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    Welcome to St. Mary's Grammar School, Magherafelt

    Principal's Address

    As Principal of St. Mary’s Grammar School, I am pleased to welcome you to our website. Whatever your interest in St. Mary’s may be, I do hope that you will find our website informative and that it will provide you with an insight into the diversity and richness of the St. Mary’s experience. As you browse these pages, I trust that you will appreciate our passion for learning and our commitment to working with young people to inspire excellence and fulfil potential.

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    Latest News

    CHEMISTRY CAMBRIDGE CHALLENGE COMPETITION

    Posted on 19 Sep 2014 | News

    Congratulations to those students who were successful in the Cambridge Challenge Competition. Emma McKay, Roshan O’Donnell and Conor O’Kane received the Silver Award; Leonie Devlin received the Copper Award; and Keeva Madden was highly commended. This competition organised by Cambridge University consists of a ninety minute written examination and it aims to stretch and challenge students in all aspects of A-Level Chemistry.

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    SEBASTIAN RECEIVES 80TH ANNIVERSARY CUP

    Posted on 17 Sep 2014 | News

    Congratulations to Sebastian Krzyzak, the recipient of the 80th Anniversary Cup.This 80th Anniversary Cup was presented to Sebastian by the staff of St Mary’s for his contribution to the community spirit of the school.

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    CHLOE IS THE FIRST RECIPIENT OF MARGARET MOONEY AWARD

    Posted on 17 Sep 2014 | News

    Congratulations to Chloe Rocks, the recipient of the Margaret Mooney Cup. This cup was presented by Mr Seamus Mooney, on behalf of the staff of St Mary’s, to Chloe as the Year 13 student who has, in the opinion of teachers, most consistently shown care, compassion and consideration to other pupils

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    CIARA RECEIVES 75TH ANNIVERSARY CUP

    Posted on 17 Sep 2014 | News

    Congratulations to Ciara Sargent, the recipient of the 75th Anniversary Cup.This 75th Anniversary Cup was presented to Ciara by the staff of St Mary’s for her contribution to the community spirit of the school.

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    GRACE AND PATSY RECEIVE THE JOANNE MCCONVILLE AWARD

    Posted on 17 Sep 2014 | News

    Congratulations to Grace McKenna and Patsy Walls, the recipients of the Joanne McConville Year 12 Awards.These two trophies, presented by the McConville Family in memory of Joanne, were awarded to Year 12 pupils Grace and Patsy, who in the opinion of teachers, most consistently displayed kindness, consideration and friendship to other pupils in the year group.

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    ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

    Posted on 17 Sep 2014 | News

    The Annual Awards Ceremony took place on Tuesday 16th September at St Mary’s and had as its theme, ‘Dreams are for coming true’. Dr. Sam McGuiness, Head of the School of Education at University of Ulster, was our guest speaker. Dr. McGuiness inspired us all with his uplifting address.

    He is pictured with some members of the Board of Governors, including Monsignor O’Byrne, Mr McKee, Dr. Hutchinson, Mr Dace, Mrs Carr and our Head Girl and Boy, Aoife and Rory.

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    GCSE ART SUCCESS 2014

    Posted on 17 Sep 2014 | News

    ​Congratulations to Gabriela Kacprzyk who attained full marks in GCSE Art and Design summer 2014. 

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    MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (25-29 NOVEMBER 2014) TICKETS ON SALE NOW

    Posted on 16 Sep 2014 | News

    “Just picture the opening night” as the pupils and staff of St. Mary’s Grammar School continue the tradition of producing quality musicals with Meet Me in St.LouisBased on The Kensington Stories by Sally Benson and the 1944 MGM motion picture, Meet Me in St. Louis is “a rare treasure” and “a show that sparkles with optimism and good tunes.”

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    MUSICAL YOUTH

    Posted on 15 Sep 2014 | News

    Senior traditional musicians, ‘Coiriu’, performed at the annual ‘Music For Youth’ Festival in Birmingham in July.. ‘Coiriu’ performed in one of the UK’s prestigious concert venues, Symphony Hall. Adjudicators gave feedback to each group. They commented especially on the professionalism of ‘Coiriu’ and their excellent ensemble skills. They received a certificate of achievement for their excellent performance practice. On returning to school in August, Miss Donnelly received an exciting phone call, inviting the group to perform in the Albert Hall in the Schools’ Proms. The group will travel to London on the 10 November for what is sure to be an opportunity of a lifetime!

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    ST MARY’S FORMAL

    Posted on 12 Sep 2014 | News

    St Mary’sYear 14 Formal will be held in the Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena on Friday 19 September. We look forward to marking this important milestone with our sixth formers and we hope they have a wonderful night to remember.  Watch out for the photographs!

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    SENIOR PRIZE-GIVING

    Posted on 12 Sep 2014 | News

    St Mary’s will be holding their Annual Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 16 September 2014 at 7.30pm. We are delighted to welcome Dr Sam McGuiness, Head of Education at University of Ulster, as our guest of honour. We look forward to celebrating the wonderful achievements with our pupils and their families.

