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St. Mary’s Grammar School

St. Mary’s Grammar School

St. Mary’s Grammar School

St. Mary’s Grammar School

St. Mary’s Grammar School

St. Mary’s Grammar School

St. Mary’s Grammar School

    Welcome to St. Mary's Grammar School, Magherafelt

    Principal's Address

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

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    Latest News

    ST. MARY’S EASTER SCHOOL

    Posted on 17 Apr 2014 | News

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

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    HEALTHY OPTIONS

    Posted on 17 Apr 2014 | News

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

    To view our photo gallery please click here: Health Fair 

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    SPRING WAS IN THE AIR

    Posted on 17 Apr 2014 | News

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

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    YEAR 11 GEOGRAPHY TRIP TO NEWCASTLE, CO. DOWN

    Posted on 16 Apr 2014 | GeneralNews

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

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    MAGHERAFELT INTER-SCHOOLS’ ATHLETICS COMPETITION

    Posted on 15 Apr 2014 | News

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

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    REPORT FROM MISS DONNELLY

    Posted on 15 Apr 2014 | News

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

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    FAITH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

    Posted on 15 Apr 2014 | GeneralNews

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

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    Active Leadership

    Posted on 14 Apr 2014 | News

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

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    CAMOGIE BLITZ

    Posted on 14 Apr 2014 | News

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

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    KICKHAM’S CREGGAN

    Posted on 14 Apr 2014 | News

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

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    MEET ME IN…ST MARY’S

    Posted on 11 Apr 2014 | News

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

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    BROCK SHIELD COMPETITION

    Posted on 08 Apr 2014 | NewsGeneral

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

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    SIANSA: ALL IRELAND WINNERS

    Posted on 07 Apr 2014 | NewsGeneral

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

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    CHARGED AND READY FOR BUSINESS

    Posted on 04 Apr 2014 | NewsGeneral

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

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    N. IRELAND YOUNG AMBASSADOR CONFERENCE

    Posted on 04 Apr 2014 | NewsGeneral

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

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    KEEPING WELL VAN

    Posted on 03 Apr 2014 | NewsGeneral

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

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    CAMOGIE BLITZ

    Posted on 02 Apr 2014 | News

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

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    ARTWORK OF THE WEEK

    Posted on 01 Apr 2014 | News

    ​Spring-Time Song by Sarah McCann 13PBR

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    RIVER STUDY 2014

    Posted on 28 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    FAITHFUL FOLLOWERS

    Posted on 28 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

    Posted on 28 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    HITTING ALL THE RIGHT NOTES

    Posted on 28 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    BBC SCHOOL REPORT

    Posted on 27 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    GCSE TOP CANDIDATE

    Posted on 27 Mar 2014 | News

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

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

    Posted on 27 Mar 2014 | News

    Junior Camogie 2013/14

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

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    PUTTING OUR BEST FEET FORWARD

    Posted on 26 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    SPILLING INK

    Posted on 25 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    SKY SPORTS LIVING FOR SPORT PROJECT 2014

    Posted on 25 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    FIRE WRITING

    Posted on 24 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    ST MARY’S YOUNG BT SCIENTISTS

    Posted on 24 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    ST MARY’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL INFORMATION EVENING

    Posted on 24 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    GO WALKING!

    Posted on 21 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    POSITIVE ACTION

    Posted on 21 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    LINKING GENERATIONS

    Posted on 21 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    LOUGHRY COLLEGE LECTURE

    Posted on 20 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    GOING THE DISTANCE

    Posted on 14 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR TALK

    Posted on 14 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    ‘RITH’ RUN

    Posted on 14 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    THE STEM MODULE VISITS ST MARY’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL

    Posted on 14 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    TO BE THE BEST!

    Posted on 13 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    NIFTY NETBALLERS

    Posted on 11 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    ADDING A LITTLE COLOUR

    Posted on 10 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    HEALTHY EATING AWARDS

    Posted on 07 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    A PUNCHY LESSON

    Posted on 06 Mar 2014 | News

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

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    A LIFE REMEMBERED

    Posted on 04 Mar 2014 | News

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

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

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    AWESOME AMERICA

    Posted on 28 Feb 2014 | News

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

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

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    SWEET SOUNDS OF SUCCESS

    Posted on 24 Feb 2014 | News

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

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    SHANNON DONNELLY- SOROPTIMIST SUCCESS

    Posted on 24 Feb 2014 | News

    Having won the local area heat of the Soroptimist International Public Speaking competition, Shannon represented the school and the local area in the Northern Ireland final, which took place on Saturday 22 February in Glenola Collegiate, Bangor. She achieved third place in N Ireland.

