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SUPPORT DURING COVID-19

Posted on 15th January 2021

Please click on the link below to access information, advice and sources of support during COVID-19

https://view.pagetiger.com/cbcqixm/1

 

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COPING WITH COVID-19: A GUIDE TO SUPPORT PARENTS AND CARERS OF CHILDREN

Posted on 05th January 2021

Please click on the link below to view a document titled “What Just Happened” which provides advice to support parents and carers of children during COVID-19.

What Just Happened Booklet (05 January 2021)

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CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2020

Posted on 17th December 2020

Unfortunately, the school’s Annual Awards Ceremony could not be held this year.  However, to recognise their achievements in 2020, A Level students were invited to visit the school to collect their awards.  They were congratulated by Mr Dunlop and received their awards in a socially distanced manner.  Internal awards ceremonies were held to celebrate the success of GCSE students.  Photographs can be viewed within the Media Galleries section of the school website.  

http://stmarysmagherafelt.com/media-galleries

Congratulations to all our GCSE and A Level students on their success in 2020. 

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NI COMMISSIONER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (NICCY): RECRUITMENT FOR NEW YOUTH PANEL MEMBERS

Posted on 17th December 2020

What is the NICCY Youth Panel?

The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) will be recruiting young people to join the NICCY Youth Panel (NYP) during 2021. The purpose of the NYP is to advise the Commissioner in her day-to-day work of promoting and safeguarding children’s rights in Northern Ireland. It is made up of young people from across Northern Ireland, who share their experiences and thoughts with the Commissioner and her staff to help NICCY make decisions about issues that affect children and young people.

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SUPPORT FOR PUPILS AND FAMILIES DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

Posted on 17th December 2020

Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. No matter what your age or where you live in Northern Ireland, if you are or someone you know is in distress or despair, Lifeline is there to help.

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ST. MARY’S CHRISTMAS CARD

Posted on 10th December 2020

This year’s school Christmas card was designed by Jessica O’Neill, Year 14.  Thank you to Jessica for giving of her time and talent in creating the artwork for the card.

 

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DOMESTIC ABUSE - MESSAGE FROM THE NORTHERN IRELAND EXECUTIVE

Posted on 08th December 2020

As the Christmas season approaches, it is important to remember that Christmas is not a happy time for all families. 

Statistics show that there are increased incidences of domestic abuse during the Christmas school holiday period.

This year, politicians from across political parties in Northern Ireland have come together to produce a short video raising awareness of this issue and to provide signposting to help anyone experiencing domestic violence or abuse.

Please click on the link below to view the message from politicians:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXNocBKv_-M

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ST. MARY’S HEAD BOY WINS NATIONAL COMPETITION

Posted on 26th November 2020

The Head Boy of St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has been named as one of the winners of the national Spirited Arts 2020 competition. Adam Rocks entered the competition which is held annually by the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) and challenges students to think about Religious Education through Art.

In its 17th year, this competition has attracted over 320,000 participants averaging 20,000 competitors per year since 2004. Hundreds of UK schools get involved, with entries submitted from as far afield as Cyprus and Australia, Indonesia and South Africa.

Adam’s artwork was based on the theme ‘Art in Heaven’ and he called his piece ‘The Age of the Ocean’.

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UNITED AGAINST BULLYING

Posted on 12th November 2020

Anti-Bullying Week takes place from 16-20 November 2020. The theme for this year is United Against Bullying. To mark the beginning of Anti-Bullying Week, St. Mary’s is joining other schools to take part in the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum Odd Socks Day initiative on Monday 16 November 2020. Pupils and staff in St. Mary’s are being invited to wear odd socks in recognition of the uniqueness of each individual and to celebrate diversity within our school community. Together, we are united against bullying. Read More

GIDEONS INTERNATIONAL VISIT TO ST. MARY’S

Posted on 10th November 2020

On Tuesday 10 November 2020 St. Mary’s was delighted to welcome representatives from Gideons International to the school. Due to Covid restrictions, we were unable to hold our usual Year Eight assembly but through Religion classes, pupils will be told about the work of the Gideons and will receive their own copy of the Bible.  Many thanks to Gideons International for taking the time to visit the school and for providing a Bible for each Year Eight pupil to keep.

