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Thank you to Tracy from Kilkeel Credit Union who presented the school with a £30 donation towards our annual sports day.

Sports Day Presentation June 2022

The children who were placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the sports day activities were recently presented with their medals.  We are very proud of all the children who participated and those children who won their medals.  Well done to everyone!!

St. Columban’s  Football Tournament

Holy Cross P.S. boys travelled down to St. Columban’s P.S. for their Annual Football Tournament. We had a number of key players missing and Conor Gilroy out injured.

 Eight teams were invited and these were split into two sections of four. Holy Cross were drawn into section A. After a great win in our first match against St. Columbans ‘B’ team, we were defeated by very strong St. Mary’s P.S. Newcastle.  Our last match in our section was a very close match against St. Colmans ‘A’ team. The boys had done enough to qualify for the Shield semi -final were we played a strong St. Colmans ‘B’ team. In another very close match the boys played some brilliant football to win and qualify for the final on a score line of Holy Cross 1.04 St. Colmans 1.02. In the final we faced Gaelscoil, with Atticall club mate Ollie McAlinden their main player. In a very high scoring match in which both team played brilliantly. The play went from end to end constantly with some great scores by both sides. Holy Cross were just beaten by the better side on the day by a scoreline of Holy Cross 3.04 Gaelscoil 4.06. The boys who played so well and represented Holy Cross P.S. were, Cailum Quinn, Liam Fitzpatrick, Aodhan Cunningham, Lorcan Morgan, Conor Sloan, Lorcan Whittaker, Charlie Fitzpatrick, James Fitzpatrick, James McMorrow and Harry O’Hare. A special mention to the injured Conor Gilroy who kept the scores and to Finn Cunningham for his very accurate time keeping. On behalf of the pupils and Staff of Holy Cross P.S. Atticall we would like to thank the pupils and staff of St. Columban’s for another brilliantly organised tournament which all the schools present thoroughly enjoyed.

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to our P4 children who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday, 21st May.  All the children worked hard over the last couple weeks singing and practising their readings.  The children performed their parts extremely well and conducted themselves with great respect and reverence in the chapel.  Each child looked amazing in their suits and dresses.  A big well done to all!!

Thank you to Father Dillon for making the ceremony so special for the children and to Miss Tumilty, Maggie and Lisa for all their efforts in preparing the children for their special day.

Special thanks to our Friends of Holy Cross for preparing the lovely refreshments in school afterwards.

Staff Appreciation

Our Staff members give a lot of time, effort, and love for pupil's success and achievements.

A special presentation of flowers was organised by Mr Hardy to show his appreciation and add cheer to their desk!

St. Columban’s P.S Girls’ Football Blitz

Holy Cross girls team travelled to St. Columban’s P.S. Kilkeel this morning to take part in a Girls Football Blitz. After a wet start, the rain eased and the Girls enjoyed a great mornings football. In our first match we played against a very strong St. Mary’s Newcastle team and got well beat. Our second match was a much closer affair against St. Columban’s ‘A’ team losing by a few points. Despite these defeat the girls were beginning to play some great football. In the remaining three games the girls played brilliantly to win all three matches and finish in third place. A special thanks to St. Columban’s P.S. for inviting us to their Blitz and to Mr. Kelly and Mrs McLaughlin for organising such a great event.

G4MO Cheque Presentation

Atticall G4MO Presentation

A massive thank you to Atticall G4MO who donated £2000 to Holy Cross Primary School.  Members of the School Council are pictured accepting the cheque from some of the pupils who parents play for Atticall G4MO.  This is in addition to some equipment already received.

Primary 7 Confirmation 11 May 2022

Congratulations to all our wonderful Primary 7 children who celebrated their Sacrament of Confirmation in St Colman's Church Massforth, on Wednesday  11 May. The staff and parents are proud of the children on this memorable occasion.  Thank you to Miss O'Gorman & Tracey  for preparing the children so well and to Fr Dillon & Fr Cahill for celebrating the ceremony with the children.  We hope you all had a lovely day with your families.



The After Party!!!

A morning celebrating the 10th Anniversary of The Daily Mile

We had a really 'egg-citing' time hunting for eggs this moring at Holy Cross with a special guest delivering the eggs to the kids. smiley

The Cancer Fund for Children

Today it was great to welcome Mairead Rodgers from The Cancer Fund for Children to Holy Cross Primary School, Atticall.  Mairead was presented with a cheque for £1148.90 raised from our “ReadOn” fundraiser on World Book Day with lots of books read in the process

A huge thank you to all our parents and staff who donated so generously, especially during these difficult economic times.

Thank you letter from the Youth Ministries regarding our recent Ukraine Fundraising.

Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel Challenge

A massive “Well Done!” to the boys, girls & parents from our school who took part in the “Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel Challenge!” over the past two weeks. The weather was in our favour and made the event very enjoyable for everyone.

Cancer Fund for Children - ReadOn

Holy Cross Primary School have raised £1148.90 for Daisy Lodge and the Cancer Fund for Children from our recent ReadOn which took place on World Book Day.


We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the pupil who took part in the ReadOn and commend them on raising funds for charity.  Pictured is Annie Rose receiving an Easter Egg for her fundraising efforts.


Congratulations to Mrs Sloan on the birth our her baby daughter on Tuesday 15th March.

Conradh na Gaeilge Boirche Íochtar

Ruairí Ó Donnáin, Irish Language Development Officer for Conradh na Gaeilge Boirche Íochtar (Lower Mourne Gaelic League) presented certificates and prizes to our winners of the Art competition  organised as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge. Well done to all our prize winners.

St Patrick's Green Day 2022

We had another fun day in Holy Cross today with our children wearing green to raise money for our School Council.

We also held an outdoor assembly with Irish dancing, singing, and there was even a sighting of a Leprechaun!

Thanks to all our fantastic Irish Dancers and thanks to all the boys and girls who contributed to the fundraising.

You can view a short video by clicking the link below;

Fundraiser in support of the people of Ukraine


We cannot begin to imagine how difficult the situation is for the people of Ukraine and are keen to show our support by contributing to the aid that is being provided through many charities and organisations at this time.

As a show of solidarity and to raise funds, we held a Blue and yellow day’ on Friday 11th March.

Children came to school in blue/yellow, the colours of the Ukrainian flag - and to bring a donation.


School raised £851.50

Plus the GAA Camogie Club raised £180 at a recent quiz which we will add on their behalf.

TOTAL £1035.50


This donation will go directly to the ‘Hope for Youth Ministries’ collection, who have volunteers working directly with the Ukrainians and are actively supporting the transfer of the refugees from the Polish border to a safe place in Warsaw.


We would like to thank everyone who donated to this fundraiser.  Well Done!

World Book Day - Friday 4th March 2022


Today the children came into school dressed up as their favourite book character to celebrate World Book Day.

It has been lovely to see so many children dress up with such effort and they have shown such enthusiasm towards a range of stories and books. Across the whole of school we have been promoting a love of reading and sharing stories.

Children of all ages have been engaged with listening to stories and have been sharing stories and books with each other. Sharing stories together in a group time provides opportunities for children to feel secure and to continue building bonds with those around them, as they interact and enjoy the excitement and thrill of an adventure within the story.



Allowing children to freely access books themselves helps to develop their fine motor skills from a young age as they learn to turn pages one at a time, lift flaps and how to hold books carefully.


Have a look at our fantastic pictures from World Book Day 2022 and don’t forgot to use your book token to claim your free book or £1 off.