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News Archive September 2022


Posted on 05th September 2022

St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has welcomed Mr Paul McClean as its new Principal.  Mr McClean succeeds Mr Frank Dunlop who has retired after 36 years in the school. 

Having gained a degree in accounting from Queen’s University, Belfast, Mr McClean later pursued a career in education and held teaching positions in schools in England and Northern Ireland.  He taught Mathematics in Sperrin Integrated College, Magherafelt for four years before moving to St. Dominic’s Grammar School for Girls, Belfast where he was Head of Mathematics prior to joining the Senior Leadership Team.  Mr McClean left St. Dominic’s to take up the role of Principal in Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle in 2016, leading the school during a period of great success for the college community.  

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Posted on 13th September 2022

On Tuesday 13 September 2022, Year 12 pupils had the opportunity to attend the ‘Provoking Thought’ presentation designed by Action Mental Health. 

As a Take 5 Champion School, the delivery of the presentation was part of St. Mary’s ongoing commitment to promoting positive mental health and emotional well-being throughout the school community.  The aims of the presentation were to increase young people’s understanding of mental health and resilience, ensure that they are aware of the range of support available to them and encourage help-seeking behaviours should they have any concerns about their mental health and emotional well-being.

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Posted on 27th September 2022

St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt was pleased to welcome former Armagh GAA player, Oisín McConville, on two occasions throughout the month of September.  Oisín visited the school as part of the Sporting Chance Programme delivered by Sport Northern Ireland.  He addressed Year 13 and Year 14 students, offering important advice in relation to healthy lifestyles and protecting personal mental health.  We are grateful to Oisín for his inspirational and guiding message and offer our thanks to Sport Northern Ireland for facilitating this valuable event.   


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St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt lift inaugural Ulster University 7-a-side tournament.

Posted on 29th September 2022

Placed in a tough qualifying group with St. Colman’s, Newry and St. Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon, the St. Mary’s boys adapted to the game seamlessly and progressed to a quarter final where they would meet St. Eunan’s, Letterkenny. 

Dominating from the early stages, with strong performances all-round, goals from Conhuir Johnston, Sean Byrne and Paul Duffin, set up a semi-final against the ‘Red High’, Downpatrick.

With James Gribben again showing his versatility as a traditional goalkeeper and a ‘sweeper’ using runners like Sean Byrne and John Lavery on kickouts, and utilising Luke Burn’s aerial ability, the rest of the team were able to manage the game and progress to the showpiece final where they would again meet St. Patrick’s, Dungannon.


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