St Mary's St Mary's BE SAFE. BE SEEN. On Tuesday 12 October 2021, PSNI Schools’ Officer, Wendy Stevenson, visited St. Mary’s to distribute reflective bands to Year 8 pupils.  The reflective bands have been kindly provided by the Mid-Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) to encourage Year 8 pupils to stay visible when using the road, particularly when the dark mornings and evenings arrive.  We are grateful to Wendy and the Mid-Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership for promoting this important road safety message in St. Mary’s and for providing these valuable safety resources for Year 8 pupils. Wed, 13 Oct 2021 09:43:33 GMT BUS SAFETY AND ROAD SAFETY FOR YEAR 8 On Monday 4 October 2021, St. Mary’s welcomed representatives from the PSNI and Translink to deliver a presentation to Year 8 pupils about road safety and bus safety.  We are grateful to Wendy, Stuart, Kevin and Susan for a most informative and thought-provoking session. Thu, 07 Oct 2021 10:40:54 GMT ACTION MENTAL HEALTH In advance of World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10 October 2021, each Year Group in St. Mary’s had the opportunity to attend an Action Mental Health talk on Friday 1 and Monday 4 October 2021.  The workshops were delivered by Colette Slevin and covered a range of themes from Year 8 Transition, Social Media, Self Esteem and Confidence, Body Image and Mental Health in Sport. We are grateful to Colette and Action Mental Health for these very engaging and relevant sessions. Thu, 07 Oct 2021 10:37:01 GMT ST. MARY’S SUPPORTS THE OLIVE BRANCH To mark World SuicidePrevention Day on Friday 10 September 2021, St. Mary’s Grammar School held a ‘Guess the Score’ competition ahead of the All-Ireland Final.  Pupils and staff took part and raised a total of £555.00 for local mental health organisation, The Olive Branch. Mon, 27 Sep 2021 14:30:08 GMT RESULTS DAY FOR A LEVEL AND GCSE STUDENTS IN ST. MARY’S Students in St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt had reason to celebrate this week following the release of this year’s GCSE and A Level results. At A Level, 95.5% of students achieved at least 3 A* - C grades while 97.9% of all entries resulted in A* - C grades. At GCSE, 98.2% of students  achieved at least 7 A* - C grades (including English and Mathematics) while 98.7% of all entries resulted in A* - C grades. Fri, 13 Aug 2021 15:56:56 GMT Congratulations Congratulations to St. Mary’s current and past pupils who won the All Ireland Minor Football Championship Mon, 02 Aug 2021 11:55:00 GMT STAY SAFE THIS SUMMER On Tuesday 22 June 2021, St. Mary’s welcomed local PSNI Schools’ Officer, Wendy Stevenson, who delivered a presentation to pupils in Year 8, Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11.  The purpose of the presentation was to provide pupils with key messages about keeping safe in both the real world and the digital world, particularly during the summer holiday period.  During the address, Wendy provided pupils with important information and advice on a range of issues, including online safety, social media, cyberbullying, sexting, drugs and vaping.    As the school year draws to a close, we wish all of our pupils a safe and relaxing summer break. Wed, 30 Jun 2021 12:16:53 GMT SCRÚDÚ AN FHÁINNE 2021 Year 10 Silver Fáinne speaking exams usually take place during ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’ but due to the pandemic 10A,10C & 10D had to wait patiently until after their Summer Examinations. The three Year 10 classes put three years of Irish language learning into practice. The top three girls and boys who achieved 100% and were awarded Corn Bhríde were LusaÍ Ní Bhiataigh & Liam Ó Muirí (10A),  Daire Mac Meanman & Darcie Nic Conmidhe (10C) and Cathair Ó Corra & Méabh Ní hAmhsaigh (10D). Roinn na Gaeilge anseo I Scoil Mhuire are extremely proud of all of the students and wish them the best for GCSE. Maith sibh Bliain 10! Please click here to view media gallery Wed, 23 Jun 2021 14:26:36 GMT GOING FOR GOLD A Level Irish students at St. Mary’s have made History being the first group to achieve their ‘Fáinne Óir.’ They are pictured wearing their Fáinne’s to show that they have a high proficiency in spoken Irish. Roinn na Gaeilge are extremely proud of each and every one of them! Wed, 23 Jun 2021 09:31:20 GMT ST. MARY’S BIDS A FOND FAREWELL TO YEAR 14 On Thursday 27 May 2021, Year 14 pupils returned to St. Mary’s for Leavers’ Day.  Pupils attended a Mass celebrated by Fr. Gates before enjoying lunch with their teachers and peers.  