|Posted on November 11, 2022 at 5:40 AM|
Music Generation continues to take place every Monday with Paul Shanagher. Pupils from 1st-6th are learning to play the ukulele. Junior & Senior Infants play the tongue drums as well as a variety of other instruments from their music bag! The children enjoy seeing all the unusual instruments that Paul brings to school every week.
Goal Jersey Day
GOAL Jersey Day took place on Friday 14th October. We raised €100 for GOAL. Thank you for your donations.
• We will have one more Gaelic training session with Eugen after the midterm break and there will be no more training until Spring.
• Hurling will continue with Proinsias, weather permitting.
Athletics All pupils will attend Athletics in Athlone TUS commencing on Wednesday 9th of November for 5 weeks.
Afterschool continues to take place from 3-4:30pm at €5 per day with Teresa. We ask that afterschool club fees be paid every Monday to Ms. Watson.
All forms have now been collected by County Photos. Photographs will be distributed after the mid term break. Photographs can still be ordered online if you wish to purchase them.
Parent Teacher Meetings will take place on Tuesday 15th of November in school for Ms. Watson & Ms. Mc Gowan. Times will be communicated with you after the midterm break.
Maths Week All pupils took part in Maths week activities during the month of October.
Food Dudes week took place on Monday 3rd of October. Well done to all pupils for making a fantastic effort to eat fruit and vegetables.
Cash for Clobber: Thank you for all the donations for our Cash for Clobber collection. We collected a total of 800kg!
World Food Day was celebrated in Rahara on 10th of October. Pupils in the senior room completed projects on various countries around the world. Pupils in both classrooms brought in food from their chosen countries and we had lots of fun sampling food from different nationalities!
School will close at 3pm on Friday 28th October for Halloween. Pupils can wear Halloween costumes to school on that day. School will re-open on Monday 7th November.
Parent and Toddler Group continues to take place in our school hall every Friday from 10-12 during school time. Please spread the word with parents, grandparents, and childminders.
Thank you to all parents for returning the Parent Association forms. The National Parents Council (NPC) will be in touch with our school shortly to facilitate a Parents Association information session. This will be a one-off information evening and the date and time has yet to be confirmed.
PLC School Closure
School will close at 12:00 for all pupils on Thursday 24th November to facilitate teacher training for the new primary language curriculum. There will be no Afterschool on this day.
Best of luck to all involved in the finals this weekend, especially our very own star player, Ms. Watson. We look forward to seeing the cup after the break! Congratulations to Emily and Giovanni who won the Gaelic footballs that were kindly donated to our school by St. Dominics and well done to all the children for making a super effort to wear the Dominics colours on jersey day.
Wishing you all a safe and happy midterm break.
|Posted on October 7, 2022 at 11:45 AM|
On behalf of all school staff, I wish to welcome all pupils back to school for the school year 2022/2023. A special welcome to our new Junior Infants and new entrants to other classes. We wish you many happy days with us, in Rahara National School.
Staff: Ms. Aoife Mc Gowan – Principal & Junior Room teacher
Ms. Niamh Watson – Deputy Principal & Senior Room teacher
Ms. Kathy Dolan – Shared Special Education teacher (SET)
Mr. Oliver Connaughton – Covers Principal Admin Days (every Friday in the junior room)
Mr. Padraig Lohan – Caretaker
Ms. Lynda Pearce - Secretary
Board of Management: Fr. Ray Milton P.P., Ms. Breege Kenny, Ms. Marie Moran, Mr. Tom Carney, Mr. Laurence Fallon, Ms. Niamh Watson Ms. Aoife Mc Gowan.
School Day: Junior & Senior Infants 9.20 - 2.00; 1st to 6th 9.20 - 3.00
Afterschool: Monday – Thursday 3:15-4:30
Absenteeism / Attendance: In the event of your child being absent please telephone (090) 66623393 or email [email protected] All pupils will be sent home with a form on their return to school after an absence to be filled in & returned to the class teacher once it has been filled in. We are obliged to inform (TUSLA) the statutory education Welfare services of the child and family agency if a child has missed 20 days or more in a school year. For further information, see www.tusla.ie
Communication: The school uses the Aladdin online text service facility to communicate important messages to parents. Accordingly, it is especially important that we have an up-to-date mobile number for you. Our text facility does not allow for replies so please email or phone the school (090) 6623393 if you wish to contact us. An emergency contact number should also be written in your child’s journal. Please let us know if your home / email address has changed.
Seesaw: The teachers will use the Seesaw, or school email for communicating with you. You can also message the teacher (Monday to Friday) via Seesaw
School Website: The school website www.rahara.com contains a lot of useful information. The school calendar is also on it, and it is regularly updated with key events.
