"The quality of education provided in this school is outstanding."

(The Inspectorate, February, 2015)

Welcome to St. Mary's Grammar School, Magherafelt

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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

STEPS TO SUCCESS

Posted on 04 Sep 2015 | News

A number of Year 14 students attended a workshop entitled ‘Five Steps to Exam Success’ which was facilitated by ‘Amazing Brains’. During the very interactive workshop, the students focused on stress and time management, different revision techniques and reflected on the mindset that would allow them to achieve their best on exam days.

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GCSE EXAMINATION SUCCESS

Posted on 02 Sep 2015 | News

Mrs Gillespie, has described the 2015 GCSE examination results as “simply superb”. Mrs Gillespie reported that a remarkable 99% of students achieved 7 grades at A*-C, including English and Mathematics. Impressively, 66% of all grades were A*/A. Expressing her pride in this year’s set of results, Mrs Gillespie commented: “The results achieved by St Mary’s students this year are exemplary; we had high hopes for this year group but they have surpassed our expectations. The diligent efforts of students, the commitment of staff and the unfailing support of parents and guardians have been duly rewarded by this outstanding success. Pupils who struggled with the demands of some of their subjects were offered mentoring and learning support; such nurturing has proved invaluable! I am humbled and delighted at the achievements of our young people. I congratulate each of them.”

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A LEVEL SUCCESS – CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2015

Posted on 26 Aug 2015 | News

A Level students in St Mary’s Grammar School had cause for celebration following the publication of this year’s examination results. Mrs Gillespie, Principal, reported that an outstanding 95.3% of all examinations taken by students resulted in A* to C grades. 41% of all results were an A or A*. Commenting on the results, Mrs Gillespie offered fitting praise to students, staff and parents: “Once again, I am delighted by the marvellous results achieved by our students and I extend my warmest congratulations to each of them. As these young people embark on their chosen university or employment pathway, I wish them continued success.”

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MADRID EXCHANGE

Posted on 30 Jun 2015 | News

Very very early on the 15 June a group of 11 students accompanied by Miss MacOscar and Miss McCloskey headed to Madrid to spend a week in the beautiful Spanish sunshine with our partner school Colegio Aristos, Getafe. St Mary’s students participated in Colegio Aristos’ first ever International Week which saw students from Northern Ireland, USA, France and Spain doing a range of activities together. Students visited many beautiful cities including Toledo, Segovia and Madrid itself. Highlights included climbing the many, many steps of “Cinderella’s” castle, the escalators of Toledo, microphone time on the bus, being a (sub) squad, “vamos” and Al Campo (maybe just the teachers!) Five students from Colegio Aristos returned with St Mary’s students to learn about Irish culture and history through making soda bread and taking part in a ceili along with visiting some attractions: We hope that they enjoyed our hospitality as much as we enjoyed theirs!

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GLOBAL WIND AWARD

Posted on 29 Jun 2015 | News

Congratulations to St Mary’s Eco-Committee on their recent success at the Global Wind Awards- runners up in the Eco-Committee of the Year competition organised by Eco-Schools. Shannon McGillian and Gabriella Kcuprzyk were presented with the award by the Environment Minister Mr Mark Durkan at a prize giving event in the Everglades Hotel, Derry. The judges were very impressed by the leadership shown by the Eco-Committee in their efforts to make St Mary’s a sustainable school.

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INDIAN SUMMER

Posted on 29 Jun 2015 | News

Six Lower Sixth pupils (Siobhan Comer, Connor Devlin, Ellen Groom, Kyle Johnston, Una McCoy and Tara McGrogan) and Mr Tracey will travel to India with Saphara this summer to teach disadvantaged children in three different schools –leaving on Thursday 2 July. Mr Tracey explains, “As a group, the pupils had a target of £6,900 to raise between them (£650 personal fundraising and £500 as a group). Their final total for this year was £9,238.46 – which is super! Siobhan Comer was the top fundraiser from all the teams heading out to India this summer – she raised £2,464.87 – an outstanding effort from Siobhan! If you would like to keep track of how we get on in India you can follow our progress on the Saphara blog at www.saphara.org

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PERFECT SOUNDS

Posted on 29 Jun 2015 | News

The Junior Traditional Group has been invited to perform in Birmingham on 9 July, as part of a UK Music competition run by ‘Music for Youth’. The group will perform an 8 minute set in the ‘Adrian Bolt Hall’. The group is mentored by four Year 14 students and will be accompanied on the trip by Head of Music, Miss U Donnelly.

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INSPIRATIONAL INNOVATORS

Posted on 29 Jun 2015 | News

​The Sentinus Young Innovators day was held recently in University of Ulster, Jordanstown. Seven pupils attended: from Year 13- Conor Shaw, Niamh Hughes and Patsy Walls; and from Year 14- Jake McAteer, Karl Rocks, Charlotte O’Kane and Simon Kalla. Patsy Walls won one award (Crest Gold Technology Award) and £75 for his AS project (Wire Tensioner- A device for tightening barbed wire on a fence).

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HAWTHORN HOUSE: HOUSE CHAMPION 2014-15

Posted on 29 Jun 2015 | News

To mark the continuing success of Hawthorn House, the pupils and Mr Brady were invited to a celebratory ‘House Big Breakfast’ on Monday 22 June.

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TRIP TO CATALONIA JUNE 2015

Posted on 29 Jun 2015 | News

61 pupils from Years 9 and 10, accompanied by 8 teachers, recently had the opportunity to spend 5 days in the region of Catalonia in North-eastern Spain. It was a fun-filled experience which included a visit to the famous football stadium Camp Nou and Barcelona aquarium. They also spent a full day in PortAventura Theme Park. Other favourite activities included swimming in the hotel pool and playing volleyball on the beach at night followed by a refreshing ice-cream. They also travelled by cable car up to the Cistercian Monastery of Montserrat and took photographs of the magnificent views from the top of the 1236 metres high mountain.

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FRIDAY TREATS

Posted on 26 Jun 2015 | News

For a few months in the year, staff in school engage in what could be described as the SMG Bake Off. Once again, the charity guru Miss McKillop, co-ordinates proceedings. Staff bake and bring their culinary delights to the staffroom every Friday; those who sample the scrumptious, delicious Friday Treats then donate some money to a chosen charity: this year’s charity is the very worthy MacMillan Cancer Care. Staff probably gained a few pounds but they also raised more than £1000.

