar 2019 | GeneralNews

In March, Year 10 students - Matthew Lynn and Aine Heaney - had the opportunity to take part in the Battlefields Project trip alongside pupils from a number of other schools across Northern Ireland to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.  Accompanied by Mrs McCormick, Head of History, the pupils visited a number of key World War 1 sites, including the Menin Gate, Peace with Ireland Park, the Ulster Tower and Thiepval Memorial.

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ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE LAW – PUPILS PARTICIPATE IN SUPREME COURT’S ASK A JUSTICE PROGRAMME

Posted on 20 Mar 2019 | GeneralNews

Students from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt have had the opportunity to speak to Lord Kerr as part of the Supreme Court’s Ask a Justice initiative.  

The programme provides young people with a keen interest in law with the chance to engage in a live question and answer session with a Justice from within the comfort of their own school. 

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VOCAL ABOUT VOCATIONS

Posted on 19 Mar 2019 | GeneralNews

On Tuesday 19 March 2019, St. Mary’s was delighted to welcome Fr. Damien Quigley to speak to Year Eleven General RE pupils.

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TRAGIC EVENT

Posted on 18 Mar 2019 | NewsGeneral

​The Governors, Principal, staff and pupils of St. Mary’s Grammar School extend their sincere sympathy and prayers to the families, friends and communities of those who lost loved ones following the tragedy in Cookstown on St. Patrick’s day.  

Our Lady of Sorrows pray for them. 

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UK CHEMISTRY OLYMPIAD

Posted on 15 Mar 2019 | AwardsGeneralNews

Miss McCloskey (Head of Chemistry) pictured with participants in the recent UK Chemistry Olympiad competition. 

Pupils Barry McErlean, Ella McKenna, Ciara Cassidy, Conor Bradley & John McMorrow (missing from picture) displayed a wide and diverse range of chemical knowledge and expertise to answer some very challenging questions - well beyond the scope of the Chemistry studied in the classroom. Congratulation in particular to Barry McErlean who achieved a prestigious Gold Award.

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LESSONS FROM AUSCHWITZ

Posted on 14 Mar 2019 | AwardsGeneralNews

In March, four Year 13 and Year 14 History students - Mirren Mc Kenna, Una Campbell, Caoimhe Mullan and Cate Bateson - participated in the Lessons from Auschwitz project. This amazing opportunity allowed the girls to meet a Holocaust survivor and visit Birkenau, the death camp at Auschwitz.  On their return, the girls delivered a presentation to all Year Groups during Assembly to share their experience of being involved in the project with other pupils. 

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ST. MARY’S STUDENTS LAUNCH CROPSAFE APP

Posted on 12 Mar 2019 | GeneralNews

Two young students from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt have launched an innovative new “CropSafe” app that could help fight crop disease around the world.

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YEAR 8 READATHON 2019

Posted on 07 Mar 2019 | GeneralNews

To celebrate World Book Day in March, Year 8 pupils took part in a sponsored Readathon.  As well as developing pupils’ interest in reading, the Readathon raised £1923.41 for the Holy Family Sisters of Bordeaux.

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SILVER FÁINNE AND BRÍD DEVLIN CUP FOR EXCELLENCE IN IRISH

Posted on 04 Mar 2019 | AwardsGeneralNews

Examinations for the Silver Fáinne took place in March with pupils in 10C and 10D also competing to win the Bríd Devlin Cup for excellence in Irish.  

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ST. MARY’S BOARD OF GOVERNORS CHAIR APPOINTED

Posted on 01 Mar 2019 | GeneralNews

The new Chair of the Board of Governors of St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has been introduced to the staff of the school.  

Mrs Anne-Marie Campbell (née Pimley) addressed teaching and teaching support staff to outline the Governors’ vision for the continued success and development of the school in the years ahead.

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PRIMARY SCHOOLS GAELIC TOURNAMENT

Posted on 27 Feb 2019 | GeneralNews

St. Mary’s hosted its annual Primary School Gaelic Football Tournament on Wednesday 27 February 2019 in Meadowbank Sports Arena

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JUNIOR CHOIR SUCCESS IN BALLYMENA FESTIVAL

Posted on 15 Feb 2019 | GeneralAwardsNews

Made up of more than 50 pupils from Year 8 – Year 10, the Junior Choir was awarded First Place in their competition at the Ballymena Festival.  Conducted by Miss Donnelly, Head of Music, and accompanied by Miss G Meyers, the choir delighted the adjudicator by singing the ethereal ‘Hushabye Mountain’ from ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and ‘Hail Holy Queen’ from ‘Sister Act’.  The adjudicator praised the pupils on their beautiful tone and enthusiastic singing. 

