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Newsletter December 2020

Posted on January 27, 2021 at 3:10 PM


Rahara N.S

DECEMBER  2020 NEWSLETTER


Absences

We are obliged to inform (Tusla) the statutory Educational Welfare services of the child and family agency,

if a child has missed 20 days or more in the school year. If your child cannot attend school please provide the

school with a written note or email outlining the reason for the absence. For further information see www.tusla.ie


Artist in Schools

Our school was selected to take part in the Artist in Schools Scheme 2020/21. This programme funds an artist to work

with the pupils for 15 hours over a term. Local Kiltoom Artist, Louise Shine came to our school and worked with the

children to create cyanotypes, futuristic flying vehicles and an imagined 2080 village. Louise also covered art history

and we were inspired by our Green Schools theme of Global Citizenship – Travel while making sure we used recycled

materials for our creations.


Clár Grant

Thank you to Laurence Fallon for securing funding for Digital Speed Safety Lights, the renewal of road markings and a

Ball Stopping Net Structure for our school. We welcom these improvements around our school and community to

make it a safe and happy environment.


 

Staff

We are delighted to welcome Mrs. Kathy Dolan to our staff as Special Education Teacher. Mrs Dolan will teach in RaharaMonday-Thursday and is alsoavailable to meet with parents.

We are also delighted to have Ms. Michelle Kelly teaching in the Senior Room.

Padraig Lohan will continue his role as cleaner/caretaker for the coming year.

Patricia Finneran will continue as secretary and will be here and Monday and Wednesday afternoons.


Hurling

Hurling training continues to take place every Monday at 2:00. Please ensure your child wears/brings PE gear on those days. Sanitised hurls

and helmets will be provided but pupils may bring their own if they wish.

 


Agrikids

All pupils took part in the Agrikids Webinar in November. The junior room had a story and then learned all about animal

behaviour and animal safety including behaviours in dogs, cats, bulls and horses. The senior room learned about farm machinery and

vehicles. All pupils discussed and learned the importance of safety signage.


Cycle Right

All pupils took part in three cyclev workshops with Noel Feeley from Roscommon Sports Partnership in November/December as part of

our Green Schools Travel flag. We hope to have one more workshop with Noel in the New Year.


Cash for Clobber

Thank you to everyone who collected and donated their clobber at the end of November. It was a great success and our collection

came to a total of 780kg. This is a great way to fundraise for our school whilst raising awareness of textile recycling amongst children.

We recently received a cheque for €312 for our collection.


Toy Show Treats

Big thank you to Helena and Carly who made ‘goody bags’ for all pupils for the Late Late Toy Show. All children were delighted with their bags and it was a lovely gesture to make it an extra special show!


Science Week 2020

Science week 2020 took place between 5 – 9 November. The pupils were very busy investigating chemical reactions to inflate

balloons, make Oobleck and volcanic eruptions. They also made a drinks dispenser and had lots of fun working in pairs/groups.

 


County Photos

A photographer will visit our school on Tuesday 12th January. Pupils are requested to be in full school uniform.


Christmas Holidays

School will close on Tuesday 22nd December at 12:30 for Christmas holidays and re-open on Wednesday 6th January 2021.


Homework Club

Homework Club is a big success this year and we are delighted with our tutor, Teresa Nally. Please ensure that if your child attends Homework Club

that your child is collected @ 4:30pm SHARP. All Homework Club fees to be paid to Mrs. Mc Gowan at the start of each week. Please ensure yourchild brings a healthy snack for Homework Club as this is part of our schools Healthy Eating Policy.

 


School Uniforms

Please ensure that your child wears their uniform to school every day. The Uniform is as follows:

Girls: Navy jumper, grey pinafore/skirt, blue t-shirt

Boys:Navy jumper, grey pants, blue t-shirt.

On PE days (Monday) pupils may wear plain dark grey/navy/black tracksuit bottoms (No logos or stripes)

Please label all items of the uniform to avoid confusion.


Parent Teacher Meeting.

Parent teacher Meetings will take place in the New Year. Dates and times are yet to be confirmed.


We wish you all a very peaceful and Happy Christmas

and thank you all for your continued support.


