Reminder: As per school calendar there will be no school for students tomorrow (Monday December 3rd).
Well done to past students DJ Early and Jimmy Hyland on being selected to the Kildare Senior football panel announced for the O Byrne Cup.
"The true measure of a person, school or community is how they treat someone less fortunate or those who can do them no good."
As a school we are extremely grateful to everybody who has helped us with our homeless appeal. What started as an idea from one of our parents has grown to a much bigger and better campaign than we could ever have imagined . We have been inundated with clothes, food , toiletries , money and vouchers. Thank you to 2A2, Ali Mc Cormack and Pippa Maloney for driving the campaign and for the parents, staff, students and community members who got involved with it. It became a massive community effort from the people of Rathangan and beyond . Thank you for making such a difference. We will have our final collection tomorrow (Saturday) from 12-3. Well done everyone. We include a report from our school journalist Shane Daly.
Helping the Homeless
By Shane Daly
The blue bags for the Blue Bag Appeal were collected for the second time today. I was lucky enough to be able to sit down and interview one of the ladies from the Parents’ Association helping with the Appeal. She told me all about the Appeal, the class involved, the idea, who helped out and what they hope to achieve.
The Blue Bag Appeal is an initiative set up by 2A2 in Ardscoil Rathangan to help the homeless for Christmas. This was decided after a discussion by the school of what to do to help people for Christmas.
All students in the school were given a blue bag to fill with toiletries, food, clothes and other helpful items. Many of the students were generous and very helpful. The students were put into different groups, all with an important role to play.
The initiative was presented to the public, and received an amazing response. Many people gave in bags full of essentials, helping Rathangan stay well on track to their goal - 1000 bags by Saturday.
The School and Community would like to say a massive thank you to all who helped out, including the Tennis Club, Ryan’s Pharmacy, Monasterevin Motors, The Burrow, Chuckles Creche, The Bellyard Monasterevin, Father O’Byrne, Kevin Collins and Emma Conlon. Without these, the initiative would not have been successful as it has been. The students, their parents and the public also all deserve a huge thank you for their amazing generosity.
Well done to 2A2 and all involved.
LCVP students host Ice Cream parties to raise funds for Down Syndrome Ireland
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
● 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.
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 email@example.com or 0879150406.
Our blue bag appeal for the homeless in Newbridge and Dublin is going very well. All students in the school have been given a blue bag to take home. Our target is 1000 bags and we will reach the target if we can get them returned with something in each bag no matter how small. If students/parents want more bags they can be got from Mr Murphy's office or items can be donated in your own bags. We are going to take the bags in on Thursday 29th next week from 8.00-5.45 and on Friday 30th from 8.00-4.00. We are also going to take items in on Wednesday night this week from 4.00 -7.30 if that suits parents/families better. Thank you to the 2a2 class, Ali Fennell Mc Cormack , Pippa Maloney and all others involved in organising the appeal. Thank you also to the local businesses for getting behind the appeal and thank you to Kevin Collins Bus Hire for sponsoring the bus to take the students up to deliver the bags. We hope that by all working together we can make a difference this year. Above is a reminder of the items that we can accept.
Thank you to Eric Donovan for giving an inspirational talk to our TY and 5th year students this morning. Eric spoke about the many challenges and life choices he faced in life and the importance of physical and mental wellbeing. Eric is pictured here Conor O Keeffe TY who boxes with Brigid’s Edenderry and is the new 2018/19 Micheal Andrews Champion after a brilliant 5-0 Victory in the Final at The National Stadium Dublin recently.
Thank you to all our 6th years who applied for the Godolphin scholarship for third level. All the applicants completed an application form and completed an interview process and they were assessed on engagement in school and community activities. Congratulations to Tara Digan who was selected as the winner who will receive €1500 each year for 3rd level and a new lap top as well. .Thank you to Godolphin and Kildangan Stud for their support.
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.
“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.
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)
FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS
FOOD ITEMS MISCELLANEOUS
POTNOODLE SLEEPING BAGS
CHOCOLATE WINTER JACKETS
JELLIES/SWEETS HOT WATER BTL
Fancy meeting other parents/grandparents for a walk and a chat followed by a coffee?
Would you like to learn more about computers?
Reminder. The closing date for all applications for 1st year next year will be Wednesday 7th of November 2018 at 3pm.
At Àrdscoil Rath Iomghàin our Yarn Craft Club has been very productive this first half term. Students and teachers alike have enjoyed spending a weekly lunchtime together in an endeavour to knit and crochet a selection of blankets for children who have been internally displaced in Syria. We are delighted with our achievement so far. In only a few short weeks we have made 20 blankets which are now ready to join a shipment for the 'Hand in Hand with Syria Campaign'.
So what's our next project?
With Christmas rapidly approaching we will be making some decorations for the festive season. These will make a lovely gift for someone or they could be a lovely treat for your own Christmas tree. New members are always welcome to come along to room 5 at lunchtime any Wednesday and join in.
Did you know there are numerous health benefits to knitting and crochet?
Research carried out at Harvard Medical School's mind and body institute proved that
• Knitting induces the relaxation response and therefore lowers the heart rate by an average of 11 beats per minute.
• Blood pressure also drops when knitting and crocheting.
• Knitting and Crochet promote reflection , in fact knitters benefit from a form of meditation without even realising it!
• This hands on tactile engagement is a great outlet for creativity.
• Knitting is a vehicle for social activity
Well done to 6th year Doireann Fahey and her Wexford youths team on winning the FAI women’s final 1-0 yesterday in the Aviva. Doireann has a fantastic game to cap of a memorable week after making her Debs on Thursday night . Well done from all the staff and students .
Congrats again to all our 6th year students. Thank you to the student and Parents Association Debs Committees for all their hard work in planning the night.
Tickets for the last night of the musical are selling fast and we expect tonight to sell out. The remaining tickets will be sold on the door until all sold out. Doors open at 6.30 with the show starting at 7.30 sharp. Best of luck to this fantastic group of TY's and all the staff involved.
Less than 24 hours to go and the excitement is building towards our Musical. There will be tickets available on the door each night (until sold).
Doors open at 6.30pm. Tuck shop will open from 6.45pm. Back to the 80's Instagram booth and car booth are available for photo opportunities before the show from 6.30.
Show to start at 7.30 sharp.