Christmas 2017

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Fr. Michael McGrath and Fr. Tony Gilhooly visited the school to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation with the children from 1st to 6th class in their Advent preparation for Christmas.

Christmas Show in the Temperance Hall

Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st Class and 2nd Class visited The Temperance Hall for the Christmas show ‘Rudolf saves Christmas’ by the Talisman Theatre Company. It was a wonderful experience for all the children (and grown ups!) who engaged with drama and interacted with the characters. The children thoroughly enjoyed it.


The Circus Corvinni visited the school on Monday 18th December. The children enjoyed performances of juggling, balance arts, comedy acts and a breathtaking contortionist act. Thanks to Stonepark Parents’ Association for co-sponsoring this treat for the children.

Bring and Buy Sale

6th class hosted the annual ‘Bring and Buy’ sale on Thursday 21st December. The sale generated the usual excitement and Christmas spirit and was enjoyed by all. These budding entrepreneurs and business people of the future baked buns, advertised, collected goods, painted nails, held competitions, sold raffle tickets, priced goods and wheeled and dealed to make this event a huge success. Míle buíochas Rang a Sé.

Winners in the raffle were: Nelly 4th class, Mia 3rd class, Mia 2nd class, Daisy 3rd class, Jessica 5th class, Aoife 2nd class, Troy 3rd class, Ally 3rd class and Roisín 6th class. Justin from Junior Infants guessed the name of the teddy: SNUGGLES and Mia from 3rd class guessed that there were 58 sweets in the jar.

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Christmas Shows

The talented 5th class hosted their X-Factor show on Wednesday 20th December. Their audience was treated to acts of  Synchronized Swimming, singing, dancing and magic tricks. Mrs. Browne, Simon Cowell, Santa Claus and Michael D. Higgins (our president) dropped by to adjudicate the competition!

The X- Factor cast with Santa

The X- Factor cast with Santa


The Junior Infant classes treated us to ‘The Lazy Shepherd’ story of the first Christmas. Well done everyone.


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The first class children entertained us with their play ‘Elves on Strike’. Lucky enough the elves got down to work just in time for Christmas.

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Children in other classes actively participated in Christmas making fabulous Christmas cribs and Christmas visual art and Drama within their own classrooms. Well done all and Happy Christmas.

Carol Service

Fr. Michael joined with us to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas in our Carol Service. The children read the story of the first Christmas,  prayers of the faithful and sang their hearts out at our prayerful carol service under our own musical director Ms. Leavy.

Santa at School

Santa came to Stonepark N.S. today. Such excitement! He was assisted by our elf parents, Gráinne, Edel and Margie. He brought class presents and sweets to all the classes. Thanks to Stonepark Parents’ Association for arranging the visit.

Santa in Senior Infants

Santa in Senior Infants

Santa in Third Class

Santa in Third Class

Santa teaching Second class

Santa teaching Second class

Santa in Junior Infants

Santa in Junior Infants

Santa in Junior Infants

Santa in Junior Infants

Santa in First Class

Santa in First Class

Santa in Fourth Class

Santa in Fourth Class

Santa with Fifth Class

Santa with Fifth Class

Santa in Sixth Class

Santa in Sixth Class

Santa in Third Class

Santa in Third Class

Santa in Second Class

Santa in Second Class

Sports Update

Boys and Girls Gaelic Football Leagues

We participated in the Cumann na mBunscoil Gaelic Football Co. Longford Primary School Leagues during this term. Congrats to our boys team that reached semi- final in division 1A and our girls team that reached the semi-final in division 1B.


We are currently partaking in the Falcon’s Primary Schools League in both boys and girls. Best of Luck!

Cross-Country (see previous notes)


Volleyball season will start in January. We will be participating in the Volleyball Association of Ireland regional competition to be held in Roscommon in January.


Team Hope- Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Thanks to all the children and parents of Stonepark N.S. who donated an unbelievable 146 boxes to the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal this year. Thanks to Ms. Leavy for co-ordinating the collection. These Christmas Shoebox gifts will be given to some of the world’s most vulnerable children – many of whom will receive no other gift this Christmas. For some it’s the first gift they will ever receive.

It’s hope, it’s God’s love, it’s joy and excitement –

It’s the whole of Christmas wrapped up in a Shoebox !

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Connaught Cross Country Finals

Well done to the Stonepark N.S. trio, Patrick, Conor and Peter who took part in the Connaught Cross Country Finals on Saturday 18th November 2017  in Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon. Congrats also to Conor who came in 7th out of 120 competitors. Míle buíochas to Mrs. Clancy and Mr. Leen for all their training and support. 
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Cross Country Championships

County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championship took place in Moyne Community School on Saturday 30th September 2017. Fourteen pupils represented Stonepark N.S. Two of our pupils, Patrick Clancy and Peter Farrell, have qualified for the Connacht Regional Finals to be held in Roscommon during October. Congrats to all who participated and we wish the two lads every success in the Connacht Finals.


