African School Project

September 13, 2017


In developing our global outreach, St Mary’s is actively working with Fr Donall O’Cathain SMA to support the development of education in Africa. 

As a Rights Respecting School, St. Mary’s is keen to improve the life opportunities of children in developing countries by supporting quality education. On Friday, before travelling back to Africa, Fr Donall visited St Mary’s to attend a special assembly where he spoke to the school...

September 13, 2017

In developing its global outreach, St Mary's High School is actively working with Fr Donall O'Cathain SMA to support the development of education in Africa.

As a Rights Respecting School, St Mary's is keen to improve the life opportunities of children in developing countries by supporting quality education. On Wednesday 13th September, before travelling back to Africa, Fr Donall visited St Mary's to attend a special assembly wh...

September 13, 2016

In developing its global outreach, St Mary’s is actively working with ‘The Newry Africa Link’ to support the work of Fr Donall O’Cathain SMA in building a new primary and secondary school in the African country of Nigeria. 
As a Rights Respecting School, St. Mary’s is keen to improve the life opportunities of children in developing countries by supporting quality education.  Fr Donall visited St Mary’s before travelling back t...

January 7, 2015

The pupils dress for the school day in their blue uniforms which they wear with great pride.  They are polite and enthusiastic, always meeting any visitor to the school with their word of greeting “Sanu” which means welcome, accompanied by a wide smile.  Home for these pupils is a compound of mud huts, scattered throughout the countryside.  The huts are built of mud and straw, with straw thatching on a ridge of sticks for the...

January 7, 2015

The children are extraordinary, showing great happiness and cheer.    It was extraordinary to observe these pupils who have come from poor and primitive lives, enjoying the opportunities of education.  Within the school there is great warmth and enthusiasm for learning; the school is truly a very special place in an often unforgiving and hard country.

The principal of the school is Sr. Paulina from Our Lady the A...

January 7, 2015

Fr Donall has spent the last twenty years working in Nigeria and other African countries.  The people have been seriously disadvantaged throughout the generations.  Education has been rare in the history of these people who are among the poorest of the poor on the continent of Africa.  

The majority of the people make a living by farming.  They move about from place to place within the area, cutting down and bu...

January 7, 2015

In May 2010 Mr Fitzpatrick travelled to St. Mary’s, Africa to develop an educational partnership between the two schools.  This initial trip will be followed by visits by Fr. Donall and Sr. Paulina to St. Mary’s in Newry to meet our pupils and staff.  

Over the coming years there will be many more visits between both our schools and our students will benefit from an international dimension to their learning, undertaki...

January 7, 2015

Fr Donall Cathain and Sr Paulina, Principal

St Mary’s Primary and Secondary School is located in the African country of Nigeria.  There are no towns or cities in the area and tarred roads do not exist; the landscape is rough and extreme.  The primary school opened in May 2008 and the secondary school admitted its first group of students in September 2010.  The school has been built through the combined efforts of Fr. Donall Cat...

January 7, 2015

Building of the New Secondary School in Africa

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