May Newsletter
Published on June 1, 2023

May Newsletter

Dear Parents/Guardians,

First Holy Communion: Congratulations to our 2nd Class who made their First Holy Communion on a beautiful sunny day on Saturday 13th May. Sincere thank you to Ms Finnegan and Mr. Treacy for all the work that they put in to preparing the pupils for their big day. Thank you to all of the staff who helped in any way and to the choir who contributed to a lovely occasion.

Also a special thank you to the Parents’ Association and the parents who helped out in providing refreshments in the hall to the families after the ceremony. It was lovely to see a great school and community spirit at work on the day. Your efforts are much appreciated.


Healthy Lunch Policy: A reminder that our school operate a Healthy Lunch Policy at Rathoe NS. Fizzy drinks, crisps, sweets, chocolate bars, and biscuits are not allowed, and should not be provided. Spoons should be supplied with yogurts where possible please. We also have a number of children with severe nut allergies and therefore nuts should not be present in any lunchbox.


Sports news

Cumann na mBunscol: School hurling competitions took place during the months of April and May. We continued our campaign against Borris, Newtown, Leighlinbridge and Ballinkillen this month. We were so lucky this year to have some excellent hurlers and camogie players in the school and it’s great to see the improvement in players, year on year. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams did the school so proud and fought right till the very end. Our girls came out on top vs Leighlinbridge, Ballinabranna and Ballinkillen and were beaten by strong Borris and Newtown sides. The boys won their games vs Leighlinbridge and Newtown but were beaten by Borris, Ballinabranna and Ballinkillen. Each and every child on the field put their heart and soul into every game and both myself and Mr.Browne couldn’t have been prouder of them. We thank the parents for their continued effort in helping us field some fantastic teams. We are already looking forward to next year!

A huge congratulations to Fionn Doyle for playing at half time on what was a very momentous day for all Carlow supporters.

Best of luck to Abby Keppel who is representing Carlow with the Carlow Academy in the All-Ireland Gaynor Cup next week in Limerick.

Congratulations to Padraic Hogan from 5th Class who won the jersey design competition that was run by Burren Rangers a few weeks ago. We look forward to seeing the finished product.


Commiserations to Kate Gorman and Ella McDonald who were on the u14 County Carlow football team and merely lost out on a place in the All-Ireland Final. A fantastic opportunity for two young girls.

The Fighting Cocks finished up their coaching in the school. The children had a great time and picked up some great skills from the sessions. The whole school were treated to an ice-cream from Nicky. Thank you to the Fighting Cocks GAA Club for their support and generosity.

Community Games and Athletics are ongoing outside of the school and it is brilliant to see all the happy faces after the weekends of partaking in these activities. We love hearing the stories and seeing all the medals too! Wishing you all the best of luck going forward.

3rd – 6th Class are looking forward to starting their summer leagues next month. The teams are picked and they’re ready for off!

(submitted by Ms. Kealy) Thank you to Ms. Kealy, Mr. Browne for their continuous involvement with sport in our school

SFI Curious Minds Award: As mentioned previously, we were awarded the SFI Curious Minds Award, this month. We were awarded a plaque which is the highest award available. This recognises the school’s work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and STEM showcase during the year. A major component of this would be our annual Science Fair as well as other Maths and Science projects throughout the year. Thank you to Ms Kealy for putting together all of the work in a wonderful presentation and to all of our children who immerse themselves in the area of STEM throughout the year. They should all be very proud of themselves.


Active Schools’ Week: Our Active School’s week will take place from Wednesday 14th June until Tuesday 20th June. Many fun activities are planned for the week. As part of this, our annual Sports Day will take place on Tuesday 20th June.


Standardised Testing in Literacy and Numeracy: Are currently taking place between 1st and 6th Class. Reports and Test results will be sent home in the coming weeks.


School website: As mentioned previously, we have launched our new website, We are thrilled with how it has turned out. Please do visit the page regularly as all school news is shared on the website. Thank you once again to Ms. Moore for all the work she puts into maintaining the website.


School Tours: Please see important information below in relation to upcoming school tours for all classes.

School Tour payment is now due and can be paid via Aladdin or if you would prefer, your child can bring in the money to their teacher, in an envelope with the pupil’s name clearly marked on it. Thank you to all who have paid.


Monday 12th June Junior Infants- 1st Class

Woodfield House Oylegate

Depart Rathoe 9am sharp

Multi activities

Return to Rathoe: 2.30pm approx

Please bring a packed lunch and treat (no nuts or chocolate), drink, towel, full change of clothes and raingear/sunscreen.

No spending money required.


Monday 12th June 2nd & 3rd Class

Venue: Roll n Bowl Portlaoise

Depart Rathoe 9am sharp

Return to Rathoe: 3pm approx

Bring Packed lunch and treat (no nuts or chocolate), drink, rain jacket /sunscreen.

No spending money required.



Tuesday 13th June 4th-6th Class

Freedom Surf School, Tramore Beach

Depart Rathoe 8.30am sharp

Multi-activities from 10am –2.30pm.

Surfing & bodyboarding. Treasure hunt on beach or historical hike (depending on tide).

Return to Rathoe: 3.45pm approx

Bring packed lunch and treat (no nuts or chocolate), drink, towel, swimwear, sunscreen, spare runners, full change of clothes, rain jacket. No phones or spending money required.


Sincere thank you to the Parents’ Association for subsidising the transport costs. This allows us to lower the costs of the tours considerably for each family. Also, thank you to Ms Moore for organising the tours this year.


