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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.


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.


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.


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. 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.

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.