There were some new additions to the school on Friday in the form of snowmen (and snow-women!) created by all the pupils. Everyone from Junior Infants to 6th Class spent the afternoon creating some very colourful and unique snowmen, there was even a tuxedo wearing snowman to found in one of the classrooms! These snowmen will be some of the crafts that can be purchased at the Parents Council Cake Sale on Sunday, December 6th.
The Under 13 Ladies Football team made the short journey to Golden on Friday, November 20th to take on St. Josephs Templemore in the County Final. As a result of having successfully won the Under 13 County Final last year, the team had to go up a division. Templemore were also beaten in their respective County Final last year so this was always going to be a very difficult task. Thomastown made a lightning quick start to the game and scored the first goal of the game. This lead was to be short-lived as Templemore replied with a goal of their own. The Thomastown girls weren't to be deterred by the St. Josephs' challenge and went on to score a couple of more goals to lead by 8 points at half time. Despite the 8 point lead, Templemore had some opportunities to score in the first half but the hard work and quick thinking of goalie Ava Agar and defenders Molly Hogan, Laura Hally and Kate Flannery meant that St. Josephs found it very difficult to convert these chances. Emer McCarthy, who proved to be a thorn in St. Josephs' side all throughout the game, began the second half as she finished the first by scoring another fantastic goal. She was ably assisted in the forward line by the tenacious Sarah O'Donnell. At this stage, the energetic duo of Lucy Fogarty and Fiona Tuohy were controlling the mid-field area and Thomastown were able to see off the Templemore challenge and win another county title. Joint captains Fiona Tuohy and Emer McCarthy were presented with the trophy after the game much to the delight of all our supporters in attendance. Well done to all of the panel, this was a real team effort especially as only one of last year's starting team was still in the school. Thank you to Golden Kilfeacle GAA club for the use of the pitch and facilities. Also, many thanks to Brian Leamy and Tommy Boles for setting up the goals and the pitch.
Under 13 Ladies Football Panel - Fiona Tuohy (Joint Capt.), Emer McCarthy (Joint Capt.), Kate Flannery, Molly Hogan, Laura Hally, Sarah O'Donnell, Lucy Fogarty, Ciara Quirke, Kate Grogan, Emma Rafferty, Ava Agar, Eimear Crowe, Olivia Leamy, Jenny Ryan, Catherine Meagher, Shona Hogan, Ella O'Dwyer, Zoe O'Mahoney, Anna Keane, Ellie Crowe, Taylor McCarthy, Sarah Grogan, Tara Crowe
The Under 11 Boys Football team headed to Cashel to take on Clerihan NS in the County Final on Tuesday, November 24th. Played in difficult and windy conditions, it certainly proved to be a game of two halves as Clerihan started very strongly and they had a commanding lead as the referee blew for half time. With the aid of the breeze in the second half, Thomastown gradually began to pull back Clerihan's lead bit by bit and put them under immense pressure. Sadly, the lead that Clerihan had at half time proved to be too much to overcome. However, all of the panel can be extremely proud of their efforts and the second half performance was a wonderful display of heart and determination. Led by Evan Kennedy, who played a captain's part and gave an exhibition of blocking down all throughout the game, this young group will no doubt learn from this experience for future games. This was the first County Final for all of the panel so if this was anything to go by then the future is certainly very bright! Final score was Clerihan 6-01 Thomastown 3-04.
Under 11 Boys Football Panel - Evan Kennedy (Capt.), Ciaran McCarthy, Robbie McGrath, James McLaughlin, Jack Horan, Aidan Tuohy, Colin Tuohy, David O'Dwyer, Sam Hall, Kevin Hogan.
Thank you to Thomastown NS Parents Council who very kindly donated a new bird feeding station to the school recently. They have also provided the school with new organic waste bins.
All of the pupils in the school received their own battery recycling box this week. All old and used household batteries can be placed in this box. When full, the box can be returned to the school and it will be sent to WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Ireland for recycling. WEEE Ireland will make a donation to the Laura Lynn Ireland's Children Hospice for each box recycled so the more batteries collected then the more money that will be donated to Laura Lynn.
Well done to our team of Kate Flannery, Luke Keane, Jack Lonergan and Jack Leamy who competed in the West Final of the Tipperary GAA Primary Schools Quiz held in Golden GAA hall on Tuesday, November 24th. They have now qualified for the County Final which will take place on Sunday, December 6th in Thurles.
All of the Junior classes are currently very busy reading their library books. Classic stories such as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "Rapunzel" are proving to be very popular while Roald Dahl books are a particular favourite of the First Class pupils.
Following on from their success on the football pitch the previous day, the Thomastown National School relay team represented by Kate Flannery, Ellie Crowe, Lucy Fogarty and Sarah O Donnell competed in the 100M freestyle Munster Schools competition in UL on Saturday 21st November.
Kate Flannery also competed in the individual section of the gala where she came first and won the gold medal in the 50M Backstroke in the Under 12 category. Kate will now represent the school in the National Finals to be held in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin in the coming weeks. Well done to all the girls and best wishes to Kate in the National Finals.
Good luck to the Under 11 Boys who will play Clerihan NS in the County Final on Tuesday, November 24th at 1pm in Cashel GAA field.
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