Vikings of 4th class roar by Connie!

Vikings of 4th class roar by Connie!

Viking Splash by Connie

On the morning of June 6th 2019, 4th class went into town to go on the Viking Splash tour. 

First when we got there, we went to the park beside St. Patrick’s Cathedral and ate some lunch. Then we stood outside for a while, waiting to get on board.

Once on board, we drove around past places like Dublinia, the Liffey, Trinity College, the Spire and O’Connell Street.

When we got on to the water, we saw the Google buildings, Facebook HQ, some very expensive apartments and the Bord Gáis Theatre.

Once back on dry land, we drove back to the park and finished our lunches. We then had a big game of ‘Flush the Toilet’!

Then we got on the bus and drove back to school. We had a great time!

EU Hustings Event

EU Hustings Event

Educate Together and the Children’s Rights Alliance

On 17 May four sixth class children from RETNS (Rebecca, Maia, Saree and Bill) represented the school at an EU Hustings Event organised jointly by Educate Together and the Children’s Rights Alliance.  Most of the candidates in the European Elections for the Dublin constituency were in attendance including Barry Andrews, Frances Fitzgerald, Lynn Boylan, Ciarán Cuffe, Gary Gannon, Eilis Ryan, Rita Harold and Mary Alice Higgins.  It was chaired by journalist and former Newstalk presenter, Dil Wickremansinghe.

The focus of the event was a panel discussion on how Ethical Education can promote an inclusive Ireland and European Union. Many topics were covered in the debate but they all stemmed from questions put by pupils of Educate Together schools.  Barry Andrews pointed out that this was probably the fist ever hustings where all questions were asked by children.  Among the issues raised were Climate Change, Reduction of the Voting Age, Need for More Playgrounds and (from RETNS) Housing and Homelessness.  The children from RETNS received a number of compliments on their question and listened with interest to the differing views and proposed solutions suggested by the panel.   The RETNS delegation later had photos taken with a number of the candidates.

Aileen Cronin


4th Class Blooming Busy Bees by Mina

4th Class Blooming Busy Bees by Mina

Bloom by Mina

Last week. 4th class went to Bloom in the Phoenix Park. Bloom is a place where people come to look at show gardens and learn about gardening. At Bloom there is also yummy food made by farmers.

This year we made a stand with facts about bees. We were excited to see our stall! We made pom-pom bees, rocks bees and we even had some bees knitted by members of our staff!

Also around our stall, there was a place where you could look at worms and the place where the worms stayed. It was called a wormery!

After we saw our stall, we sat and ate lunch. Then we looked at the show gardens, played some games with Mouse and saw Michael D. Higgins!

We had a lovely day at Bloom!

Active Schools Week 2019

Active Schools Week 2019

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Active Schools Week took place between the 7th to the 10th of May and it was a wonderful success!

Every morning, hail, rain or shine, we kicked off with Shake Up, Wake Up! Our AS Team helped us out by demonstrating some of the actions for us!

In each classroom, teachers made sure that extra time was given for Active Breaks! Teachers used Go Noodle, Bizzy Breaks and 10 @ 10.

The school participated again in the Run Around Europe Challenge and we made it even further than the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin! This year we managed to run over 1,600 km which means we made it as far as Lake Bled in Slovenia! Well done everyone!

To round off an eventful and active week, we had a jersey day on Friday to display the different sports and interests of our children and staff. 

And finally, some 5th and 6th class students took on the mighty staff team in a game of hotseat. The winning team is still a source of debate!

Thanks to all who helped out this week – staff, parents, guardians and children! 

And a particularly massive thank you to Molly, Alice, Ruairí and Jodie of the Active Schools Team. 


RETNS kids in Encore Show

RETNS kids in Encore Show

RETNS kids perform in Encore End of Year show at Mill Theatre Dundrum Friday 10th May.

As you all know, Encore runs classes in RETNS throughout the school year. They run classes for the younger children from 1:30 to 2:30 and for the older classes from 2:30 to 3:30. If you have a budding star in your household, get them signed up next September! Last Friday, 10th May, Encore held their annual end of year show in the Mill Theatre Dundrum. Our RETNS kids were fantastic in this latest production. Well done to the children and their teachers Caoimhe and Emer. 
To find out more click Encore

Revamping the school pond!

Revamping the school pond!

Thanks to those who brought a rock into school for the pond.

Well 4th class along with Alex B. 5th class (Water Ambassador) have been working hard on re-building the pond. The old pond was full of dead leaves and very smelly water.

For a pond to work you need to 1: have a pump cleaning and filtering the water or 2: use oxygenating plants to clean and filter the pond. This is the method 4th want to use to set up the correct eco-system in our pond. Last week 4th class children put aqua soil in the cleaned out pond and they planted marginal plants on the sides, a water-lily in the deeper part of the pond and some oxygenating plants dripping down from the marginal areas into the deeper part of the pond.

In order to anchor the soil at the marginal level and allow the plants to flourish there, we needed rocks!  Some kids brought a rock to school for the pond and we also had children find rocks in the Community Garden where they are a nuisance! Anne got some of her groups to bring rocks from the Community Garden around to the pond. Marley Park also gave us some.

Last Friday Alex B along with Claire, Ruby and Sarah from 6th class put all the rocks in place and Dennis put the wire grid back on top. We just need to fill the pond with water now and hope the plants start their work to oxygenate the water!  Darren