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Newsletter May-June 2017

Posted on May 12, 2017 at 9:10 AM

Wear Orange Day 2017

Wear Orange Day takes place on Monday 8th May. Pupils may bring a donation to school to help raise funds for children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) in Ireland.

Peer Tutoring

Peer Tutoring will take place over the next 8 weeks for all pupils from 1st – 6th class. Peer Tutoring is a paired reading system which fosters fluency, vocabulary development, comprehension skills and self-esteem. It takes place 4 days per week over a half hour period. P.T. is recommended both as a strategy for improving reading standards and as a means to building self-esteem and confidence.


One Good Idea

Congratulations to our four 6th class pupils who have made it to the SEAI One Good Idea final in Croke Park on the 16th May. This year all pupils 1st – 6th are invited to the finals in Dublin to support the “Fooderinos”.

A bus will depart from Rahara NS @ 7am and should return at 5pm approx. Pupils should wear their full school uniform and bring a large packed lunch and 2 drinks.

Following the awards we will take a guided tour of Croke Park. We will stop at Apple Green Service Station enroute home for burgers & chips. The junior infants & senior infants will have a normal school day under the care of Ms. Irwin.

Sports day

Sports day will take place in June. The date is weather dependent but a text will be sent to parents before school to inform pupils of the event.

Standardised Testing

Standardised testing in literacy and numeracy will take place over the coming weeks. Please ensure your child does not miss any days from school unnecessarily and please ensure your child comes to school at 9:20am sharp.

Green Schools Award

Congratulations to all pupils as they have received notification that we were successful in completing our 7th Green Flag for Global Citizenship – Energy.

The 6th class pupils will attend the award cermony in Hodson Bay Hotel on 24th May. They will also perform their fooderino’s presentation and rap for all the guests.!

Our Green Flag ceremony will take place in the school on Friday 16th June @ 12noon. Minister Denis Naughten will preside over our ceremony and the Army Band will perform on the day. We hope to have a great celebration and welcome all family and friends to our important event!

School Tours

The senior pupils will attend Baysports, Athlone on Friday 2nd June. The bus will depart Rahara NS @ 9:30am and return @ 3:30pm. The cost of the tour is €45 per pupil.

The junior pupils will visit Glendeer Pet Farm on Friday 2nd June. They will leave Rahara NS @ 9:30am and will return at 2pm. The cost of the tour is €20


Summer Works Scheme

Summer works grant has been awarded to our school to refurbish and upgrade the existing toilets. This work will take place during the summer holidays.

6th Class Graduation Dinner

6th class graduation dinner will take place on Tuesday 27th June.

Summer Holidays

School will close on Friday 30th June @ 12:30pm

The 2017/2018 school calendar will be sent out with the school reports in June.

All-Ireland Swimming Finalist

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 6:45 AM

The All-Ireland Minor Schools Swimming Championship finals took place in the National Aquatic Centre, Blanchardstown on Sunday 12th February and our 4th class pupil, Lorraine Moran, participated in two swimming events. In the 50 metre Freestyle event, Lorraine secured a time of 39.01 sec and in the 50 metre backstroke event, she secured a time of 44.95sec. Lorraine was delighted with her performances and achieved a personal best in the backstroke event. She also gained invaluable experience from competing in Irelands premier swimming facility. She did herself, her family and Rahara N.S. very proud. Well done Lorraine!

Rahara N.S. Newsletter- Jan - March 2017

Posted on February 10, 2017 at 8:50 AM

Open Evening

Our open evening will take place on Wednesday 1st March between 6-7 pm. If you know of anyone scheduled to start school in September ’17 or anyone contemplating changing schools, please inform them about our upcoming open evening!


Our 7th and final swimming lesson will take place on Thursday 16th February from 11-12. There will be two lessons on that week, as we are closed for Mid-Term on week 7.

Please return all monies to the school before Mid-Term, thank you.

Best of luck to Lorraine Moran who will represent Rahara NS this Sunday 12th February at the All-Ireland Minor Schools Gala in the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin. This is a huge achievement for Lorraine and we are very proud of her!


