Welcome back to School – September 2023
On behalf of all school staff, I wish to welcome all pupils back to school for the school year 2023/2024. A special welcome to our new Junior Infants. We wish you many happy days with us, in Rahara National School.
Ms. Aoife Mc Gowan – Principal & Junior Room teacher
Ms. Niamh Watson – Deputy Principal & Senior Room teacher
Ms. Kathy Dolan – Shared Special Education teacher (SET)
Mr. Oliver Connaughton – Covers Principal Admin Days (every Monday in the juniorroom)
Mr. Padraig Lohan – Caretaker
Ms. Lynda Pearce - Secretary
Board of Management: Fr. Ray Milton P.P., Ms. Breege Kenny, Ms. Marie Moran, Mr. Tom Carney, Mr. Laurence Fallon, Ms. Niamh Watson & Ms. Aoife Mc Gowan.
School Day: Junior & Senior Infants 9.20 - 2.00; 1st to 6th 9.20 - 3.00
Afterschool: Monday - Thursday. Commences September 4th.
Breakfast Club: Monday – Friday. Commences 4th September.
Absenteeism / Attendance: In the event of your child being absent please telephone (090) 66623393 or email email@example.com All pupils will be sent home with a form on their return to school after an absence to be filled in & returned to the class teacher once it has been filled in. We are obliged to inform (TUSLA) the statutory education Welfare services of the child and family agency if a child has missed 20 days or more in a school year. For further information, see www.tusla.ie
Communication: The school uses the Aladdin online text service facility to communicate important messages to parents. Accordingly, it is especially important that we have an up-to-date mobile number for you. Our text facility does not allow for replies so please email or phone the school (090) 6623393 if you wish to contact us. An emergency contact number should also be provided if this. Please let us know if your home / email address has changed.
· Seesaw: The teachers will use the Seesaw, or school email for communicating with you. You can also message the teacher (Monday to Friday) via Seesaw.
School Website: The school website www.rahara.com contains a lot of useful information. The school calendar is also on it, and it is regularly updated with key events.
Safety: Children must wait inside the school grounds until their parent/guardian comes to the gate/front wall to collect them. Pupils are not allowed to swing/climb on the bars in front of the school front door or enter the church ruins while they are waiting for their parents.
Allergies / Lunch: We have children with severe food allergies. In the interest of these children’s well-being, parents are asked not to include nuts in their child’s lunch. The school has a healthy lunch policy. Children should bring their own drinks to school i.e., water, milk. One small treat is allowed on Friday’s. Parent’s may send in a cake for their child’s birthday if they wish. Pupils attending Afterschool may avail of kitchen facilities after 3:00 only. Rahara N.S participates in the Green Schools Initiative, and we encourage families to cut down on single-use plastics such as cling film etc. All pupils must bring home their daily food/waste/packaging from their lunches.
School Uniform: Our school uniform should be worn at all times and consists of the following: Navy crested jumper/cardigan available at www.myschooljumper.ie , grey pinafore/skirt/pants & blue t-shirt. On PE days pupils may wear plain navy tracksuit bottoms, plain navy, or crested round-necked sweater with a short-sleeved blue polo shirt underneath (No Logos/brands/stripes). Please label all items of the uniform to avoid confusion. All pupils must have a mouth guard/gum shield for football (Please ensure it is correctly fitted and moulded before they bring it to school). Please note that the following items of clothing are not allowed – hoody; branded top/bottom; football jersey.
Photographs / Videos: During the year photographs & videos of children involved in school activities e.g., sport, music etc. school website or in the local newspaper. If you have any reservations, please contact the school.