June 19


Dear Parents,

Dates for your attention:

21st June:

Summer Dance for 4th, 5th and 6th Classes – a separate note has gone home to the classes involved, via email.

25th June:

6th Class Evening in School – a separate note has gone home today to 6th Class.

26th June:

End of Term Service – details below.  Junior and Senior Infants will not attend this Service and should come to school at the normal time.

26th June:

School Closes for Summer Holidays at 12.30 p.m. Please bring this to the attention of minders/collectors. 6th Class will finish at 12 noon

Wednesday 28th August:

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

End of Term Service

The end of term service will be held in Rathmichael Church at 9.15 a.m. on Wednesday 26th June. Pupils from 1st to 6th Classes should go directly to the Church for 9.10 a.m. at the latest.  If you cannot attend the service, please ensure that you organise a lift back to school for your child. Please note that there will no Choir that day – members of the Choir should sit with their own classes.  Roll call will be at approximately 10.00 a.m.

Details of Staffing Arrangements 2019/2020

Sadly, Aoife McMurdock will not be returning to Rathmichael after her Maternity Leave finishes. She has decided to take up a teaching position closer to home. I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her hard work and dedication while she was with us, particularly with regard to the Irish language. I am delighted to advise you that Jennifer Johnson will be joining the staff on a permanent basis from 28th August and will be teaching in 1st Class. I am also very pleased to welcome back Susan Crammond who has been on career break in the USA. Her years of teaching  and IT expertise will be a great addition to the staff.  I would like to thank Alison Gallagher for her excellent work in 1st Class this year. She will remain with us until Christmas in Learning Support as cover for Rosemary Allison who will be recouperating from a foot operation – we wish her all the best for the procedure and for a speedy recovery.

Our Spanish teacher, Maria Garcia Vineta is returning home to Spain this year so will not be back with us in the Autumn. Spanish classes have proved to be very successful and the children have really enjoyed them so thanks to Maria for all her hard work and enthusiasm. If anyone knows of a Spanish teacher who would be interested in teaching in 5th and 6th Classes for 1 1/2 hours per week, please contact Trish.

Lastly, but by no means least, it is with a heavy heart that we must say goodbye to Liz Tischler, one of our amazing SNAs, who after 18 years with us has decided to retire. I would like to take this opportunity to wish her many years of health and happiness in her retirement. We will miss her in so many ways but hopefully she will come back and visit us on a regular basis.

Junior Infants Katie Fox Room 1

Senior Infants Joy Gallagher Room 2

1st Class Jennifer Johnson Room 5

2nd Class Vonla Griffin Room 3

3rd Class Elizabeth Armstrong Room 4

4th Class Suzanne Ferris Room 6

5th Class Susan Crammond Room 7

6th Class Claire Goudie Room 8

LS/RT Jackie Morris, Gillian Bourne, Róisín Prizeman and Alison Gallagher

PTA Cookbook

I am delighted to say that we now have the Cookbook to sell. Order Forms have gone home and thanks to Michelle Howe we had sales of over €400 on Sports’ Day. Please contact Trish, send a form and money in with your child or call into the Office.  The cost is €12 per book. Congratulations to the winners of our Cover Design Competition – Melissa Vinson for the cover of the Cookbook and Hannah Phelan for the first inside page. Illustrations by other class winners are on the third page – thanks to all the pupils who contributed recipes, drawings and photographs. A huge thank you to Colin Howe for compiling the Cookbook and ensuring its delivery to School in time for Sports’ Day.

Trip to Carlingford

Pupils from 5th and 6th Classes enjoyed an action packed two days in Carlingford in early June, despite the weather. My thanks to Ms. Goudie, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Morris and Mrs Allison for taking on the responsibility for the children and for looking after them so well.

Dogs in School Grounds

I would ask that all dog owners leave their dogs tied to the fence at  dropping and collecting times and if at all possible, please do not bring puppies into school at these times – children tend to forget all they have learnt about safety in the school grounds once they see a puppy so from a Health and Safety aspect I would ask for your consideration in this matter.

Southside School Sports

I am sure that you will all agree that Aaron and his colleagues from Southside School Sports have done an excellent job in taking school PE classes, organising after school games and running the recent Sports Day. My thanks to them all. We look forward to them returning in the Autumn Term. On that note I have been asked to advise you that if you wish to sign your child up for after school games there are a number of methods of paying – you can create your own account that will last for your child’s time in Rathmichael (payments may then be made in two equal parts per term); parents may call Jill in the Southside School Sports Office (012351588 – 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Monday to Friday) or parents may pay directly to the Southside School Sports bank account, clearly indicating your child’s name. I would ask  that you read the first page of the Southside School Sports website for details. Also the company will endeavour to use the outside pitches as much as possible for after school games. However in the event of really bad weather, the company will text parents, asking them to collect early if possible and advising that they may take another day in lieu – in every case, the coaches will be here to look after those children for whom early collection is not possible.