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YEAR 9 VISIT QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY

Posted on 25 Jun 2015 | News

​On Friday 12 June, 18 Year 9 pupils accompanied by Mr McAuley and Miss McCloskey spent an enjoyable day at Queens’

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CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE AND THANKSGIVING

Posted on 23 Jun 2015 | News

St Marys hosted a very special evening on Tuesday 9th June. It began with a MASS OF CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE AND THANKSGIVING which was celebrated by Monsignor C O’Byrne and concelebrated by Fr J Gates. At the close of the mass, Principal Mrs D Gillespie, extended her gratitude to both celebrants and the RE and Music departments for organising a very fitting mass.

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BLOWING IN THE WIND

Posted on 26 May 2015 | News

We are delighted to have been awarded our third Eco-Schools’ Green Flag Award. The Green Flag is an internationally recognised award and symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity. The pupils were the driving force behind Eco-Schools this year as they formed and led the Eco-Committee. In order to obtain the Green Flag Award the Eco-Committee carried out an audit to assess the environmental performance of St Mary’s and then decided to focus on three environmental themes including biodiversity, waste and healthy living.  Throughout the year they have been engaged in a wide variety of activities from organising a Power Down Day in November to creating a wildflower garden to attract butterflies and bumblebees to the school grounds.

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SKY IS THE LIMIT

Posted on 26 May 2015 | News

Three students from Northern Ireland were shortlisted as finalists, as they all showed exceptional development during their schools’ Sky Sports Living for Sport projects in the 2013/14 academic year. We are very proud of the achievement of Year 9 student Declan Murray who was one of the finalists and received a medal from Paralympian Michael McKillop on Friday 15 May.

Declan showed unbridled and infectious enthusiasm whilst participating in his school’s Sky Sports Living for Sport project and has since gone on to organise activities for his classmates outside of the project. Mr Mc Elholm commented, “We have never met anyone who has such a love of sport and who is so willing to organise activities for his classmates.”

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ASSUME SUMMER CAMP

Posted on 22 May 2015 | News

On Friday 22 May, Mr Brady welcomed Dermot Kelly and Father Thomas McHugh from the Armagh Diocesan Youth Commission to talk about the ‘Assume Summer Camps’ at Year 10 assembly. The camp provides opportunities for boys and girls aged 12-14 to come together, have fun, make friends and to grow in faith. Dermot provided the pupils with a fantastic and informative insight into the types of activities that are on offer at the Summer Camp each year. He then showed a promotional video and at the end gave out an information leaflet to interested pupils. There is sure to be a big uptake from St Mary’s pupils this Summer.

Pupils in the photo were Darragh Madden and Kate Loughlin 10D

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GIFTED AND TALENTED

Posted on 22 May 2015 | News

The Ulster Colleges’ camogie All-stars 2015 team was announced by the Colleges’ Honorary President Sr Máiréad Fearan in late December: for Year 13 student Eimear McGuigan receiving the news that she was a recipient of the much desired award it was the perfect Christmas gift, doing justice to her exemplary skill, tenacity and proficiency. Eimear plays her club camogie forBallinascreen and she has represented her County at underage level and she is now on both the Derry Minor and Senior camogie panels. Mr R Kennedy added, “I was most pleased for Eimear McGuigan who won her first award this year. We had a fantastic night at the Awards ceremony in the Elk.”

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DIGITAL LEADERSHIP TEAM YEAR 8 REPRESENTATIVE

Posted on 13 May 2015 | News

Declan Larkin and his fellow Digital Leaders are available every Thursday at lunchtime to support pupils and staff who have issues with their iPads or other digital technology.

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YEAR 8 CLASS PREFECTS

Posted on 13 May 2015 | News

‘Since becoming a prefect students give me more respect and I am trusted with more jobs. Good behaviour is expected of prefects at all times.’(Adrian Bell 8A)

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SCHOOL COUNCIL YEAR 8 CLASS REPRESENTATIVES

Posted on 13 May 2015 | News

‘St Mary’s has a Student Council. I really feel that this has benefited my form class and me because our voice has been carefully listened to. I listen to others’ opinions and I communicate effectively with the Year Eight Representative.’ (Helen Doherty 8E)

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DIGITAL LEADERSHIP TEAM YEAR 8 REPRESENTATIVE

Posted on 13 May 2015 | News

Declan Larkin receiving his Digital Leadership Team badge from Mrs Gillespie.

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ECO COMMITTEE MEMBER

Posted on 13 May 2015 | News

St Mary’s is in receipt of the Eco Award and are rightly proud of their eco credentials. Pictured is Conal Heaney; the Year 8 representative on the Eco Committee.

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INVESTORS IN PUPILS PIC COLLAGE COMPETITION WINNERS

Posted on 13 May 2015 | News

All Year 8 pupils created a pic collage that represented their contribution to school life in 2014-15 and how St Mary’s had listened and responded to their needs.

Pictured are Oisin Quinn, Niamh McErlean, Miss McAllister (Investors In Pupils co-ordinator)

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STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Posted on 13 May 2015 | News

Helen Doherty receives her ballot paper from Mrs Gillespie (Principal) and Kate McKeefry, a member of the student leadership team.

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WORKING TOWARDS ‘INVESTORS IN PUPILS’

Posted on 12 May 2015 | News

The Investors in Pupils programme provides a unique pupil participation framework, for all schools and education settings nationally. Investors in Pupils is a simple concept that builds on the principles of Investors in People, to empower all pupils, increase motivation and contribute to raising achievement across the Key Stages. The programme offers schools a framework for involving pupils in decision making, and developing responsibility and leadership in relation to their learning, behaviour, attendance, school management, classroom management and induction.

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY NEPAL DISASTER RELIEF FUND

Posted on 11 May 2015 | News

In response to the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on 26 April this year, a team of Year 11 volunteers organised an emergency response collection to help those affected. They chose to work through Habitat for Humanity due to the school’s long-standing relationship with this NGO and also feeling safe in the knowledge that Habitat for Humanity workers are on the ground delivering relief exactly where it is needed. In the first week of May, the Year 11 volunteers visited registrations and assemblies during which time many pupils and staff donated whatever they could spare. “We are to be the hands and feet of Jesus, those who show his compassion on earth” – Sister Teresa of Avila. Pictured: Clodagh Mullin, Michael Lagan, Eve McFarlane, Tiarnach Donelly, Anna Martin, Eamon Kelly and Gabriella Lupari.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ST MARY’S SUCCESS IN THE CHEMICAL REACTION CHALLENGE

Posted on 08 May 2015 | News

​Please click on the link below to view the event report:

Chemical Reaction Report for St Mary’s Grammar School

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THE CHEMICAL REACTION CHALLENGE

Posted on 08 May 2015 | News

Between the 13 and 22 March 2015, forty one Year 10 students took part in the Chemical Reaction Challenge. The Challenge measured participating students’ speed and accuracy in chemistry topics taught at Key Stage 3 in the National Curriculum. 125 schools from across the UK participated and 3729 students took the online challenge.  With a total of 865 points, Barry McErlean came 12th in the UK. With 631 points Cate Bateson came 84th in the UK and with 263 points Caoimhe Mullan came 435th in the UK. Well done!