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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

Posted on 07 Feb 2019 | GeneralNews

Year 14 students in St. Mary’s have held a raffle and raised £331.65 for the AWARE charity to thank them for delivering the Mood Matters programme in the school last year.  

The programme gives young people the knowledge and skills which they can use to build good mental health and develop resilience to better deal with problems and challenges.  Margaret McCrossan from AWARE attended an assembly during Northern Ireland’s Young People’s Mental Health Week to thank pupils for their fundraising efforts. 

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HEART HEALTH SCHOOL MILE CHALLENGE 2019

Posted on 06 Feb 2019 | GeneralNews

Just before half term, all Key Stage 3 pupils in St. Mary’s took part in a ‘School Mile Challenge’ in order to increase their awareness of the benefits of exercise to their heart health and overall lifestyle as part of the school’s Health Education programme.

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ST. MARY’S STUDENTS COMPETE IN BRITISH PHYSICS OLYMPIAD

Posted on 05 Feb 2019 | GeneralNews

Nine Year 14 students from St. Mary’s have taken part in the first round of the British Physics Olympiad.  

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SHARED EDUCATION CIVIL RIGHTS EVENT

Posted on 05 Feb 2019 | GeneralNews

Veterans of the US Civil Rights Movement, Dr Rip Patton and Dr Sybil Hampton, joined political activist, Eamonn McCann, to speak at a Shared Education History Project hosted by Magherafelt High School.

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BBC SCHOOL CHOIR OF THE YEAR

Posted on 01 Feb 2019 | GeneralNews

The Senior Choir travelled to Thornhill College, Derry in April to take part in the BBC School Choir of the Year competition.  

Each choir was invited to sing two songs and the girls, under the direction of Miss Donnelly, Head of Music, elected to sing ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, a song made famous by Frank Sinatra, and the lesser known song ‘Lullaby’ from ‘The Witching Hour’ and composed by Kerry Andrew.  Although the girls were disappointed to be knocked out in the first heats by Dalriada School, Ballymoney, they thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to perform in the competition.

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JOURNEY THROUGH THE HOLY LAND

Posted on 29 Jan 2019 | GeneralNews

As part of the Senior School General RE provision, speakers are organised for Year 14 students throughout the year. Recently, the pupils were brought on a virtual tour of the Holy Land by Mr. A. Thomson. 

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STUDYING FRENCH: A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES

Posted on 28 Jan 2019 | GeneralNews

On Friday 25 January 2019, five Year 13 French students - Rhiannon Quinn, Conor Bradley, Una Campbell, Declan Murray and David Cosgrove - had the opportunity to attend an AS Level French Day at Queen’s University, Belfast.  

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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2019

Posted on 28 Jan 2019 | GeneralNews

St. Mary’s is joining schools across the globe in celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2019 from 27 January to 3 February 2019.  

The theme of this year’s Catholic Schools Week is ‘Celebrating the Work of Our Local Catholic Schools’. 

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OPEN EVENINGS 2019

Posted on 24 Jan 2019 | GeneralNews

On Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 January 2019, hundreds of Primary 6 and Primary 7 pupils, along with their parents and guardians, took the opportunity to gain a first-hand insight into the St. Mary’s experience by attending one of the school’s annual Open Evenings.  

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THRIVING IN THEOLOGY!

Posted on 18 Jan 2019 | GeneralNewsAwards

Lauren Toner picks up second place in Chester University Religious Studies Essay Writing Competition.

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GIFTS OF LOVE

Posted on 16 Jan 2019 | GeneralNews

This year, St. Mary’s launched the Trócaire Gifts of Love initiative. Staff and senior pupils responded with resounding generosity to the campaign by purchasing a range of global gifts. 

On sale were gifts of chicks, solar lamps, soap, school kits, goats, school lunches and bee hives. The money raised from the sale of these gifts will go to the developing world to improve the lives of those who live there. Funds generated through Gifts of Love will also fund critical work in Trócaire’s Justice, Resource Rights and Women’s Empowerment programmes. 