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WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2020

Posted on 09th October 2020

World Mental Health Day takes place on Saturday 10 October 2020. The theme for this year is ‘Mental Health for All’.

We know when we are mentally and physically well but sometimes we need a little extra support. To ensure that we remain mentally and physically well, we can follow the Take 5 Steps to Well-Being:

1. Connect

2. Be Active

3. Take Notice

4. Keep Learning

5. Give

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SEE, HEAR, RESPOND – BARNARDOS EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING SERVICE

Posted on 01st October 2020

Barnardos has launched a new emotional well-being service – See, Hear, Respond. 

This service will work with children and young people in Northern Ireland who might need additional support to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, offering practical and therapeutic support.  It will also offer advice and guidance to any adults who are concerned about a child’s mental health and well-being.

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ST. MARY’S MINI-COMPANY SUPPORTS LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH CHARITY

Posted on 01st October 2020

Business Studies and Economics students in St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt were busy before the Covid-19 lockdown setting up and running a successful Mini-Company to raise money for local mental health charity, ALPS. Mini-Company Director, Caitlin McCormack, and her team successfully designed and distributed over 800 jerseys and crew neck jumpers to the St. Mary’s community. The students were delighted to present a cheque for £2,500 to ALPS founder, Ronan Gilchrist. In thanking the students, Ronan stated: “I am totally blown away by the support provided to ALPS by St. Mary’s and the Mini-Company within the school. To see young people wearing our logo on their school jumpers and jerseys really was one of the proudest days of our organisation. ALPS is indebted to the school and everyone involved for everything.” 

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MID-ULSTER DISTRICT COUNCIL YOUTH VOICE

Posted on 25th September 2020

Mid Ulster District Council is seeking YOUTH VOICE members to represent the voices of young people across Mid Ulster. 

Young People aged 16 – 21 years old who live in the district are invited to apply to be part of Mid Ulster Youth Voice. This 2 year programme will be managed by the Council in Partnership with the Education Authority Youth Service. 

Youth Voice will provide young people with the opportunity to:

- engage with key decision makers;

- have their say on local issues; 

- meet new friends; 

- be a representative voice for young people in their area; and 

- be involved and pro-actively engaged with local decision-making processes.

Mid Ulster Youth Voice will meet on a regular basis to identify and take forward common issues relating to young people in the local area along with opportunities for residentials and to participate in study visits to UK or Ireland.

For more information and the online application form visit: www.midulstercouncil.org/youthvoice

The deadline for applications is Friday 23 October 2020. 

 

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NATIONAL CHILDREN’S BUREAU SURVEY – MENTAL HEALTH

Posted on 23rd September 2020

The National Children’s Bureau survey for children and young people on mental health services in Northern Ireland is now open.

Children and young people between the ages of 13-25 are being asked what they need and want from mental health services in Northern Ireland. 

The link to the survey is:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YA-survey


The closing date for the completion of the survey is 1 October 2020.

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UNIVERSITY OF EXETER KEY STAGE 4 CLIMATE CHANGE GRAND CHALLENGE

Posted on 23rd September 2020

This year, the University of Exeter set a Grand Challenge for Key Stage 4 pupils. Students were asked to submit an essay discussing what concerns them most about climate change. Peter Cassidy (Year 12) was awarded first place - a £100 Amazon voucher and a University hoodie for his entry. Peter’s unique approach in critiquing the question and the intertwining of Religion (and Nemo!) into the theme impressed the judges.

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Welcome Year 8!

Posted on 18th September 2020

We are delighted with how well our new Year 8 pupils have settled in to life at St. Mary’s as we come to the end of their first two weeks of lessons. We wish the class of 2020 every success as they begin their journeys of excellence at St. Mary’s.

 

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EXAMINATION RESULTS 2020

Posted on 11th September 2020

Following the release of 2020 examination results, Mr Dunlop (Acting Principal) has reported that 99.3% of A Level students in St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt were awarded 3 A* - C grades while 99.8% of all entries resulted in A* - C grades. 

