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Welcome to Rahara National School!

Fáilte go Scoil Náisiúnta Rath Aradh.

We extend a warm welcome to you and your child. It is our aim that your child will be extremely happy in our school and will achieve his/her full potential. There is a strong sense of community and a high level of cooperation between staff, pupils and parents.

Our school is situated in County Roscommon in the 'Heart of Ireland'. Thank you for taking the time to visit us. We hope you enjoy our website. To learn more about our school please click on the links. We are always delighted to hear feedback from people who view our site.

Please feel free to mail your comments and suggestions to [email protected]

Thank you.

Enrolment for New School Year 2021 - 2022

If your child is scheduled to start school in September 2021 or if you are contemplating changing schools, please come and visit Rahara NS. We have a lot to offer including a Homework Club which runs, Monday-Thursday until 4:30pm!

To give you a flavour of life in Rahara National School, please visit the 'News' section of our website. Scroll down to see all that happens - it is a busy place! If you have any queries or require further details, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Check out our school Newsletters, Facebook and Twitter pages for all the latest information on all the wonderful goings on in Rahara National School.

Book Collection Guidelines for Parents/Guardians/Pupils

Dear Parents/Guardians and Pupils,

On Wednesday 24th of June we will be facilitating a whole school book return and book collection. Parent (s)/Guardians/Pupils are asked to return school books from the book rental scheme for this year and will also be able to collect their books and belongings to take home.

Guidelines and Arrangements

 We would ask that all Parent (s)/Guardians/Pupils strictly adhere to all H.S.E Guidelines in relation to Covid - 19 throughout the duration of the book return and book collection.

 Parents/Guardians/Pupils are asked to arrive at their designated time and depart promptly in order to allow for the safe and efficient movement of all families throughout the book return & collection.

 Please return school owned books in a bag with your class group named on the front.

 Weather permitting, there will be tables laid outside at the front of the school where Parents/Guardians/Pupils can put their books in the designated class group.

 A one – way system will be in place, where the Parents/Guardians/Pupils will use the carpark, enter up the ramp, distribute books and will exit down the steps, and will exit the school via the style beside the school flag pole.

 Children who would like to check and see if they have left any of their belongings in school (one child per visit) will enter through the front door, where sanitiser will be provided, check for their belongings and will then exit through the rear door beside the staff bathroom, exiting onto the boiler house, and will then walk around the school past the pitch and exit through the style beside the flagpole.

 Please observe at least 2 metres distancing at all times, (in the car-park / entering and exiting the school grounds / in the school yard when collecting).

 Please move off from the school yard / car-park as soon as books have been collected, so as to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and in order to make way for the next group of Parents/Guardians/Pupils arriving.

 Wearing of gloves/mask/ hand sanitizer is at your own discretion. Hand sanitizer will be provided & parents are welcome to bring their own hand sanitizer.

Thanking you in advance for your co-operation with these procedures.

Be well and stay safe.

Kind regards,

Rahara National School

Senior Room activities during school closure

Good morning parents/guardians, boys & girls, I hope you and your families, all had a safe and enjoyable weekend. This would have been the boys and girls last full week in school before the summer holidays. Don't forget book collection on Wednesday 24th of June.

Please see below your work for the week:

Finish off any work on Literacy & Numeracy Workbooks

Tables - Division 6,7,8,9,10,11,12


- Reading for pleasure


- Finish off An Siopadóireacht - Na Ceachteanna - Edco have free Access to Bua Na Cainte for extra printable's and resources.

Finish Off any uncompleted S.E.S.E.

- Science: Project on Gravity

- Geography - Project on The Antarctic, location on map, population, specific landmarks etc.

- History - Project on Roscommon GAA

P.E. - Virtual Sports Day Activities

Art - Summer fun Art, take any of the ideas from RTE's school hub and try it out for yourself

Music - Create your own song, using your own home made instruments

Religion - Daily prayer & reflection

S.P.H.E. - Personal Hygiene - washing your hands, correct sneezing procedure, spending time with your family

-Practicing Social Distancing, speaking about how you feel

Athlone Education Centre School Challenge Week (STEAM, Visual Arts, Literacy & Numeracy)

With special thanks to the team in Athlone Education Centre, they will be sharing weekly fun STEAM lessons and resources that can be completed at home:

Please find the link below to our School Challenge. This week’s challenge includes some fun activities in Visual Arts, STEAM, Literacy and Numeracy, which you may wish to share your pupils. Pupils may post a picture of their completed challenge to @athloneec #AECSchoolChallenge.  

After Easter Message to Parents/Guardians

Dear Parents, Guardians and Pupils,

Hope you and all your extended family are keeping safe and well and that you had a happy Easter. It was great news to hear that the Easter Bunny was allowed to travel outside the 2km to deliver those well deserved Easter Eggs !

We know from the busy activity on SeeSaw for the previous 3 weeks before Easter, despite all the unprecedented events, pupils still managed to keep in touch with their school-work while also learning how to develop a whole new set of skills including, how to timetable their day, enjoy exercise at a 2km limit, play games, help out at home and stay in touch remotely with their school friends. Skills for life without a doubt!

I would like to continue my gratitude and to thank all the parents and guardians for all the support you have given your children at home. It is not an easy task to balance all the tasks you now have to complete at home as well as trying to keep healthy in both mind and body.

On a sad note, over the weekend saw the passing of Canon Peadar Lavin. Canon Lavin has been a weekly visitor to Rahara National School, he came in to visit the boys and girls, telling stories, asking questions and listening to the children's stories. He will be sadly missed. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Thank you.

Be well and stay safe.

Kind regards,

Rahara National School

Easter Letter to Parents/Guardians from Fr. Milton

Dear Parents & Guardians,

This is a challenging time for many families and I would like to affirm all of you in the good work you are doing as parents / guardians.

I also appreciate the many concerns you may have and each day I ask the Lord to bless you with the graces you need.

The arrival of the Easter holidays, at a time of social distancing, is bound to be challenging but I hope it will also present your family with new opportunities. Generally children respond well to a structured day and I encourage you to take time to both play and pray with them and to involve them occasionally in novel activities for them, liking making buns or helping you do something that you can praise them for doing.

During prayer time please remember grandparents and other family members who may be self-isolating and also those who are unwell and those who care for them. I also encourage you to keep up regular contact, even if it is brief. This is also a good time to remember with gratitude all the people who serve us in shops and through other services and to talk to our children about the good work they do for all of us on an ongoing basis.

As I write I am particularly conscious of children and families that were looking forward to First Communion and Confirmation celebrations. I and others in our parish look forward to celebrating with you when this pandemic has passed. In the meantime I encourage you to consider how, as a family, you will celebrate Easter, and the great events in the life of Christ which give these sacraments their meaning.

If you have internet access, you will find links to lovely child-friendly sacramental programmes, films, animated cartoons and prayers on our diocesan website . Bishop Kevin has also uploaded a special message for Confirmation candidates (see

Watch out too for news of our Easter ceremonies on social media and please join us. Your family is an integral part of our parish community.

Finally, feel free to ring me at any time, whether it be for a chat, or simply to request a prayer or a blessing for yourself or someone else. These are times for us to face the challenges together and as your priest it’s my great privilege to bring the needs and concerns, the joys, consolation and gratitude of our community to God.


Fr. Ray

Upcoming Events

Rahara National School will re-open on Monday 31st of August 2020 at 9:00 am for the new school year.

Rahara National School will remain closed until Friday 28th of August as per the summer holidays. Also, this school closure remains in place as part of contingency measures put in place by the Chief Medical Officer, Public Health Officials and the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. Be safe.

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