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Holy Cross Primary School Principal, Mrs Charlene Sloan is pictured with the pupils receiving a new collection of non-fiction reading books that was purchased with the support of our Breakfast Club. 

Primary 1 & 2 children visited the Palace Stables, Armagh on 4th December to learn about Christmas in the past.

They visited the cook in the kitchen who was preparing for Christmas 200 years ago and heard about Christmas during the Second World War from Corporal Donald.

They even visited Santa and had a super sing-a-long!

The girls and boys made a beautiful robin to take home.

A super day was had by all!

On Tuesday we all enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner!

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

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

Easy Fundraising App

We as a school have signed up for the easy fundraising app, which through its use allows your online shopping to result in donations towards our school at no additional cost to you. All you have to do is access your online shopping sites via 'easy fundraising' and once you make a purchase, the companies will make a donation to our fund.

With Christmas shopping on our minds, this would be a great way to boost our school funds.

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal 2019

A huge thank you to everyone who donated to our Blythswood Shoebox Appeal! We have collected a fantastic 55 boxes this year. These gifts are really treasured by those who receive them.

P3&4 Library Visit

P3 & 4 children from Holy Cross Primary School, Atticall visit to Kilkeel Library. 

Róisín the librarian gave the children a tour of the library and taught them how to borrow and return  books before reading them a story.  Many thanks to Roisin and the staff.  The children really enjoyed their morning and hope to see you again soon!

🎃🎃Thank you to everyone who came to our Halloween Fun Day! 🎃🧙‍♀️ 
Holy Cross children enjoyed  a morning of spooky fun activies and a Halloween Disco.  The children came dressed in Halloween costumes and practiced their scary dance moves🕺

Our Halloween Raffle winners:
1st Prize Large Hamper - Teresa Cunningham
2nd Prize Small Hamper - Jonathan O'Hare
3rd Prize  DKNY aftershave, wine & Chocolates- Lily Mackin
4th Prize Tin of sweets & shortbread - Lilly Sloan.
Thank you to everyone one who donated items & bought tickets! 
Today we raised £572.55 for our ICT fund👏👏

Congratulations to our Halloween Colouring in competition winners!

P1 Mary Kate Sloan

P2 Annie Rose Morgan

P3 Olivia Trainor

P4 Harry O'hare

P5 Annie O'hagan

P6 Siofra Trainor

P7 Danny Bartley


Student teacher, Mr Rory Donnan has started  his 8 weeks Irish lessons with the children. This is in partnership with Atticall GAC / Fondúireacht Sheosaimh Mhic Dhonncha Grant.  The children have loved their first lesson and are looking forward to Mr Donnan's next lesson!

🎃🎃Halloween Raffle🎃🎃

Thank you to all the families that sent in items to make up our Halloween Hampers!  Large hamper is on display in Grants Shop, where you can buy a raffle square for £1.  Squares will be on sale at school for the next 2 weeks and the raffle will take place on Monday 28th October at our Halloween Fun Day👻🎃🦸‍♂️🦹🏻‍♀️... all money raised will go towards our ICT fund.

Purple Day

We will have our "Purple Day" tomorrow Thursdy 10th October in school. We are keeping the focus on being happy & healthy with losts of fun activities & workshops throughout the day. Children can come in wearing purple. A donation of £2 per pupil is requested to raise fund for outdoor equipment. Thank you.


Pupils celebrate European Day of Languages


Whether you say hola, bonjour or guten tag - today is European Day of Languages. 

At Holy Cross today we will be looking at different cultures and languages as they embrace foreign languages in their classes.  The children have made a wonderful effort in their costumes!



Have a look at the lovely sunflower Darragh in Primary 2 grew over the summer holiday.  He had planted this seed in Primary 1 and then took it home to plant.... WOW well done Darragh!

Roald Dahl Day  


All the children and staff celebrated Roald Dahl Day in style today. We read Roald Dahl books, watched  Roald Dahl movies and dressed up as our favourite characters. All the costumes were wonderful - lots of hard work and effort had clearly been put into creating them.

Miss Trunchball (Matilda) made a special appearance, as did Grandpa Joe (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and the Grand High Witch (The Witches). How many characters can you spot in our photos? Can you name the book in which they appear?

Back to School 2019!!

We are now working hard in school to prepare for the return of the boys and girls and are super excited about the new year which lies ahead!

School starts for our new primary ones on Monday 2nd September. Pupils will arrive for their first day according to their allocated times. If you are unsure of your child's slot, please contact the school office for confirmation.

We will welcome all pupils back from Tuesday 3rd September at the usual time of 9am!!


We look forward to seeing you all then :)


Well done to everyone who took part in Sports Day.

It was a fantastic day and everyone had great fun. Enjoy looking at some of the photos from the day.

Visit to Daisy Lodge


On 11 June 2019 Miss Cunningham & Denise along with 23 children from Primary 5, Primary 6 and Primary 7 had the absolute pleasure of attending Daisy Lodge, Newcastle which is situated in the foothills of the Mourne mountains. Daisy Lodge is the Cancer Fund for Children's unique purpose built facility which can offer every family in N.I. who are dealing with cancer, a free therapeutic short break. Our group were absolutely amazed at this spectacular building and the wonderful facilities it has to offer. Some of those facilities include six beautifully furnished double family suites, a well being centre, a range of age appropriate play/games rooms, therapy suites, lounge areas, dining space and an outdoor play area.


