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P7 Leavers Song 2023

P7 Leavers' Video 2023


This year's P7 video can be found by clicking on the following link below. We hope you enjoy it and wish our P7 children the best in whatever their future holds. We are SO proud of each and every one of them and all they have given to us as a school in Holy Cross Primary.

Special thank you to our wonderful FHC parents for providing refreshments after Mass.




The children had a fantastic morning receiving their medals and certificates from sports day🥇🥈🥉⭐️

Then they had a lovely treat of Brennan's Icecream orgainsed by the Friends of Holy Cross 😁

Our P5 to P7 attended An Riocht, Dunavill on Friday 16th June 2023 to play in the JB Sheehan Schools Cup.  Included in photo is Eoghan Sheehan, sponsor.


We are so proud of our netball team who did so well this morning at St Columban's Primary school Netball tourament. Congratulations girls and well done! 

Netball St Columban's PS 8 June 2023

On Monday 5th June our P6 children were invited to experience a school day in Shimna Intergraded College.  They took part in a wide range of lessons including Home Economics where they made a delicious butterfly buns, in technology they made wooden robots , in history they had fun with jigsaw puzzles and they learnt some Irish by singing a song and having fun.  In PE they had a great time playing cricket.

A fun day was had by all!

Congratulations to all the children who took part in Sports Day.  The sun shone down on everyone and apart from all the competition there was alot of fun, especially when the mummies & daddies races took place!


Today we had Stephen & Chris from the RNLI to teach the the children how to stay safe in, on and around the water and to still have fun!

We heard about the 4 fundamental water safety messages, which are: 
- Stop & Think  
- Stay Together 
- Float 
- Call 999 


Lisa, Asda Community Champion donated healthy snacks for our Sports Day! Thank you x

Congratulations Girls

Primary 6 & 7 girls took part in the St Colmbans PS Gaelic Football Blitz on Tuesday 23 May 2023

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the boys and girls in Primary 4 who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday 20th May 2023. We hope you and your family enjoyed this very special day.

It was lovely to see everyone together as a school community. We thank all the staff that made this possible. The children were beaming with pride and love.  

Thank-you to everyone at home and in school who helped prepare the children. Our thanks also to the wonderful Friends of Holy Cross who provided the wonderful refreshments.

Special thanks to the children who attended our Choir on Saturday morning.


Such a  beautiful First Holy Communion Day to remember

We would like to Atticall Community Association for their very kind donation of a wireless Bluetooth speaker which they purchased for the school.  This will be a great addition to our school resources and add to the children’s experiences both indoor and outdoor. 


The community Association was established to help and support the community of Atticall in many different ways for both our young people and older residents through a range of different projects, initiatives and support measures.


Thanks to Rory and Rachel (Atticall Community Association Committee members) for calling in with the speaker to us. 

The whole school was treated to a visit from a very special visitor!  The Easter bunny hopped in to give them a special Easter treat as a thank you for all of their hard work this term.

Congratulations to the children who attended Feis an Dúin at the weekend! We are so proud that the boys and girls had such confidence to take part in the poetry competitions at such a young age.

Pictured above is our prize winners who will recieved medal's in due course.

2023 Environmental Youth Speak competition

The 2023 Environmental Youth Speak competition was held on Wednesday 29 March in Newcastle.  Over 36 participants and 8 secondary schools submitted their online presentations to our judges. Six schools and three secondary schools made it through to the finals.

Congratulations to our P7 James McMorrow who reached the finals! He did brilliantly he spoke confidently and really engaged the audience. We are all very proud of him.😀


The official photos and press release are now available to view at the following links:

Well done to the boys that played in the Cumman Na mBunscol indoor football tournament in Burren GAC today.

Peace Proms 26 Feb 2023



On Sunday we had a fantastic day performing at the Peace Proms in the SSE Arena, Belfast. 37 of our children joined many others from across the country to form a 3000 voice children’s choir. 

The children also enjoyed listening to the cross-border orchestra and watching all the dancers.

A huge well done to all the children who took part. Learning all those lines and actions was no easy task!

It was great to have so many parents join us, we hope you enjoyed the show as much as we did!

Thanks to Mrs Woods, Mrs Sloan & Denise who also attended the event with the children.smiley





Non Uniform Day

Thank you to everyone who donated to our non-uniform day to raise funds to help provide aid in Turkey and Syria in the wake of the devastating earthquake.
We raised £331 for the "Disasters Emergency Committee" which brings together 15 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently at times of crisis overseas (

PCSP Delivers New School Safety Signs

Newry, Mourne and Down Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) have delivered new kiddie cut-out signs to school today to increase awareness of school parking issues and speeding close to our primary school.

