May Newsletter
Published on May 31, 2024

May Newsletter

Dear Parents/Guardians,

First Holy Communion: Congratulations to our 2nd Class who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday 11th May. Sincere thank you to Ms Redmond, Mr. Treacy and our SNAs 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.


New laptops: We were given a generous donation of 5 laptops from Ballon Business and Training Services. The laptops will go a long way to support our children both in the classroom and in Learning Support.


Local History of Carlow competition: We are thrilled to announce that one of our 5th class pupils Muireann Byrne recently came 3rd in the yearly Local History of Carlow competition run by Richard Codd and Carlow Museum. Muireann was the worthy recipient of 3rd place out of 170 projects in total and was presented with her certificate and prize in Carlow Museum. Her project was based on the history of her number one love ‘The Fighting Cocks GAA Club’ and went in depth to its origins and olden days. Muireann’s project will be on display in Carlow Museum for the next few months so be sure to get in and have a look at it.

Congratulations also to the rest of the 5th Class pupils who also entered this competition. We had projects about The Dolmen, St Mullins, Tullow, Duckett’s Grove, Huntington Castle and many many more that were all excellent and worthy of the recognition they received (submitted by Ms. Kealy).



Wellness Week: The children enjoyed a week of fun with Wellness exercise, homework that was nothing like it usually is and fun dances that senior classes taught the junior classes. Along with paired reading and jigsaw time. We have seen some great pictures and videos of Wellbeing homework. It was lovely to see children out and about enjoying the fresh air. Jersey day was also celebrated on Wednesday with some of the proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society. Thank you to the Student Council for organising this fundraiser and to Ms. Kealy for coordinating the week.


Food Dudes: We had a week of exploring different foods with food dudes. We hope the children enjoyed sampling familiar and not so familiar foods. Thank you to Ms. Clery for coordinating the week.


Budding Gardeners: Sona classes entered the Woodies Budding Gardener Challenge this year. Our gardening patch has been lovingly tended to by the children in classes since we sowed them in late March/early April in pots in the classroom and in our outdoor bedding area. Rhubarb, onion and garlic bulbs were planted in pots in early April as well as Dahlias and Gladiolus for some summer colour. The children have been observing their growth daily, watering them and learning about the conditions needed for growth. Junior Infants also grew mint and had fun making mint and lemon balm tea with Ms. Fawcett. Thanks to Liam our caretaker for creating our bedding area (submitted by Ms. Moore).


Sport in our school


Cumann na mBunscol Hurling: Our hurling and camogie teams recently completed their fixtures in the Cumann na mBunscol hurling competitions. Our hurling team defeated Leighlinbridge NS, drew with Newtown NS and Ballinabranna NS and were defeated by Borris NS and Ballinkillen NS. Our camogie team had wins against Leighlinbridge NS and Newtown NS and suffered defeats to Ballinabranna NS, Borris NS and Ballinkillen NS. Both the boys and girls were unlucky that some results didn’t go our way but they showed some wonderful skills throughout the competition. It has been wonderful to be able to field teams in hurling and camogie over the past number of years. They are wonderful sports and I would encourage any pupils, particularly in the middle classes, that if they have an interest in hurling or camogie, to try it out with your local club (submitted by Mr. Browne).

The children have also been very fortunate to have the Burrin Rangers in training them for a number of weeks. We really do appreciate the local clubs visiting our school and giving of their time to train the children.


Thank you to Mr. Browne and Ms. Kealy for their continuous involvement with sport in our school.

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. We can’t wait to see how they all get on in the coming weeks.


SFI Curious Minds Award: 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.


Standardised Testing in Literacy and Numeracy: Have taken place between 1st and 6th Class. Reports and Test results will be sent home in 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 a cutomised School Days calendar for Rathoe NS. We received a huge response to our product and are so thankful to everyone that supported it. 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 Mr. Browne 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 donate some of our profits to The Irish Cancer Society 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! Thank you to Mr. Browne for coordinating the programme and to Rebecca Williamson for helping to design the calendar.