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    PERFECT PREFECTS

    Posted on 12 Sep 2014 | News

    On Friday 4 September, Year 14 prefects in St Mary’s Grammar School received training with professional staff from YMCA. The training was to introduce the peer and subject mentors to the idea of ‘coaching’ as a strategy to help someone to get the very best performance out of themselves – the potential for which was already there.

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    STEPS TO SUCCESS

    Posted on 12 Sep 2014 | News

    On 3 September, Year 14 students in St Mary’s Grammar School took part in a workshop entitled ‘5 Steps to Exam Success’, delivered by Amazing Brains staff. They informed Year 14 pupils, that usually stressful exam scenarios can become very rewarding and even enjoyable! By the end of the half-day seminar, students felt they had adopted the skills, competencies and mindset required for exam success.

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    CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS

    Posted on 12 Sep 2014 | News

    Are you a successful volunteer?

    The brand new PRAmerica ‘Spirit of Community Award 2015’ is now being launched. All pupils at St Mary’s who volunteer in school or in their community (or a mixture of both) can apply for this award via the school. Interested?  Visit the web address below  http://spirit.pramerica.ie/

    Need more information or help in filling in your application? See Your Head of Year

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    IRISH JUNIOR OPEN CHAMPION 2014

    Posted on 12 Sep 2014 | News

    Year 14 pupil in St Mary’s Grammar school, competed in the Junior Open Championship in Killymoon in August 2014. He is a member of Kilrea Golf Club where he has played for seven years. More than two hundred competitors took part in the prestigious event which was endorsed by professional golfers Darren Clarke Shane Lowry and Justin Rose. Liam was delighted to be named the Irish Junior Open Champion.

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    COMMONWEALTH GAMES SUMMER 2014

    Posted on 12 Sep 2014 | News

    A group of fifty pupils and staff recently travelled to Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games. Mr McElholm, takes up the story: “We visited Ibrox stadium for rugby 7’s; saw badminton and squash at the new racquet centre; experienced swimming, hockey, gymnastics; and, a lucky few got to see the men’s 100m heats and 10,000m final in the athletics at Hampden Park. We had a fantastic time at this global sporting event and the buzz in Glasgow is something that our pupils will never forget. Plans are already underway to further develop the project as we plan visits to the Rugby World Cup and European Soccer Championship Finals.”

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    MUSICAL YOUTH

    Posted on 12 Sep 2014 | News

    Senior traditional musicians, ‘Coiriu’, performed at the annual ‘Music For Youth’Festival in Birmingham in July.. ‘Coiriu’ performed in one of the UK’s prestigious concert venues, Symphony Hall. Adjudicators gave feedback to each group. They commented especially on the professionalism of ‘Coiriu’ and their excellent ensemble skills. They received a certificate of achievement for their excellent performance practice. On returning to school in August, Miss Donnelly received an exciting phone call, inviting the group to perform in the Albert Hall in the Schools’ Proms. The group will travel to London on the 10 November for what is sure to be an opportunity of a lifetime!

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    QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST SCHOLAR AWARD 2014

    Posted on 10 Sep 2014 | News

    Congratulations to former Head Girl Bronagh McGuckin, who is the recipient of a very prestigious scholarship. The Queen’s Scholars’ competition offers ten full fee Scholarships for students from schools in Northern Ireland and is designed to reward academic achievement and recognise wider social and community contributions including sports, music and the arts, business and enterprise and the community. Queen’s Scholars are expected to have notable achievements outside academic life and are able to demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills to match their desires and ambitions for the future. Bronagh, who is going to Queen’s University to study Dentistry, was one of only ten successful students from throughout Northern Ireland to receive the scholarship.

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    TRANSFER TEST

    Posted on 01 Sep 2014 | News

    The GL Familiarisation morning takes place in St Mary’s tomorrow morning. Mrs Gillespie will give a presentation at 9.30am and the same presentation at 11.00am. The presentation will inform
    parents/guardians and the children of registration and key dates, practical arrangements for the test, specification and sample questions, special access and consideration. This is the same presentation Mrs Gillespie gave in June. Two rooms will be laid out as they will be for the test so that the children can see the sort of room they will sit the test in. Completed application forms can be handed in. These should contain the child’s photograph and the original birth certificate should also be enclosed. Application packs will be available for those who need one. Parents/Guardians and children may drop in at any stage during the morning just to see the rooms and then leave. The morning ends at 12.00.

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    GCSE SUCCESS

    Posted on 27 Aug 2014 | News

    The Principal of St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has described the 2014 GCSE examination results as “truly outstanding”. Mrs Gillespie reported that a staggering 99% of students achieved 7 grades at A*-C, including English and Mathematics, and 100% of students achieved 5 grades at A*-C. Impressively, 60% of all grades were A*/A.