Football Team – many congratulations to the School Football Team on reaching the Final of the Cup during the month. They were narrowly beaten by Kilcoole in a hard fought match. They were also 3rd in Division 1 of the League which was an excellent achievement especially considering the other schools in that Division would be much bigger than Rathmichael.  Please return any school kit that you might have at home.

Sports Day

A huge thank you to Aaron and Ethan from Southside School Sports and all the helpers for the smooth running of Sports Day. The added fun events were very successful and it was a very enjoyable day for everyone. My thanks also to the PTA for all their hard work in producing refreshments for the children and the adults. Many congratulations to all the children for participating and trying their best. Particular praise goes to Eric Schutte for winning the Vonla Griffin Cup, awarded to the pupil in 6th Class who has made the best efforts both during the year and in previous classes, both in terms of behaviour and ability.

It was lovely to welcome back some of our older past pupils to help on the day – thanks to Saul, Sam, Zophie and Callum. We were particularly delighted to be able to give Callum €400 towards the Hockey Ireland fundraising for the Under 16 tournament in the Summer. This was thanks to all the money brought in by the children for the recent No Uniform Day.

6th Class Sale

Many thanks to everyone in 5th and 6th Classes who baked goodies for the Sale and to all the 6th Class children who brought in toys for sale and games to play. All the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the event and over €400 was raised towards school funds. The 6th Class children have decided to donate a percentage of the money raised to Project Alive.

Charitable Donations and School Bills

Many thanks to those parents (31 families in total so far) who took the time to complete the Revenue form in respect of the voluntary contribution. We would be grateful if anyone who received this form but has not yet sent it back would do so immediately as the term draws to a close. We hope to receive a sizable cheque from the Revenue Commissioners which will go towards school maintenance. We will be repeating this exercise in the Spring 2020 term and I would appeal to all those who have more than one child in the school (thereby contributing  the required minimum of €250/annum), to complete the form when it is sent out with school bills and return it to us.

I would ask all those with outstanding Summer Term bills to settle these at the earliest opportunity as we approach the end of term. I am always available to speak with anyone who may have difficulty in payment, in the strictest confidence. Reminders have been sent out.

Active Week/Green Schools

A huge thank you to all pupils and teachers for contributing towards the achievement of our 2nd Active Flag. The introduction of Active Homework and the Tour of Europe Challenge has also helped to encourage children to exercise more regularly. Active Week is ongoing and everyone is thoroughly enjoying the activities. Many thanks also to those parents who volunteered to take sessions for the pupils – this is invaluable and adds tremendously to the week. My thanks in particular to Mrs Bourne for all her hard work, enthusiasm and encouragement.  Thanks also to our Active School Committee.

We are also indebted to Mrs Bourne and the Green School Committee for their commitment in helping us achieve our Tidy Schools Most Improved Award from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. Please continue to fill 2L bottles with discarded plastic over the Summer to help us build our play house.

Music in School/Performances

A huge thanks to Naomi Clarkson for her continued excellent work with the children, in particular preparing 4th Class for the amazing “The Grunch” – she really brings out the artistic talent in our pupils. Ms Ferris must also take a lot of credit for the production given the amount of practice time she put in with the children.  The Infant classes put on Hanzel and Gretel at the start of June and it was wonderful to see them blossom on stage. Thanks to Ms Fox and Mrs Gallagher for all their hard work and to Mr and Mrs Hanrahan for the amazing set design.

As always a big thank you to Mrs Lewis for all her work with the Choir. She only has them for a short period each week but the recent performance at Open Day is testament to her ability to bring the best out of the children.

Rathmichael Parish and School Fete – Saturday 7th September

A flyer for the Fete will be sent home before the end of term. The Committee is looking for people to help on various stalls and in the evenings prior to the Fete, sorting toys – if you can help at all please fill in the notice in the front foyer or contact Trish she will pass your name/details on to the Committee.  Alternatively fill in the notice on the Board or contact Heidi Vallejo or Kerry Reilly. I have also been requested to ask for helpers for the jewellery and White Elephant – please contact Trish. If anyone has unwanted but unbroken toys for the Fete, please leave these in the front hall.

End of Term Reports/School Books for 2019/20

These reports have been issued in line with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) template.

Schoolbooks ordered through the Book Scheme with Michael Doherty have been distributed to pupils today.

Presentations to Pupils

The Character Cup for the 5th Class pupil who has over the course of the year been caring and helpful towards both teacher and fellow pupils was awarded to Ethan Duncan. The Wise Owl Trophy, awarded to a pupil in 3rd Class who has been enthusiastic and willing, was presented to Louisa Grier. These children display those qualities that we in Rathmichael try and instill in our pupils – good behaviour, positive attitude and courtesy, so congratulations to the two of them.  The Hazel Crawford Environmental Trophy which is presented to a 4th Class pupil for his/her commitment, interest and involvement in the environment has this year been awarded to Stephen Knowd – well done Stephen.

Core Credit Union

Congratulations to Conall Staunton who won the Kindle at a recent raffle. This was donated by the Core Credit Union and was raffled among those pupils who participate in the M3 Money Club. My thanks to the Credit Union for its generosity. Pupils who will be going into 1st Class in the Autumn will be eligible to become a member of the Money Club in the new term and booklets have been sent home with them.

