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Sunday, 12 February 2017
The Parents Assocation meets every six to eight weeks to ensure a regular flow of communication between parents and staff. One of the highlights of our meetings is "The Teachers Report", where parents are updated on just some of the many activities that take place every day at Ratoath College. Some of the highlights from our January 9th Teachers report are shown below.
1st Year Homework club
Homework club is now underway for first year students. It takes place two evenings a week (Monday & Thursday) from 3.30 – 4.30. Homework Club gives 1st years who are having difficulty settling in to post primary level the opportunity to become more organised and prepared for their classes. It is supervised by a teacher and in addition, 4 Transition Year (TY) students work with the 1st years as part of their Gaisce awards.
The TY’s help them with organisation skills, study tips and help them organise their locker etc. There are approximately 15 students attending this club on the recommendation of their Caomhnoir and in communication with their parents.
As well as providing a quiet space for students to do some study, The Library holds a regular programme of events. Recent examples include a literary themed poetry event in the library for first year students and also talk entitled “Career with Animals”, which was presented by Meath-based vet, Charlie Cosgrave.
Tea and Talk
Tea and Talk is continuing this term and will focus on providing Tea and Talk to exam-year students.
Leaving Certificate Vocation Programme (LCVP)
LCVP students had their interviews as part of their Leaving Cert course.
The Junior debate team debated against Colaiste Delacy, Ashbourne winning one debate and narrowly being defeated in the second. Well done to Rang Mooney as one of their student was named best speaker of the day.
Transition Year December Update
TY hosted the annual “Christmas Village” for local primary schools. It was held between 12th and 18th December. 600 primary school pupils from Ratoath National School and St Pauls attended. 3 classes of TY students ran the village for 3 days.
A Group of Carol signers from TY went up to the local nursing home during the last week before Christmas.
TY students also helped out with the SVP collection at Supervalu in Ratoath before Christmas.
December Sports Round-up
Swimming Team performed well in Tallaght at The Leinster Schools Gala.
U19 boys soccer have progresses to the final of the North Leinster League which a comprehensive victory over Colaiste Ris of Dundalk.
U16 Hurlers qualified for the North Leinster final by beating Mercy Kilbeggan 5-18 to 4-12. Great performance all round. They will meet Tullaghmore in the final.
U14 Gaelic Football team defeated Ardee by 4-13 to 3-10 in the North Leinster Semi Final.