School fees: As you are aware, the Department of Education have published the Free School Book Scheme. This means that there is no book rental fee due this year. There will be a school fee that will go towards photocopying, art materials etc. Details of which will be sent home with the school reports and the class allocations in the coming weeks.

Additional class to Sona: We were approached by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) to open a 3rd ASD class. We feel priviledged to be able to assist families that are in need of our support. Our additional class will open in September with six new puils joining us. We look forward to meeting the children over the coming weeks.


Junior Entrepreneur Project:

As you are all aware 6th Class took part in the national ‘Junior Entrepreneur Project’ run by RTÉ and Enterprise Ireland. We worked so hard over the past number of months to create a perfect product that would fill people with joy. We decided to sell personalised tote bags and made sure that each and every product that left the classroom was completed to a high standard. We received a huge response to our product and are so thankful to everyone that supported them. We hope you love your products as much as we loved making them. Due to your generosity and support we received enough products to head to ‘Emerald Park’ on a day trip and we are so excited! Thanks to Ms. Kealy and Ms. Fawcett for accompanying us on our trip and for making it all happen for us. Not only do we benefit from the sales of our product but we also decided to join with the Student Council and donate some of our profits to Pieta House so that we can help some people in Ireland who may need it. Thanks again for your support and we really enjoyed the JEP this year! (submitted by Ms. Kealy). Thank you to Ms. Kealy for all of her hard work in ensuring that the children’s ideas became a reality.


Student Council: The Student Council have taken their roles of responsibility in the school very seriously since starting just a few short months ago. They are the most eager, organised

and hardworking group of children who put their heart and soul into everything they are asked to do. I’m so proud of the work they have put in and look forward to the next few weeks as more decisions have to be made by them and events organised too.

Some things they have achieved to date:

1. School Mascot- the student council wrote a very responsible and mature letter to the Parents Association seeking funding for our very own school mascot. The PA were so impressed by the level of maturity in the letter and were happy to fund their request. Thank you to the PA for their support. We held a competition to name our mascot and some fantastic names came in. The choice was hard and after a vote by student council we decided on the name ‘Lucky’. Thank you to Katie Wilson 6th Class for submitting this name and we’ve no doubt ‘Lucky’ will bring us a lot of luck in the future.

2. Friendship Week- The student council organised a fantastic friendship week for everyone after they finished their Drumcondra tests. They organised many different events such as a raffle, crazy hair day, whole school dance, colouring competition and ‘Caught you being kind’ cards. We are looking forward to our raffle on Friday 2nd June. The student council would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for supporting them in their fundraising and they look forward to purchasing some new sporting equipment for the whole school. They are also donating some of the money to Pieta House so that they can help people around Ireland feel as happy as they do.

3. Helping Ms. Murphy pick paint colours around the school- the stairwell in Sona needed brightening up so Ms. Murphy asked the student council to pick some colours to help do that. The final decision is yet to be made but I look forward to seeing the finished product!

Well done to all students in the Student Council and to everyone for supporting two worthy causes as well (submitted by Ms. Kealy).


Parents Association: With the end of the school year right around the corner, the Parents’ Association is planning an exciting June:


On 16th-17th June, 8 teams from the school will be taking part in our 24-hour Walkathon fundraiser. We are looking for walkers who would like to support the school and help raise funds for equipment that all the children will enjoy. (You will not need to walk for 24 hours, only during the 1-hour time slot allocated to your team!)

If you would like to join one of the teams or cannot make the Walkathon but would like to support the fundraiser, you can contact the school office 059 9148786 or Gina Haskins 087 6972742 for more information. All donations will be greatly appreciated.


Our final Split the Pot raffle for this year will take place on 23rd June, with fun-filled hampers to be won. Thank you to everyone who supports Split the Pot every week. Your money supports the purchase of equipment for the children, as well as many activities throughout the year, including buses for the upcoming school tours, which we have been able cover the cost of thus reducing school tour prices considerably.


Finally, a big thank you to everyone who helped on the day or donated cakes and treats for the refreshments after First Communion on 13th May, and Confirmation on 27th April. This is a lovely tradition for the children and their parents that can only be maintained with everyone’s support (submitted by María Jesús de Arriba Díaz, PA).


Teddy Bears Picnic: Our traditional Teddy Bear’s Picnic will take place on Thursday 15th June at 1:30pm for all incoming Junior Infants. Our current Junior and Senior Infants will finish slightly earlier on that day at 1pm to accommodate the new Infants to see their classroom and meet their teacher and new friends.


Inservice: A reminder that classes will finish early this Friday to accommodate an in-service for the staff. The Sona buses will leave at 11:40. All classes will finish at 11:50.


Dates for your Diary:

Friday 2nd June: School finishes early for all pupils, 11:50, for Staff In-service

Monday 5th June: Bank holiday, school closed

Monday 12th June: School tours for Junior Infants to 3rd Class

Tuesday 13th June: School tour for 4th to 6th Class

Wednesday 14th June: Sona welcome to new pupils

Thursday 15th June: Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Friday 16th June: Walkathon, joint fundraiser with the Fighting Cocks football club and the school

Wednesday 14th – 20th: Active Schools’ Week

Tuesday 20th June: Sports Day

Wednesday 21st June: Graduation Mass in the church at 7:30pm for 6th Class

Thursday 22nd June: Awards Day


Last day of school: Friday, June 23rd , school closes at 11.50am


Le meas,

Erika Murphy