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    AVIVA SCHOOL MILE CHALLENGE

    Posted on 24 Feb 2014 | News

    Year 8-10 pupils recently participated in the ‘AVIVA SCHOOL MILE CHALLENGE’ helping them become more aware of their ‘health and well being’ but also raising money for OLA nuns in Tanzania. 

    To view our photo album click here: Aviva School Mile Challenge 

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    2014 IRISH SCIENCE OLYMPIAD IN CHEMISTRY

    Posted on 18 Feb 2014 | News

    Fintan Devine, a Year 14 pupil at St Mary’s Grammar School, won a Silver Medal in the 2014 All Ireland Science Olympiad in Chemistry.  Fintan and fellow Year 14 student, Bronagh McGuckin (who missed a Bronze medal by 1mark) have been selected onto a panel of fifteen students who will sit a further exam at Easter following an intensive residential training programme in Dublin City University.

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    VALENTINE’S DAY POETRY READING

    Posted on 17 Feb 2014 | News

    Love was in the air - for the most part – in St.Mary’s on St. Valentine’s Day as Year 8 and Year 9 pupils, with the help of some Year 13 and 14 pupils , took to the stage to declare their love…for poetry! 

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    KEEPING UP WITH THE TRADITION

    Posted on 11 Feb 2014 | News

    ​Following their success in the early stages of the Gael Linn competition, St Mary’s traditional music group, Cóiriú, were successful in  the provincial final of the Siansa competition held in the Four Season’s Hotel, Monaghan on 7 February 2014. They will now compete in the All Ireland Final.

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    YEAR 9 NETBALL

    Posted on 10 Feb 2014 | News

    The St. Mary’s Year 9 Netball Team took on Magherafelt High School in their first game of the league on Tuesday 4 February 2014. The girls were defeated on a 7-4 score line but finished the game strongly with high hopes for the next game against St Killians, Garron Tower.​​

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    ST. MARY’S SADDENED BY DEATH OF FORMER PRINCIPAL

    Posted on 06 Feb 2014 | News

    It was with deep sadness and regret that the community of St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt learned this week of the death of former Principal, Sister Immaculata O’Connor (RIP). 

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    SPORTS HALL ATHLETICS

    Posted on 06 Feb 2014 | News

    A large number of medals were gathered by St. Mary’s pupils at the Derry Sports Hall Athletics Championship which was held in Meadowbank Arena on Thursday 6 February 2014.​  ​32 Year 8 – 10 boys and girls entered the competition and took part in a number of events each throughout the day. After excelling in the Cross Country Championships, Aidan McCloskey gathered a remarkable 7 medals. Courtney Quinn, John McElhone, Adam Connolly, Aislinn Craig also took honours from the day’s proceedings. All the relay teams did particularly well, gaining 8 placings from a possible 12 races.

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    DERRY CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONS

    Posted on 05 Feb 2014 | News

    St. Mary’s Cross Country team travelled to University of Ulster, Coleraine on Wednesday 5 February 2014 to take part in the Derry Cross Country Championships with a number of pupils qualifying for the Ulster Finals which are scheduled for Tuesday 11th February in Mallusk.​ 

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    MAKING A SPLASH

    Posted on 16 Jan 2014 | News

    Congratulations to Conan Bradley, Year 13, who was selected by Hope for Youth NI to represent Northern Ireland at the House of Lords v House of Commons Charity Swim at the Porchester Hall, Bayswater, London.​ 

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    YEAR 8 PUPILS GO TO THE POLLS

    Posted on 16 Jan 2014 | News

    On 25 November 2013, Year 8 students went to the polls to elect their Year 8 Student Council Representative. Running for election were Sara Lanao-Madden, Sean Cassidy, Colm Devlin, Thomas Mallon and Declan Murray.​  

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    MORE POWER TO ST. MARY’S

    Posted on 16 Jan 2014 | News

    ​Each year, The Sunday Times presents ‘Parent Power’ – its guide to the top performing schools in the UK.  In 2013, St. Mary’s was ranked Sixth Place in the Top 10 State Secondary Schools in Northern Ireland. Rising seven places from 2012, the school was ranked 60th in the Top 100 State Secondary schools in the UK. This is a great achievement of which the whole school community can be proud.

