March Newsletter
Published on March 30, 2023

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have had a busy Term 2 this year, with plenty happening in the school.

Food Dudes: The school took part in the food dudes programme. The programme gives children the opportunity to try different fruit and vegetables each day.

Drama: The children had their final drama session for this year on Monday last. We must say a big thank you to Keelin McDonald who has been coming out to us here at Rathoe NS for over 10 years. The children love her visits and we, as a staff, firmly believe that her input has encouraged the children in their performances be it at Assembly, Christmas or otherwise. We look forward to welcoming Keelin back next September.

World Book Day: was celebrated on Thursday 2nd March. There was a great effort made by the children to dress up as their favourite characters. We had a lovely parade of the different classes.

Engineers Week: On Friday 10th March, we were really lucky to have a visit from an engineer. Ríán’s father, Peter Mulvihill, came to 1st and 2nd classes to talk all about his job. Peter brought some of the uniform he wears and the different equipment he uses to show the children. We got to use some of them. Everyone loved using the infra- red camera. We even got a class photo with it!!

He also spoke about the different things in our lives that we rely on engineers for and the different skills needed to work in engineering. Huge thanks to Peter. There are lots of budding engineers in our school now (submitted by Ms. Finnegan).

As part of engineering week 5th and 6th class were invited to the SETU Carlow Campus for their ‘Devastatingly Dramatic Climate Change’ workshop. The workshop gave an insight into the causes and effects of climate change and showcased a number of experiments that can also be done in the classroom. Some of our pupils volunteered and got involved in the action. It was a fantastic day out and all the children enjoyed it. Thank you to SETU for the wonderful opportunity.

Also as part of the week, 6th class were given the challenge of becoming engineers. There was a fantastic array of projects carried out from bird houses to New Grange and even a bow and arrow. Some pupils also shared their dream engineer design and what kind of engineer they would like to be. We’ve no doubt we have a few budding engineers under our belt in Rathoe NS (submitted by Ms. Kealy).

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations: There was a great effort made for St. Patrick’s Day at school. It was lovely to see the green white and orange on the day. All classes did dancing outside. We had the Haka Gaelach with Réiltín Whelan in 1st Clas taking the lead in front of the whole school! The children enjoyed dancing to the Irish song An Dreoilín and we finished off with the Junior end dancing The Rakes of Mallow and the senior end dancing Balla na Luimnigh. As it was also Seactain na Gaeilge, we had Gaeilgeoir an Lae each day for the week and the senior classes enjoyed a Tráth na gCeist.

We finished the week with a lovely session in Sona where each class sang a song or recited a poem. We also had children from different classes showcasing their musical talents and Irish dancing. Please do visit our website, to see some photos and videos.

Assembly: This months Assembly was presented by Sona. Thank you to Ms. Lynam, Mr. Treacy and our SNAs for all their work behind the scenes.


Book rental: The Department of Education have issued information for parents relating to the Primary schoolbook scheme. Please see the poster attached. There will be no cost to parents this year regarding school books, workbooks or copybooks.


Junior Entrepreneur Project: Once again 6th Class have been working very hard on getting their Junior Entrepreneur Project ‘Totelly Frametastic’ ready for selling. As mentioned last month, we decided on Tote bags and quoted / rock frames. Tote bags are the perfect alternative to the everyday plastic bags found in shops today.

Our Tote bags are top quality meaning that they are strong and durable. They are guaranteed to last the test of time and can be your perfect everyday companion whether it be for work, your lunch or your shopping bag. People use and discard an average of 700 plastic bags per person per year and only recycle 1% of these. Therefore, tote bags are environmentally friendly while also being stylish as well. It’s a win-win situation.

Our frames are the perfect addition to your kitchen / child’s bedroom or playroom. They are positive and a daily reminder that we are perfect the way we are. They are colourful, child-friendly and homemade. We will be in touch in due course with a date for our showcase. This will be a day in our classroom where we sell our products and who knows there might even be some special offers and secret surprises on the day. Our products will also feature in Zerafe’s Centra Ballon and other local shops as well. We can’t wait to tell you more about it and show you some sample products. We are getting our order book ready as we speak! (Submitted by our JEP Communications Team).


