News & Events

Dear Parent,

please find below a message from C2K with instructions on how to download your free Microsoft Office for home use.


With Black Friday and Christmas on the horizon staff and students (or parents for students) may be planning  to purchase new personal devices including tablets. 

To avoid the unnecessary purchase of MS Office please remind staff, pupils and guardians that there is no need to purchase MS Office as it  available free with a C2k username on up to 5 personal devices in 4 easy steps

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At the next box enter (i) your C2k username auser123 and (ii) password
Download the version of MS Office you require

On Friday 1st December, the students from the Social Justice Advocacy Group will be providing a cooked meal for 40 homeless people at a location in the city centre.

This is a huge undertaking by the students but an action which the boys feel very strongly about achieving.

As part of this action, we would like to prepare a shoebox gift to give to each of the homeless individuals for whom we will be cooking the meal.

For this, we ask our school community to help us with a few things and help with donations of one of the items below:

1. A shoebox
2. Roll on deodorant
3. Warm gloves
4. A warm hat
5. Warm socks
6. A warm scarf
7. A tooth brush
8 Toothpaste
9. Bar of chocolate
10. Packet of biscuits

If you can purchase one of those items and leave it into the school office it would be much appreciated. Our Social Justice Group will compile the boxes and wrap them nicely for presentation to those in need at the hot lunch on the 1st December.

It is hoped to have an evening in the Kennedy Centre where contributions can be purchased and dropped off and more details will be posted here when available.

Many thanks in advance for your contribution to helping the homeless in our society. 


There will be a meeting of the Student Council on Monday 20th November during the Form Period.

Council Reps are asked to go to Q11 before the end of break so they can be brought to the new meeting venue.

The meeting will include the new uniform addition for student council reps and consent forms for the upcoming student council reward trip.

There will be a meeting of the Social Justice Advocacy Group on Monday 20th November at 3.15pm in Q11.

The meeting is to plan for our actions over the coming weeks and to launch our homeless hot lunch and shoe box appeal.

The meeting will last 30 minutes and any new students interested are asked to come along.

The next meeting of the Parents, Teachers and Friends Association of St Mary's will take place in the school next Wednesday 22nd November at 7pm.

All members are asked to attend and new members are, as always, welcome.

Recently, the Parent, Teacher and Friends Association organised their annual quiz for the school community in support of Lighthouse Charity.

The night proved to be a huge success with an excellent mixture of parents, past-pupils, friends and current and former staff of St Mary’s making up some very competitive, and some not so competitive teams!


The Quiz challenged and engaged our revellers all in a jovial and entertaining atmosphere and as the night approached the latter hours, three teams edged in front to battle out the final rounds.

The overall winning team was ‘The Hateful Eight’, who, following a stewards’ enquiry into the amount of members on the team, were awarded the overall title of Quiz Champions for the night.

A great night was enjoyed by all with over £300 raised for Lighthouse Charity and pupil awards.

The night would not have been possible without the generous contribution of prizes from parents, staff and local businesses.

The school would ask that you support our school partners and all who contribute to school events, with thanks on this occasion going to:

O’Neill’s Sportswear

The Hunting Lodge Bar and Restaurant

Total produce

Gymco Finaghy

LMG Electrical (Electrician Services) 07912785097

Dear Parent(s) / Guardian(s)

Classes will be dismissed on Friday 17th November 2017 at 1.40 pm in order to allow us to prepare for the GL Assessment on Saturday. 

We have arranged with Translink that the Crumlin bus and Black’s Road bus will arrive on Friday at 1.40 pm.  The school bus to North Belfast will also arrive at 1.40 pm.  As normal, staff will be at the school entrance to supervise the safe exit of all students.

Thank you for your understanding and your continued support for the school.

Yours faithfully


John Martin



A selection of our Year 11 students were in awe after watching the Lyric Theatre production of Blackout, illustrating the dangers and consequences of making the wrong decisions on a night out.

The school was honoured to welcome back past pupil Francis Mezza as one of the lead actors.

Another special word of thanks goes to the three courageous contributors who, as part of the BLACKOUT Team were able to leave Hydebank College for the day and share their experiences with our students. Our boys asked questions and the three visitors spoke frankly and honestly about the wrong decisions they made, the consequences resulting from that, and how they are working to a positive future.

Many thanks to all involved.