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ST. VINCENT DE PAUL HAMPER APPEAL

Posted on 17 Dec 2018 | GeneralNews

The local Society of St. Vincent de Paul thanked the pupils and staff of St. Mary’s for their continued support of the annual Hamper Appeal.

Sixth Form pupils and teaching support staff participated by donating food and household items for underprivileged families within our local communities.

The Society of SVP guaranteed  that the food hampers would be delivered to those who needed them most before Christmas, bringing the joy of the festive season to

homes that would otherwise have been without.

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CROSSCOMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR CHARITY

Posted on 16 Dec 2018 | GeneralNews

Year 14 pupil, Declan Murray, participated in a Cross-Community Carol Service organised by the Magherafelt Independent Methodist Church on Sunday 16 December 2018.

Declan is planning to take part in a humanitarian trip with Habitat for Humanity in 2019 and the proceeds from the Carol Service have been kindly donated by the Independent Methodist Church to the charity in aid of Declan’s work.

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A COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS

Posted on 16 Dec 2018 | GeneralNews

On Sunday 16 December 2018, St. Mary’s, in partnership with local primary schools – Holy Family, New Row, Derrychrin and Anahorish – presented a Community Christmas Carol Service in the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Magherafelt. 

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ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FAMILY GIFT APPEAL

Posted on 14 Dec 2018 | GeneralNews

Pupils and staff once again supported the annual St. Vincent de Paul Family Gift appeal.

 

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CHRISTMAS CARD DESIGN

Posted on 10 Dec 2018 | GeneralNews

Congratulations to Year 11 pupil, Sophie Donnelly, who created a watercolour and pencil study of the Holy Family for our school Christmas Card 2018.

The beautiful image is inspired by the quotation: “May we be in this world a ray of that light which shone forth from Bethlehem, bringing joy and peace to the hearts of all men and women.” (Pope Francis)

Sophie is pictured with Principal, Ms Gillespie and Art Teacher, Mrs Patton.

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GLORY TO GOD ALONE

Posted on 30 Nov 2018 | GeneralNews

On Friday 30 November 2018, former St. Mary’s pupil, Sister Catherine Lavery, was installed as Provincial of the Holy Family of Bordeaux in Ireland and Britain. 

Sister Catherine was Head Girl of St. Mary’s in her final year, having attended the school from 1978 - 1986.  She trained in St. Mary’s, Belfast and taught for a number of years prior to taking her Holy Order. 

The Board of Governors, Principal, staff and pupils of St. Mary’s wish Sister Catherine a blessed and happy tenure as Provincial

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SOCCER STAR

Posted on 27 Nov 2018 | GeneralNews

Congratulations to Terry Devlin (11E) who was selected to play soccer for the Northern Ireland Under 16 International Team in Poland.

Terry travelled with the squad to Poland on 25 November 2018 for five days, during which time he played in two international games against Poland.

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ST. MARY’S PUPILS TOP OF THE CLASS IN GCSE EXAMINATIONS

Posted on 14 Nov 2018 | AwardsGeneralNews

The Principal of St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has expressed her delight at the news from CCEA that a number of pupils at the school have been included in the exam board’s 2018 list of top-performing students at GCSE level.

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GAA HANDBALL COMPETITION

Posted on 08 Nov 2018 | GeneralNews

Over the last number of years, GAA Handball has seen huge growth, with an ever-increasing number of schools taking up Handball for the first time.

  

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STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTION

Posted on 05 Nov 2018 | GeneralNews

On Thursday 25 October 2018, students from St. Mary’s Grammar School went to the polls to vote for the pupils they wanted to elect as members of the school’s Student Council.  Working together, the Student Leadership Team planned and organised the event. 

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ARTIST ATTACK

Posted on 26 Oct 2018 | GeneralNews

On Wednesday 24 October 2018, former St. Mary’s pupil, Ciara Hampsey, visited the Art and Design Department to deliver a Halloween special effects make-up workshop.  

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ROAD OF HOPE SHOE BOX APPEAL

Posted on 26 Oct 2018 | GeneralNews

St. Mary’s Grammar School once again took part in the annual Road of Hope Shoe Box Appeal. Road of Hope is a voluntary charity organisation that relies on the goodwill of local people to help support those underprivileged in countries such as Bosnia, Croatia, Romania and Africa.

