Rathmichael Parish National School – Newsletter – May 2015


Dear Parents,


Dates for your attention:

Friday 22nd May:​School will be closed as it is being used as a polling station for the Referenda. ​(An additional swimming class has been added on to the end of ​the swimming​​sessions to compensate for Friday 22nd – this means that there will be swimming ​on the last day of term for 1st and 4th Classes).


26th – 28th May:​5th and 6th Classes will be in Carlingford. A separate note with arrangements, ​​suggested clothing etc has gone out to the pupils concerned. Ms. Ferris, Ms. Goudie, ​Mrs. Tischler and Ms. Deacon will accompany the pupils.


Wednesday 27th May:​Evening for 3rd Class Parents – the children have been working with Naomi ​Clarkson on music for this evening. A separate note has gone to 3rd Class.


Monday 1st June:​School will be closed on Monday 1st June for the Bank Holiday. School will close at ​the normal time on Friday 29th May and there will be after school games for 3rd Class ​and tennis for 6th Class as usual.


Thursday 4th June:​2015/16 Junior Infant meeting for parents only, at 1.45 p.m. in Room 1. There will ​be an opportunity to purchase/order uniforms following this meeting.


Friday 12th June:​Summer Dance (with a D.J.) in School for 4th /5th /6th Classes only. A separate note ​will go home to the classes involved.


Tuesday 16th June:​Sport’s Day. Children should come to school at the normal time. (Details to follow). ​Sport’s Day this year will take place during Active Week.


Thursday 18th June:​2015/16 Junior Infants may come into school at 1.45 p.m. to view their classroom ​and meet their teacher.


15th to 19th June:​Active Week – details of this week will follow separately but we hope to include ​football, cricket and golf as well as Stretch and Grow for Infants and Petite Pilates.


Wednesday 17th June:​Evening for 6th Class Parents – the children have been working with Naomi ​Clarkson. Pupils will also be presented with European Studies certificates on the ​night. A separate note will go to 6th Class shortly.


Tuesday 9th June:​No Uniform Day for Habitat for Humanity. Mabroor Ahmed, a past pupil, will be ​travelling with 30 other transition year students from Wesley College, to Romania to ​build houses. A separate note will follow nearer the date.  


Wednesday 10th June:​Senior Infants will perform a show for their parents only, based on Hansel and ​Gretel, at 12 noon for approximately 15 minutes. Notes have gone home already.


Wednesday 10th June:​Open Day – details below.


Wednesday 24th June: ​Evening for 5th Class Parents – the children have been working with Naomi ​Clarkson on music for this evening. A separate note will go to 5th Class shortly.


Wednesday 24th June:​End of Term Service in Rathmichael Church at 9.15 a.m. A separate note to​follow. Junior and Senior Infants will not attend this Service and should come to ​school at the normal time.


Friday 26th June:​Term ends at 12.30 p.m. Please bring this to the attention of minders/collectors.


Thursday 27th August:​Autumn Term commences and school will close at 12.30 p.m. on that day ​(Senior Infants – 6th Class inclusive).


Driving in School Grounds

It has been brought to my attention that in the mornings at drop off time, traffic is being held up by incoming car drivers stopping to have a chat with drivers in the line of traffic waiting to exit the school. Please have consideration for other parents who may be in more of a rush and do not hold up cars in this manner as it leads to frustration and annoyance.


Open Day

School will close at 12.30 p.m. on that day. Open Day will begin at 1.15 p.m. Pupils must not remain in the school grounds unsupervised before the doors are open and during the “open” period. Please note that siblings starting Junior Infants in Autumn 2015 should not be brought to Open Day. This is a day for both pupils and parents as it gives everyone an opportunity to review the work completed during the year and also to look at what has been done in the class children will be going into in the Autumn. As in previous years, uniforms will be available to order in the School Hall.


Active Week

I am delighted to announce that thanks to everyone’s efforts last year, we have been awarded our 1st Active School Flag. The children and teachers have been continuing the active theme during the school year and this will culminate in the year’s Active Week which takes place from 15th to 19th June, with Sport’s Day being part of the activities. A programme of events will be available shortly. Thank you to all those parents who have volunteered to help out during the week.


Tidy Schools Competition

Many thanks to Louise Knatchbull who brought Jessica, Christopher and William, to represent the school at the Tidy Schools Awards. Rathmichael received a Merit Award for Pioneering for a clean local environment and we were also commended for being the only school to achieve 7 Green Flags. Well done to all the pupils, parents and teachers for helping to keep the school Clean and Green!


Website Update

My thanks to Susan Crammond, currently on Maternity Leave, and a parent, Peter O’Brien (utilising his expertise with Word Press), for all their incredibly hard work on revamping the school website. They have made it more accessible and manageable for staff and hopefully this will mean that it will be more active. Their work has saved the school €3,000 and I am extremely grateful to both of them. We have always been very lucky with the support given by parents in this school, for which I am very thankful. Do have a look – www.rathmichaelschool.com.



