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December 2014 Newsletter

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 10:10 AM


Our final swimming lesson took place this week. €53 per child is now due. Please pay before Friday 19th December as the bus and pool have to be paid. Thank you.


WW1 History Field Trip

The senior pupils travelled to Ballyjamesduff on Friday 28th November to visit Cavan County Museum and the WW1 Trench experience. This was a brilliant opportunity for the children to explore the WW1 trench experience. For more information visit :

Cash for Clobber

We would like to thank you all for all your clothing donations. We collected 42 bags of recyclable materials and raised €130 for our school.


Green Flag

All pupils are developing a Green Schools “Global citizenship – litter & waste” code and poster. On Thursday 18th December 1st – 6th class pupils participated in a Skype call with scientist, Leighton Rolley, who is on board a research ship in the Pacific Ocean. The children asked the scientist questions about his job and the problem of rubbish in our oceans and the “Pacific Garbage Patch”. He encouraged us to recycle ALL our rubbish and prevent further pollution.


All pupils participated in a SEAI energy workshop in school on Friday last 12th December.

A Wooly Nice Tale

OM Ireland visited our school on Tuesday 16th December and the children enjoyed a performance of “A Wooly Nice Tale”. This was a fantastic production and embraced the true meaning of Christmas.



We are collecting items associated with restaurants for role-play in the junior room. We are also low on materials for “junk art” and would appreciate any materials people gather over the holidays e.g. old decorations, sweet/wrapping paper, tins, boxes, etc.


Mrs. Costello will take graduation leave on 5th & 6th January 2015. Mrs. Costello is graduating from Waterford IT with a Masters in Management in Education. Mrs. Burke and Ms. O’Reilly will cover both days.

Christmas Break

We finish on Friday 19th December @ 12:30pm for Christmas. Children may wear their “Christmas Jumper and Santa Hat”!

Term 2 begins on Monday 5th January 2015 @ 9;20am

Primary Online Database (POD)

Please fill in and return the POD form to school, if you have not already done so. The school is required to enter this data onto the Departments POD system. If you require another copy of the form, please contact us at the school.

Blue Star Award

Senior pupils interviewed Luke Ming Flanagan, MEP on Friday 12th December. Mr Flanagan spent an hour and a half with the pupils and answered all the questions they had prepared for him. Now the pupils will create a project entitled “A day in the life of an MEP”.


County Photos

County photo will be visiting Rahara NS to take individual/family photos on Friday 9th January 2015.


Junior Entrepreneur Programme

The senior room will participate in the JEP over 10-12 week period during Jan – March 2015. Pupils will generate individual and team project ideas and through a process of negotiation, presentation and pitching to the “Dragons” the pupils will reach agreement on their JEP “Big Idea”. Pupils are allowed to brainstorm at home with family about a product or service they would like to design, develop, market and sell. We are looking forward to starting the JEP in 2015!


Happy Christmas

The staff of Rahara NS wish you all a Holy and Peaceful Christmas and health and happiness in 2015!





Newsletter November 2014

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Science Week

Science week took place from 10th -14th November. The senior pupils attended a Science Magic Show in the Convent of Mercy, Roscommon. Pupils participated in various experiments including piercing a balloon with a skewer, flame test, foam snake and cloud in a bottle. The pupils had a most enjoyable experience.

Back in Rahara NS all classes participated in hands-on science experiments for Science Week.

Senior pupils made soil soup, concrete blocks and investigated warm air. The junior pupils investigated how plants drink. They investigated sounds and cleaned dirty water.


Public Health Nurse

Our Public Health Nurse visited our school on Monday 10th November and carried out check up’s on junior infants and 6th class pupils.

Blue Star Award

The pupils are participating in the Blue Star Awards. As part of this EU initiative the pupils are learning about the EU, its parliament and the life of EU MEP’s. We have invited Luke Ming Flanagan (MEP) to our school on Friday 12th December. The pupils will interview Mr. Flanagan and learn more about the day to day life of an MEP.


Numeracy - SSE

We would like to express our thanks to all the parents who are collaborating with their children for the weekly problem solving tasks. We understand that this is sometimes an onerous task but are delighted with these Numeracy home-school links that have been established. Please continue to discuss the problems using our strategy RUDE (Read, underline, draw & estimate) Take time to listen to your child as they try out their ideas, without directing them to a particular strategy. Correct answers are important however developing a capacity to use a correct problem solving process needs to be the higher priority. As in secondary school, teachers award marks for rough work and effort.


