June 18

Dear Parents,

Dates for your attention:

20th 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.

21st June:

Beach Clean Up with 5th Class – a separate note will go out tomorrow.

22nd June:

School Closes for Summer Holidays at 12.30 p.m. Please bring this to the attention of minders/collectors.

Wed 29th 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 20th 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. Members of Rathmichael School choir are requested to be at the Church at 8.30 a.m. please for Choir Practice. Please note that brothers and sisters of choir members may not be left at the Church/in Church grounds at this time as there will be no supervision for them. Roll call will be at approximately 10.00 a.m.

Details of Staffing Arrangements 2018/2019

I am delighted to advise you that Claire Goudie will be joining the staff on a permanent basis from 29th August and will remain teaching in 6th Class. Jennifer Johnson will be staying with us to teach 5th Class. Aoife McMurdock will be teaching in 1st Class at the start of the new term but will then be going on Maternity Leave and Alison Gallagher will teach the class until Susan Crammond returns from Career Break at the end of March. All other staffing arrangements remain as this year.

Junior Infants Joy Gallagher Room 2

Senior Infants Katie Fox Room 1

1st Class Aoife McMurdock/Alison Gallagher/Susan Crammond Room 5

2nd Class Vonla Griffin Room 3

3rd Class Elizabeth Armstrong Room 4

4th Class Suzanne Ferris Room 6

5th Class Jennifer Johnson Room 7

6th Class Claire Goudie Room 8

LS/RT Jackie Morris, Rosemary Allison, Gillian Bourne and Róisín Prizeman

Laura Nolan has resigned her position in school and I would like to take this opportunity to wish her all the very best for the future.

Our Spanish teacher, Nuria Gomar Gonzalez, will be returning in the new term to teach 5th and 6th Classes. This has proved to be very successful and the children really enjoyed their introduction to the language so thanks to Nuria for all her hard work and enthusiasm.

We have been informed by the Department that we are entitled to another SNA next term. The recruitment process has already started and the successful candidate will join our current SNAs, Liz Tischler and Elaine Carr.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish Suzanne Ferris and her fiancée, Tony, all the very best for their forthcoming marriage in July and for their future life together.

Children Leaving School for Holidays and Tours Calculations

Further to my recent email on this subject, as advised, school tours form part of the school curriculum and costs are based on numbers attending. A number of families have taken children out of school without giving adequate notice after tours have been organised and costs calculated. If you are taking children out of school, please inform us as early as possible, otherwise we will have no option but to pass these costs on to the families concerned.

Trip to The Gaeltacht.

Pupils from 5th and 6th Classes had a wonderful week in Donegal, helped by glorious 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.

Parking in Woodbank

Further to my recent email, re parking in Woodbank, please do not park in this new estate when dropping or collecting children. There is parking available beside St. Anne’s School and the Church may be used as a set down location.

Community Games in Shankill/Leinster Irish Dance Championships

A number of our pupils took part in the recent Community Games, all of them making it through the heat stages to the finals. Brónagh and Cillian Hainbach’s relay teams got through to the finals, Charlie Geelon and Luca Watchorn got through to the Under 12 100 metre finals and their relay team took a silver medal in the Under 12 boys relay finals. Ruby Geelon took third place in the 900 metre walk while Dillon Hainbach got a bronze medal in the individual Under 10 80 metre sprint. Eleanor Foot made it into the finals of the 800 metres and James Foot came second in the Under 12 600 metres and will go through to represent Shankill in the national competition in August. Well done to everyone who took part.

Another amazing achievement was Kate Egan who came 5th in the recent Leinster Irish Dancing Championships – a great testament to her dedication and talent. Well done Kate.

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 Craig 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.

My thanks once again to June Lawless for all her time and dedication to our pupils over the past number of years.

Sports Day

A huge thank you to Southside School Sports and all the helpers for the smooth running of Sports Day. The new 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 Mark Roche for winning the Vonla Griffin Cup, awarded to the pupil in 6th Class who has made the best efforts during the year, both in terms of behaviour and ability.

Thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets and who donated prizes, particularly to the Coffey Family and SoftCo for the generous donation of Dundrum Vouchers. Over €450 was raised for school funds. Congratulations to the winners.

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 €500 was raised towards school funds.

Tidy Schools/Green Flag

We were awarded a certificate of honours in pioneering for a clean local environment by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council at a recent ceremony. The school was represented by Keelin Smyth along with Penelope, Harriet and Maud so many thanks to them for attending on our behalf.

Mrs Bourne, Grace Marshall, Isabel Smyth and myself attended the Green Flag awards ceremony at the DCU campus in May where the school was awarded its 10th Green Flag – an amazing achievement and one that was specifically commented on – we are one of the pioneers of the Green Flag, which is awarded on a two yearly basis. Well done to everybody in the school for helping to keep the grounds and the school environs including the garden looking so colourful and well maintained. Specific thanks must go to Gary for all his hard work and to Mrs Bourne and the Green School Committee for encouraging us all.

Diary Date for next September – Grip Youth Club, aimed at Secondary School pupils will hopefully restart in the Autumn Term. Jonathan Byford has resigned as Youth Leader and hopefully we will find a replacement. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the school to thank Jonathan for all his enthusiastic support over the years and also for his help with I.T. on numerous occasions.

Charitable Donations and School Bills

Many thanks to those parents (38 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 2019 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 will be going out tomorrow.

Active Week

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in Active Week. As last year all the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the week, particularly the new events that were introduced. Many thanks also to those parents who volunteered to take sessions for the pupils – this is invaluable and adds tremendously to the week.

Rathmichael Parish and School Fete – Saturday 8th 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 Edwina Bernon. I have also been requested to ask if anyone would be willing to help out on the Baby Biz stall – please contact Lynsey Kidd on 0876903626. If anyone has unwanted but unbroken toys for the Fete, please leave these in the front hall.

End of Term Reports

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

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 Isabel Smyth. The Wise Owl Trophy, awarded to a pupil in 3rd Class who has been enthusiastic and willing, was presented to Yana Yoakley. 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 Hugo Vallejo – well done Hugo.

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:  Finn Lawlor/ Robyn Harty/ Jamie S Howe/ Alice Keane

S. Infs:  Jonah Carroll/ Lexie Homan/ Rhys Caffrey/ Ella Farrell

1st Class:  Dillon Hainbach/ Sophie Keane/ Daniel Beck/ Georgie Brigg

2nd Class: Evan Campbell/ Louisa Grier/ Aubrey Desmond /Charlotte Donohue

3rd Class:  Joshua Carroll /Norah Tinney/ Mathew McCauley /Ciara Willetts

4th Class: Charlie Geelon /Lucy Miller/ Rory Fitzpatrick/ Anna Langrell

5th Class: Eric Schuttte /Brónagh Hainbach/ Conor Blackburn/ Lauren McCleane

6th Class: Mark Roche/ Anahita Aryan/ Sam Eaglesfield /Eleanor Foot

Lining Up

Well done to all the classes – lining up after break times has improved immeasurably. June lining up prizes were given to 4th Class and Senior Infants.

Homework Club

My thanks to Suzanne Ferris for undertaking this venture which has been extremely successful and has been very much welcomed by the parents of those participating. Unfortunately she will not be in a position to continue this next year.

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 a daily or a weekly basis. 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.

Uniforms

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. Items ordered in will be available in the new term.

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.

Visitors

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.

There are three Summer Camps in the School Hall over the holidays -Stretch n Grow (run by the organisation who participated in Active Week – Stretch n Grow, Killiney) from 9th to 13th July and from 23rd to 27th July; Anyone for Science, from 16th to 20th July and Star Camp Summer Camp from 7th to 11th August.

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

18th June 2018

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.

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 €1,300 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 €7,000 towards the new interactive whiteboards in Junior and Senior Infants and in 6th Class.

Fete 2018 – 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.