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February Newsletter 2016

Posted on February 24, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Spelling Bee 2016

Congratulations to Beckham Janzen, 6th class, who is our ‘Spelling Bee’ 2016 champion. Beckham will represent the school in the county finals next Monday. We wish him the best of luck!


Open Evening

We would like to thank everybody who made the open evening a success. All help, including distributing flyers, hanging up posters and ‘spreading the good word’, is greatly appreciated by staff.



School will close this Friday 26th February as our school is used as a polling station for the upcoming elections.


Engineers Week 2016

All pupils (Infants-6th) will attend an Engineering workshop in the Ardagh and Heritage Creative Centre, Co. Longford on Wednesday 2nd March. This is in conjunction with our Discover Primary Science and Maths programme. Pupils will investigate engineering with a civil engineer and build a model of a bridge. After lunch, the pupils will attend a 1916 workshop and learn about toys and games a hundred years ago. Pupils should wear their full school uniform and bring a packed lunch and drink. The bus will depart at 9am sharp and return at 3:30pm approx. Mrs Costello will send a text to parents, when leaving the venue, for a more accurate estimated time of arrival. The bus and workshops are funded by the Board of Management.


Proclamation day- 15th March 2016

Irish TV film crew will visit Rahara NS on the 15th March to film the raising of our National Flag for Proclamation Day. They will also interview pupils about our school and all the initiatives that we are involved in. More details to follow.


Grandparents Day 2015

A big thank-you to all the grandparents who attended our Grandparents Prayer Service in Rahara NS on the 2nd of February. It was a lovely service and a wonderful opportunity for grandparents to catch a glimpse of the day in a life of our school.

SPHE -Meditation & Mindfulness

Louise Shanagher, children’s therapist, and artist, Rose Finnerty, visited our school in February to give four meditation workshops to the pupils. This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for the pupils and it gave the pupils some great strategies for dealing with their worries and anxieties.

Staff would like to continue their wonderful work through teacher-led mindfulness sessions. These sessions are linked to the SPHE curriculum. Teachers will be using a resource called ‘The Zone’ which encourages relaxation and confidence. The children will be introduced to awareness of breath, thoughts and emotions through visualisation, affirmation and breathing techniques. This CD is available to parents should they wish to listen to it, prior to the mindfulness sessions.



Mrs Costello attended the IPPN (Irish Primary Principal’s Network) Conference in Dublin on the 27th and 28th January.

Ms. O’Reilly will attend her Post Graduate course in Special Needs in NUIG between 22nd Feb-5th March. Ms. Irwin will cover her leave.


Easter/St. Patrick’s Day Closures

School will close at 12:30pm on Wednesday 16th March for St. Patrick’s day and Easter, combined. School will re-open on Monday 4th April at 9:20am.


World Book Day 2016

Pupils are invited to dress-up as a character from a book, on Thursday 3rd March, for World Book Day!


Seachtain na Gaeilge

SNAG 2016 will take place in Rahara NS between 7th-16th March. Pupils are encouraged to speak ‘as gaeilge’ during this time. There will be dancing, singing, games and prizes throughout the week. Lá Glas will take place on Wednesday 16th March. Pupils are encouraged to wear green clothes on that day.


‘One Good Idea’ Project

Our four 6th class pupils, team Carbondos, have been selected as one of the top 20 teams in Ireland to go through to the semi-finals of the ‘One Good Idea’ project. The pupils have coded a carbon footprint quiz through the app ‘Hopscotch’. This app is free to download on any apple device. Please tell all your friends and family about the game and encourage them to take the Carbondos quiz. The pupils have designed a poster and composed a rap about CO2! The pupils must now create a 4 minute presentation for the SEAI judges. You can also follow team Carbondos on Facebook.


Healthy Lunches

We have included a booklet about healthy lunches from the HSE. Remember that a small treat is allowed on Fridays only!



Grandparents Day 2016

Posted on January 25, 2016 at 10:10 AM

A special Grandparents Day celebration will take place in Rahara NS on Tuesday 2nd February. All grandparents are invited to attend our Grandparents Prayer Service at 1pm in the school hall. We will celebrate the importance of grandparents and indeed great-grandparents in our lives. Light refreshments will be served after the celebration. Please come along!


