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!
Creative Schools Award
We are delighted to announce that Rathfarnham Educate Together is one of 150 schools nationwide to have been awarded the opportunity to engage with Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools initiative, an initiative which aims to ‘put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives’.
Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child. Creative Schools is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Creative Schools, formerly Arts Rich Schools/Arís, draws on the commitments set out in the Arts in Education Charter.
This pilot initiative will understand, develop and celebrate the arts and creativity in schools. It will establish a range of collaborative opportunities for schools and will develop and strengthen the relationships between schools and the broader cultural and community infrastructure within which they operate. The long term aim is for every school to be supported to fully embrace the arts and creativity, ensuring a positive experience and strong outcomes for children and young people.
The Arts Council received applications from close to 400 schools from across the country to participate in Creative Schools from September 2018. We are delighted to announce that RETNS was one of the successful applicants and participation in this exciting initiative will be a whole school community endeavour.
Well done to our members of staff who devoted their considerable expertise and a lot of time into preparing the proposal for application. The success of the application brings with it €2,000 to spend on arts education in the school. Beginning in September, the school will be assigned a ‘creative associate’ who will work with staff in progressing ideas and bringing the project together. We all look forward to exciting times ahead in this initiative!
Minister Katherine Zappone TD tweets her congratulations below:
Art is already a major part of our school curriculum, both as a stand-alone subject and as part of cross-curricular work. Children and staff will enjoy developing this area as part of the Creative Schools initiative.
Today we held our Green Schools Action Day which included the raising of the Green Flag, opening of our new Community Veg Garden, launch of our Active Schools Walkway and of course our Mad Hatters Picnic lunch. Here are some images of our day.