Kentstown National School Newsletter September/October 2017

We have been busy, busy, busy since we came back to school on September 1st! We were delighted to welcome twenty-three new Junior Infants and the seven pupils who joined higher classes. This newsletter will fill you in on some of our many activities since we came back.

We would like to congratulate Mrs O’Rourke on the birth of her daughter Grace. We welcome Miss Goonan to our staff while Mrs O’Rourke is on maternity leave.

Fantastic Football News

Our boys’ GAA team, captained by Robbie Finnegan, did us proud in the Navan Area Autumn League finishing off by beating our neighbours Yellow Furze in the final on Wednesday. It was an exciting and tight game providing great entertainment for the supporting spectators. The two schools are in the Seneschalstown Club area with the boys from both schools being used to playing together when representing their club. It is a sign of the strength of the club that the two schools from the parish qualified for the final. Mrs O’Rourke trained the boys with her usual dedication and passion in spite of the fact that her baby’s arrival was imminent! Well done to the boys and Mrs O’Rourke! We are very proud of you.

The local club continue to run their weekly training programme in the school. Miss O’Reilly and Ms McGuinness’ classes have completed their sessions. Ms Currane and Miss Clancy’s classes are presently enjoying the training. Gerry McDonnell and Mick Dillon are the trusty stalwarts who give their time and expertise so willingly to the school which we greatly appreciate.

Rounders

Fifth and sixth class boys and girls, trained by Ms Podobinska, played rounders against local schools in all weathers with determination and style. They had some great wins and a few losses along the way. They are to be admired for their dedication to the game. They even brought bats home to put in extra training!

Soccer

First and second class boys and girls have just finished a four week training programme with the FAI Academy in conjunction with Balrath Soccer Club. The children really enjoyed the experience which was coordinated by Ms Podobinska.

Fourth class boys and girls, trained by Ms Currane, took part in the Futsal Soccer Tournament in Gormanstown on October 19th. It was a great and exciting day for Kentstown NS with the girls winning their competition. Well done girls and Ms Currane!

5K Run

Thank you to all who took part in the 5K Run/Jog/Walk which took place on September 16th. This event, organised by Catherine Connor, was a great success. Catherine, her family and her team of helpers, put in a lot of hard work preparing for the event. The €4050 raised has been given to the Board of Management, who are very grateful, and will be put towards the cost of our new classroom.

School Recipe Book

The end product of this fundraiser organised by the PA promises to be a most interesting and colourful book of recipes. We are really looking forward to trying out all your favourites. The children have come up with some very imaginative art work which is of a very high standard. This, along with your tried and tested recipes, will make it a lovely Christmas present for family and friends.

Trip to Hill of Tara

Sixth class enjoyed a history field trip to the Hill of Tara on a gloriously sunny September day. Having tried the ancient test, we can report that there is no royalty among us!

School Garden

Last year’s sixth class entered the Meath County Council Pride of Place Competition, at level 1, winning a prize of €130 to be spent on gardening needs for this year. Our present sixth class gave the garden a good tidying over for the winter. They were very industrious and did a super job!

Kentstown Village Park Competition

The winners of this art competition, where the children had to design a dream playground, were Eoghan Hosie, Emily Kelleher, Alanna Bagnall, Ciarán Collier, Amber Preston and Katie Gordon. The hardworking KVP committee have been working away for a number of years to make a park for Kentstown Village a reality. We look forward to enjoying the fruits of their labour.

October Book Fest

This annual festival, run by Meath County Library, celebrating books and their authors, was enjoyed by a number of classes. Miss Hughes’ class went to Duleek Library to meet illustrator Tatyana Feeney. Mrs O’Rourke’s class met Nicola Pierce in Navan Library. Ms McLoughlin and her class were entertained in Dunshaughlin Library by Judy Curtin and Ms Currane/Ms Healy’s class had the pleasure of meeting Niall de Burca in the Solstice Theatre.

National Tree Day

First class went to Balrath Woods on 5th October to mark National Tree Day. They went on a very interesting nature walk with local woman Liz McGovern who is an expert on the local woods at Balrath. This is a wonderful amenity to have in our community. It is a beautiful wood with safe walkways and playground equipment....free fun for all the family!

School Choir

Suzan Fitzsimons is very generously giving of her time and talent to train the school choir again this year. Practice takes place after school on Thursdays. The choir will perform in a special Christmas concert in the Solstice Theatre, Navan, during the last week in November. We are in for a big treat on the night as the choir already sounds pretty amazing! They will also sing at the ‘Do This in Memory’ masses and at the First Holy Communion.

Childline Breakfast

Sixth class pupils enjoyed a trip down memory lane when they went to Kentstown Montessori to support the Childline Breakfast held on October 20th. Caroline had lots of photos of when they attended. Many stories were told of the good memories they have of their time there.

Catechist Visit

The catechist, Maureen Fanning, visited us on Friday the 13th. It was a lucky day for her because not alone did she enjoy the delicious ‘Catechist Cake’ made by Miss O’Reilly but she was overwhelmed by the knowledge of the children. She sang the praises of the pupils and their teachers leaving us with a wonderful warm feeling of appreciation.

More Events and Happenings:

Adoration of the Blessed Eucharist

Antoinette Moynihan gave a presentation for sixth and second class pupils.

Mass

Sixth class pupils are attending mass every second Tuesday.

Do This in Memory

This programme has started for the families of children in second class in preparation for First Holy Communion.

Rosary

Noreen Evans and Marie Finnegan, of the local Legion of Mary said the rosary with sixth class each Friday in October.

Friendship Week

We celebrated Friendship Week from the 18th – 22nd of September.

Maths Week

Maths Week was celebrated from October 16th – 20th.

Lip Sync

This fundraiser for Seneschalstown GAA Club had a number of staff members taking part with Ms Healy being one of the winners! It was a great night, with the whole community supporting the club which gives so much to the parish.