Posted on January 14, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Rahara N.S Open Night will take place on Thursday evening 11th February 2016 between 6-7pm.  If your child is scheduled to start school in September 2016 or if you are contemplating changing schools, please come and visit us before making your decision. We have a lot to offer! 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.  You can also follow us on Facebook!

November/December Newsletter 2015

Posted on December 22, 2015 at 7:15 AM

Comfirmation Meeting

A meeting for parents of 6th class pupils, who will be receiving the sacrament of Confirmation, will take place in Knockcroghery NS @ 7:45pm on Wednesday 9th December.



1916 Centenary Celebrations

Lieutenant Billy Henshaw will visit our school on Monday 21st December to present us with an Irish Flag and the Proclamation of the Rebublic. Following this, the all pupils  will perform a Play about the 1916 Rising.

All parents, grandparents and extended family members are invited to this special event. The celebreation will commence at 1:30pm.




Our newly elected Parents Nominees are Noreen Fallon and Simon Moran. Congratulations to both parents.

The Community Reps are Nuala Dolan and Jimmy Murray. The other members of the board are Fr. Ray Milton, Tommy Carney, Ruth Costello and Aoife McGowan.

We look forward to working together on our new BOM.


Christmas Holidays

School will close on Tuesday 22nd December @ 12:30pm for Christmas holidays. Pupils may wear their Christmas Jumpers to school on this day!


School opens for Term 2 on Wednesday 6th January 2016 @ 9;20am.


All pupils and staff will attend 10am mass in Rahara church on Wednesday 6th January, to celebrate the feast of Epiphany.



Cake Sale

A cake sale will take place in Rahara NS on Sunday 13th December following 10am mass. All proceeds will go to the Alzheimers Association.



Swimming Lessons

The final swimming lesson takes place on Thursday 17th December. Please return all monies to the school by then as both the bus and swimming pool have to be paid.



Summer Works Scheme 2016

Mrs. Costello has applied to the Dept. of Education for a grant to upgrade all school toilets. If granted, refurbishment will take place during Summer 2016.



Roscommon Solstice Choir

Lecarrow Benevolent Fund Committee will present the Roscommon Solstice Choir and 5th & 6th class pupils from our parish schools, in a concert on Friday 18th December in Knockcroghery Church. Tickets cost €10 and are available to purchase in school. 5th & 6th class pupils go free as they are performing on the night. All proceeds go to Lecarrow Benevolent Fund.



Mrs Costello will take parental leave from 14th -18th December. This leave has been sanctioned by the BOM and Ms. Irwin will cover the week.


Mrs. McGowan will return to school on Monday 21st December.


We wish Ms. Connolly very best in her future career. She will be missed greatly by the staff, pupils and parents.


Holy Day – 8th December

All pupils and staff will attend 10am mass in Rahara church on Tuesday 8th December, to celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception.



Super Troopers

Super Troopers is a Healthy Homework programme designed to increase children’s level of physical activity. Children should complete their short activity nightly from their Activity Journal. Children can complete this alone or get parents involved. Please sign this Journal weekly. Pupils are currently working on Navy, Week 5 in their ST Journals.


Christmas Show

Pupils will attend the “Little Light Christmas Show” in Roscommon Arts Centre on Wednesday 2nd December. Please ensure that your child arrives in school at 9:20am sharp on Wednesday as the bus will depart shortly thereafter. The cost of the show and the bus is €10 per child.


“The Donkey’s Back” Christmas show will take place in Rahara NS on Wednesday 16th December. OM Ireland have produced another entertaining Christmas show that explains the true meaning of Christmas. This show is free.





October 2015 Newsletter

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 8:25 AM

Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons start in Roscommon Pool on Thursdays in November & December for all pupils. The cost of swimming is €50 for 7 lessons. (€25 bus + €25 lessons)

Please send money for swimming to school before the end of the lessons. Thank you.

 Book Bills

Please return all book rental, etc. money ASAP. Please ensure all rented books are covered.


