Well done and a huge thank you to all our pupils, together with their families they raised a huge amount of £551.92 in support of         Rory Best and his Walk to Mayo, all in aid of Cancer Fund for Children. 

Pictured below is Mr Mason with some our pupils presenting the cheque to Mairead Rodgers from  Cancer Fund for Children.

The children of St. Paul's had a wonderful day planting trees!

Each and every child planted their own tree in the school grounds kindly donated by County Down Rural Community Network. 

These will be an everlasting, yet positive reminder of this unusual school year!

Jake, Koa & Adam - Our P1,2 & 3 class Winners.  Well done boys!!

Our P1 & 2 children displaying their wonder creations, followed by the P6 & 7 class parade

P2/3 Class with some Eggsellent displays

Our P4/5 Class with their fantastic display of Easter Bonnets 

Our P6/7 Class with their very unique collection of Easter Bonnets

Some of our Eco Committee at "The Big Planting Day"

(Missing from picture - Demi-Lee and Caoimhe)

Happy Mother's Day!

☘️☘️Lá Fhéile Pádraig - Happy Saint Patrick's Day☘️☘️

Some of Santa's Little Helpers:

Sarah, Aoife, Bella, Martyna, Eimhear and Lily
Sarah, Aoife, Bella, Martyna, Eimhear and Lily
Senan, Conor, Thomas, Ronan and Aidan.
Senan, Conor, Thomas, Ronan and Aidan.
Sarah, Joseph and Aidan.
Sarah, Joseph and Aidan.
Mrs Crowley and her P1 Class (absent from photo is Shea, Darragh, Louisa and Caolain)
Mrs Crowley and her P1 Class (absent from photo is Shea, Darragh, Louisa and Caolain)



Congratulations, Aoibhin

Well done Aoibhin (P3) for winning this beautiful shield for playing the tin whistle



Our Mystery Visitor

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A man in a red suit has been spotted taking selfies around our school. We are wondering where he will be next!






Flying High

Lucky Anna Morgan was flying around in a helicopter this weekend. Her little sister won the prize but she was too young so It was between Anna, Aaron and Niamh. What an experience!

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Don't forget to watch this Friday night. Our very own Micheal Murphy (P4) will be starring on the show along with his cousins. We are all so excited.

Have a wonderful time Micheal

Captain Tom Smyth

We are very lucky to have an Honorary member of the San Jose Fire Department in our school - TOM SMYTH in P3! Tom received a letter from the department stating that he has been promoted to Honorary member. The reason for this was his display of good manners, hard work and bravery in the face of danger.

He received a full uniform, baseball cap and badge. He was asked to teach the other pupils about crossing the street correctly and the dangers of fire.




Congratulations to Daniel Gribben (P3) for winning a NEWSDESK goodie bag in the recent writing competition. Newsdesk junior ran a writing competition entitled "All About Me" for P3 and P4 children throughout Northern Ireland. There were only ten winners and Daniel was one of them! David Huntley from the Newsdesk crew came to school to present Daniels with his goodie bag. The winning entry along with all the entries from P3 are displayed in the main corridor for all to read. Well done to all who took part.


Soccer Skills

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Soccer skills is taking place in school as part of PE every Wednesday morning. Every child in the school participates and they love it! The IFA coach constantly remarks on the excellent behaviour and listening skills displayed in Cabra.





We would like to say a very big WELCOME to our new Principal, Mr Declan Mason and our new secretary, Mrs Christine Smyth.

We hope you both have many happy years in Cabra.

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A massive thank you from all the staff for the wonderful cards and gifts that have been sent into school. They are greatly appreciated and really mean so much to us. It has been a pleasure working with your children and after a wee rest we will all be ready to go again....with a few changes! 

Thank you for all your support throughout the year. It makes school a much easier place when we all work together.


Have a fantastic Summer.

See you all in September





Goodbye P7

It was a bitter sweet day today as we said good bye to our wonderful P7's. We started the celebration with a mass in which every child took part and then we had a delicious buffet while watching a powerpoint of photographs of all their years in our school. There were tears and laughter from children, parents, grandparents and staff. 

Mrs Ward (Niamh's mummy) presented each leaver with their new school ties on behalf of F.O.S.P.A


On behalf of all the staff in St. Paul's, we wish them every success in their new schools and we will sincerely miss you all.

Thank you once again to Harry and Pauline O'Hare at The Downshire Arms in Hilltown for the beautiful food.