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    A LEVEL SUCCESS - CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2014

    Posted on 15 Aug 2014 | News

    A Level students from St. Mary’s Grammar School have cause for celebration this week following the publication of this year’s examination results.  An impressive 96% of all examinations taken by students in the school resulted in A* to C grades.  Commenting on the results, Mrs Gillespie paid tribute to students, staff and parents: 

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    YEAR 8 HURLING BLITZ

    Posted on 30 Jun 2014 | News

    The annual Ulster Colleges Hurling blitz took place at Woodlands playing fields, Belfast on Friday 13 June. In the first match, St Mary’s drew with a strong Keady side before being narrowly beaten by Rathmore in the final group game. St Mary’s then played St Malachy’s, Belfast in a challenge match to end a very successful and enjoyable day. Thanks to accompanying teachers Mr Brady and Mr Kalla.

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    DUKE OF EDINBURGH - BRONZE AWARD

    Posted on 27 Jun 2014 | News

    The Grand Old Duke…

    On Friday 6 June, twenty four Year 11 pupils began their practice expedition for their Bronze Award in the Antrim Hills. After an overnight camp in Glenariff Forest, pupils completed their practice expedition on a very wet and miserable day. Mr Tracey, one of the leaders, explained: “We were glad when we returned on Friday 13 June to complete the qualifying expedition as a better weather forecast was in sight. All pupils successfully completed their qualifying expedition on Saturday 14 June and will now focus on completing their Volunteering, Skills and Physical sections of the Bronze Award. Fellow leader Mrs Johnston and I would like to say a massive thank-you to Mr Francis and Mr McCann who accompanied us on the expeditions. Well done to all Year 11 pupils involved!”

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    TALKING RUBBISH

    Posted on 25 Jun 2014 | News

    Fifty one Year 11 Muiredach Award pupils organised a series of one period litter picks with Year 9 classes from Tuesday 17 June – Monday 23 June. Each year 9 class was supervised by 3 or 4 Muiredach pupils. Each day some litter was collected but not huge amounts, testimony to the ongoing litter awareness work being done in the school.

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    SPORTS DAY

    Posted on 25 Jun 2014 | News

    The sun shone and students glistened on our annual Sports day. Keen athletes competed in many events and then at lunch time House activities ensured that everyone could get involved.

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    LEND ME YOUR EAR

    Posted on 25 Jun 2014 | News

    Congratulations to some members of staff who undertook additional training as part of their Continuing Profession Development, namely Listening Ear training. They achieved certificates from Open Network College for: Cancer Awareness and Understanding Human Behaviour in Relationships.

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    STEPPING OUT

    Posted on 25 Jun 2014 | News

    On Friday 6 June all Year 9 pupils took part in the annual sponsored walk for Action MS.  The pupils, accompanied by their Form Teachers and the Action MS team, walked from the school to the track at Meadowbank Sports Arena where they walked numerous laps of the track. The Year 9 pupils deserve tremendous credit for raising the grand total of £3,612.46. A representative from the charity visited the school on Tuesday 24 June to receive the cheque and give each of the participating pupils a certificate.

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    INSPIRE>ASPIRE COMPETITION

    Posted on 25 Jun 2014 | News

    Head of Year 9, Mr Brady, entered all Year 9 pupils in the annual Inspire>aspire Global citizens in the Making poster competition. He explained, “This was a national competition throughout Northern Ireland where pupils were asked to create a poster to celebrate the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. It provided pupils with an opportunity for self-discovery and personal development, 

    enabling them to think about what is important in life and about the values and qualities they will need to make a success of their own future. The successful St Mary’s students were: Anna Ledgewood, Roise Pelan, Samantha McCarron, Catriona McCoy and Aine Atchison

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    CONGRATULATIONS TO YEAR 8 GIRLS’ CAMOGS

    Posted on 13 Jun 2014 | News

    Congratulations to Year 8 Girls’ Camogs who competed in the Ulster Final. They showed great team spirit, skill and the Year 8 pupils who were witness to the final enjoyed the thrilling, talented display. Mrs Anderson, Head of Year 8, offered her congratulations to the team and paid tribute to their coach, Miss Cathy Carey.

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    ULSTER TITLE WINNERS

    Posted on 11 Jun 2014 | News

    Congratulations to Year 8 boys who demonstrated skill, tenacity and determination to lift the coveted Martin O’Farrell Cup (the first time since 2000) in the Ulster Final. They are deserving winners of the Ulster title!

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    TOP OF THEIR GAME!

    Posted on 06 Jun 2014 | News

    Congratulations to Year 9 students, Sean Graham, Kevin Diamond, Cormac Devlin and Dominic O’Connor on recent success in sport:

    Sean Graham – Sean has been selected as a member of the Northern Ireland U14 elite soccer squad. He is also a member of the Tyrone U15 Milk Cup squad and will take part in the Milk Cup at the end of July.

    Kevin Diamond   - Kevin recently came 1st in the British Nationals Karate Championships (improving on 2nd place last year) at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on 2 May 2014. He is also the 2014 Liverpool Youth Champion.

    Cormac Devlin and Dominic O’Connor  – Both pupils were members of the successful Randalstown RFC team who won the Ulster U13 Cup final at Ravenhill in May. They beat Clogher Valley RFC in the final on a score line of 37 v 5.