Newsletter May/June 2019

Posted on May 14, 2019 at 9:05 AM

Ericsson Visit

The senior pupils will visit Ericsson on the 15th May. This is in conjunction with our Discover Primary Science + Maths Award. Huge gratitude to Seamus Molloy for setting up this exciting trip for the pupils.

One Good Idea Finals

The Electro Girls are thrilled to be representing our school at the SEAI One Good finals in Dublin Castle on the 14th May. The bus will depart Rahara @ 7am sharp and return @ 5pm. Please return all Publicity Consent forms for both pupils and adults attending Dublin Castle. Pupils who do not attend the finals will have a regular school day under the supervision of Mrs. McGowan and Ms. Connolly. The cost of the bus is €10 per person.

8th Green Flag success!

Congratulations to our Green schools committee and co-ordinator, Mrs. McGowan, as we were awarded our 8th Green Flag for Global Citizenship – Marine Environment. This was a team effort over the past 2 years and we are thrilled to be one of the first few primary schools in the country to achieve this award!

The committee will receive their award at a ceremony in the Hodson Bay Hotel on the 21st May.

We will have our own Green Flag celebration in Rahara NS on Friday 14th June @ 11am. This is always a great event with the Army Band adding to the festivities. Save the date!

Election

School will be closed for polling for the upcoming elections on Friday 24th May.

Bank holidays

School will be closed on Monday 6th May, Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th June as per our school calendar.

Eco-Bricks Stools

Please continue to collect soft, clean plastic for our eco-brick stools. We are delighted with our first eco-brick stool and hope to construct another stool in the coming weeks.

Transition year student

Mark O’Malley, TY student, is carrying out work experience in Rahara NS every Wednesday.

New Priamry Language Curriculum Day

School will be closed for all pupils on Friday 31st May as staff undertake training and planning for the new PLC. This closure has been sanctioned by the BOM. 

School Tour

The Senior pupils will attend Bay Sports on Thursday 2nd June. The cost of the tour is €30 per pupil.

The Junior pupils will go to the Derryglad Museum and visit the Planet entertainment centre on 11th June. The cost of this tour is €18 per pupil.

Sports Day

Our sports day will take place on Tuesday 18th/25th June, weather permitting.

Soccer fixtures

The FAI soccer blitz for two teacher schools will take place in Lecarrow on Wednesday 1st May @ 11am.

The RDFL soccer blitz will take place in Lecarrow on Wednesday 8th May @ 10:30am. In order to avoid the costs of hiring a bus, we are asking parents to assist with lifts to/from Lecarrow on the above dates.

Pupils must wear shin guards!!

Cumann na mBunscol

The senior room will travel to Pearse’s GAA on Friday 3rd May @10am to participate in the 2 Teacher Schools football competition. The pupils will travel by bus. The cost is €5 per child. Pupils must wear gum shields.

Homework Club

There will be no H.W. club during the last week of June. Our final H.W.club will take place on Thursday 21st June.

Summer Holidays

School will close @ 12:30pm on Friday 28th June for the Summer holdiays 

Spanish Students

We will have a new cohort of Spanish students in Rahara NS between 20th- 24th May and 17th – 20th June. The BOM receives €50 per pupil per week. This is a great way of raising funds for our school.


Standardised Tests

Tests will take place between May 27th – June 7th. Please ensure your child is present on these days.


Newsletter November/December 2018

Posted on December 7, 2018 at 9:05 AM

Parent Teacher Meetings

Parent Teacher meetings will take place on Thursday 14th December. If this evening is not suitable, the teachers will organise an alternative time/date.

Heritage in Schools Expert

Martin Curley, Historian, has been visiting the senior pupils on Tuesday mornings during Nov/Dec and teaching the pupils about genealogy and the pupils have been investigating their own family history.

Child Safeguarding Policy

Our Child safeguarding policy was updated and ratified at a BOM meeting on 6th November, 2018. This policy is available on request. A copy of the policy is also on the noticeboard in our entrance hallway. 

Environmental Award

Rahara NS has been nominated for an Environmental Award by Roscommon County Council. Mrs Costello and two pupils will attend the award ceremony on Tue evening 11th Dec in Roscommon. Winners will be announced on the night!