Safety: Children must wait inside the school grounds until their parent/guardian comes to the gate/front wall to collect them. Pupils are not allowed to swing/climb on the bars in front of the school front door.
Allergies / Lunch: We have children with severe food allergies. In the interest of these children’s well-being, parents are asked not to include nuts in their child’s lunch. The school has a healthy lunch policy. Children should bring their own drinks to school i.e., water, milk. One small treat is allowed on Friday’s. Teachers will bring in a tray bake for pupils’ birthdays that fall during school time. We ask parents not to send in extra buns/sweets and to adhere to our healthy eating policy.
Pupils attending Afterschool may avail of kitchen facilities after 3:00 only. Rahara N.S participates in the Green Schools Initiative, and we encourage families to cut down on single-use plastics such as cling film etc. All pupils must bring home their daily food/waste/packaging from their lunches.
Food Dudes: We are continuing with the Food Dudes healthy eating programme. Pupils will continue to receive stickers and certificates when they eat a portion of fruit and vegetables.
Music Generation: Music Generation will take place every Monday at 9:30 for all classes. Please bring instruments to school every Monday.
School Uniform: Our school uniform should be worn at all times and consists of the following: Navy crested jumper/cardigan available at www.myschooljumper.ie , grey pinafore/skirt/pants & blue t-shirt. On PE days pupils may wear plain navy tracksuit bottoms, plain navy, or crested round-necked sweater with a short-sleeved blue polo shirt underneath (No Logos/brands/stripes). Please label all items of the uniform to avoid confusion. All pupils must have a mouth guard/gum shield for football (Please ensure it is correctly fitted and moulded before they bring it to school). Please note that the following items of clothing are not allowed – hoody; branded top/bottom; football jersey.
Photographs / Videos: During the year photographs & videos of children involved in school activities e.g., sport, music etc. may appear on the class dojo, school website or in the local newspaper. If you have any reservations, please contact the school.
County Photos: County Photos will visit our school on Monday 26th of September. Please wear full school uniform on this day and bring P.E. clothes to change into for hurling. Thank you
Hurling lessons will commence for all pupils on Monday 26th September from 11:30-12:30. Please wear P.E. uniform every Monday & Wednesday.
Football training takes place every Wednesday until the October midterm. Pupils must wear gum shields. Please ensure that these have been ‘moulded’ before you bring them to school and that the box/container is clearly marked with your child’s name to prevent confusion.
School will close at 15:00 on Friday 28th October for the mid-term break and re-open on Monday 7th of November. There will be three half day school closures to facilitate teacher training for the new Primary Language Curriculum. One half day closure in term 1 (November/December), a second in term 2 and our final one in term 3. Dates will be communicated with parents closer to the time.
Cash For Clobber
Please start collecting any old clothing, shoes, household textiles and handbags (no duvets or pillows) We hope to exchange the above for cash. This is a wonderful way to fundraise for our school whilst raising awareness of textile recycling amongst children. Please do not send in clobber until we have been notified of a collection date--- so get collecting!
Please check your child’s hair for headlice. If there is lice present, please treat and comb your child’s hair. If you ever find headlice please inform the staff, asap and we will ask parents to check their child’s hair.
The cost of hiring buses is ever increasing and is one of the biggest expenses in our school budget. We are asking parents to contribute towards bus trips.
Beauty & the Beast
All pupils will attend Roscommon Arts Centre on Wednesday 28th of September at 11:45 to watch Roscommon Community College’s production of Beauty and the Beast. There will be no Gaelic training on this day and all pupils must wear their full school uniform. We hope to attend Roscommon Fire station before the show. Times have yet to be finalised.
First Confession will take place on Wednesday 15th March at 19:30 for Rahara N.S. and Glanduff N.S. in St. John’s Church, Lecarrow.
First Holy Communion will take place on Sunday 14th May at 10:00 mass for Rahara N.S. in the Church of Mary Immaculate, Rahara.
|Posted on September 12, 2022 at 6:15 PM|
School will close on Wednesday 22nd of June for the summer holidays and re-open on Wednesday 31st of August for the new school year.
Afterschool Club continues to be a big success and we are delighted with our tutor, Teresa Nally. We thank you all for your co-operation and continued support of the excellent service.
All children took part in the Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme to help increase their consumption of fruit and vegetables. We will continue with the Food Dudes programme in September and the children will be encouraged to bring in their own fruit and vegetables to eat from home.
Discover Primary Science and Maths Award
Congratulations to all the pupils and co-ordinator, Ms. Watson as Rahara N.S. was awardedanother SFI Discover Science and Maths Award, Plaque of STEM. A great achievement for the school.