We hope they had an enjoyable and memorable day and we wish them all good health, happiness and prosperity in the future. Please click here to view media gallery Thu, 03 Jun 2021 11:00:33 GMT NORTHERN IRELAND ANTI-BULLYING FORUM YOUNG PERSON ADVISORY GROUP The Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum are currently recruiting for young people to join their Young Person Advisory Group (YPAG). The purpose of YPAG is to help advise and support the work of the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) which works to end the bullying of children and young people in our schools and in our communities. NIABF is hosted by the National Childrens Bureau (NCB). For more information about NIABF:  Members of YPAG will be children and young people aged 8-18 years, who will meet regularly via the online platform Zoom. There are many exciting opportunities ahead for young people to engage in and play an important role in working to end bullying. Fri, 28 May 2021 09:53:25 GMT ECO-COMPETITION Congratulations to the winners of our Eco-competition who produced our new Eco-Code. This will be displayed in all classrooms to remind us what we can do as a school community to support our environment and look after our mental health. Winner - Conor Sargent  2nd - Anna Hackett 3rd - Niamh Fox (absent) Thu, 27 May 2021 11:46:35 GMT WIN A FAMILY DAY TRAVEL TICKET Thu, 27 May 2021 10:38:25 GMT I-MATTER PROGRAM - MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR TEENS Tue, 18 May 2021 11:35:53 GMT MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 10 – 16 MAY 2021 This week is Mental Health Awareness Week.  The theme this year is “Nature”. Please click on the links below to access information from the Mental Health Foundation about how you can connect with nature and how doing so can be good for your mental health. Connect with Nature Guide for PupilsNature Guide for Parents and Caregivers Mon, 10 May 2021 13:41:33 GMT OISÍN MCGRATH CUP WINNERS Due to Covid the final of the Oisín McGrath Cup wasn’t played. The finalists, St. Mary’s Magherafelt and St. Colman’s Newry shared the trophy. Mon, 10 May 2021 08:56:55 GMT TEXT-A-NURSE ​If you are aged 11-19 and are worried or concerned about any aspect of your health and wellbeing send a text to 07480 635 982 and chat in confidence with a school nurse. Wed, 05 May 2021 08:53:48 GMT PROVOKING THOUGHT WITH ACTION MENTAL HEALTH   In these challenging times for everyone, we know that protecting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people is so important.  Young people need to be supported to understand their mental health and encouraged to seek help if they are experiencing any personal struggle or difficulty. Fri, 30 Apr 2021 14:14:23 GMT WALK A MILLION 2021 Our School Community are joining many other Schools, Sporting Clubs and organisations across the country in creating a partnership with ALPs (All Lives Are Precious) and Talk to Tom and today invite you to join us over the summer months on our 2021 Walk a Million Challenge . Starting on May 16 Mental Health Week 2021, until World Suicide Prevention Day September 10 2021. Thu, 29 Apr 2021 15:32:10 GMT THE KNIGHTS OF ST. COLUMBANUS SENIOR CYCLE, ALL–IRELAND ESSAY COMPETITION, 2021 Aoife McKenna (Placed 1st) Sinead McKeever (Placed 2nd)James Kealey (Placed 3rd) By way of supporting Religious Education and Literary Endeavour, the Knights of St. Columbanus invited Year 12-13 students in all Secondary and Post-Primary Schools throughout the island of Ireland to participate in a special essay competition. Students were required to compose a critical essay of up to 2,000 words on religious and ethical themes, notably, social media and the Gospel; Justice and Peace; Living the Christian life and Young Christians in today’s Church. Adjudicators commented that the winning entries from St. Mary’s Grammar School demonstrated excellent clarity of expression; clear exploration of the topic from a religious, spiritual and faith perspective; excellent inclusion of insights from Church and other sources; coherent use of literary techniques in support of arguments, opinions expressed and a high level of personal insight and opinion. The students’ essays are going forward for adjudication for the National Awards. Wed, 21 Apr 2021 13:06:24 GMT KEY STAGE 4 EXPRESS YOURSELF COMPETITION WINNERS Congratulations to everyone who participated in our Key Stage 4 Express Yourself competition as part of Children’s Mental Health Week. We are delighted to announce that the winners of this competition are: First