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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

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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NEBSSA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014

Posted on 02 Dec 2014 | News

Thirty six students from Years 8-10 represented St Mary’s at the NEBSSA Cross Country Championships on 27 November at Ulster University, Coleraine. Participating against all schools in the North Eastern Board, the pupils were placed as following in the team events: Year 9 Girls- 3rd place; Year 9 Boys- 5th place; Year 10 Girls- 7th place and Year 10 Boys- 6th place

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OUT OF THIS WORLD

Posted on 02 Dec 2014 | News

Mark O’Connor from Saturn LED is pictured presenting a set of playing and training jerseys to the St Mary’s MacRory Cup team. Mark is a former Rannafast Cup winner with the school and his support for our senior football team is most appreciated. Also pictured are Mrs D Gillespie (principal), Niall Keenan (MacRory Cup captain), Mr John McElholm and Mr Kevin Brady from the PE Department/coaching staff.

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SUCCESS IN NATIONAL POSTER COMPETITION

Posted on 02 Dec 2014 | News

Year 9 pupils took part in the National Competition “inspire>aspire Global citizens in the making” poster competition last year 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.

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HEARING THE WORD

Posted on 25 Nov 2014 | News

Year 8 students received a Gideon bible from local representatives of Gideons International. Mr Billy Brown, Mr Ray Stewart and Mr David Henry are pictured with Mrs Gillespie and Head Girl Aoife Hutchinson, Darren Toner and some Year 8 pupils.

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SOROPTIMIST LADIES PUBLIC SPEAKING

Posted on 25 Nov 2014 | News

Congratulations to Niamh Martin and Estella Tohill-Reid who were placed joint third in the Soroptimist Ladies Public Speaking regional heat on Thursday 20 November.

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MEET ME IN ST LOUIS

Posted on 25 Nov 2014 | News

There are a limited number of single additional tickets for Meet Me in St Louis now available. For details please contact the school office.

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ROTARY YOUNG LEADERS

Posted on 25 Nov 2014 | News

Congratulations to Siobhan Comer who won the Rotary Young Leaders of the Future Competition.  She is one of 24 students selected from across Ireland to go to Strasburg for a week in January where she will go to the European Parliament, meet MEPs and take part in political debate.

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GOOD LUCK TO RANNAFAST TEAM!

Posted on 21 Nov 2014 | News

Final St Mary’s vs St Macartan’s Monaghan Arena 7.45pm Friday 21 November 2014

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KS3 FRENCH CLUB

Posted on 19 Nov 2014 | News

Mon 17 November saw the opening week of French Club. The “Club Francais” has been very popular over the years with our KS3 pupils and this year was no different. The club starts at 1 o’clock in G8 every Monday. Bingo was the order of the day in week one, with a French Quiz on the agenda for next week. The pupils will be treated to a range of fun activities over the next few weeks with Mr McShane, our assistant, Luc, and then culminating with a Christmas Special with Miss Venot. The French Club will return for another eagerly anticipated 4 week run in the new year.

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CAFÉ SAINTE MARIE

Posted on 19 Nov 2014 | News

The French Department opened its doors for its KS4 and 5 Coffee Club, “Café Sainte Marie” on Wed 19 November. French pupils had the opportunity to come and grab “une tasse de thé”, “un chocolat”, “des beignets”, “du gâteau” or  “de la tarte aux pommes”. The club was designed to allow pupils to talk all things French or simply just take a break from their academic rigours and proved to be a real “hit” with pupils. As with its sister club, “Le Club Francais”, “Café Sainte Marie” will return for another stint in 2015. On attend ça avec impatience!

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RANNAFAST CUP IN SIGHT!

Posted on 18 Nov 2014 | News

Danske Bank Edmund Rice Rannafast Cup semi-final:

St Mary’s, Magherafelt 2-8 St Pius X Magherafelt 2-7

WHAT a dramatic end to a superb derby game played before a huge crowd on Friday evening in Rossa Park, Magherafelt! A deflected goal in the sixth minute of injury time put St Mary’s, Magherafelt into the Danske Bank Edmund Rice Rannafast Cup final against St Macartan’s, Monaghan. Congratulations to the team, the managers and the supporters!

