November Newsletter
Published on November 30, 2023

November Newsletter 2023

Dear Parents / Guardians,

Congratulations to Séan Keating who won the best short story in our school in the ‘My Favourite Local Business’ competition. This competition was organised and run by Carlow Local Enterprise Board and was a very worthwhile experience for our 5th Class. They all enjoyed talking about their favourite businesses from Penneys to Jimmy’s Chippers and even Specsavers. We know the judges had a tough job choosing their favourite one but, in the end, Séan’s episode of Gibby (largely inspired by his father Padraig) saving the day and helping the aliens return to Mars after he fixed their spaceship, captured the judges’ attention. Séan was presented with a certificate and voucher at an awards ceremony in Carlow Library on Thursday 23rd November. Ms. Kealy was also presented with a framed certificate to mark the school’s participation in the competition. Well done 5th Class, keep the creativity and imaginations flowing.

 Parent Teacher Meetings: Concluded last week. Please be reminded, in general, if you do need to speak with your child’s Class Teacher, call the Office to arrange a call back or e-mail the school on

Green Schools: Remember all plastic can be recycled once it’s clean, loose and dry. To prevent food waste, make a shopping list.

Did you know, more than 50% of the oxygen we breather comes from the ocean (submitted by Callum Chapman, 5th Class).

Student Council: Have organised many things in our school over the past few weeks. The first thing we need to talk about is the MS Readathon and the money that we have raised, which is €1,079, which is a fantastic amount of money. Unfortunately, not everyone is registering the books that they are reading. Don’t forget to register, keep raising funds and keep reading books to get your class a pizza party. We have also organised a Christmas door competition. The children are going to help their teacher to decorate their classroom door to be in with a chance of winning a movie and popcorn afternoon. We are hosting a Christmas jumper day on Friday, 15th December. Please bring in €2 which will go towards buying sport equipment for the school (submitted by Student Council)

Science Week: Rathoe National School showcased their annual science fair on Thursday 16th November. The day began with the junior classes – Junior Infants to 2nd class coming into the older classes to view the various projects and experiments on display. Next, the senior classes were given a chance to examine each other’s projects and finally, parents were invited into the showcase where they were bursting with pride and smiles as it was clear that our students excelled in their chosen area. The day was filled with great excitement as prizes were distributed for a variety of reasons including colouring competitions, who could who guessed the right amount of sweets in a jar and who was correct in the quiz! We also have to commend the junior classes who showed great interest in Science throughout the week. 1st and 2nd Class were very busy sending in videos of their egg experiment which they completed at home. Thank you to the students, staff members and parents for all the hard work put into a very successful science fair. We look forward to next year already. The future of science is bright in Rathoe National School as pupils demonstrated a love of the subject and an ability to evaluate and create innovative and exciting projects (submitted by Ms. Kealy). Thank you to all our staff for their work throughout Science Week and on Science Fair Day. To parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, who came to support the children and look at their projects, thank you. To all the boys and girls who took part in Science Week well done on all of your great work. If you visit our website, you will see a great slide show of our Fair,

Indoor Hurling: On Tuesday 28th November, some of our 5th and 6th Class hurlers took part in an Indoor hurling blitz held in Old Leighlin Community Hall. The boys showed great skill and determination to top their group and make it to the final after impressive wins over Drumphea NS and Bennekerry NS. The lads came up just short in the final against Gaelscoil, Ceatharlach but did enough to qualify for the next stage of the competition which will be held after Christmas. Many thanks to the parents who provided transport on the day. Our camogie players will take part in their competition next week (submitted by Mr. Browne).

Assembly: This month’s Assembly was presented by Sona and the Student Council. Thank you to all pupils who did a great job. Thank you also to their Teachers and SNAs for all of their work behind the scenes.

 Headlice: If you suspect your child may have picked up headlice please treat and inform the class teacher immediately, so that we can advise other parents.  Your child’s class will receive a text alerting you that a breakout has occurred. If your child has long hair and you receive a message to say headlice is in their class, please encourage your child to tie back their hair rather than leaving it down.

 Parents’ Association News: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… and the PA are busy helping Santa with the presents for his visit to the school on Thursday 21st of December.

Our annual “12 Days of Christmas” draw cards will be going home in childrens’ school bags next week (one card per family). Three prizes will be up for grabs each day during the last week before Christmas. More details about the draw will be on the card. If you wish to have additional draw cards, please contact the school office.

Also, the Parents’ Association will be offering light refreshments after the evening Christmas Carol service on Tuesday 19th December in Sona. We will organise something special for Junior Infants and Senior Infants, who will have their Carol service in the morning.

If any parents would like to contribute with a prize or donation or know any business that would like to sponsor a prize, please bring it into the school by Thursday 7th December.

Examples of prizes/donations:

– Vouchers ie. one4all, Tesco, Lidl, Aldi, Dunnes, SuperValu, Ken Black, Easons
– Hampers, sweet tubs, biscuit tins, chocolate boxes
– Bottle donations
– Cash donations                                                                                                (Submitted by the PA)

School drop off and pick up: Please ensure that you continue to use the parish carpark and bring the children to the pedestrian crossing. Please do not park at the island on the road to let your children out. We are encouraging the children to line up along the wall in the mornings if they are waiting for the gates to open. Encourage and remind your children to line up in the morning. With the support of the Car park committee, we were able to place a Reserved Parking sign on the wall beside the railing in the carpark. Please keep this space free at all times for those who may need it most.

Christmas: A note went to all families last week regarding our Christmas Carol service times. We will begin sending Christmas cards to people from the locality and local nursing homes from next week. Of course, a certain visitor might make his annual visitation to the school before the Christmas holidays.

Dates for your diary

Christmas performances


Class Date Time
Junior Infants / Senior Infants Tuesday, 19th December 11:30 am at the school
1st to 6th Class Tuesday, 19th December 6.30 pm in the Church

Refreshments will be served at the school after the Service.


8th December: 1st to 6th Class will attend Mass.

14th December: Staff training, no school for pupils.

15th December: Children can bring in €2 and wear in their Christmas jumper as part of the Student Council fundraising efforts.

19th December: Carol Service.

22nd December: School closes for the Christmas holidays at 11:50am for all (children can wear in their Christmas jumper).

We hope that you all have a happy and safe month ahead, in preparation for Christmas. The excitement is starting to build in the school, as I’m sure it also is at home.

Le meas,

Erika Murphy