Michael Bell, Heritage in Schools Expert visited our school on Friday 6th May and carried out workshops with all children. They created leaf rubbings, identified native birds and wildlife, went on a minibeast hunt and even got to hold animal skulls which included the rib and vertebrae bone of a 20m Fin whale. All pupils planted wildflower seeds in our front garden and they also planted sunflowers from seeds that were gifted to us from Rahara Tidy towns and Development. We sowed the seeds in pots in the classroom and then planted them beside the Old Church on Monday 20th June. The children also took part in a summer clean up on Thursday 16th June and did great work to ensure our lovely village is looking neat and tidy for the summer!
Our sports day took place on Tuesday 14th June. The rained stayed away and we had a fantastic day. The teachers collected a Supermacs at Casey’s garage in Roscommon and to reward pupils for all the good behaviour throughout the year the Board of Management oragnised inflatables to make the day extra special and fun.
On Tuesday 21st June we held a ‘Fun Day’ for all pupils in our school. This was our first time to hold this event. The children had an enjoyable time brainstorming ideas and activities for the day. We tie dyed t-shirts, decorated cookies, had a hair & nail salon, got our faces painted by Mrs. Dolan, danced and had great fun with slime and Oobleck!
Cumann na mBunscol
Well done to pupils in the senior room who received silver medals for their super efforts in hurling. Unfortunately we lost out at the semi-final stage in Gaelic football after topping our group in the first stage. The children have been amazing representatives for our school.
Standardised tests were administered to all pupils from 1st -6th class at the end of May/beginning of June. The results of these were recorded in your child’s school report and sent home on Thursday 16th June.
There will be a Zoom meeting for our new parent’s association in early September facilitated by the National Parent’s Council to aid us in setting up a Parent’s Association for our school. It will be held in the evening time and we will communicate the day and time closer to the date.
Primary Language Curriculum (PLC)
School closed early on Wednesday 9th June to facilitate teacher training for the new primary language curriculum. Please note: There may be half day closures during the year associated with the implementation of the upcoming new English/Maths curriculum. We will let you know in advance of school closures.
Cian Cunniffe from Music Generation Roscommon came to our school every Tuesday for the year to do music lessons with pupils in both the junior and senior classroom. We had our final lesson on Tuesday 21st June.
All pupils attended Gaelic football lessons with coach Eugen every Monday in term 3.
Pupils from junior infants to 6th class had an amazing day on our school tour in Shannon River Adventure, Roosky on Friday 27th May. Activities included archery, rock climbing, tug of war, assault courses, pier jumping, mud slides and kayaking.
Our school secretary of 13 years, Patricia Finneran, had her final day in Rahara N.S. on Wednesday 22nd June 2022. The Board of Management and staff would like to express our thanks to Patricia for her dedication, commitment and contribution that she has made to our school while allowing our office to run like clockwork! We wish Patricia a wonderful retirement and hope that she enjoys this new chapter of her life and that it’s filled with good health, relaxation and fun!
Staff for 2022
Aoife Mc Gowan – Principal and Junior Room teacher
Niamh Watson – Deputy Principal and Senior room teacher
Kathy Dolan – Shared Special Education Teacher (SET)
Olliver Connaughton – Principal Release cover
*Mrs. Mc Gowan will take her Principal Release Days every Friday in the new academic year.
* Mrs. Dolan will continue to visit our school every Tuesday & Thursday
Sixth class graduation dinner party took place in the school hall on Friday 17th June. Good luck to our graduates, Keeva, John, Bláthín, Emma & Aideen on their transition to post-primary school this year.
Please check out our website www.rahara.com for regular updates as well as our Facebookpage
Note from Principal
I wish to express our appreciation to all the parents who have helped and suported us all year. I am especially grateful to the parents who have been available to help with lifts to/from matches during Term 3. Thank you! I wish to thank the B.O.M. for their loyalty, dedication and hard work.
Finally I would like to express my appreciation to all the staff, both teaching and non-teaching, for all their work and dedication. I know they work tirelessly for the happiness, safety & education of all the pupils in Rahara NS.
We wish you all a safe & happy Summer Holidays!
|Posted on April 7, 2022 at 3:15 PM|
Swimming lessons took place every Monday until Mid-Term break. On our final swimming lesson all pupils went to Supermacs for a treat lunch! Thank you to all parents for payment of swimming fees.
School will close at 12:00 on Friday 8th April for the Easter holidays.
This will be a non-uniform day.
School will close on Wednesday 22nd of June for the summer holidays and re-open on Wednesday 31st of August for the new school year.
