Many thanks to all those who attended Proclamation Day on March 15th. The celebration included the pupils performing a number of pieces on the tin whistle, Ciaran McCarthy playing two pieces on the uilleann pipes, Grace and Shona Hogan dancing an Irish Reel, all of the pupils singing "Grace" and "Ar Scath A Cheile" and the senior classes reading their 2016 Proclamation which they had created themselves along with of course the raising of the flag, a laying of a wreath in memory of all those who lost their lives and the singing of our National Anthem. Thank you to Michael Fitzgerald, Chairperson of the Board of Management, who acted as MC on the day, Martina O'Keeffe who read the original 1916 Proclamation for those in attendance and created the wreath along with Mairead Doyle, Willie Morrissey who started and concluded the ceremony by playing the bagpipes, Roy Galvin who conducted the pupils when playing the tin whistle, PJ Holmes who erected the flag pole in the school grounds, the Parents' Council who provided everyone with refreshments after the ceremony and all the parents who generously donated home baking.
Congratulations to the girls soccer team who won the FAI County Tipperary Primary Schools Soccer Final for the first time in the school's history on March 14th in New Hill Park. In total, fifty four teams from all over the county had entered the competition to begin with and the final twelve teams travelled to the Two Mile Borris venue to see who the overall winner would be. Over the course of the day, the Thomastown girls defeated Two Mile Borris NS and Lissenhall NS in the group stages. They then defeated Upperchurch NS in the Semi Final. The Final was to be against previous winners of the competition Ballyneale NS. In this game, the Thomastown girls gave a very composed performance and they secured a very comprehensive win. Thomastown NS will now represent Tipperary in the Munster Final to be played after the Easter holidays. Many thanks to Ciara Quirke for all her photography on the day also.
On the day of the Easter holidays and in preparation for St. Patrick's Day, the pupils all wore green. The many different costumes and different shades of green led to a very colourful day.
Well done to all the girls from 4th, 5th and 6th Class who travelled to Peake Villa FC in Thurles to take part in the FAI Primary Schools Soccer Regional Blitz. In total, the school entered three teams in the competition. An enjoyable day was had by all. For the vast majority of the girls, this was their first experience of playing soccer in such an environment and all performed excellently. One team qualified for the County Final of the competition.
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