Our children were busy today making St Brigid's crosses along with the help from their Grannies!!. They learned how this is an Irish tradition, carried out on the 1st of February, to mark the feast day of Saint Brigid. Our crosses will get blessed at Mass in the morning. Great work everyone! #stbrigidcrosses
Ian Campbell is the founder CEO of Ten Foundations, a charity working in the Philippines with families living in extreme poverty. Their livelihood programme buys sewing machines and teaches women how to sew and make schoolbags from used fabrics and recycled materials.
Ian will visit our school on Thursday 16th May 2019 to tell the story of the families he works with and the school bags.
We will be holding a large stock of various bags in school and if you wish to see them or purchase one please call at the school office. Schoolbags are £20, lunch bags are £10, swim bags are £10 and pencil cases are £5. All proceeds are returned directly to the families involved and Ten Foundations do not pay any salaries and is run by volunteers.
We are asking you if you need to buy a school bag or insulated lunch bag for next term please consider the Ten foundations bags.
Lunch bags £10
Swim bags £10
Pencil cases £5
Ten Foundations 16 May 19. Video.mp4
Cancer Fund for Children
Ashlinn from Daisy Lodge came to school today to collect a cheque for the Cancer Fund for Children through our Christmas Jumper day. Well done to everyone involved.
This leaflet has been released by The EA for parents of pupils currently in P6. The leaflet will be distributed in a hardcopy to all P6 parents in January.
Christmas Fayre 2018
Christmas Dinner 2018
On Tuesday we all enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner!
Children enjoyed their meals with friends while listening to some of their favourite Christmas classics.
BELFAST PEACE PROMS TICKET INFORMATION
Belfast SSE Arena, 3pm Sun 24th February 2019
Peace Proms is an epic choral and orchestral production featuring the Northern Ireland Children's Peace Choir - a choir made up of 3,000 voices of children from primary schools from all over Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland Children's Peace Choir will sing alongside The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland - Ireland’s most celebrated and award winning youth orchestra. Established in 1995, the CBOI is a vehicle for the promotion of peace, unity, tolerance and understanding, and has performed all over the world.
Tickets are now available for those parents and friends who wish to attend the Peace Proms in February. Tickets are available through the SSE Arena Website and Ticketmaster. Holy Cross pupils will be sitting in the NORTH section.
Environmental Calendar Competition
In September an environmentally themed poster competition ran for all primary and secondary schools in the district. Thirteen posters are chosen to feature in the calendar which is printed and distributed free to all schools in December. Katie, our Primary 7 pupils was one of these winners who is pictured with the Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin.
Copy of the Environmental calendar that will be issued to school in December!
Afterschool Clubs starting Week Commencing 12 November 2018
Halloween Half Term Fun
Tickets are on sale in school and in Grants Stores for our Halloween Raffle. 1st Prize Large Hamper, 2nd Prize Small Hamper & 3rd Prize wine & sweets. Ticket £1. Raffle will take place at our Halloween Fair on Monday 29th October 2018. Good Luck!
A huge thank you to the Friends of Holy Cross team and the wider school community for making Gertie’s coffee morning on Friday such a success!
The total raised so far is £687.88 which will be divided between the Southern Area Hospice and the school.
Thank you and well done!
Gerties Coffee Morning🎂💜
Congratulations to Conor who won the Newsletter Return Slips raffle!
Keep returning these slips to be in for a chance of winning our next raffle!
Roald Dahl Day
We celebrated Roald Dahl Day in style on Friday 14th September. All classes took part in dressing up for the day based on a particular Roald Dahl character of their choice. We had lots and lots of fun. Take a look at what we got up to!
We got the most wonderful news today... the Sentinus junior innovators challenge which P6 worked for in summer term last year had long been forgotten until we received a lovely parcel in the post!!!