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SKY SPORTS LIVING FOR SPORT

Posted on 18 Nov 2014 | News

On 19 November 2014, selected PE students will take on the role of Young Leader Mentors in various activity sessions to inspire 220 Derry primary pupils throughout the day. This is a brilliant opportunity for our students, as we are the only Ambassador school from N Ireland. The primary school pupils will take part in the following activities:

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HAPPY ‘FEAT’!

Posted on 14 Nov 2014 | News

After their success at the ‘National Festival’ in Symphony Hall, Birmingham in July this year, the Senior Traditional Group from St Mary’s Grammar School wasinvited to perform in London’s prestigious Albert Hall on Monday 10 November.They took part in one of the Schools Proms’ organised by ‘Music For Youth’.

 

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE THIS CHRISTMAS

Posted on 14 Nov 2014 | News

St Mary’s Grammar School welcomed a representative from Road of Hope Charity and humbly presented her with 233 shoeboxes for their annual shoebox appeal. Miss L Fulton who co-ordinated the initiative said, “I am delighted with the generosity of all who made a sterling effort to help those less fortunate than ourselves in Romania and Hungary.”

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LEARNING TO LEARN

Posted on 05 Nov 2014 | News

Young Enterprise provided all Year 11 and Year 12 students with a two lesson programme on Study Skills. It provided students with practical advice about learning styles and time management, which will be most useful in the year ahead.

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TURNING HEADS

Posted on 05 Nov 2014 | News

Year 13 and 14 pupils at St Mary’s had the pleasure of welcoming local Milliner Marie Claire Ferguson into class to have a look at her stunning work close up and even to try on some of her fabulous creations. The new up and coming designer, fresh from the catwalk of Belfast Fashion Week, ran a workshop with the students on the art of hat making. Ellen Landers said, ‘ It was a great experience meeting a real life example of someone working and making a living in the Art and Design Industry close to home.’ Ciara Hampsey added, ‘The workshop allowed me to broaden my creative skills.’

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KEY STAGE 3 GIRLS ENGAGE IN UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER HEALTH RESEARCH

Posted on 05 Nov 2014 | News

Almost half of the girls in Year 9 and 10 recently engaged in their final fitness and health assessments following their involvement in a ‘12 Week Brisk Walking Programme’ led by Key Stage 4 pupils and facilitated by Miss O.Donnelly (Health Education Co-ordinator) during Lunchtimes in school. The data collection for the research being conducted by the University of Ulster has now been finalised and it highlighted to our pupils the importance of engaging in physical activity during the school day. The girls now eagerly await the results of the study to learn the possible positive effects of ‘Brisk walking’ on Health.

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HEALTHY EATING AWARDS

Posted on 05 Nov 2014 | News

St Mary’s promotes a healthy and balanced lifestyle in all pupils from Year 8 to Year 14. Pictured are the winners of the healthy eating awards for September and October 2014, which recognises those pupils who make healthy choices in the school canteen daily. The pupils were congratulated at Year Group Assemblies and rewarded with credit on their ‘Smart Cards’ for use in school.

 

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MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS - THE COUNTDOWN IS ON

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 | News

With only five weeks to go until the curtain opens on St. Mary’s Grammar School’s production of ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’, there is great excitement among the Cast and Production Teams as the show continues to take shape.

 

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

Posted on 20 Oct 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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MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS - GRAND QUIZ

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 | News

A Grand Quiz will be held in The Elk, Toomebridge on Friday 7 November 2014 at 7.30pm as a fundraiser for St. Mary’s forthcoming production of ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’. Tickets: £5.00 (adults) / £3.00 (children) The evening will include a light supper and interval entertainment. Raffle tickets will be on sale. All welcome.

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SUPPORT FOR ST. MARY’S PRODUCTION OF ‘MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS’

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 | News

In Act Two Scene One of ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’, the character of Rose Smith cries: “Money! I hate, loathe, despise and abominate money.” Her father, Alonso Smith, replies: “You also spend it.”

 

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GAEL LINN QUIZ 2014

Posted on 19 Oct 2014 | News

“Comhghairdeas le Mollaí Ní Néill, Chloe Nic Conmidhe, Áine Nic Aodha agus Cáit Nic Lochlainn. The girls, along with 60 year 10 Irish students attended the annual Gael Linn Quiz event in the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown on Friday 17th October.

