Summer Exam timetable 2017

The timetable for 1st,2nd and 5th years is now available in the download section of the website, the facebook page and up around the school. The exams will take place from Tuesday 30th May - 2nd June. Best of luck to everyone.

UCD Innovation Academy

The UCD Innovation Academy runs from 26th to 30th June. It is a good opportunity for students to get a taste of life on a college campus. Students will learn new skills in a third level setting. It is normally 100 euro to attend for the week. It is however free for students from DEIS schools. It is therefore free for students of our school. Applications can be made . It is open to students in Transition and 5th year.

UCD Accommodation
The UCD on campus accommodation is now open for advanced booking. It can be done on the UCD website.

Letter from the CAO
A reminder to Leaving Cert students and their parents. Students will have received a letter from the CAO. It is of vital importance that students read and understand the letter. It is vital that they check that their CAO number, Exam number, date of birth and name are completely correct. If they are not students need to get in touch with the CAO and correct any error. Any parent of leaving certificate students worried about the CAO form and their son/daughters choices please feel free to contact me

David McNeive

Garda Recruitment

An Garda Siochana have started a recruitment campaign. It is only open to people who have their Leaving Certificate completed by the closing date of 1 June. Unfortunately that means this years 6th years can not apply. Past students may have an interest in applying

Annual Auction

Its that time of year again


Annual Auction on Sunday May 28th 2017 at Ardscoil, Rath Iomgháin

Doors open at 12.00 noon and auction begins at 1.00 pm.

Donations of good quality saleable items can be delivered to the school on:
Friday May 26th between 6.00pm and 10.00pm
Saturday May 27th May between 10.00am and 4.00 pm. 
(No electrical goods or computers please.)

If any one needs any items collected before that date please contact any of the following:

Carmel 045 524222. Francis 0858243504. Leo 087 2280865. John 086 1214647. Caroline 086 1513903.


Leaving Certificate students who have applied to the CAO will receive a letter from the CAO entitled "Statement of Application". It is vital that students read this letter very carefully and make sure that all their personal details are correct and their exam number is on the form and is correct. If it is not correct students must contact the CAO and correct it. There will also be information in the letter about accepting courses when they are offered in August. The change of mind facility on the CAO opens on Friday. Students can change their choices until July 1st.

Sarah's Gift

The family and friends Sarah Dunphy are continuing with their bursary to one Leaving Cert student. Despite adversity and the many obstacles put in her way, Sarah was a strong believer in the value of education and achieved an excellent Leaving Cert and also graduated from third level. This will be an annual award in Sarah’s memory.The award will be given to a student who has overcome difficulties or personal circumstances in order to achieve well in school with the view to continue in education after their Leaving Cert.

Students can nominate themselves or be nominated by a fellow student, a teacher or a community member. The nomination must include why the student is a suitable candidate for the gift and they can be handed to Ms Doyle or Mr Murphy in a sealed envelope before Wednesday 3rd May. If a student prefers to verbally give a nomination for a fellow student they can do so with Ms Doyle or Mr Murphy who will take notes.

The winner will be decided by Sarah’s family and friends and announced at the Awards Day and the money will be given to the student on Sarah’s birthday , October 8th each year.    

We thank the Dunphy family for their continued support .                                                                                          

Careers Update

Irish Rail are recruiting apprentice Electricians, Fitters, Heavy Vehicle Mechanics, and Vehicle Painters. Applications can be made through Irish Rails website. Applications have to be in by April 30th.


The CAO's change of mind facility will open on May 1st and remain open for May and June. Any parent of leaving cert students who are concerned about their son/daughters CAO form please feel free to contact the school to make an appointment with me.


Students intending to go to College/PLC courses next year should also have started their SUSI grant application form. this can be done on . If any parents have any difficulties with the form please feel free to contact Mr Mc Nieve

School trip

We are organising a school trip for 2nd and 5th year students to acknowledge those who have worked hard over the year and have a good record in the school.