Place – Emily Dougan (3D model)Second Place – Chloe McGarry (Drawing)Third Place – Grainne Kinoulty (Essay) The winners were presented with a One4All shopping voucher while all other participants received a Take 5 goodie bag. Well done and thank you to everyone who entered the competition. Please click here to view Media Gallery              Tue, 20 Apr 2021 13:19:42 GMT KS3 EASTER MATHS CHALLENGE Our Year 8-11 pupils enjoyed their long-awaited, safe and happy return to St. Mary’s yesterday. Pictured are a selection of winners from our Key Stage 3 Easter Maths Challenge. Well done to all who took part and congratulations to those with winning entries! Egg-cellent effort! Tue, 13 Apr 2021 10:36:46 GMT WALKED A MARATHON Congratulations to Year 13 pupil, Cara Murray, who walked a marathon with her friend to raise money and awareness for the South Derry Down Syndrome Group and the Foyle Down Syndrome Trust. The girls raised an impressive £3000 which was split between these two very special charities. Tue, 13 Apr 2021 10:23:29 GMT RETURN TO SCHOOL SUPPORT - EA RECONNECTING RESOURCES ​Please click here to view return to school reconnecting resources, for parents and pupils from the Education Authority. Thu, 01 Apr 2021 14:13:04 GMT EXPRESS YOURSELF COMPETITION - KEY STAGE 5 WINNERS Thank you to the pupils who entered our Express Yourself competition as part of Children’s Mental Health Week 2021. The standard of entries was very impressive.  We are delighted to announce that the winners of the Key Stage 5 competition are: First Place - Oran O’Kane, Second Place (Joint) - Holly Dougan and Emma Meeke Third Place - Cara McDonald. Congratulations! Wed, 31 Mar 2021 09:31:39 GMT BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPORT Thu, 11 Mar 2021 17:21:38 GMT ONLINE SAFETY ADVICE - WEBCAM BLACKMAIL Please click here to view ​advice on Online Safety. Wed, 10 Mar 2021 11:49:40 GMT MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS SESSIONS Mon, 08 Mar 2021 17:29:07 GMT PSNI SAFETY ADVICE – QUARRY DANGER Thu, 04 Mar 2021 14:56:08 GMT LAUNCH OF NEW TEXT-A-NURSE SERVICE The Department of Education for Northern Ireland has this week launched a new Text-a-Nurse service for young people aged 11-19. The service aims to provide young people with a secure and confidential text messaging service which will allow them to easily and anonymously get in touch with a school nurse for advice and support about their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Thu, 25 Feb 2021 16:16:57 GMT PSNI COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE The following documents have been issued by the PSNI to provide Community Safety /  Crime Prevention advice.  Further relevant information can also be accessed from the following website: Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:00:49 GMT SAFER INTERNET DAY 9 FEBRUARY 2021. Safer Internet Day 2021 is on the 9th of February and will be celebrated with the theme ‘An internet we trust – exploring reliability in the online world’. Safer Internet Day inspires conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. Coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees thousands of organisations get involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. In 2020, the campaign reached 49% of young people aged 8-17 and 26% of parents. Mon, 08 Feb 2021 09:43:34 GMT SAFER INTERNET DAY 9 FEBRUARY 2021         Are you worried about what your child is doing online?Do you want some expert advice about how to strike a balance with screen time?Feel out of your depth when it comes to gaming?Wondering if you child is addicted to their device? Hear from the experts! Thu, 04 Feb 2021 15:46:32 GMT MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS SESSIONS Wed, 03 Feb 2021 17:29:47 GMT CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2021 – EXPRESS YOURSELF COMPETITION This week is Children’s Mental Health Week. The theme for this year is “Express Yourself”.  For more information about Children’s Mental Health Week, including a Virtual Assembly, visit Tue, 02 Feb 2021 14:17:22 GMT futureMINDS NI Tue, 02 Feb 2021 13:59:54 GMT SUPPORT DURING COVID-19 Please click on the link below to access information, advice and sources of support during COVID-19 Fri, 15 Jan 2021 15:45:28 GMT COPING WITH COVID-19: A GUIDE TO SUPPORT PARENTS AND CARERS OF CHILDREN Please click on the link below to view a document titled “What Just Happened” which provides advice to support parents and carers of children during COVID-19. What Just Happened Booklet (05 January 2021) Tue, 05 Jan 2021 15:52:29 GMT CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2020 Unfortunately, the school’s Annual Awards Ceremony could not be held this year.  