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    YEAR 8 AND 9 PUPILS ATTEND HURLING COACHING DAY

    Posted on 06 Jun 2014 | News

    Twenty one Year 8 and 9 pupils from St Mary’s Grammar School attended a Year 8 and 9 Hurling coaching day on Thursday 5 June at Owenbeg. The event was organised by Derry GAA and was attended by many of the local schools. On the morning of the coaching day, all the pupils were split up into various groups and got to work with some of the top coaches from the Ulster council.  After lunch, the players were once again split up into six different teams and played a ‘mini All-Ireland’. The day was of great benefit to all who attended, pupils and teachers alike.

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    COMPANY MATTERS

    Posted on 29 May 2014 | News

    The Year 11 GCSE Business Studies group set up a business and decided that a football jersey could be profitable and enjoyable to design and promote. This resulted in a significant number of sales and provided invaluable experience of some of the issues involved in running a business. At the end of the process, the company donated £300 to the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. 

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    TAKING TO THE STAGE

    Posted on 28 May 2014 | News

    Pupils in the Drama Department demonstrated their own skills in a range of performance work.  In February, Year 13 students presented An Evening of Monologues and Duologues.  In March, Year 12 Drama pupils performed plays such as Dancing at Lughnasa, Be My Baby, Lay Up Your Ends and Of Mice and Men while A2 Theatre Studies students presented devised dramas entitled Still I Rise and Through the Loopy Glass.  In April, Year 12 Performing Arts students presented their showcase performance entitled For Peace Comes Dropping Slow and, in May, AS Theatre Studies students performed the comedy-drama, Steel Magnolias.  For images of Drama Department visits, workshops and performances, please visit the Media Galleries section of the St Mary’s website.  

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    PUTTING ON A PERFORMANCE!

    Posted on 28 May 2014 | News

    In April, the children’s theatre company, Cahoots NI, visited St Mary’s to present its new production, I Predict, to Year 10 pupils.  Also in April,  Simon Goldrick and a film crew from NI Opera came to St Mary’s to interview Year 11 pupils about their experience of and attitude towards Opera as a performance genre as part of a documentary being made by the company about Opera in Northern Ireland and the UK.

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    ALWAYS A DRAMA!

    Posted on 28 May 2014 | News

    As usual, it has been a very busy few months in the Drama Department. In February, Year 11 and Year 12 pupils travelled to the Lyric Theatre, Belfast to see a production of Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come!  Also in February, Year 11 – Year 14 pupils attended an Opera Workshop facilitated by NI Opera in the Europa Hotel, Belfast before attending the NI Opera production of Verdi’s Macbeth in the Grand Opera House.  Year 11 pupils were back in the Grand Opera House in March to take part in a Creative Choices careers event which gave them the opportunity to participate in workshops exploring aspects of theatre such as costume, lighting, sound, stage management and marketing.  

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    AMONG THE STARS

    Posted on 26 May 2014 | News

    Congratulations to Year 9 students Joe O’Hagan and Katie Walker -and their nominating teacher, Mr J McElholm- on being Highly Commended at this year’s Sky Sports Living for Sport Awards. It is a fantastic achievement for them both! They received their prize in London and are seen pictured with David Beckham and Jessica Ennis.

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    SWEET THINGS!

    Posted on 19 May 2014 | News

    On Friday 16 May 2014 the Kitchen Staff of Café Bordeaux held a Bakery Demonstration. The buns were later donated to St. Vincent de Paul for their fundraiser which was held in Magherafelt Parish Centre on Saturday 17 May.

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    SCIENCE MATTERS!

    Posted on 16 May 2014 | NewsAwards

    Year 14 students took part in the British Chemistry Olympiad Competition 2014. Congratulations to Fintan Devine, Aaron Leung, Bronagh McGuckin, Katie McKee and Patrick Kielt who achieved Silver awards and to Conor McPeake who achieved a Bronze award. Other pupils participated at a very pleasing standard: Eimer McGuckian, Frances Carmichael, James Carey, Kay McAlary, Andrew Sweeney, Claire Totten, Emma Glenn and Kerri Burke. 

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    MINDS ON PHYSICS

    Posted on 16 May 2014 | News

    Twenty Year 12 pupils recently took part in the British Olympiad GCSE Physics Challenge, a prestigious competition organised by the University of Oxford. Pupils answered a one hour paper consisting of stimulating questions which tested their understanding and problem-solving skills in answering real-life Physics problems. Six pupils were particularly successful, receiving Bronze Awards (Emma Quinn, Eoghan McDonald, Paul McCarron, Hugh O’Donnell, Mark Friel and Aoife McErlane) and fourteen pupils received Commendation Awards. Thirteen Year 13 Physics pupils took part in this year’s British Physics Olympiad AS Challenge. All pupils performed very well in the competition with 12 pupils achieving a Commendation Award. Roshan O’Donnell did exceptionally well and achieved a Bronze Award.   

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    AMAZING FEAT!

    Posted on 15 May 2014 | News

    On Bank Holiday Monday, thirty two Year 14 students went to Belfast with Mrs McGee, Head of Year 14, to take part in the Belfast Marathon. Twenty five students took part in the relay event in teams of five and the rest took part in the fun run. The money raised will be divided equally between the two charities nominated by the students: the Donal Walsh Foundation and Alzheimer’s Society. Mrs McGee summed up the day, “I am so proud of these young people who, despite the pressure of impending A level exams, thought of others and put themselves out for these good causes.”