Homework Club continues to be a big success and we are delighted with our tutor, Teresa Nally. Please ensure that if your child attends Homework Club that they are collected, on time, at 4:30pm. We thank you all for your co-operation and continued support of the excellent service. Please pay all fees to Ms. Watson every Monday.
Chinese New Year
All pupils enjoyed celebrating the Chinese New Year and learning about the year that they were born. We had our own Chinese Restaurant in our school hall where the pupils had the opportunity to sample some Chinese cuisine and had some fun with fortune cookies!
Pupils making their Confirmation attended a Retreat in Knock with Ballymurray N.S on Tuesday 15th February. Well done to Bláthín Moran who won the Knock Quiz and was delighted with the prizes that she received. Congratulations to Luke, Emma, Keeva and Bláthín who celebrated the sacrament of confirmation on Friday 1st April in Knockcroghery. We had a lovely celebration in school and thank you to Ms. Watson for organising the fabulous biscuit cake from ‘Occasional Treats’
Religious Education (RE)
Catholic Schools Week took place from the 24th-28th of January. Teachers delivered lessons and placed an emphasis on the theme ‘Living life to the full’.
Thank you to Eugen who carried out an interactive lesson and games for all classes on Wednesday 5th April for Holy Week. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed it and Eugen always has lovely games, images, puppets and songs that make them fun and engage all children. Eugen also told the children about The Dead Sea and showed them artefacts from Jericho.
Pupils in the senior room completed their coding lessons with Liz Clinton before midterm. They all received their Hour of Code certificates and have enjoyed using apps such as Scratch, Code.org and Kahoot on our school ipads.
Dale Treadwell visited our school on 28th January and carried out interactive lessons with both classrooms. We went on a minibeast hunt (Dale also brought some into school), listened to stories, played games and went back in time to learn about Dinosaurs and other cretaceous creatures.
We have another workshop with Michael Bell through the Heritage in Schools scheme on Friday 6th May.
We are installing a water butt, extending our wildflower and biodiversity garden over the next month and we hope to sow native wildflower seeds in our window baskets and window boxes after Easter to help look after bees and our pollinators. We also hope to revamp our bug hotel, replace our butterfly and bee boxes and place a bird house in our garden.
All pupils took part in the ‘National Spring Clean’ on Thursday 6th April. We hope to a few more outings as the weather warms up. Hopefully there won’t be as much litter the next time!
Transition Year Work Experience
Transition Year pupil Michael completed his work experience with us on 16th March. Transition Year pupil Amy completed her work experience with on Wednesday 6th April. Both Michael and Amy have been a great asset to our school and we wish them all the best.
Engineers Week is a week long programme of nationwide events celebrating engineering in Ireland. The aim of the week is to create a positive awareness & spark enthusiasm about the engineering profession to people of various ages with little or no engineering background. International Women’s Day was also celebrated during Engineers Week and pupils enjoyed learning about famous and inspiring women engineers and inventors. Well done to all the boys for making it an extra special day and allowing the girls to have a little extra rest and relaxation! Pupils in the senior room attended a webinar to hear all about the work of software engineers in Ericsson, Athlone. Children also took part in various webinars and shows throughout the week, built bridges, peeled a raw egg and designed their own inventions to keep a raw egg from cracking while falling from a height.
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day took place on Tuesday 8th February. All classes learned about internet safety. Protecting and empowering young people online is so important- now more than ever. Classes engaged in safer internet quizzes games and a colouring competition to promote internet safety. Check out www.webwise.ie for more information for parents.
World Book Day
Pupils dressed up as characters from their favourite books and brought some of their most treasured books into school for show and tell. We continue to have 10 minutes of DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time after small break every day. We are continuing with our ‘Reading Awareness Month’ until Friday 8th April so please make sure to return all the ‘tickets’ with your name, book you’ve read and signature for the raffle!
Fair trade Fortnight
Fairtrade fortnight began on Monday 28th February. Did you know Rahara NS is Fairtrade school? During Fairtrade fortnight pupils learned about the Fairtrade mark, investigated products that contain the Fairtrade mark and we also held a Fairtrade café in our hall for Pancake Tuesday!
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Seachtain na Gaeilge took place during the week of 14th March. The speaking of Irish was greatly encouraged in the school. Pupils participated in table quizzes, played games “as gaeilge”, learned some ceilé dancing and participated in a school show! All pupils dressed in green for ‘Lá Glas’. A “Gaelageoir na Seachtaine” was chosen from each room and a prizes were awarded.
