2011 - Newtowncashel - Co. Longford

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Jack and Jill

The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation are re launching their appeal for mobile phones. This year they are collecting video games e.g. play station, Xbox, Wii and Nintendo games. We can help and raise money for home nursing care for sick children who have brain damage and severe development delay. Some of them may never attend mainstream school. There are 271 children nationwide under the wing of Jack and Jill foundation. The charity has supported over 1,400 families since 1997. this year the foundation has included a wider range of products to collect to raise more money for children with disabilities.
This is what the foundation is looking for:
Games compatible with : Xbox, Wii, Playstation 2 and 3 , PSP, DS, DSI XL, and Nintendo 3Ds.
Each game has to be less than 3 years of age and in reasonable condition.
Each game has to be complete, in its box and with a cover.

Umbra’s Clothes Collection

Thanks to all who contributed to our recent ‘Umbra’ clothing recycling collection. The school collected 77 bags in total. We received a cheque for €192.50. St. Luke’s hospital also received a donation of €192.50.
So this proves that recycling really can generate much needed funds. We are also helping the environment. Clothes take years to decay when we dispose of them in landfill. So keep recycling and make more cash!


On October 27th we got our Halloween holidays. All the students dressed up for Halloween. We brought in money for the ISPCA. We raised €213. It was a successful day. All the children had a lot of fun. Every student in the school got a calendar with pictures of some of the rescued animals from the ISPCA.


School Photographs

On October 12th the photographer from County Photos came to our school to take our pictures. He took group photos of 6th class and Junior Infants. He also took family photographs.

Primary Schools Cross Country

Congratulations to Maeve Dervin who came second in County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country. She was in the category 5th and 6th class. Well done to Maeve in Connaught she came 7th place out of a field of 130.

New Pupils

This year we welcome 10 new students into our school.

Lilly Fox
Grace Cullen
Ava McDonagh
Ciara Byrne
Emmet Murtagh
Conor Murtagh
Dean Farrell
Christopher Martin
Rian O Boyle

Primary Planet

Primary Planet is a new magazine that has come to our school. The magazine is €2 for the monthly edition. Lots of the articles are compiled by children and are very interesting. We think it is an excellent magazine and we hope to contribute articles in the future!!!!!!!!!!

First Holy Communion

The First Holy Communion Enrolment Mass took place on October 2nd in The Hill. 13 students took part in this special event. The First Holy Communion will take place in 2012.The first ‘Do This in Memory’ took place on Mission Sunday which was Sunday October 23rd. We would like to thank the parents for participating in the Masses. Thanks to Ms. Casserly for preparing the children for it.

Confirmation Enrolment

On Sunday October 16th, 22 students enrolled for Confirmation. There are two schools involved Newtowncashel and Cloontagh. The Confirmation enrolment was held in The Hill. The Confirmation Mass will be held in the church on March 20th 2012. Thanks to the teachers Mrs. Smith and Ms. Fallon for preparing us for the Mass.


Safe Cycle Day

The Safe Cycle Day which was held at the school last Friday June 10.   It was sponsored by Longford County Council, the Road Safety Authority and the Parents Association.  We would like to thank Longford County Council for this event.
Newtowncashel and Abbeylara schools are the only two schools who held this event in Longford.  We were taught lots of different skills and techniques such as:
Give a clear hand signal when you are going to turn right slow down and look back to see the oncoming traffic and make eye contact with the driver.  
Always tie your laces and don’t wear any loose clothing
Cycle 20cm from the kerb
Wear high viz jacket
When there is a group of people cycling together keep 4m apart
When you are putting on your helmet make sure you can only fit two fingers between
the strap and your chin so it won’t fall off and ensure your helmet covers your forehead.
Do not listen to an Ipod while cycling.
Kevin and Brendan came all the way from Galway. We would like to thank them for all their help.

W.E.E.E (Waste, electrical, electronic, equipment) Bin

This is just a reminder to tell that the school has got the W.E.E.E bin from the 14to 24 of June 2011. We would be grateful if you could donate battery or electrical appliances. (Please drop appliances into the school from 9am to 3pm). Thank you.

