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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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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ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FAMILY GIFT APPEAL

Posted on 20th December 2019

Key Stage 4 pupils, under the direction of Mr Francis and Mrs Higgins, donated a range of presents for the annual St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Family Gift Appeal.

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ST. MARY’S CHRISTMAS CARD

Posted on 11th December 2019

This year’s school Christmas card was designed by Adam Rocks, Year 13.  Thank you to Adam for giving of his time and talent in creating the artwork for the card. 

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Danske Bank Rannafast Cup Final 2019

Posted on 04th December 2019

Full coverage of last weekend’s Rannafast Cup final between St.Mary’s and St.Pat’s Maghera. The game was held in Bellaghy and was nail biting from start to finish.

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ST. MARY’S GIRLS AMONG THE DERRY U14 GIRLS HONOURED BY LORD MAYOR AT GUILD HALL

Posted on 03rd December 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Derry U14 girls who were presented with their All-Ireland medals. 

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The NEBSSA Cross Country Championships

Posted on 28th November 2019

The NEBSSA Cross Country Championships were held at Six Mile Water Park, Ballyclare on Wednesday 27 November 2019.

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SOROPTIMIST SUCCESS FOR ST. MARY’S STUDENTS

Posted on 27th November 2019

On 21 November 2019, six pupils represented St. Mary’s in the Regional Heat of the 38th Annual Soroptimist International Public Speaking competition, held at Ballymoney Health Centre.

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TALKING RUBBISH

Posted on 21st November 2019

Year 8 pupils had a fun morning on 21 November 2019 when they participated in the ‘Bin It!’ workshop in St. Mary’s.

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SOMETHING’S COOKING

Posted on 21st November 2019

Pupils across all key stages in St. Mary’s recently enjoyed cookery demonstrations delivered by Patricia Mitchell from the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC).

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PART OF THE ACTION

Posted on 20th November 2019

Action MS Chief Executive, Ann Walker, recently visited St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt as part of a special awards presentation to thank Year 10 pupils for their tremendous efforts on behalf of people with Multiple Sclerosis.

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Taekwondo World Championships 2019

Posted on 18th November 2019

Taekwondo World Championships 2019

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Sure Start Visit St.Mary’s

Posted on 18th November 2019

GCSE Child Development students in St. Mary’s recently welcomed Rachel Scroogie from Sure Start Northern Ireland to their class.

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TOP PERFORMERS IN ST. MARY’S

Posted on 12th November 2019

Students from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt are among the highest achieving students in this year’s GCSE and A-Level examinations in a number of subjects.

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Climate Change Conference

Posted on 11th November 2019

On Saturday 9 Novemeber 2019, 15 pupils from St.Mary’s travelled to the Cardinal ÓFiaich Memorial Library to participate in a Climate Change Conference.

 

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ST. MARY’S PUPILS AWARDED TOP PRIZES IN UK WIDE COMPETITION

Posted on 08th November 2019

The new term started exceptionally well for some St. Mary’s pupils. In June 2019, pupils in Years 8-11 were given the opportunity to enter a competition entry to the Schools Bible Project. Thousands of pupils from schools across the UK enter each year and four St. Mary’s pupils have been awarded prizes in this year’s competition.

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Diocese of Derry Lourdes Pilgrimage

Posted on 08th November 2019

Five pupils from St. Mary’s participated in the annual Derry Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage which took place during Summer 2019.

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CROSS COUNTRY SUCCESS

Posted on 07th November 2019

26 pupils from St. Mary’s attended the Mid Ulster Council Cross Country event on Tuesday 5 November 2019 at MUSA, Cookstown. 

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ST. MARY’S PUPILS RAISE FUNDS TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE HOLY FAMILY SISTERS OF BORDEAUX

Posted on 07th November 2019

Year 9 and Year 11 pupils in St. Mary’s have been raising funds to support the work of the Holy Family Sisters of Bordeaux.

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YEAR 10 SUCCESS IN POETRY COMPETITION

Posted on 04th November 2019

Year 10 pupils, Georgia Lavelle and Zoe McAllister have been awarded Highly Commended in the prestigious Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition. 

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CELEBRATING SUCCESS IN ST. MARY’S

Posted on 04th November 2019

The achievements of pupils in St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt during 2018/19 have been rewarded during a number of internal awards ceremonies for pupils from Year 9 to Year 12.

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Magherafelt Success

Posted on 21st October 2019

Congratulations to all our current and past pupils who were members of the victorious Magherafelt team who won the county final on Sunday.  Good luck with your Ulster campaign.

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ROAD OF HOPE SHOE BOX APPEAL

Posted on 21st October 2019

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 under privileged in countries such as Bosnia, Croatia, Romania and Africa.

 

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ALL STAR AWARD FOR ST. MARY’S STUDENT

Posted on 15th October 2019

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 15th October 2019

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 10th October 2019

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 26th September 2019

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 24th September 2019

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 18th September 2019

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 17th September 2019

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 23rd August 2019

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 20th August 2019

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 26th June 2019

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 19th June 2019

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 03rd June 2019

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 03rd June 2019

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 24th May 2019

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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LAUNCH OF VERTICAL TUTOR GROUPS

Posted on 30th April 2019

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 25th April 2019

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 22nd April 2019

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 15th April 2019

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 10th April 2019

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 03rd April 2019

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 01st April 2019

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 01st April 2019

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 29th March 2019

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 28th March 2019

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 27th March 2019

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 20th March 2019

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 20th March 2019

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 19th March 2019

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 18th March 2019

​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 15th March 2019

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 14th March 2019

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 12th March 2019

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 07th March 2019

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 04th March 2019

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 01st March 2019

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 27th February 2019

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 15th February 2019

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 07th February 2019

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 06th February 2019

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 05th February 2019

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 05th February 2019

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 01st February 2019

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 29th January 2019

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 28th January 2019

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 28th January 2019

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 24th January 2019

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 18th January 2019

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

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GIFTS OF LOVE

Posted on 16th January 2019

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 17th December 2018

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 16th December 2018

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 16th December 2018

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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