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PHYSICS OLYMPIAD

Posted on 07 May 2015 | News

Well done to seven Year 12 pupils who participated in the GCSE Physics Challenge in March: Conaill Prenter, Sé O’Kane, Ryan Quinn, Ruairí O’Kane, Brendan Kearney, Sarah McNeill and Niamh McKee. Particular congratulations to Brendan Kearney who achieved a Bronze Award.

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E-SAFETY WORKSHOPS, FACILITATED BY AISLING HAGAN FROM ITEACH.

Posted on 06 May 2015 | News

Year 13 students recently engaged in workshops focused on E-Safety and learned how they can protect themselves against risks, both at school and at home. They also explored how to maintain a positive online reputation and how to enjoy social media responsibly so that it will not impinge upon their personal safety or impact their future career pathways. These workshops will be followed up by an E-Safety information evening, on the 28 May, for the parents of Year 13 students.

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THE GRASS IS GREENER …ON THE GOLF COURSE!

Posted on 06 May 2015 | News

This year, the St Mary’s Golf team had a very successful campaign in the Darren Clarke Schools’ Golf League.  The SMG team members were undefeated in their three matches, defeating Holy Cross College, Strabane, and Strabane Academy, whilst drawing with a very accomplished Omagh CBS team. Unfortunately, Omagh had a higher scoring average and went through to the Quarter Finals but, nonetheless, we are very proud of their efforts. Here’s to next year!

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INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE WITH MADRID

Posted on 05 May 2015 | News

Eleven GCSE students will be visiting Madrid the third week of June as part of our exchange with Colegio Europeo Aristos. They will have the opportunity to improve their Spanish as well as sample authentic Spanish cuisine, admire their art and architecture and different way of living. All of these students have been in contact with their partners through videoconference (as seen in the photograph). Our students will be hosting their partners the last week of June and we will be showing off many of the beautiful sites in Northern Ireland.

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ATHLETICS IN ANTRIM

Posted on 05 May 2015 | News

Key Stage 3 pupils attended the annual NEBSSA district athletics competition at Antrim Forum on Friday 1 May. Fourteen girls and sixteen boys participated in various events including the 100m, 200m, 1500m, long jump, high jump and shot putt. Cathaoir Purvis in Year 10 came 1st in the U14 1500m final while Emmet Murray finished 4th in the same race. Courtney Quinn in Year 9 came 2nd in the U13 girls 800m and Frank Duffin in Year 8 was 3rd in the U12 boys 800m. Dominic O’Connor finished a notable 4th in the boys shot putt final. Those pupils will now represent the school in the NEBSSA finals later this year.

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BRIGHT BEGINNINGS

Posted on 01 May 2015 | News

Congratulations to Conor Small, Donal Carey and Nikita Kelly who were successful in receiving offers for the Deloitte Bright Start programme.

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YEAR 8 CAMOGIE

Posted on 01 May 2015 | News

On Tuesday 28 April, over fifty camogs represented St Mary’s in the league section of the Ulster Year 8 Camogie Championship. We entered both an ‘A’ and ‘B’ team in the blitz and played teams from Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle and St. Catherine’s, Armagh. The girls played at an extremely high standard throughout the day and despite the ‘A’ team beating St. Catherine’s, Armagh comfortably, they just fell one point short against Cross and Passion, which was an extremely tight and competitive game. All our Year 8 girls have developed their skills immensely over the past few weeks in preparation for the blitz, under the guidance of Miss O.Donnelly. Miss S. McKeown and Mrs A. McKee. We hope to host a number of additional matches over the rest of the term in order to keep progressing all our girls and encourage them to keep up their efforts with their clubs over the summer.

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GLOBAL CHALLENGE 2015

Posted on 01 May 2015 | News

Spanish students from Years 11 to 14 took part in the VocabExpress Global Challenge 2015 in March.  It was one of the most competitive VocabExpress championships to date. Organisers were blown away by the response to the competition – both from individual students and their encouraging teachers.

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2020 VISION OF COLIN BATEMAN

Posted on 01 May 2015 | News

A group of twenty-nine Year 8 pupils attended an inspirational talk given by one of Northern Ireland’s best known authors, Colin Bateman. The event was hosted by St. Pius X College on 27 April. The writer spoke about the importance of books and reading; he also spoke candidly and humorously about his own writing career. After the talk the pupils involved were given the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of Mr Bateman’s best-selling children’s book, “Titanic 2020”.

It was a most enjoyable and worthwhile experience. One pupil, Helen Doherty, commented, “I felt that his talk was very inspirational. He mentioned how he became an author and then we got a chance to purchase a signed copy of a book of his called, “Titanic 2020”. I particularly liked when he talked about meeting Liam Neeson in a penthouse in New York! I thoroughly enjoyed the trip!”

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YEAR 12 SUCCESS IN INTERMEDIATE UK MATHS CHALLENGE

Posted on 01 May 2015 | News

Year 12 Mathematics students participated in the recent UK Intermediate Maths Challenge. The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are intriguing multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths.

Ryan McVey achieved a very prestigious Gold Award.

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MATHEMAGICIAN LEAVES CALLING CARD

Posted on 01 May 2015 | News

On 3rd March, we were honoured to welcome Colm Mulcahy, Professor of Mathematics at Spelman College in Atlanta.  Colm earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in mathematical science from University College Dublin and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Over the past decade plus, he has been at the forefront of publishing original “mathemagical” principles and effects, particularly in his long-running bi-monthly Card Colm for the Mathematical Association of America. His 380-page book Mathematical Card Magic: Fifty-Two New Effects  was published in Aug 2013.  Colm delivered a very entertaining workshop to Year 10 students. He revealed the secrets behind two of his maths tricks, the Ice Cream Trick and Little Fibs. You can see these on his website http://www.cardcolm.org/ and follow him on twitter @CardColm.

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’OPPORTUNITY EUROPE’ QUIZ

Posted on 28 Apr 2015 | News

On Thursday 23 April, six pupils, accompanied by Mr McShane, took part in the European Commission’s “Opportunity Europe” Quiz.  The quiz took place in the renovated Guildhall and it provided a stunning background for the day’s event. He explained, “The Opportunity Europe Quiz is designed specifically for Key Stage 3 students in post-primary schools. It is based on the KS3 curriculum and tests students’ knowledge of a range of areas like Geography, Music and Food, to name but a few. Unfortunately our team didn’t qualify for the National Final but they distinguished themselves very well and, most importantly, enjoyed a fantastic day out.”