By displaying these signs, drivers dropping off children at school are made aware of the dangers of parking in areas which may lead to an accident. Children and adults are at danger when cars are parked irresponsibly and we are taking this opportunity to promote responsible parking.

Warrenpoint Feis

Warrenpoint Feis will run from Tuesday 7th March -Thursday 16th March in Warrenpoint Town Hall.

Please find dates for your child's section. 

It is the parent’s responsibility to provide transport and supervise their children at the Feis. 

Grandparents Mass

On Friday 3rd February the whole school celebrated a special Mass for our Grandparents. We invited our Grandparent to attend the School Mass and then they were welcomed into School for refreshments. It was a lovely celebration which we all enjoyed.


heart Grandparents heart

Few can bring the warmth

We can find in their embrace,

And little more is needed to bring love.

Than the smile on their face.


They've a supply of precious stories,

Yet they've time to wipe a tear,

Or give us reasons to make us laugh,

They grow more precious through the years.


We believe that God sent us Grandparents

As our legacy from above,

To share the moments of our life,

As extra measures of His love.


 Author Unknown


laugh  Kilkeel Credit Union Quiz 2023  laugh

Congratulations to our team who beat off stiff competition to win the Under-13 competition (they are pictured with their trophy below). They will now go on to represent Kilkeel in the next round in Newry.  We are extremely proud of our Champions and wish them every success in the next Credit Union Schools Quiz Chapter Round!!

CHAPTER LEVEL Saturday 4th March 2023 More details to follow once released.

💛Catholic Schools Week💛

This week we celebrate Catholic Schools Week in our school. 
It is a week when we celebrate the contribution our school makes to the lives of our children, the community and to the church.

The theme for the week is ‘Walking Together in Faith and Love’. 


Bee Safe Event

Newry, Mourne & Down Council run the ‘Bee Safe’ Event that involves hundreds of local primary school children from across the Council area.

The ‘Bee Safe’ education days inform children about a range of Health and Safety issues that they may face in everyday life, through the use of role-play and real life scenarios.  Our Primary 6/7 children attended this session in the Kingdom Youth Centre on Wednesday 18th January 2023 


To check if your child is entitled to a free school meal or assistance with uniforms, please visit the link below:

Cumann na nBunscol Quiz

Well done to our team this morning attending the Cuman Na Baeann Quiz in Kilcoo.  There were 20 teams in attendance, and they came 3rd place.  Special thanks to Mr Hardy for taking the children.

Mr Mussen Vice Chairman of the Cumann na mBunscol an Dun is pictured along with team members Emily Rose, Harry, Thomas and James.

Christmas Raffle 20th December 2022 Winners


Our School council would like to thank everyone who bought tickets.  They raised £821.  Well done!!! smiley


The Cancer Fund for Children Presentation

Today it was great to welcome Aisling Gibson from The Cancer Fund for Children to Holy Cross Primary School, Atticall.  Aisling was presented with a cheque for £92 raised from our Christmas Jumper Day fundraiser on Friday 9th December

A huge thank you to all our children who took part.

Harry & James attended St Louis Grammar School this morning for the Technology challenge organised for local primary school children which aims to promote scientific and technological awareness in primary schools, the event took place in the school’s Technology Suite.


Participants were given the opportunity to work in the school’s Technology and Design Department solving practical problems with a range of materials and components. The pupils had to solve a design problem within a specific time, this involved designing and making a product.

KS1 Christmas Nativity 

Congratulations to our Primary 1-4 children who performed ‘Whoops-A-Daisy-Angel’ for their families and friends this evening. 

The children were fantastic and sang their hearts out.  Parents, grandparents and school staff couldn’t be more proud! 

Everyone was delighted to be at the performance of a Nativity play - our first since 2019, making it an extra special occasion.


Thank you to everyone who wore a Christmas Jumper today. We have raised £92 for Cancer Fund for Children. 

Today KS1 performed our Nativity play in front of the whole school and everyone had a great time.  Mrs Sloan was very proud of us and we are excited to perform for our family and friends on Tuesday 13th December 2022 at 7pm!

On Friday 9th December we all enjoyed a delicious Christmas Party Box!

Children enjoyed their meals with friends while listening to some of their favourite Christmas classics.

Check out some of our pictures from a very enjoyable afternoon.

Kilkeel Credit Union Art Competition

Congratulations to Alanna in P2 & Lola in P7 who both came 4th Place in the Credit Union Art Competition.  Alanna came 4th in the 7 years and younger competition and Lola came 4th in the 8-10 General Category.