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DRAMA DEPARTMENT THEATRE VISIT TO SEE ‘THE MAN WHO FELL TO PIECES’

Posted on 25 Oct 2018 | GeneralNews

On 23 October 2018, GCSE and A Level Drama and Theatre Studies pupils travelled to the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast to watch a performance of The Man Who Fell to Pieces by Tinderbox Theatre Company.  

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GIDEONS INTERNATIONAL VISIT TO ST. MARY’S

Posted on 22 Oct 2018 | GeneralNews

On Monday 22 October 2018, St. Mary’s was delighted to welcome Mr Billy Brown and Mr Ray Stewart, representatives of Gideons International, to speak to Year Eight during their weekly assembly.  

Students learnt about the work of the Gideons before receiving their own copy of the Bible.  Many thanks to Mr Brown and Mr Stewart for taking the time to visit the school and to Gideons International for providing a bible for each pupil to keep.

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MORNING OF MUSIC

Posted on 22 Oct 2018 | GeneralNews

On Saturday 20 October 2018, musicians from St. Mary’s Grammar School’s traditional group - Cumann Ceoil Naomh Mhuire - held a morning of music in Meadowlane Shopping Centre, Magherafelt to raise funds for their trip to London to play at the School Proms.

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A LEVEL ART AND DESIGN VISIT TO DUBLIN

Posted on 19 Oct 2018 | GeneralNews

On Friday 19 October 2018, GCSE and A Level Art and Design students, accompanied by Mrs McKernan, Mrs Patton, Miss Kerr and Mr Carleton, travelled to Dublin to visit three art galleries and museums. The main purpose of the visit was to observe the work of historical and contemporary practitioners to enable pupils to develop their practical and written work.

 

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IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE

Posted on 16 Oct 2018 | GeneralNews

On Tuesday 16 October 2018, the Drama Department of St. Mary’s Grammar School was pleased to welcome c21 Theatre Company to the school.  As part of its Irish tour, and ahead of its run in The Mac Theatre, Belfast, the company brought its current production of It Only Takes a Minute to St. Mary’s.  The play was performed for Year 10 pupils and GCSE and A Level Drama and Theatre Studies students.  

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CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF SHARED EDUCATION IN MAGHERAFELT

Posted on 12 Oct 2018 | GeneralNews

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Shared Education, the Magherafelt Learning Partnership hosted a public speaking event for Year 9 pupils on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 October 2018.  

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ST. MARY’S MUSIC STUDENTS SET FOR ROYAL ALBERT HALL PERFORMANCE

Posted on 05 Oct 2018 | GeneralNews

On 6 November 2018, the traditional group from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt will take to the stage of the Royal Albert Hall, London.  

They will perform alongside young musicians and singers from across the UK in the renowned Schools Prom organised by the charity, Music for Youth.

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Online Safety Information Evening

Posted on 03 Oct 2018 | GeneralNews

St. Mary’s Grammar School will be hosting an Online Safety Information Evening on Wednesday 10th October 2018 at 7pm, for parents / guardians of pupils in KS3.

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SHARED EDUCATION PROJECT

Posted on 02 Oct 2018 | GeneralNews

Tuesday 2 October 2018 marked the beginning of the Shared Education History Project for Year 10 pupils.

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GLORIA DEO SOLI

Posted on 02 Oct 2018 | GeneralNews

Students in St. Mary’s have been privileged recently to listen to the inspiring words of Sister Rose Devlin, a Holy Family Sister and past pupil of St. Mary’s Grammar School.

Sister Rose was awarded an MBE in Buckingham Palace on 2 March 2017 for her services to improving community relations in schools in  Northern Ireland.

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FINDING FAITH IN FATIMA

Posted on 01 Oct 2018 | GeneralNews

Eight St. Mary’s pupils travelled with twenty-two other young people to Our Lady’s Shrine in Fátima in Summer 2018 with the Armagh Diocese. The students had a jam-packed week beginning with a tour of the Sanctuary in Fatima, the specific place where the Virgin Mary appeared to the three young shepherds in 1917.

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THE GREAT SCHOOL CLEAN UP

Posted on 29 Sep 2018 | GeneralNews

As part of the Muiredach Cross and John Paul II Awards, nine pupils from St. Mary’s Grammar School gave up their Saturday morning on 29 September 2018 to lend a hand at New Row Primary School, Castledawson.  