Thank you to everyone for returning your Parent’s Association forms. There will be a Zoom meeting after the Easter break facilitated by the National Parent’s Council to aid us in setting up a Parent’s Association for our school. It will be held in the evening time and we will communicate the day and time closer to the date.
Primary Language Curriculum (PLC)
School closed early on Wednesday 23rd March to facilitate teacher training for the new primary language curriculum. Please note: There will be one more half day closure in term 3 for teacher training for the new primary language curriculum. The date of the half day closure has yet to be confirmed.
Music Generation is a national partnership programme whose mission is to create inspiring experiences for children and young people through music. Through Music Generation Roscommon, children in Rahara N.S. are getting the opportunity to learn the ukulele and the tongue drum. Cian, our music teacher will continue to visit every Tuesday.
Gaelic football will resume after the Easter holidays. It will take place every Monday so please make sure that your child has their gum shields in school on that day.
Easter Egg Hunt
Thank you to 6th class pupils for setting up our annual Easter egg hunt. The children had great fun collecting all the chocolate eggs and each child got to select a larger egg to bring home.
Beannachtaí na Cásca daoibh go léir!
|Posted on December 21, 2021 at 9:50 AM|
The last three months have been very trying and difficult times for everyone. As a school community, we will continue to play our part in making our school as safe as possible for staff and pupils. Please continue to wear masks at all times when on school grounds and do not enter the school building to accompany your child to the classroom. Please socially distance when dropping/collecting your children. If you wish to speak to a member of staff you can do so by: email, phone call or ring the bell at the front door. Thank you for you co-operation.
We are extremely proud of all pupils in the senior room who continue to wear their face coverings every day. We know that it is not easy and congratulate them all on how well they have adapted to this new safety measure.
Friends for Life
Ms. Watson will begin the Friends for Life (anxiety & resilience) programme in the New Year with the senior room once teacher training has been completed. www.friendsresilience.org
We are obliged to inform (Tusla) the statutory Educational Welfare services of the child and family agency, if a child has missed 20 days or more in the school year. If your child cannot attend school please provide the school with a written note or email outlining the reason for the absence. For further information see www.tusla.ie
School will close for the Christmas Holidays at 12:30 on Wednesday 22nd December and re-open on Thursday 6th January 2022
Parent Teacher Meetings
I wish to thank all parents/guardians and staff for your co-operation during our recent Parent/Teaching meetings.
County Photos took place on Wednesday 24th November. Parents will be notified when they are ready to be ordered.
Thank you to all parents who have paid their book bills.
Swimming Lessons will take place on Mondays between 11:50-12:40 in Roscommon pool for 7 weeks. They will commence on Monday 10th January. More information on fees will be communicated in the New Year.
Cian Cunniffe from Music Generation will continue to visit our school every Tuesday for the rest of the academic year. Each room gets a 45 minute music lesson. Junior pupils have their own music bag with various instruments & senior pupils are learning to play the ukulele. All pupils may bring their instruments home to practice them. A recording of our Christmas programme took place on Friday 10th December and will be shared with parents when we receive the link.
Christmas Jumpers/Non-Uniform Day On Friday 10th December all pupils were allowed to wear their festive clothes/accessories and donate money in aid of Brain Tumour Research. Thank you to everyone who made a donation. So far we have raised €140 and donations are still being made! Pupils can wear their Christmas jumpers/clothes, if they wish from Friday 17th of December until the Christmas holidays. We look forward to seeing you in your festive gear!
Please ensure that your child wears their uniform to school every day in the New Year. The Uniform is as follows:
Crested navy jumper, grey pinafore/skirt/trousers & blue t-shirt Boys:Navy jumper, grey pants, blue t-shirt. On PE days pupils may wear plain navy tracksuit bottoms (No logos or stripes)
Please label all items of the uniform to avoid confusion
Pupils in the senior room take part in computer coding every Tuesday from 2-3 with Liz Clinton. Pupils have had 7 classes to date and will have 4 more in the New Year. The children use our school ipads to create/code games on the Scratch App as well as Kahoot quizzes.
After School Club
After School Club is a big success this year and we are delighted that our tutor, Teresa Nally is continuing to provide this fantastic service. Please ensure that if your child attends Afterschool that they are collected @ 4:30 SHARP. All After School club fees are to be paid to Ms. Watson at the start of each week. Please ensure your child brings a healthy snack for After School Club as this is part of our schools Healthy Eating Policy.
All staff & pupils will attend 10:00 mass on Thursday 6th January.
We wish you all a very peaceful & Happy Christmas and thank you all for your continued support
|Posted on December 21, 2021 at 9:45 AM|
First Holy Communion
First Holy Communion took place on Sunday 19th of September. Congratulations to Eva Rose and Simon. Thank you to Fr. Donnelly for the lovely ceremony and to the choir, teachers and all those who helped on the day. We had a lovely time in school on Monday 20th celebrating with Simon & Eva.
