Jan’s Exciting News:

Jan’s Exciting News:

I don’t know about you all but I have been glued to Jan’s videos of the Blue Tit family in her Dad’s nest box. Well lets hear from Jan and she will tell you all about it!

A very exciting event happened in our house this weekend. The baby chicks decided it was time to leave their nest and learn how to fly! We were having a barbeque on Saturday evening outside and suddenly a baby chick tumbled around the corner of the house! We stayed back to let him listen for his Mum’s call so that he could find his way to the tree she was in. He was a bit confused for a little while but then he heard his Mum and he flapped his wings and managed to get over to the fence and then up into the tree. We went in to watch the other chicks on the camera and one by one they all took their turn to push themselves out and have a go at flying. The smallest chick was left until last and when it came to his turn he just wasn’t feeling brave enough. His Mum and Dad kept coming in and out to feed him and encourage him to come out but he didn’t want to go. So he snuggled up in his nest all by himself and stayed for one more night on his own.

In the morning his Mum and Dad came back to encourage him to come out again. And this time he built up the courage and finally jumped out of his nest. His Mum and Dad guided him over to the tree and he was reunited with the rest of the chicks! It was such an amazing event to watch and we are so delighted that the family all made it out together. We will miss watching them on the camera now! We will just have to wait until one of the chicks returns next spring to lay their own eggs in the nesting box.

Jan

So to have a look at all the new videos from over the long week-end, head over to Jan’s Bird Box with Nesting Blue Tits

Collection of Books and Boxes from School

Collection of Books and Boxes from School

Thank you to all RETNS Staff for their tremendous work the last three days in boxing up all our children’s books and boxes and working so hard today at our six stations. Thank you Parents for ensuring it all went smoothly! It was lovely to chat to parents today and pass on our regards to the children whom we miss teaching in person so much. We will be in our final month of this term next week, but as I said in my Assembly message this week, get out and enjoy the good weather this weekend and maybe try Darren’s Mystery Bowl Challenge!

Le dea-ghui

Maeve

Jan’s Exciting News:

Blue Tit Family

We are so lucky that Jan one of our SET teachers has given us exclusive access to her videos of a Blue Tit Family nesting in a box at the side of her Dad’s house which has a video camera inside. Click button below to access videos. 

RETNS Alternative Sponsored Walk Day

RETNS Alternative Sponsored Walk Day

together

Friday 22nd May 2020

We were unable to have a sponsored walk this year but as announced at assembly last week, children were not given work for Friday, Instead they were encouraged to go out and walk as a family. RETNS had an opportunity to come together while staying apart. Family pets were encouraged as were teddies.

Friday turned out to be a very blustery day with a yellow warning in place which made it a rather exciting time to be out exercising! I will include below photos and videos of children, parents and staff out and about on our Alternative Sponsored Walk day. Maeve

Active Homework
Active Homework
Me and my brother

Four Dwarfs got to walk with Tom and Adam. Can you name them?

lots of teddies on this walk
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First Class C Brothers
First Class OB Rathfarnham

We saw lots of different wildlife on Friday.

Heron on Maeves Walk
Squirrel in Rathfarnham Park
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together
Active Homework
Active Homework
Walking
Active Homework
together
Active Homework
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Lakelands Park Terenure

Amber from 3rd Class took the opportunity on Alternative Sponsored Walk day to take pictures of the wild fowl in Lakelands Park Terenure. 

Active Homework
Active Homework
Active Homework
Active Homework
Walking

Anna was lucky to be able to walk near the sea (within her 5 km limit). These girls got to walk near some lovely flowering trees. 

sisters walk together
Teachers get a Surprise!

Teachers get a Surprise!

happy teachers

This week, our teachers have begun to visit the school to collect materials they need for distance learning. Imagine our surprise and delight to see this wonderful banner welcoming us back. We are so grateful to the 23 children who live on Loreto Ave. who worked together on the banner. It appeared as if by magic! Maeve