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HELPING OTHERS

Posted on 15 Oct 2014 | News

Catherine O’Hara from the Northern Ireland’s Children’s Hospice recently received a cheque from the Year 13 Young Enterprise mini enterprise group in St Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt. They sold products to the school community and generated a profit of £620. Pictured is the Managing Director, Joseph Boyle and the Assistant Managing Director, Nikita Kelly.

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CAREERS IN LANGUAGES

Posted on 15 Oct 2014 | News

On Friday 26 September, as part of our European Day of Languages celebrations, our Year 12 pupils attended a Languages Careers Talk in the Assembly Hall. Our guest speakers were, Dr David Barr, Head of Modern Languages in the University of Ulster, and his colleague, Dr Xiuping Li, a Chinese lecturer in the university.

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CULTURAL TASTE!

Posted on 15 Oct 2014 | News

So that all could enjoy this special day, a variety of cuisines was served in the canteen and the introduction of some live traditional music also helped give the day a central place within the school community. Culminating on the 26 September with some hearty Irish stew and live traditional Irish music in the canteen, students had been availing of dishes such as Schwarzwalderkirschtorte andAlbondigas during the week. The Languages Department is most grateful for the efforts of the canteen staff.

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BOWLED OVER!

Posted on 15 Oct 2014 | News

Year 9 students had the opportunity to try the French game of bowls called Pétanque with their French teachers Mr McShane and Melle Venot. Extremely popular in the Provence part of France, this game required the players to throw their bowls as close to the jack, called in French “le cochonnet” ( the piggy). It is actually trickier to play than it seems as it requires great accuracy and skills.

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INTRODUCING GERMAN

Posted on 15 Oct 2014 | News

Year 8 students had the opportunity to learn German from teachers in our partner school in Germany. The German teachers gave kindly of their time and taught all five enthusiastic Year 8 groups some basic greetings and conversational skills throughout the week.

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MAGHERAFELT LEARNING PARTNERSHIP – SHARED ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME

Posted on 14 Oct 2014 | News

Year 13 students in St. Mary’s are being encouraged to sign up for the Magherafelt Learning Partnership’s Shared Enrichment Programme.  The Shared Enrichment Programme will run inthe five post-primary schools in the town on Monday 27 October and Tuesday 28 October 2014.

 

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MACRORY CUP

Posted on 13 Oct 2014 | News

St Mary’s opened their MacRory campaign with a defeat to St Paul’s, Bessbrook on Saturday 11 October in Garvaghy. St Mary’s played without a handful of first team players due to injury and aim to improve their performance for the next game v St Macartan’s, Monaghan on Tuesday 21 October.

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CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS

Posted on 08 Oct 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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ST MARY’S HOST FILMMAKING MASTER CLASS

Posted on 08 Oct 2014 | News

On the 6 October, the Moving Image Arts department in St Mary’s Grammar School hosted a film editing master class for Year 13 and 14 students in its state-of-the-art iMac studio. The department was delighted that Mr Bill Gilmore and Mr Clark Phillips came from the Nerve Centre in Belfast to deliver the extremely successful and popular all day workshop, which have been running for two years.

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PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY FLU ADVICE FOR PARENTS, GUARDIANS, CARERS WITH CHILDREN AT SCHOOL

Posted on 07 Oct 2014 | News

What is Flu?

Flu is a respiratory Illness caused by several strains of Influenza virus. These strains include strains of flu A and strains of flu B.

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MACRORY CUP

Posted on 06 Oct 2014 | News

St Mary’s 2:10 St Patrick’s, Armagh 2:9

St Mary’s had a narrow one point victory in a MacRory challenge game on the school pitch on Saturday 4 October. Impressive performances from Michael Donnelly, Donal Carey, Proinsias Burke and Thomas O’Kane capped a fine team performance with all 23 players getting a good solid run out.

St Mary’s face St Paul’s, Bessbrook on Saturday 11 October in their first Macrory league game at the Garvaghy complex, Ballygawley. We wish the boys every success!

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MACRORY CHALLENGE MATCH

Posted on 01 Oct 2014 | News

Action from Tuesday’s MacCrory Cup Friendly against St Patrick’s College, Maghera where St Mary’s came out on top by a narrow margin in a keenly contested game.