School Self Evaluation


Pupils will continue to do weekly Problem Solving comprehension cards as part of their homework activities.

Pupils from 2nd – 6th are participating in “Maths Games Mondays” between 2 -3 pm.

Staff completed CPD in Numeracy in problem solving on Thursday 15th October in Rahara NS with Claire Coroon between 4-6pm. Mrs. Costello also invited local schools to the CPD Maths training. A second workshop will take place on 5th November from 4 -6pm.


Pupils from 2nd – 6th class have started PALS. PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Strategies) is a reading programme which builds fluency and comprehension skills. In PALS, pupils work in pairs to help each other improve their reading and comprehension skills. PALS takes place three days per week, between 2-3pm.

We have bought 50 new differentiated novels for the PALS programme. Pupils are undergoing PALS training during October and the programme will be fully implemented after Mid-Term.


The staff have chosen Gaeilge as the 3rd subject for S.S.E. A PDST Gaeilge advisor will visit our school on 4th November to assist the staff with the Gaeilge School Improvement Plan.


Staff Meeting

School will finish at 2pm on Thursday 22nd October for all pupils to facilitate a staff meeting from 2 -4pm.

Mid-Term Break

School will close at 3pm

on Friday 23rd October for Mid-Term Break. It will re-open on Monday 2nd November @ 9:20am.

Pupils may dress up for Halloween on Friday 23rd October.


Super Troopers

Super Troopers is a Healthy Homework programme designed to increase children’s level of physical activity. Children should complete their short activity nightly from their Activity Journal. Children can complete this alone or get parents involved. Please sign this Journal weekly.


Lost & Found

There are significiant amount of unclaimed items of clothing in our school. These have been placed in a basket inside the front door. Please feel free to have a browse. Any unclaimed items will be donated to charity over the mid-term break.

Library Van

The Library van will visit our school on Tuesday 10th November.


Fire Safety Week

Members of Roscommon Fire Brigade will visit our school on Tuesday 20th October to give a fire safety workshop to all students.


1916 Centenary Celebrations

Members of the Defence Forces will visit our school on Friday 11th December to present us with the National Flag and read the Proclamation of the Republic. The flag will be raised on Proclamation Day, 15th March 2016. We hope that all family members can attend our Centenary Celebration on 11th December. Light refreshments will be served.



Congratulations to all Senior pupils who participated in a soccer competition in Donamon last Tuesday with St John’s NS. Great success was had by all.


Hurling Blitz

5th & 6th classes have been invited to a Hurling Blitz in St. Dominic’s on Monday 19th October between 11-12:30. Mrs Costello will attend the blitz. 3rd & 4th classes will remain in school with Ms. Connolly.


Goal Jersey Day 2015

Thank you all for your donations to GOAL. €70 was raised and the monies was donated to GOAL. 

Tree Day

All pupils participated in a Tree Day Nature walk and Scavanger hunt. The Juniors planted a Hazel tree in our Biodiversity garden. All photos are available to see on You do not need a facebook account to access our facebook page.



Parent’s nominations should be returned to the school ASAP. A secret ballot will be held shortly to elect 2 new parent nominees to our BOM.




Newsletter September 2015

Posted on September 16, 2015 at 7:25 AM

Senior Room

Reading packs

Pupils will receive an English graded reading pack and 2or3 Irish readers, fortnightly. These should be read at home, as paired reading with an adult. Pupils must complete a Book Review from one of the English books every fortnight.

 Please return any reading packs that may be at home, as there are still a number missing.

School Self Evaluation


The staff of Rahara NS analysed the 2015 standardised Maths tests for 1-6th classes and compared these to the test results for 2014. The results showed and average improvement of 9% in the pupil’s problem solving scores. This is a fantastic achievement and we are very proud of our pupils. We will continue to target problem solving in numeracy this year. Pupils from 1st – 6th will have weekly problem solving homework cards. We promote the use of collaboration at home to discuss Maths.

Furthermore, the pupils will engage in problem solving through Maths games each Monday from 2-3pm. We hope this will improve the pupil’s attitude to Maths in Rahara NS.