However, to recognise their achievements in 2020, A Level students were invited to visit the school to collect their awards.  They were congratulated by Mr Dunlop and received their awards in a socially distanced manner.  Internal awards ceremonies were held to celebrate the success of GCSE students.  Photographs can be viewed within the Media Galleries section of the school website. to all our GCSE and A Level students on their success in 2020. Thu, 17 Dec 2020 15:21:37 GMT NI COMMISSIONER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (NICCY): RECRUITMENT FOR NEW YOUTH PANEL MEMBERS What is the NICCY Youth Panel?The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) will be recruiting young people to join the NICCY Youth Panel (NYP) during 2021. The purpose of the NYP is to advise the Commissioner in her day-to-day work of promoting and safeguarding children’s rights in Northern Ireland. It is made up of young people from across Northern Ireland, who share their experiences and thoughts with the Commissioner and her staff to help NICCY make decisions about issues that affect children and young people. Thu, 17 Dec 2020 13:42:10 GMT SUPPORT FOR PUPILS AND FAMILIES DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. No matter what your age or where you live in Northern Ireland, if you are or someone you know is in distress or despair, Lifeline is there to help. Thu, 17 Dec 2020 11:35:43 GMT ST. MARY’S CHRISTMAS CARD This year’s school Christmas card was designed by Jessica O’Neill, Year 14.  Thank you to Jessica for giving of her time and talent in creating the artwork for the card. Thu, 10 Dec 2020 17:01:59 GMT DOMESTIC ABUSE - MESSAGE FROM THE NORTHERN IRELAND EXECUTIVE As the Christmas season approaches, it is important to remember that Christmas is not a happy time for all families.  Statistics show that there are increased incidences of domestic abuse during the Christmas school holiday period. This year, politicians from across political parties in Northern Ireland have come together to produce a short video raising awareness of this issue and to provide signposting to help anyone experiencing domestic violence or abuse. Please click on the link below to view the message from politicians: Tue, 08 Dec 2020 15:05:10 GMT ST. MARY’S HEAD BOY WINS NATIONAL COMPETITION The Head Boy of St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has been named as one of the winners of the national Spirited Arts 2020 competition. Adam Rocks entered the competition which is held annually by the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) and challenges students to think about Religious Education through Art. In its 17th year, this competition has attracted over 320,000 participants averaging 20,000 competitors per year since 2004. Hundreds of UK schools get involved, with entries submitted from as far afield as Cyprus and Australia, Indonesia and South Africa. Adam’s artwork was based on the theme ‘Art in Heaven’ and he called his piece ‘The Age of the Ocean’. Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:39:03 GMT UNITED AGAINST BULLYING Anti-Bullying Week takes place from 16-20 November 2020. The theme for this year is United Against Bullying. To mark the beginning of Anti-Bullying Week, St. Mary’s is joining other schools to take part in the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum Odd Socks Day initiative on Monday 16 November 2020. Pupils and staff in St. Mary’s are being invited to wear odd socks in recognition of the uniqueness of each individual and to celebrate diversity within our school community. Together, we are united against bullying. Thu, 12 Nov 2020 14:28:36 GMT GIDEONS INTERNATIONAL VISIT TO ST. MARY’S On Tuesday 10 November 2020 St. Mary’s was delighted to welcome representatives from Gideons International to the school. Due to Covid restrictions, we were unable to hold our usual Year Eight assembly but through Religion classes, pupils will be told about the work of the Gideons and will receive their own copy of the Bible.  