Angus calves

A massive congratulations to the following two teams (Team A: Sinead Bracken, Alo Hackett, Conor O'Keeffe, and Faye O'Loughlin, and Team B: Nicole Hanley, Zara Percival and Catherine O'Loughlin) who have been selected to attend the National semi-final of the Angus Cow Competition on the 14th of January. This is a tremendous achievement and one that if successful in will see them through to the All Ireland final in March where they stand to win 5 angus calves for rearing over a two year period. We wish both groups the very best of luck and a massive congratulations again.

Santa Visit

Santa will be visiting the school next Monday at 6pm. This will be followed by Christmas entertainment at 7.15 in the canteen with mince pies and tea/coffee.

Homeless appeal

Thank you once again to all the students, staff, parents and community for their support for our homeless appeal. We were over whelmed with everyone's generosity. Ali Fennell Mc Cormack , Francis Hackett and John O Rourke took a packed van up to Dublin last night to deliver everything. We also managed to collect €1755 in cash or vouchers and this was all converted to vouchers before being donated. The Inner City Homeless were extremely grateful for everything received and showed our three volunteers around the premises as well as explaining how they distribute everything. Ali came in this morning to give the 2A2 class an update and students will be going up to see the project in the next few weeks and the workers will come down to give a talk to the students in the new year. We will be making our delivery to Newbridge this evening. Well done everybody for making such a huge difference and showing great community spirit.

Parent courses

Christmas wreath arranging workshop with Olivia Byrne

Wednesday 28th Nov, Wednesday 5th December and Friday 7th December (must be available for all three) 11:10 - 13:10

Christmas chocolate biscuit pudding decorating workshop with Mary McCrann

Friday 7th December, 9 - 11

For further details contact Nichola Horn at 0879150406 or email homeschool@ardscoilrathangan.ie

Home School Community Liaison Coordinator


I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to parents and guardians of students in Ardscoil Rath Iomghain. My name is Nichola Horn and recently I was appointed to the role of Home School Community Liaison Coordinator for the school. As many of you are aware I have been teaching Music in Ardscoil Rath Iomghain since 2004 and am due to be in this role for the next five years. Since September I have had some coffee Meet and Greets for 1st year parents and started a Friday morning Walk and Talk group (open to all parents). I am currently running a ‘Basics in Computer Course’ facilitated by a tutor from KWETB. This take place on Monday mornings between 11:30-13:00. I have set up a Foroige Youth Group that meets after school on Tuesdays and have been working with KYS and  a group of  TY students to represent the school at Comhairle na nOg. I have also made home visits which are a vital part of my role.

 

During this academic year I have various events and courses running which I would like to draw your attention to.

Christmas wreath arranging with Olivia Byrne (Beth Ollie Creations) on Wednesday 28th November, Wednesday 5th December and Friday 7th December from 11:10-13:10. This three-day course is free for parents, guardians and grandparents of students in Ardscoil Rath Iomghain. Places are limited and are filling up fast.

 

 

Christmas chocolate biscuit pudding decorating. Join Mary McCrann on Friday 7th December from 9 - 11 to see how she makes and decorates her delicious chocolate pudding. Mary’s mouth-watering chocolate biscuit cake is renowned. This chocolate biscuit pudding decorating class is for one morning only, Friday 7th December from 9 - 11. This course is free for parents, guardians and grandparents of students in Ardscoil Rath Iomghain.  Places are limited and are filling up fast.

 

One Book, One Year Rathangan. (December - February) Run in conjunction with Rathangan Community Library. This year’s book is Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. TY students are reading this book and we would love parents and guardians to read it and come into our School Reading Room to discuss the book at the Book Club in February. There are a limited number of books available in the school and Rathangan Community Library.

 

Parents Plus This free parenting course is open to all parents and grandparents of students in Ardscoil Rath Iomghain. Priority will be given to 3rd year parents. The course is being facilitated by Caroline Morris (Foroige) on Friday mornings in Rathangan Community Library. The dates are as follows: (all Friday mornings),

January - 11th, 18th

February 8th, 15th

March 1st, 8th (15th spare date)

Topics

●     Getting to know and connecting with your teenager

●     Communicating positively and effectively

●     Building your teenager’s self-esteem and confidence

●     Negotiating rules and boundaries

●     Teaching teenagers responsibility

●     Positive discipline for teenagers

●     Managing conflict

●     Solving problems together

Parent First Aid

Tuesday 29th January

This certified course is free to all parents, grandparents and guardians of students in Ardscoil Rath Iomghain.