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ACTION MS FUNDRAISING WALK

Posted on 26 Sep 2018 | AwardsGeneralNews

Action MS Chief Executive, Mrs Ann Walker, visited St. Mary’s Grammar School this week for a special Awards Presentation to thank Year 10 pupils for their tremendous efforts on behalf of people with multiple sclerosis.

Organised by Mr Brady (Head of Year 10), pupils took part in a Walk for MS in June at Meadowbank Sports Arena and raised a total of £2,346.98 in aid of Action MS, Northern Ireland’s Multiple Sclerosis Charity.

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ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

Posted on 13 Sep 2018 | AwardsGeneralNews

Sharing Vision, Sharing Effort,Sharing Success

On Thursday 13 September 2018, St. Mary’s Grammar School held its Annual Awards Ceremony to acknowledge the achievements and successes of pupils throughout the last academic year. 

The theme for the evening was: “Sharing Vision, Sharing Effort, Sharing Success”.

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British Council International School Award success for St Mary’s Grammar School

Posted on 04 Sep 2018 | GeneralNews

St Mary’s has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

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GCSE EXAMINATION SUCCESS FOR ST. MARY’S

Posted on 24 Aug 2018 | AwardsGeneralNews

The Principal of St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has described this year’s GCSE examination results as “outstanding”.

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St. Mary’s Students have achieved outstanding ‘A’ Level Examination Results

Posted on 17 Aug 2018 | AwardsGeneralNews

A Level students in St. Mary’s Grammar School had cause for celebration following the publication of this year’s examination results. Ms Gillespie, Principal, reported that an outstanding 95% of all examinations taken by students resulted in A*-C grades.  81% of all entries resulted in A*-B grades while 44% of all entries resulted in A*-A grades.

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ST. MARY’S PUPILS HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT

Posted on 25 Jun 2018 | GeneralNews

A team of Year 9 and Year 10 pupils from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt recently participated in the UK Final of the National Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial, organised by the Citizenship Foundation, and hosted in Birmingham’s Victoria Law Courts.

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ST. MARY’S STUDENT TO TRAVEL TO USA FOR SCIENTIFIC STUDY

Posted on 29 May 2018 | GeneralNews

A Year 13 student from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has been awarded a place on the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Programme (HOPP) at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York.  

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Summer Camp 2018

Posted on 14 May 2018 | GeneralNews

St. Mary’s Grammar invites P6 pupils to register for the 2018 Summer Camp.

Limited Number of Places Available

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Book of Condolence

Posted on 17 Apr 2018 | GeneralNews

Following the passing of Mrs Hynds, Assistant Principal, a Book of Condolence will be open in the Main Reception area of St. Mary’s from Tuesday 17 April 2018 – Friday 27 April 2018 between 10am and 3pm each week day.

Members of the St. Mary’s community, including past pupils, former colleagues, parents and friends of the school, who wish to remember Mrs Hynds are invited to visit St. Mary’s to sign the Book of Condolence. May she rest in peace.

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Bereavement

Posted on 17 Apr 2018 | GeneralNews

It is with deep regret and sadness that we learned today of the passing of our esteemed Assistant Principal, Mrs Irene Hynds (RIP). Please remember Mrs Hynds and her family in your prayers.

Following the passing of Mrs Hynds, St. Mary’s will close all day on Wednesday 18 April 2018.  Mrs Hynds’s Requiem Mass will be held in the Church of the Assumption, Magherafelt on Wednesday at 11am.

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Parents’ Information Event at Ulster University.

Posted on 09 Apr 2018 | GeneralNews

Ulster University would like to invite parents and guardians of Year 12 and 13 students to their Parents’ Information Event. Students are welcome to attend.

Saturday,14th April

9.30am - 1.00pm

Belfast Campus.


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Life Advocate Award Essay Competition

Posted on 15 Mar 2018 | GeneralNews

The Life Advocate Award Essay Competition is a prestigious award which receives a tremendous response from students all across Ireland. The annual essay-writing competition was set up to encourage research and critical thinking on right-to-life issues.

