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News Archive March 2022

Silver Fáinne

Posted on 02nd March 2022

In celebration of Seachtain na Gaeilge 2022, any Year 10 studying Irish had the opportunity to sit their Fáinne speaking examination. All students excelled in their spoken Irish receiving their Silver Fáinne and two of our students even achieved their Gold Fáinne. Maith sibh, Bliain 10!

The top pupils who were awarded Corn Bhríde were Aoibhe Ní Shamsún and Senan Ó Leogáin from 10C as well as Aoife Ní Chaollaí  and Lorcán Ó Coimín from 10A.

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TALKING TO YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT THE INVASION OF UKRAINE

Posted on 07th March 2022

The UK Trauma Council, founded by the Anna Freud Centre,has developed some useful suggestions with BBC Bitesize for parents/guardians to guide them in talking to their children about the invasion of Ukraine. Information can be found at: How to talk to your teenager about the invasion of Ukraine: tips for parents and carers - Parents’ Toolkit - BBC Bitesize

 

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INCLUSION, EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY PUPIL CHAMPIONS

Posted on 11th March 2022

Congratulations to the newly appointed St. Mary’s Inclusion, Equality and Diversity (IED) Pupil Champions. This new pupil group has been established to help promote greater awareness of issues relating to inclusion, equality and diversity throughout the school community.  We wish them well in their new roles.     

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BLACKOUT

Posted on 11th March 2022

On Friday 11 March 2022, Year 11 pupils had the opportunity to attend a screening of the Lyric Theatre production of “Blackout” by Davey Anderson. Directed by Philip Crawford, “Blackout” tells the story of James, a young man dealing with a number of challenging personal issues in difficult circumstances.  The screening was facilitated by the Mid-Ulster Policing Community Safety Partnership to highlight to young people that actions have consequences and the possible repercussions of engaging in anti-social behaviour and criminal activities. The event aimed to raise pupils’ awareness of the impact that drugs and alcohol can have on decision-making and the importance of asking for help in difficult situations. We are grateful to Wendy Stevenson, PSNI Schools’ Officer, for the advice and guidance she offered to pupils in her presentation following the screening.      

 

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THE DRUGS DON’T WORK

Posted on 11th March 2022

On Tuesday 8 March 2022, Year 12 pupils attended a talk by Visiting Speaker, Jackie Burke.  In a most engaging address, Jackie shared with pupils the devastating impact of alcohol and drugs in his life. He spoke very openly and honestly about the mistakes he had made in the past, how these had affected his relationships with others and how he found his path to recovery.  Jackie urged pupils to learn from his story and ensure that they make good choices and decisions in their own lives so that they don’t experience the challenges and difficulties he once faced.  We are grateful to Jackie for sharing his personal story with Year 12 pupils.      

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MACRORY CUP CHAMPIONS 2022

Posted on 22nd March 2022

St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has won the MacRory Cup for the second time in the school’s history.  The team defeated Holy Trinity College, Cookstown in the final at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh on Sunday 13 February 2022.  The game marked the fifth appearance of a St. Mary’s team in the final of the competition with the school previously reaching this stage in 1996, 2003, 2017 and 2018.  Commenting on the team’s success, Mr Dunlop, Principal, said: “St. Mary’s is incredibly proud of our players and their management team.  I commend them for their commitment to an intense training schedule and for the drive, discipline, determination and skill which have characterised them throughout the competition.  

 

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