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Sunday 3 rdDecember: Light up Derrymore Event with Santa 6pm

Wednesday 6th December: Flu Vaccinations

Thursday 7th December: Christmas Dinner

Friday 8th December: Mass in Aghagallon for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (All pupils attending)

Sunday 10th December: Parish Carol Service*

Monday 11th December: P5 –P7 Christmas Show 7pm

Tuesday 12th December: P1/2 Christmas Show 1.15pm P3/4 Christmas Show 2pm

Tuesday 12th December: A small group of choir pupils to sing at the Cranagh Hall

Monday 18th December: Christmas Movie Night 6pm

Wednesday 20th December: P4 to P7 Pantomime SSE Arena, Belfast NO SCHOOL DINNERS AVAILABLE*

Thursday 21st December: School finishes at 12pm*



*The school choir will not be performing at the carol service this year as a new format is being tried out in the parish this year. All pupils and families are welcome to attend this special annual event.

*There will be no school meals service on Wednesday 20th December.

*School finishes at 12pm on Thursday 21st December. THERE WILL NOT BE A BUS OPERATING ON THIS DAY



The school currently operates a healthy eating policy. We depend entirely on parental support to ensure that the policy is effective. A considerable number of children are bringing chocolate bars and crisps into school. We would ask you to keep these treats for home and to send in healthier alternatives to school.

Please help us by not sending crisps into school!



A number of children suffer from serious nut allergies. Allergic reactions to nuts can be very serious and so we would ask parents to support us in safeguarding all our pupils against any unnecessary risks. Please do not send nuts or nut products to school, this includes Nutella and chocolate spread. The consequences can be extremely serious and can cause anaphylaxis shock which can cause risk to life!



Thank you to all parents who attended the recent parent meetings. We value this opportunity to communicate with parents and appreciate your support.



Thank you for your cooperation with the drop off and pick up system. The safety of our young people is of the utmost importance. Continue to use the system properly and ensure that all children have their seatbelts fastened before pulling out of the school.



  • The P5-7 Christmas Show this year will take place on Monday 11th December at 7pm.

  • Children are asked to arrive no earlier than 6.30

  • Due to increasing numbers in Foundation and key stage 1 we are going to stagger the performance times of their shows.

  • The P1 and 2 show will begin at 1.15 and the P3 and 4 show will begin at 2 pm.

    Please note the following arrangements:

  • P1/2 will be free to go home directly after their performance. They can be collected from the side door which leads on to the playground. This will facilitate the arrival of P3/4 parents and families.

  • However, if you have a child also performing in the P3/4 show we would ask you to leave your child with their teacher until the P3/4 performance is over.

  • There will not be enough room in the hall to accommodate P1 or P 2 children during the P 3/4 performance.

  • Children will all have the opportunity to watch brothers and sisters during dressed rehearsals in school.

  • P3/4 children will be free to go home after their performance at approx 2.30. Please note that all P3 children need to stay a little bit later on this day.

  • We thank you in advance for your cooperation with these arrangements.



    We are really looking forward to all our Christmas shows and rehearsals are well under way.

    There will be a raffle at each of our Christmas performances and so if anyone who would like to donate a prize for the raffle, these can be left in the office anytime. Thank you for your generosity.



    There appears to be a lot of sickness among our pupils at the minute. We would ask you to follow the Public Health Agency’s recommendations in relation to attendance at school following a bout of vomiting or diarrhoea. To avoid spreading the bug, it is recommended that a period of 48 hours passes before a child returns to school.


    Principal’s Message

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at St Mary’s for their continued hard work, support and cooperation. I value every single member of the team here and appreciate all that they do to make our school the best it can be!


    I would also like to thank all the pupils for their hard work, enthusiasm and excellent behaviour and I congratulate them on all their achievements to date.


    Finally, to the parents, families and friends of Derrymore, your support and encouragement for the work we do is very much valued and appreciated. We thank you for everything you continue to do for us and for our pupils.


    I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a peaceful and safe Christmas.


    Mrs Caitriona McAtarsney