Massively proud of the P6 boys and girls (now P7) for picking up the award for best overall project!!! This was the first year the school participated and to win is just an outstanding achievement! A beautiful trophy and £100 cheque for the school. Well done P7 😁
A celebration i...s planned for P7 on Friday 🎈🌟
Pictured are Eva and Josh, two of the pupils who were involved in the presentation of their project to the judges at the ‘Big Bang fair’ in June.
Staff and pupils of Holy Cross Primary School extend a warm invitation to all pre-school pupils to attend our Open Day on Saturday 24th November from 11am - 1pm. Meet our Primary One team, see our wonderfully resourced P1 classroom and bespoke, fully equipped playground.
*If you are unable to visit us on Saturday 24th November please contact Mrs Sloan on 028 417 63743 to arrange an appointment.
Mc Kibben Shield Tournament
The boys and girls in P7 represented Holy Cross in the McKibben Shield Tournament on Friday 15th June. They had a great day and we are very proud of them all. A special mention to Cormac Small who was awarded Player of the Tournament- Well done Cormac!!
Make a Difference Challenge Bun Sale
The P6/7 boys and girls hosted a bun sale to raise some funds for the make a difference challenge which will will allow them to clean up their local community to ensure it is bright and welcoming as well as an area that everyone can enjoy!
Thank you to all those who contributed to the sale and those who bought buns!
Well done P6/7... a yummy morning had by all :)
We had a fantastic day with Christine McMahon and Donna who came to school to put us all through our paces and teach us a selection of keep fit exercises. It was wonderful to hear Christine tell us all about her life as an athlete and her encouragement for everyone to always keep on trying. Well done boys and girls for all your efforts - you are so brilliant at all the activities. Remember if you are able to collect any Sponsor Money you can bring this in over the next few days.
Sports for School Event 13 June 2018 with Christine McMahon
We’re very excited to be welcoming 400 meter Hurdler Christine McMahon to the school on Wednesday, 13 June.Christine always had a love of sport growing up, but it was when she was selected for the cross-country team in P6 that she developed a passion for athletics. Christine began her athletics career when she was 12 and now specialises in the 400m Hurdles
Christine will be leading a sponsored fitness circuit with all pupils, and will follow-up with a talk and question and answer session. The aim of the event is to inspire the pupils to take up sport generally, but just as importantly to encourage them to discover and then pursue their passion in life.
Sponsorship forms have been issued to your child to use in order to help raise money for the event.
As the sponsorship form page explains, much of the money that is raised will be used to buy sports equipment for the school, while also supporting GB athletes (including Paralympic athletes).
Please ensure that sponsorship forms and moneys are returned to the school office on or before Wednesday, 20 June at the latest.
Please also make sure that your child/children come to school on the event day with their PE Kits!
Thank you in anticipation of creating a terrific and memorable event.
Our Translink Eco-Schools Travel Challenge Walk to School Week begins on Monday 14th May 2018.
Lets see if we can keep up our walking to school for the next 2 weeks.
Designated meeting points are each morning at 8.40am SHARP!
Island Road (Tullyframe Road)
Aughrim Road (Sharon Grants House)
Livins Road (John Grants House).
Children who travel to school on the bus can walk from Livins' Road meeting point.
Parents of our younger children are encouraged to park at the church and walk to school.
Of course participation will depend on the weather!
Many thanks for your continued support.
Schoolyard Chatter visits Holy Cross!
The Outlook newspaper came last week to speak to the boys & girls in Primary 1 to talk about what they like to do after school.
Lego Club is now well into second session and the children are really enjoying our relaxing afternoons. The children have been extremely creative and worked well in pairs, small groups and individually!
Thanks to Fiona who comes in and makes it so much fun!
