March Newsletter
Published on March 22, 2024


March, 2024

 Dear Parents/Guardians,

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

Credit Union quiz:

Confirmation: Congratulations to our 6th Class who made their Confirmation on Saturday, 2nd March. Sincere thank you to Mr. Browne for all the work that was 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. To Ms. Townsend, Ms. Redmond and Muireann Cole who accompanied our singers.

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.


Drama: The children had their final drama session for this year on Thursday last. We must say a big thank you to Keelin McDonald, our visiting drama teacher.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 7th 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. The following won best effort for their character costumes Fionn Dee, Muireann Cole, Kitty Dowling, Finnán Whelan, Noah O’Connor, Ciara O’Brien, Elsie McDonagh, Callum Chapman, Emma Haskins, Ruby Shannon, Rían Mulvihill, Jayden Dowling, Elizabeth Byrne, Freddie Byrne, Emelia Campbell, Jacek Kosciotek, Danny Curry, Sienna Kehoe, James Morrissey and Rebecca Byrne.

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. The children enjoyed dancing to the Irish song An Dreoilín and Balla na Luimnigh. We finished off with the Junior end dancing The Rakes of Mallow. 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 month of March 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.


Burren Rangers: Thank you to Burren Rangers who are currently working with Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class, improving their hurling skills.


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: Split the Pot continues each week with great excitement each Friday as the winning ticket is pulled out. The Parents Association Table Quiz took part in the Fighting Cocks pub last Friday. Thank you to all who supported on the night. A whopping €1,011.50 was raised.  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.

Junior Entrepreneur Project: This month 6th Class have been busy coming up ideas for the Junior Entrepreneur Programme. First, the class came up with ideas of products to sell. Then they began working in groups and started to work on their projects to advertise the product they chose. They made examples of their products. A few days later the class got ready to present their projects to the dragons in the Dragon’s Den. Thank you to the Dragons, Ms Murphy, Ms O’Brien and Mr Lynam for giving up their spare time to help with the class. Unfortunately, some of our ideas didn’t get through but instead of selling one product we are now going to be selling two products which two of the groups came up with. Tote bags and frames. Our business name is ‘Totely Frametastic’. Stay tuned for more updates from our young entrepreneurs.


Photographer for Communion: Pat Bermingham, a local photographer, is available on the 11th of May. If you would like to book Pat to take pictures on the day, please contact him on 087 2455992.


Swimming: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Class will commence swimming lessons at Graiguecullen swimming pool on Thursday 11th 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 and Senior Infants visiting Kia Ora in Wexford.

1st, 2nd and 3rd Class will be going to Lullymore in Kildare.

4th, 5th and 6th Class will be going to Alive Outside in Kilruddery, Co. Wicklow.

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


Table tennis bats/balls: Ballon Improvement group and Siopa Glas kindly donated funds to the school which allowed us to purchase some table tennis tables. If you have any spare bats or balls that we could use for our table tennis games we would greatly appreciate them.


Planters at the front of the school: I’m sure by now you will all have noticed the wonderful colour that we have at the front of the school. Our new planters have slotted in very well. It is great to see the lovely colourful flowers coming into bloom. A special word of thanks to our Parents Association who contributed to the project and Liam our caretaker who made the planters. To Ms. Fawcett, who carefully selected the plants and keeps an eye on their growth. Some of the children have also helped in planting the bulbs and as you can see, they are a lovely sight at the front of the school.

Dates for Diary:


Monday, April 8th: School re-opens

Monday, May 6th: May Bank Holiday – school closed

Saturday 11th May: First Holy Communion at 11am

Monday, June 3rd – 7th inclusive: school closed

Monday 17th June: School Tour for 1st – 6th Class

Tuesday 18th June: School Tour for Junior Infants, Senior Infants

School closes at 11:50am on Friday 28th: June for summer holidays


Attachments: please find attached posters from Burren Rangers and Forward steps.


We had a fun day searching for Easter Eggs in the school today with the classes helping each other out. Thank you to Ms. Clery and Ms. McDonald for coordinating the event and to 5th and 6th Class for their eggcellent help!


Hatching chicks: 5th class have been working hard over the past few weeks to hatch chicks and ducks in their classroom. Thankfully their hard work paid off and we welcomed the arrival of 3 chicks and 1 duck. The excitement spread around the school as all the pupils couldn’t wait to see and mind the baby animals. I’m so proud of the care and kindness that all children have shown over the past few weeks. Well done to all (submitted by Ms. Kealy). Thank you to Ms. Kealy for organising this project for the children.


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 also to staff for their continued commitment.


Le meas,

Erika Murphy                                                  

Burren Rangers attachment