Jnr Infants, Snr Infants and First Class went to Suir Valley Railway and Activate play centre in Waterford on their school tour. The weather was lovely and we had a great train journey along the Suir and waved at everyone walking the Greenway. We enjoyed bowling, quazar and playing in the soft play area. There was even time for the shop at the end before we went home.
Last week the league final was played between Darragh’s team and Stephen’s team. These teams are very big rivals. From the start it was a serious competition. Aine Rohan and Edward Dwyer were on pure fire. Both of them chipped in with score after score. A goal from Aine really lifted her team but a few points back from Edward meant they still had a chance. The determination from both teams was unreal .The scores were rolling in. A goal from Darragh that dropped over Stephen’s head lifted the team again. Stephen’s team showed great determination not to give up. Edward’s unstoppable goal really lifted the team but sadly for Stephen the final whistle blew. The final score in favour of Darragh was 3-8 to 1-5. Stephen was gutted but Darragh was delighted.
Darragh Dwyer 5th class
A person in our village who has put his heart and soul into our community is Criostóir ó Tuama. He was from Ballyvourney, West Cork. He came to Newmarket in 1952. For 37 years he was the principal of Newmarket N.S. Thanks to Criostóir, Newmarket was the first rural community in 1957 with a water scheme. He had a keen interest in G.A.A and trained the parish school team for 27 years. In 1988 he retired and moved on from teaching to becoming involved in tidy towns and he formed a committee. He was the secretary of the Newmarket tidy towns committee for many years. Newmarket got top marks in category A of the Kilkenny tidy towns for ten years! He also took care of Calvary cemetery, the local graveyard. He used to often visit us in Newmarket school. He used to always influence us to speak the Irish language. He always loved the Irish language, even if he came into the school to visit us he would talk in Irish and encourage us to as well. Criostóir used to visit us very frequently. He thought the Irish language should come first. He was also responsible for the building of Gairdín an Ghorta which is a lovely garden remembering the famine in 1841. He very sadly passed away on the 30th of December 2014. We, the pupils in Newmarket school played the recorder in his memory in Hugginstown church on the 6th of January 2015. It was very sad. Everyone that knew Criostóir will always remember him. He was a person who made a great contribution to our community. To the very end, Criostóir was working to finish the footpath from the village to the Gairdin, and for Newmarket church to reopen. We will certainly never forget Criostóir. I don’t think anyone who knew him will. We will very much miss his frequent visits, and his encouragement to us for the Irish language. Our prayers are sent to Criostóir’s family and friends.
Leah 6th class
On Friday last John and Richie Power visited our school and brought a very special guest with them. It was the McCarthy Cup they had recently won in the All Ireland final. On Thursday when Mr. Duggan told us they were coming I was hopping with excitement .The next day I was waiting for half ten all morning. Finally John, Richie and of course Liam arrived and everyone clapped for them. Then we were asking them questions and after that we got to hold Liam I kissed it about five times .A while later we went outside for a picture. I was holding Liam with my friends. After a lot of pictures everyone were getting their hurls jerseys flags and posters signed by John and Richie. Everyone was so happy. Then a lot of people went running around with Liam.(Including me)It was a bit disappointing when the three had to leave but it was well worth it and they had left Coke, Club Orange, 7 up and crisps! When everyone was outside they were having picnics on big Kilkenny flags but in short it was a really really good day!
Our infants are learning by following the Aistear programme. Today was Dressing Up Day. Nach bhfuil siad go léir go hálainn?
This term 4th ,5th and 6th class were reading Skulduggery Pleasant. It’s a book about Magic and Sorcery. Now I shall describe it to you!
The Plot: After meeting Skulduggery Pleasant (a “person” with no flesh or skin but bones for a body), Stephanie is introduced to a world of magic and sorcery. She and Skulduggery go on a massive expedition to get the sceptre before Serpine so they can save the world and destroy Serpine so he cannot get the book of names and RULE THE WORLD!!
The Climax: Skulduggery and Serpine have a massive duel which also involves Stephanie and Tanith. Thankfully the Cleaver disobeys Serpine’s last command, Skulduggery destroys the book of names, the Sceptre loses its powers and Serpine dies! Stephanie and Tanith are luckily still alive and get a speedy recovery.
The ending: Stephanie goes back to the normal world while her broken leg is recovering. This gives her time to practise her magic. Skulduggery comes to her room and tells her what’s happening in his world, about the Cleaver disappearing, America and Japan trying to help by sending in people as temporary replacements for the Elders, how Ghastly is still a statue and how Tanith is making a recovery. Stephanie also gets to show off to Skulduggery, her magic.
How I would describe the book: Amazing! It was dark and mysterious but still funny and cheerful at the same time. Skulduggery would crack up a joke at the worst of times, like when he was almost about to die. This is one of my favourite books, one of the best I’ve ever read and I will surely read the whole series. The book is packed with entertainment, comedy and interesting scenes
Rating of the book: 10/10! There was never a time when I wanted to put the book down. If this wasn’t a class novel, I would easily have read it in less than a week! I never really thought I’d like this book, but having read it, I love it! The rating of this book (9+) was perfect and I found it easy to read. I would definitely recommend this to anyone and it is well worth buying.
Edwina 6th class