Green Flag

 A SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) primary schools workshop will take place on Friday 12th December in our school. This workshop will help pupils have a better awareness of energy and climate change. Pupils will participate in various experiments and an “energy game”.

Pupils are learning about the theme of “Global –litter and Waste”. All pupils will learn about the life cycle of a “plastic bottle” and the problems of plastic litter in the worlds oceans.

In conjunction with this, the pupils will participate in a Skype call to oceanographer, Dr. Leighton Rolley, who is currently based onboard the “Falkor” ship in the Pacific ocean. Dr. Rolley will discuss the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” and take questions from our pupils! This is a fantastic opportunity for our cohort of pupils to have live links with the Pacific ocean.

For more information about the ship check out


Swimming lessons are on Wednesdays until Christmas. Soccer will resume in January. Gaelic training will resume in March. Hurling will continue every Tuesday.

Cake sale for Alzheimer’s

A cake sale for the Alzheimer’s association will be held in Rahara NS on Sunday 7th December after 10am mass.


WW1 History Field Trip

The senior pupils will participate in a History Field Trip on Friday 28th November to Cavan County Museum. This visit promises to be an interactive and hands-on history experience for the pupils. Pupils will visit a “trench” and see and touch WW1 artefacts. The BOM will cover the cost of the bus. Pupils are to pay the €2 cover charge. There is a shop in the museum and I would appeal to parents to give a maximum of €3 spending money (€5 in total).

Pupils must wear their school uniforms and bring a packed lunch. Mobile phones are not permitted. Hand held devices may be brought, but each child is responsible for their own devices. Teachers will not take responsibility for any electronic devices.



Library Van

The Library van will continue to visit our school every month. Our next visit is scheduled for Tuesday 9th December.



Parent/Teacher communication

Parent Teacher meetings will take place during week 1st -5th December. Please contact the teacher if your time/date does not suit.



We are collecting Christmas materials/decorations for Santa’s grotto/workshop in the junior room.



October Newsletter

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Maths Week

A huge congratulations to all the pupils for their success in the Maths Week 2014 Target Board competitions. The junior room came in 7th place in Ireland while the senior room came in 2nd place! The pupils displayed great determination all week and we are very proud of their maths ability!

Parent/Teacher communication

Parent Teacher meeting will take place during the first week of December.

Mid-Term Break

School closes @ 3pm this Friday for Mid-Term Break.


Blue Star Programme

All pupils will participate in the Blue Star Programme in 2014-15. It is an initiative that aims to foster better knowledge and understanding of the EU and how it affects our lives, through classroom projects and activities. The goal of the programme is to foster a strong sense of citizenship and leadership among participants that goes far beyond the school walls of Rahara NS! As part of the project we have invited MEP, Luke “Ming” Flanagan to visit our school to learn about “a day in the life of an MEP”. Mr Flanagan hopes to visit in November, in between his visits to Brussels!


Junior Entrepreneur Progaramme

The senior pupils will participate in the JEP over a 10 week period Jan – March ’15. Pupils will use their creativity to come up with individual business ideas. They come together as a class to choose one idea and then work to turn this idea into reality over 10 weeks.



The following policies have been reviewed by the BOM and are available to view on our website:

-Child Protection


-Parent/Teacher communication.


The following new policies have been ratified by the BOM and are available to view on the websie:

-SEN (Special Educational Needs)

-Assessment & Record Keeping


Our whole school Music Plan was ratified by the BOM. This plan is available to view in the school office.



Mrs McGowan is currently collecting any resources you may have in connection with the theme “Doctors” e.g. blankets, dolls, uniforms, old phones, toy ambulance, doctor sets, etc. Aistear uses different types of play to support children’s learning across the curriculum.


 Christmas Annuals

If you wish to order a Christmas annual for your child please return €2 to school on/before this Friday 24th October.


Swimming resumes for all pupils on Wednesday 5th November between 11-12. Parents, if available, are welcome to come to the pool to assist with drying and dressing their child/children. . Staff may assist with drying and changing in exceptional circumstances (e.g. if a child is distressed or becomes ill). Staff dressing/drying pupils in these circumstances must ensure they have another member of staff or another pupil present in these circumstances. Staff will report the drying/ changing to the child’s parents at the first possible opportunity.

Cost of swimming is to be confirmed and parents will be notified as soon as it is available.



The BOM reiterates that it’s staff cannot accept pupils before 9:20am


Cash For Clobber

Please return any old clothing, shoes, household textiles and handbags (no duvets or pillows) We hope to exchange the above for cash and be in with a chance to win a €1500 prize. This is a great way to fundraise for our school whilst raising awareness of textile recycling amongst children. “Clobber” may be placed in black bin liners. Our collection date is this Friday 24th October.


