Hurling team compete in Cumman na mBunscol

Well done to our boys hurling team who recently competed in the Carlow Cumann na mBunscol indoor competition in Ballon. Whilst results didn’t go our way we put in an admirable effort and some fine displays against a number of schools which would hail from hurling strongholds. Well done to the lads on a great effort.


Break for the Border raises over €7,500

4th October 2019 – Our annual fundraiser Break for the Border raised over €7,500 for St Joseph’s NS. All profits raised enhances every child’s experience and education while attending school and will be put towards fixing equipment, upgrading computers, school jerseys for teams representing the school etc.

Whether you volunteered to help on the day, provided baking and refreshments, signed up for the race, filled out sponsorship cards or bought raffle tickets, your help was greatly appreciated.

The event creates a great atmosphere in Hacketstown, showcases our beautiful school, provides a great opportunity for children to show their school to family and friends and most importantly raises much need funds for the school.

As you will see from our facebook page we receive a lot of sponsorship from our local companies (€4,300 approx) with Londis O’Reilly’s Petrol Station donating €1,200 plus €800 worth of products for refreshments etc. Together with company sponsorship and your help the Break for the Border is a huge success.

Next year’s event will take place on Sunday 20th September 2020 and preparations are already under way with a very special medal to mark the 5th anniversary of the event.

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Congratulations to everyone on coming together and creating a great event for our school.

St Joseph’s NS Joint Winners of Hurling Blitz

St Joseph’s NS hurling/camogie team did their school proud as they came out join winners at a recent blitz held in Ballinakill Centre of Excellence.  We were narrowly defeated in the first match 2-0 to 1-1 by Bearna Chlé. We knew we had it in us to get a victory and in the second match we were successful with a score line of 1-2 to 1-0.

In both matches Jack Weekes was outstanding in mid field and attained some fantastic scores. Josh Kelly played well in full forward and added a goal to our scoreboard. Emily Kelly worked steadily in midfield. Cian Weekes, Óran Keating, Conor Forde, William Whelan, Luke Kelly made up our defence line and made it very difficult for Bearna Chlé to score. L.J. Coleman and Katie Cahill worked well in the forwards.

We are joint winners of the Mixed Blitz and will be sharing the cup with Bearna Chlé. Well done to the St Joseph’s NS team.

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Meet the Award Winners

This week was no exception as our students pulled out all the stops to work hard and help others while in school. Our well deserved winners of star students and citizens of the week are Harry Altree; Ella Mulvany; Jack Lyons; Abbie Smyth; Luke McGrath; Michael Davis; Thomas Joyce; Tyler Byrne and Emily Joyce.

Star Students and Good Citizens in top form

Congratulations to all of our award winners over the past two weeks. Our star student and good citizen awards encourage children to be the best they can and to help others as much as possible. Well done to Charolette, Jack, Ellie-May, Kate, Oisin, Bobby, Dillara, Cian, Ellie, Abbie, Madison, Bogdan, Rory, Julia, Harry, Kelsey, Kendall and Rory.

Student Council Organise Friendship Week

St Joseph’s NS student council are in the process of organising friendship week, which will take place from the 5th to 7th June. There is great excitement as the children on the student council with their teachers Ms Howard and Ms O’Connell prepare for a Teddy Bear’s Picnic which the whole school are invited to. Other surprise events are in the pipeline too! Well done to Amy, Kate, Kendall, Peter, Lee, Oran, Jenelle and Heidi on their great work so far.

Cream of the crop represent St. Joseph’s NS at the County Mini Sevens skills competition

We are very proud of Kate Ryan, Cian Weekes, Emily Kelly and Aaron Byrne who represented St. Joseph’s NS this week at the county Mini Sevens. Kate, Cian, Emily and Aaron completed skills test and played football/hurling against schools from across Carlow to be in with a chance to play in Croke Park on the occasion of the biggest games in the GAA calendar. Hopefully we will see you in Croke Park!


Good Citizens & Star Students

Congratulations to this weeks winners of the Good Citizens & Star Students. Kayleigh Keogh, Bogdan Galos, Mia Cahill, Jake Mooney, Kate Byrne; Kelsey Walsh; Nathan Flynn, Rory Doyle, L.J. Coleman & Nicole Hennessy. All children displayed great manners, involved in sport, excellent effort in class and being kind to others.


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Congratulations to Jake Mooney who won the book voucher presented by the parents association.