Our School Tour

On Tuesday 7th June we went on our school tour to Tayto Park in Ashbourne, Co. Meath.  In Tayto Park we went on a tour of the factory to see how Tayto crisps are made. Tayto Park is a new attraction as it only opened last November. There is a very nice restaurant, picnic areas and two shops.   

We also went to see Critter Country to see all the unusual animals like albino bennets wallabys, Indian runner ducks, squirrel monkeys, white Lipped Peccary, Bantam Chicken, Nene Goose, Giddie the Pygmy Goat, Highland cattle, Sicilian donkeys, Ocelots, Buffalo emu and turkeys.

Other Entertainment

Other entertainment included the Native American Zone where there are six tipis each from a different tribe, the Tayto Shop and Eagle Sky Adventure Zone where there is bungie jumping and a three story high climbing frame. We also went to the Pow Wow Playground, which was fantastic fun with huge slides and high climbing frames.


Our tour guides were extremely helpful and very kind. Tayto Park provided us with a meal and then we set off for Mullingar Shopping Centre. We had one hour to shop and then we set off for home. We arrived back in Cashel at approximately 8 o clock. It was a spectacular day and we would recommend it to anybody who is thinking of going on a daytrip.

An Albino Bennets Wallaby  and Mr.Tayto at Tayto Park



The annual school tour will take place on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.  Details as follows:
8.45a.m: Bus departs from the Hill
11.00a.m: Arrival at Tayto Park
Tayto Theme Park in Ashbourne Co Meath is a modern and well-run activity park with an excellent programme of activities. Key attractions in Tayto Park are: The Pow Wow Playground, Tayto Plains, Mr Tayto Critter Country,Pet-Tayto CornerBuffalo Ridge, Tayto Factory Tour, Eagle Sky Adventure Zone and Climbing Wall (There is an additional charge of €2 per person for this activity. Children must also be 1.3m tall to participate.)
3.30p.m.  Depart Tayto Park
4.30p.m.  Shopping in Mullingar
5.45p.m.  Depart Mullingar
7.00p.m.  Approx.  Arrive back at the Hill
The cost of the tour is €23 per child, to be paid by Friday, 3 June.
Children should bring a packed lunch for the morning (goodies are allowed). Above price includes a hot meal. Meal options are as follows,
Chicken dippers and chips
Cocktail sausages and chips
Tomato or carbonara penne pasta
Fresh pizza bread and chips
All children will be responsible for taking care of their own money and belongings – lunch and shopping.  Parents are asked to ensure that children bring a sensible amount of money.

Safe Cycling Day    

A ‘Safe Cycling’ training day is scheduled for Friday, June 10. This training day is available for students from 3 to 6 class.   Longford County Council has donated €15.00 to the event, the R.S.A has donated €5.00 and the parents association also donated €5.00 so that leaves €5.00 per child. This money must be brought in by Thursday 9 June. Each child will get a helmet to the value of  €25.00.

National Community Games

Last Saturday the National Community Games Finals took place in AIT (Athlone Institute of Technology). The Under 14 Quiz team from Cashel finished fourth out of 25 teams and received pewter medals.  The team members were Patrick Farrell, Emily Farrell, Lucy Kenny, Ciara Casey and Niall Casey. The results were as follows:

1.Ardrahan, Galway   
2.Calry, Sligo
3.Kenmare, Kerry     
4.Newtowncashel, Longford
4.Portlaoise St.Pauls, Laois              

We need to collect 250000 mobile phones within the first 6 months of 2011. Donate your old mobile phone now
90,684…Mobile Phones Collected So Far …
The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation provides direct funding, to families of children with brain damage who suffer severe intellectual and physical developmental delay, enabling them to purchase home respite care. These are children who as a result of their condition require intensive home nursing care. The Foundation gives these families the Gift of Time, time to do the things that we so often take for granted like shopping, taking their other children to the park, a night’s sleep etc.
Jack & Jillfacing a serious shortfall in its funding due to a drop in public donations and failure to secure the full €1.35 million HSE grant it requires for 2011, regardless of the rock solid economic argument for more State funding for Jack & Jill which saves the HSE millions every year by keeping children warm and cosy and well cared for in their own home rather than in hospital (see Trinity Report).Jack & Jill wrote to its families recently informing them of a 20% cut in their hours funded by Jack & Jill from 1st January 2011.


PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE HELP by giving your old mobile phones to any of the pupils. Special box in middle hall…. if you wish, just come to the middle door and drop it in your self from 9am to 3pm. Jack and Jill can generate urgently needed funds by recycling your old phones. (Conor, Ronan)


Old Mobile Phones  

This year our school is collecting old mobile phones for the “Jack and Jill” Children’s Foundation. We ask you to help us out by giving your old mobile to any student in the
School. The school is also collecting batteries for recycling. Jack and Jill foundation provides care for children with brain damage who need constant care at home. Nurses or helpers go into the homes of these children to allow the parents to go shopping or to have a good nights sleep.  Jack and Jill get money to pay their staff when they recycle our phones.  (Conor Flood)


On Wednesday May 18, Ken Curran from W.E.E.E   (Waste, Electrical and Electronic Equipment) came to our school to do a presentation on recycling unwanted electronic appliances. He was talking to us about what they do in the factory. He told us a method, first crush… then shred… and finally separate the parts. They separate the components into plastic metal and glass. When all that’s done you can make the crushed parts into new products. Our school is ordering a blue bin and people can bring in small electrical or battery products. Products must be no bigger than you can carry in your bag. (NO WASHING MACHINES OR DISHWASHERS PLEASE !!!!!) (Conor Flood)

Schoolboys Final

On Friday May 21 Newtowncashel N.S. competed in the Division 4 Cumann na mBunscol Final in Pearse Park against Bunlahy N.S. The match was at 5 o’ clock and the day was very windy. We won with a score of 2 –14  to 1- 4.Ronan Healy won the Man of the Match award.

After the match our captain Ronan Healy gave a speech then he lifted the cup .We
met in Derrahaun for a convoy through Cashel and then went  to the pitch for a barbeque.  We would like to thank everyone who came to support us and followed us all the way to victory. (Dylan Healy)

Holy Communion

On Sunday May 29 2011 the second class students of St Mary’s NS
are making their First Holy Communion at 12 o’ clock. The students are as follows:
Mark Brehon , David Sweeney, Luke Mulvihill, Eabhan Slattery, Cathy Kelly,
Jack Fitzpatrick, Tony Bermingham and Abbie Smith Curley. The second class have been practising for the mass and so have the choir. We hope they have a good day and the weather stays dry.  There will be refreshments in the hall afterwards. (Shane Clarke)


Cumann Na Mbunscoil Final

On Wednesday 11 May, Newtowncashel School had a semi final against Glen. It was a home match so we had the advantage. We were asked to be in our local pitch at a quarter to seven. Everybody was there on time. We got changed and went out for a warm up. Then we went into the dressing room to get our jerseys and we were ready for action……… The ball was thrown up. In the first half we played great and we continued on to win the match. The final score was 3-13 to 2-4. Well done to all the team and hopefully we will win the final. The final takes place on Friday the 20 of May in Pearse Park at 5 o’ clock (please note the earlier time). Your support would be gratefully appreciated.  Ronan Healy (Captain)

Primary School Sports Day                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

The Primary Schools Sports Day was on Wednesday May 11 at the track in Lanesboro. Students from 3, 4 and 5 attended. Well done to all who battled through the harsh weather conditions.  Ten schools and 300 students took part in the event. (Aaron Cassidy)

Grenn Schools

St Mary’s N.S. has been a Green Flag School since 2005.  To date the school has been awarded three Green Flags for completion of the following projects; “waste management” in 2005, “energy awareness” in 2007 and “water conservation” in 2009.   This year we are working on the ”travel” theme as we strive towards obtaining our fourth green flag.  The “Travel” Programme involves encouraging people to leave the car at home and make a special effort to walk, cycle or “Park ‘n Stride”.

Wednesday 18 May was National W.O.W. Day (Walk on Wednesday).  We launched our W.O.W. campaign and 59 children out of 72 arrived at school on foot, 25 pupils walked all the way from their homes  (some a distance of three miles!).  A total of 34 pupils took the “Park ‘n Stride” option.  They travelled by car to a particular point and then walked the remainder of the journey.  Children had to be accompanied by adults and it was wonderful to see such a huge turn out of parents, buggies and dogs! A huge thanks to all involved and we hope to see young and old taking to the roads for the remaining six weeks of the term.  (Patrick Farrell)

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