|Posted on January 30, 2017 at 7:40 AM|
Rahara National School in 2016
By Ruth Costello, Principal
I was appointed principal of Rahara N.S in 2009 and have thoroughly enjoyed the past seven years, teaching and leading, the pupils and staff of Rahara N.S. I believe I am one of the luckiest principal’s in Ireland to work in such a fantastic school, with great pupils, hard-working staff, enthusiastic parents and supportive Board of Management
Our school is the beating heart of the community of Rahara and is a gathering place for young and old, for Sacraments, Grandparents Day celebrations, school shows, cake sales and various community meetings. The Catholic ethos permeates our school through the kindness and care that the pupil’s show one another, on a daily basis.
Rahara N.S may be a small school however it is an extremely busy school. The low pupil-teacher ratio affords us the opportunity to get involved in many initiatives. Each child receives a unique educational experience and even our youngest pupils are given the chance to participate in projects and initiatives. Most recently, four 6th class pupil’s, were selected as one of the top 6 teams in Ireland in the final of the SEAI ‘One Good Idea’ project. The ‘One Good Idea’ is a nationwide primary school project on energy efficiency and climate change. The pupils coded an online carbon footprint game, through the app ‘Hopscotch’. The pupils will travel to the finals in Dublin Castle on the 11th of May.
Our school has been involved in the Green Schools Programme for over 13 years. The pupils are currently working towards their 7th Green Schools Flag for Global Citizenship-Energy. There are only 6 other schools in the County Roscommon that have achieved this success, to date.
We are extremely proud of our achievements in literacy and numeracy. The pupils have received 8 Discover Primary Science and Maths Awards and are currently awaiting their 9th award. The pupils participate annually in Maths Week competitions, with great success, achieving 3rd place in Ireland in 2015. Pupils are afforded many opportunities to give oral presentations, PowerPoint presentations, participate in debates and dramas. Our recent performance of a 1916 Drama was a brilliant example of our continued oral language development.
ICT plays a vital part in teaching and learning in 2016. Each classroom has an Interactive Whiteboard, laptop, computers, printers and 10 iPads. We have a modern school website and also use Facebook as a tool to showcase our school through social media.
Sport also plays a very important role in our school. The pupils have specialised trainers for Football, Soccer, Gaelic, Tag-Rugby, Swimming and most recently, Tennis. Pupils enter into Cumann na mBunscol competitions and FAI Soccer competitions. Our Rahara girls soccer team were runners-up in the 2016 Roscommon County Soccer final in Shiven F.C.
During a recent Mindfulness session, the pupils were asked to write down something that they were grateful for in their school. This is a flavour of some of the comments that the pupils of 2016 wrote about Rahara N.S, for their gratitude tree.
”Teachers in Rahara are so kind” and “I am grateful for all my lovely friends and a lovely teacher”.
I really am the luckiest principal in Ireland.
|Posted on December 5, 2016 at 5:55 AM|
Congratulations to Lorraine Moran, 4th class, who won a bronze medal in the Connacht Minor Schools Swimming Championship in Athlone recently. Lorraine finished in 3rd place in the U.10 Freestyle 50m swimming event out of 104 swimmers! This secures Lorraine a place in the All-Ireland Minor Schools Championship in Dublin.
Lorraine also qualified for the U.10 backcrawl 50m swimming event, coming in 5th place.
Lorraine will represent Rahara NS in the All-Ireland Minor Schools Championship in the National Aquatic Centre on the 12th of February. We wish her every success in the Championship gala in February!
|Posted on April 15, 2016 at 10:10 AM|
Recounts by pupils of Rahara NS
Sixth Class Pupils
My name is Ali Campbell. I am 12 years old and in 6th class in Rahara NS. I am genuinely very happy in Rahara NS. In the 8 years I have been here I have never felt unhappy or left out. The pupils and teachers are very kind. I have so many friends and the teachers are exceptionally helpful. I will be so sad leaving Rahara NS at the end of June because you never get bored here. I love every single one of my teachers. However, Mrs. Costello is my favourite teacher. She is genuine, kind and so helpful. I will really miss her when I leave.