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    ST. MARY’S STUDENTS TOP OF THE CLASS

    Posted on 16 Jan 2014 | NewsAwards

    Following the publication of examination results in August, we were pleased to learn that a number of St. Mary’s pupils achieved top places in Northern Ireland in this year’s GCSE and A Level examinations.  ​At GCSE, Niamh McGarry achieved First Place in PE, Hannah Lydon achieved Second Place in PE, Maria Lagan achieved Second Place in Chemistry, Orlaith McAteer achieved Third Place (joint) in Irish and Emma McKay achieved full marks in GCSE Art and Design. At A Level, Conor McGurk achieved Second Place in Technology and Design. Huge congratulations to each of them. We wish them continued success in their future studies.

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    MADRID TRIP DECEMBER 2013

    Posted on 06 Jan 2014 | News

    Eight Year 12 Spanish students set off on the first part of our Spanish exchange visit just before Christmas. For eight months we had been in regular contact with our friends in Colegio Aristos via videoconferencing. It is thanks to Mr Luis Garcia, C2K, that this link was established. 

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    ACTING THE PART

    Posted on 08 Dec 2013 | News

    ​On Friday 6 December 2013, four Year 14 Drama and Theatre Studies students – Emma Donegan, Meabh McGee, Niall McKenna and Patrycja Podwysocka – travelled to Belfast to take part in a Cinemagic acting masterclass with former Coronation Street actress, Suranne Jones.

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    ANNUAL SHOEBOX APPEAL

    Posted on 29 Nov 2013 | News

    Our Year 8 pupils demonstrated great generosity in their response to this year’s Shoebox Appeal.​  With the help of their Form Teachers and Mrs McComb, pupils donated over 60 shoeboxes and £105 to help put a smile on the faces of children in Croatia, Romania and Bosnia who would not otherwise receive a gift this Christmas.​

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    THE SOUND OF MUSIC

    Posted on 24 Nov 2013 | News

    ​On Friday 22nd November 2013, the corridors of St. Mary’s came alive to the sound of music as the Music Department marked the Feast Day of St. Cecelia, the Patron Saint of Music, with a Celebration of Music Day. The event was organised to raise funds for Action Cancer.

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    SOROPTIMIST SUCCESS

    Posted on 22 Nov 2013 | News

    On 21 November 2013, six pupils - Nicole Cuskeran, Catherine Devlin, Shannon Donnelly, Ellen Groom, Enya Loughlin and Annie O’Loane - competed in the Regional Heat of the 2013 Soroptimist International Youth Award Public Speaking Competition.​

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    INSPIRING LIVES – CREATING FUTURES

    Posted on 18 Nov 2013 | News

    On 15 November 2013, research teams from Queen’s University, Belfast visited St. Mary’s as part of the Research Council UK School-University Partnership Initiative.​  ​The ‘Inspiring Lives – Creating Futures’ programme engaged Year 9 pupils from across the Magherafelt Learning Partnership in a series of workshops. The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology delivered a workshop titled ‘Cancer – From Discovery to Recovery.’ The Sonic Arts Research Centre workshop focused on ‘Creative Technologies’ while the School of Pharmacy workshop explored ‘Drug Development – From Concept to Clinic.’

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    THAT’S A WRAP

    Posted on 15 Nov 2013 | News

    On Wednesday 13 November 2013, 10B pupils travelled to the Grand Opera House, Belfast to celebrate the success of the Cinemagic ‘Reel Frontiers’ Project.​

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    CANCER RESEARCH INSIGHT FOR BIOLOGY STUDENT

    Posted on 12 Nov 2013 | News

    ​Congratulations to Year 14 Biology student, Samantha Ndebele, who entered a Queen’s University and Cancer Research UK competition to inspire the next generation of cancer researchers.

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    THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

    Posted on 28 Oct 2013 | News

    On Saturday 26 October 2013, GCSE Drama and Performing Arts pupils travelled to the Millennium Forum Theatre, Derry to see NI Opera’s production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde.  Pupils enjoyed a pre-show behind-the-scenes tour of the theatre, as well as a post-show discussion with the show’s Assistant Director, Danielle Urbas, and a walk-on tour of the set.

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    ART ATTACK

    Posted on 05 Oct 2013 | News

    On 5 October 2013, A Level Art and Design students visited the Turner Prize Exhibition in Derry.​  The exhibition is arguably the world’s most prestigious award for contemporary art and this is the first time since 1984 that the exhibition has been presented in Northern Ireland. Attendance at the exhibition provided students with an insight into what is currently new and exciting in the world of art. During the visit, students actively participated in gallery exhibitions and two students - Siobhan Robinson and Abigail Law - were interviewed by Channel 4 about their views on each nominated artist’s work.​

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    GIVE ME FIVE!