Safe Talk Tuesday 5th February 9:15 - 1pm

SafeTALK 'suicide alertness for everyone' is a half day training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help reduce suicide risk in their communities. Participants learn how to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide in only a few hours. SafeTALK Following a SafeTALK workshop you will be more willing and able to perform an important helping role for persons with thoughts of suicide. This certified course is free to all parents, grandparents and guardians of students in Ardscoil Rath Iomghain.

Walk and Talk every Friday morning meeting at 9:30 at the school reception. Toddlers in buggies welcome.

Computer course

We are currently running a basic computer training course in school on Mondays from 9:30-1pm for parents, grandparents or guardians of students in Ardscoil Rath Iomghain. There is still some limited availability.

 

Junior Cycle Maths Some parents have expressed an interest in undertaking a maths course that prepares them to help their children through Junior Cycle maths (1st-3rd Year). This free course is open to all parents and grandparents of students in Ardscoil Rath Iomghain.

If you are interested in any of the courses or seeking further information please contact me on homeschool@ardscoilrathangan.ie or 0879150406.


 

6th year PTM

Reminder: The 6th year parent teacher meeting will take place on Wednesday next from 4.15-6.45. Students should attend with their parents/guardians. We will also have a talk on the CAO application process afterwards at 7pm in the canteen.

Gaelige 24 inniu

“Bhí 37 daoine as idirbhliain ag déanamh Gaeilge 24 inniu. Bhí siad ag caint don lá ar fad as Gaeilge, so maith sibh! Bhí tráth na gceist againn as Gaeilge agus ag damhsa! Bhí comórtas amhránaíochta againn freisin idir na ceithre ranganna. Bhí TY1 ag canadh ‘Pompeii’ as Gaeilge, bhí TY2 ag canadh ‘Riptide’ as Gaeilge, bhí TY3 ag canadh ‘Wake Me Up’ as Gaeilge agus bhí TY4 ag canadh ‘Shotgun’ as Gaeilge. Bhuaigh TY4 an comórtas! Maith sibh agus go raibh míle maith agaibh as bhur rannpháirtíocht inniu!”

“37 people from TY did Gaeilge 24 today. They were speaking Irish for the whole day, so well done to them! We had a quiz as Gaeilge and we were dancing! We had a song competition too, with TY1 singing Pompeii as Gaeilge, TY2 singing Riptide as Gaeilge, TY3 singing Wake Me Up as Gaeilge and TY4 singing Shotgun as Gaeilge. TY4 won the competition! Well done to all and thank you for your participation today!”
A huge thank you to the Irish Department and in particular Ms Foley and Ms Lavelle for organising the day and the TY's who participated.

Homeless Appeal

Our 2A2 class along with some parents are doing great work in organising our appeal for the homeless. They sorted out the bags today and a bag was sent home with each student today. Our target is to fill 1000 bags in the run up to Christmas . We will accept anything from the list below no matter how small. If there is anyone who wants extra bags or who would like to arrange a collection for us in a certain area feel free to drop in to us. The items don't have to be collected in the bags provided and can be donated in any bags. We appreciate your support in helping the school to make a difference.

ARDSCOIL RATH IOMGHAIN
BLUE BAG APPEAL
STUDENTS HELPING THE HOMELESS

THIS IS A LIST OF THE ITEMS WE ARE COLLECTING. PLEASE PLACE AS MANY OR AS FEW ITEMS IN YOUR UNSEALED BAG AND RETURN TO THE SCHOOL ON THURSDAY 29TH OR FRIDAY 30TH OF NOVEMBER.

HYGIENE ITEMS CLOTHING
TOOTHPASTE MENS SOCKS
TOOTHBRUSH LADIES SOCKS
POCKET TISSUES HATS
DEODORANT (ROLL ON) SCARFS
DRY SHAMPOO GLOVES
SHAVING FOAM UNDERWEAR
WET WIPES MENS ( MEDIUM)
BABY WIPES WOMENS (S/M)
HAIRBRUSH THERMALS
COMB
FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS
PEN
NOTEBOOK
SMALL TORCH

FOOD ITEMS MISCELLANEOUS
POTNOODLE SLEEPING BAGS
CHOCOLATE WINTER JACKETS
JELLIES/SWEETS HOT WATER BTL
CRISPS FLASKS
CUP SOUP
BOTTLED WATER