Congratulations to the Hockey and Football Teams on winning the league in both disciplines. This is a fantastic achievement for Rathmichael and is all due to the hard work of both the players and their coaches. Please see the website for reports and pictures. Well done to all concerned.


Sailing Honours

Congratulations to Tim Norwood from 6th Class who has been selected on the Irish Under 12 team to compete in the British National Championships in the Optimist class in July. The very best of luck to Tim and the other team members.


Educational Honours

Many congratulations to Rebecca Waugh, who is teaching Junior Infants this year, on being awarded a Gold Medal in Education from Trinity College, Dublin. Gold Medals are awarded to those 1st Class honours candidates who “have shown exceptional merit at degree examinations in honour or professional courses”. This is an excellent achievement and we are very proud of her.


Crinken Art Competition

Apologies to Sam Hickmott who was omitted from the list of winners, in error.


Tiny Ark Productions/Electric Ireland

Thank you to all the children from Junior, Senior Infants and 1st Class who took part in the recent filming of a piece for the Electric Ireland website. A number of children were selected from the group that were filmed and they have been advised of this. Thanks to the teachers for facilitating this, particularly Ms. Fox, who was present with the children for the duration. Once the process is complete, we will advise of the website link.


Host Families Needed

We have received an urgent request from Language Activities International for any family willing to take two Spanish boys (age 11/12) for 13 nights from Sunday 5th July to Saturday 18th July. They are booked into Play Ball camps. The two boys would share a room. The total payment due to the host family would be €711.42. The group they are part of will be accompanied to Ireland by a leader. If you are interested, please contact Sinead McArdle on 086 3846425 or sinead@laispain.com, for more details.


“Buy Your Dress”

Please support the Parish/School fundraising initiative, spearheaded by Sonia Appelbe, Lily Byrne and Jenni MacNeaney, this Friday 22nd May from 10.00 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. in the School Concourse Area. Notes have gone home already. This is the place to buy that designer outfit at a very reasonable price. Please come and bring your friends.


Payment of School Bills

I would ask all those with outstanding Summer Term bills to settle these at the earliest opportunity so that all the accounts are concluded before the end of term. I am always available to speak with anyone who may have difficulty in payment, in the strictest confidence.


Book Lists

We are currently in the process of deciding on next year’s books. As previously advised we will be utilising the book grant available to the school to change a number of text books and these will form part of the book rental scheme. Parents will be required to buy some core books/workbooks and these lists will be sent out shortly. As before, the scheme run in conjunction with Michael Dohertys will be available to parents.



If you are sending in treats (particularly home baked) for birthdays/end of term, please avoid any containing nuts, as we have some children in school with nut allergies.


Irish Dancing

The pupils from 1st to 6th Class have been taking Irish Dancing Classes with Claire Dowling on Fridays and seem to be thoroughly enjoying the experience. The last class will be held on the 5th June.



Friday 26th June will be the last swimming class of the year – as per Diary Dates above.



Hard luck to the cricket team on losing to Kill O’The Grange in the Leprechaun Cup on Friday 8th May. The team battled bravely against both the opposition and the weather but were narrowly beaten on the day.



6th Class are currently in the midst of eight weeks of coaching after school in Shankill Tennis Club. Many thanks to Gordan Halajkijevic who is taking the coaching and to all those parents in 6th Class who are walking the pupils down to the tennis club with Trish.



Caroline Senior


21st May 2015




Thank you to everyone for your support of recent PTA initiatives. We made over €800 on the cake sale which was thoroughly enjoyed by parents and children alike. We were able to contribute almost €600 to Goal to assist that organisation in its aid efforts to help those devastated by the earthquakes in Nepal. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Ginos’ for donating the amazing array of icecream and to SuperValu for supplying the cones free of charge.

The P.T.A. have used the money raised this year for Active Flag initiatives, to pay for coaches for tours and to purchase additional iPads, new footballs and music equipment.


P.T.A. Representatives needed for 2015/16 – thank you to those parents who have acted as Class Reps over the last two years. In order to bring fresh faces and ideas to the P.T.A. we are asking for parents to come forward to replace these Class Reps. Anyone interested should contact Louise (louiseknatchbull@joanmillar.com) or Sam (samibrigg@aol.com).

Rathmichael Summer Fete will be upon us as soon as we come back in the Autumn – we are asking for volunteers to help man the PTA stands again if you can help out even for just a few hours please contact Louise or Sam. Also if you have any toys in presentable condition we would really appreciate them – there will be boxes in the outer concourse in the last week of term where you can deposit them. Please ensure boxed games/jigsaws are sellotaped to keep the pieces intact and small toys are placed in ziplock bags. No broken or soiled toys please. We also need bottles of all descriptions for the Bottle Stall – these may be left into the Office.

Once again thank you for all your support.