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‘Guys and Dolls’ donation to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Posted on 07 Mar 2018 | GeneralNews

Heather Miller, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care, accepts a cheque from pupils and staff in St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt.  The money was raised through a raffle on the Gala Evening of the school’s production, Guys and Dolls.  Included in the picture are: Mr G. Quinn (Senior Teacher), Miss U. Donnelly (Head of Music), Heather Miller (Marie Curie), Mr F. Dunlop (Vice-Principal), Tiarnach Donaghy, Odhran Lynch, Roise Pelan, Daniel McNamee, Anna McCloskey, Oisin Duffin and Adam Connolly.

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Primary Schools’ Gaelic Football Tournament

Posted on 02 Mar 2018 | GeneralNews

St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt hosted its annual Primary School Gaelic Football Tournament on Wednesday 28th February 2018 in Meadowbank Sports Arena.  It was a bitterly cold and wintry day, but that did not stop 12 primary schools competing. 

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‘Mood Matters’ at St. Mary’s.

Posted on 02 Mar 2018 | NewsGeneral

Year 14 students were invited to attend a workshop, facilitated by Aware NI, on Mental Health Awareness. The workshop, entitled ‘Mood Matters’, aimed to give young people knowledge and skills which they can use to maintain good mental health and build resilience in order to better deal with problems and challenges.

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ULSTER SECONDARY SCHOOLS’ XC CHAMPIONSHIPS- FINALS

Posted on 01 Mar 2018 | GeneralNews

Congratulations and thanks to all the students involved in the recent Ulster Secondary Schools’ XC Championships Finals Held in Mallusk Playing Fields.

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e-Safety at St. Mary’s

Posted on 26 Feb 2018 | GeneralNews

On Friday 23 February 2018, Year 9 and Year 10 pupils from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt attended an e-safety presentation in the school.

Delivered by Wayne Denner and facilitated by the Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), the presentation explored issues around internet safety, online reputation and responsible use of social media.

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School App Launched!

Posted on 22 Feb 2018 | GeneralNews

We are delighted to be able to introduce you to another new development in our communications - our new St Mary’s Grammar School Magherafelt, school-app.

More than ever, communications with parents is of vital importance and the school-app is another creative step in our efforts to provide the best and most convenient ways of reaching out to you and the wider school community.

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Congratulations, Ciara!

Posted on 15 Feb 2018 | GeneralNews

Year 13 pupil, Ciara Malcolm, has been selected to represent Ulster at the Irish Schools Interprovincial Championships to be held in Dublin on Sunday 15 April 2018.

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Success for St. Mary’s!

Posted on 12 Feb 2018 | AwardsGeneralNews

On Saturday 3 February 2018, Year 13 student, Cate Bateson, was placed 2nd in the Northern Ireland Final of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland’s Public Speaking competition.

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Soroptimist Public Speaking Finalist 2018

Posted on 01 Feb 2018 | GeneralNews

Year 13 pupil Cate Bateson will travel to Hillsborough to take part in the Northern Ireland Final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition on Saturday 3 February. Cate has worked very hard to prepare for both the local heats and the Northern Ireland Final. We wish Cate the best of the luck for Saturday.

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St. Mary’s Triumph at TIMONS!

Posted on 01 Feb 2018 | AwardsGeneralNews

Two gifted Year 13 pupils from St. Mary’s and their friend impressed judges in the TIMON Open Data Hackathon at Queen’s Computer Science Building last weekend. 

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Cross Country Hopes for St. Mary’s Pupils

Posted on 29 Jan 2018 | GeneralNews

St. Mary’s pupils enjoyed success in the District C Cross Country event on Thursday 25 January 2018.  The top 15 individuals and top 3 teams in each race qualified for the Ulster competition which takes place on 21 February 2018. 

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Gael Linn Finalists

Posted on 26 Jan 2018 | GeneralNews

Year 10 pupils from St. Mary’s represented the school in the recent Northern Ireland Final of the Gael Linn competition in the Ashburn Hotel, Lurgan

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Warm welcome at St. Mary’s Open Evenings.

Posted on 25 Jan 2018 | GeneralNews

On Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 January 2018, St. Mary’s held its annual Open Evenings. We were excited to open our school to prospective pupils, their parents and the local community. 

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Open Evenings 2018

Posted on 19 Jan 2018 | NewsGeneral

The St. Mary’s team look forward to welcoming you to one of our Open Evenings next week.

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School closed Wednesday 17 January

Posted on 17 Jan 2018 | GeneralNews

​Due to adverse weather conditions and in the interest of safety for all, St. Mary’s will be closed today - 17 January. 

 

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