Science Week 2018

Science week 2018 took place between 12 – 16 November. The pupils were very busy investigating bridges, loads and weight, filtering water, investigating surface of the moon, making moon biscuits, creating mooon rockets, designing a martian and making Oobleck.

Photos are available on our school facebook page (www.facebook.com/RaharaNationalSchool)

*You do not need a facebook account to view these photos. 

Garda Visit

Garda John O’Connor, community officer, will visit the senior pupils on 4th December to discuss internet safety.

Swimming Lessons

Swimming will take place on Mondays @ 12 noon in Roscommon pool during January and February. Swimming is part of the PE Curriculum and All pupils are expected to participate in lessons.

County photos

A photographer will visit our school on Wednesday 5th December. Pupils are requested to be in full school uniform.

Christmas Holidays

School will close on Friday 21st December at 12 midday for Christmas holidays and re-open on Monday 7th January 2019. (Don’t forget your swimming gear!)

Pupils may wear their Christmas jumpers on the day of the holidays!

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

 

Newsletter Sept/Oct 2018

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 9:10 AM

Green Schools- Marine Environment

Dr. David McGrath visited our school on Tuesday 25th September. David is a Marine Biologist and taught pupils about tides and marine biodiversity.

A follow on field-trip for all pupils will take place this Thursday 27th to Silver Strand, Galway. The bus will depart @ 9am sharp and return to the school for 3pm. Pupils must wear warm clothes, coats, hats and wellies. Please ensure you child brings a spare pair of trousers, socks & shoes, a packed lunch and drinks. Children may bring €5 spending money as we will stop at the Galway Plaza enroute home.

Roscommon County Council is funding this initiative in conjunction with the Heritage Council.


Bus transport

The cost of hiring buses is ever increasing and is one of the biggest expenses in our school budget. In future, we are asking parents to contribute €5 per pupil per bus trip.


Referendum

Rahara NS will be closed on Friday 26th October for the upcoming elections.


Mid-Term Break

School will close on Thursday 25th October @ 3pm and re-open on Monday 5th November @ 9:20am.


Staff

Our new SEN teacher is Mr. Kelly. Mr. Kelly will teach in Rahara NS four days per week, Tue – Fri.

Mr. McCormack will teach in the Junior Room until Halloween. Mrs. McGowan will return from maternity leave on the 5th November.

Dylan Donnelly, TY student, will assist in our school every Thursday during Term 1.

Danielle Saunderson, TY student, will carry out work experience in Rahara NS between 8th – 19th October.


Principal Release Days

Ms. Niamh Watson has been employed as a fixed-term substitute teacher to cover all of Mrs. Costello’s Principal Release Days for 2018-2019.


Healthy Lunches

Pupils are allowed to bring one small treat with their lunch on Friday’s ONLY!!

 

Homework club

Our homework club continues Monday – Thursday with Teresa Nally.


Tree Day 2018

The pupils will travel to St. John’s Woods on Wednesday 10th October to participate in a “Woodland Wonders” fieldtrip. This will be led by Arboriculturalist, Shailagh Healy. A bus will bring pupils to/from St. John’s woods.


Sports/ PE

Please ensure your child wears plain navy/black tracksuit bottoms (no logos) on P.E days.

Hurling – Tuesday

Soccer – Thursday

Gaelic – Friday

Each class receives 30 minutes tuition per session.


Goal Jersey Day

Goal Jersey day will take place on Friday 12th October. Please bring in €2 donation for GOAL.

Thank you.

 


Newsletter May June 2018

Posted on May 22, 2018 at 9:20 AM

Standardised Tests

Standardised tests will be administered to all pupils from 1st-6th class over the coming weeks, please ensure your child is present, except for illness. The results of these will be recorded in your child’s school report. Reports will be sent home at the end of June.


Cumann na mBunscol County Finals

Rahara NS Hurling team will play against Attyrory NS in the County finals of the Cumann na mBunscol 2 Teacher schools competition in Tisrara on Thurs 24th May at 3:30pm. All supporters are welcome to come along to cheer for our team. We will need parents to help with lifts to the finals.