Mid-Term Break

School will close @ 3pm on Friday 17th February for Mid- Term. School will re-open on Monday 27th February @ 9:20am.


County Photos

Please return all proofs and money (where applicable) to the school by the 9th February.


One Good Idea

Congratulations to our four 6th class pupils, Megan, Evan, Abbie & Jessica, who were chosen as one of the top 20 projects in the One Good Idea competition. The pupils must code their online food miles tool on Scratch and create a campaign about food miles. The team must prepare a PowerPoint and a four minute presentation for the judges.



Hurling takes place on Tuesdays.

After Mid-term, Gaelic trainer, John Touhey will resume Gaelic training on Fridays.

Soccer training takes place on Thursdays.

Full school uniform should be worn on Mondays & Wednesdays after Mid-Term. (Grey trousers/skirt, navy jumper & blue polo shirt)



Senior pupils will participate in knitting activities after Mid-Term. We are delighted to welcome Moira Burns and Pauline Hocking to our school. Both Moira & Pauline have volunteered to deliver the lessons along-side Mrs. Costello. We are looking forward to learning how to knit!


Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017

All pupils will engage in Irish activities during this week (13th -16th March). Pupils will be encouraged to use the language as much as possible during SNAG. Lá Glas (Green day) will take place on Thursday 16th March and pupils are invited to dress-up in anything green!


St. Patrick’s Day

School will be closed on Friday 17th March for St. Patrick’s day.


Green Schools

The pupils and staff are very busy preparing for our 7th Green Flag inspection which will take place in Mid-March.

Our Green Schools “Action Day” will take place on Pancake Tuesday, 28th February. This coincides with Fairtrade Fortnight. The pupils will make pancakes using fairtrade ingredients!


Book Bills

Thanks you to everyone who has paid their book bills. If you have not yet paid your bill, please do so as soon as possible.

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day takes place on Tuesday 7th February. All pupils will participate in lessons about internet safety.

Rahara Parent & Toddler Group

The Parent & Toddler Group will be set-up over the coming weeks. This will take place in the school hall and will not interfere with the day to day running of our school. Please share with your friends & family!


Operation Transformation

This week all classes are participating in the “10 at 10” challenge. All pupils and staff participate in exercises at 10am for 10 minutes daily! You can do these at home too!

Confirmation Retreat

6th class pupils will travel to Knock on Wednesday 15th February to participate in their Confirmation retreat. The bus will depart from Knockcroghery NS at 8:30 sharp and return at approx 4pm. The cost is €10. Pupils may wear casual clothes and bring a packed lunch


Confirmation will take place in Knockcroghery church @ 11am on Tuesday 21st March.

World Book Day

World Book Day will be celebrated in our school on Thursday 2nd March. Pupils may dress-up as any character from any book!


TY Student

Past pupil, Lauren McDermott, will carry out 2 weeks work experience in our school from 27th Feb – 10th March.




Rahara N.S. in 2016 by Mrs. Costello, Principal

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.


Newsletter Christmas 2016

Posted on December 9, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Swimming Champion

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. 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!


Continuous Professional Development

A facilitator from the PDST (Professional Development Services for Teachers) visited Rahara NS on Tuesday 6th December to assist teachers in the delivery of the Oral Language strand of the English curriculum. The staff received excellent feedback from the facilitator today, who commented on the high level of oral literacy in our school.

Whole staff training in First Aid will take place in Rahara on Tuesday 6th December between 3-6pm.

Mrs McGowan attended a Physical Literacy Course in Kilbride GAA on Monday 28th November between 4-6pm.


Holy Day – 8th December

All pupils will attend mass in Rahara Church this Thursday 8th December to observe the Holy Day.

OM Christmas Show

The OM Christmas Show took place in Rahara NS on Monday 5th December. Another entertaining show was delivered by the OM crew whilst delivering the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas Show

The Junior room pupils will attend a show, ‘Frosty the Snowman’ in the Dean Crowe Theatre on Monday 19th December at 10:30am. A bus will be provided to/from the event. There will be no charge for this event.