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    LAB COATS & BREAKING BAD

    Posted on 15 May 2014 | News

    Year 13 students Keeva Madden, Paula O’Neill and Alisha Toner were recently awarded “Highly Commended” by the Institute of Chemistry, Ireland for a chemistry newsletter they wrote entitled “Chemistry-Is it just lab coats & Breaking Bad?” The school was one of only two schools in Ireland to receive this accolade.  The theme of the competition this year was “Teenagers’ perceptions of Chemistry”. 

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    WELL MATCHED!

    Posted on 09 May 2014 | News

    Congratulations to our Brock team who played Abbey CBS in the Brock Shield final at Sherry’s field in Armagh on Tuesday 6th May. The poor weather conditions failed to dampen the players’ spirits and the game was played at a frantic pace from the first whistle. We won on a score line of 1-19 (22) v 4-8 (20).

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    GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM!

    Posted on 08 May 2014 | NewsAwards

    Congratulations to Year 14 student Fintan Devine who has been selected to represent Ireland at the International Chemistry Olympiad in Hanoi, Vietnam in July. Head of Chemistry, Mrs A McGuckin, offered her sincere congratulations to Fintan on his exemplary achievement and paid tribute to his teacher Ms T Mullan, who gave expert guidance in preparing Fintan for such a demanding but prestigious competition.

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    WELL SPOKEN!

    Posted on 07 May 2014 | News

    Congratulations to Year 13 students Shannon Donnelly, Caitlin McCann, Aine McErlean and Catherine Devlin who gained Grade 6 (Bronze Medal) with Distinction from New Era Academy of Speech and Drama. The girls were prepared for the examination by Mrs AM Anderson during their free time.

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    ALL THE RIGHT NOTES

    Posted on 06 May 2014 | News

    Head of Music in St Mary’s Grammar School, Miss Una Donnelly, expressed her delight at the students’ recent successes in ABRSM and Trinity Music Examinations, many of whom gained a Merit or Distinction. Congratulations to: Eireann McCusker, Catherine Skelly and Caoimhe O’Kane who achieved Grade 3;  Orla McGurk, Ellen O’Connor, Mary Lagan, Molly McAllister, Lorcan Darragh, Aidan McCloskey and Emma Dace who achieved Grade 4; and, Nicole Clerkin and Faoiltiarna Burke who achieved Grade 5 .      

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    SKY SPORTS STARS!

    Posted on 06 May 2014 | NewsAwards

    Congratulations to Year 9 students Joe O’Hagan and Katie Walker who have been successful in the Sky Sports Living for Sports Awards. They will be presented with their awards by David Beckham and Jessica Ennis at Sky Studios, London on Tuesday 20th May 2014.

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    LEAPING FOR LEPRA

    Posted on 06 May 2014 | NewsGeneral

    On Friday 2nd May 2014, all Year 10 students participated in an aerobic session to raise funds for LEPRA. Thanks to Mrs Audrey Heslip from LEPRA and to Miss McAllister, Head of Year 10, and all Year 11 form teachers for organizing the event.

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    NET SUCCESS

    Posted on 30 Apr 2014 | News

    On Tuesday 29 April, Year 9 girls took part in a netball tournament hosted by Dunluce College, Bushmills.  St Mary’s played Cross and Passion, Ballycastle, St. Louis’, Ballymena and then the hosts Dunluce College. Overall the girls finished second in the tournament with Jane Young justly being awarded Player of the Tournament.

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    EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE!

    Posted on 29 Apr 2014 | News

    ​Congratulations to some of our Year 13 and Year 14 pupils who were commissioned as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in Magherafelt Chapel on Holy Thursday evening, during the Mass which was celebrated by Monsignor O’Byrne. Through the JPII Award, the girls had expressed a strong interest and desire to become EMHC in their own Parishes and were prepared over many weeks by Damien Quigley, a Seminarian from Maynooth. We are very proud of them!

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    BBC NEWS REPORT

    Posted on 29 Apr 2014 | News

    St. Mary’s pupils were delighted to take part in the BBC School News Report on the 27th March 2014; this project gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience. It is a collaborative project run by BBC News and BBC Learning. Teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters. In March, schools take part in an annual News Day, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports, and publishing them on a school website, to which the BBC aims to link. Pupils from year eight, year ten and year twelve were involved, the project proved to be a great success. Click on the following link to read the BBC News Report letter.

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    HAPPY READING!

    Posted on 29 Apr 2014 | News

    Some of the money raised from the World Book Day- where staff and pupils in St Mary’s Grammar School were encouraged to dress up as literary characters- was sent to Book Aid. Every £2.00 raised enables Book Aid to send a book (to libraries, universities, refugee camps, hospitals and prisons) that will be read by at least 5 people.

