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Guide Dogs

On January 23rd, every class in Rathmore N.S. got the opportunity to meet some very special dogs. Louise Griffin, one of our SNAs, brought her daughter’s companion dog in to meet the students. Louise also brought Mary and Eleanor with her. Mary and Eleanor have assistance dogs for their children who attend Saplings school.

Louise explained all about autism to each class and discussed the importance of companion/assistance dogs. Louise, Mary and Eleanor explained how these magnificent dogs help with the daily challenges parents and children with autism face.
The students met the 3 dogs, Erin, Lynx and Ralph and were thrilled to get the chance to pet them. However, they did learn the valuable lesson not to pet such a dog when it is out working. A great day was had by all and no doubt the dogs slept well that night.

Garda Vetting

We are always looking for parents to help with various in-school and extra-curricular activities, under the supervision of class teachers/support teachers/principal.

This can range from classroom help to:

  • swimming supervision
  • school tour supervision
  • classroom involvement
  • library volunteer
  • garden volunteer
  • helping out on sports day
  • lifts to matches/cross country etc.


Under Child Protection Guidelines it is a requirement that all parents helping out in-school are Garda-Vetted. The process is confidential and once the initial application is submitted by the school, the process is online for the applicant. (This must be completed within a specific timeframe).

Once submitted by the school, parents will then receive an email with an online application form to complete. Please note that this ONLINE vetting form is only issued to the applicant – the school does not have access to these forms.  Please note that if you do not reply to the link supplied, it will then become invalid and you will have to start the process all over again.

If you are interested in providing help in the school, please download the New Garda Vetting Form Here,complete this form, and return it to the school principal or secretary with the required form(s) of ID. (A minimum of 100 points of ID are required – see Download ID Requirements Here).

If you have any difficulty downloading these forms, they are available in the school foyer.

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