I have lots of memories from Rahara NS but I will share my first memory with you. I remember my very first day in Rahara NS. There were 2 other pupils in my class, Eamon Lynch and Katie Silke. The 3 of us sat at a small, round, yellow table. Ms. Harlow was my Infant teacher and she was also one of the kindest teachers I ever had!
My name is Eamon Lynch and I am 11 years old. I am in 6th class in Rahara NS. We are lucky to have kind and helpful teachers in our school. We have a lovely Learning Support teacher, Ms. O’Reilly. A Learning Support teacher is a teacher that helps children who are very far ahead in a subject or falling behind in a subject. School in 2016 is amazing as we have enthusiastic teachers who teach us a variety of subjects.
I remember when I moved into the senior room. At first, it was intimidating, but then I got used to it! Honestly, we get a fair amount of homework, not too much or too little. That’s probably because our teachers are fair with teaching, homework and punishment exercises!
We have lots of technology in our school, whiteboards, laptops, iPads etc. We enter into lots of competitions and participate in many projects. We have participated in the Blue Star Award 2015, Green Schools Award 2015, Junior Entrepreneur Award 2015, and the list goes on!
We love going on school tours. A few years ago we went to an artificial ski slope in the Dublin Mountains to learn to ski! This really shows you how cool our school is.
My name is Natasha Keenan. I am 13 years old and I am in 6th class in Rahara NS. I enjoy coming to Rahara NS in the mornings, because it brightens up my days and you get to meet your friends and the lovely supportive teachers. There are 23 pupils in the whole school with 2 teachers and 1 Learning Support teacher. I am very happy and comfortable in this school.
In Rahara NS there is a wide range of sports. We love getting involved in sports. We play soccer, gaelic, hurling, tennis, baseball and more. Every year we enter into FAI Schools Soccer competitions. We always get very far and we enjoy playing soccer. On the 6th of April, 2016, the girls were playing soccer matches in Shiven FC. We got through to the county finals, but disappointingly, lost.
We are very lucky to have a Learning Support teacher in our school. She helps different children with their difficulties and with their strengths. She is an excellent teacher for helping children. Sometimes we get In-Class Learning Support. We do PALS, which stands for Peer Assisted Learning Strategies. You are put into a group of 2 or 3 and you basically read with your partner. We also do narrative writing in groups. We have great fun doing them.
I remember my first day in Junior Infants, I fell asleep. I missed out on a lot of work which was great! When I woke up I didn’t know where I was, but shortly I did. It was a laugh.
Fifth Class Pupils
My name is Evan Donnelly and I’m 10 years old. The school curriculum, resources and teachers have changed dramatically. Technology has improved in our school since I started in junior infants. Now we have iPads, laptops, interactive white boards, computers and printers in every classroom.
We have Learning Support staff who help pupils with special needs, disabilities and learning difficulties.
Children nowadays learn by visualising and showing pictures that help to expand their imaginations. We have a better education for their future. I’m really glad I was born in the 2000’s because teachers are nice and friendly to me and my fellow classmates.
My name is Jessica Keenan, I am eleven years old and I am in 5th class in Rahara NS. Our Learning Support teacher is a teacher who helps you with a subject that you find hard. In our school our Learning Support teacher is Miss O’Reilly. She is a really kind, lovely and helpful teacher.
Our school is multi-cultured which means people from different countries come to our school. Already in our school there are four nationalities such as Australian, Korean, Canadian and Irish.
We do lots of project work in Rahara such as the One Good Idea. Our sixth class got through to the top six teams in Ireland, which is amazing. They will be going to Dublin to perform their Carbondos presentation on the 11th May 2016.