Our group was given a tour of these facilities and we also got a tour of the smaller residential log cabin 'Narnia'. This was a very special experience for our pupils who were so impressed with all that they saw and heard.  We all then enjoyed a burger along with gorgeous popcorn which was thoroughly enjoyed by ALL! 


It is wonderful to know there is such a fantastic place for families to get away to when they are going through such a difficult time. It was also great for the children to actually see first hand, the impact the money they raise in fund raising events throughout the school year, can and does have.  Over the last two years the Children on Holy Cross Primary have raised money through a "ReadOn" that we do on World Book Day. 


Some of the children on the return home were already planning another fundraiser for Daisy Lodge, after seeing where their money goes.  A special thank you to Tanya & her team for the wonder invite!! 





FHC are hosting our very own fundraising movie night for our P1-P7 pupils! Red carpet with special guest!  Ice cream by Grahams, refreshments by ASDA. Raffle on the night.  Photographic opportunity in a limousine! Dress up optional. Local Women Media Coverage.

Raffle square now on sale in school at £1 per square!

Holy Communion 25 May 2019

Congratulations to our primary 4 children who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday 25 May 2019.  We thank their teacher Miss Cunningham for the beautiful service that she prepared.👰


Daily Mile Challenge

We started our Daily mile challenge today. We plan to walk a mile every day. It will make us fitter and healthier and is good for our mind also.

The Travelling Books Book Fair

The Travelling Books Book Fair will be in school from Friday 17th May to Friday 24th May 2019 .  Children will be able to visit the fair with their class teacher and parents will be able to visit fair from 2-3:30pm in dinner room.  Any sales please contact Denise in office.

We hope you will support the book Fair and treat your child to some lovely books.

Dragons Den 2018

As part of our Literacy work on improving Oracy, our budding entrepreneurs in Primary 7 took a part in a “Dragons’ Den” Project which was held during this week. The task was simple – children had to work in groups and prepare a 5-minute pitch which would promote and persuade people to buy their breakfast cereal.  The children spent 2 weeks planning, researching, designing and rehearsing their pitches.  On Tuesday our “dragons” visited the school and each group gave their pitch. Well done to the all of Primary 7 as they all worked really hard and put together fantastic pitches.  We thank Mr James Cunningham (Cunningham’s Butchers), Ms Stephanie Rodgers (Asda) and Mr Cliff Coulter (Kilkeel Chambers of Commerce/Selections) for giving up their time to be our great dragons!  What a successful day - look out for these future entrepreneurs!

Holy Cross Primary School have raised £515.00 for Daisy Lodge and the Cancer Fund for Children from our recent ReadOn which took place on World Book Day.

Pictured accepting the donation is Tanya Jackson from Daisy Lodge, Newcastle with Acting Principal Charlene Sloan (left) along with some of the children that took part.

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.

Cancer Fund for Children - ReadOn

All aboard the Waterbus at Holy Cross!


The Waterbus from NI Water visited Holy Cross Primary School to tell pupils about the water cycle. During the visit, the children learned about what can and can't be put down the toilet; only flush the 3 Ps: pee, poo and paper; what NI Water does to clean the water and how sewage is treated.


The boys and girls from primary 4,5, 6 and 7 partook in activities over the two floors of the double decker bus and investigated how dirty water is treated, how water gets to our homes and where water goes after we use it.


Some of the interesting facts we discovered were; we use 150 litres of water a day! We can save water by having a 5-minute shower instead of a bath, and we need to drink between 5 and 8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated.


All of the children learned valuable information on how to save water and we look forward to putting it into practice!



World Book Day 2019

Dressing up as favourite books characters.


Wow! Wow! Wow! The children look fantastic. We all dressed up as our favourite book characters. What a wonderful variety we had, from pirates to princesses and Where's Wally to Willy Wonka. An enormous thank you to all parents for all the hard work, creativity and enthusiastic support. Brilliant. Thank you.

Belfast Peace Proms 2019


Our Children from Primary 5, 6 & 7 travelled to Belfast on Sunday 24th February to the SSE Arena for this year Peace Proms.  What a day!.  Massive well done to all the pupils who represented our school in the record breaking Peace Proms choir.... as always they did our school and community proud and it was an amazing experience.  Thank you to the parents for supporting our participation and a big shout out to the staff who made it possible... and sang and danced their hearts out too!  smiley

St Brigid's Crosses

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

Ten Foundations


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.


Schoolbags £20

Lunch bags £10

Swim bags £10

Pencil cases £5

Ten Foundations 16 May 19. Video.mp4

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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.

Advice for Parents of children in P6 Jan 2019

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 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 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! smiley

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!

Easter Bunny Visit 2018

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.

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First Confessions

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.

Christmas Nativity's

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

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 2016.  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.

School Calendar 2016/2017

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.

Confirmation Monday 9 May 2016

School visit to 1916 Easter Rising Display

Camogie Tournament in Kilcoo

Big Pedal 

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.

World Book Day Competition Winners. Each class had to design their own book cover. Congrulations to the winners!

Green Screen

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Green Screen

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Green Screen

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Green Screen

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Green Screen

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Green screen presentations from P.7

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Newry Mourne & Down Youth Speak 2016

Irish Dancing Championship

Warrenpoint Speech and Drama section.

Spanish teacher Visits Holy Cross 8th -12th February 2016

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

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.

Halloween Disco