Special thank you to Kilkeel Credit Union Limited for organising this competition and for the prizes & treats.

Christmas Raffle 2022

Our Christmas Raffle

We would like to thank our parents for their generosity by either donating items for our hamper or raffle prizes.

Raffle Squares are now on sale for £1.


1. Large Hamper (Items donated by all our parents)

2. Small Hamper (Items donated by all our parents)

3.£50 Cash (Donated Raymond McCartan -Grandparent)

4. Santa & Elves decorations gift set (Donated by Eilish Fitzpatrick)

5. £30 Voucher Donnas Scrumptious Brownies & Desserts (Donated by Donna Cole)

6. £30 One 4 All voucher (Donated by Amanda Quinn, AQ Properties)

7. £30 Red Box Meals Voucher (Donated by Joggy Dhillon-,Red Box Meals)

8. £30 Cunningham's Meat Voucher (Donated by Claire Keenan)

9. £25 Kilmorey Voucher (Donated by Catriona McGreevy)

10. Love La La gift (Donated by Ailish O'Hare)

11. Sweet & Drinks Hamper (Items donated by all our parents)

12. Set of 2 wines ((Items donated by our parents)

13. Small hamper (Items Donated by our parents)


Raffle will take place on Tuesday 20th December 2022.  Good Luck!

Alanna with the 1st shoebox in

Blyhswood Shoe Box Appeal 2022

It’s easy to choose gifts for people who have so little. Shampoo, a pair of socks, a notepad, a small toy, a bag of sweets – things we take for granted will seem like luxuries to people living in poverty.
By filling a shoebox with simple things you can bring hope this

Shoeboxes will be delivered to vulnerable people in Ukraine, Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania and Serbia.


Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
Your gift will truly make a difference.


Total of 48 Shoe Boxes received - thank you!!


Thank you to everyone that took the time today to come visit us at school.  We hope you all enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you all next year!

Special thanks to the children that stayed behind today to help in their classrooms.

Mourne Community First Responders

Helene Grant and Roisin Rooney from Mourne Community First Responders visited school today to be presented with a cheque for £2,247.30, which was raised through our annual sponsored walk.  A big thank you to everyone’s generosity. Included in the picture is School Principal Mrs C Sloan, along with children Joe Cunningham, MaryKate Sloan, Ellen Trainor and James Cunningham.

Mourne Stimulus

Danielle from Mourne Stimulus visited school today to be presented with a cheque for £117, which was raised through the Woolly Hat Day.  A big thank you to everyone’s generosity. Included in the picture is School Principal Mrs C Sloan, along with children Aiyana Dhillon, Hugh McGrillen, Lottie O’Hare and Brandon Anderson


Odd Socks Day marks the start of Anti-Bullying Week, Monday 14th November and is a day to celebrate what makes us all unique and to spread kindness!

Many thanks to Alice Doyle delivering Irish Language Classes in the school scheme which is being funded by Atticall GAC and facilitated by CnaG Boirche Íochtar.

Woolly Hat Day 2022

We supported Mourne Stimulus today by participating in Woolly Hat Day in aid of the local charity.

Thank you to our families who donated to the worthy cause.

Have a look at our Halloween Parade Video

link below

Being a Digital Leader helps children develop confidence and leadership skills. They also provide meaningful support to teachers and peers throughout the school. This year, P7 pupils applied to become Digital Leaders.

Here is this year's Digital Leader team, voted for by their peers:

smileyOur Principal's Teasmiley 

Today we had more special guests meeting with Mrs Sloan in her office.

It was our first Principals Tea of the school year, something the children look forward too.

Well done to all the girls & boys that received their special invite in September.

Education Minister Visit

Today we had the Education Minister Michelle McIlveen visiting us.

The Minister toured the school with our Principal Mrs Sloan, BoGs and others meeting staff and pupils.

The Minister also discussed a range of issues with the school, including general maintenance and accommodation.

PE Provision

We would like to extend a huge ‘Thank you’ to Aticall GAA for generously sponsoring our PE provision this year. Mr Hardy has returned to coordinate PE for all classes every Thursday throughout the academic year., He will be working with the children on fundamental PE skills as well as games and for the older pupils, tournament preparation.

We are delighted to welcome Mr Hardy back and hugely appreciative of the club’s contribution to the development of the pupils through the PE curriculum.

On Friday we went on our sponsored walk in Mourne Park. We had a fantastic day. We sang songs while we walked and even got to have a picnic to eat our snacks. Well done to everyone!

Roald Dahl Day