Winterfest 17th December 2019

Winterfest 17th December 2019

Winterfest 2019 was a wonderful display of RETNS talent from all of our children. Each class interpreted the theme of Dreams in their own, unique way, leading to a very enjoyable and thought-provoking celebration.

Junior and Senior Infants interpreted the theme as ‘wishing on a star to make your dreams come true’. First Class sang about the benefits of daydreaming and finished with the lullaby, ‘Morningtown Ride’. Second Class re-enacted the classic poem ‘The Night Before Christmas’ and sang ‘White Christmas’. We all enjoyed Third Class’s “I Have a Dream” play featuring Martin Luther King and their singing of ‘I have a dream’ and ‘You make my dreams come true’. Fourth Class imagined Peter Pan coming to RETNS too late for Winterfest 2017. He happily joined in their singing of ‘When you believe’ and ‘The Climb’.

Every child in Fifth Class played a part in their mashup of ‘Gogglebox’ and ‘RTE News’. Their play focussed on the problems of today’s world and their suggested solutions. They finished with the wonderful songs ‘Imagine’ and ‘High Hopes’. Sixth Class also scripted their own production where Ruairi’s dream was to do a Rainbow Flick kick successfully. He was visited by inspirational characters of all ages and walks of life who achieved their dreams. Sixth Class finished their performance with a rendition of ‘Dream’ by the Cranberries.  A choir made up of 4th, 5th and 6th classes finished our Winterfest with ‘A Million Dreams’.

Thank you to all our children and staff for working so hard to make Winterfest 2019 such a moving and enjoyable performance. Thank you to our parents who provided coffee and tea on the morning of Winterfest and helped with costumes and face-painting. 

Thank you too to all who joined us to celebrate our Winterfest. Maeve

Recycled Christmas Decoration Competition

Recycled Christmas Decoration Competition

Well done to  Maija from First class, winner of the RETNS Recycled Christmas Decoration Competition. Maija and 41 other School Champions attended an awards ceremony at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Hall on 11 December where her decoration was highly commended. Comhghairdeas , Maija!

2019 RETNS Craft Fair

2019 RETNS Craft Fair

Our 3rd Annual Craft Fair, which was held on Sunday, 3 December,  was an outstanding success. Local crafters filled our Hall where we also had the Bottle Stall and raffle. Among the crafters were our own Phil and Clodagh with a knitted selection of gifts sold in aid of Focus Ireland. Attendees got to meet our Artist in Resident, Kathryn Maguire in her Studio. Parents sold crepes and hot-dogs in the Multipurpose Room along with  Tea/Coffee, Drinks and Cakes ( contributed by our talented parents).

However, the highlight of our Fair was the Junior Infant Classroom with gifts made by our children and staff. These included both edible and garden gifts. Senior Infants was the venue for cookie decorating and face painting etc. with Second Class the home for Maureen’s Snowman Candycane game, Children’s Raffle and Children’s Spin and Win. The yard had candyfloss as well as sports challenges. Parents, staff, and children from 5th and 6th classes worked tirelessly throughout the day to ensure all areas were staffed from 12:00 until 16:00. We were delighted to welcome past parents and staff as well as our local TDs, Ministers Shane Ross and Josepha Madigan. 

Huge thanks go to our Development Committee and many volunteers for a fantastic event.

Maeve

RETNS Craft Fair

RETNS Craft Fair

 

What a talented bunch of children, parents and staff we have in our school. The wonderful craft skills they have shown in the last couple of days are amazing. With help from parents, they have contributed some very fine gifts for our 3rd Annual RETNS Craft Fair. The Fair will be held on Sunday 1st December from 12:00 to 16:00 and promises to be a fun filled day for all attendees. On the day there will be face painting, cookie decorating, pull a candy cane from the snowman, children’s raffle (for a very cool hover-board among other prizes), adults raffle, bottle stall, crafts from our own children and staff as well as local crafts people selling their wares. So do come along on Sunday and no doubt you will find some wonderful gifts to treat someone special this Winter Season.

As examples of some of the items made by the children, Sixth class made some scrumptious Chocolate Biscuit Cake Christmas Puddings, Fifth Class have made Table Centrepieces, Third Class have hand packed Organic Dried Bay Leaves, they have also made Christmas wrapping paper, Corn starch Christmas ornaments, and some have knitted Christmas Trees! Second Class kids have made adorable Snowmen and hand packed lavender in bags. First Class planted hyacinth bulbs in glass jars with lovely jewelled accents. Fourth Class will be making their craft tomorrow and Senior Infants also made cute Reindeer. Have a look at some of the items for sale in our little gallery below.   Maeve

6th Class Cooking All Stars

6th Class Cooking All Stars

Ready Steady Cook!

Junior Masterchef RETNS

6th class have been following the Supervalu Cooking All Stars lesson pack this term. We have been learning about a variety of ingredients, nutrition, health, superfoods as well as basic cooking skills. Supervalu have provided us with all the equipment and utensils for cooking in the classroom. Watch this space for future Junior Masterchefs!

6th Class Basketball All Stars

6th Class Basketball All Stars

6th Class Girls Team

Congratulations to all the boys and girls from 6th class who competed in the Primary Schools Mini-Basketball at the National Basketball Arena. Both the boys and girls teams were exceptional and there was great team spirit. The boys team were very unlucky in their match against a very good St.Francis Xavier team. Despite a valiant effort and some great shots just missing they were defeated. The girls fought hard against Marist school and came out victorious to claim a first trophy for RETNS in basketball. Well done to all who participated. A special mention to Mandy and Patricia for all their hard work in training and coaching both teams. Also to all the 5th class and parent and teacher support during a great day out in the NBA.