We also do plays in our school and the parents and relatives come and watch us perform. Last year, we did a play in our school about 1916. I was a narrator, so I had to tell the story about 1916. My brother was a newspaper boy, my other brother was an Irish Volunteer and my sister was Grace Gifford, who married Joseph Plunkett the night before he was executed! It was a very interesting play but at the same time it was funny. I enjoyed doing the play.
I remember when I started school in Rahara that I was excited but a bit nervous too. I felt really proud entering through the doors of Rahara NS with my new school bag, new drinking bottle and new books. I love going to school because I get to see my friends and the teachers always have something fun for us to do.
My name is Abbie Doyle, I am 11 years old and I am in 5th class in Rahara NS. My first memory of Rahara NS was on the first day of Junior Infants when Evan Donnelly fell asleep on the table in Ms. Harlow’s room!
We play lots of sports in Rahara NS, gaelic, soccer, tennis, swimming and many more. Girls can participate in all sports. We have a Learning Support teacher and previously we had an SNA. Our teacher uses a traffic light system to deal with misbehaviour, which happens rarely!
Our principal is Mrs. Costello, she is stylish, pretty and very kind to us. Mrs. McGowan, another pretty teacher, is the Junior room teacher. Last, but not least, our Learning Support teacher is Ms. O’Reilly. She is beautiful and kind. We are lucky to have great teachers in Rahara NS.
My name is Megan Molloy and I am nearly 12 years old. I’m also in 5th class. School resources have improved dramatically in the last number of years. We’ve got lots of resources such as technology, interactive white boards, laptops, iPad and Learning Support staff. There are lots of different nationalities and religions. We have four different nationalities in our school, including Canadian, Australian, Korean and Irish. There are two Class teachers and one Resource teacher, they’re very helpful and kind. We do great projects in our school, including the Green Flag which is an organisation that is trying to get young people interested helping our environment. We are currently on our 7th Green Flag. We are one of six schools in Roscommon that are on their 7th Green Flag.
One of the funniest memories that I have from school was when a 6th class boy kicked a ball at Mrs. Costello, by accident, and broke her glasses in half. I was in Junior Infants when it happened, we were all outside on the yard. Mrs. Costello was busy on the phone organising a match with another school. She was walking behind the goals. We were all minding our own business when suddenly we heard a loud scream from Mrs. Costello! There was blood pouring down her face and her glasses were on the ground broken in half. It was very funny at the time!
I love all my friends and the teachers too. Overall, I love Rahara NS.
Fourth Class Pupils
My name is Michael Moran and I am in 4th class in Rahara NS. We have 2 Class teachers and 1 Learning Support teacher. Our Learning Support teacher is Ms. O’Reilly. She is a very kind and helpful teacher. If a child has a learning difficulty, Ms. O’Reilly will help the child understand better.
The resources in Rahara NS have improved in the last number of years as now we have lots of technology. We have many laptops, iPads, and interactive whiteboards to help us research and learn more. We have loads of resources for art. Art lets your imagination go free, that’s why a lot of children like art.
Our curriculum is a big part in our school. We participate in lots of projects eg. Green Schools programme, Junior Entrepreneur awards and maths week. The Junior Entrepreneur Awards was one of my favourite projects. We had to come up with a business idea, then design a product and sell it. We set up and mini company, designed and produced Green Schools badges, and even made a profit from it!
My name is Rachel Fallon, I am 10 years old and in 4th class in Rahara NS. My teacher is Mrs. Costello and she is so kind to me. All the teachers here are nice and rarely give out to us. We have so much technology in our classroom, for example, we have loads of iPads, computers, laptops, whiteboards etc. We do lots of cool activities like SPHE, RSE, Drama, music, tennis and swimming. We also do lots of project work. We have 4 different nationalities here in Rahara NS.
The children in our school are are also very kind, you can always find somebody to play with. Chloe Kenny and Lorraine Moran are my two B.F.F (Best Friends Forever). They are both funny and kind.
