Scooters youth club study skills

Some information for our 3rd year and 6th year exam students please?
Scooters Youth Club are going to pilot a study skills group in the youth cafe (which is located at the top of the concrete stairs in Rathangan Community Centre) on Fridays from 2pm until 4pm.
They kicked off last Friday with an informal session to discuss with the young people what their needs may be and what they can provide. Ideas such as space for small study groups, group grinds for some subjects and s...tudy skills workshops have been suggested by some of our club members.
This Friday we would like to invite anyone interested to pop down to us for a cup of tea and a chat about what we can do to relieve the exam stress.
If people would like more information they can contact Lisa Ennis on 0852772226. Or they could speak to Rebecca Doyle in school.
Many thanks!



Calling all Senior Citizens, friends and carers

 Join Frank Fahy for Fitstix with Nordic Poles

 A free and easy exercise program

 Every Thursday evening

1st - 22nd March                                    

TIME: 4pm - 6pm                       

 Place: Ardscoil Iomghain, Rathangan, Co. Kildare

Further Enquiries: School office - 045528196

Please contact the school if interested (poles provided)


Building names

We have a number of different buildings now in the school. We are looking at giving them various names to distinguish them . If any parent, student or member of the community have suggestions they can be given in to the office in the school or a message can be sent through the school facebook page . Thank you

CAO deadline

A reminder to Leaving Certificate students and their parents. The closing date for restricted CAO courses is today. These include Medicine, Architecture, Art, Drama, Music and any other course where you may have to submit a portfolio of work. 

Chemistry experiments

Last Friday some scientists from the Dept of Chemistry in Trinity College came Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin to give a workshop to Mr O'Rourke's 5th year chemistry class. The workshop was based on Infra red and Ultra violet spectroscopy. This type of chemistry is used often in forensic science to determine unknown chemicals found at a crime scene and also the concentration of that chemical. Other applications include hospital labs testing bloods for poisons and diseases or in industry when making pharmaceuticals. 


The 2 hour workshop called "Spectroscopy in a Suitcase" involved using 2 machines worth €60,000 to identify a compound at a crime scene and evaluate its concentration in the person's blood.

It's a nice way of conveying a topic currently on the leaving cert chemistry syllabus. We would like to thank Dr. John O'Donoghue from TCD for coming again and helping us out and the Royal Society of Chemistry, of which we are a member school, for funding this great project. 

Energy flag

After getting our neat streets award and our Greens school flag last year , we are aiming to get an energy flag this year. We are holding a competition for students to design a slogan or a logo for the campaign. There will be a €30 canteen voucher for the winner.

Assessment test

Best of luck to our incoming first years during their entrance test tomorrow . Students should be in the school at 9.45 and wait in the assembly area until they are assigned classrooms. The test will start at 10am sharp and will finish at 12.00 approx. We would ask parents to wait in the car park until students come out at the end so that students are not distracted while during the test. Thank you

Mental Health Awareness for parents


Date:  Tues 27th February 2018 (7pm-8pm)

Facilitator:  Siobhán Kavanagh

Venue:  Kildare Education Centre

This 1 hour presentation is for parents, guardians and other adults interested or concerned about young people’s mental health.

 As a result of this presentation, participants will:

Ø  Gain an understanding of the key issues impacting on the mental health and wellbeing of young people

Ø  Learn to promote positive mental health in young people

Ø  Understand how to recognise some of the signs that a young person may be struggling with their mental health

Ø  Learn the value of listening as a way of supporting young people


On-line booking at  On the top menu bar of the home page, click on Course Booking.  On the drop-down menu, click on Other Courses. 

Alternatively click on the link below to bring you directly to the booking-in page:

u15 soccer

Hard luck to our u15 soccer team, Mr Byrnes and Mr Redmond who were beaten after extra time today in Rochfortbridge today after a 2-2 draw. Best of luck to Rochfortbridge in the next round. The game started well for the lads but eventually injuries and tiredness took it's toll. They had a busy week after winning the midland league semi-final on Wednesday in Leixlip and will play their final in the next few weeks. We will keep you updated.


Reminder to parents of Leaving Certificate parents. The closing date for CAO application is rapidly approaching. The price to apply is currently 30 euro. This will increase to 45 euro on Janruary 20. Those that have not applied please apply ASAP to avail of the cheaper price. Restricted courses must be on the CAO by Feb 1. These courses include Art/Medicine/ Vetinary Medicine/Drama/Architecture and any other courses that require a portfolio. Any questions please get in touch with Mr Mc Nieve

Aberdeen Angus competition

Today the six of our students, Roisin O'Brien, Caoimhe Duffy, Liza Dempsey, Aoife Kelly, May Holohan and Fiona Sheridan and their teacher Ms Purcell are travelling to Mullingar Park Hotel in Co. Westmeath to compete in the second round of a competition run by Kepak, Irish Angus Producer Group and ABP which could see them progress to the final stage where if successful they will win five Angus calves. These calves will be reared by the girls over a two year period which is a huge opportunity and we wish them the very best of luck from all at Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin.

1st year parent teacher meeting

The 1st year Parent teacher meeting will take place this Thursday 18th January from 4.15-6.45. The school day will finish at 3.35 as a result and there will be no evening study or homework club . 1st year parents will have 11-12 different teachers to see so should allow at least 1 hour and a half to see everyone.

Old clothes

Fundraising event:

There will be a clothes recycling drive in aid of meitheal & ladies football on Tuesday January 23rd.Please drop off all items to the front office anytime in the next week

.Please donate all your re-usable clothes also bed linen, towels, curtains,shoes,bags,belts, and soft toys.