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. 

Creative Schools at the National Gallery!

Creative Schools at the National Gallery!

Six of our amazing 6th class students represented RETNS at the Creative Schools celebration day at the National Gallery. They presented our display alongside the artist Kathryn Maguire ‘The Studio Made Visible’ with exuberance and confidence. They completed interviews and they answered many questions from the public with insightful and authentic responses. We all had an amazing day and it was truly a celebration of the depth of creativity that has been fostered in our school community since it began as South City Project School in Crumlin. 
About our project: 
Kathryn Maguire was invited to work in the studio with the aim of providing a new kind of experience for the children, developing and nurturing their thinking while giving space to the artist to work. Kathryn’s current work focuses on nature and materials, design with such topics as mosses and lichens and their air-purification qualities. Rocks and magnetism are another focus and the children have been very excited about her recent research trip to Iceland. 
The students interact with Kathryn and her studio in a variety of ways: planned workshops in the studio, small group investigation nature walks, incidental studio visits and visits to external galleries.