Burren Rangers: Thank you to Burren Rangers who have worked with Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st and 2nd Class over the last few weeks, improving their hurling skills. This will continue with Carlow GAA for three weeks after the Easter break with Junior Infants to 1st Class.


Sport events (submitted by Mr. Browne)

FAI 5-a-side Soccer: Congratulations to our 6th Class pupils who recently won silver medals in the county finals of the FAI 5-a side soccer tournament held in the SETU sports complex on Friday 24th March. Both our boys’ and girls’ teams had qualified for the finals after topping their groups in a qualification tournament held in Ballon on the previous Monday. On the finals day, our girls defeated Leighlinbridge NS, drew with Carlow ET and lost narrowly to Ballon NS. Our boys’ team defeated Ballinabranna B twice and lost to Ballinabranna A twice. These results were enough to guarantee runners up medals for both teams so well done to all involved.

Mini-Sevens: Well done to Odhrán Whelan, Abby Keppel, Tadhg Campbell and Grace McDonald who represented the school so well at the Mini-Sevens blitz held at the Fenagh Centre of Excellence on Tues 28th and Wed 29th March. Players from around the county are brought together to play games, with some being chosen to play at half time during the All-Ireland semi-finals and finals. So we’ll keep our fingers crossed.

Athletics: Thursday, 30th March saw pupils from our 5th and 6th Classes taking part in relay competitions held at the SETU sports complex. This was a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to run on a state of the art running track. They really enjoyed themselves on the day. Our 6th Class girls team won gold medals, our 6th Class boys team and 5th Class boys team won silver medals and our 5th Class girls team won bronze medals. Rathoe NS won the inaugural cup for the best overall school in their division. Rathoe Abú!!  A big thank you to Margaret Whelan who came to the school to coach the pupils about relay racing and baton changing. It was a great help to the pupils on the day.


Hurling Training: Our Cumann na mBunscol hurling and camogie competitions are due to commence after the Easter Break. The boys will train after school on Monday evenings while the girls will be training after school on Tuesday evenings.

Thank you to Mr. Browne for his continued commitment to sport at our school and to Ms. Kealy. Their giving of their own time is greatly appreciated.

Parents’ Association Easter Raffle: Congratulations to Jake Devereux, Padraig Keating, Maisie Farrell and James Hogan who were the winners of the Easter Draw which took place today. Each winner is bringing home a giant Easter egg and a €50 one 4 all voucher. Thank you to the Parents’ Association for organising the draw and to the families for their support. €1,283 was raised in total. All monies collected will go towards subsidising the cost of the buses for the school tours.


Photographer for Confirmation and Communion: Pat Bermingham, a local photographer, is available for both Communion and Confirmation. If you would like to book Pat to take pictures on the day, please contact him on 087 2455992.


Swimming: 2nd, 3rd and 4th Class will commence swimming lessons at Graiguecullen swimming pool on Thursday 20th April for 10 weeks. Being able to swim and have confidence in water is a very valuable life skill to have. The lessons will form part of the the children’s PE curriculum for the duration of the term.


School Tours: Prices and an itinery of the day will be sent out to parents after the Easter break.

Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st Class will be visiting Woodfield House in Olygate.

2nd and 3rd Class will be going to Roll n Bowl in Portaoise.

4th, 5th and 6th Class will be going to Freedom Surf School at Tramore Beach

Thank you to Ms. Moore for all of her work in organising the tours.

Dates for Diary:


Monday, April 17th – School re-opens

Wednesday, April 19th – Service of Light 7:30pm

Thursday, April 27th – Confirmation @ 2pm, school will close for all pupils at 1:15pm

Monday, May 1st – May Bank Holiday – school closed

Saturday 13th May – First Holy Communion – 11:30am

Monday, June 5th – June Bank Holiday – school closed

Monday 12th June – School Tour for Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Class

Tuesday 13th June – School Tour for 4th, 5th and 6th Class

School closes at 11:50am on Friday 23rd June for summer holidays


We had a fun day searching for Easter Eggs in the school today with the classes helping each other out. Thank you to Ms. Furlong for coordinating the event and to 4th Class for their eggcellent help!

I hope you all have a peaceful and safe Easter. It is a well deserved break for all. The children have had a very busy term. Thank you too to staff for their continued commitment.

Le meas,
Erika Murphy