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GCSE PE PUPILS GO ORIENTEERING

Posted on 28 Apr 2015 | News

Our Year 11 GCSE PE pupils recently visited the beautiful surroundings of the Palace Stables in Armagh to learn about orienteering. This included map reading skills as well as compass work before pupils were given the opportunity to put the theory into practice and navigate some of the courses. They started off doing the ‘Star’ course and finished the day with the main ‘Point to point’ course. Their times were recorded and for some these will go towards their final GCSE PE practical mark. All the pupils thoroughly enjoyed it despite the inclement weather conditions.

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BRING ON THE BLITZ!

Posted on 28 Apr 2015 | News

Monday 27 April saw the trials take place for the U-14 Hurling team. With upwards of fifty players trying out, we were very privileged to have some of the senior hurling team come along and help out. Also thrown into the mix were the U-14 camogs who entered a team too. Ultimately, it was the camogs that shone through in the end to win but as one Year 8 pointed out, “They have been training for longer”. With the U-14 blitz coming up in the next few days we are confident that our boys will prove that they are a force to be reckoned with!

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PEER MENTORING PROGRAMME

Posted on 28 Apr 2015 | News

A number of Year 14 pupils received a certificate of appreciation for their work, time and commitment to the Peer Mentoring Programme in school.

Mrs McNeill said, “From the beginning, I was struck by the level of maturity and enthusiasm that this group of peer mentors conveyed. They attended mentoring sessions weekly/fortnightly to help pupils with work or organisational issues. As well as tutoring pupils on subject material, they worked hard at building good relationships, based on confidentiality and trust. This often encouraged and motivated the pupils to try their best in all of their subjects. The pupils who were mentored spoke of it as being an invaluable resource and of the benefits the experience has brought them.”

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GAEL LINN PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION, ABAIR 2015

Posted on 22 Apr 2015 | News

On the 23 March 2015 four Year 12 GCSE Irish pupils took part in the annual Gael Linn public speaking competition Abair in the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown. The girls put a lot of time and effort into perfecting their speeches which they had to deliver through the medium of Irish. They each spoke for 3-4 minutes on topics of their choice, and faced competition not only from local schools but also schools from Donegal, Fermanagh and Monaghan, as well as fluent native Irish speakers. Out of approximately 30 participants, the girls came out on top with Caoimhe O’Neill winning 1st place and Roseanna Mullan winning 2nd place. Following this success, the girls continued to the All-Ireland final of the competition which was held in An Carn, Maghera on the 17 April. They represented the school admirably on the day and the judges commented on the extremely high standards prevalent amongst all participants.

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E-SAFETY PUPIL WORKSHOPS

Posted on 21 Apr 2015 | News

E-Safety Pupil Workshops have been arranged for year 8, year 9 and year 13 pupils. These workshops will inform pupils how they can protect themselves against risks, both at school and at home. Please see workshop details below:

Tuesday 28 April 2015 – Assembly Hall

Period 3 - 8A, 8B and 8C (1)

Period 4 – 8C (2), 8D and 8E

Period 5 – 9A, 9B and 9C (1)

Period 6 – 9C (2), 9D and 9E

Thursday 30 April 2015 – Assembly Hall

Period 1 - 13AMG, 13KMA, 13CDO and 13 MEC

Period 2 – 13JME, 13 GAR and 13WDM

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FÁINNE PRESENTATION

Posted on 21 Apr 2015 | News

Comhgairdeas ollmhór le scoláirí na Gaeilge i mbliain 10! Huge congratulations to all the Year 10 students who achieved their Fáinne Airgid recently following an oral examination with language assistant, Mr Ó Bheart. In addition to the presentation of the fáinne, the prestigious award, Corn Bhríde, was bestowed upon the top 3 girls and boys for their proficiency in spoken Irish. Donated to the Irish department in 2007 by Bean Uí Dhoibhlin, the awards for 2015 went to the following students;

Mollaí Ní Néill (10D)
Siobhán Nig Uidhir (10D)
Clár Ní Chaiside (10C)

Donnabháin Mac Cathmhaoil (10C)
Pól Mac Fhirléinn (10C)
Seán Ó Coileáin (10D)

Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí!

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PEOPLE AND PLACES

Posted on 21 Apr 2015 | News

On 1 April, Year 14 History students visited Glasnevin Cemetery and Dublin castle as part of their A2 syllabus. At Glasnevin, they were able to see the final resting places of key figures in Irish history, such as O’Connell, Parnell, DeValera and Collins. This was followed by a tour of Dublin castle, the seat of British power in Ireland. Eoghan Gilmore remarked, “Glasnevin Cemetery was thoroughly enjoyable and very informative, interesting and helped a lot with the A level course.”

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HOUSE WINNERS FOR TERM 2

Posted on 16 Apr 2015 | News

Guess who has done it again - yes - Hawthorn! Congratulations to Housemaster Mr Brady and all Hawthorners!

Come on Elm, Oak, Willow and Cedar - there is lots of time to pick up those house points.

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GAELTACHT SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR MID-ULSTER

Posted on 16 Apr 2015 | News

Beidh foirmeacha iarratais do dheontais Chomhairle Ceantair Lár Uladh ar fáil ón Luain ar aghaidh óná gcuid oifigí i nDún Geanainn, Machaire Fíolta agus An Chorr Chríochach (gach eolas thíos). Is féidir an fhoirm fá choinne scolaireacht Gaeltachta (Deontas do Theangacha Réigiúnda agus Mionteangacha atá air anois) a íoslódáil ó www.midulstercouncil.org . nó ó www.guthonline.org . Is é 4pm ar an Aoine 8ú Bealtaine an spriocam agus beidh Déaglán Ó Doibhlin agus Séamus Mac Giolla Phádraig ar fáil chun ceisteanna a fhreagairt más gá.

Mid Ulster District Council will be opening its grants programmes on Monday 13 April. This includes Gaeltacht scholarship/bursaries which are now under the title ”Grants for Regional and Minority Languages”. Application forms can be picked up from Council offices in Cookstown, Magherafelt and Dungannon and downloaded from www.midulstercouncil.org”>www.midulstercouncil.org and www.guthonline.org and further information can be had by ringing Déaglán Ó Doibhlin in Magherafelt or Séamus Kilpatrick in Cookstown/Dungannon. NB. Deadline for receipt of applications is 4pm Friday 8 May.