Buttercrane Centre Competion Winner
Buttercrane Shopping Centre organised a Primary School Colour In Competition for Easter, some 3,000 entries were received and Artist Fiona Lowe helped to select the winners. Back row l-r Artist Fiona Lowe, Conor Fearon St Joseph’s 2nd P6.7, Katie McAleavey St Malachy’s 1st P6-7, Jennifer Trainor Holy Cross Attical 3rd P6-7 and Peter Murray Manager Buttercrane Shopping Centre. Front row l-r Arya Smith Grange Kilkeel 2nd P1-3, Asia McDermott St Joseph's 1st P1-3, Katie Henry Windsor Hill 1st P4-5, Kate Mary McCafferty St Dallan's Warrenpoint 2nd P4-5, Maddie Campbell Carrick Burren 3rd P4-5. (Missing from photo Josie Hughes Grange PS Kilkeel 3rd in P1-3)
Well done to Jennifer!
The Easter bunny was able to find time to come and visit the school today. Full of mischief, the Easter bunny bounded through the classroms, dancing with the children and making them run to catch him for their Easter eggs! All children in the school were given an Easter egg to take home for the holidays which they thought was eggs-elent. The Easter bunny was very impressed with all the children's good manners when they thanked him.
Holy Cross Primary celebrated St Patrick's Day in style by wearing something green and having a very exciting assembly this afternoon. They performed their assembly to the whole school. We had poems, songs, music and Primary 7 told the story of St Patrick with a special appearance from St Patrick himself!
They performed amazingly and were able to show off all their hard work. Well done everyone.
Eábha doing some lovely Irish dancing.
Congratulations to our Primary 3 boys & girls who made their First Confession in Atticall Church this evening. All the children looked like little angels as they made their way up to tell Fr. Sean about the times they hadn’t shown just as much love as they should have! The children all sang and read beautifully, we are so proud of you all! It was a lovely service.
Thank you to all the parents who have helped the children to prepare for this special sacrament.
World Book Day
We had lots of fun celebrating our favourite books. The children looked amazing in their costumes!
Congratulations to John, Owen and Annie who received the Spirit of Scor Award at the South Down finals in Mayobridge.
New Playground Equipment!
We have use the School Council fund within our school and have purchased lots of new playground equipment for all to enjoy during playtimes. The School Council helped choose and select the new items and the children are having great fun trying them all out!
Children with Cancer Fundraiser
Our school council representatives presented the cheque from their Christmas jumper Day to the Children with Cancer representative, Ashling, this week. We are very proud of the council for organising this charity event... thank you to everyone for taking part. We are now looking forward to our next charity event.
Grandparents Day 2018
We had a fantastic day in school today with Grandparents joining us at Mass this morning as part of Catholic School week. Grandparents were then invited back to school for refreshments. It was wonderful to see so many Grandparents in school and we know that the children loved having you join us, especially visiting them in their classroom and getting their photos taken!
Credit Union Quiz 2018
Well done to both teams who represented the school exceptionally well in the recent Credit Union Quiz. We are very proud of them and congratulate the outright winners Raymond, JJ, Corey and Cormac and wish them the very best of luck in the next round in Armagh in March!
Anna-Marie's Leaving Tea Party!
On the 20th December 2018, we had a lovely tea & presentation to Mrs Anna-Marie Murphy who had been our school secretary for the past 22 years. The staff and Friends of Holy Cross members presented Anna-Marie with gifts. We wish her the very best in the future and she will be sadly missed.
Eabhá & Annie have been busy baking to raise funds for BBC Children in Need. They went to the BBC radio and were interviewed by Uncle Hugo about their fundraising. Well done girls!!
On Wednesday 27th September the NSPCC came to school to deliver a parents session that informed them of how to keep their children safe and how to communicate with their children about sensitive issues.
Clara Rose with the cup she won at a recent girls golf competition.....well done!
Friends of Holy Cross update
Just wee update from our Friends of Holy Cross who have been busy over the holidays working on the Sensory Garden for our children....well done!!!
Good morning everyone 🌞 it feels like ages since we had our fundraising. Hope you all doing great. Holidays are flying in!.. Just a heads up on some info. Patricia & I have gathered the P6's info on sensory garden & are putting together a proposal for discussion & approval from yourselves - will be organising a quick mtg some evening soon so we can get the project started.