Many thanks to Gideons International for taking the time to visit the school and for providing a Bible for each Year Eight pupil to keep. Tue, 10 Nov 2020 13:41:12 GMT WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2020 World Mental Health Day takes place on Saturday 10 October 2020. The theme for this year is ‘Mental Health for All’. We know when we are mentally and physically well but sometimes we need a little extra support. To ensure that we remain mentally and physically well, we can follow the Take 5 Steps to Well-Being: 1. Connect2. Be Active3. Take Notice4. Keep Learning5. Give Fri, 09 Oct 2020 12:58:32 GMT SEE, HEAR, RESPOND – BARNARDOS EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING SERVICE Barnardos has launched a new emotional well-being service – See, Hear, Respond.  This service will work with children and young people in Northern Ireland who might need additional support to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, offering practical and therapeutic support.  It will also offer advice and guidance to any adults who are concerned about a child’s mental health and well-being. Thu, 01 Oct 2020 16:15:18 GMT ST. MARY’S MINI-COMPANY SUPPORTS LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH CHARITY Business Studies and Economics students in St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt were busy before the Covid-19 lockdown setting up and running a successful Mini-Company to raise money for local mental health charity, ALPS. Mini-Company Director, Caitlin McCormack, and her team successfully designed and distributed over 800 jerseys and crew neck jumpers to the St. Mary’s community. The students were delighted to present a cheque for £2,500 to ALPS founder, Ronan Gilchrist. In thanking the students, Ronan stated: “I am totally blown away by the support provided to ALPS by St. Mary’s and the Mini-Company within the school. To see young people wearing our logo on their school jumpers and jerseys really was one of the proudest days of our organisation. ALPS is indebted to the school and everyone involved for everything.” Thu, 01 Oct 2020 15:49:13 GMT MID-ULSTER DISTRICT COUNCIL YOUTH VOICE Mid Ulster District Council is seeking YOUTH VOICE members to represent the voices of young people across Mid Ulster. Young People aged 16 – 21 years old who live in the district are invited to apply to be part of Mid Ulster Youth Voice. This 2 year programme will be managed by the Council in Partnership with the Education Authority Youth Service.  Youth Voice will provide young people with the opportunity to:- engage with key decision makers;- have their say on local issues; - meet new friends; - be a representative voice for young people in their area; and - be involved and pro-actively engaged with local decision-making processes. Mid Ulster Youth Voice will meet on a regular basis to identify and take forward common issues relating to young people in the local area along with opportunities for residentials and to participate in study visits to UK or Ireland. For more information and the online application form visit: The deadline for applications is Friday 23 October 2020. Fri, 25 Sep 2020 10:16:30 GMT NATIONAL CHILDREN’S BUREAU SURVEY – MENTAL HEALTH The National Children’s Bureau survey for children and young people on mental health services in Northern Ireland is now open. Children and young people between the ages of 13-25 are being asked what they need and want from mental health services in Northern Ireland.  The link to the survey is: The closing date for the completion of the survey is 1 October 2020. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 10:44:33 GMT UNIVERSITY OF EXETER KEY STAGE 4 CLIMATE CHANGE GRAND CHALLENGE This year, the University of Exeter set a Grand Challenge for Key Stage 4 pupils. Students were asked to submit an essay discussing what concerns them most about climate change. Peter Cassidy (Year 12) was awarded first place - a £100 Amazon voucher and a University hoodie for his entry. Peter’s unique approach in critiquing the question and the intertwining of Religion (and Nemo!) into the theme impressed the judges. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 10:00:27 GMT Welcome Year 8! We are delighted with how well our new Year 8 pupils have settled in to life at St. Mary’s as we come to the end of their first two weeks of lessons. We wish the class of 2020 every success as they begin their journeys of excellence at St. Mary’s. Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:18:26 GMT EXAMINATION RESULTS 2020 Following the release of 2020 examination results, Mr Dunlop (Acting Principal) has reported that 99.3% of A Level students in St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt were awarded 3 A* - C grades while 99.8% of all entries resulted in A* - C grades.  