Music Generation takes place every Tuesday with Cian Cunniffe. All pupils participate in Music Generation. The fee for this term is included in the book bills. Pupils are allowed to bring the instruments home to practise. Please make sure to bring them in every Tuesday.
Tree Day 2021
We celebrated National Tree Day on Thursday 7th October. Pupils and staff participated in a nature walk to Longfield House.
Goal Jersey Day
GOAL Jersey Day took place on Friday 8th October. We raised €50 for GOAL. Thank you for your donations.
• Gaelic training takes place on Wednesday, with Eugene. GUM-SHIELDS COMPULSORY!
• Please bring football boots/change of runners, to school on Wednesdays so your child can play sports on the pitch.
Homework club continues this term from 3-4:30pm at €5 per day with Teresa. We ask that homework club fees be paid every Monday to Ms. Watson.
Pupils in the senior room started coding lessons with Liz Clinton & they will continue with classes every Tuesday until Christmas.
School Book Rental Scheme
Book bills have been sent to all families, please return monies to school as soon as possible.
• County Photos will visit our school on Wednesday 24th of November. Please wear full school uniform on this day.
• Our navy school crested jumper is available to purchase on myschooljumper.ie
All pupils attended the online Green Schools Award Ceremony on 6th of October for our 9th Green Schools Flag; Global Citizenship Travel. In November we will begin working towards our 10th Green Schools Flag for Global Citizenship, Food and Biodiversity. All themes run over a two year cycle. We welcome any suggestions/ideas on how we could improve biodiversity within our school grounds (including pollinator friendly fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers) while being mindful to reduce, reuse and upcycle/recycle where possible.
We are in the process of organising the meetings for this term. Subject to Department of Education approval, we plan to hold face to face meetings. To avoid parents congregating on the corridors, there will be strict adherence to the allocated times for meetings i.e. 10 minutes. Face coverings must be worn and social distancing observed. There will be a one way system to enter and exit the building which will be communicated to you before the meetings take place. Teachers will sanitise the area between each meeting. Details will follow shortly.
Science and Maths
All pupils took part in Maths and Space week activities during the month of October.
Science Week begins on Monday 8th November and all pupils will be taking part in a number of interactive science lessons and workshops during this week.
|Posted on December 21, 2021 at 9:35 AM|
Welcome back and a special welcome to those who have enrolled children in Rahara N.S. for the first time.
Contact Details: 090 6623393/ [email protected]
Mrs Aoife Mc Gowan - Principal & Junior Room Teacher
Ms. Niamh Watson - Deputy Principal & Senior Room Teacher
Mrs. Kathy Dolan - Special Education Teacher
Mr. Oliver Connaughton - Principal Administration Days (Teaches the Junior Room every Tuesday)
Board of Management:
Fr. Ray Milton
Aoife Mc Gowan
Junior & Senior Infants - 9:20 -2:00
1st – 6th Class – 9:20 – 3:00
Absenteeism: In the event of your child being absent please telephone 090 6623393 or email: [email protected] We are obliged to inform (TUSLA) the statutory education Welfare services of the child and family agency, if a child has missed 20 days or more in a school year. For further information see www.tusla.ie
Communication: The school uses the Aladdin “text” facility to communicate important messages to parents. Accordingly, it is very important that we have an up-to-date mobile number for you. Our text facility does not allow for replies so please email or phone the school if you wish to contact us. An emergency contact number should also be written in your child’s journal. Please let us know if you home/email address has changed.
Teachers will use the class See Saw platform for communicating with you (Monday-Friday). Due to teacher/class changes some previous accounts may need to be deleted and a new account will be set up.
We have a strict healthy eating policy in place in Rahara N.S. This can be viewed on our website www.rahara.com. One small treat is allowed on Fridays only. Pupils attending Afterschool may avail of kitchen facilities after 3:00 only. Rahara N.S is involved in the Green Schools Initiative and we encourage families to cut down on single use plastics such as cling film etc. All pupils must bring home their daily waste/packaging from their lunches.
Please ensure that your child wears their uniform to school every day and that all items of clothing are marked clearly with your child’s name. The uniform is as follows:
• Navy school crested jumper, this will be available to purchase on myschooljumper.ie from Monday 13th of September, grey pinafore/skirt/trousers and blue t-shirt.
• On P.E. days pupils may wear crested jumper/plain navy round-neck sweater and plain navy tracksuit bottoms (No Logos; stripes; hoody; branded top/bottoms; football jersey).
