Autism Conference

For any parents with an interest in practical supports for children with autism... Get Your Early Bird Ticket Today! If you saw Dr Temple Grandin's webinar, you'll know how practical supports can help autistic individuals. Sometimes an autistic person may show behaviour which challenges and you might not know why? These behaviours can have an impact if they do not get the right supports to meet their needs. That's why at this year's ONLINE Cork Autism Conference, Autism: Beyond Behaviours, October 11th, 2020, includes Dr. Temple Grandin and other international experts in autism. Our goal is to provide you with practical strategies, helpful tools and actionable insights to help you support an

Graduation Day

On Tuesday, we bid a fond farewell to our 6th class graduates with a lovely Graduation event on the school grounds. Principal Brid Chambers welcomed the children and their parents, and thanked them all for their wholehearted engagement with the school during their 8 years attending Newport NS, and especially through the recent school closure. She made special mention of the parents who were now finished with the school as the last of their children graduated. 6th Class teacher Claire Forrestal then called each pupil up from the car park to receive their Graduation Certificate, Graduation hoodie (designed by themselves) and a commemorative booklet recording their time in Newport NS with the

a message from principal Bríd Chambers

Dear Parents and Children, I hope that you are all well as we finally reach the official end of the school year. Our children have saved countless lives by the sacrifices that they have made over the past three months. The school community is rightly proud of the way Covid-19 was stamped out through the vigilance of our people. We know that the emergence of this new virus will change how we do things in the future. I am however very optimistic that we will open our school to all our classes as planned in September. We will take precautions and you too, will be asked to support Covid procedures. We have posted a working policy on our website. Just today Remdesivir was conditionally approved b

Book Lists

2020/21 Book Lists are now available to download from the DOWNLOADS-BOOK LISTS page All books are available to purchase from local bookshops including McLoughlin's Westport, Eason's Castlebar and Castle Books, Castlebar. A copy of all book lists will be made available to these bookshops NEXT WEEK for reference. If you applied for a Book Grant, please do not purchase any books until you have received your Book Grant. The annual fee for Book Rental/Photocopying/Art and Craft supplies and stationery (details on your book list) can be paid online anytime after 29th June (ie after end of current school year) or by cash/cheque once the school re-opens on 1st September.

Report Cards

End of Year report cards are now available for parents. You can view your child(ren)'s report card(s) securely on the Aladdin Connect home page.

Class Teachers for 2020/21

We are delighted to announce the class teacher allocation for next year (see below) Book Lists will be published later today and Report Cards will also be sent home via Aladdin. School will close formally at 12 noon this Friday 26th June, but we will stay in touch with parents throughout the summer as Covid-19 guidelines develop.

Class Teachers for 2020/21

We are delighted to announce the class teacher allocation for next year (see below) Book Lists will be published later today and Report Cards will also be sent home via Aladdin. School will close formally at 12 noon this Friday 26th June, but we will stay in touch with parents throughout the summer as Covid-19 guidelines develop.

Starting Primary School

Parents of new infants due to start school on 1st September may find the attached leaflet, issued by the National Parents Council and Early Childhood Ireland, helpful in preparing their child. (Click on the picture or HERE to download PDF) We also have useful advice in our Starting School booklet, available on our Downloads page ... and remember, we are always on hand (via email at present) to offer advice or support if you need it!


Bike Week, which normally takes place in June, has been cancelled or possibly postponed to September/October. With lots more cyclists on the road, An Taisce Green Schools would like to continue to support and encourage cyclists with different resources. This week they #celebratecycling on social media. Please have a look at all the amazing resources that Lukasz and his team in the Green School Environmental Education Unit have put together...

The Final Fence!

The Final Fence!! Dear parent, As we are now in the last month of the school year, children would normally be tested as a way of monitoring their progress. I have emailed the following to you: End of year.......English Assessment End of year.......Maths Assessment I would really appreciate if your child would complete these. It is of vital importance that you do not assist them with these tasks. Some areas they will be unable to complete as they were not covered to date. These results will help me to identify the areas that will need to be addressed in the coming year. It is expected there will be gaps to be filled in before embarking on the next stage of the curriculum. In a normal classr

Zoom Bake along fun!

Yesterday many of the children of 1st Class did a Zoom bake along together where Moya shared her chocolate biscuit cake recipe. It was a great success as you can see from the delicious results. They’ll be plenty of chocolate biscuit cake at the school's next cake sale! Many thanks to the parents for organising this lovely activity

Incredible Edibles

This year Cillian and his family took part in the Incredible Edibles school / family challenge They were delighted to WIN the Family Friday feature for this in May and were in the Top 10 in the Grand Final Cilllian and Aoife are delighted with their great achievement and can’t wait for all their vegetables to grow!

Marine Mammal project

Don't you just love this amazing marine mammal project on the evolution of whales? It was created by pupil Christopher Troy for a competition organised by CuriOcean, who visited the school back in February. The detail is fantastic, and I'm sure he would appreciate your vote on the CuriOcean Facebook page or Instagram page...

Ireland's Fittest Family

We received the following from RTE: MAYO FAMILIES WANTED Hello, My name is Adam and I'm contacting you from the RTÉ One television programme, Ireland's Fittest Family. Ireland's Fittest Family is a competition reality show where families from all over the country compete against each other for the chance to win €15,000 and the title of 'Ireland's Fittest Family' all the while being mentored by our panel of respected coaches, Davy Fitzgerald, Derval O'Rourke, Anna Geary and Donncha O'Callaghan. We are back for our eighth year and are currently looking for families for the brand new series. Two years ago, MAYO family the McDonnells were coached by Anna Geary but were knocked out in the second

'Donncha's Two Talented' Call-out

We received the following letter from Adare Productions... CALL OUT! Donncha’s Two Talented are putting a call out for IRELAND’S MOST TALENTED YOUNGSTERS, AGED 5-11 years! All talents are welcome, whether it be singing, dancing or playing an instrument. APPLY NOW AT: Closing date for applications is the 7th of June. Applicants will need a 40 second performance clip to apply (this can be filmed simply on a phone). For more info contact: 083 1322683 or email:

5 Star Bug Hotel

A big THANK YOU to our hard-working caretaker Ged Gallagher who has been taking such good care of the school while we have been closed. As well as freshening up the paintwork, and polishing the floors, he has found time to upgrade our Bug Hotel ! We look forward to welcoming many guests to our new accommodation.

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