At GCSE, 84.2% of pupils achieved A* - B in 7 or more subjects, including English and Maths. Fri, 11 Sep 2020 12:02:35 GMT SAD NEWS The St. Mary’s community has been greatly saddened by the death of our esteemed colleague Mrs Sonya Monaghan (RIP) who passed away on 10 April 2020. Requiem Mass for Mrs Monaghan was celebrated in Holy Trinity Church, Cookstown on Sunday 12 April 2020.  Mrs Monaghan joined the staff of St. Mary’s in 2013 as Head of Mathematics and in 2015, she was appointed to the school’s Senior Leadership Team. The Mathematics Department flourished under Mrs Monaghan’s tenure. In her Senior Leadership role, she had primary responsibility for the academic progression of pupils at Key Stage 5. Mrs Monaghan was innovative and forward-looking in her approach to education and was pivotal in bringing about curricular reforms at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:56:55 GMT INDEPENDENT COUNSELLING SERVICE FOR SCHOOLS (ICSS) ICSS are providing a summer service.  This is so that any young person can obtain counselling between 1 - 14 July and 17 - 31 August. All referrals can be made directly via the digital referral form on the Familyworks website or via telephone helpline numbers, which are 02891821721 and 02891820341. Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:43:39 GMT STAYING SAFE As you are aware, the Department of Education has recently issued guidance on pupils returning to school in the new academic term. In order to support this transition back to school, AAIS have added an additional chapter (Chapter 5: “Going Forward”) into our AAIS “Staying Safe: - Dealing with COVID-19. A booklet for post-primary pupils”. It is hoped this will prepare our young people with ASD with changes which may occur in the new term. The booklet, and further resources, are available in the home learning resources section of the AAIS website: - Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:41:16 GMT RGS EXCELLENCE The Royal Geographical Society (RGS) is the United Kingdom’s leading centre for geographers and geographical learning and promotes Geography by recognising and rewarding excellence in geographical examinations through the RGS Excellence Award.  Barry has the distinction of being the top A-Level student in the CCEA A-Level Geography examination in June 2019 and his achievement was recognised by CCEA in December 2019 at a reception in The Titanic Centre, Belfast. Barry has now also been recognised as one of the top performing students in A Level Geography in the UK through receiving the RGS Excellence Award.  He was presented with his certificate from the RGS by Mr. Dunlop (Acting Principal) and Mrs Bradley (Head of Geography).Barry also received a cash award from the RGS. Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:35:50 GMT WORLD STAGE AWAITS ST MARY’S ECONOMISTS Our Year 14 Economists enjoyed resounding success in the Young Economist of the Year Competition.  The competition required students to submit a research project of their choice on a current Economic topic. Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:34:06 GMT WALK A MILLION CHALLENGE St. Mary’s GS are working in partnership with ALPs and Talk To Tom and inviting all in our St. Mary’s community to take part in the Walk a Million Step Challenge. Starting on the final day of Mental Health Awareness Week, this Sunday May 24th 2020, until World Suicide Prevention Day September 10th 2020, together we can assist to change lives across the country whilst promoting Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention. By Walking, Running, Jogging, Dancing over 109 days, you are asked to achieve the million steps. The challenge can be done on your own, in a family or a team setting- it is entirely up to you! Registration is £12 and can only be done online through this link on Eventbrite: We look forward to walking a million together Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:33:28 GMT IT’S OK TO ASK FOR HELP ​It’s okay to ask for help Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:31:03 GMT ESSAY COMPETITION For the fourth successive year, St. Mary’s students have achieved top awards in the 2020 LifeWorks Education National Life Advocate Essay Competition.  Final year student, Orlaith McAuley, received high praise for a thought-provoking essay that picked up first place in the essay-writing competition. This annual competition for senior cycle students aims to encourage research and critical thinking on human rights and right to life issues. This year students were asked to discuss the following words of Martin Luther King Jr, ‘injustice everywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’.  