Homework Club

Our Homework Club is proving to be a huge success, to date. The cost of the club is €5 per day from 3-4:30pm, Monday-Thursday. Please ensure your child brings a healthy snack for Homework Club as this is part of our schools Healthy Eating Policy.


Book Bills

Thanks you to everyone who has paid their book bills. If you have not yet paid your bill, maybe you could do so at your earliest convenience.


Swimming Lessons:

Swimming will take place on Mondays in January and February. Swimming is part of the PE Curriculum under the strand ‘aquatics’, therefore we strongly encourage all parents to consent to the curriculum based activity. Swimming can be paid in a lump sum or in instalments and is not due until 27th February 2017.

Christmas Holidays

School will close on Thursday 22nd December at 12:30pm and re-open on Monday 9th January 2017. (Don’t forget your swimming gear!)

We wish you all a very peaceful and Happy Christmas and thank you all for your continued support.


Swimming Champion in Rahara NS!

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!


Newsletter May June 2016

Posted on June 3, 2016 at 8:45 AM

Pioneer Association

6th class pupils are invited to St. Patrick’s Church, Knockcroghery on Saturday 4th June at 7 p.m. to take the Pioneers pledge. Letters must to be signed and returned to school before 2nd June.


Sports Day

Our sports day will take place on Thursday 16th June, weather permitting. All pupils are welcome to stay until 3pm. Supermacs will be delivered to the school at 2pm to reward pupils for all the good behaviour throughout the year.


Taster Morning

A Taster Morning for new entrants will take place on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st June from 9:20-12:30. All new entrants are welcome to attend.


School Closures

The school will be closed from Mon 6th June (Bank Holiday) to Friday 10th June, inclusive, as per the 2015/16 school calendar.

School will close for the Summer holidays at 12:30pm on Thursday 30th June.

One Good Idea Finalists

Congratulations to our 6th class pupils who represented our school in the One Good Idea finals in Dublin Castle on the 11th May. They did a fantastic job and were awarded a finalist plaque and a cheque for €250 for the school. This was a huge achievement for Rahara NS.

Discover Primary Science and Maths Award

Congratulations to all the pupils and co-ordinator, Mrs. Mc Gowan, as Rahara NS was awarded their 9th DPSM STEM of excellence award for 2015/16. Another great achievement for the school.



We congratulate Ms. O’Reilly on her upcoming wedding to Bobby Hewitt. We wish them every success and happiness in their married life.

Mrs. Costello has been granted parental leave, 2 days per week, for the next academic year. Ms. Henshaw will cover the leave for the full year. Mrs. Costello gave a presentation to parents outlining the new teaching arrangements. Both Mrs. Costello and Ms. Henshaw will meet the parents for another parents meeting, during the first week of September.


Join Our Boys

We raised €62.10 for the Join our Boys charity. Thank-you for all your kind donations.


Go Green on June 13th

Pupils are invited to wear a green jersey or t-shirt on Monday 13th June to celebrate the start of the UEFA Euro 2016. No money is required on the day.


School Play

Auditions have taken place for the end-of-year school play, ‘Invasion from the Planet Zorgon’ by Geoff Bamber. Parts are currently being distributed. We are really looking forward to starting rehearsals. The play will take place in Culleen Hall on Wednesday 29th June at 7pm. We hope you and all your family can attend to support the pupils.


School Self-Evaluation

We are currently reviewing the teaching and learning of Irish in our school. Please return all parents questionnaires to the school.


School Calendar 2016/17

The school calendar will be included with reports and booklists, which you will receive before the end of June. School will resume on Thursday the 1st September 2016.





School in 2016

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.


Irish TV Debut

Posted on April 12, 2016 at 9:35 AM

The pupils of Rahara National School will feature on 'Roscommon County Matters' TV programme on Irish TV on Monday 25th April at 6:30pm. You can find Irish TV on Sky channel 191 or online at

February Newsletter 2016

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!


Open Evening

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.


Healthy Lunches

We have included a booklet about healthy lunches from the HSE. Remember that a small treat is allowed on Fridays only!