February Newsletter
Published on February 28, 2023

Dear Parents / Guardians,

Welcome to our February newsletter. Even though it is the shortest month of the year, it has been a busy month!

Tullow Area School Completion: are currently working with 4th Class facilitating the ‘Life Skills’ programme. The LifeSkills programme aims to develop children’s emotional health and wellbeing. The programme concentrates on a preventative approach by sharing age -appropriate information with children, providing them with skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to make healthy choices. 5th Class are working on the ‘I am a rock’ project. The aim of the project is to help build resilience to overcome the challenges that they may face.

Author visit: Olive Mooney, the author of the ghost series ‘The Chronicles of Cadaver College’ did a reading of the first chapter of each of her three books to 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class. The children enjoyed the sitting with some purchasing the novels to find out what happened next.

Jersey presentation: On Wednesday 15th February there was great excitement among the pupils at Rathoe NS, as members of the Fighting Cocks GAA club arrived to present the school with two new wonderful sets of sports jerseys, very kindly sponsored by the Fighting Cocks GAA Club. Over the past number of years, sport in the school has gone from strength to strength and Rathoe NS has been very successful in Gaelic football, hurling, camogie, soccer, rugby and athletics. To wear the Rathoe NS school jersey gives the pupils a great sense of pride; pride in their school, their locality and themselves and many of the younger pupils looked on during the presentation, hoping that one day they would be able to wear the jersey and represent the school. The Fighting Cocks GAA club have been very involved with Rathoe NS over the last number of years, providing footballs and equipment, helping out with the Christmas Santa visits, providing coaching to all of the classes and always making the Fighting Cocks pitch and facilities available for the school to use. Thank you to Cathal Shanahan, JJ Dowling and Eva Kealy for organising the sponsored jerseys. Rathoe NS is hugely appreciative of the club’s support and the pupils will make great use of these beautiful jerseys over the coming months and years (submitted by Mr. Browne).

Wellness/ Anti-Bullying Week: was held earlier in the month. A range of different activities were organised for each day of the week to highlight both these initiatives. We started the week by showing the children a PowerPoint presentation highlighting what bullying is, the difference between being rude, mean or bullying and the effects bullying can have on people.
On Thursday we held a ‘Be Yourself Day’ where the children got to cast their uniform aside for the day and wear in their own clothes. They each donated €2 to Forward Steps Resource Centre in Tullow. We were delighted to raise €250 and be able to contribute to the wonderful work that they do. We also had a multi- activity fun day. The children got to try out Lego/ games, sports, dancing and art at a variety of stations within the school setting. Garda Esme Murphy came to talk to the children which they really enjoyed and had plenty of questions for her.

Finally, our first ever student council was formed in conjunction with Wellness Week. The students are very excited to have their voices heard and start organising various events for the school community. Well done to Isabelle Finnegan, Katie Hogan, Lauryn O’Byrne, Harry Glynn, Padraig Hogan, Emma Bergin, Muireann Cole, Kitty Dowling, Seán Keating, Ciara O’Brien, Sophie Cunningham, Maisie O’Connor, Amber Lyons and Lucy McDonald. It is fantastic to see the children working so hard and coming up with excellent ideas to benefit the school and its community.

Overall, the week was a huge success, and both the children and staff were delighted with all the events that took place (submitted by Ms. Kealy). Thank you to Ms. Kealy for co-ordinating the events for both pupils and staff. There was a great array of activities throughout the week.


Junior Entrepreneur Project

This month 6th Class have been busy coming up ideas for the Junior Entrepreneur Programme. First, the class came up with ideas of products to sell. Then they began working in groups and started to work on their projects to advertise the product they chose. They made examples of their products. A few days later the class got ready to present their projects to the dragons in the Dragon’s Den. Thank you to the Dragons, Ms Murphy, Ms Lalor and Mr Browne for giving up their spare time to help with the class. Unfortunately, some of our ideas didn’t get through but instead of selling one product we are now going to be selling two products which two of the groups came up with. Tote bags and frames. Our business name is ‘Totely Frametastic’. Stay tuned for more updates from our young entrepreneurs (submitted by Katie Wilson, 6th Class).