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CONSIDER YOURSELF…

Posted on 26 Sep 2014 | News

All in St Mary’s wish Year 10 pupil Conall McKenna a wonderful week in the Grand Opera House (30 September until 4 October); This talented young actor will be playing the ‘Artful Dodger’ in the Dickensian classic, ‘Oliver!’ as part of the cast of the Ulster Operatic Company. And such is his love of the theatre, Conall knows that on the 4 October he will definitely be asking for more!

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PARENTS

Posted on 26 Sep 2014 | News

​Parents get involved with your child’s education.  Your support will mean their success.

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CIVIC RECEPTION- LANGUAGE LEARNING

Posted on 26 Sep 2014 | News

In an unprecedented event, Magherafelt District Council held a civic reception in recognition of those students who showed commitment and dedication to language learning by attending Gaeltacht summer courses in 2014.

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AMAZING BRAINS

Posted on 25 Sep 2014 | News

Year 8 pupils in St Mary’s Grammar School enjoyed a fun and motivating session on Wednesday 24 September led by Tracy Gray from the Amazing Brains company.  Amazing Brains NI is an award winning Social Enterprise that in 2012/13 worked in partnership with schools to inspire almost 23,000 students to develop a Growth Mindset. Their motivational style seeks to inspire students of all ages to take control of their own future, discover their own unique talents and latent potential, but most importantly become the authors of their own life stories.  Diarmuid Walls said “I really enjoyed the nail experiment and loved having to think creatively. I also enjoyed getting to know and work with other people in my year group.”

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PARENT POWER AND PARTNERSHIP

Posted on 25 Sep 2014 | News

The parents and guardians were invited to a Parent Power evening of interactive activities (again expertly facilitated by Tracy Gray, Amazing Brains) to reaffirm their role in their children’s process of transition. The evening began with key personnel, namely Principal Mrs D Gillespie, Mr G Quinn (Senior Teacher- Progress and Learning Manager Key Stage 3), Miss S McAllister (Senior Teacher with responsibility for Learning and Teaching) and Mrs AM Anderson (Head of Year 8), addressing the audience. Parents/guardians were reminded of the value the school places on working in partnership with them for the good of every child before they engaged in the Amazing Brains seminar. Declan Larkin reported that his mum and dad had really enjoyed the evening.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Posted on 23 Sep 2014 | News

The newly established Social Action Committee of St Mary’s provides students with opportunities for spiritual and personal growth, by way of service to their school and wider community. The Committee aims to: affect real and lasting change in the local and global community; alleviate human suffering in the local community and further afield, and raise awareness on international issues of social justice.

 

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REACCREDITATION OF AN INVESTOR IN PEOPLE GOLD AWARD

Posted on 23 Sep 2014 | News

St Mary’s Grammar School is celebrating the recent reaccreditation of an Investors in People Gold Award. The school was first recognised as an Investor in People in 1999 and since then, has grown and developed as an organisation. In the most recent assessment, Frances Open, the Assessor, concluded that many of the school’s practices exceeded the requirements of the Standard. The report detailed, “St Mary’s is an inclusive and inviting school which welcomes people from all backgrounds, cultures and traditions… It creates warm, caring and positive relationships between all members of the school community while promoting good relations in the wider social context. It is a school where everyone feels a sense of belonging and value.” 

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FRENCH TEACHERS FOR THE FUTURE

Posted on 23 Sep 2014 | News

On Monday 22 September, seventeen Year 12 pupils from St Mary’s Grammar School were accompanied by Mr McShane to Holy Family Primary School, for a morning’s language teaching as part of the European Day of Languages celebrations. Mr McShane explained, “Our pupils taught French to the P6 and 7classes. The teachers in Holy Family were high in their praise and it’s clear that we have a few future teachers in our ranks. Well done to all involved!” Pupils involved: Carine Fullerton, Beth Kilpatrick Lauren McStocker, Laura Delaney, Megan Lagan, Emily Carson, Erin McIvor, Maria Teague, Caitlin Loughran, Eilis O’Boyle, Susan McIlwee, Megan Kennedy, Megan Carson, Niall Conlon, Emily Hinds, Niamh Heron and Siobhan O’Neill.

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