June Newsletter
Published on June 27, 2024

Scoil Phádraig, Rathoe

End of Year Newsletter

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have come to the end of another school year with many activities and events happening in our school community.

Community Games: Well done to all who took part in the Community Games at the weekend in Ardattin. We had many medals clicking on Monday morning as children came through the gates. It was extra special this year, as the Ballon/Rathoe team won the U8 mixed relays which meant they took home the Dónal English Hayden Memorial Cup. They also won the cup for most medals won. A great achievement by all.

Green schools: We would like to remind families, when at the beach, over the summer holidays, to bring home all of their rubbish. If we could all be more mindful of what we buy and ask ourselves first if we really need it. This may help us to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and in turn will help the environment. Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer. Well done to the outgoing Green Schools committee for all of their work over the year (submitted by Ms. O’Brien). Thank you to Ms. O’Brien for all of her time and work in the area of Green Schools.


Student Council: June was a quiet month for our Student Council after their successful friendship week in May. In other news our jersey day raised €254. €127 of this is going to the Irish Cancer Society and the other €127 is going towards new sporting equipment for the school. We couldn’t have done it without the whole school community, we are very grateful for all your support. The student council are in the process of ordering the new equipment and they can’t wait to see all the boys and girls having fun with them next year. I want to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing student council for all their hard work over the past two years. They have been excellent representatives of our school. I’m so proud of everything they achieved as a group. I look forward to next year and all the exciting things that are to come (submitted by Ms. Kealy). Thank you to Ms. Kealy for all of her work throughout the year with the Student Council.

Food Dudes: I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the teachers and students for their participation and dedication to the Food Dudes programme over the past four years. I am delighted to say that we have received a plaque and it will be on display in the school. Huge congratulations to Lucas Byrne in Fourth Class for achieving the winning Food Dudes slogan in the school Don’t be lazy and stay in bed. Get up, be healthy and eat your veg! (submitted by Ms. Clery) Thank you to Ms. Clery for coordinating the Food Dudes programme over the four years.

Art Exhibition: Thank you to everyone who came to see the children’s artwork. It was a great success! Special mention to Ms. Lynam, Junior Infants, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth class for their help. (submitted by Ms. Clery) Our Art Exhibition last Friday was the first of its kind. It was so lovely to showcase the whole school’s artwork through our corridors. I must commend Ms. Clery on her work with this project, one that she has been passionate about since September. Thank you Ms. Clery, for coordinating such an amazing event.

Basketball: Boys from 5th and 6th classes in Rathoe joined teams from Tullow Boys NS and St. Columba’s NS for a basketball blitz held in Tullow Community School. It was very competitive and our boys demonstrated some great skill and effort against tough opposition. It was a great day and the ice pops we got going home were an added bonus! (submitted by Mr. Treacy).

School Tours: We had our school tours last week and were blessed with the good weather. Junior Infants and Senior Infants set off on a trip to Kia Ora Farm in Co. Wexford. They took part in many different activities during the day such as petting bunny rabbits, operating diggers, feeding the animals, milking cows and finding their way around a maze. Pupils really enjoyed the experience. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class went to Lullymore in Co. Kildare which proved to be a very enjoyable day out for all. 4th, 5th & 6th Class donned wet gear and went to Alive Outside in Kilruddery, Co. Wicklow.

The school tours were a great success, and we would like to express our gratitude to the Parents Association for subsidising the cost of buses on the day which helped to keep school tour very reasonably priced for all families (submitted by Ms. Moore) Thank you to Ms. Moore for co-ordinating all tours.

Active Schools’ Week: This year’s Active Schools’ Week at Rathoe NS took place from Thursday 20th June to Wednesday 26th June. The children took part in many different activities throughout the week. Thursday 20th saw the pupils from 1st to 6th Class taking part in cricket coaching sessions. Bernard O Mara from Cricket Leinster visited the school to give the pupils tips about throwing technique, batting and catching as well as learning about the equipment used and the different positions on the cricket field. On Friday 21st, Keith Jordan Fitness went to each class in the school demonstrating the sport of jiu jitsu. The pupils got to try out some moves of their own on the mats and enjoyed seeing a new sport in action.

On Monday 24th, the annual class races took place with some powerful running on display from many pupils. Also, some of the classes did a walk of the locality, taking advantage of the beautiful weather. Tuesday 25th saw the annual 6th Class Vs Staff rounders match take place. With two very evenly matched teams taking part, the result was very close. Many observers reckon that the staff just about nicked it in the end.

The finals of the soccer and basketball leagues also took place this week. These are always very competitive in nature and there is great pride in winning medals in these events. Active Schools’ week came to a busy conclusion on Wednesday 26th with our annual Sports Day. The pupils had great fun at different stations such as Zumba, Tug of War, Spud ‘n Spoon, 3-Legged Race, Sack Race, Tea-Towel Volleyball, Obstacle Course, Welly Throw and Penalty Shootout. We finished off a great with a visit from Nicky and his ice cream van. Thank you to the Parents Association for supporting the cost of the ice creams. They were a real treat on such a warm day. A great week was had by all. I’m sure the pupils slept well each night after all of their exertions. We look forward to hearing about all the pupils sporting endeavours over the summer (submitted by Mr. Browne).

Thank you, Mr. Browne, for your continued commitment in the area of sport in our school. Please do visit our website, www.rathoens.com to see pictures of the children in all of their activities.

Science Award: Rathoe NS has been involved in the Discover Primary Science Award for many years. This is a flagship project of the Irish Government which aims to increase interest in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) among students, teachers and the public. Much credit is due to Ms. Kealy for her hard work in presenting our project submission. Our school website has our project submission displayed with pictures and videos of what we’ve been working on this year. We were particularly fortunate to receive funding from both Tullow Credit Union and the Parents Association to increase our resources.

