May 2018

Dear Parents,

Dates for your attention:

Please remember that school will be closed on Friday 25th May to facilitate polling in the Referendum.

23rd May:

Open Day – details below.

28th May – 1st June:

5th and 6th Classes will be in the Gaeltacht. A separate note with arrangements, suggested clothing etc will go out to the pupils concerned shortly. Mrs. Allison and Ms. Morris will accompany Ms. Goudie and Ms. Johnson.

Monday 4th June:

School will be closed on Monday 4th June for the Bank Holiday. School will close at the normal time on Friday 1st June and there will be after school games with Southside School Sports for participants from 1st to 4th Class as usual.

7th June:

New Parents’ meeting – Room 2 at 1.45 p.m.  There will be an opportunity to purchase/order uniforms following this meeting.  There will be an opportunity for 2018/19 Junior Infants to meet the teacher on a date to be advised.

11th – 15th June:

Active Week – see below for details.

12th June:

Sport’s Day – Children should come to school at the normal time. A separate note to follow.

15th June:

Summer Dance for 4th, 5th and 6th Classes – a separate note will go home to the classes involved.

20th June:

End of Term Service – details to follow in a future Newsletter.  Junior and Senior Infants will not attend this Service and should come to school at the normal time.

22nd June:

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

Wednesday 29th August:

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

Spanish Student – Ana Rivas Alba

A big thank you to Ana for all she has done with the classes since she has been here. Today, 18th May is her last day and we wish her well for the future.

School Bills/Revenue Forms

The Summer Bills have recently been sent out. I would appreciate prompt payment of these in order to update the accounts before the end of term. Also if you have two or more children in the school and received the Revenue form, I would appreciate it if you could send it in as soon as possible as each year we receive refunds from Revenue which are available for the Board of Management to use on the school’s behalf.

Active Week

Active Week will take place from 11th to 15th June. This will include Sports Day on 12th June, which will be run this year by Southside School Sports. Active Week is always a fun week and this year’s activities include Pilates, Frisbee, Irish Dancing, Tag Rugby and Stretch and Grow. Hopefully we will hold exercises on the pitch in the mornings from 9.00 a.m. to 9.15 a.m. (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday) to get started and parents are welcome to join in these. Please note that there will be no Assembly/Choir on Wednesday.

This promises to be a week full of energy and fun and I am sure that all pupils will benefit. Many thanks to all those who are leading the sessions. Active Week T shirts will be given to the pupils on Monday 11th June, to be left in school at the end of every day. Please ensure that children wear tracksuit bottoms and runners for the Active Week.  The T shirts should be washed and returned to school on Monday 18th June.


These have been issued to pupils from Senior Infants to 5th Class. Please remember that Thursday 24th May is the deadline for sending these in as they have to be collated and sent to Michael Doherty’s during the week after in order that we receive the books before the end of term.

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 2018 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.  The Choir will also perform in the Crawford Concourse. As in previous years, uniforms will be available to order in the School Hall.

Book Fair

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the recent Book Fair – both helping on the rota and purchasing books.  Over €1,700 was spent during the week and hopefully we will soon be in a position to purchase new books and resources with over €1,000 allocated to the school from the proceeds. A particular thank you to Ms. Armstrong for all her hard work in organising the event.

No Uniform Day for Mellon Educate Teaching Blitz

Many thanks to everyone for supporting this fund raising venture by bringing in €2. We were able to give Hayley Appelbe (a past pupil), €400 towards the total she needs to travel to Cape Town with Mellon Educate as part of their teaching blitz.  If you have any unwanted stationery items at home (chalk, dusters, crayons, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, whiteboard markers etc), Hayley would really appreciate any donations – these may be left into Trish.

New Interactive Boards

Three new state of the art interactive boards have been installed in Junior and Senior Infants and in 6th Class as part of our commitment  to upgrade classroom technology. There is a considerable cost involved, some of which will be grant aided.  The P.T.A. has kindly agreed to fund the balance and to this end you would have received an email regarding a whole school raffle. We are indebted to SoftCo and the Coffey family for donating five €50 vouchers for Dundrum Centre, to mark James and Charlotte’s last term in Rathmichael. We also appealed for donations of prizes that could be included in the raffle so thanks to those of you who have sent in items – all contributions would be much appreciated. 6th Class are selling raffle tickets in the morning and at going home times. You may also send money in to Trish in an envelope with your name on it and tickets will be sent home with your child (€2 for a strip of 5, 50 c per ticket). The draw will take place on Sports Day.

Visitors to School/TP Student

On 15th May we welcomed Paddy Madden to school. He brought the classes out into the school garden and gave everyone an informed and enthusiastic presentation on the environment. This was very much a “hands-on” day and the children really enjoyed working with him.

Today, 18th May we welcomed Amanda Kehoe, an author, who has written a book for children based on her son, TJ, who cannot walk or talk but who loves to listen and play with his friends. Amanda read the book to the children and engaged with them to show them that disabilities are no barrier to a happy and fulfilling life. She has donated a copy of the book to the Library.

Jade Gamble, past pupil, who is currently training to be a teacher and who has been observing in 2nd Class over the past few months, will teach in 2nd Class from 24th to 30th May.


The last day for swimming for 1st and 4th Classes will by Friday 8th June. This date has been added in lieu of 25th May, to ensure that these classes have their 10 sessions.

Lining Up

Congratulations to all the classes on much improved lines at break and lunchtime. The winning classes were 2nd and 5th and they will be given a night off homework as a reward.

Scríobh Leabhar Competition

Congratulations to the following children who were winners in this competition and attended an Awards Ceremony on Thursday 26th April: Adam Anderson, Sofia Rocha White, Poppy Miller, Indie Ovington, Georgie Brigg, Abbie Johnston, Lisa Murphy, Christian Staunton, Mia Lawlor, Cillian Hainbach, Zoe Clinch, Amelia Lawless McCarthy, Charlie Geelon, Imogen Stanley, Emily Styles, Daniel Murphy and Clara Brigg.  Every child who took part in the competition received a certificate and a pencil case. Many thanks to Mrs. McMurdock for all her efforts in co-ordinating this.


Many congratulations to Naomi Clarkson and her husband Alan on the birth of a baby girl, Mya.

Caroline Senior


18th May 2018


Liberty Recycling

A huge thank you to everyone who brought in bagged clothing, shoes etc for this fund raising effort. In total 135 bags were collected. The school received a cheque for €540.

Table Quiz

Our recent family Table Quiz, was an exuberant affair, thoroughly enjoyed by all who supported it.  Many thanks to Niall Carty for being Quizmaster. €440 was raised for PTA funds.

Rathmichael Summer Fete – 8th September

The Fete will be upon us almost as soon as we come back in the Autumn – we are asking for volunteers to help man the PTA stands again and to assist with sorting toys in the evenings running up to the Fete. If you can help out even for just a few hours please contact Edwina Bernon or your Class Rep.  There are sign up notices in the outer Concourse area. 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.