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St Mary's Primary School Banbridge

May Newsletter

14th May 2019


Thank you to all our parents and children for the fantastic support for all our Trócaire fundraising events last term. This year our Trócaire Lenten appeal raised the amazing total of £3,000. A cheque will be presented to the Parish next week.


Please return reply slips for Primary 1 and Nursery admission to the school office as soon as possible. All slips must be returned by Wednesday 22nd May 2019.


Congratulations to all our P4 children who made their First Holy Communion and to all our P7 children who were Confirmed over the past two weekends. We are very proud of all of them. A special thanks to all the members of the choir who sang wonderfully on both occasions and to Mrs O’Hare and Mrs Murphy for organising and leading our Choir. Thank you to our P4 teachers and Classroom Assistant; Mrs Turley, Miss Farrell and Mrs Scappaticci. Our thanks to our P7 teachers and Classroom Assistants Mrs Morrow, Mr Mackle, Mrs Kearns, Mrs Lennon and Mr McCreery.


Congratulations to our school netball team who came third in the ABC Council Netball League on Tuesday 7th May at Lisburn Racquets Club.  This event was attended by 18 schools and it was such a great achievement for our netball team. Well done to all the girls. Thank you to Mrs Moore for taking the girls.

School Music Concert

Thank you for the fantastic support at our Spring Concert. All our musicians and singers were incredible. The two hours of wonderful entertainment simply flew by. It was a great opportunity to showcase the wonderful talent in our school. The children were all amazing.

Thank you to Mrs O’Hare, Mrs Murphy and Mick Brady for organising the concert. Our thanks to Jimmy Hagan, our drums teacher, to Sean Devlin and Mrs Rea for helping with setting out the hall and organising the donations at the door (which collected over £400) and to Miriam McAleavey for sharing her photographs of the concert.

Football Victories

Congratulations the St Mary’s A team on winning the Newcastle South Down 7 a side tournament after defeating Kilkeel A team in the final. The boys remain undefeated this year.  Well done to our B team who reached the semi-final only to be narrowly defeated by Kilkeel A team.

All the boys did very well. A special mention to Adam McCann, Pierce White and Eoin Eakins in our A team and to Joseph McCorry, Matthew Grimes and Brodie McCart in the B team. Thank you to Mr Devlin for helping with the teams.

Congratulations to St Mary’s girls’ football team and the 3 boys’ teams who all won their groups at the IFA Fun Football Day at Jennings Park, Newry, today. All our teams played a minimum of 5 games and all left undefeated having played some amazing football.  Thank you to Mrs Comiskey, Mr Mackle and Mr Devlin for accompanying the children. Well done to all the boys and girls!

Congratulations to St Mary's football team on winning the EVO Banbridge League for the third year in a row. Well done to all the boys who took part this year.

Afterschool Club

Children attending the Afterschool Club must be booked in advance via the school office or directly through Afterschool Club on 07549097163. A space cannot be guaranteed for children not booked to attend. All payments should be made to Julie in the office.  

Gaelic League Final

Congratulations to Ballygowan on winning the 2019 Gaelic League. Well done to all the children who took part in our 2019 Gaelic League. This year saw some thrilling football and magnificent games especially in the final between Tullyear and Ballygowan which proved to be a very close game. Our thanks to Mr McGrane for organising the Gaelic throughout the year.

Summer Scheme

Summer Scheme will commence on Monday 1st July at 8.00am. Summer Scheme registration forms will available to collect from the Afterschool Club and school office. Forms will also be sent out via the school app and placed on the school website from Monday 20th May.

Important Dates

School closed on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th May.

P7 Donard Sponsored Walk- Friday 24th May.

Sports Day - Friday 7th June at Cheney Park, from 10am (weather permitting).

Town Sports- Tuesday 18th June at Cheney Park.

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.


Congratulations to all who took part in the Seapatrick 10k, 5k, Fun Run on Sunday. With over 400 runners and walkers this was a fabulous turnout. Thank you to our amazing PTA and volunteers who assisted with setting out the route and organising the event. Thank you to all the Marshalls and everyone who donated food for the day. A special thank you to all our sponsors. Well done everyone! What a day! £2,974.00 was raised for our PTA, a fantastic achievement.

Thank you to Miriam McAleavey who was able to capture the atmosphere and spirit of the 5K/10K/Fun Run event, with the hundreds of photos she snapped. Well done to Isabel Rea and Cathal Hill who were first girl and boy home for St Mary's.