At GCSE, 84.2% of pupils achieved A* - B in 7 or more subjects, including English and Maths.  

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SAD NEWS

Posted on 17th April 2020

The St. Mary’s community has been greatly saddened by the death of our esteemed colleague Mrs Sonya Monaghan (RIP) who passed away on 10 April 2020. Requiem Mass for Mrs Monaghan was celebrated in Holy Trinity Church, Cookstown on Sunday 12 April 2020. 

Mrs Monaghan joined the staff of St. Mary’s in 2013 as Head of Mathematics and in 2015, she was appointed to the school’s Senior Leadership Team. The Mathematics Department flourished under Mrs Monaghan’s tenure. In her Senior Leadership role, she had primary responsibility for the academic progression of pupils at Key Stage 5. Mrs Monaghan was innovative and forward-looking in her approach to education and was pivotal in bringing about curricular reforms at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.

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INDEPENDENT COUNSELLING SERVICE FOR SCHOOLS (ICSS)

Posted on 17th April 2020

ICSS are providing a summer service.  This is so that any young person can obtain counselling between 1 - 14 July and 17 - 31 AugustAll referrals can be made directly via the digital referral form on the Familyworks website or via telephone helpline numbers, which are 02891821721 and 02891820341.

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STAYING SAFE

Posted on 17th April 2020

As you are aware, the Department of Education has recently issued guidance on pupils returning to school in the new academic term. In order to support this transition back to school, AAIS have added an additional chapter (Chapter 5: “Going Forward”) into our AAIS “Staying Safe: - Dealing with COVID-19. A booklet for post-primary pupils”. It is hoped this will prepare our young people with ASD with changes which may occur in the new term. The booklet, and further resources, are available in the home learning resources section of the AAIS website: - https://www.eani.org.uk/services/pupil-support-services/autism-advisory-intervention-service-aais

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RGS EXCELLENCE

Posted on 17th April 2020

The Royal Geographical Society (RGS) is the United Kingdom’s leading centre for geographers and geographical learning and promotes Geography by recognising and rewarding excellence in geographical examinations through the RGS Excellence Award.  Barry has the distinction of being the top A-Level student in the CCEA A-Level Geography examination in June 2019 and his achievement was recognised by CCEA in December 2019 at a reception in The Titanic Centre, Belfast. Barry has now also been recognised as one of the top performing students in A Level Geography in the UK through receiving the RGS Excellence Award.  He was presented with his certificate from the RGS by Mr. Dunlop (Acting Principal) and Mrs Bradley (Head of Geography).

Barry also received a cash award from the RGS.

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WORLD STAGE AWAITS ST MARY’S ECONOMISTS

Posted on 17th April 2020

Our Year 14 Economists enjoyed resounding success in the Young Economist of the Year Competition.  The competition required students to submit a research project of their choice on a current Economic topic.

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WALK A MILLION CHALLENGE

Posted on 17th April 2020

St. Mary’s GS are working in partnership with ALPs and Talk To Tom and inviting all in our St. Mary’s community to take part in the Walk a Million Step Challenge.

Starting on the final day of Mental Health Awareness Week, this Sunday May 24th 2020, until World Suicide Prevention Day September 10th 2020, together we can assist to change lives across the country whilst promoting Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention.

By Walking, Running, Jogging, Dancing over 109 days, you are asked to achieve the million steps.

The challenge can be done on your own, in a family or a team setting- it is entirely up to you!

Registration is £12 and can only be done online through this link on Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walk-a-million-tickets-104236899372

We look forward to walking a million together

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IT’S OK TO ASK FOR HELP

Posted on 17th April 2020

It's okay to ask for help
It’s okay to ask for help

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ESSAY COMPETITION

Posted on 17th April 2020

For the fourth successive year, St. Mary’s students have achieved top awards in the 2020 LifeWorks Education National Life Advocate Essay Competition.  Final year student, Orlaith McAuley, received high praise for a thought-provoking essay that picked up first place in the essay-writing competition. This annual competition for senior cycle students aims to encourage research and critical thinking on human rights and right to life issues. 

This year students were asked to discuss the following words of Martin Luther King Jr, ‘injustice everywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’.  Chloe Toner, Year 14, and James Murray, Year 13, also received Highly Commended for their essays.