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    MAKING AN INFORMED CHOICE

    Posted on 29 Apr 2014 | News

    Year 12 students attended an information talk about the courses available to them through NRC – such as BTEC Level 3 Childcare, Health & Social Care, Engineering, ICT, Business and Construction. Students were given the opportunity to learn more about their specific course choices and learnt how a Further Education college works.  

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    ST. MARY’S EASTER SCHOOL

    Posted on 17 Apr 2014 | News

    ​St. Mary’s Easter school will be running from Wednesday 23rd-Friday 25th April 2014 for Years 12, 13 and 14. Click on the following link to view the Easter School Schedule.

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    HEALTHY OPTIONS

    Posted on 17 Apr 2014 | News

    The Magherafelt Learning Partnership (MLP), thanks to the Big Lottery ‘Living and Learning Together’ Project, recently held a ‘Health Fair’ in St Mary’s Grammar School which was attended by Year 10 pupils.  

    To view our photo gallery please click here: Health Fair 

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    SPRING WAS IN THE AIR

    Posted on 17 Apr 2014 | News

    St Mary’s recently held the Annual Spring Concert which was a feast for the eyes and ears, such was the breadth and diversity of the acts who entertained and enthralled. Principal Mrs D Gillespie paid tribute to all who had made the night a musical success.

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    YEAR 11 GEOGRAPHY TRIP TO NEWCASTLE, CO. DOWN

    Posted on 16 Apr 2014 | GeneralNews

    Year 11 Geography students recently visited Newcastle, Co. Down to investigate the strategies used to manage an area of the coast affected by coastal erosion. The students engaged in and enjoyed a most worthwhile learning experience.

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    MAGHERAFELT INTER-SCHOOLS’ ATHLETICS COMPETITION

    Posted on 15 Apr 2014 | News

    Congratulations to the pupils who were placed in their respective events in the Magherafelt Inter-schools’ Athletics competition at Meadowbank Sports arena Aidan McCluskey – 1st 800m, Dominic O’Connor – 1st Shot Put; Emmett Murray 2nd 800m; Cathoir Purvis 3rd 800m; U13 Boys 4x100m Relay – 2nd; Guiseppi Lupari – 2nd Long Jump; U14 Boys 4x100m Relay – 2nd; Keeva Neely – 2nd 100m; U13 Girls  4x100m Relay -3rd; Aishlinn Craig – 1st 100m; Anna Martin – 2nd 800m; and U14 Girls  4x100m Relay – 1st

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    REPORT FROM MISS DONNELLY

    Posted on 15 Apr 2014 | News

    This was a great year in both camogie and football with 7 players in total receiving Ulster Colleges’ All Stars – 2 awarded in football to Hannah Lydon and Kayleigh O’Neill and a remarkable 5 awards in camogie to Aine McAllister, Jackie Donnelly, Meaghan Diamond, Kirsty McLeod and Nicole Clerkin

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    FAITH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

    Posted on 15 Apr 2014 | GeneralNews

    Damien Quigley, a Seminarian from Maynooth, spent time with the pupils from St Mary’s Grammar School participating in their Faith Development Programme. We will miss him for his warmth and wisdom and will remember him in our prayers.

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    ACTIVE LEADERSHIP

    Posted on 14 Apr 2014 | News

    We recently ran our Asda Active Event with our Year 13 Sports Leaders who officiated at and helped organise the event. More than 200 children (representing 11 of our feeder primary schools) successfully participated in our Cross Country Championships. Shaunagh, from ASDA in Cookstown, provided water and fruit for all our participants and the refreshments were really well received. 

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    CAMOGIE BLITZ

    Posted on 14 Apr 2014 | News

    St Mary’s recently hosted a Year 8 camogie blitz and competed against St Louis, Ballymena and Sacred Heart, Newry. The girls did exceptionally well and have qualified for the ‘A’ section of the semi finals which will be held as another blitz day on Thursday 1st May. We wish them continuing success!

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    KICKHAM’S CREGGAN

    Posted on 14 Apr 2014 | News

    Junior Club All Ireland Club champions…with lots of Drama on and off the pitch to FINALLY secure victory. Well done to James Carey, Conleth McGrenaghan, Kevin Rice, Donal Carey and the now infamous Conor Small.

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    MEET ME IN…ST MARY’S

    Posted on 11 Apr 2014 | News

    St Mary’s PTA held a Sponsored Walk on Friday 11 April. The funds raised will go towards the School Musical fund. St Mary’s will present the family favourite Meet Me in St Louis in November 2014.  All those already cast in the Musical joined in the walk. 

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    BROCK SHIELD COMPETITION

    Posted on 08 Apr 2014 | NewsGeneral

    Our boys recently played local rivals St Pius X College at Rossa Park. St. Mary’s were the eventual winners on a score line of 2:13 v 2:11. The St Mary’s scorers were: Declan Cassidy 1.4, Tiarnach Donaghy 1.0, Kevin Small 0.5, Matthew Loughran 0.1, Kealan McCann 0.1, Odhran Devlin 0.1 and James Crawford 0.1. The boys now progress to the semi final where they will play St Mary’s CBGS, Belfast.

