Application for Book Grant 2020/21

Parents/Guardians A BOOK GRANT is available for qualifying families to help cover the cost of school books for 2020/21. We also run a book rental scheme in order to reduce costs for parents. This means that we purchase books and they are passed on from class to class each year. This year we closed the school on March 12th having been given only three hours notice due to the outbreak of Covid 19. In light of the deficit of information around survival rates of the virus on various materials, a decision was made not to send home books on the rental scheme as we were unsure if they could be reused (which is the purpose of our Book Rental scheme). Apologies for having to do this and we hope that

New Infants

Our planned 'INTRODUCTORY AFTERNOON FOR CHILDREN' which was scheduled for Wednesday 10th June, cannot now take place, due to Covid 19 restrictions. ​ We are keeping in touch with new parents via email with regular updates regarding how new infants will start school on 1 September If you have enrolled your child but have not received an email recently, please do get in touch by sending an email to and we will be in contact. In the meantime, enjoy the beautiful weather and stay safe.

Water Safety

Water Safety Ireland's PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety) programme outlines the essential life-saving guidelines that every child needs to know. Learn skills that can save lives. PAWS delivers invaluable lessons that are simple common sense. Every parent is more than qualified to guide their children through them, and all lessons have been adapted to facilitate home learning. RTÉ Home School Hub PAWS is now on the RTE Home School Hub available by clicking the link below: The lessons and activities will guide children through Water Safety at home, on farms, in swimming pools, rivers, lakes and

Homework 1st Class

A note from Ms Connolly (also sent by email) 1st Class | WORKING FROM HOME Some alternative options to choose from..... the Ages. Ring your grandparents and have a chat. Let them tell you a story about when they were young. Record the story on paper and send your entry to Mayo County Library, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. These stories will be digitised and included in their archives for future generations. Covid 19 Time Capsule. (Google this ) Receive free printable booklet to download and record what your child experienced during this time. Have it as a keepsake for years to come. Reading: Oxford press: Free e-books for your child to read. (age 3-11)

Mayo News 26 May

Thanks to Edwin McGreal who featured our 2nd class in this week's Mayo News!

Feeding time!

I took a short video of the blue tit chicks being fed by their parents today in one of the school's birdboxes...

School Calendar 2020/21

While there are still many decisions to be made about the childrens' safe return to school in September (and we will be keeping you up to date on those as they arise), we thought it would still be helpful for parents to have a copy of the draft calendar for the next school year. This will be updated on our school website as and when any changes are decided, so ALWAYS CHECK THIS WEBSITE'S DOWNLOADS PAGE for the most UP TO DATE calendar!

Chicks in the birdbox!

As you know, we have six birdboxes on the school's north facing wall (ie the one facing Rosmore) and two of these boxes have cameras installed so we can observe any activity. We hope some day to attract swifts, which are becoming endangered in Ireland, but are happy when any species decides to make their home there. On a rare trip to the school to check post today, I spotted that one of the birdboxes is now home to some chicks, being fed by mother and father. They appear to be blue tits (not swifts), though I am not enough of an expert to say for sure - please email us if you can confirm! I couldn't see the chicks themselves as they are too small and right at the back of the birdbox, but w

Order your 6th class hoodie

6th class parents and pupils Now that we have our design and our signatures all sorted, pupils can start placing their orders for their very own 6th class hoodies, using the link at the end of this post. As I mentioned yesterday, we are under a bit of time pressure to have them manufactured and delivered by the end of term, hence the speed at which we are progressing. We are not asking for payment at this stage. I would ask that all orders are placed by 6pm Thursday 14 May. Once I have all the orders in, we can then relax a little and you will have plenty of time to complete the payment, which we will do safely and securely through Aladdin Connect. Some points to note: You will find sizing

6th Class Hoodies update

6th Class Hoodies As almost everyone has now voted online, we can announce that the most popular designs for the front and back of the 6th class hoodies are as follows: FRONT of hoodie (with 30% of the vote): Design 2 BACK of hoodie (with 40% of the vote): Design 4 THANK YOU everyone for responding so quickly to the survey and the request for signatures. As we now know the most popular design and have all signatures, you will be able to order your hoodie from TOMORROW TUESDAY. I will send out a link to the order form and you can select your COLOUR and SIZE. We will then be able to place an order with the supplier who requires 5 weeks' notice. Once all of that is done, I will set up an online

Communion Day!

We are thinking of all the 2nd class children who were due to make their First Holy Communion today at this time. Thanks to Clodagh McGovern and all the parents, we managed to get lovely photographs of all of them, making the most of their day. Enjoy your day and we hope to see you all again soon!

6th Class Hoodie Design

6th Class Hoodies Sadly we shall not meet again in person before the end of the school year. Before the current school closure, the pupils of 6th class indicated that they were very keen on the idea of designing a commemorative hoodie that each pupil could order in their preferred colour and size, and we would still very much like to make that happen, as a memento of the eight years most of you have spent in Newport National School. Normally we would have a discussion in the classroom to agree the style and design of the hoodie, but, as this is not possible, we are going to ask you to select your preferences via an ONLINE SURVEY. This is the SECOND STAGE of the process. The first stage i

Become a Storykeeper

Parents We have received word from the Irish Times about a 'Fighting Words' writing project... Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland are inviting 7-12 year-olds to become Young Storykeepers. All they have to do is to create a story inspired by lighthouses. The unique story can take any form - poetry, prose, or even illustration. All stories will be showcased in a digital magazine for Cruinniú na nÓg on June 13th. For entry info, inspiration and handy story writing tips, see: or Submissions close on May 19th.

Our 9th green flag!

We were delighted to receive this letter today from An Taisce... Dear Green-Schools Coordinator, I am delighted to inform you that your application for the renewal of your Green Flag has been successful. The team at Green-Schools were very impressed with your application, congratulations! Please pass on all our thanks to all the hard-working members of your Green-Schools committees, and everyone in the school. You all deserve a huge amount of credit for your efforts. The work that you are doing is really having a positive impact, and when the work of all schools is combined it’s truly amazing! Unfortunately, due the current situation, we are not in a position to hold our Green-Schools Awards

6th class hoodies

To all in 6th Class: Sadly we will not be back in the classroom before the 6th class pupils finish national school. We would like to organise 6th class commemorative hoodies for the pupils, and are looking at suppliers who can deliver directly to your home, in adherence with social distancing recommendations. The hoodies will have a 'Class of 2020' motif on the front and on the back we will incorporate the signatures of all the pupils in the class. I can't give you an exact price yet as we are still in discussions with a couple of suppliers, but it will be in the region of €25-€30. As there will be a lead-time in getting these ready, we need to start collecting the signatures of the pupils

Writing Competition

Do you have a story about your local waterbody? Then tell it in 'Stories from the Waterside' / 'Scéalta Ó Thaobh An Uisce'. With €4,000 in prizes for new, unpublished stories of 600 words or less. For details on how to enter & full Terms and Conditions please see:

PE Classes continue

PE classes with Andy Moran will continue every MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY at 12 noon Link to their YouTube channel: Here's a message from Andy.... "We are delighted to have another full week of scheduled LIVE classes. This includes Bank Holiday Monday May 4th, where we have a full day of classes including an early 6:45am class and a 12 noon P.E. class. Please note a few changes to timetable from last week, particularly the change to our P.E. class which will now be at 12 noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Hope you are all having a great weekend.." Andy

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