County Photos will visit our school on Wednesday 24th of November. Please wear full school uniform on this day.
Football training will commence on Wednesday 15th September until the October midterm. Pupils must wear gum shields. Please ensure that these have been ‘moulded’ before you bring them to school and that the box/container is clearly marked with your child’s name to prevent confusion.
School will be closed for all pupils on Friday 1st of October to facilitate teacher planning/training for the new Primary Language Curriculum.
Please find attached an updated school calendar. Please note that school closes at 12:30 on Thursday 23rd June 2022 for the school holidays.
|Posted on January 27, 2021 at 3:10 PM|
DECEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER
We are obliged to inform (Tusla) the statutory Educational Welfare services of the child and family agency,
if a child has missed 20 days or more in the school year. If your child cannot attend school please provide the
school with a written note or email outlining the reason for the absence. For further information see www.tusla.ie
Artist in Schools
Our school was selected to take part in the Artist in Schools Scheme 2020/21. This programme funds an artist to work
with the pupils for 15 hours over a term. Local Kiltoom Artist, Louise Shine came to our school and worked with the
children to create cyanotypes, futuristic flying vehicles and an imagined 2080 village. Louise also covered art history
and we were inspired by our Green Schools theme of Global Citizenship – Travel while making sure we used recycled
materials for our creations.
Thank you to Laurence Fallon for securing funding for Digital Speed Safety Lights, the renewal of road markings and a
Ball Stopping Net Structure for our school. We welcom these improvements around our school and community to
make it a safe and happy environment.
We are delighted to welcome Mrs. Kathy Dolan to our staff as Special Education Teacher. Mrs Dolan will teach in RaharaMonday-Thursday and is alsoavailable to meet with parents.
We are also delighted to have Ms. Michelle Kelly teaching in the Senior Room.
Padraig Lohan will continue his role as cleaner/caretaker for the coming year.
Patricia Finneran will continue as secretary and will be here and Monday and Wednesday afternoons.
Hurling training continues to take place every Monday at 2:00. Please ensure your child wears/brings PE gear on those days. Sanitised hurls
and helmets will be provided but pupils may bring their own if they wish.
All pupils took part in the Agrikids Webinar in November. The junior room had a story and then learned all about animal
behaviour and animal safety including behaviours in dogs, cats, bulls and horses. The senior room learned about farm machinery and
vehicles. All pupils discussed and learned the importance of safety signage.
All pupils took part in three cyclev workshops with Noel Feeley from Roscommon Sports Partnership in November/December as part of
our Green Schools Travel flag. We hope to have one more workshop with Noel in the New Year.
Cash for Clobber
Thank you to everyone who collected and donated their clobber at the end of November. It was a great success and our collection
came to a total of 780kg. This is a great way to fundraise for our school whilst raising awareness of textile recycling amongst children.
We recently received a cheque for €312 for our collection.
Toy Show Treats
Big thank you to Helena and Carly who made ‘goody bags’ for all pupils for the Late Late Toy Show. All children were delighted with their bags and it was a lovely gesture to make it an extra special show!
Science Week 2020
Science week 2020 took place between 5 – 9 November. The pupils were very busy investigating chemical reactions to inflate
balloons, make Oobleck and volcanic eruptions. They also made a drinks dispenser and had lots of fun working in pairs/groups.
A photographer will visit our school on Tuesday 12th January. Pupils are requested to be in full school uniform.
School will close on Tuesday 22nd December at 12:30 for Christmas holidays and re-open on Wednesday 6th January 2021.
Homework Club is a big success this year and we are delighted with our tutor, Teresa Nally. Please ensure that if your child attends Homework Club
that your child is collected @ 4:30pm SHARP. All Homework Club fees to be paid to Mrs. Mc Gowan at the start of each week. Please ensure yourchild brings a healthy snack for Homework Club as this is part of our schools Healthy Eating Policy.
Please ensure that your child wears their uniform to school every day. The Uniform is as follows:
Girls: Navy jumper, grey pinafore/skirt, blue t-shirt
Boys:Navy jumper, grey pants, blue t-shirt.
On PE days (Monday) pupils may wear plain dark grey/navy/black tracksuit bottoms (No logos or stripes)
Please label all items of the uniform to avoid confusion.
Parent Teacher Meeting.
Parent teacher Meetings will take place in the New Year. Dates and times are yet to be confirmed.
We wish you all a very peaceful and Happy Christmas
and thank you all for your continued support.
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The senior pupils will visit Ericsson on the 15th May. This is in conjunction with our Discover Primary Science + Maths Award. Huge gratitude to Seamus Molloy for setting up this exciting trip for the pupils.