Welcome back to all our staff and pupils and a very special welcome to all our new staff and pupils. We are very excited because we have moved into our brand new school building with its modern facilities and resources. We have achieved so much since October 2016. Work is still in progress and we look forward to its completion in November.

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Active School Week 2017

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PE update (May)

Physical Education Update


Rang III participated in a five week swimming block at The Mall Complex during March.

Land Aquatics will be taught during May in the junior end of the school. 


Dance was the main strand taught throughout the school during March, with special emphasis on Traditional Dance e.g. Baile Luimní, Ionsaí na hInse agus Droichead Átha Luain in conjunction with Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Super Troopers

Professor David Hevey’s (TCD), programme co-ordinator held a ‘focus’ group with parents of the school in order to evaluate the programme on Wednesday, 29th March.

Gaelic Football

Our Senior Boys’/Mixed team have qualified for the Division 1B Championship Final to be played in mid-May. Our Senior Girls’ Team, while a very young team did themselves and our school proud in the Division 2 Championship.

Our Senior Boys’ team got to the quarter finals stage of this year’s Mini 7s on 3rd May 2017.

Our 3rd and 4th class pupils will play in an inter school friendly blitz with St. Joseph’s on 16th May 2017 – an event organised by Longford Coaching and Games.


Our school hurling team will partake in the Co. Longford Primary Schools’ Championship on 25th May next. Many thanks to Kathlyn Quinn of Coaching and Games for all her hurling coaching and skills training. Also many thanks to Kathlyn for her Gaelic Football coaching during the first term of this year.


We entered three boys’ teams and one girls’ team in the recent Spar 5 a side tournament. Our boys’ A team emerged as County winners in the Boys’ B Cup (Medium Sized Schools) and represented Co. Longford at the North Leinster Finals in Navan on 27th April.

Our 4th class Boys’ team also took part in the local Co. Longford 4th class boys’ soccer competition.


Our 3rd and 4th class Boys’ relay teams participated in the Co. Longford 4x200m relay races in Newtownforbes on 28th April 2017. This was organised by Longford Athletic Club.


Having attended a course On Gaelic Rounders and introduced it to our pupils, it has proved to be

A big hit! This game promotes a very high standard of participation among all pupils. This was

organised by Coaching and Games Development. 


We plan to have an interschool friendly with the Senior Classes from the Gaelscoil in The Mall

Complex on Friday, 2nd June. There will be 3 v 3 games as well as 5 v 5 games.

Active School Week

Active School Week will be held from Monday, 22nd May to Friday, 26th May inclusive.

This is our provisional timetable.

Monday: Gymnastics and Orienteering (all classes)

Tuesday: Junior Infants – 2nd class – Yoga, 3rd – 6th classes – Swimming,

Wednesday: Dance (all classes)

Thursday: Games and Skipathon (all classes), Co. Longford Primary Schools’ Hurling Championship

Friday: Athletics/ Sports Day (all classes)

Stonepark N.S. works in partnership with G.A.A. Coaching and Games Development, Cumann na mBunscol, Grattans, F.A.I., V.A.I., A.I. and L.A.C., Longford Sports Partnership, H.S.E., The Mall Swimming Complex and Super Troopers.

Sports Update

Gymnastics and Games (Volleyball/Spikeball) were the two main strands taught throughout the school during January and February.

Rang IV and Rang II participated in the Aquatics strand in The Mall Complex, Longford in January and February.

The Dance strand will be the primary focus during the month of March throughout the school. Rang III will be going swimming during March.

Super Troopers

All classes will continue with the Super Troopers Programme which focuses on physical activity, nutrition and wellbeing. Professor David Hevey’s team from Super Troopers/Trinity College, Dublin liaised with all the mainstream teachers through telesurvey in order to find ways to evaluate and improve the programme. Also all families in our school were given a questionnaire to evaluate the programme and to make any recommendations for any future programmes. Professor Hevey and his team plan to visit our school and hold a ‘focus meeting’ with a number of parents in order to enhance this programme.

10 @ 10

On Friday, 10th February at 10.00a.m. the whole school took part in Operation Transformation’s 10 @ 10, a nationwide initiative inviting all primary schools in the country to drop all and do 10 minutes of physical activity. Such was the enthusiasm in our school that we extended it to 40 minutes!


We entered 7 teams (3 boys, 2 girls, 2 mixed) in the local Roscommon, Westmeath, Longford, spikeball competition which was held in Mercy Secondary School, Roscommon on Monday, 23rd January. Our two mixed teams qualified for the Connaught Finals held in Loughrea on Thursday, 2nd March, one of which came joint third.

Forthcoming Events/Dates

  1. Cumann na mBunscol Boys/Mixed (Division 1) and Girls (Division 2) Gaelic Football commences in March
  2. 2 boys’ teams and 1 girls’ team will participate in the FAI 5 a side soccer tournament in City Calling Stadium in March
  3. Coaching and Games, Longford have organised a Nutritionist to visit out school on Wednesday, 15th March bad a follow up visit on Wednesday, 22nd