January Newsletter
Published on January 31, 2024

January Newsletter 2024


Dear Parents,


I would like to take this opportunity to wish all parents, children and families a peaceful and prosperous New Year, even if we are a number of weeks into the new term! We are well into second term activities with many things happening in all areas of the curriculum.


Applications for Enrolment for September 2023 are now being accepted. Please call in to the school office or download a copy of the application form, on our website www.rathoens.wordpress.com. If you know of anyone that may wish to send their child/ren to our school, please do let them know that we are taking enrolments.


Indoor Hurling / Camogie Blitz: Both our 5th and 6th Class camogie and hurling teams had qualified for their respective group finals before Christmas. These finals then took place on the 16th and 23rd January in Old Leighlin Community Hall. Our girls’ team showed great skill and determination in their games but ultimately came up short against St. Mullins, the Gaelscoil and Old Leighlin. The boys’ team lost by the narrowest of margins to Newtown NS, before defeating Glynn NS and KIldavin NS to claim silver medals at the event. Again, there was some wonderful skill and striking on show and their displays bode well for the outdoor hurling and camogie later in the year.

Camogie team: Emma Bergin, Muireann Cole, Hannah Brophy, Grace McDonald, Saoirse Murphy, Jessica Murphy, Muireann Byrne and Ciara O Brien.

Hurling team: James O Gorman, Padraic Hogan, Jon Slattery, Fionn Doyle, Ruairí O Brien, Ethan Finnegan, Finnán Whelan and Seán Keating (submitted by Mr. Browne).

Thank you to both Mr. Browne and Ms. Kealy for accompanying both teams to the hurling events.

Cross Country: On Wednesday 24th January, pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th Class took part in the inter-schools’ cross country athletics event held in Carlow Town Hurling Club. This event was organised by St Laurence O Toole’s Athletic Club and brought together hundreds of athletes, from all schools across the county, to compete in class races. The boys and girls from Rathoe NS ran their hearts out on the day and represented the school with great pride. Every pupil deserves great praise for their efforts and performance on the day. Special mention goes to Padraic Hogan, Finnán Whelan, Lexi Rose Kenny and Scott Campbell who medalled on the day in their respective races. Well done to all involved (submitted by Mr. Browne).

Credit Union Quiz: On Friday 26th January, the Credit Union Quiz for primary schools in the area took place at Tullow Community School. This was the first time since Covid that the event has taken place and the schools and pupils are delighted that it is now back again as part of the school calendar.

Rathoe NS entered four teams on the night. Two Under 11 teams and two Under 13 teams. Pupils from 3rd to 6th Class have spent the last number of weeks quizzing to qualify for the teams and also learning quiz facts and knowledge in preparation for the event.

On the night our teams performed extremely well and did themselves and the school proud, so well done to all involved. One of our Under 11 teams, made up of Daragh O Neill, Emily Wilson, Alena Thornton and Muireann Byrne, came out victorious in the Under 11 competition and will now represent the Tullow area in the next round of the competition in Kilkenny in March. Comhghairdeas libh go léír! (submitted by Mr. Browne).


A big thank you to Mr. Browne for preparing the children.


Catholic Schools Week was from Sunday 22nd January to Sunday 29th January. The pupils took part in various daily activities to mark Catholic Schools’ Week. We had postponed our Mass to this Wednesday, the 31st January due to the Cross Country event. Fr. O’Connell delivered a wonderful service that was enjoyed by all. We welcomed Grandparents back to the school for tea and refreshments. The children were so excited to share their artwork, poems and stories about their Grandparents. It was fantastic to see such a turnout. We hope all our visitors enjoyed the day as much as we did. We received many cakes, biscuits, buns and home bakes from parents which were very much appreciated. Thank you to the Parents Association for coordinating the refreshments in Sona. Thank you to the Hall committee for the use of their chairs and delph.

Green Schools: Think before you flush! Did you know that toilet paper is the only thing which should be flushed down the toilet. Wipes, cotton buds and dental floss clog up the drains and cause blockages. Wipes do not disintegrate when flushed and are often found on our beaches entangled in seaweed (Sophie Cunningham 5th).

We are going to have a clothes swap/sale on Wednesday 14th February. Further information will follow later this week from the Green Schools committee.

Assembly: Well done to 1st/2nd Class and their teacher Ms Redmond who put on a wonderful assembly for the school yesterday.


Table Tennis tables: a big thank you to Ballon Improvement Group and Siopa Glas for their kind donation to the school which allowed us to purchase two table tennis tables. The tables have already been tested by the children who are delighted with the new additions to the school. We look forward to bringing them outside in the summer during our breaktimes and PE sessions.


Parents Association: The Parents’ Association has been busy planning activities for the rest of the school year, that will allow us to continue supporting the needs of the school.

We will be sharing more details in the coming weeks, but we will host fun fundraisers, a quiz night, Split the Pot hampers for special dates, among other things. Thank you to everyone who generously contributes to Split the Pot every week, and supports the fundraising activities.


Sacrament dates: Fr O Connell has given us dates and times for the sacraments this year:


Service of Light (6th Class) – Tuesday, 27th February @7:30pm

Confirmation (6th Class) – Saturday, 2nd March @ 11am

First Confession (2nd Class) – Tuesday 30th April @7pm

First Holy Communion (2nd Class) – Saturday 11th May @ 11am


Finally, Rathoe Childcare are running an Easter camp for those that may be interested. Please find attached their poster. You can also have a look on our school noticeboard out at the railings.


Dates for Diary


St. Brigid’s Day bank holiday: Monday, 5th February

Midterm: Thursday and Friday, 15th and 16th February

County Photos: Thursday 8th February

Hearing and Vision: Nurse visit, Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th March

School closed: 8th March (we are a polling station for the Referendum)

Peace Proms: Saturday 9th March

St. Patrick’s Day bank holiday: Monday, 18th March

School closed at 11:50am for Easter holidays: Friday, 22nd March


Le meas,

Erika Murphy