Finally, the school pitch is getting a makeover - Brian Cunningham is organising the restoration of the pitch, however, we need "Rakers" to help rake the tiny stones away prior to seeding. Hence our involvement. So if you can accommodate some strong muscles in the next few weeks (rakes provided or bring your own) or know someone who would help us, I would be really grateful. Brian will let me know when it will happen - it's all subject to weather, ground preparation & machinery. So spread the word if you can - many rakes make light work & I think we should be able to make a party of it....another plus for the FHC team 🍰☕🍵🍻thanks a million Sonia xx
Primary 7 had a joint retreat today with the children from Grange PS. Paula, Dominic and Ashling spent the day helping the children getting to know each other through prayer, music and games.
End of year fun for our Primary 7 children at Funtasia
It is lovely to see the children enjoying the magnificent weather, playing and having fun with their friends in school. The Mournes certainly provide a spectacular backdrop !
Well done to the boys and girls from Primary’s 5,6 and 7 for competing so fantastically well in the races held in Rostevor.
The primary 7 girls' netball team took part in the Annual St Louis' Netball Tournament. The girls, like the boys, improved with each game and have gained a lot of confidence as a result of today's matches. Certainly, they are performing very well and worked great as a team which resulted them winning the shield!
Congrtatulations Girls !
Primary 6 & 7 boys took part in the Annual St Louis' Kilkeel Gaelic Football Blitz on Thursday 18th May.
Well done to all as the performances improved the more football they played and they went on to win the competition! Congratulations boys!
Irish Aid Regional Finals in Dublin
On Tuesday Primary 6 children, Clara Rose and JJ along with their teacher Mrs Morrow and Denise, travelled to Dublin by train to attend the Irish Aid Regional Finals where the top 15 schools in Dublin Region attended. Irish Aid recognised the hard work of pupils all over Ireland who take part in the Awards. Regional Finals are held in Sligo, Dublin, Limerick and Cork. Our pupils had great day out where they were able to:
• Meet other children who took part in the awards
• Learn about other children’s projects
• Meet and listen to speakers from some of Irish Aid’s partner countries
• Represent the school and receive a plaque for all of their hard work
At the end of the ceremony, the top three schools were announced for the National Finals!
RNLI Hit the Surf at Cranfield Beach 12 May 17
The Primary 6 & 7 pupils headed to Cranfield Beach to participate in RNLI's 'Hit The Surf' Lifesaving and Beach Safety Awareness programme. A big thank you to the RNLI Lifeguards as it was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative afternoon had by pupils and staff!
Concern Worldwide receives £2040 from Holy Cross Sponsored walk to Silent Valley
Holy Cross Primary School Pupils and Staff members
Cheque for £2040.70 to Mr Eoin Duffy Concern
Primary 4, 5, 6 and 7 children in Holy Cross Primary School, Atticall, took part in a sponsored walk in Silent Valley last week to raise money for the Concern Worldwide Emergency Appeal. The children raised £2040.70, which was presented to Mr Eoin Duffy, a concern representative last Friday. Mr Duffy said he was very impressed with the children’s efforts and gave the children a presentation on how these much needed funds would be put to use. Holy Cross would like to express their sincere thanks to all the families and friends who supported this cause and helped to make the event such a success.
P6 & P7 went to St Malachy's HS, for Drama Production "Dare to be Different" followed by a visit to Castlewellan Forest Park!
Congratulations to Daniel on winning the Newsletter prize this term. We hope you enjoy your trip to the cinema!
Winners of the Premier Cabs Kilkeel, Easter Competition. Well done!
Silent Valley Sponsor Walk for 'Concern Worldwide'....a great event organised by Sharon.
We would like to thank Mrs Cathy Trainor who presented the school with a new Camogie kit, also in the picture is Mrs Kate Cunningham.
