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Upcoming Dates

Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th January – Junior Infants Parent Teacher Meetings via Zoom

Saturday 5th February – Do this in Memory Mass – 7.30pm Eadestown Church (Communion Pupils)

Monday 7th February – closing date for applications for Admission to Junior Infants September 2022

Saturday 12th February – ‘You shall be my Witness’ Mass – 7.30pm Eadestown Church (Confirmation Pupils)

Thursday 17th February – Ceremony of Light – 7.30pm Eadestown Church

Wednesday 23rd February – 12.30pm closure due to Whole School Staff Professional Development.

Thursday 24th & Friday 25th February – School closed Mid Term Break

Saturday 5th March – ‘Do this in Memory Mass’ – 7.30pm Eadestown Church (First holy Communion)

Saturday 12th March – You Shall Be My Witness’ Mass – 7.30pm Eadestown Church

Thursday 17th & Friday 18th March – No School

Friday 25th March – Sacrament of Confirmation – 11.30am Eadestown Church

Monday 11th to Friday 22nd April – Easter Holidays

Monday 2nd May – No School

Saturday 14th May – Sacrament of First Holy Communion

Friday 3rd to Wednesday 8th June – School Closed for mid-term. School reopens on Thursday 9th June

Friday 24th June – 12.30pm close for Summer Holidays

Physical Activity

In Rathmore N.S, our students have twice daily playground breaks, a welcome move from their classrooms. Our students take great advantage of running our 330m school track, which is located on the perimeter of the football pitch, adjacent to our school yard. Most students have run at least a marathon by the time the summer season is upon us. 5th class 2020/21 completed their own Rathmore Marathon by June 2021 by keeping track of every lap they ran until they reached 42.2km (26.2m miles) and this year’s 5th class (2021/22) have the same goal.

The running track is also our Active Schools WALKWAY and has been utilised even more during the global pandemic as teachers give their class a break from the classroom. This helps to keep our rooms ventilated AND our students active. Our Active Schools Walkway is also part of our annual Witch Walk and Santa Dash. In October 2021, we had our spooky Witch Walk around the track and school grounds and finished it with a whole school dance to ‘Time Warp’ in our Hallowe’en costumes. Before we knew it, Christmas was upon us and we had our Santa Dash around the track, before finishing off with some Christmas carol singing and a dance to ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ on the school yard. The Active Schools Walkway was particularly important during our Active Schools Week 2021 when we all walked the last leg in our ‘Power Walk to Paris’, a whole school fun event.

During the spring and summer months, students also get a chance to take turns having the football pitch as their playground zone. This is done on a rotational basis so that no one loses out. Whether it’s tag, handstands or making daisy chains, everyone is happy to have a new zone to play in.

Before the global pandemic led to school closures in March 2020, our track was worn down as classes took part in the Active Break Every Day and our Run a Day challenge. Luckily, we got those challenges completed before lockdown hit. Unfortunately, our trained Playground Leaders had to put away their bibs and equipment as our active zones closed in March 2020, along with the schools. Great fun was had by all students when our active zones were up and running. Bean bags, skipping ropes and hurdles were particularly popular with the students. As restrictions are once again lifting, we are hoping to reintroduce an active zone on our senior yard and see how things go!

We never let rain stop us from staying active! If we can’t go outside, we bring the fun and exercise inside to the classroom. On wet days every teacher allocates time for activities. The children get up and get involved with go noodle activities, chair yoga and dance routines!

Lunchtime Leagues – We run various lunchtime leagues throughout the school year in Hurling and Football. Teams are made up of boys and girls from different classes and matches are played during lunchtime.  

Football Pitch – During the spring and summer months, students also get a chance to take turns having the football pitch as their playground zone. This is done on a rotational basis so that no one loses out. Whether it’s tag, handstands or making daisy chains, everyone is happy to have a new zone to play in.

Playground Leaders – pupils from 3rd-6th class can sign up to become a Playground Leader.  They give up one lunch break per week to play games with the Junior and Senior Classes, ensuring they are active and happy throughout break time. To facilitate this, we have designated active areas in the yard using a variety of different equipment to encourage active play. 

Active School Track – In Rathmore N.S, our students have twice daily playground breaks, a welcome move from their classrooms. Our students take great advantage of running our 330m school track, which is located on the perimeter of the football pitch, adjacent to our school yard. Most students have run at least a marathon by the time the summer season is upon us. 5th class 2020/21 completed their own Rathmore Marathon by June 2021 by keeping track of every lap they ran until they reached 42.2km (26.2m miles) and this year’s 5th class (2021/22) have the same goal.

Active School Walkway – The running track is also our Active Schools WALKWAY and has been utilised even more during the global pandemic as teachers give their class a break from the classroom. This helps to keep our rooms ventilated AND our students active. Our Active Schools Walkway is also part of our annual Witch Walk and Santa Dash. In October 2021, we had our spooky Witch Walk around the track and school grounds and finished it with a whole school dance to ‘Time Warp’ in our Hallowe’en costumes. Before we knew it, Christmas was upon us and we had our Santa Dash around the track, before finishing off with some Christmas carol singing and a dance to ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ on the school yard. The Active Schools Walkway was particularly important during our Active Schools Week 2021 when we all walked the last leg in our ‘Power Walk to Paris’, a whole school fun event.

Active Breaks – All classes take part in active breaks throughout the school day.  This includes Go-Noodle, Bizzy Breaks and a variety of classroom movement ideas.  On a wet day, if pupils cannot go outside at break time, extra time will be given to movement breaks in the classroom. All classes took part in out Active Break challenge in November. Each class had a chart to fill in and picked their type of activity each day. 

Active Homework – Active homework is given every second Thursday to all students in the school. This can consist of 10 jumping jack to dancing to your favourite song. 

60 minutes a day Physical Activity Challenge – Our senior classes will be beginning their 60 minute a day physical activity challenge in March. Stay tuned for activities and pictures. 

Rathmore Marathon – 5th class are doing Rathmore Marathon. We are recording laps run until we reach 42.2km before the end of June.

Witch Walk – For Halloween the children and staff took part in our Spooky Witch Walk around the school, allowing the children to stretch their legs in their scary costumes. 

Crazy Santa Dance – All classes learned a crazy Santa dance for the Christmas period and performed it for the whole school. It was a great success and the children loved it. 

Active Breaks in Assembly – During assembly Mr Shaw, Mrs Malone, Mr Bolton and Mr Ryan hold our active breaks where children get onto their feet and practice some exercises. Of course the teachers join in too. 

Céilí on yard – During Seachtain na Gaeilge the whole school make a huge effort to speak Gaeilge and to learn the An Dreolín dance and perform this at our Céilí on yard. This links in with our Dance strand the whole school are working on. Of course we practice first in the hall.

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Enrolment 2022/2023

The Enrolment process for the following school year 2022/2023 is open from January 6th 2022. Forms of Enquiry are available from the school office or can be Downloaded here

If you require any further information regarding the above please contact Lucy Travers (Principal) or Martina on 045 862145

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