Geraldine Aherne, LifeWorks Co-Ordinator noted, ‘We saw a big increase in entries to the competition this year, which was all the more impressive given the difficult conditions teachers and students are presently working under. The field was very competitive, and the judging panel praised the high standard of student’s work’.

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FAMILYWORKS COUNSELLING

Posted on 17th April 2020

Familywoks Counselling are really keen to connect with young people and to let them know that they are available to offer them the help and support they need and require at this time.

To promote the service they are running some competitions.  All  pupils have to do is to like their page, share the original post and tag us to three friends on Instagram and they’ll be entered into a free draw.  

Please follow the link to the competition, the address is https://instagram.com/familyworkscounselling

Check out their videos and more on their social media. You can find them at the following places:

 

Facebook – facebook.com/familyworksni

Instagram – instagram.com/familyworkscounselling

Twitter – twitter.com/familyworksni

Vimeo – vimeo.com/familyworksni

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POSITIVE IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

Posted on 17th April 2020

St. Mary’s Art & Design Department were delighted with all the entries to their Positive Image Photography Competition.  The winning entries, in all categories, were chosen by Dr Ruth McGonagle, an A&E Doctor at Antrim Area Hospital. She said the photographs fitted the brief perfectly and she was very impressed by the high standard and quality of our pupil’s photographs.

The winners in each category are as follows;

Year 8 Winner – Aoibhinn Lloyd Evans

Year 9 Winner – Lorcan Tohill

Year 10 Winner –Frances Creighan

Year 11 Winner – Eryn McManus

Please click here to view photographs.

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PPE EQUIPMENT

Posted on 17th April 2020

We are very proud of Mr O’Connor, Miss Coburn and Mr Teague from our Technology and Design Department as they produced almost 350 PPE facemasks!

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CCEA EXAMINATIONS ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted on 17th April 2020

​Please click here for Guidance for students, parents and teachers

Please click here for Message to students and families

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Posted on 07th April 2020

​Please click here to view Stations of the Cross

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Counselling

Posted on 26th March 2020

​Please click here to view Familyworks Information Sheet for Parents and Carers

Please click here to view Post Primary Counselling Contingency Plan

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MICROSOFT TEAMS CLASS

Posted on 25th March 2020

​Please click here to view guide on how to join Microsoft Team Class

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ONLINE LEARNING - STUDENT GUIDES

Posted on 23rd March 2020

Please click here to view Online Learning - Student Guides

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GENERAL GUIDANCE LEARNING AT HOME

Posted on 23rd March 2020

UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19)

Posted on 18th March 2020

Please click here to see attached letter from the Minister of Education.

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USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Posted on 18th March 2020

​Please click here for some useful telephone numbers

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UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) as of 11 March 2020

Posted on 12th March 2020

Please see link for Public Health England below, for information purpose only

Please click here 

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MENTAL HEALTH AWARD FOR ST. MARY’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL

Posted on 12th March 2020

AWARE Northern Ireland launched its inaugural Investors in Mental Health Awards on Friday 6 March 2020 in the Bridge Suite of the iconic Titanic Belfast. St. Mary’s GS were delighted to receive an Investors in Mental Health Award in recognition of our strong pastoral care system and promotion of positive Mental Health in our school community. Pictured are Mr Dunlop and Mrs. McNeill, Head of Year 13, alongside Year 13 pupils who participated in the recent Mood Matter programme coordinated by AWARE.

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READY STEADY STUDY PROGRAMME

Posted on 12th March 2020

To help pupils prepare for their AS Modules, all Year 13 pupils attended the ‘Ready Steady Study programme’ on 9 March, delivered by Paul Gray, Company Director of Learn Spark.  This course provided students with the attitudes, confidence and skill to study effectively and to A Level standard. It set out tried-and-tested techniques, strategies and approaches to support revision, and detailed the key steps required to effectively plan and manage learning and revision time. The day placed a strong emphasis on the students learning to think, act and study independently, all of which are essential life skills to implement in their learning and study.

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CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPION!