Art Competition

My thanks to all the pupils who participated in the recent St Joseph’s Shankill “Cherished Memories” Art Competition which was sponsored by Explorium and Lidl. Congratulations to Lucy Miller who won 1st Prize in the 5th and 6th Class category and was presented with her prizes at a ceremony on 18th June. Senior Infants were the winners of Best Class Category and won a trip to Explorium next year – well done to Ms Fox and Senior Infants. Many more of our pupils were highly commended as finalists. The judges were very impressed with the extremely high standard of all our art work so well done to everyone who submitted a piece.


Anyone wishing to order or purchase  uniforms for next year may do so through Trish in the Office. We have quite a large stock of hoodies, crew necks and polo shirts in various sizes.

June Handwriting Competition

Well done to all the children for making such a huge effort with their handwriting. In particular congratulations to our winners and most improved:

Best Boy /Best Girl /Most Improved Boy/ Most Improved Girl

J. Infs:  Isaac White /Camille Grier/Joshua Bhowan/ Kate Delahunty

S. Infs:  Charlie Jackson/ Lara Kidd /Conor Mannion /Honor Scott

1st Class: Ryan Bourne/ Lainey Harte/ Georgie Scott /Anna Caulfield

2nd Class: Daniel Beck/ Ella Hayes /Joshua Phelan/ Ellis Slattery

3rd Class: Nathan O’Sullivan /  Ana Vallejo/ Cormac Storm /Daisy Ovington

4th Class:  Cillian Hainbach/ Yana Yoakley /Mathew McCauley/ Edith Uhlar-Vicente

5th Class:  Charlie Geelon/ Lucy Miller/ Fionn Butler Gruebsch/ Amelia Lawless McCarthy

6th Class:  Conor Blackburn /Nessa McCarthy Morrogh/Finn Campbell /Tanu Kurmul

Lining Up

Well done to all the classes – lining up after break times has improved immeasurably. June lining up prizes were given to 1st and 4th Classes. Active Lines were introduced at break times in conjunction with our Active Flag submission and all the pupils enjoyed this.

Rathmichael Montessori/Afterschool

Please note that the Afterschool Club now runs from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. in the Montessori school, which can be availed of on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The cost for this service is €6 per hour or part thereof. If you are interested call 01 2824016 or drop in at any time.

Mobile Phones

Please could you make one last effort to bring in your old mobile phones before the end of term. Please ask friends and relations if they have phones that they would donate also.

Lost Property

Please check through lost property before the end of term if your child is missing uniform or other items of clothing.


Past pupils are always welcome to re-visit the school. However we request that they do not come to school on the last day of term please.

Summer Camps

There are a number of Summer Camps in the School Hall over the holidays – Southside School Sports (Aaron’s camp) – 1st to 26th July – Aaron has handed out flyers – please contact him or SSS for information; Stretch n Grow (run by the organisation who participated in Active Week – Stretch n Grow, Killiney) from 1st to 12th July – please check the Stretch n Grow website for information; Anyone for Science, from 15th to 19th July (information on its website); Bricks for Kids – from 22nd to 26th July and 6th to 9th August (information on its website) and Star Camp Summer Camp from 12th to 16th August (information on its website).

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support  and to wish you all a wonderful Summer. I would also like to wish 6th Class pupils all the very best as they leave us to start secondary school. I hope that they depart with happy memories of their time in Rathmichael.

Caroline Senior, Principal

20th June 2019

P.T.A. Notes

The P.T.A. Committee would like to thank you for your support over the year, both in attending functions and helping out at events.

The Cookbook is now on sale – this will serve as a lovely gift for friends and family. Please purchase a copy (or more!) to contribute towards PTA funds

Thanks to everyone who supported the P.T.A. Barbeque on Sports Day. Thank you to everyone who helped serve burgers, hot dogs, refreshments and treats to all the families attending the event.  The lovely weather helped considerably and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  We made over €1,200 on the day.

Money raised is spent in a variety of ways, the main ones being as follows: Art and Stationery (this includes items such as art/craft resources, new laminators, cartridges/toner for the printers, copies and other stationery requirements and paper for the copier); Telephone,  Photocopier and Text Charges; Coach Hire for school trips; Substitute teachers when required; Contribution to the general maintenance costs of the school; Purchase of Sports equipment; Aistear equipment; Annual School Insurance (Public Liability etc) and Music and Spanish. The accounts will be available to peruse at the P.T.A. AGM in October. This year also the P.T.A. contributed over €12,000 towards new interactive whiteboards in six classes and new Computers.

Fete 2019 – The P.T.A. is looking for  help for either the evenings of the week leading up to the Fete to help sort toys, or the actual day, to man the various stalls that the PT.A. has responsibility for, so please sign up on the notices in the concourse area.

Once again, on behalf of the P.T.A., many thanks for all your help and support over the course of the year.  Have a very enjoyable summer.