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    SIANSA: ALL IRELAND WINNERS

    Posted on 07 Apr 2014 | NewsGeneral

    Congratulations to our senior traditional players who competed in the All Ireland Final of the Siansa competition.  Head of Music, Miss U Donnelly said: “There were 8 groups in the final, which was held in the National Concert Hall and our group came 3rd, winning 750 euros.  Their performance was exceptional and was broadcast live on Radio na Gaeltachta.  It will also be broadcast on TG4 on 23rd April.”

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    CHARGED AND READY FOR BUSINESS

    Posted on 04 Apr 2014 | NewsGeneral

    Head of Business Studies and Economics in St Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt, Mrs Marion McKeever, expressed her delight at the pupils’ recent success in the very prestigious Young Enterprise competition having won Best Social Enterprise company. In addition, the Chairman of the judging panel awarded the group a ‘highly commended’ accolade and named them runner up in the Overall competition. 

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    N. IRELAND YOUNG AMBASSADOR CONFERENCE

    Posted on 04 Apr 2014 | NewsGeneral

    Niamh McGarry, Niamh Quinn, Paula O’Neill, Diarmuid Logan, Dominic Quinn and Conor McCluskey attended the N. Ireland Young Ambassador Conference in UUJ organised by the Youth Sport Trust. The first 4 pupils addressed the conference about their Olympic/Commonwealth Games experiences.

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    KEEPING WELL VAN

    Posted on 03 Apr 2014 | NewsGeneral

    The staff of St Mary’s recently had the opportunity to visit a Cancer Focus Keeping Well van which was located in school for 4 days. Mr Dunlop, Vice principal and co-ordinator of the Health and Wellbeing Committee, had made the necessary arrangements.

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    CAMOGIE BLITZ

    Posted on 02 Apr 2014 | News

    The Year 8 Class camogie blitz finished with a great final between 8B and 8D. Both teams were unbeaten throughout the early stages of the tournament.  8D finished up beating 8B by a few goals but both teams put in a fantastic effort until the final whistle.  

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    ARTWORK OF THE WEEK

    Posted on 01 Apr 2014 | News

    ​Spring-Time Song by Sarah McCann 13PBR

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    RIVER STUDY 2014

    Posted on 28 Mar 2014 | News

    Year 13 students took part in river fieldwork to Crawfordsburn Country Park to study the changes downstream along the Crawford’s Burn as part of their AS Geography course.

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    FAITHFUL FOLLOWERS

    Posted on 28 Mar 2014 | News

    On Wednesday 26 March 2014, sixty four students from St Mary’s Grammar School, attended and participated in the annual Diocesan Faith Awards ceremony in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.

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    GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

    Posted on 28 Mar 2014 | News

    Paralympic double gold medallist Michael McKillop visited St Mary’s Grammar School on Thursday 27th March.  View our photo album by clicking here: Michael McKillop visits St. Mary’s

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    HITTING ALL THE RIGHT NOTES

    Posted on 28 Mar 2014 | News

    Hugh-Roe O’Donnell, a Year 12 pupil in St Mary’s Grammar School, recently returned from a trip of a lifetime to Abu Dhabi playing the viola as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.  

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    BBC SCHOOL REPORT

    Posted on 27 Mar 2014 | News

    To view our BBC School Reports page click on the following link: BBC School Report

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    GCSE TOP CANDIDATE

    Posted on 27 Mar 2014 | News

    Niamh McGarry receiving an award for being Top Candidate (GCSE Physical Education) in Northern Ireland at the CCEA Awarding Excellence ceremony held in The Stormont Hotel on Wednesday 26 March 2014.

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    CATHY CAREY SUMS UP JUNIOR AND SENIOR CAMOGIE SUCCESSES THIS YEAR….

    Posted on 27 Mar 2014 | News

    Junior Camogie 2013/14

    The junior camogie team began their season with a tough encounter with Cross and Passion, Ballycastle which saw the girls set down a marker for the incoming season winning by 7 points in a wet and windy Ballycastle.  

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    PUTTING OUR BEST FEET FORWARD

    Posted on 26 Mar 2014 | News

    A large number of pupils from St Mary’s travelled to UU Coleraine and enjoyed the NEBSSA cross country championships on Tuesday 25th March. Click here to view our media gallery: NEBSSA Cross Country

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    SPILLING INK

    Posted on 25 Mar 2014 | News

    This year the English Department launched the Creative Writing Club Spilling Ink!  

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    SKY SPORTS LIVING FOR SPORT PROJECT 2014

    Posted on 25 Mar 2014 | News

    Over 100 of our Year 8 pupils enjoyed the first session of our Sky Sports Living for Sport ‘FunSports’ project held on Thursday in Meadowbank. They walked to the Arena where they were given the opportunity to play soccer, Gaelic, Basketball, Hockey and Badminton.

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    FIRE WRITING

    Posted on 24 Mar 2014 | News

    This week in Science Club we were writing with Fire! Pupils painted a message onto paper with a special ‘ink’ which certainly sparked much interest and delight.  

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    ST MARY’S YOUNG BT SCIENTISTS

    Posted on 24 Mar 2014 | News

    Three of our top Year 11 Scientists, James McTeague, Erin McIvor & Niall Conlon, competed in the BT Young Scientist competition in Dublin this year and report it was one of the best experiences of their lives. 