Dress up for GOAL

Pupils may dress up this Friday in their Halloween costumes. Please give a donation to GOAL, who are working to help Ebola victims in Serra Leone and Liberia.




Newsletter September 2014

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Child Protection

The (DLP) Designated Liasion person is Mrs. Costello. The Deputy DLP is Mrs. McGowan. Our Child Protection policy is updated annually and is available on our school website.


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 outlining the reason for the absence. For further information see


If you wish to withdraw your child during the school day, please collect your child from the front door and fill in the “sign in/out” book on the table.

School Door Bell

For security reasons we have installed a school door bell. Only staff members can answer the door and it is locked, from the inside, during class time.


Parent/Teacher communication

We have an open-door policy for parents, so please call in or make an appointment to talk to any staff member.


School Self Evaluation



We will continue to focus on the development of vocabulary and oral language in this school year. We saw great success in the improvement of oral language scores and reading fluency in 2013-14. In Term 3, we introduced Peer Tutoring to all pupils. Over an 8 week period we saw an improvement in our pupil’s reading age by an average of 9 months. We are thrilled with these scores and are looking forward to sustaining and improving our great results.


Library Van

Roscommon library van will visit our school once a month for this school year. Pupils are invited to change their books. We have introduced “DEAR” time (Drop Everything And Read) into our daily timetable. Pupils are encouraged to spend 10 minutes reading for pleasure. This is in conjunction with our improving literacy strategy for 2014-15.


This year we will focus on improving pupil’s problem solving ability in Maths.



We are delighted to welcome Ms. Kym O’Reilly to our staff as Learning Support/Resource teacher. Ms O’Reilly will teach in Rahara Tue-Fri and is also available to meet with parents.


Padraig Lohan will continue his role as cleaner/caretaker for the coming year.

Patricia Finneran will continue as secretary and will be here Tuesday and Friday afternoons.


Staff Meeting

There will be a staff meeting on Thursday 2nd October from 2-4pm. All pupils will finish @2pm on that day.


Maths Week

Maths week will take place in Rahara NS from 13th -17th October. We are already looking forward to this exciting, fun filled online maths event.


Swimming lessons will take place in Roscommon pool on Wednesdays from 11-12, starting on 5th November for 7 weeks.

Book Bills

Book bills will be sent home shortly.


10 new Ipad 4’s have been ordered for our school and should be delivered next Wednesday. These will be shared between all pupils.


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 and be in with a chance to win a €1500 prize. This is a great 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!!


Hurling training will take place on Tuesdays and Gaelic training will take place on Wednesdays. Please ensure your child wears/brings PE gear on those days. Boots and gumshields can be left in school to avoid forgetting them. Gumshields should be clearly labelled and left in the office.


Dates for Diary

First Communion

Sunday 3rd May @ 10am Rahara church.



Monday 13th April @ 11am in Knockcroghery church.



Newsletter June 2014

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Summer Clothes

Pupils may wear shorts, hats, sandals with a school t-shirt over the coming days. Please ensure your child wears sunblock/cream.


School reports will be posted over the coming days. Reports will include results of standardised tests, school calendar 2014-15, booklists, a “Help My Kids Learn” booklet for parents and an NCCA Sten explaination sheet for parents.

School Jumpers

If you wish to order a school jumper, you may browse through the sample jumpers in our school entrance hall and fill in the order sheet.


Taster Morning

New infants are invited to our school on Friday 27th June for a taster morning. We are looking forward to meeting our new pupils!


Sixth class graduation dinner party will take place in the school on Tuesday 24th June. Good luck to our graduates on their transition to post-primary school this year!


Special Interest Talks

All pupils will be assessed in the coming days. Please ensure your child prepares and practices their special interest talk at home. A mind map must be prepared in advance of SIT outlining the vocabulary that will be used.


School will close @ 12:30pm on Friday 27th June for Summer holidays. The new school year starts on Thursday 28th August @ 9:20am


School Play

Pupils are extremely busy rehearsing for our school play! The play will take place on Thursday 26th June @ 6pm. Pupils will need to arrive at Culleen Hall from 5:15pm to get into costume and make-up.

There will be no interval during the play but we will have a cover charge on the door. Please invite your family and friends along as the play is very entertaining!

Any volunteers, who would like to help with the cover charge on the door, please contact the staff.



On Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th the pupils will travel by bus to Culleen Hall to rehearse. Pupils must be collected from Culleen Hall next Wednesday & Thursday @ 3pm.


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 all the 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!
