We are trying to keep the costs down for parents as well as encouraging the students to be active to promote positive mental health.. The trip will be to Glendalough for a hike on Wednesday 3rd May. Permission letters were given to students before the Easter holidays and forms and money should be returned before school either tomorrow or Wednesday morning

School Captain

5th Year students are invited to apply for the position of school captain/vice captain for next year. The applicationform is in the download section of the website and can be emailed through the contact section of the site. Best of luck to everyone.

Career News

Leaving Certificate students applying for the DARE and HEAR scheme please remember to send the required documentation to the CAO before the 1st April. The ESB are recruiting apprentices. Applications can be made on the ESB website. Bus Eireann are also recruiting people to train as Heavy Vehicle Mechanics. Applications can be made on the Bus Eireann website. Intel have opened their "Women in Technology Scholarship". This is open to female students applying for courses in science and technology. Applications can be made on the Intel website. The Army are now taking applications for both general recruitment and caditships. Applications can be made on

Positive Mental Health week

Day 5

Challenge 5: Do a Random Act of Kindness (RAK)

benefits include:

o    happiness – making other people happy boosts our own sense of happiness;

o    greater self-confidence: – giving makes us feel better as people;

o    energy – doing one good thing will make us want to do more;

o    longer life – giving to others slows the ageing process;

o    more pleasure – pleasure begets pleasure.

The natural feel good chemicals of serotonin and oxytocin (the love hormone) are made in the body when kindness is shared.

Carrying out kind acts will:

o    Reduce depression: Thinking about helping other people stops us worrying about ourselves.

o    Reduce pain: Helping releases endorphins, which are natural painkillers.

o    Reduce isolation: Helping others encourages human contact.

o    Reduce blood pressure.

o    Reduce anxiety: Good actions can lift mood and decrease social avoidance.

o    Reduce stress: Kind people have 23 percent less cortisol (the stress hormone) and age more slowly.



Make Mum or Dad a cup of tea!

Do an extra job/chore at home without being asked!

Say thank you to a teacher who has helped you!

Give a compliment!

Or any other RAK you choose


Keep in mind that kindness has an additive effect and it’s really the little things that add up. So no matter how big or how small, each act of kindness makes an impact for us all. 

Positive Mental Health Day 4


Challenge 4: Get Active with a Friend


Physical activity is good for your body but it’s great for your mind too. Research has shown that exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good – boosting your self-esteem, helping you concentrate as well as sleep, look and feel better. Not bad for something we can quite easily do for free!

Being active doesn’t have to mean taking out an expensive gym membership, jogging at 5am or sporting lycra. There are so many ways to be active and they can all help to improve your mental health.

Taking part in physical activities can be a great way to meet people. They can also offer us the chance of taking a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Leading an active life can help to improve your feelings of self-worth and foster confidence. Taking part in a form of exercise that you really enjoy can give you a goal to aim for and a sense of purpose.


A few benefits of exercise are:

·         less tension, stress and mental fatigue

·         a natural energy boost

·         improved sleep

·         a sense of achievement

·         focus in life and motivation

·         less anger or frustration

·         a healthy appetite

·         better social life

·         having fun





Positive Mental Health week Day 3

Challenge 3: Get Involved in your Community

Connecting with people is good for your wellbeing. Taking time to strengthen relationships with people close to us and to broaden relationships with our wider community is important. Sharing how we feel with others helps us to feel more understood.

Why not join a Team or Club in school or in your community?

There are details of local clubs and school clubs on the notice boards in the assembly area.

Connecting is not only important for emotional support but it also helps us to develop a sense of belonging, self-worth and reduces isolation.

Why not Volunteer to help a Charity or someone in need?

One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, animals, and organisations in need.

And volunteering is a two-way street: It can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.

Today we would also like to remind you that no matter how much we look after our Mental Health, there will be times in our lives when we need help from others. Reach out and ask for help if you need it!

In school you can talk to your, tutor, year head or any staff member you feel comfortable with. We also have a school Counsellor available.

Talk to Family or Friends for support,

Sometimes it’s hard to talk to those close to you so 

Here are some Reach Out Cards, they contain numbers that you can ring if you feel the need to discuss your problems with someone.

“It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help.”