One Good Idea Finals
The Electro Girls are thrilled to be representing our school at the SEAI One Good finals in Dublin Castle on the 14th May. The bus will depart Rahara @ 7am sharp and return @ 5pm. Please return all Publicity Consent forms for both pupils and adults attending Dublin Castle. Pupils who do not attend the finals will have a regular school day under the supervision of Mrs. McGowan and Ms. Connolly. The cost of the bus is €10 per person.
8th Green Flag success!
Congratulations to our Green schools committee and co-ordinator, Mrs. McGowan, as we were awarded our 8th Green Flag for Global Citizenship – Marine Environment. This was a team effort over the past 2 years and we are thrilled to be one of the first few primary schools in the country to achieve this award!
The committee will receive their award at a ceremony in the Hodson Bay Hotel on the 21st May.
We will have our own Green Flag celebration in Rahara NS on Friday 14th June @ 11am. This is always a great event with the Army Band adding to the festivities. Save the date!
School will be closed for polling for the upcoming elections on Friday 24th May.
School will be closed on Monday 6th May, Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th June as per our school calendar.
Please continue to collect soft, clean plastic for our eco-brick stools. We are delighted with our first eco-brick stool and hope to construct another stool in the coming weeks.
Transition year student
Mark O’Malley, TY student, is carrying out work experience in Rahara NS every Wednesday.
New Priamry Language Curriculum Day
School will be closed for all pupils on Friday 31st May as staff undertake training and planning for the new PLC. This closure has been sanctioned by the BOM.
The Senior pupils will attend Bay Sports on Thursday 2nd June. The cost of the tour is €30 per pupil.
The Junior pupils will go to the Derryglad Museum and visit the Planet entertainment centre on 11th June. The cost of this tour is €18 per pupil.
Our sports day will take place on Tuesday 18th/25th June, weather permitting.
The FAI soccer blitz for two teacher schools will take place in Lecarrow on Wednesday 1st May @ 11am.
The RDFL soccer blitz will take place in Lecarrow on Wednesday 8th May @ 10:30am. In order to avoid the costs of hiring a bus, we are asking parents to assist with lifts to/from Lecarrow on the above dates.
Pupils must wear shin guards!!
Cumann na mBunscol
The senior room will travel to Pearse’s GAA on Friday 3rd May @10am to participate in the 2 Teacher Schools football competition. The pupils will travel by bus. The cost is €5 per child. Pupils must wear gum shields.
There will be no H.W. club during the last week of June. Our final H.W.club will take place on Thursday 21st June.
School will close @ 12:30pm on Friday 28th June for the Summer holdiays
We will have a new cohort of Spanish students in Rahara NS between 20th- 24th May and 17th – 20th June. The BOM receives €50 per pupil per week. This is a great way of raising funds for our school.
Tests will take place between May 27th – June 7th. Please ensure your child is present on these days.
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Parent Teacher Meetings
Parent Teacher meetings will take place on Thursday 14th December. If this evening is not suitable, the teachers will organise an alternative time/date.
Heritage in Schools Expert
Martin Curley, Historian, has been visiting the senior pupils on Tuesday mornings during Nov/Dec and teaching the pupils about genealogy and the pupils have been investigating their own family history.
Child Safeguarding Policy
Our Child safeguarding policy was updated and ratified at a BOM meeting on 6th November, 2018. This policy is available on request. A copy of the policy is also on the noticeboard in our entrance hallway.
Rahara NS has been nominated for an Environmental Award by Roscommon County Council. Mrs Costello and two pupils will attend the award ceremony on Tue evening 11th Dec in Roscommon. Winners will be announced on the night!
Science Week 2018
Science week 2018 took place between 12 – 16 November. The pupils were very busy investigating bridges, loads and weight, filtering water, investigating surface of the moon, making moon biscuits, creating mooon rockets, designing a martian and making Oobleck.
Photos are available on our school facebook page (www.facebook.com/RaharaNationalSchool)
*You do not need a facebook account to view these photos.
Garda John O’Connor, community officer, will visit the senior pupils on 4th December to discuss internet safety.
Swimming will take place on Mondays @ 12 noon in Roscommon pool during January and February. Swimming is part of the PE Curriculum and All pupils are expected to participate in lessons.
A photographer will visit our school on Wednesday 5th December. Pupils are requested to be in full school uniform.
School will close on Friday 21st December at 12 midday for Christmas holidays and re-open on Monday 7th January 2019. (Don’t forget your swimming gear!)
Pupils may wear their Christmas jumpers on the day of the holidays!
We wish you all a very peaceful and Happy Christmas and thank you all for your continued support.