Ms O’Reilly will undertake a part-time Post Graduate Diploma in Special Education Needs this year. She will attend lectures in NUIG from 10th – 23rd September. Ms Haley Irwin will cover her leave.

 Mrs Costello will attend an IPPN Principals Seminar in Dublin this Wednesday 9th September. Ms. Irwin will cover the day.


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


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.

Book Rental Scheme

Please ensure all book rental scheme books are covered to protect the books.


We have a strict healthy eating policy in place in Rahara NS. This can be viewed on our website One small treat is allowed on Fridays only.



Tennis lessons have resumed on Mondays for September.

Hurling will resume on Tuesdays and Gaelic football on Wednesdays. Please ensure your child wears plain grey/navy/black tracksuit bottoms and runners on sports days. Pupils must wear gumshields during Gaelic training on Wednesdays. (These can be purchased in SportsWorld for under €5.)




Blue Star Award 2015

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 10:50 AM

We have completed our Blue Star Award 2015 project and submitted it for inspection.  The pupils covererd the four areas which included EU Geography, EU History, EU Culture and the Institutions of the EU.  We also celebrated Europe Day on May 8th and hosted an EU food tasting fair!

To download the Blue Star Programme Report, click on the Policys page and go to the further information section.

Newsletter April

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Europe Day Celebrations

Pupils will celebrate Europe Day on Friday 8th May. Parents and family are invited to EU tasting fair and exhibition @ 1pm in the school hall.

Orange Day- 1st May

Wear something orange on Friday May 1st for “Join Our Boys Trust”. Please donate €2 to the trust. See Help to defeat Muscular Dystrophy.


Due to a change in the weather, there has been a change of plan and the DPS energy workshop will take place in Rahara NS tomorrow Friday 24th April. All pupils will investigate a wind turbine and design and make a model wind turbine in our school. Infants can remain in school until 3pm.


School Closures:

School will be closed on Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th May.

School will be closed on Friday 22nd May for polling in the upcoming referendum.

School Tours

The junior school tour will take place on Thursday 11th June. Pupils will visit Turoe Pet Farm. The tour cost is €30 per pupil which includes admission and transport.


The senior school tour will take place on Tuesday 23rd June. We will visit Rooskey River Adventure centre and participate in water sports (kayaking, pier jumping, raft- building and land sports (assaut course, mud slide, climbing wall and team- building games). The cost of the tour is €40 per pupil, which includes activities and transport.

Standardised Testing

Testing for 1st – 6th classes will take place between 18th and 29th May. Please ensure your child is present during said period.

School Self Evaluation

Oral Language: Special Interest Talks resumed for Term 3. All SIT will be assessed. Please ensure your child prepares a mind-map and uses this oral language framework when preparing his/her SIT. These are untimed!

 Problem Solving: The 1st, 2nd and senior pupils have started weekly Problem Solving Comprehension Cards. Pupils must complete rough work in the notebook provided. Results will be recorded in your child’s notebook.

First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion takes place on Sunday 3rd May @ 10am in Rahara church.



Congratulations to Mark, Danielle and Dylan who made their Confirmation on Monday 13th April.

Junior Entrepreneur Programme

The senior room have completed their Junior Entrepreneur Project. All 100 badges were sold and the sales team are ordering more badges! The Showcase day was a huge success and we would like to thank the parents for their continuing support.














Newsletter February/March 2015

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 10:10 AM

Open Evening

Our open evening takes place in Rahara NS on Thursday 19th March between 6-7pm. Please spread the word.

Confirmation Retreat

6th class are invited to a confirmation retreat in Knock on Friday 13th March.

The bus departs Knockcroghery NS @ 9am. Return time TBC. The cost of the bus is €10 per child.



We were delighted to see our pupils feature on News2day on 11th February. A special thank-you to Alan Moran for providing a copy of the DVD to all families.

Green Flag

Our Green Schools inspector visited Rahara NS on Tuesday 24th February, to inspect all the work we have done over the last 2 years on “Global Citizenship- Litter & Waste”. We were thrilled with the feedback we received and are looking forward to our official notification by An Táisce in Term 3.