Chloe Toner, Year 14, and James Murray, Year 13, also received Highly Commended for their essays. Geraldine Aherne, LifeWorks Co-Ordinator noted, ‘We saw a big increase in entries to the competition this year, which was all the more impressive given the difficult conditions teachers and students are presently working under. The field was very competitive, and the judging panel praised the high standard of student’s work’. Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:30:38 GMT FAMILYWORKS COUNSELLING Familywoks Counselling are really keen to connect with young people and to let them know that they are available to offer them the help and support they need and require at this time.To promote the service they are running some competitions.  All  pupils have to do is to like their page, share the original post and tag us to three friends on Instagram and they’ll be entered into a free draw.   Please follow the link to the competition, the address is Check out their videos and more on their social media. You can find them at the following places:   Facebook – Instagram – Twitter – Vimeo – Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:29:02 GMT POSITIVE IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION St. Mary’s Art & Design Department were delighted with all the entries to their Positive Image Photography Competition.  The winning entries, in all categories, were chosen by Dr Ruth McGonagle, an A&E Doctor at Antrim Area Hospital. She said the photographs fitted the brief perfectly and she was very impressed by the high standard and quality of our pupil’s photographs. The winners in each category are as follows; Year 8 Winner – Aoibhinn Lloyd Evans Year 9 Winner – Lorcan Tohill Year 10 Winner –Frances Creighan Year 11 Winner – Eryn McManus Please click here to view photographs. Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:25:32 GMT PPE EQUIPMENT We are very proud of Mr O’Connor, Miss Coburn and Mr Teague from our Technology and Design Department as they produced almost 350 PPE facemasks! Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:24:19 GMT CCEA EXAMINATIONS ANNOUNCEMENT ​Please click here for Guidance for students, parents and teachers Please click here for Message to students and families Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:20:21 GMT STATIONS OF THE CROSS ​Please click here to view Stations of the Cross Tue, 07 Apr 2020 14:38:33 GMT Counselling ​Please click here to view Familyworks Information Sheet for Parents and Carers Please click here to view Post Primary Counselling Contingency Plan Thu, 26 Mar 2020 19:36:36 GMT MICROSOFT TEAMS CLASS ​Please click here to view guide on how to join Microsoft Team Class Wed, 25 Mar 2020 22:36:46 GMT ONLINE LEARNING - STUDENT GUIDES Please click here to view Online Learning - Student Guides Mon, 23 Mar 2020 15:16:34 GMT GENERAL GUIDANCE LEARNING AT HOME ​Click here to view letter Mon, 23 Mar 2020 10:07:59 GMT UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19) Please click here to see attached letter from the Minister of Education. Wed, 18 Mar 2020 11:14:13 GMT USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS ​Please click here for some useful telephone numbers Wed, 18 Mar 2020 05:15:54 GMT UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) as of 11 March 2020 Please see link for Public Health England below, for information purpose only Please click here Thu, 12 Mar 2020 17:14:35 GMT MENTAL HEALTH AWARD FOR ST. MARY’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL AWARE Northern Ireland launched its inaugural Investors in Mental Health Awards on Friday 6 March 2020 in the Bridge Suite of the iconic Titanic Belfast. St. Mary’s GS were delighted to receive an Investors in Mental Health Award in recognition of our strong pastoral care system and promotion of positive Mental Health in our school community. Pictured are Mr Dunlop and Mrs. McNeill, Head of Year 13, alongside Year 13 pupils who participated in the recent Mood Matter programme coordinated by AWARE. Thu, 12 Mar 2020 16:39:40 GMT READY STEADY STUDY PROGRAMME To help pupils prepare for their AS Modules, all Year 13 pupils attended the ‘Ready Steady Study programme’ on 9 March, delivered by Paul Gray, Company Director of Learn Spark.  