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.

Music Exams

Congratulations to all our guitarists on their Guitar Grade Exam success. Well done Nathan Barlow, Eoin Eakins, Reece McConville and Joseph McCreesh in P7. Aoife McGrath, Cathal Hill, Blannid Conlon, Sophie Glendenning and Rian Masterson in P6. Ryan Cairns, Eoin Lynch, Conor Quinn and Darragh Sullivan in P5. Thank you to Mickey Brady for all his hard work. Well done everyone!

Pre-Loved Uniforms

Please leave any pre-loved uniforms into the school office. Parents are asked to leave in any items of uniform that are no longer required but are of good quality. These will be available from St Vincent De Paul to be collected and reused by other parents when the school reopens in August.

Book Fair

Our school Book Fair will be open from 2.00pm to 3.30pm on Friday 17th May to Thursday 23rd May.

Children will have an opportunity to visit the Book Fair during class time next week.

Spelling Bee Champion

Congratulations to Mychaela McEvoy for participating in the Co. Down final of this year's Spelling Bee competition. She was well supported on the day by Sally Convery and Jasmine Groves.  The competition was really high and she represented the school really well. Well done Mychaela!

Girls Football

Congratulations to St Mary’s Girls Football Team who were joint winners of the EVO 7 aside football tournament league 2 following a score draw with Tandragee Primary school in the final at Cheney Park. The girls played extremely well. A special mention to Eimear Simpson who scored 6 goals in two games and to Emer Symth who had a great tournament.

A special mention for who had an excellent tournament. Thank you to Mrs Comiskey, Mr Kearney and Mr Devlin for coaching and accompanying the girls.

P3 Enrolment Service

The P3 Enrolment Service will take place in at St Thérèse on Wednesday 22nd May at 10.00am Mass. Parents are encouraged to attend.


Please continue to use St Therese’s car park to avoid congestion in Reilly Park.

Please use the drop off bays in the school.

Please do not drop off at the gate or zebra crossings or the entrance gate at this blocks access and is potentially dangerous.

Children can access both playgrounds from the bays. Supervision is in place from 8.45a.m. There is a set of steps next to the nursery which lead directly into the bottom playground. Children do not need to cross any roads or walk through the car park when using these steps.

On wet days children may enter their classrooms directly from 8.50am. P3 and P4 children may use the main entrance, there normal entrance, at this time. There will be no access before 8.50am.

Please note the school carpark is for staff parking only. There is no parking or waiting permitted at any time.

Please take extra car when crossing the Scarva Road. Please only cross when the lights indicate that it is safe to as children tend to follow adults at the crossing and at times do not check the lights.

School Certificates

Congratulations to Aidan Knipe, James McGivern, Liam Lynch, Rhys McConville, Viktorija Lorence-Liepa, Caitlin Grimes, Harvey Chapman, Tiara Gartland, Laochra Hill, Joseph Gribben, Ryan Cairns, Lexi McPolin, Precious Dolan, Blanaid Conlon and Mychaela McEvoy on being awarded a class certificate for good work and excellent behaviour during the week ending Friday 3rd May. Well done everyone!

Congratulations to Aimee Keeley-McDowell, Erin Corkery, Kara Casey, Marcus Kelly, Bobbi Clydesdale, Milo Quail, Gracie-Anne Grimes, Harry Eakins, Vanessa Reilly, Oisin Gartland, Ronin Devine, Filip Hoppe, Kayleigh-Ann Meara, Danny McPolin, Tyler McArdle and Bethany McDermott on being awarded a class certificate for good work and excellent behaviour during the week ending Friday 3rd May. Well done everyone!

Congratulations to Cathal Hill, Cora Malone, Kori McKinley, Tyler Kerr, Chloe Andrews, Owen Moles, Robert Lewinski, Caoimhe O’Rourke, James Quail, Jordan McNamara, Melissa Ross, Fynn Young-Brady, Maddie McDowell, Zara Martin, Kyran McChesney and Emily McKerr on being awarded a class certificate for good work and excellent behaviour during the week ending Friday 12th April. Well done everyone!

Congratulations to Olivia Fitzpatrick, Alana Hollywood, Conor Gribben, Jack Dyer, Cody McClay, Alice Udo, Harrison Smith, Kate McEvoy, Eoghan Cassody, Amelia Smith and Leon Jablonski on being awarded a class certificate for good work and excellent behaviour during the week ending Friday 12th April. Well done everyone!

School Menu

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