Referendum

School will close on Friday 25th May to facilitate for the upcoming referendum as our school is a designated polling station. 


SEAI Workshop

Lorraine Flanagan, SEAI, will visit our school on Wed 30th May to carry out an energy workshop with all pupils.


Children First-Safeguarding Training

Mr. McCormack will attend the new Children First Safeguarding training in Athlone Education Centre on Thursday 31st May. Ms. Louise Finneran will teach the Junior classes on the day.


Garda Visit

Garda John O’Connor, Community Policing, will visit the senior pupils on 30th May to discuss road safety and online safety.


Sports Day

Our annual Sports Day will take place on Tuesday 12th June, weather permitting. The pupils will be treated to Supermac’s on the day.


End-of-Year Play

A production of ‘Charlotte Holmes-Future Detective’ will take place in Culleen Hall on Thursday 28th June at 6:30pm. The show should last approx. one hour.

Dress rehearsals will take place in Cullen Hall on Tue 26th, Wed 27th & Thurs 28th June. Pupils must be collected from Cullen Hall at 3pm on these days.


Homework Club

We would like to thank parents for supporting our Homework Club over the past academic year. There will be no Homework Club the last week of June, due to afternoon rehearsals in Cullen Hall.


Summer Holidays

School will close for the Summer holidays on Friday 29th June at 12:30pm. School will re-open on Thursday 30th August for Term 1 2018/201


Newsletter January/February 2018

Posted on April 10, 2018 at 9:10 AM


One Good Idea 2018

Congratulations to our senior pupils who have made it to the semi-finals stage of the One Good Idea competition. Only 20 teams have been selected nationwide and 2 of them are from our school! Well done and keep up the great work!


Open Evening

Our Open Evening will take place on Thursday 8th February between 6-7pm. Please spread the word in the parish!


Safer Internet Day 2018

All pupils will participate in Safer Internet Day activities on Tuesday 6th February. www.webwise.ie/parents have some fantastic resources for parents including the ‘Parent’s Guide to a Better Internet’.


Green Schools EXPO 2018

The senior pupils will travel to the RDS on Thursday 22nd February to showcase their project ‘Zebra Mussels- An Alien Invasion’. The pupils are very busy researching, investigating and gathering information about the invasive species. There were only 12 projects selected countrywide to exhibit at the RDS! Another big success story for our school. The bus will depart at 7am and return at approx. 8pm.


CRAFT-ed Project 2018

Rahara NS has been selected to participate in the CRAFT-ed project. CRAFT-ed is the Design and Arts Council of Ireland’s Primary school visual arts based education programme. An artist/craftsperson will visit our school for 10 sessions to create a project with the pupils. Mrs. Costello will attend In-service next Wednesday evening 7th February between 5-7:30pm to meet the artist and plan the collaborative art project. This is a wonderful opportunity for the pupils of our school.


School Photos

Please return all photos and monies, if purchasing, to school by Wednesday 7th February.


Primary Language Curriculum Day/School Closure

There will be no school on Tuesday 20th February 2018 as the staff will be attending mandatory Primary Language Curriculum In-Service training in Athlone Education Centre. This has been sanctioned by the BOM.


Confirmation Retreat

The 6th class pupils will travel to Knock on Friday 9th February to participate in a Confirmation Retreat. The bus will depart from Knockcroghery NS at 8:30am sharp and return at approx. 4:15pm. Ms. Irwin, Ballymurray NS, will accompany our pupils.

The cost of the retreat is €10. Each child should bring this money with them on the day. There will be food in Supermac’s Roscommon on the way home. The cost of the bus and Supermac’s is paid by the parish.


Cake Sale

A cake sale will take place in our school on Sunday 11th February following 10am mass. All proceed go to the Alzheimer’s Association. Please support!


TY Student

Clodagh Keenan, past pupil, will carry out work experience in our school from 5th-9th February.


Mid-Term Break

School will close on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February for Mid-term Break.


Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons will continue until Monday 19th February. The cost of the lessons is €50 per pupil. Please return money to school at your convenience.


Parent and Toddler Group

Our PTG meets every Friday, during term time, in the school hall between 10-12pm. Please spread the word.


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. 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.

 

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!

 

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.

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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!

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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