School Play 2014

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 7:10 AM

The pupils of Rahara NS are busy with rehearsals for the upcoming production of 'Alas in Blunderland' by Peter Gunning. 'Alas in Blunderland’ is a comic play which is designed to be staged by young performers. In the play, the three bears and the wolves are unhappy about the way they are treated in fairy tales until they learn the stories of Cinderella and Snow White! All is not what it appears to be in the story books!


Auditions took place the first week after the Easter break and all pupils were assigned their parts in the play. The pupils are excitedly learning their lines and preparing their costumes. The play will take place on Thursday evening the 26th June in Culleen Hall at 6pm. Come along for a good evening of entertainment from our cast of 26 pupils!


Newsletter May 2014

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Senior Room

The senior room are learning about Europe and the EU. They are also learning about the Celts. We are enjoying our novel “Kensuke’s Kingdom”. The senior maths set are learning about area & volume.


Junior Room


The pupils in the junior room are busy learning about the life cycle of the butterfly. They are learning about primary and secondary colours in art. We are starting the novel “Flat Stanley”. In maths we are learning about fractions and weight.


School Self Evaluation (Numeracy)

Numeracy questionaires will be emailed to you shortly. Please fill out one per child. Hard copies are also available.


Peer Tutoring

All pupils are participating in “peer tutoring” in term 3. Peer tutoring is a buddy reading system which takes place 4 days a week for 30 minutes over an 8 week period. We hope to increase pupils vocabulary and reading ability. This is in conjunction with our school improvement plan in the area of literacy.

Pyjama Day

“Pyjama Day” took place on Friday 11th April. We raised €100 for Bóthar. Our donation will help send an Irish dairy cow or goat to a developing country.


Discover Primary Science

The closing date for the Discover Primary Science award is next week. Mrs. McGowan & pupils are busy compiling our application.


 Irish Aid Awards

The senior room participated in the Irish Aid Awards. The pupils created a drama highlighting issues faced by children living in developing countries. We received a certificate of participation.


Trocaire Better World Awards

The whole school participated in the Trocaire Better Schools Awards project. Pupils learned about water and water shortages in developing countries. The senior room composed poems.

The junior pupils worked as water detectives to find all the different water sources in our school. We also compared our lives to Enestina’s in Malawi and learned ways in which we are similar and different.

Dates for Diary:


Staff Meeting

School will close this Thursday 8th May @ 2pm for all pupils to facilitate a staff meeting.



Open Evening

An open evening will take place this Thursday 8th May @ 6pm for all new entrants.


School Closure

School will be closed on Friday 23rd May for polling in the local & European elections.


School Play

All pupils are auditioning for parts in our upcoming play “Alas in Blunderland”. The play will take place at the end of June, venue to be confirmed. It is a whole school production and all pupils will have a part.

Standardised Tests

Standardised tests in Literacy & Numeracy will take place over the coming weeks.


Parental leave

Mrs. Costello was granted parental leave by the BOM from 19th – 30th May. Ms. Martina Fitzmaurice will cover the leave.









Newsletter March 2014

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 5:50 AM

Senior Room

The senior room are busy learning about Irish Aid and preparing a project for the World Aid Awards. This is in conjunction with our “Global citizenship” theme for our next Green flag in 2015. We have been creating brochures and the 5th & 6th maths set are currently learning about length. The 3rd & 4th maths set are learning about time.

The pupils will be learning Samba Drumming between 10th – 28th March.


Junior Room

Pupils in the junior room had great fun making and eating pancakes on Pancake Tuesday. Pupils are busy investigating weight and capacity in maths. We are learning about Zacchaeus in preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation this month. Pupils are learning about Malawi and the importance of water in our daily routine. They are enjoying listening to the story of “The Twits” and are looking forward to Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Late Arrivals/Absences

Pupils will be marked absent on the roll book if he/she is not present in school at 10:30am. (Dept. of Ed, circular 28/2013) Please ensure your child arrives to school at 9:20am, as late arrival causes disruption. We thank parents for adhering to the 9:20am arrival time.


Fairtrade Friday

All pupils are learning about Fairtrade in our school this week. We hope to achieve a “Fairtrade School” flag. On Friday we will have “morning tea/coffee/hot chocolate” in the GP hall with cookies. All products consumed will be fairtrade. Pupils will sample Fairtrade chocolate and participate in a Fairtrade Poster competition. Marks & Spencers, Athlone have sponsored two prizes – for Junior & Senior rooms. Winners announced on Friday!!

