We have all enjoyed the beautiful sunflowers in our Community Garden. Riia and Ruby from 4th class travelled around the school with their camera to see how the sunflowers have inspired artists at work. They hope you enjoy their photos taken in 2nd and 5th classes and in the community garden. Maeve
2nd class had great fun this afternoon harvesting the carrots they planted earlier in the year. We look forward to tasting them tomorrow.
Junior Infants have settled in very well this week. Their listening skills are already improving. They visited all the other classes in the school and met every staff member including our new Principal Maeve. Have a look at a selection of photos of their first week in primary school. Katie
On this, my first official week as Principal of Rathfarnham Educate Together National School, I would like to introduce myself to you. My name is Maeve Mc Carthy and I have been working in education for more than 30 years. From 1988 to 2018, I was a member of staff of St. Pius X Girls’ National School in Terenure where I worked as both a class teacher and Special Education Teacher. During that time, I was seconded to the European School Culham in Oxfordshire for fifteen years, five of which were spent as Head of Primary. Earlier in my career, I also worked in Bhutan and Tanzania.
I was delighted to be appointed as Principal of RETNS this year. I strongly subscribe to the Educate Together values of child-centredness, democracy, equality and co-education and am very impressed with what I have learned so far about how these values are lived in RETNS. It is clear to me that the children of RETNS were very fortunate to have a dedicated and inspirational principal in Mary Carron who worked with a highly committed staff. I would like to thank Mary and all my colleagues who have helped me so much to begin to get to know our school and its culture.
I look forward to taking on the role of principal this year, to working with my colleagues to ensure that each of your children has a happy experience in our school and achieves his or her potential as a learner.
For any parents who, like me, are new-comers to the school, I encourage you to become involved as much as possible in school life as ours is a school genuinely founded on partnership. Like all your children, I have much to learn this year and I look forward to getting to know you and your children and listening to your views too.
Best wishes to you and your children for a happy and successful school year.
Maeve Mc Carthy
We hope everyone had a lovely summer break. School re-opens for all pupils at 8.50 am on Friday, August 31st. The school day will finish at 12.10 pm for Junior Infants until September 7th. Junior Infants will finish school at 1.30 pm from September 10th.
Girls from 5th and 6th class played a friendly soccer match against local school Good Shepherd. Like the boys a few weeks ago, it was their first ever soccer match together as a team and despite this were a match for the girls of Good Shepherd. The girls played really well and should be proud of how they played.
Well done girls!