Sentinus Primary Construction Challenge
Shane, Caitlin, Keelin and Lilly from Primary 7 travelled to St Mary's High school, Newry to take part in the Sentinus Primary Construction Challenge. They had to design and build a problem-solving activity using K’Nex construction kits. The models were judged by Sentinus Ambassadors. This years challenge was to design a bridge. There were 18 teams from other primary schools in attendance. The pupils said it had been a 'fun and interesting experience'. Well done.
Congratulations to all the girls and boys in Mrs Woods's Primary 7 class who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Anthony Farquhar in Massforth Church.
As the Bishop said, they behaved wonderfully and maintained an atmosphere of reverence throughout.
World Book Day 2017
NMDDC Environmental Youth Speak 2017
Fr Dillon presented the P7 pupils with special Rosary Beads for their Confirmation
Congratulations to our Primary 7 class who made their Confirmation 23 February 2017
The Road Safety Quiz Team @NIFRS HQ Final 2-20-2017
Reminder *** The School will CLOSE @ 2pm for ALL PUPILS on Thursday 23rd February in preperation for Confirmation in Massforth Church, with the ceremony commencing at 4pm.
Road Safety NI Quiz
Primary 7 children, Beth, Anna, Erin and Lilly travelled to the Canal Court Hotel Newry, with Denise for the first of 11 regional heats of the 2017 Primary School Road Safety Quiz. The girls competed against 28 teams from all over the Newry & Mourne area and came second place. This was an excellent achievement for the girls and now they will travel to Belfast on 20 February for the next heat. Well done girls!
P5, 6 & 7 to visit Newry Panto Thursday 19 January 2017- depart school @8:45 sharp
The School Council organised a non uniform day on Friday 16th December when children and members of staff were encouraged to wear their Christmas jumpers to raise funds for the Save the Children.
Through the generosity of parents and pupils the grand sum of £82 was raised. A fabulous amount ! Thank you to everyone for their generosity.
Congratulations to Michael and Clare who participated in a Science and Technology Challenge at St. Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel. They competed against children from 15 different primary schools in the local area. As part of the task, they had to plan and design a bridge which would hold at least 5kg. Marks were awarded for plan and design, aesthetic quality and practicality.
Primary 7 were invitied to Brooklands Nursing Home on the 9th December to sing Christmas Carols to the residents.
Northern Ireland Primary Schools Road Safety Quiz will take place in the Canal Court Hotel on Tuesday 17 January 2017 from 10 - 11:30am. Two winners will advance to the Finals in the NIFRS Training Ctr. Belfast on 20 February.
sponsored by Crash Services - Road Safe NI -
Peace Proms - Cross Border Orchestra Of Ireland
Tickets On Sale From Thu 01 Dec 2016 at 10.00am
Established as a peace initiative in 1995, the Cross Border Orchestra for Ireland (CBOI) is a highly acclaimed and celebrated youth orchestra with over 120 members from North & South of Ireland. The CBOI’s “Peace Proms” is musical education programme in which children from hundreds of schools throughout the North and South of Ireland participate annually.
The Peace Proms is a musical and cultural celebration and provides a unique platform for young people to showcase their talent while promoting peace, unity and tolerance through music.
Sun 26 Feb 2017 at 3.00pm
Single Ticket £15.50 - £55.00 (Family of four)
Tickets On Sale From Thu 01 Dec 2016 at 10.00am
Ulster Orchestra ‘Making Music’
On Monday 21st November, Primary 7 went to Newry Sports Hall to see the Ulster Orchestra.
Ever made a cake? Ever made a curry?When you understand what each ingredient brings to a dish, you can make anything good to eat!
‘Making Music’ with the Ulster Orchestra showed the Primary 7 class that music works in just the same way as baking a cake – if you mix a dollop of rhythm, a spoonful of bass, pinches of melody and harmony, the end result is a fantastic tune!
