The people of Newmarket had much to celebrate at the open evening held at the school on Tuesday night. The event was held to celebrate the official opening of the new school extension. The school which was built in 1925 has had a prefab for the infants since 1983. After many years of negotiation the Board of Management finally received approval to replace the prefab with a new 80 sq. metre classroom. This was fully funded by the Dept. of Education but thanks to additional fundraising by the Parents Association and a contribution from parish funds, the school was also able to fund a room for the learning support/resource teacher. These lovely new rooms were officially opened in an open air ceremony and past pupil and Kilkenny star hurler John Tennyson was on hand to cut the ribbon to officially open the extension. Musical entertainment was provided by the pupils from all classes while there was also an exhibition of Irish dancing from current and past pupils, Kiah Dwyer, Shauna O’Dwyer and Rachel O’ Dwyer. The event also celebrated the raising of the school’s first Green flag and it also featured the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the school’s Comenius project. For the past two years the school has linked up with Akra school in Norway and Hartshead school in England and pupils and teachers from these schools were present to join in the celebrations. The night concluded with tea and a beautiful selection of sandwiches and home baking which was kindly provided by the Parents Association. There was also an interesting exhibition of old school photographs and there was a bouncy castle in the school field to entertain the pupils. It was a night of community celebration and everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed the proceedings.