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SIOBHAN RECEIVES CCEA’s AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Posted on 16 Apr 2015 | News

Year 13 pupil Siobhan Comer’s outstanding success, as the highest Northern Ireland achiever in GCSE PE, was recognised by CCEA in their Excellence Awards ceremony in the Stormont Hotel.

Big congratulations to Siobhan and her PE teacher Ms Donnelly.

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ULSTER UNIVERSITY PARENTS’ INFORMATION EVENT

Posted on 16 Apr 2015 | News

Ulster University is holding a Parents’ Information Event for parents and guardians of Year 12 and Year 13 students. (Students are also invited to attend.) The event will take place on Saturday 25 April 9.30am-1.00pm at the Belfast campus. Registration and Refreshments at 9.30am with the event beginning at 10.00am.

Register: www.ulster.ac.uk/parentsevent

Follow @StudyAtUlster for more.

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AS/ A LEVEL IRISH PREPARATION COURSE

Posted on 15 Apr 2015 | News

DIANCHÚRSA ULLMHÚCHÁIN AS/ A LEIBHÉAL GAEILGE

Dé Sathairn 25 Aibreán 2015

9.30am - 1.00pm

Tá an cúrsa seo fóirsteanach do dhaltaí atá i mbliain 13 agus 14 ag dul don AS / A Leibhéal Gaeilge.

Ábhar an chúrsa: Scrudú Béil agus cuidiú leis an cur i láthair(AS) nó an plé (A2)

Oide: Susan Uí Mhianáin

Costas: £10.00

Ní mór d’áit a chur in airithe roimh Dé hAoine 17 Aibreán 2015

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TESTING TALENT

Posted on 15 Apr 2015 | News

Congratulations to the students from Years 8-13 who passed instrumental and theory examinations during the month of March. These students have dedicated many hours of practice times thus ensuring that they were fully prepared for the examinations. Grade 1 – Dan Convery (Year 9); Grade 2 - Rosie McElroy (Year 8) and Kate Lavery (Year 9); Grade 3 – Anna McGale (Year 8); Grade 4 – Niamh McElwee (Year 11); Grade 5 – Mary Lagan and Anna Ledgwood (Year 10) and Ruth Dace (Year 11); Grade 6 – Ella McCann (Year 13); Grade 7 – Eamonn Devlin (Year 13).

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HANDING ON THE BATON

Posted on 14 Apr 2015 | News

St Mary’s was delighted to welcome high profile athlete Kelly Gallagher, MBE, on Tuesday 14 April.  Kelly, a Northern Irish skier, was the first athlete from Northern Ireland to compete in the Winter Paralympics. She won Britain’s first ever Winter Paralympic gold medal during Sochi, Russia 2014. She finished first in the visually impaired Super-G competition. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to sport for people with a visual impairment.

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SPRING IS IN THE EAR

Posted on 14 Apr 2015 | News

The annual Spring Concert was held on Thursday 26 March. The concert featured the Junior and Senior Choirs; Junior and Senior Orchestras; Traditional Groups; Stage Musical Groups; and, a number of smaller ensembles and soloists. The GCSE Music class of 2015 presented some of their own compositions. It was a poignant occasion as a number of our Year 14 students represented the school for the final time. Particular recognition was given to Year 14 traditional musicians, who have represented the school on numerous occasions on both a national and international level. The Year 12 GCSE Drama and Performing Arts students also treated the audience to an extract from the play ‘Steel Magnolias’. Around 120 musicians took to the stage and left the audience dancing in their seats. Miss Donnelly was delighted with the contribution each student has made to Music and Drama departments during this busy year.

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YEAR 11/12 TRIP TO TAYTO

Posted on 14 Apr 2015 | News

On Tuesday 10 March Year 11 and Year 12 Business Studies students visited Tayto to learn more about the manufacturing process of making crisps. The visit provided many practical examples of concepts that have been introduced during the GCSE Business Studies course. The visit helped illustrate what it is like to actually produce a product. Students and staff enjoyed the trip particularly the free crisps that were given out at the end.

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STARS IN THE MAKING!

Posted on 31 Mar 2015 | News

On Friday 27 March the annual Ulster Colleges’ All-Star awards ceremony was held at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. In a first for St Mary’s, we had three representatives on this year’s football team, the most from any school in Ulster. Callum Mullan-Young was selected as Goal-Keeper, Niall Keenan as corner back and Conor Small as right half forward. MacRory managers Mr Brady and Mr Conway are immensely proud of the three boys. Mr Brady added “these awards are for the very elite at Ulster Colleges’ level and the three pupils from St Mary’s are worthy recipients. They have displayed all the attributes of an ‘All-Star’ from the beginning of the season and are role models for every pupil in the school. We wish them every success moving forward with their sporting careers.”

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FOREST FUN

Posted on 31 Mar 2015 | News

As part of their study of GCSE PE, students are required to complete an Orienteering task. To facilitate this course requirement, a trip to Drum Manor Forest Park, Cookstown was organised by the PE Department on Thursday 19 March 2015. A total of 60 Year 11 and 12 GCSE PE students took up the challenge of finding their way around the forest. Liam Quinn in Year 12 was the first St Mary’s student home finishing in 6th place overall out of 250 competitors. There will be further Orienteering trips organised for the Year 11 GCSE PE students in April and May, with details to follow closer to the time.

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EUROSCOLA PRESENTATION

Posted on 31 Mar 2015 | News

Congratulations to Year 12 students Hannah Neely, Lauren McStocker and Emma Boyle who represented St. Mary’s at the European Studies Programme Annual Conference held at the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick on Saturday 21 March.

The girls addressed a conference of over 100 delegates, consisting of educators from across Europe on their participation in the Euroscola competition and their experiences in Strasbourg where they spoke at the European Parliament. The students gave a very polished, confident and informative talk and were highly praised by both the conference organisers and the audience for their wonderful presentation.

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FAITH MATTERS!

Posted on 20 Mar 2015 | News

On Wednesday 11 March 2015, over 50 students from St Mary’s attended the Fifth annual Armagh Diocesan Faith Award Ceremony which was held in Armagh Cathedral. This event was celebrated by Archbishop Eamon Martin and it was set up in order to rejoice in the gifts and talents of 300 young people who were there to collect awards for their role in their respective parishes, communities and schools. Representatives from all over the Diocese collected the awards, namely the Muiredach Cross Award and the Pope John Paul II Award in an event that has been described as “a fitting celebration for the work of young people in the Diocese.”