Presenter Catherine explored six key musical ingredients with the Ulster Orchestra and showed the class how they can be combined to create a musical treat for everyone to enjoy.
Ulster Orchestra 21 November 2016
A big thank you to everybody that contributed to the Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal. Collection has been deferred to 23rd November, so if anyone still wishes to donate a box there is still time.
There were 67 Shoeboxes collected - Thanks again to all the parents who supported this good cause.
The Primary 7 class dressed up from characters from Roald Dahl books to celebrate his 100 birthday.
Whole School Photograph is now available for purchase from Tempest a Photography. It is on display in school. Prices are 1) Zen Framed Print £35, 2) Print in a tube £16.50 & 3) Desktop Acrylic £30.
On Friday 24 June 2016, a retirement celebration was held for Vice Principal, Mrs Cathy Trainor who has dedicated 28 years to Holy Cross Primary School. On behalf of the whole school community we want to wish her a happy retirement and all the best in the future. We would also like to thank all the parents & friends who help out to make it such a special day for Mrs Trainor.
Well done to our pupils who won awards at Kilkeel swimming club recently!
Primary 6 went to Shimna Intergrated College's P6 Activity Day on Friday 3 June. They enjoyed Science, Technology, German, Art and Media studies. It was a great taster for what secondary school life is like and was such an enjoyable day! Thank you Shimna for having us.
Summer has arrived in Atticall, don't the girls look lovely in their summer dresses!
'Making Mourne 10% better' past pupils from St. Louis along with their teacher, Mr Gallagher, held a workshop with P7 on percentages.
Primary 7 completed their Cycling Proficiency Test. Congraulations! Picture includes Cycling Proficiency trainers Mrs Denise Sloan and Mrs Sharon Grant.
Holy Communion 14 May 2016
Confirmation Monday 9 May 2016
School visit to 1916 Easter Rising Display
Camogie Tournament in Kilcoo
Pamela from Sustrans came to school today to talk about the Big Pedal challenge that is taking place in school from 18-29 April 2016. On each day schools throughout UK compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. A school's best five days will determine their final position.
Feis an Dúin competition took place on Saturday 9th April 2016 in Newcastle. Here are our medal winners. Well done!
Members of the RNLI Lifeguard team visited our school today to teach all of the children about water safety. The children learned the purposes of the different coloured flags which lifeguards display, learned how to signal for help and about the different currents in the water. They also learned about safety in the sun. Ask the children about 'Slip. Slap. Slop'! It was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative presentation
Easter Raffle prize winners. This raffle was organised by our school council.
1st prize winner Nicola P1
2nd prize winner Brona P5
3rd Prize winner Jamie P7
4th prize winner Josh P3 collected by Fianna
World Book Day Competition Winners. Each class had to design their own book cover. Congrulations to the winners!
Cailum P1 winner
Kayla P2 winner
Kora & Connor P3 winners
Erin P4 winner & Ronan P5 winner
Amy P5 winner
Caoimhe P7 winner
Green screen presentations from P.7
Newry Mourne & Down Youth Speak 2016
Irish Dancing Championship
Warrenpoint Speech and Drama section.
Spanish teacher Visits Holy Cross 8th -12th February 2016
To view the video go to P.7 Spanish page
In staff room discussing Spanish Education system
Credit Union Quiz
We took part in the annual Credit Union Quiz competition for P7/Year 8 pupils. Well done to all four teams that took part. A special well done for our P6 pupil Lilly, who filled in at the last minute!
Open night at St Columbans
Órlaith with her prize
Our day at Shimna Intergrated College
On Friday 29 November we visited Shimna College for the annual primary 7 day. We enjoyed many of the lessons such as ICT, German, Spanish, Science, Histroy and Art.
St. Louis Technology Challenge
Congratulations to Caoimhe & Stephen who took part in the Science and Technology Challenge run by St. Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel.
They had a very enjoyable day designing, constructing and racing their very own marble game.
Caoimhe and Stephen at the Technology Challenge