We have noticed that our commitment to promoting STEM has created a growing interest in this area among pupils over the years. We aim to encourage and foster this interest further by awarding our Science Perpetual Award trophy each year to a pupil who shows interest and aptitude in STEM. After careful consideration of the criteria by the teachers, it gives us great pleasure to award the trophy to Katie Shannon in 6th Class for the 2023/2024 academic year. Well done Katie!

Thank you to the staff for their continuous involvement in this programme and especially to Ms. Kealy for coordinating the Award this year.

6th Class Graduation Mass took place on Thursday, the 20th of June at Rathoe Church. I would like to thank Fr. O’Connell for officiated such a lovely service. Mr. Browne’s recital of his poem, which had something to say about each of the pupils, was a lovely addition to the service. All pupils were presented with graduation certificates from the school to mark the successful completion of their primary education along with the Graduation booklet that was put together by Mr. Browne with the help of the 23 graduates.

Thank you to the Parents Association who organised lovely, customised hoodies with the class names printed on the back for each pupil. The hoodies were presented to 6th Class earlier in the term and they have worn them proudly to school ever since. Of course, it’s not the end of primary school without McDonald’s which arrived and was enjoyed by 6th Class last week! Thank you to Mr. Browne for co-ordinating the Mass, and the Parents Association for the contribution towards the 6th Class Graduation memorabilia. We wish the Class of 2024 every success and happiness in their new schools. Go n-éirí libh go léir.

This year we say goodbye to 12 families whose direct connection with the school now comes to an end. On behalf of the Board of Management and staff, may I take this opportunity to pay tribute to the families of Hannah Brophy, Fionn Doyle, Saoirse Murphy, Jon Slattery, Bridget Byrne, Luke Gavin, Dylan Traynor, Emma Bergin, Aoibhinn O’Loughlin, Padraic Hogan, Kitty Dowling and Aaron Bowes.

You have contributed in many different ways to the life of our school over the years. Your individual inputs were much appreciated, and we wish you all well in the next stage of your children’s education. Sincere thanks to Mr. Browne who brought out the best in all his students this year. We also remember and thank all the staff and teachers who have contributed to their growth and development over their years here in Scoil Phádraig.

Farewell: As mentioned last week, we say farewell to two members of staff. Ms. Fawcett will have the opportunity to rest and tend to her family and home interests more on her retirement. While Ms. Lalor will begin a new chapter in her career as she takes up the role of Principal at Our Lady’s NS, Nurney. We wish both members of staff all very best in their new ventures. Ms. McDonald, Ms Amy O’Brien, Ms. Brennan, Ms. Robinson and Ms. Clark will also be leaving us as their contracts come to an end. We wish them all the very best next year.

Parents Association: As we reflect on the support that the Parents’ Association has provided to the school and the children this year, we want to express our most sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to our activities in one way or another: be it our weekly Split the Pot, our seasonal raffles, quiz night, walkathon, carol service refreshments, grandparents’ day celebration, sacraments refreshments, and many more. Please know that you have contributed to making all the children’s experience in the school even more meaningful and enjoyable.

We look forward to reconnecting with everyone in the new school year. In the meantime, we wish you all a wonderful summer break! (submitted by María Keogh de Arriba).

On behalf of the Board of Management and the school, I would like to say thank you to the committee for all their work.

Class /Teacher Allocations for the school year 2024/2025 are again as follows:

Junior Infants: Ms. Tríona Finnegan

Senior Infants: Ms. Nicole Doran / Ms. Theresa Clery (job share)

First Class: Ms. Niamh Redmond

Second Class / Third Class: TBC

Fourth Class: Ms. Sorcha Lynam

Fifth Class: Ms. Eva Kealy

Sixth Class: Mr. Ronan Browne

Sona Class teachers: Ms. Karen Moore, Mr. Conor Treacy, TBC

SET Team: Ms. Therese O’Brien, TBC

SNA team: Ms. Gina Haskins, Ms. Mary Delaney, Ms. Liz Dunne, Ms. Mary Shannon, Ms. Jacqui Stynes, Ms. Carol O’Toole and Ms. Sineád Frayne.

School reports, class and teacher allocations and requisite lists for all classes were sent out earlier this month.

Book Rental Fees: Thank you to all families who have settled their school services fee. You will still be able to pay over the summer months. We will send a link to pay online for anyone that wishes to do so in July and August. A link will also be sent out today.

The School office will be open the first week of July and will re-open on Wednesday, 21st August if you want to pay at the Office. All fees must be paid before our return in September. Please do visit our website over the holidays if you are looking for the Requisite list, school calendar etc as all will be posted here, www.rathoens.com. We have also sent the requisite list to Ballon Business and Training Services in Ballon where you can order your stationary from if you wish. They have our requisite lists.

Míle buíochas: As you can see from the submissions above, we are extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated team of staff. My thanks to each and every one of you for your hard work and dedication to our school. A special word of thanks to those that keep the cogs going behind the scene, to Aileen, Liam, Caroline and Eileen.

Sincere thanks to the Board of Management who give freely of their time for the good of the children and their school. Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na ndaoine!

School grounds: We are asking parents to support us in ensuring that they remain vigilant and, in some cases, speak to their older children and their friends about staying out of the school over the summer holidays. Thank you in advance for your co-operation with this.

Re-opening in September

School re-opens for all pupils on Wednesday, 28th at 9.10am.

Junior Infants will finish at 11.50am every day from Wednesday, August 28th until Friday September 6th and thereafter at 1.50pm each day.

We look forward to working with your children, and you, their parents, again next year. Wishing one and all a warm, happy, healthy and safe summer break!

Le meas,

Erika Murphy