(If any parent would like a copy of the P7 powerpoint, just send in a memory stick to Mrs Truesdale)


 School Trips

P3-7 went to Eclipse Cinema in Downpatrick to see Angry Birds and then on to Delamont country park. They had glorious weather and really enjoyed their day. The staff had a good day too as you can see in the photographs! Some people never grow up.

(More pics in The Gallery)


 Farm Safety

Kevin from HSENI cam eto school to talk to all the children about staying safe on and around the farm. The children also watched a video about dangers on the farm with a very hard hitting message.

Happy Birthday Mrs Lenaghan

Mrs Lenaghan came into P3/4 on Friday to a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday. 


Fire Safety

P1 and P2 had a visit from Firefighter Damian. Damian is Tom's daddy and he came into school to talk to the children about fire safety. 

St. Paul's Visits St. Mary's

P5/6 had a wonderful day in St. Mary's Dechomet on Thursday 21st April. As part of the PDMU programme, they were able to experience daily life in another school. They took part in lots of different activities designed to foster friendships. We look forward to returning the favour and inviting our new friends from Dechomet to Cabra.


More pics in the gallery



Netball starts on Wednesday 20th April for P3-P7 girls from 3-4pm. This will run for three weeks.


Cycling Proficiency       

Cycling proficiency begins on Monday 11th April in school 3pm-4pm for P7 pupils. 


Cookery Club

Cookery club begins 12th April for P3 and P4 with Mrs Grant. This has proved to be the most popular club of all time. Lots of budding chefs will come from Cabra in the future!

P3 : 2pm-3pm                         P4 : 3pm-4pm

April 12th

April 19th

April 26th

May 3rd


First Confessions

Congratulations to the children of P4 who made their First Confession on Tuesday 1st March. They performed the story of The Lost Sheep.







First Confessions

The P4 children made their First Confessions on Tuesday 4th March. They told the story of Zacchaeus. Daniel and Serena sang solos. (Pictures to follow)


Warrenpoint Feis

Warrenpoint Feis has ended once again, the children of St. Paul's have excelled themselves. Every class came back with medals and cerificates. Daniel (P2), Odhran (P4), Deirbhile (P4) and Setanta (P5) went back on Wednesday as gold medal winners, to compete for a cup.

Odhran (P4) won the Warrenpoint Feis Primary Schools Cup. 

Well done to everyone who took part - We are so proud of you.


Mr Ryan Johnston has joined our school for six weeks work experience. He will be in P3/4 class. We hope he enjoys his time at St. Paul's as much as his brother, Jerome, did last year! 


Monday 6th January

See you all then



You may have noticed that "Prickly Hay" was missing a king on Wednesday night - this is why! He had a wonderful unforgettable experience. 



Tuesday 17th December @ 10.15am & Wednesday 18th December @ 7.30pm

P3 - P7



Rec - P2


Our Visit From The Library Van

There is always great excitement when the library van comes to visit. A few children from each class sort the books and bring them out to the van to exchange for a whole new set to re-stock the class libraries.





Shoebox Appeal      

Thank you all so much for your generosity. We had a great response (As always) to our Shoebox Appeal. 

Pictures to follow

Balloon Launch

Thursday 3rd October @ 1.30pm in school

To launch our 50th anniversary celebrations


(Pictures in the Gallery)


After School Clubs

(Term 1)


P3           TinWhistle       Miss Devlin                 Monday                  2pm-3pm

P4           Tin Whistle      Mrs Truesdale            Monday                  3pm-4pm

P7            Lit/Num            Mr Devlin                 Monday                 3pm-4.15pm

P5/6/7     Homework        Mrs Paul                    Wednesday             3pm-4pm

Parents will be notified by text of any changes



Please note

P3 Tin whistle class time has changed to


from Monday 30th September

Miss Devlin will be teaching this class

P4 tin whistle class will remain 3pm -4pm with Mrs Truesdale


As part of our 50th anniversary, we would like to gather up as many memories as possible. So this is an appeal for photographs, artefacts, books or even hand written memories. Have a good look around your house and bring in anything from your time in St. Paul's, please.