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    ST MARY’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL INFORMATION EVENING

    Posted on 24 Mar 2014 | News

    We opened our doors on Thursday 20th March to welcome prospective sixth form students for September 2014.   

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    GO WALKING!

    Posted on 21 Mar 2014 | News

    Over sixty Year 8 and 9 girls have volunteered to take part in a PHD research study which involves pupils engaging in a health related brisk walking programme during their lunchtime in school. 

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    POSITIVE ACTION

    Posted on 21 Mar 2014 | News

    Pictured are some Year 10 pupils from St Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt receiving a certificate from Ann Walker on behalf of Action MS (Northern Ireland’s Multiple Sclerosis Charity).  ​St Mary’s pupils contributed £1,576.54 to the charity by doing a sponsored walk round Drum Manor Forest Park. Ann also presented a ‘Gold Certificate’ to Year 10 pupil Lorcan Toner who raised over £100 for the charity.

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    LINKING GENERATIONS

    Posted on 21 Mar 2014 | News

    Residents of Brennen Court in Magherafelt had completed a 10 week basic ICT course with a community organisation. To assist them in further developing their ICT skills and confidence, a number of our pupils volunteered to offer additional support. Click here to view more photos from the project: Linking Generations photo album

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    LOUGHRY COLLEGE LECTURE

    Posted on 20 Mar 2014 | News

    Year 11 pupils in St Mary’s were served up an innovative and informative Chemistry Demonstration Lecture and later a Careers Presentation by Loughry College.  

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    GOING THE DISTANCE

    Posted on 14 Mar 2014 | News

    Congratulations to Year 8 pupils in St Mary’s Grammar School Johnny McErlain and Aidan McCloskey who were selected to represent Derry in the Ulster Sports hall Athletics Finals on Thursday 13 March in Meadow bank arena. The boys really enjoyed the event!

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    HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR TALK

    Posted on 14 Mar 2014 | News

    On Tuesday 11 March, a number of Year 10 History pupils from St Mary’s Grammar School travelled to Magherafelt High School to attend a talk by Joanna Millen, a Holocaust survivor from Berlin.  

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    ‘RITH’ RUN

    Posted on 14 Mar 2014 | News

    On Thursday 13 March, students of Irish took to the roads in support of the Irish language. Over 40 students from Year 8 – 10 joined ‘Rith 2014’, in an energetic, island wide, celebration of the language.

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    THE STEM MODULE VISITS ST MARY’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL

    Posted on 14 Mar 2014 | News

    A-Level pupils engaged in an all day workshop on board the NEELB STEM Module.  

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    TO BE THE BEST!

    Posted on 13 Mar 2014 | News

    On the 27 February, Year 12 students spent the day in the Assembly hall listening to and learning from Ben Best, a motivational speaker.

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    NIFTY NETBALLERS

    Posted on 11 Mar 2014 | News

    Science teacher and sports enthusiast Miss S. McCloskey has reintroduced competitive Netball in St Mary’s Grammar School and the Junior team has been enjoying much success.

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    ADDING A LITTLE COLOUR

    Posted on 10 Mar 2014 | News

    The GCSE, AS and A2 Art and Design students recently attended the annual ‘True Colours’ Exhibition at the Ulster Museum in Belfast. The pupils found the exhibition to be inspirational and beneficial as the work displayed an exceptional standard of work created at GCSE, AS and A2 level. You can view our photo album for the True Colours event by clicking here: True Colours Event

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    HEALTHY EATING AWARDS

    Posted on 07 Mar 2014 | News

    St. Mary’s promotes a healthy and balanced lifestyle amongst all pupils from Year 8 to Year 14. Pictured are the winners of the healthy eating awards this year, which recognises achievement of those pupils who regularly make healthy choices in the school canteen daily. 

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    A PUNCHY LESSON

    Posted on 06 Mar 2014 | News

    Year 8 pupils enjoyed an inspirational talk from former international professional boxer, Dermot Gascoyne from the Sky Sports Living for Sport Project.  

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    A LIFE REMEMBERED

    Posted on 04 Mar 2014 | News

    St Mary’s Grammar School was saddened to learn of the death of Sr Immaculata O’Connor, former teacher and principal (1977-1995). May she rest in peace. 

    View our photo album by clicking on the following link: Sister Immaculata’s memorial mass

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    AWESOME AMERICA

    Posted on 28 Feb 2014 | News

    It was an early start on St Valentine’s day when a group of 73 pupils and staff left St Mary’s school car park bound for the distant ski slopes of Loon Mountain, New Hampshire, USA. It was an awesome experience.

    You can view our photo album by clicking on the following link: Ski Trip 2014

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    SWEET SOUNDS OF SUCCESS

    Posted on 24 Feb 2014 | News

    Congratulations to the Music Department who entered three groups in the Ballymena Festival of Music and Drama for the first time.  The Senior Traditional Group, the newly formed St Mary’s Junior String Orchestra and St Mary’s Junior Choir enjoyed much sweet success.

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