We are delighted to welcome Elaine Connolly to our staff. Elaine will be working in Rahara NS for the rest of the school year.


World Happiness Day

Pupils and Staff will participate in World Happiness Day activities on Friday 20th March. Evidence shows that promoting kindness and happiness among young people directly affects social and emotional well being!


FAI Soccer Competition

Senior pupils will participate in a soccer schools competition on Wednesday 11th in Lecarrow. We will need lifts to and from the pitch. Please let us know if any parent is available to assist with lifts.


We have set up our School Facebook page. We have had 465 views to date. Please share the page with your FB friends. You can still view our FB page even if you don’t have a FB account on Our FB page is update regularly with photos and news.

World Book Day 2015

We celebrated World Book Day in Rahara NS in style. Pupils dressed up as a character from a book. Pupils also shared their favourite book with their peers and gave an oral presentation to their class. Pupils designed a World Book Day token!


St Patrick’s Day

School will be closed on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th March for St Patrick’s Day.


Fairtrade Friday

A “Fairtrade Café” took place in school on Friday 6th March. Pupils enjoyed Fairtrade hot chocolate, tea, coffee along with Fairtrade cookies or bananas! Pupils learned about Fairtrade around the globe. This is in conjunction with our Green Flag for Global Citizenship.


Discover Primary Science & Maths Award

We have almost completed this year’s award. The remaining step requires a visit to a windfarm. We will visit Niamh Connor’s windfarm in Castlerea on Friday 24th April. Following this we will submit our DPS application!








January 2015

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 9:55 AM


School Photos

Please return proof cards and money to school by Thursday 5th February.

 School Vaccination Programme

HSE staff will carry out vaccinations with Junior Infants and Sixth class pupils this Tuesday & Thursday. Please return all forms. If you do not wish your child to participate please indicate this on your form.

Parent meetings:



There will be a Parents information evening in Knockcroghery NS on Wednesday 4th February @ 8pm. Parents of Confirmation pupils are asked to attend.



There will be a Parents information eventing in Knockcroghery NS on Monday 16th February @ 8pm. Parents of First Communion pupils are asked to attend. (Please note this is during our Mid Term Break)

 Green Flag

We are busy preparing for our Green Flag-“Global Citizenship, litter & waste” inspection by Marian Parker on 24th February. As part of

this preparation, we will visit Roscommon Recycling Centre this Friday 30th January. The BOM will pay for the bus to/from the centre.

Catholic Schools Week

All pupils are participating in Catholic Schools Week this week ( 26th – 30th Jan). Teachers will deliver lessons and place emphasis on “Kindness and random acts of kindness”


Soccer training will resume on Wednesday @ 1pm.

Hurling takes place on Tuesdays @ 11:30am



Mrs McGowan will start her maternity leave on Monday 2nd March. The BOM will meet this week and appoint a teacher to cover the leave.

 Staff Meeting

School will close this Thursday @ 2pm for All Pupils to facilitate a staff meeting.

 Mid-Term Break

We finish on Friday 13th February @ 3pm for Mid-term & will re-open Monday 23rd February @ 9:20am.

Primary Online Database (POD)

If you have not already returned your child/children’s POD forms to the school, please do so as soon as possible. Thank you.

Junior Entrepreneur Programme

The senior room are participating in the JEP. On Friday 23rd January we held a “Dragons Den” in our hall. Four teams presented their “ideas” to the dragons. Local business woman, Nuala Dolan of Dolan Foods, kindly took part as a dragon. An enjoyable experience was had by all. The Dragons Den was a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to use their oral language skills, presentation skills, and practical maths. It was an exceptional morning and we are very proud of all the ideas. The “Big Idea” has now been chosen and all pupils will work together to design and create our Green Schools badges for retail.



TV crews and TV presenter Orla Walsh, from RTE’s News2day children’s TV programme, will visit our school in the coming weeks. They will talk to pupils about the global problem of litter and waste in our oceans. They will edit our own recording of the Skype call to the scientist in December and include pupils in the news bulletin. We are really looking forward to this experience in the coming weeks. The programme will then be aired on News2day.