Thank you

(Any photographs will be copied straight away and you can take the original home again)












Walk With Charlotte


Hi friends as you know our Daughter Charlotte suffers from a condition called Diaplegic Cerebal Palsy through the great support we have received from various organisations that have helped us we have decided to do three different fund raising events 
The first is on sat 24th August it will be a family Sponsored walk from the Downshirearms round the Bann Lane and then back to the Hotel for a fun filled family day
Admission will be free to the fun day for all those who raise money through sponsorship there will be a £5 admission for anyone else who wishes to attend Sponsor Cards will be available from Friday 9th August from the Hotel
Counting on your Support 
Pauline & Harry O Hare


22nd -26th July


Our theme this year, was THE ENVIRONMENT. We learned all about recycling andcaring for our world. On Thursday 25th July, we went to Slieve Gullion Park to enjoy the adventure playground built on to the mountain.









More in the gallery

Welcome to St. Paul's

Our new pupils enjoyed their first day








To Deirbhile Devlin (P3)


(More pictures in The Gallery)


F.O.S.P.A Logo Competition

Well done to Chloe Flynn (P7)

(More pictures in The Gallery)

Cycling Proficiency 

Begins 23rd May 2013

for P6 and P7 pupils

Make sure you have a helmet and your bicycle is in good working order


On behalf of Clonduff Development Enterprise:

Fold Housing for Hilltown
Clonduff Development Enterprise is working towards the provision of sheltered accommodation in the Hilltown area.
We have invited the Housing Executive to meet with the community and examine the demand in our area.

Meetings will be held as follows at the Downshire Arms Hotel:
• 7.30pm – 8.30pm, Tuesday 18th June 2013 
• 12noon – 1pm, Wednesday 19th June 2013 

NOTE: these meetings will be dealing with the issue of providing sheltered accommodation for the elderly and will not be looking at general demand for social housing.

Please spread the word, especially to any elderly members of your family and community.

County Down Rural Community Network is working with CDE on this project. 

Clare Shiels
Rural Development Officer
County Down Rural Community Network
Carcullion House
25 Rostrevor Road
BT34 5TU

Mobile: 0770 279 3111
Main office: 028 4461 2311
Email: clare@eastdownrcn.com
Web: www.eastdownrcn.com

Including The Parent's Events

I hope you are all in training for it

MONDAY10th JUNE 2013

Results of all events are on the school noticeboard.

Father's Race : Barry McAlinden (1st)


Mother's Race : Andrea  




To Eoin (P3) 


Rathfriland Football Club

Under 8



THANKS to everyone who came to the cake sale today and those who provided prizes for the raffle. Over £500 was raised and everybody went home with lots of goodies. There are some very talented bakers in Cabra!



to our wonderful P4 children, who made their First Communion on Saturday 4th May in Cabra. All twelve children looked fantastic, read perfectly and sang beautifully. They made us very proud. 

(More pictures in the gallery)


Reception, P1 and P2 had great fun when the tractor came to visit 





All pupils finish school on Wednesday 27th March at 11.30am

Term 3 begins on Monday 8th April






to Erin (P5)

Front row - middle

World Irish Dancing Champions 2013


As a reward for participating in after school clubs (Filmclub & Homework), the children are having a day at the cinema. They will leave school on Tuesday 26th March at 9.15am for a private screening of "The Croods" in Newry Omniplex followed by lunch in Burger King and finally (Weather permitting) some fun in the park.  All this is possible because of extended schools programme.

The children of P4 will also be joining us as a reward for all the hard work they put into their preparation for Confessions.

(Filmclub members who have registered and written at least 5 reviews online. Homework club members who have attended 85% of sessions so far)


Well done to Leo, Larry, Sarah and Isabella (P7), who represented our school at the La Mon Hotel today. They showcased their inventions under the guidance of Mr Johnston. They even met the Minister for Education. (I hope they told him about their wonderful school)The primary 7's all agreed that this was a really fun project to be part of. Who knew science, technology, engineering and mathematics could be so much fun?



Easter Raffle

F.O.S.P.A have organised the Easter Raffle with14 fantastic prizes. Tickets are £1.00 each. As the old saying goes - If you're not in, you can't win

Good Luck



Enjoy St. Patrick's Day

Back to school on Tuesday 19th March


Warrenpoint Feis

The children of P3 and P4 welcome Deirbhile back from the Verse Speaking Feis in Warrenpoint with her two trophies. One for Overall winner in P3 and the other for the highest mark in the feis. We are so proud of you Deirbhile.


Deirbhile (P3) and Harry (P4) both won Gold medals and went back to the Feis on Wednesday to compete against the other Gold Medal winners.


