Welcome to St Mary's Primary School's Website 
Thank you for visiting our website, we hope you like it. We aim to use our website to keep parent's, children, family and anyone who is interested, informed about what is happening at St Mary's Primary School, Derrymore. We will be keeping our website up to date with weekly events so keep coming back as there will probably be something new of interest to you! 
St Mary's Derrymore is situated on the South Eastern Shore of Lough Neagh. The part of Lough Neagh directly in front of the school is locally known as Johnny’s Bay. Directly across from that is “The Washing Bay” and Ardboe.  
 
To the back and left of the school is a large area of bog known locally as The Moss. Our catchment area therefore has traditionally been made up of commercial eel fishermen and farmers.  
 
The school, opened in 1969, has seen this traditional catchment remain and added to by those who work in a range of jobs and professions.  
 
The school has, as of September 2009, a purpose built pre-school playgroup open on its grounds. This group takes children from 2 years 9 months up to 4 years old. Over the years, it has proved to be an excellent educational asset in preparing children for formal schooling.  
 
This Week at St Mary's 
 
Monday - Football Training P5-P7 (3-4pm) 
Tuesday - Gaelic Coach P3 & P4. 
Wednesday - Swimming P6 & P7 
Thursday - Clarinet and Flute Tutor 
Friday - Violin Tutor 
 
 
THE SCHOOL CREST  
 
Our school is situated on the shores of Lough Neagh. It is famous for eel. Each year the eel journey to the Sargossa Sea and make the return journey up the River Bann. Our School Crest is symbolic:  
 
The Elvers - reminds us that we are here to guide the young on their quest for knowledge during seven very important years in their life.  
 
The Acorns - Derrymore means “Big Oak”. We are reminded that “Tall oaks from little acorns grow.”  
 
The Great Crested Grebe - is an annual migrant. It’s coming serves to remind us of the changing seasons, of eternity and of the eternal values to which we are all committed.  
 
The Motto “To Seek, To Strive, To Learn” - reminds us that our lives and our actions modelled on those of Christ are sure means of leading others to him. It is a constant reminder of the promise of Christ to his followers “He that shall do and teach shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:9).  
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