First Confession: took place on Tuesday, 21st of February. It was a lovely service for all involved. Thank you to Ms. Finnegan and Mr. Treacy for preparing the children and to Fr. O’Connell for his involvement in the sacrament.


Ash Wednesday: The whole school attended Mass for Ash Wednesday.


Sustainability with SETU, Carlow: In Second Class, this month we took part in a study with the Department of Applied Science in SETU Carlow. They set us a challenge to encourage us to think about sustainability. The challenge involved looking at our shopping and examining the different types of packaging used. Points were awarded for each type of packaging used. The child with the least number of points in the class won a prize. On Monday 27th February, we were delighted to have Adriana Cunha Neves visit us from SETU. She is a scientist working on creating biodegradable packaging. She presented Rían Mulvihill with a science kit as the winner of the challenge and also, the whole class received a science kit based on the Digestive System. We really enjoyed the challenge and learned a lot.


World Book Day: takes place on Thursday March 2nd. We are inviting the children to dress up as their favourite character from a book and bring in a book that their character is in. There will also be other activities throughout the week to celebrate books. Be sure to visit the school website, www.rathoens.com, towards the end of the week to see what we got up to!


Pella Blitz: Some of our 4th Class boys and girls took part in a pilot programme of indoor Gaelic Football at Old Leighlin Hall on Friday 24th February. The pupils really enjoyed the games of “Pella” where they had to score by kicking or hand passing the ball at a circular net attached to the wall while playing against different teams from around Carlow. Hopefully this is something that will be extended to more pupils and classes in the coming years (submitted by Mr. Browne).


Balancing programme with SETU: The children in Sona have been taking part in a research study to assess balance. Over the past five weeks, researcher Emma Baldwin from SETU has visited the school for three 30-minute sessions a week. The children have loved the fun and engaging exercises and activities, which included walking along a balance beam and standing on one leg with their eyes closed for 20 seconds. Balance is important for everyday movements such as walking, running, hopping, throwing, jumping and catching. We wish Emma the very best with her studies and we look forward to seeing the results of her hard work (submitted by Ms. Lynam).


Parents Association: Split the Pot continues each week with great excitement each Friday as the winning ticket is pulled out. The Parents Association Table Quiz took part in the Fighting Cocks pub last Friday. Thank you to all who supported on the night. A whopping €1,011.50 was raised.


Food dudes: is taking place in the classrooms this week. An information leaflet was sent home in children’s school bags yesterday. We are encouraging children to try the different foods. Some have been pleasantly surprised at what have liked so far.


Safer Internet Day: We celebrated Safer Internet Day on Tues, 7th February at our school, a worldwide initiative to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology among children.

All classes completed WebWise lessons in class and took part in a school-based poster competition.

Well done to the winners in each class.

Today, IT professional Jenny Holmes, is hosting workshops with pupils from 3rd to 6th Class.  This will be followed by an information evening for parents as Jenny will host an Internet Safety talk at 7pm at the school. We strongly urge all parents in our school community to attend this event. 


This is an ideal time to check-in with your child and have conversations about what they are doing online and learning in class. The online world is an important part of life for our children. Having regular and open conversations with your child about their lives online is vital to ensuring that they have a safe and positive experience.

More Internet Safety Advice for parents is available on:  ParentsGuideToABetterInternet.pdf (npc.ie)  and Supports for Parents – (webwise.ie) (submitted by Ms Moore). Thank you to Ms. Moore for coordinating the activities for Safer Internet Day.


Assembly: Our assembly for February will take place tomorrow. Thank you to Ms. Townsend for putting it all together and to Senior Infants and 1st Class. We are looking forward to the presentation.


Dates for Diary:


Cyber Bullying parent information evening: Tonight at 7pm

World Book Day: Thursday, 2nd March

St. Patrick’s Day holiday: school closed Friday 17th March

Easter Holidays: School closes on Friday 31st March @ 11:50am and will reopen on Monday 17th April



Le meas,


Erika Murphy