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YEAR 10 NETBALL 2015

Posted on 19 Mar 2015 | News

​An enthusiastic team of Year 10 Netballers represented St Mary’s admirably in the NEBSSA netball league this year. The girls had a packed schedule, playing four matches against: Parkhall Integrated, St Patrick’s, Ballymena; Ballyclare High School; and, Magherafelt High School between Tuesday 24 February and Friday 27 February. St Mary’s recorded two very convincing victories against Parkhall and Ballyclare and battled valiantly to narrow defeats in their matches against St Patrick’s and Magherafelt High School. It is great to see the success of St Mary’s netball this year and the dedication and enthusiasm shown by the girls involved indicates that netball will continue to flourish in the years ahead.

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VOTE NOW FOR A SWEET DISCOVERY!

Posted on 11 Mar 2015 | News

Year 10 pupil, Cian McStocker, recently received the great news that he has been selected as one of just 12 UK finalists out of 9,500 entrants in the ‘Young Writers – Creative Voices Competition’ for his poem, ‘A Sweet Discovery.’ Cian is currently in the process of making a video to accompany his poem which will posted online; the pupil who receives the most votes will be declared the UK overall winner . Log on to Young Writers  from18 March and vote for Cian!

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ST MARY’S SET TO IMPROVE LOCAL AREA WITH NEW TREES!

Posted on 11 Mar 2015 | News

Year 14 pupils have been improving the local environment by planting trees which will increase biodiversity by attracting more wildlife to the school grounds.

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BRINGING THE PAST TO LIFE

Posted on 09 Mar 2015 | News

Year 13 History students attended a series of lectures on Germany 1918-45 at the Somme Heritage Centre. The lectures were delivered by Dr Robert McNamara from the University of Ulster. Luke Doyle said, ‘I found it to be a very informative lecture which gave me a better understanding about the level of detail required to be successful in my upcoming Nazi Germany exam.’ While Niamh Martin added, ‘It was very insightful and enjoyable and I think the information provided will be most useful for my exam in June.’

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IN FINE VOICE

Posted on 09 Mar 2015 | News

St Mary’s ‘Stage Musical Group’ attended Ballymena Festival on Wednesday 4 March to participate in the ‘Song and Chorus’ competition. The group was directed by three Year 14 students, Enya Loughlin, Shannon Donnelly and Catherine Devlin, who rehearsed with them every Thursday lunchtime and many evenings after school. They were unrecognisable leaving St Mary’s grounds on Wednesday lunchtime, dressed as the ‘Revolting Children’, from the musical ‘Matilda’. The adjudicator commented on their enthusiasm and energy in their performance and the spell-binding acting from Year 10 soloist, Anna McCloskey. Unfortunately, they were beaten by Cambridge House players, but Catherine Devlin (Upper Sixth), commented on how proud she was of the students and that their dedication to the group produced ‘a stunning performance’. Ella McCloskey and Sinead Thorntonremarked how they had ‘gained so much confidence performing in front of an audience.’ The girls will reprise this performance at the annual spring concert which will be held on Thursday 26 March.

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TYRONE TIPS

Posted on 09 Mar 2015 | News

On Monday 23 February, Year 11 and Year 12 GCSE PE students attended a Player Welfare Workshop in the school Sports Hall. The Workshop was led by Ryan Mellon, who won 3 All-Ireland medals in his time with the Tyrone Senior Football team. Ryan is now the Player Welfare Officer for Ulster GAA. Ryan gave the pupils some advice and strategies to use when analysing their own performance and general lifestyles. The information was very well received by all our Gifted and Talented Athletes.

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YEAR 14 SUCCESS IN SENIOR UK MATHS CHALLENGE

Posted on 16 Feb 2015 | News

Year 14 Mathematics students participated in the recent UK Senior Maths Challenge. The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are lively, intriguing multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths in large numbers of pupils.

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QUB SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING VISITS ST MARY’S MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

Posted on 16 Feb 2015 | News

Past pupil, Donal McGuckin, visited St Mary’s on Friday 6 February to speak to Year 13 Mathematics students along with Gemma O’Donnell (Marketing and Student Recruitment Officer at the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science). The purpose of the event was to promote degree pathways in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at QUB and to highlight the current shortage of graduates in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and as a result of this the large number of jobs on offer locally and outside of N Ireland.

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ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD 2015

Posted on 16 Feb 2015 | News

Siobhan Comer recently returned from her whistle stop visit to the European parliament in Strasbourg- taking in Belfast, Dublin and Frankfurt on the way! She gained so much from the trip. Asked about one highlight, she said: “The highlight of the day for me was most definitely the debate in the parliament. With Ireland having 4 of the 6 chairpeople, 3 of the 6 spokespeople and asking 10 of the 35 questions during this session, it’s fair to say that our ‘wee’ Island definitely had its say! I personally had the opportunity to ask one of the questions during the debate. To have that experience of speaking in front of almost 600 pupils was truly surreal and most definitely an experience that I will never forget! Meeting so many amazing people and acting as ‘mini MEPs’ for the day, getting to have our say on topical issues in the EU… It was simply unbelievable.”

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YEAR 8 STROKE ASSOCIATION NI PRESENTATION

Posted on 16 Feb 2015 | News

As part of the ‘Health Education’ programme in St Mary’s,Year 8 pupils attended a presentation from the ‘Stroke Association NI’ on Wednesday 11 February. Pupils were informed on how factors such as alcohol, diet, exercise and smoking relate to stroke and the signs and symptoms they might identify for stroke. Pupils fully engaged in the session, some remarking in their evaluation ‘I have learned that anyone at any age can have a stroke’ and ‘I now realise the importance of having a healthy lifestyle to avoid stroke’.

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HEART START

Posted on 16 Feb 2015 | News

In the week leading up to Mid Term Break and the all-important ‘Valentines Day’ pupils in St. Mary’s themed their ‘Health Education’ with ‘Heart health’ and took part in the ‘AVIVA School Mile Challenge’. All pupils in Key Stage 3 participated in the ‘Mile Challenge’ which not only raised pupils awareness of the benefits of exercise to their lifestyles but also raised money for a Charity close the hearts of a number of pupils; the ‘CLIC Sargent Pauls House Belfast (Falls Road)’.

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CAFÉ SAINTE MARIE JUNIOR

Posted on 09 Feb 2015 | News

After the success of Café Sainte Marie with its KS4 and 5 pupils, the French department opened its doors to its Year 10 pupils. Café Sainte Marie Junior was open on Wed 10 and 17 December and proved to be a roaring success with pupils. The café allowed French pupils to experience a taste of France – des beignets (donuts), du chocolat chaud (hot chocolate), de la tarte aux pommes (apple tart) et bien encore plus (and much more!). The café will open again in the new year. Merci à tous!

