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Christmas Drive In


A first for Atticall... a drive in Christmas performance! And what a success!

As always our boys and girls wowed the audience, this time from the ‘big screen’... we are so very proud of each and every one of them and it was a joy to see their happy faces spreading some Christmas cheer at the end of a very challenging year... nothing can dampen their spirits!!

A huge thank you to all those who helped make tonight happen. We are so fortunate to have such a supportive community. Thank you to Atticall GAC for the use of the car park and to Brian and the senior footballers for assisting with the parking arrangements tonight! A huge thank you to Jamie Quinn, Mourne Film for all his hard work!Thank you to

Linda for braving the cold to do some outdoor singing with our choir.

Well done and thank you to the teachers, classroom assistants and our pupils for all the effort they put into their class performances! They were amazing!

Finally, thank you to all those who came out tonight in support of the event. It was a lovely, family evening and hopefully a memorable one for all!

Wishing you all a very happy and safe Christmas!

The team at Holy Cross

Drive In Movie Tuesday 15th December 2020 @6:30pm

As you may know, the boys and girls have been working hard over the past two weeks learning some ‘in class’ performances. These have been recorded and we are going to offer an opportunity to view all the performances via a ‘drive in cinema experience’. It is hoped this will compensate for the lack of outings at this time and be a fun alternative for all the family. The drive in cinema will take place in the lower carpark of Atticall GAC, adjacent the community centre and will run on Tuesday 15th December at 6.30pm. Gates will open at 6pm and stewards will be present to guide you to a space. In-keeping with the Covid guidelines, strict social distance will be maintained with families remaining in their cars. There will be an opportunity to purchase teas/coffee/donuts from ‘Kelugos Mini-donuts’ but we ask that 2m social distance is maintained at all times.

The cinema night will be operating as a fundraiser for the school with the cost per car being £20. Payment can be made via PayPal (family & Friends) to Please state who the tickets are for when purchasing. Alternatively, the money can be sent into school. Grandparents and other family members are invited to attend in their own vehicles. The raffle for the hamper and name the dog will be shared on the night. A special word of thanks to Atticall GAC who have granted permission to use the carpark and enabled the event to take place.

We hope this will be a very enjoyable family night and something to look forward to in the build up to Christmas. In the event that weather conditions are unfavourable we will postpone to an alternative night- should this be the case everyone will be updated as soon as possible.

SRC Beauty & the Beast Panto 10am

Thursday 10th December 2020 at 10am all the classes are ‘going to the Panto.’

The Southern Regional College are showing their production of Beauty and The Beast at 10.00am live on Youtube. I have attached the link below for any of our pupils who are not in school on Thursday.

G4M0 Cheque Presentation

Special thanks to Atticall G4M0 Ladies who raised £900 for Holy Cross Primary School with their Christmas Raffle.

Receiving the cheque is school Principal Mrs Charlene Sloan along with class teacher Mrs Ciara Graham and some of the G4M0 Ladies.


Blythswood Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2020

Children in Holy Cross have organised the collection of 71 filled shoeboxes for the annual Blythswood Christmas Shoebox Appeal. They say they have been delighted with the response from the school community and its friends.

Gifts packed in shoeboxes are delivered each Christmas to people in eastern Europe who are experiencing poverty, illness, disability or other disadvantages.  The first delivery is going to Ukraine this year.



Statement from the Education Minister Peter Weir COVID -19 restrictions.

Schools and other educational settings will have the half-term holiday break extended from 19 to 30 October.


Further information at:

Congratulations to our Primary 5 pupils who received the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday 11th October 2020 in St Colman’s Church, Massforth.  Some of the families have sent us some photographs, don't they look great!


Test, Trace Protect from the Department of Education


We wish to give families advance notice that we will be participating in the shoebox appeal this year again. We will distribute leaflets just ahead of the Halloween break and invite families to send in their donations mid-November. 

We realise that families like to gather up the items gradually in preparation for filling their shoebox. For that reason there is a photo of the list of items attached to this post. 

School Photographer will be in school 14 October 2020, please see flyer with prices from £7.....

Congratulations to our past pupils who received the Sacrament of Confirmation On Monday 21st September 2020 in St Colman’s Church, Massforth.

Some families sent us these beautiful photos of their children on their special day.

Confirmation ceremony

Congratulations to all the children from the Parish of Upper Mourne who were confirmed over the past two days. The children are past pupils of Holy Cross PS, Grange Primary School and St Colman’s Primary School, Kilkeel  


Our Confirmation ceremony is available to view on Mourne Film’s You Tube channel at the following link:



Well Done to all the boys and girls who made a great effort to wear green to school on Friday 13th March for Green Day

WORLD BOOK DAY: Well done to all our pupils for making World Book Day such a success.  Each year this brings great excitement to our school and this year was no exception.  Congratulations to Everyone.

Paper Free Day at school.

Today we all enjoyed, not using paper in school and got to used our new ICT equipment. 

Well done to our fantastic girls on a brilliant display of camogie on Friday 7th February in Newry Bosco. While we were not the victors on this occasion we are very proud of the way our girls never gave up and played their hearts out. They were gracious in defeat and showed great sportsmanship throughout the games.

Bee Safe Event

Primary 6 & 7 attended the Bee Safe event in the An Ríocht GAA  Thursday 30th January 2020. This event is tailored towards P6/7 pupils and informs them how to react and deal with situations that they may potentially face over the coming years.

Experts from Home Safety, NI Fire and Rescue Service, PSNI (Internet safety) and Translink talked to the pupils. Pupils also received a healthy snack along with some goodies for their pencil cases. Thanks to Newry, Mourne & Down District Council for organising the event.