Third Class Pupils
My name is Lorraine Moran, I am 8 years old and in 3rd class. I really love Rahara NS. I’ve been here for 5 years and I have had an AMAZING experience. I remember the opening night when my mammy, Jennifer Moran, was telling me about a girl named, Chloe Kenny, and we’ve been friends for over 6 years now. I love making new friends in Rahara NS. Also, when I was a Junior infant, I didn’t really like doing work so I always asked to go to the toilet and then I would peek into the senior room and Mrs. Costello would say “Lorraine Moran” !!!! I would then scurry down the hall to pretend to go to the toilet!
We are very lucky to be in a small school because the teachers can give us more attention. (Which I like very much!) There is a lovely atmosphere in the school which helps new people feel at home. We also do PE, Drama and Art. We even have Meditation & Mindfulness classes too. Our school enters lots of competitions and projects. Our 6th class have created a game to measure your carbon footprint for the ‘One Good Idea’ competition. The senior room will be going to Dublin Castle on the 11th May and Mrs. Costello has promised us Supermac’s on the way home from Dublin.
Our school is on our 7th Green flag and each year when we receive our Green flag, we invite and army bank, we get 2 bouncy castles and the ice-cream van. We have a lot of fun. I love Rahara NS and I think it’s the best!
I will definitely send my children to Rahara NS.
My name is James Molloy and I am 9 years old. When first I went into the senior room, I was a bit scared, but I got used to it! Our teacher is Mrs. Costello, she is a fair teacher and very kind to me. At first, I did not think she was that kind!
My class are all nice to me. I know everyone in the school. I like the Senior room better than the junior room. I have a lot of fun with my friends. At small break we play ‘4 square’ and at big break we play soccer. We have great fun when we play the two games. In the game ‘4 square’ there is a king, prince, duck and a slave!
We have a Learning Support teacher, her name is Ms. O’Reilly. She helps pupils and she teaches the 3rd and 4th class maths sets. She is very helpful in our school.
We do a lot of sports, for example: soccer, football and hurling. We play games against other schools.
My name is Chloe Kenny, I am nine years old and I am in 3rd class in Rahara NS. I remember my first day in Rahara NS. All the Junior Infants sat at a yellow round desk. I had a pink school bag but after about two weeks it broke! When I was in senior infants our teacher made a little library in the corner, it had blankets and cushions in it. It was so comfy that once I nearly fell asleep!
Once when we had our Green Flag ceremony, we were playing on the bouncy castle, that our principal, Mrs. Costello, hired. I was having so much fun that my glasses fell off and broke. The next day I had no glasses to wear so it was hard to read things that were a bit far away.
I love going on school tours. When I was in second class we went on a school tour to Turoe Pet Farm. It was great fun. I remember my friend climbed into a baby swing and he got stuck. I had to get my teacher to help him to get out.
I also remember going into the senior room for 3rd class, I was a bit shy and I still am. We are so lucky to have all our great teachers and all our iPads and computers. I am so happy to be in Rahara NS.
|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!
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. www.facebook.com/Carbondos
We have included a booklet about healthy lunches from the HSE. Remember that a small treat is allowed on Fridays only!
|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! www.facebook.com/RaharaNationalSchool
|Posted on December 22, 2015 at 7:15 AM|
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.
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.
A cake sale will take place in Rahara NS on Sunday 13th December following 10am mass. All proceeds will go to the Alzheimers Association.
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 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.
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.
|Posted on November 6, 2015 at 8:25 AM|
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.
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.
School will finish at 2pm on Thursday 22nd October for all pupils to facilitate a staff meeting from 2 -4pm.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 www.facebook.com/RaharaNationalSchool. 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.
|Posted on September 16, 2015 at 7:25 AM|
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 www.tusla.ie
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 www.rahara.com 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.)
|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!