February Newsletter
Published on March 1, 2024

February Newsletter

29th February 2024


Dear Parents / Guardians,

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


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. Each child in the school decorated a handprint which contributed to our whole school display: ‘Tugann muid ár lámha le chéile’- we hold our hands together which shows that we are one community, working together to create a positive and uplifting environment. We took part in ‘Walk on Wednesday’ where we walked around the village of Rathoe, chatted with our friends and got some well needed fresh air. The student council told funny jokes, shared useful wellbeing facts and inspired the children with positive quotes on each day of wellness week. It is fantastic to see the student council working so hard and coming up with excellent ideas to benefit the school and its community. Unfortunately, our drumming workshop was cancelled during this week but the children are really looking forward to taking part in it tomorrow Friday 1st March instead. 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 Ms. Kealy for co-ordinating the activities for the week.


Pella: On Tuesday, February 20th, some of our 4th class took part in an Pella blitz held in Old Leighlin Hall. Pella is an indoor sport played using regular Gaelic football rules, however instead of shooting into goals, players shoot into a netted ring high up in the wall. The pupils really enjoyed this fast moving game and showed great skill and determination in matches against Ballon NS, Tinryland NS and Ballinabranna NS. Well done to everyone involved.


Chess: Our school chess team, made up of pupils from 4th , 5th and 6th Class, took part in a Féile Fichille (Festival of Chess) held at Ballon NS on Tuesday 27th February. Schools from Bunclody, Tullow, Ballon and Ballindaggin also took part. The pupils have been taking part in chess sessions each Monday after school for the past 6 weeks and it was great for them to pit their wits against new players from other schools on the day. All games were played in a friendly and respectful manner and the pupils really enjoyed their day. Congratulations also to the Ballon/ Rathoe chess teams who were so successful in the recent Community Games chess competitions with many of the team members either current or past pupils of Rathoe NS. Comhghairdeas libh go léir!


Thank you to Mr. Browne for accompanying the Pella and Chess teams to their events. I know his input into Chess club each Monday afternoon has greatly helped our pupils and given them more confidence in the playing of chess.


Sculpture unveiling: A trip to the Visual in Carlow on Tuesday 20th February, saw the culmination of a years hard work by the children of 3rd and 5th classes. Last year, our school was chosen to take part in a project called ‘Many Hands’. This project, in conjunction with Carlow Visual, saw us linked with an artist named Jane Fogarty. She came to the school to work with the classes and introduce them to the work of a sculptor. Each child completed a number of art projects. Jane took away their ideas and used them to create a new sculpture outside the Visual. We were invited to the unveiling last Tuesday. While there we got to see the exhibitions, including the children’s own sculptures, in the gallery. We were treated to a party also with Joe the Magician. It’s clear to see that there are many budding artists in Rathoe!!!! (submitted by Ms. Finnegan).


Safer Internet Day: The online world is an important part of life for most of our children both in school and at home. Safer Internet Day is a worldwide initiative to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology among children. Our pupils engaged in Webwise lessons in class with their teachers this month. In October pupils from 4th to 6th Class participated in internet safety workshops with local IT professional Jenny Holmes, followed by an information evening for parents. We thank Jenny for her time and great advice.


This is an ideal time to check-in with your child and have conversations about what they are doing online and learning in class. 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).


Green Schools:  Firstly, I want to say a massive thank you to the parents who sent in clothes for the clothes sale and to those who bought the clothes.  We collected €255 for the children in Gaza.  A cheque for this amount has been sent to Unicef.  Secondly, we had a visit last Friday from the Environmental Officer in Carlow Co. Co. who met the committee.  They did the school proud. He was very impressed not only by their knowledge on all environmental issues but by their manners too.   The committee are made up of the following children Alena Thornton, Sophia O’Neill, Elsie McDonagh, Callum Chapman, Jessica Murphy, Sophie Cunningham, James O’Gorman, Seán Keating, Adelina Florea and Margaret Doran.  We also have subs including Carraig Byrne, Kerrie Nugent, Darcie O’Connor and Jesse O’Neill.  Well done all! (submitted by Ms. O’Brien).


Thank you to Ms. O’Brien for all of her hard work with the Green Schools programme and to the committee for their dedication to such a great cause.


Assembly: Our assembly for February took place this week. Thank you to Ms. Lynam and 4th Class for putting it all together.


Service of Light: took place on Tuesday, 27th of February. It was a lovely service for all involved. Thank you to Mr. Browne for preparing the children and to Fr. O’Connell for his involvement in the service. We wish 6th Class all the very best for their Confirmation this coming Saturday. Hopefully the sun will shine.


World Book Day: Next Thursday, March 7th, we celebrate World Book Day. We are encouraging all children to dress up as their favourite character in a book that they may have read or that was read to them. We would also like them to bring that book with them to school to show their classmates.


County photos: please see flyer attached.


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 will take part in the Fighting Cocks pub next Saturday, the 9th of March at 8pm. Please see the flyer attached.


Dates for Diary:

Confirmation: Saturday, 2nd March @ 11am.

World Book Day: Thursday, 7th March.

School closure due to school being used as a polling station: Friday, 8th March.

Parents Association Annual Table Quiz: Saturday 9th March at 8pm.

St. Patrick’s Day holiday: school closed Monday 18th March.

Easter Holidays: School closes on Friday 22nd March @ 11:50am and will reopen on Monday 8th April.


Le meas,

Erika Murphy