Sunday Times Secondary School of the Year 2023

St. Mary's Grammar School

St. Mary's supports The Olive Branch on World Mental Health Day 2022

To mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2022, St. Mary’s Take 5 Pupil Champions made green ribbons which were distributed to pupils and staff.  The green ribbon is the international symbol of mental health awareness and all pupils and staff were invited to wear the green ribbon on Monday 10 October to show awareness of their own mental health and that of others, and to make a donation in support of a local mental health charity.  A total of £759.00 was raised and has been donated to The Olive Branch.  On Monday 24 October 2022, Alan Mulholland and Leone Paul visited St. Mary’s to accept a cheque on behalf of the charity. 

The Olive Branch offers a free, professional self-referral counselling service for anyone from the age of 11 years and upwards and they have offices in Magherafelt, Coleraine and Ballymena. The Olive Branch is a self-funded organisation, funded by sponsorship, and by funds raised through events, competitions and individual personal challenges. 

In Magherafelt, The Olive Branch can be found at 46B Rainey Street and can be contacted on 028 796 33688.St. Mary’s is pleased to support the valuable work of this local charity.

Photograph Details:  Alan Mulholland and Leone Paul accept a cheque on behalf of The Olive Branch from St. Mary’s Take 5 Pupil Champions. Included in the picture are Mrs McKinley (Study Centre Supervisor), Mr Quinn (Senior Leader) and Mr McClean (Principal).