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SAUVONS L’ENVIRONNEMENT – FRENCH ECO POSTER COMPETITION

Posted on 09 Feb 2015 | News

Not to be outdone by their Year 10 counterparts, our Year 12 pupils took part in an Environmental Poster competition in November. The best posters were sent off to our assistant Luc’s former school, Lycée Fénelon Notre Dame, and we will be receiving some of their best entries also. These posters will be on display in the French department. The standard of entries was very high and there was much deliberation as to who the winner would be! In the end Michael Montgomery was chosen. Michael was presented with his prize at Year 12 Assembly by our Principal, Mrs Gillespie. Well done, Michael! Also, congratulations to all our Year 12 pupils for their fantastic work and thanks also to Miss Donoghue, Miss Venot and Miss MacOscar for all their work also! Bravo à tous!

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FRENCH PEN PAL CLUB

Posted on 09 Feb 2015 | News

​This year, thanks to our assistant, Luc Mondet, we have established a French Pen Pal Club.  We have linked up with Luc’s former school, Lycee Fenelon Notre Dame in La Rochelle.  Our pupils have been in contact with their French counterparts since September and we can already see some friendships blossoming.  French Pen Pal Club will be continuing throughout the year.  If you’re interested in joining the French Pen Pal Club, just call in to Mr McShane in G8 or Luc in the Language Resource Room. 

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YEAR 13 AS MATHEMATICS STUDENTS VISIT QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

Posted on 03 Feb 2015 | News

Twenty one Year 13 Mathematics students accompanied by Mrs Monaghan attended a taster day at Queen’s University, Belfast. The event began with a presentation in Whitla Hall outlining all the courses on offer and related placement year possibilities through the School of Management. Mr John Healy from Citi was the invited guest speaker who informed the students of the opportunities available in the local and global economy.  He more importantly stressed that results are no longer enough and there is a need ‘to stand out from the crowd’. Afterwards, students were able to avail of two 50 minute sessions on specific courses of interest.  The response from students was very positive as the event highlighted more career pathways.

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PACE SETTING

Posted on 03 Feb 2015 | News

The District ‘C’ Cross Country Championships took place on Wednesday 28 January 2015 at the Ulster University in Coleraine in the most challenging weather conditions imaginable. We had a number of excellent individual performances and one very notable team performance with these pupils braving the arctic conditions to book their place in the Ulster Cross Country Championships on Wednesday 11 February.

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SAPHARA STREET COLLECTION

Posted on 03 Feb 2015 | News

A street collection in Magherafelt Town Centre on Saturday 31 January 2015 has raised £1052.85 for Saphara, a charity which helps to educate disadvantaged children in India. Pupils from St Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt volunteered during the collection and they would like to express their thanks to those who kindly donated. The pupils participating in the Saphara trip to India in July 2015 from St Mary’s are Kyle Johnston, Siobhan Comer, Tara McGrogan, Una McCoy and Connor Devlin. (Missing from the photograph is Ellen Groom).

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YOUNG ENTERPRISE BUSINESS SEMINAR

Posted on 27 Jan 2015 | News

On Monday 12 January, Year 10 pupils attended a Young Enterprise business seminar. Catriona McCoy explains: “We were put into different groups with our peers. The first activity we took part in was one which involved us working as a team to produce as many bracelets as possible so we could sell them and make money for our wages. Through this activity we learned that there were different processes a business person must go through before earning money.

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ACTION MS THANK YOU LUNCHEON

Posted on 27 Jan 2015 | News

On Wednesday 14 January, four Year 10 students -namely Maria Bradley, Molly McAllister, Jill McNeill and Rory McMullan- and Mr Brady enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Ramada hotel in Belfast for the Action MS Thank You Luncheon. This was in recognition of the great work and the huge amount of money raised through our sponsored walk at Meadowbank Sports Arena last June.  The total amount raised by the school was £3,612.46. Maria, Molly and Jill each raised over £100 and were presented a certificate from Cool FM’s Conor Phillips. Rory McMullan raised the quite astonishing amount of £452.15 and he received a special award for being the runner- up to top fundraising pupil. Well done to the four pupils mentioned and indeed all current Year 10.  Once again your generosity knows no bounds.

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SNAG GROUP PROMOTE HEALTHY EATING IN ST. MARY’S

Posted on 27 Jan 2015 | News

To kick start ‘Healthy Eating’ in term 2 in St Mary’s, three members of the School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG), Maria Doyle, Nicole McAllister and Sarah Donaghy visited Year Group Assemblies to announce the winners of the Healthy Eating awards. The pupils were congratulated and awarded ‘Healthy Eating House Merits’ which are displayed on the Health Education noticeboard.

 

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TRUE COLOURS

Posted on 27 Jan 2015 | News

Year 14 Art and Design student Emma McKay, and Mrs Patton and Mrs McErlean from the Art Department had the pleasure of attending the True Colours exhibition private opening in the Ulster Museum on Thursday 15 January. The exhibition is an annual event showcasing the best and most creative pupil work in Northern Ireland. Emma’s AS ESA project titled ‘Living Machines’ was chosen for display this year and we are incredibly proud of her achievement. The exhibition was opened by Emmy award winning costume designer Caroline McCall whose work has featured on film and TV shows such as Downton Abbey. McCall, a former Portadown College student whose own A-level work featured in True Colours many years ago, spoke of the diverse creative talents of the students work on display.

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ST MARY’S ECO CODE 2015 COMPETITION

Posted on 27 Jan 2015 | News

Congratulations to Niamh Walls 10A the winner of St Mary’s Eco Code 2015 competition. Niamh’s poster will be displayed around the school and demonstrates St Mary’s continuing commitment to
improving our environmental performance.

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PRESENTATION SKILLS WORKSHOP

Posted on 19 Jan 2015 | News

On Thursday 15 January all Year 11 participated in a very informative and active Presentations Skills Workshop lead by Young Enterprise NI and organised by the English Department. The workshop lasted for two periods during which time pupils revised the key skill of communication and were given the opportunity to make a one minute presentation to their peers.

 

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IPADS HAVE ARRIVED!!

Posted on 13 Jan 2015 | News

The roll out of iPads for Year 8, 9 and 13 pupils began on 16 December 17 December.  It was as if Christmas had come early!

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TREE HOUSE FUN

Posted on 13 Jan 2015 | News

House members were asked to donate some decorations for their House Christmas Tree.  Year 8 was the year group chosen to help the House Captains to decorate the House Christmas Trees.  The morning began with Mrs Higgins, the Senior House Mistress, giving an overview of the background to the St. Mary’s Pastoral House System. Year 8 also enjoyed participating in some fun activities with the House Captains and House Masters/Mistresses.

