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St Mary's marks opening of new 3G pitch

St Mary’s Primary School, Pomeroy has marked the opening of a new 3G pitch.

The new synthetic surface has replaced an old grass pitch at the school and now also has floodlighting and new perimeter fencing, thanks to a £136K grant from the Department for Communities through Sport NI and the Education Authority, with part funding of £26K provided by Mid Ulster District Council.

Deputy Chair of the Council, Councillor Mark Glasgow and Mrs Gillian McGrath Director of Education at CCMS attended the official opening.

Success for Mercy College in the Belfast Feis

In March some of the pupils in the Irish classes of Mercy College, Belfast took part in the Belfast Feis at Corpus Christi College. All students who attended with Mr Nixon and Mrs Calumarte had a wonderful day and had some great successes too!  In the Irish Language section eight medal winners and in the poetry section nine medal and three cup winners. The pupils were then awarded the Poetry Shield for overall highest poetry score!

Congratulations to everyone who took part and the hard work and dedication showed by all in preparing for the contest. Staff and pupils look forward to competing next year!

St Joseph's scoops Northern Ireland's first National Nurturing School Award

St Joseph’s Primary School, Slate Street, Belfast were presented with a national nurture award for the entire school. This is the first time this accolade has been awarded in Northern Ireland.

St Joseph’s picked up the prestigious prize for demonstrating exemplary practice in embedding a nurturing culture throughout the entire school.

Speaking at the Award Ceremony, Principal of St Joseph’s, Mairéad Weir said: “We are thrilled to be the first school in Northern Ireland to receive the ‘National Nurturing School Award’. We have seen how a nurturing education is the great equalizer, helping children blossom and grow into the people they are meant to be.  It provides us all with the knowledge, skills and personal resources to overcome the everyday challenges in life.” 

The National Nurturing School Award is awarded to schools who successfully complete the National Nurturing Schools Programme, a two-year course to develop and embed a nurturing culture throughout the school. St Joseph’s is the first school in Northern Ireland to complete the Programme and to receive the Award.

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It's a double win for St Mary's

St Mary’s Primary School, Divis Street, Belfast was delighted to win two Kellogg’s Breakfast Club of the Year awards. As well as winning the Northern Ireland Breakfast Club of the Year, St Mary’s  which is located close to Belfast city centre, was named ‘Grand Prize Winner’ – Best Breakfast Club UK.  The substantial prize money will be used by the school to develop the breakfast club facilities and provide additional sport and wellbeing programmes. 

This is St Mary’s second time picking up a Kellogg’s Award, in 2016 they won the award for ‘Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle’.

The photograph shows pupils at the Houses of Parliament, where the awards ceremony was held.

Press Release - CCMS appoints new Chair of Council

The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools is pleased to confirm that the Bishop of Derry, Most Rev Donal McKeown DD, has taken up the position of Council Chair with effect from 11 April 2018.

Bishop McKeown has been a Member of Council since 2001. The Council of CCMS is due for reconstitution in November 2019.

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