Posted on 12th March 2020

We are extremely proud of our Year 10 pupil Charlie Curley who finished 46th place at the recent Irish Life Health All-Ireland Cross Country Championships. With over 100 competitors from schools throughout the country, Charlie ran 3.5k in just over 14 minutes which was a tremendous pace and demonstrated great work rate and tenacity. Charlie is pictured with his proud P.E teacher, Miss Donnelly.

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Young People Planting Trees

Posted on 09th March 2020

Twenty year 8 pupils were chosen to attend “Young People Planting Trees” event on Monday 9 March in Loughry Campus Cookstown.

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UPDATE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)  As of 3rd March 2020

Posted on 04th March 2020

Schools are asked to note the following advice in relation to school trips and the Coronavirus (COVID – 19) outbreak.

Please click on the link below:

COVID-19 Update

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Stay Awake/Sleep Out

Posted on 02nd March 2020

Eight Year 12 St. Mary’s pupils participated in the Stay Awake/Sleep Out in St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry on Friday 28th February 2020 from 9:00pm until Saturday 29th February 7:00am. 

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ART ILUSTRATION

Posted on 28th February 2020

Year 11 Art and Design pupils attended a comic book and character design workshop with comic artist, Tanya Roberts, organised by Scottish Book Trust, as part of their Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour.  

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TAKE 5 LAUNCH

Posted on 28th February 2020

Year 9 pupils in St. Mary’s Grammar School attended an introduction to the Take 5 Steps to Well-Being model. 

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Michaela Foundation 2020

Posted on 14th February 2020

Thank you to Orla McIntyre who spoke to our Sixth Form girls today about volunteering at one of their Summer Camps. A fantastic opportunity!

Applications are available via this link: https://michaelafoundation.com/get-involved/volunteer-with-us/summer-camp-volunteering-roles/

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Safer Internet Day 2020

Posted on 11th February 2020

St. Mary’s Celebrating Safer Internet Day 2020

Posted on 11th February 2020

ST. MARY’S JOINS THE #REFILLUTION

Posted on 11th February 2020

NI Water’s Pat McCauley recently visited Year 8 and Year 9 assemblies in St. Mary’s to highlight the impact single use plastic water bottles are having on our water environments.

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Young People’s Mental Health Week

Posted on 07th February 2020

ST. MARY’S PUPILS ATTEND NICCY WEBINAR

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BPW Public Speaking Competition

Posted on 07th February 2020

Congratulations to Year 12 pupils - Shea Heaney, Holly Dougan and Nayana Chauhan - who were awarded 1st Place at the Northern Ireland final of the prestigious BPW Public Speaking Competition.

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Children and Young People’s Mental Health Awareness Week

Posted on 03rd February 2020

The Student Leadership Team in St. Mary’s were delighted to welcome Raymond Love and his colleague from Sperrin Cultural Awareness Association (SCAA) in school last week. 

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St. Mary’s Open Evening 2020

Posted on 23rd January 2020

STEPPING INTO ST.MARY’S

Hundreds of Primary 6 and Primary 7 pupils from across three counties visited St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt this week.

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Open Evening Competition

Posted on 23rd January 2020

​Congratulations to the winners of our Open Evening Primary School competition.

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Catholic Schools Week

Posted on 21st January 2020

Catholic Schools Week 2020

 

St. Mary’s is joining schools across the globe in celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2020 from 26 January to 3 February 2020.  

 

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Trócaire Gifts of Love

Posted on 20th January 2020

During the month of December, staff and pupils from St. Mary’s Grammar School supported Trócaire’s Christmas Appeal by purchasing and promoting Gifts of Love.

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ST. MARY’S GIRLS CLAIM ULSTER TITLE

Posted on 14th January 2020

The Ulster U16B Final took place on Friday 10 January in MUSA where St. Mary’s and St. Dominic’s battled it out to be crowned Ulster Champions. 

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A TRIBUTE TO AN OUTSTANDING FORMER ST. MARY’S TEACHER

Posted on 10th January 2020

The St. Mary’s community has been saddened by the death of a highly esteemed former member of teaching staff.  Mrs Deirdre McCann (RIP) passed away on 1 January 2020.

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