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St Mary'sPrimary School

Monthly Bulletin

May 2017


REMINDER: School will be closed for pupils on 29th, 30th and 31st May


First Communion and Choir Members

Best wishes to our P4s who will make their First Holy Communion on Sunday 7th May

at 11am. We are looking forward to celebrating this special event with you.


All choir members are asked to attend in school uniform as their contribution really adds

to this special occasion. Please complete the attached slip confirming your attendance.


Belfast Marathon

A huge thank you to all of you who supported our team in the Belfast marathon. Eleven members of staff participated in the event to raise money for Marie Curie, a charity which helped our former principal Mr Frank MCorry RIP. It was a lovely way to honour his memory on the first anniversary of his death. We have met our target of £1000 and are hoping to exceed the £2000 mark. Donations can still be made up until Friday 12th May.

A special thank you to Hannon Coach who transported the team to and from the marathon and to Steve Foster at KIT who supplied the team with their team tops.



Just before the Easter holidays I issued a letter about the monitoring inspection which had taken place in February. The inspection report was posted on the ETI website at the beginning of April but was then removed so that an amendment could be made. The updated report has still not been published but I am delighted to say that the amendment places our school in an even more positive light! As soon as the report becomes available, I will let parents know.


Fashion Show

Our PTA group have organised a fashion show for Friday 19th May. This promises to be a great night of fun and fashion with our lovely local models! Tickets will go on sale shortly for £10 This covers your entry, drinks on arrival, tea, coffee, a light supper, some freebies and entry into a fabulous raffle. Please support this event as money raised will be used to benefit your children.


Voluntary Contributions

We are now asking for the term 3 voluntary contributions to cover the cost of IXL, Spanish and other additional extras.

£10 per child

£15 for family of 2 children

£20 for 3 or more.


New Mobile

I am delighted to say that work is almost complete on our new mobile classroom. We hope to have the mobile in use for our P3 class before the end of this school year. When it is ready for use, we will invite you all for a little look around! It was Mr McCorry RIP, who initially put in the application for the mobile and we are delighted that all his efforts have paid off!

We are currently waiting to hear if applications with DE for office space, storage, additional toilets and refurbishment of current toilet facilities have been approved. It is now the plan to make applications to have all the mobiles updated/replaced.


Non Uniform Days

We plan to have 2 non uniform days this term- the first is for Marie Curie and the second for school funds.

Pupils are asked to bring £1 on each day

Day 1- Friday 12th May

Day 2- Friday 2nd June

Smartie Tubes

We are in the process of buying new Maths Text books for all classes in school. We are hoping to fund the purchase of the books through this Smartie Tube appeal. We would ask each family to try to return a tube full of 20p coins by Friday 16th June. Your support is greatly appreciated.


P1 Induction Day

The P1 induction day for new primary 1 pupils will take place on Friday 16th June.

In order to facilitate this, our current P1s will finish school at 12pm on that day.


Sports Day

Sports day will take place on Monday 5th June (weather permitting).

This year all P1 – P7 events will run at the same time. The races will begin at 9.45 and will end at 12pm. All pupils will have finished their events by 12pm. Pupils should come to school in their PE kits on this day. A snack will be provided for all pupils on this day.


More Dates for your Diary

5th May: Football Blitz Magheralin

7th May: First Communion

8th – 10th May: School Nurse for P1

12th May: Non Uniform Day

19th May: Football Blitz Lurgan Model

19th May: Fashion Show

22nd – 26th May: GL testing week P3 –P7

26th May: Football Blitz Derrytrasna

29th/30th/31st May: SCHOOL CLOSED FOR PUPILS

1st June: P6 STEM Event St Ronan’s

5th June: Sports Day

7th June: P1/2 Trip Armagh Planetarium

9th June: PTA Pub Quiz: The Gate

16th June: P1 Induction Day

21st June: Gathering Drums Workshops


To be confirmed:

P4-P7 Trip

P7 Day of Celebration