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St Mary's Primary School Banbridge

June Newsletter

20th Jun 2019

P7 Leavers’ Awards

On behalf of the Board of Governors and all the staff at St Mary’s may I wish all our Primary 7 pupils every success and best wishes in their post-primary schools.

Our P7 Leavers’ Awards Assembly will take place tomorrow, Friday 21st June from 11.00am in the school assembly hall.


On August 31st Mrs Downey and Mr Martin will officially retire from their accomplished teaching careers at St Mary’s. On behalf of the Board of Governors, parents, children and staff at St Mary’s may I wish them both a long and restful retirement. May I also welcome Mrs Murphy to our P7 year group and Mrs Slevin who will join us in P3 from September.

Donard Challenge

Congratulations to all our Primary 7 boys and girls who took part in the Donard Challenge on Friday 24th May. Thank you to all the volunteers, PTA and staff who accompanied the children on the walk and ensured their safety. The feedback has been very positive and everybody agreed they had an incredible day. Well done to you all.

Annual Handwriting Competition

Our annual handwriting competition 'Write it Right' proved yet again to be another successful event! Every class throughout the school received three awards for the Best Boy, Best Girl and the Most Improved and I congratulate all our deserving winners. The handwriting competition is a very important event in the school year as it ensures that every pupil understands the importance of presenting their written work neatly. A full list of winners is available on the school website.

A huge ‘Thank You’ to Mrs McArdle and our wonderful PTA who very kindly funded the trophies which the children may keep.


The fantastic work of our very active and successful PTA has helped the school fund many things over the past year. It has also decreased the burden of the financial cuts faced by our school.

This year our PTA paid the total cost of the Time for Me Counselling service provided by Barnardo’s, at a cost of approximately £600 per month. It allocated over £1,000 for astronomy equipment, it purchased a new Gaelic football strip for the school team and helped fund the Action Cancer Big Bus. It also made successful grant applications of over £7,000 for IT equipment, a new girls football strip, gardening equipment and our outdoor classroom and various supplies and equipment.

Our PTA also provides financial support for our End of Year Awards at P7, the hire of buses and unseen costs the school encounters throughout the year.

Please join our PTA, support our PTA, support your child’s school, and help reduce the impact on our school and on your child’s education of the ongoing financial cuts in education.

Our end of year Leavers’ Disco will take place on Friday 21st June from 6.30pm to 7.30pm for children up to P3 and from 7.45pm to 9.00pm for children from P4 to P7 in the school hall, admission £3.00.

Summer Scheme

St Mary’s Summer Scheme will commence on Monday 1st July at 8.00am. Summer Scheme registration forms are available to collect from the Afterschool Club and school office.

Drama Summer Club with Cathy Colgan will take place in school from 1st July to 5th July. Please contact the school office to book.

Mickey Brady’s Music Summer Camp will take place in the school from 12th August to 16th August.

Mr Mackle’s Multi Sports Camp will take place in the school from Tuesday 30th July – Friday 2nd August from 10 – 1pm.  The activities on offer consist of Dance, Soccer, Gaelic, Athletics and much more including popular fitness games and learning experiences with the ipads.  

Important Dates

P7 Leaver’s Awards - Friday 21st June from 11.00am in the school hall.

Summer/Leavers’ Disco - Friday 21st June.

P7 End of Year Trips- Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th June.

School closes on Friday 28th June at 11.15am for the summer holiday.

School will reopen on Monday 2nd September.

EVO Soccer Camps

The EVO Soccer Skills Camps will take place on Monday 1st July to Friday 5th July, Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August and Monday 19th to Friday 23rd August July - 9.30 to 1.30pm daily. Contact Paul Evans on 07742349718 for further details.

Sports Day

Thank you for the amazing support at our Sports Day. It was good to see another magnificent turnout of family and friends to support our children. Thank you to Mr McGrane, for again organising a hugely successful day. Our thanks to Paul Evans, EVO Soccer School, for their assistance on the day.

Well done to all our Nursery children at their Sports Day today. Our thanks to Paul Evans, EVO Soccer School, for all their help.