    Posted on 26 Sep 2013 | News

    ​Following an inspection in September by Magherafelt District Council and the Food Standards Agency as part of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, Café Bordeaux, the school’s catering facility, was awarded five stars - the highest rating on the scale.  Congratulations to Mrs McGurk and the staff of Café Bordeaux who do sterling work each day preparing and serving delicious food for pupils and staff alike. Thank you, ladies, for everything you do.​

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    ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

    Posted on 25 Sep 2013 | News

    On Monday 23 September 2013, pupils, staff and parents attended the annual Awards Ceremony to celebrate the success of GCSE and A Level pupils this year.

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    QUALITY MARK FOR GEOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT

    Posted on 18 Sep 2013 | News

    Congratulations to the Geography Department for achieving a re-accreditation of the Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) Centre of Excellence Award.​  ​SGQM is a framework that has been developed nationally by the Geographical Association to enable subject leaders to raise the standards of Geography in schools, support the quality teaching of Geography and promote leadership and management in Geography departments. The award will be officially presented at the Geographical Association’s Annual Conference in the University of Surrey, Guildford on 14th April 2014.

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    YEAR 14 FORMAL

    Posted on 06 Sep 2013 | News

    On Friday 6 September 2013, Year 14 students marked the beginning of their final year together with the annual Year 14 Formal.

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    GCSE EXAMINATION SUCCESS FOR ST. MARY’S

    Posted on 27 Aug 2013 | News

    ​The Principal of St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has described this year’s GCSE examination results as “outstanding”. Mrs Gillespie reported that a staggering 99.5% of students achieved 7 grades at A*-C, including English and Mathematics, and 100% of students achieved 5 grades at A*-C. Impressively, 60.7% of all grades were A*/A.

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    A LEVEL EXAMINATION SUCCESS IN ST. MARY’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL

    Posted on 27 Aug 2013 | News

    ​A Level students from St. Mary’s Grammar School had cause for celebration last week following the publication of this year’s examination results.

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    ACADEMY OF PERFORMANCE COMBAT DELIVERS WORKSHOP IN ST. MARY’S

    Posted on 27 Aug 2013 | News

    ​Drama and Performing Arts students from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt recently took part in a workshop with the Academy of Performance Combat (APC), a London-based organisation which delivers training in dramatic combat within the UK, the USA and Europe.

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    JOURNEY WITH PURPOSE

    Posted on 09 Jul 2013 | News

    In July 2013, Mr Tracey and seven Year 13 students - Paul Campbell, Mairead Hughes, Claire Kilpatrick, Sarah McCormack, Alice McCormick, Noeleen McCullagh and Terence O’Brien - joined students from other schools in Northern Ireland to travel to India to spend 16 days there as part of the school’s work with Saphara.​

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    ST. MARY’S STUDENTS IN FINAL OF SIANSA GAEL LINN MUSIC COMPETITION

    Posted on 12 Jun 2013 | NewsGeneral

    Music students from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt have competed in the final of the 2013 Siansa Gael Linn Music Competition.  

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    ST. MARY’S STUDENTS ATTEND CREATIVE AND CULTURAL SKILLS EVENT AT THE LYRIC THEATRE, BELFAST

    Posted on 28 May 2013 | News

    Drama and Performing Arts students from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt recently attended a Creative Choices careers event at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. 

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    ST. MARY’S STUDENTS PREPARE FOR JOURNEY WITH PURPOSE TO INDIA

    Posted on 26 May 2013 | News

    A group of Year 13 students from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt will travel to India in July 2013 with charity organisation, Saphara.  During their 16 days in India, the students will work with educationally disadvantaged children. Through recent street collections in Cookstown, Draperstown and Magherafelt, the students raised a total of £1223.20 for the charity. The students involved wish to express their appreciation to everyone who kindly donated.

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    RENEWAL OF ST. MARY’S ECO-SCHOOLS GREEN FLAG AWARD

    Posted on 26 May 2013 | News

    St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has been awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award for a second time. Following a recent visit by Eco-Schools Assessors, the school’s designation as a Green Flag school was renewed.  

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    ST. MARY’S ACHIEVES BRITISH COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL AWARD

    Posted on 26 May 2013 | News

    St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has achieved the prestigious British Council International School Award.

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    ST. MARY’S PUPILS BRING A TASTE OF FRANCE TO HOLY FAMILY PRIMARY SCHOOL

    Posted on 26 May 2013 | NewsGeneral

    Year 12 French students from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt have been nurturing primary school pupils’ interest in the European language.   

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    MAGHERAFELT STUDENTS ARE SALT OF THE EARTH

    Posted on 23 May 2013 | NewsGeneral

    St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt was the host venue for a recent visit of the Salters’ Company to the area.  Representatives from the Salters’ Company and other London Livery Companies were in town to launch a new award within the Magherafelt Learning Partnership.  