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FRENCH CLUB

Posted on 05 Jan 2015 | News

​Le Club Français rounded off its first term with a crêpe party. The chef was our very own assistant, Luc Mondet. It must be said that the crêpes were “delicieux”. It was the perfect end to a very busy term. French Club will be back in the new year and we hope that Luc’s pancakes make a return also! Bravo et merci à tous.

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STARS IN OUR EYES

Posted on 05 Jan 2015 | News

​Congratulations to three of our footballers who have each achieved the great honour of an Ulster Colleges’ All-Star. They are: Callum Mullan-Young (Goalkeeper), Niall Keenan (Corner back) and Conor Small (Right-half forward). Mr Brady and Mr Conway added, “This is a tremendous achievement for the boys, and the school in general, to be recognised as three of the best young Gaelic footballers in Ulster. They attended the launch of the All-Stars on Monday 15 December but will be more formally recognised in the new year with an awards ceremony at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.”

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CAFÉ SAINTE MARIE JUNIOR

Posted on 05 Jan 2015 | News

​After the success of Café Sainte Marie with its KS4 and 5 pupils, the French department opened its doors to its Year 10 pupils. Café Sainte Marie Junior was open on Wed 10 and 17 December and proved to be a roaring success with pupils. The café allowed French pupils to experience a taste of France – des beignets (donuts), du chocolat chaud (hot chocolate), de la tarte aux pommes (apple tart) et bien encore plus (and much more!). The café will open again in the new year. Merci à tous!

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​SENTINUS

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 | News

Year 8 pupils from St Mary’s Grammar School were involved in a robotics workshop on Wednesday 17 December.  Mr P McGlade explains, “This programme introduces pupils to computer programming, using either drag and drop or PBASIC. Pupils worked in pairs to programme their own autonomous vehicle to carry out a range of tasks. Pupils learned how to write their own programmes and download these to their robot to enable it to carry out its tasks. The programme supports the development of ICT skills, teamwork and problem solving. All pupils worked well on the day and it was great to see such enthusiasm. Special thanks to Sentinus, the home of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) enrichment and enhancement activities for schools in Northern Ireland. for delivering the programme and a big thank you to all Year 13 Technology students who acted as Pupil Mentors during the day.”

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CAREERS IN FG WILSON

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 | News

Mr Pat Magee, an Electrical Engineer from FG Wilson and two QUB students on a year’s placement with FG Wilson, recently gave a very informative talk to Year 11 students in St Mary’s Grammar School. FG Wilson is a company owned by Caterpillar and the international opportunities within such a large company was made very clear to all students. The talk gave an outline of the possible career paths within FG Wilson and the job profiles of a number of their employees, which included women in Engineering Careers. Students were made aware of the need for a good GCSE profile which included English, Mathematics and Languages. Mr Pat Magee asked students to give consideration to STEM related subjects at A Level and gave an outline of the wide range of career paths available within the STEM area of study. Pupils then participated in a question and answer session.

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ULSTER CHAMPIONS

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 | News

​Congratulations to the Junior Camogs who followed in the footsteps of the senior team on Saturday 13 December in becoming Ulster Champions.

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ULSTER CHAMPIONS

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 | News

Congratulations to our Ulster Senior Camogs who defeated St Patrick’s, Maghera on Saturday 6 December to secure the Ulster Senior Championship.

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VOICES FROM THE PAST

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 | News

​11 History students were visited by Orfhlaith Kearney and participants in the Northern Voices/ Glortha Aduaidh Project in which pupils were shown video footage and told personal stories of the experiences of ordinary people during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Those who attended were greatly inspired by what they heard.

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GRAND DESIGN

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 | News

​On Thursday 18 December, the architect Patrick Bradley came to school having been invited by the Art and Design department. His Northern Ireland home, Grillagh Water House, made from four shipping containers, featured on Channel 4’s building programme Grand Designs. After designing and putting together his unique rural bolthole, which is adjacent to the picturesque Drumlamph woodland, in an area known to locals as Pixies’ Paradise, he was the perfect choice to inspire pupils on creativity, innovation and inspiration. Year 10 pupil, Conall McKenna, said, “I enjoyed listening to Patrick- he was so enthusiastic about his work!”

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ST. MARY’S WIN EUROSCOLA COMPETITION

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 | News

​Congratulations to Miss McAllister and her team of Year 12 pupils. As she explains, ‘A team of seven Year 12 students represented St Mary’s in the Euroscola competition. They were asked to consider the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) due to expire in 2015 and create a leaflet informing their peers about one of the MDGs and what progress has been made towards achieving this Goal. They were also tasked with proposing a future global development goal and justifying the need for such a goal. They were delighted when their brochure was selected as one of three winning entries from Northern Ireland. We will now travel to the European Parliament in Strasbourg in February 2015 as part of our prize.’

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FOOTBALL CRAZY!

Posted on 11 Dec 2014 | News

The year 8 football team recently had their first tournament of the year  which was organised by St. Joseph’s Grammar School,Donaghmore. We took two teams down to the tournament with us involving 31 year 8 boys. Our shield team finished third in their competition after going through the group stages with two wins out of three.

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MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

Posted on 09 Dec 2014 | News

“Wasn’t it fun? Wasn’t it fine? Wonderful days…”

Congratulations to the Cast and Production Teams involved in St. Mary’s hugely successful production of Meet Me in St. Louis. What a wonderful week it was for everyone! You delighted audiences throughout the week and were truly deserving of the rapturous applause and standing ovation you received following each performance. The St. Mary’s community is very proud of you!

To view photographs from the production, please visit the Media Galleries section of the St. Mary’s website.

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WORKING TOWARDS INVESTORS IN PUPILS

Posted on 04 Dec 2014 | News

St Mary’s are working with the Investors in Pupils programme. The programme provides a unique pupil participation framework to empower all pupils, increase their motivation and contribute to the raising of achievement across the Key Stages.

We hope the programme will provide our pupils with opportunities to develop further their decision-making and leadership skills.

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CHEMISTRY AT WORK

Posted on 03 Dec 2014 | News

A group of Year 12 students recently attended the Chemistry at Work Exhibition organised by Queen’s University, Belfast. This exciting event provided students with the opportunity to experience how local and international companies use Chemistry every day in the workplace. Some examples included: the use of fingerprinting in Forensic Science; the use of colorimetry in the development of hair colouring; the latest technology in the use of composites for the design and development of aeroplanes; the control of the acidity in our soil; and, the micro development of the read/write technology for computer hard drives.

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