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.


Mon, 17th June 1st, 2nd & 3rd Class

Venue: Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park

Depart Rathoe 9am (sharp) Guided Tour (Nature/History/Folklore – Pet Farm) Adventure Outdoor Playground & Crazy Golf Funky Forest and Indoor Play Centre Road Train Trip

Arrive Rathoe: 3pm

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

No spending money required.


Monday, 17th June 4th – 6th Class

Venue: Alive Outside, Kilruddery, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Depart Rathoe: 8.30am (sharp)

10.15 am- 2.15 pm Water based activities (Kayaking, Water jump/Splashdown Slide, Bushcraft Outdoor Survival skills, Obstacle course)

Arrive Rathoe: 4.15 pm

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.



Tuesday, 18th June 2024

Junior Infants- Senior Infants

Kia-Ora Farm, Gorey, Co. Wexford

Depart Rathoe: Rathoe 9.10 am (sharp)

Pet Farm, Indoor & Outdoor Play area, feeding the animals

Arrive Rathoe: 2.30pm

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

No 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 services: There will be a school payment 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.

Parents Association: Excitement is building up for our fun-filled 24 hour Walkathon fundraiser kicking off on Friday 14th June at 3pm at The Fighting Cocks GAA. If you haven’t added your name to the list of walkers yet, please do so by contacting María on (087) 622 6622 and get added to a group. It will be a fantastic way to get your steps in for 1 hour, enjoy great company and raise funds for resources and equipment for all children in the school.

Money from this fundraiser will be invested in supporting the Matilda production, playground resurfacing, sensory space, school tour buses, 6th Class hoodies, STEM and other teaching resources for all classes, extra-curricular activities such as basketball training, among other school needs for the next school year.

The goal is to exceed last year’s amount of €10,000, so we need everyone’s help!

School activities and resources funded by the Parents’ Association during this third term include the following, among others:


Buses for School Tours – 50% funding

6th Class Hoodies – 100% funding

Hurling Equipment for Senior Classes – 100% funding

Basketball Coach for 3rd-6th Class – 50% funding

STEM Resources for All Classes – 75% funding

Ice cream for Sports Day – 100% funding


A huge thank you to everyone who supports our weekly Split the Pot, as well as our different fundraisers throughout the year. Families’ participation is key to be able to continue funding these activities and resources for all the children in the school.


We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on 14th-15th June!


Parents’ Association


The 6th Class hoodies arrived this week. The children were delighted to get them. A huge thank you to the PA for the funding. I’m sure you will see our pupils with them on for the rest of the year!


Teddy Bears Picnic: Our traditional Teddy Bear’s Picnic will take place on Tuesday 11th 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.


Emergency Work: Will begin on the school at the end of June. We have had considerable problems with our heating this year which has led to the whole system in the main part of the school being replaced. As a result, all pupils will finish school on the 27th of June to facitilate us moving furniture etc from the main school building. We look forward to our new heating system being up and running for the new school year.


Dates for your Diary:

Monday 3rd – 7th June inclusive: school closed

Tuesday 11th June: Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Wednesday 12th June: 6th Class go to Emerald Park

Friday/Saturday 14th / 15th June: Walkathon, fundraiser with the Fighting Cocks football club, Rathoe Development group and the school

Monday 17th June: 1st to 6th Class school tours

Tuesday 18th June: Junior and Senior Infants school tour

Wednesday 19th – 26th June: Active Schools’ Week

Thursday 20th June: Graduation Mass in the church at 7pm for 6th Class

Wednesday 26th June: Sports Day

Thursday 27th June: Awards Day

Last day of school: Thursday, 27th June for all pupils at 1.50pm for Junior and Senior Infants, 2.50pm for 1st – 6th Class.


As always, please do visit our school website to see what is happening in our school,

Le meas,

Erika Murphy