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    ST. MARY’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL DANSKE BANK KIRK CUP CHAMPIONS 2013

    Posted on 14 May 2013 | NewsGeneral

    St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has emerged victorious from the 2013 Ulster Colleges Danske Bank Hurling Kirk Cup competition, beating Rathmore Grammar School, Belfast to pick up the trophy. 

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    ST. MARY’S STUDENTS COMPETE IN 2013 BRITISH CHEMISTRY OLYMPIAD

    Posted on 07 May 2013 | GeneralNews

    Year 14 students from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt have participated in the prestigious 2013 British Chemistry Olympiad Competition, achieving a range of certificates. The students who took part in the competition were: Peter Maguire, Brid Corrigan, Catherine Tennyson, Maria Tennyson, Sinead Comer, Sinead Kearney, Bronagh McGillian, Sinead Donnelly, Aileana Jackson, Padraic Lagan, Roisin Martin, Orlagh Scullion. Kerri Strain and Gavin Tennyson.​

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    ST. MARY’S STUDENTS HIT ALL THE RIGHT NOTES

    Posted on 07 May 2013 | NewsGeneral

    Two students of Music and Drama from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt will be treading the boards in Belfast this summer in productions of ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Annie.’

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    ST. MARY’S STUDENT SECURES WORK PLACEMENT WITH FINANCE CORPORATION

    Posted on 07 May 2013 | GeneralNews

    A Year 13 Business Studies student from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has been awarded a unique work placement with financial services corporation, Morgan Stanley.   

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    ST. MARY’S HOSTS LAUNCH OF LINEN HALL LIBRARY WEBSITE

    Posted on 29 Apr 2013 | NewsGeneral

    St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt was the venue for the Linen Hall Library’s recent launch of Digital Theatre Archive, an online digital resource containing over 2500 local theatre programmes, handbills and plays dating back to the late 18th century.    

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    ST. MARY’S TALENTED ATHLETES LOOK FORWARD TO UNIVERSITY

    Posted on 29 Apr 2013 | News

    Four Year 14 students from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt have been awarded Talented Athlete Entry to the University of Ulster.  

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    ST. MARY’S STUDENTS VISIT GERMANY

    Posted on 24 Apr 2013 | GeneralNews

    Year 11 students from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt recently travelled to Reutlingen in Germany as part of their involvement in a two-year British Council Comenius School Partnership project. 

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    ST. MARY’S STUDENTS MAKE ART NOT WASTE

    Posted on 24 Apr 2013 | GeneralNews

    Art and Design students from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt have taken part in the Regional Final of the RiverRidge Recycling Make Art Not Waste Competition. 

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    ST. MARY’S MUSIC DEPARTMENT PRESENTS ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT

    Posted on 23 Apr 2013 | GeneralNews

    The Music Department of St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt showcased the exceptional musical talent of the school in its recent Spring Concert.  

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    ST. MARY’S STUDENTS IN ULSTER GRAMMAR SCHOOLS SWIMMING GALA

    Posted on 20 Apr 2013 | NewsGeneral

    Students from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt have taken part in the 2013 Ulster Grammar Schools Swimming Gala in Ballymena. The students, drawn from Years 8 -14, took part in either the Junior, Intermediate or Senior competition. 

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    ST. MARY’S NAMED NORTHERN IRELAND’S TOP SCHOOL IN BRITISH BIOLOGY OLYMPIAD COMPETITION

    Posted on 18 Apr 2013 | News

    St.Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has been named as the top school in Northern Ireland in the 2013 British Biology Olympiad competition.

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    ST. MARY’S STUDENT SCOOPS FIRST PRIZE IN ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION

    Posted on 16 Apr 2013 | NewsGeneralAwards

    A Year 14 English Literature student from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has been awarded first place in the prestigious Northern Ireland Schools Essay Writing Competition. 

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    ULSTER COLLEGES ALL STAR AWARDS AMONG ST MARY’S SPORTING SUCCESSES

    Posted on 16 Apr 2013 | AwardsNews

    The PE Department of St. Mary’s Grammar School has had much to celebrate recently, following a string of notable sporting successes.

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    LES MISERABLES ACTOR VISITS ST. MARY’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL

    Posted on 16 Apr 2013 | News

    The Drama Department of St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt recently welcomed Northern Irish actor, Fra Fee, to the school.

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    ST. MARY’S STUDENTS TAKE PART IN DERRY-LONDONDERRY CITY OF CULTURE 2013

    Posted on 16 Apr 2013 | GeneralNews

    Students from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt have been getting involved in the Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013 programme of events. 

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