On Sunday December 6th, Santa came to visit our school! He arrived in a very cool way, as you can see by the photos below! We had a great day, which included raffles, artwork displays and competitions, games, refreshments, face painting and lots more! We thank our wonderful Parent Association who go to so much trouble to make this day such a success every year!
We held our Christmas Carol Service in the Church of the Holy Cross, Lobinstown on Saturday 15th December. The Carol Service was the culmination of many weeks of practicing and preparing by the whole school. We are especially grateful to the fantastic talent and help of Sinéad McNally, who has been teaching in our school this term. She is a talented musician and put together the music for us. We even performed a song which she wrote herself, titled 'Nearly Christmas', which has now become the most favourite song in our school! She also worked with our own talented school musicians, with students playing guitar, flute, saxophone and percussion instruments with great success! We also have many talented singers and brave soloists among our pupils! Everyone took part brilliantly and we are so proud of you all! Thank you to Fr. Gerry and Fr. Timothy and to our parish community for the use of the church.
Newtown United soccer team had a great win in the
North East Football League Division 3 final recently! We were delighted to have them visit our school with their trophy and tell us all about their victory. Many of their players are past pupils of our school and it was lovely to welcome them back. They even brought us treats and let us take photographs with the trophy! Congratulations to Newtown United, from all in Newtown National School!
We recently welcomed reknowned wildlife consultant and TV and radio personality Éanna Ní Lamhna to Newtown NS. Éanna brought each class on a fun wildlife hunt of our local environment. We explored and learned about what trees, wildlife and minibeasts we share our local environment with. We learned a lot and Éanna encouraged us to plant some more native species of trees in our school grounds, which we hope to do soon! Watch this space! We thank Éanna and Heritage in Schools for this very informative visit.
The pupils of 5th and 6th Class will hold a Bring and Buy Sale/Christmas Fair and Cake Sale in the school on Friday 19th December to raise funds for the JEP programme. We are asking for the following items, in good condition, if anyone has any available:
We thank you all for your continuing support. :-)
A huge well done to our Girls Football Team who progressed to the Final of their Cumann na mBunscol league which was held on Saturday, 29th November in Páirc Tailteann, Navan. This was our second year in a row to make it to the final! The girls played some very exciting matches to get to the final, which included wins over Carrickleck, Nobber, Moynalvey and Ballinacree. We played Rathmore N.S. in the final and unfortunately it was not our day, but we congratulate Rathmore on a fair and well-played win. Our team displayed outstanding teamwork, persistance, courage and pride in their jersey and they are a credit to the school. A massive thank you to Vincent Malone for all his help and for being a fantastic coach, and to the parents who accompanied us to matches and supported us on the sidelines! Thanks also to the Board of Management for supplying pizza and treats for us! A pizza party was held in the school on Monday to reward their hard work! Maith Sibh, a Cailíní! :)
We are happy to let you all know that Confirmation for our 6th Class will take place on Wednesday, 15th April 2015 at 11am in St. Peter's and St. Paul's Church, Drumconrath. We wish 6th Class well with all of the preparation which lies ahead of them in this important year.
On Monday September 8th we were delighted to receive a visit from the triumphant Dee Rangers ladies football team. They have been crowned Meath Ladies Junior Football Champions, following their amazing win in last Saturday's final in Ashbourne, from which they emerged deserving victors with a 28 point win over Dunsany. Newtown National School is proud to have many past pupils on the team, and we congratulate them wholeheartedly, along with all of their teammates who put their heart and soul into their football. Many of our present pupils also play for Dee Rangers juvenile teams, and this team sets a fantastic example to their younger club members. The team were even generous enough to bring gifts of sweets to our pupils and the extremely well received gift of No Homework! :) Fantastic achievement ladies,thank you all for taking the time to visit us. Comhgairdeas ó chroí libh go léir!
On Thursday, June 26th, we held a very special presentation ceremony to honour Fr. Michael Sheerin on his Golden Jubilee. This was a very moving and beautiful ceremony, which featured an excellent dramatisation by 5th and 6th class, singing from the choir, a piece from the tin whistle group, speeches from our principal and our Board of Management Chairperson. It was also attended by representatives from our Board and Parent Association. We finished by presenting Fr. Sheerin with a beautiful framed edition of a poem by his favourite poet, local footballing legend and Newtown N.S. past-pupil, Paddy Meegan. The warm welcome our pupils always extend to Fr. Sheerin when he visits is a credit to him. We take this opportunity to extend our congratulations to Fr. Sheerin on reaching this milestone and to thank him for all he does for our school.
On Friday June 20th 2014 we held our annual Sports Fun Day, and what a fitting end to Active Schools Week it was! This event is keenly anticipated by the children and this year didn't disappoint. The children enjoyed a wide range of activities, from dancing, obstacle course, rounders, football, penalty shoot-out, basketball, relay races, egg and spoon race, sack race, three-legged race, and lots more! A massive thank you must go to our Parent Association for organising the day, and to the great number of Parent Volunteers who gave up their time to help out on the day. It was a fantastic day and without you guys it would not have been possible! Afterwards we had a medal presentation ceremony and we raised our very first Active Schools Flag to great cheers from the children. Well done everyone for all their hard work in this worthwhile programme. Below are just a few pictures of the day.