Our knowledge and experience in RETNS is that a variety of educational experiences during the school year are hugely beneficial to the children. It enhances the children’s learning, supports exploring the curriculum using a variety of learning approaches. Each family pays €50 per child annually to cover the costs of outings and in-house educational experiences, we walk to nearby venues and avail of free educational visits, when we can. Some examples of visits are the science museum, art galleries, Kilmainham Gaol, Collins Barracks, IMMA, theatre outings, films, farm trips, mountain hikes, visits to adventure centres, Imaginosity, Parks – Phoenix, Marlay, Pearse, St. Enda’s, Rathfarnham Castle and Ballyroan Library. Visitors also come to the school for dance workshops, storytelling, music e.g. drumming, talks on Buddhism and meditation. We also have Mosque and Church visits. This does not cover all of the experiences and outings but is a sample for parents of the many extra special visits and areas we engage the children in. All the educational experiences are pre-planned and support the DES curriculum being taught on a daily basis in the classrooms.
Parents receive a short note telling them about outings, which includes details of any special clothing, lunches, etc that may be needed.
Below is a selection of school events :
- Positive Behaviour Week
- Maths Week
- Science Week
- Halloween Dress Up Assembly
- Skip ‘n’ Rope skipping workshop
- Seachtain na Gaeilge
- World Book day
- Children’s Charity Craft Fair
- Sports Day
- Sponsored Walk
- Family Fun Day
Assembly is held every Friday in the school hall this is an opportunity for the whole school, junior or senior classes to meet at the end of the school week. Birthdays are celebrated, children’s achievements are recognised and songs are sung.
Guidelines for parents/guardians helping on outings & other activities can be viewed by clicking on the following link:
Every Friday is toy day in RETNS; a much-loved tradition. Children are allowed to bring one toy to play and share. Children are encouraged to bring a suitable toy; toys that encourage aggressive play and motorised/remote control toys are not allowed. For older children we like board games and puzzles, which help to develop social skills.