National Tree Week 2014

We celebrated NTW in Rahara NS on Monday 3rd March by planting a Rowan tree in our biodiversity garden. Two members of the Roscommon Leader Partnership Rural Men’s group visited our school & planted the tree. They included Johnny Byrne and a past pupil, Liam Donnelly. Many thanks!

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge takes place in Rahara NS between 10th – 14th March. Pupils will participate in Ceilí dancing, table quizes, aerobics trí gaeilge and a concert. We will have a “Lá Glas” on Friday 14th, whereby pupils may wear anything green to school!


Dates for Diary


First Confession will take place on 26th March @7:30pm in Rahara church.


First Holy Communion will take place on Sunday 4th May @10am in Rahara church.


Confirmation will take place on Wednesday 30th April 2014 @ 11am in Knockcroghery church.


World Book Day

World book day takes place on Thursday 6th March. We will celebrate World Book Day in Rahara NS by dressing up as a character from any book. Pupils are asked to bring their favourite book(s) to school on Thursday.



Swimming lessons

Swimming lessons continue on Monday from 11-12 am. Swimming money is due to be paid by final lesson on Monday 28th April. Thank you.


Work experience

Conor Fallon, past pupil, will carry out work experience in Rahara NS from 24th – 28th March.


Tidy School Awards

Rahara NS received a certificate of Merit award in the Tidy Schools competition 2013.



We received a certificate from GOAL in appreciation for the €117.26 raised during our non-uniform day in November 2013.









Newsletter January 2014

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 5:40 AM


Senior Room

We are busy practicing persuasive writing and debating.

The 5th & 6th maths set are learning averages and the 3rd & 4th set are learning division.

We are busy learning Irish verbs.

We are learning about China and will celebrate the Chinese New Year on Friday 31st January.

We are looking forward to starting Tag Rugby.

Junior Room

 Pupils in the junior room are busy learning all about teeth. They will investigate the work of a dentist.

They will also investigate the effects of different drinks on hard boiled eggs.

Pupils are learning about the food pyramid and what foods make up a balanced diet.

2nd class are learning prayers for their first confession.


Gwen Malone will be attending a course in UCD for the next four weeks. Odette Petit will be the substitute LSRT teacher from Monday 20th January.

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools week takes place from 27th -31st January.

During that week we will be focusing on places of faith and learning.


Tag Rugby training will start on Monday 20th January for 7 weeks. Steve Gregory form Connaught Rugby will train the pupils. Please ensure pupils wear PE gear and bring boots to school every Monday.

Dates for Diary

 First Confession will take place on 26th March @7:30pm in Rahara church.


First Holy Communion will take place on Sunday 4th May @10am in Rahara church.


Confirmation will take place on Wednesday 30th April 2014 @ 11am in Knockcroghery church.

Mid-Term Break

We are taking a five day Mid-Term break this year. We finish @3pm on Friday 14th February and re-open on Monday 24th February at 9:20am.

Swimming lessons

Swimming lessons for all pupils will begin on Thursday 27th February and end on 10th April (7 lessons). A letter regarding same has been sent home to all families. Please return the consent form before the lessons begin.








Fairtrade Friday 2014

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 5:55 AM

Pupils from Rahara National School participated in Fairtrade Friday celebrations on Friday 7th March. During Fairtrade fortnight the staff delivered lessons on Fairtrade to all pupils throughout the school teaching the pupils all about the concept of ‘Fairtrade’. Pupils learnt that Fairtrade guarantees a better deal for the farmers in developing countries. They also learned about Fairtrade bananas from the Dominican Republic, coffee from Uganda, tea from India and sugar from Malawi.

The school is currently working towards its sixth Green Schools Award for Global Citizenship under the guidance of the Green schools co-ordinator, Mrs. Aoife McGowan. By learning all about Fairtrade the pupils are deepening their understanding of global citizenship.

On Friday 7th March the pupils celebrated Fairtrade Friday when the staff transformed their GP hall into a café! The staff served Fairtrade ONLY products to the pupils. The pupils enjoyed Fairtrade hot chocolate, tea, coffee, sugar and Fairtrade chocolate chip cookies. Pupils also participated in a chocolate taste test, sampling both Fairtrade and non-Fairtrade chocolate and distinguishing the difference between the two.

A Fairtrade poster competition took place and the two winners, Beckham Janzen and Rachel Fallon, both received a €5 Marks & Spencer’s voucher each. The prize was sponsored by M&S, Athlone.

The staff of Rahara NS has converted their staff room into a Fairtrade staffroom. Only Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar will be available to all visitors to our school from here on in! Rahara NS hopes to become a Fairtrade school and gain the Fairtrade School award!