Book Fair

 The annual book fair begins on

Thursday 14th March

and ends on

Wednesday 20th March

The books are located in each classroom.


Stationery is also available to purchase.

Friends of St. Paul's Association

Thank you to all those who have expressed interest in this new group. A committee was formed at last night's meeting and the members are as follows:

Chairperson                                              Kevin Kearney

Vice-Charirperson                                   Maurice Quail

Secretary                                                Fidelma Tweedy

Treasurer                                                Sean McAlinden

Assistant Treasurer                               Sean Gribben

Public Relations Officer                          Romina Quail/Alice Taylor

Additional Committee Members -

Seamus Morgan

Pauline O'Hare

Siobhan Ward

Sinead Devlin

Orlaith Byrne

Damien Henning

Barry McAlinden

Benice Kelly

Shona Woods

Anne-Marie Ward

Paul Kelly

Michelle Hillen

Lorraine Morgan


First Meeting of the new Committee will take place on


Tuesday 12th March @ 7pm


Mid-Term Break

School will re-open on

Thursday 21st February


Enjoy your break


St. Valentine's Day


A selection of the delicious Valentine's buns made by Miss Kelly and the pupils of Reception, P1 and P2. More Pictures in The Gallery


St. Brigid's Day

St. Brigid's Day was celebrated in Cabra with a beautiful assemblyfrom P3 & 4. They had made crosses and created a display to tell everyone all about the life of one of our Irish Saints. Some of the P3 children acted out the story ofhow Brigid helped to convert people to Christianity. They ended the assembly by singing - "We Sing A Sing To Brigid". The display will be on show at the main door for the month of February.

   Mrs Paul had a baby boy today.

8th June 2012

His name is

Charlie John Paul.


Congratulations to mummy and daddy

from all at St. Paul's

Ryan Runs With Olympic Flame

Walk To School Week

Thankfully, the weather was on our side for "Walk To School" Week.Once again our children came out in force along the country roads. Walking with their parents, I'm sure they learned more about road safety than they could from any book.

A big thanks to all the parents who accompanied the children to school and of course to the"Schoolbag delivery men! - you all know who you are!


More pics in The Gallery




Well Done to RYAN WOODS (P7) who has won a competition organised by Newry & Mourne District Council entitled "Sustain the Flame"  to run with the Olympic torch. Ryan is one of 10 lucky children who will accompany Olympic boxer, Wayne McCullough to carry the Flame across the border. They will be met by another Olympic boxer, Michael Carruth and 10 children from County Louth


This is an experience that will go down in History and one Ryan will certainly never forget.


Yes, we are collecting these vouchers.

At the moment, we have over 5,000 but we still need more. Please ask for them when you do your shopping at Tesco.

Vouchers will not be in stores after 20th May so shop shop shop now!!!

Thank you

Swimming Lessons

For P4-P7

Begins on Friday 27th April.

Children will leave school at 9.30am for Newry Swimming Pool

Swimming hats are required

£10.00 for 4 sessions



(1) 27th April

(2) 11th May

(3) 25th May

(4) TBA


All children will receive a £1 book token to spend wherever they see this sign. There will be a selection of books priced at £1. but the token can also be used for money off another book.

Tokens are valid from

27th February - 25th March 2012



Paired Reading

with Kate O'Hanlon


in St.Paul's Ps, Cabra

Paired reading is a research-based fluency strategy used with readers who lack fluency. In this strategy, students read aloud to each other. When using partners,more fluent readers can be paired with less fluent readers, or children who read at the same level can be paired to reread a story they have already read.

Paired reading can be used with any book, taking turns reading by sentence, paragraph, page or chapter.



Panto Pictures in the Gallery

(Watch the local papers for more pictures!)




H O M E W O R K   C L U B

Started today

     (16th January 2012)


         With Mrs Paul

(As part of extended scools programme)

The homework club is open to all our Key stage 2 pupils (P5-7). 

  • Get help and advice from teachers and peers
  • Work in a safe and friendly environment
  • Have access to books and computers
  • Achieve a homework Club certificate







We're Going To The Panto!


 The WHOLE school are going to the Pantomime in Belfast on Thursday 19th January 2012. We are joining up with St. Patrick's Primary School, Hilltown and St. Colman's Primary School, Annaclone as part of the extended schools programme. Full details will be sent home in a letter soon.


The staff of St. Paul's Primary School would like to thank you for all the wonderful Christmas gifts. We hope you all enjoy the festive season.