This course provided students with the attitudes, confidence and skill to study effectively and to A Level standard. It set out tried-and-tested techniques, strategies and approaches to support revision, and detailed the key steps required to effectively plan and manage learning and revision time. The day placed a strong emphasis on the students learning to think, act and study independently, all of which are essential life skills to implement in their learning and study. Thu, 12 Mar 2020 16:15:16 GMT CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPION! We are extremely proud of our Year 10 pupil Charlie Curley who finished 46th place at the recent Irish Life Health All-Ireland Cross Country Championships. With over 100 competitors from schools throughout the country, Charlie ran 3.5k in just over 14 minutes which was a tremendous pace and demonstrated great work rate and tenacity. Charlie is pictured with his proud P.E teacher, Miss Donnelly. Thu, 12 Mar 2020 16:13:31 GMT Young People Planting Trees Twenty year 8 pupils were chosen to attend “Young People Planting Trees” event on Monday 9 March in Loughry Campus Cookstown. Mon, 09 Mar 2020 16:52:18 GMT UPDATE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)  As of 3rd March 2020 Schools are asked to note the following advice in relation to school trips and the Coronavirus (COVID – 19) outbreak. Please click on the link below: COVID-19 Update Wed, 04 Mar 2020 11:15:06 GMT Stay Awake/Sleep Out Eight Year 12 St. Mary’s pupils participated in the Stay Awake/Sleep Out in St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry on Friday 28th February 2020 from 9:00pm until Saturday 29th February 7:00am. Mon, 02 Mar 2020 16:55:42 GMT ART ILUSTRATION Year 11 Art and Design pupils attended a comic book and character design workshop with comic artist, Tanya Roberts, organised by Scottish Book Trust, as part of their Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour. Fri, 28 Feb 2020 13:40:28 GMT TAKE 5 LAUNCH Year 9 pupils in St. Mary’s Grammar School attended an introduction to the Take 5 Steps to Well-Being model. Fri, 28 Feb 2020 12:40:14 GMT Michaela Foundation 2020 Thank you to Orla McIntyre who spoke to our Sixth Form girls today about volunteering at one of their Summer Camps. A fantastic opportunity! Applications are available via this link: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 17:06:09 GMT Safer Internet Day 2020 Tue, 11 Feb 2020 13:06:33 GMT St. Mary’s Celebrating Safer Internet Day 2020 Tue, 11 Feb 2020 12:39:07 GMT ST. MARY’S JOINS THE #REFILLUTION NI Water’s Pat McCauley recently visited Year 8 and Year 9 assemblies in St. Mary’s to highlight the impact single use plastic water bottles are having on our water environments. Tue, 11 Feb 2020 11:20:10 GMT Young People’s Mental Health Week ST. MARY’S PUPILS ATTEND NICCY WEBINAR Fri, 07 Feb 2020 15:28:16 GMT BPW Public Speaking Competition Congratulations to Year 12 pupils - Shea Heaney, Holly Dougan and Nayana Chauhan - who were awarded 1st Place at the Northern Ireland final of the prestigious BPW Public Speaking Competition. Fri, 07 Feb 2020 13:03:28 GMT Children and Young People’s Mental Health Awareness Week The Student Leadership Team in St. Mary’s were delighted to welcome Raymond Love and his colleague from Sperrin Cultural Awareness Association (SCAA) in school last week. Mon, 03 Feb 2020 16:35:12 GMT St. Mary’s Open Evening 2020 STEPPING INTO ST.MARY’SHundreds of Primary 6 and Primary 7 pupils from across three counties visited St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt this week. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:57:52 GMT Open Evening Competition ​Congratulations to the winners of our Open Evening Primary School competition. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 13:16:01 GMT Catholic Schools Week Catholic Schools Week 2020  St. Mary’s is joining schools across the globe in celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2020 from 26 January to 3 February 2020. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:26:35 GMT Trócaire Gifts of Love During the month of December, staff and pupils from St. Mary’s Grammar School supported Trócaire’s Christmas Appeal by purchasing and promoting Gifts of Love. Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:15:16 GMT ST. MARY’S GIRLS CLAIM ULSTER TITLE The Ulster U16B Final took place on Friday 10 January in MUSA where St. Mary’s and St. Dominic’s battled it out to be crowned Ulster Champions. Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:03:17 GMT A TRIBUTE TO AN OUTSTANDING FORMER ST. MARY’S TEACHER The St. Mary’s community has been saddened by the death of a highly esteemed former member of teaching staff.  Mrs Deirdre McCann (RIP) passed away on 1 January 2020. Fri, 10 Jan 2020 16:19:02 GMT