The Parents Association 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 Feb 28th Teachers Report are shown below.
Auditions – School MusicalThis coming October, the school will be staging “Hairspray - The Musical” and auditions are being held in March. Staging the show will cost approx. €16,000 so watch out for some exciting fundraising initiatives.
Open NightOpen Night was held on Thursday January 19th and all incoming first years and their parents were invited to attend. Our First, Second and Transition Year students attended on the night to act as guides and to assist in the various classrooms. The night was a huge success and enjoyed by all.
Irish Heart FoundationWe are one of the first 100 schools to be part of the Irish Heart Foundation’s new initiative “CPR 4 Schools”. We have received 10 training dolls to facilitate the teaching of CPR and will roll this out to all senior students over the coming months. All those who successfully complete it will receive certs from the Irish Heart Foundation.
Excellence in Business StudiesCongratulations to 5 Senior students who received a Certificate in Business Studies for achieving an A grade at Junior Cert level in 2016. All students and their Business teachers were acknowledged at Maynooth University.
Learning Support Department“Reasonable Accommodations in the Certified Examinations” (RACE) applications have been completed for 3rd years. The new RACE system seems to be effective. All 6th years were successful with their RACE applications this year!! This is a great relief and a rare event.
Transition YearThe school has launched a new website in TY called www.rataothcollegenews.com. Students get to record, edit, present events in the school, write up articles etc. Next years students in TY will all have iPads, so it’s a new idea in integrating them into transition year.
Leaving Cert. AppliedCongratulations to Leaving Cert Applied students who completed their Tasks recently. Examiners commended the students on their high standard of work, and how well they were prepared by the teachers.
DebatingSix students have qualified for the Leinster Finals of the Matheson Mace Junior Debate Competition. It will take place in St. Conleth's College on Saturday 4th March.
We are also taking part in a series of debates with other schools within LMETB, the first debate is scheduled for 9th March in Dunleer.
Sports Round Up
Cross-country16 students competed in the North Leinster cross-country final on Wednesday 1st February. 4 students qualified for the Leinster competition that held on Wednesday 15th February. We have 2 students who have qualified for the All Ireland Cross Country on Mar 11th, and we wish them every success.
The girls Track and Field won the best school in Meath in 2016. They received this award at assembly.
Gaelic FootballThe U-18 boys’ footballers became North Leinster Champions by beating Moyne C.C. of Longford in an enthralling game.
Ratoath were a point down at half time. The teams were level at full time, and it took extra time to separate the teams with Ratoath College eventually winning out by 2 points.
The team would like to thank the teachers and students who supported the lads. We would also like to thank and acknowledge the ongoing support we receive from the local GAA club. Although the school had kindly offered to pay for the players post-match food, the club insisted they foot the bill. An excellent night was had by all in the clubhouse with mentors, teachers and parents enjoying what was a historic night for the school.
We would especially like to thank club stalwarts and school parents Kevin Flynn, Larry McGowan and Oliver Byrne for their generous and continuous support of our school GAA teams.
Video footage of the build up to the game, match footage and post-match scenes is available on RatoathCollegenews.com courtesy of Mr. Giblin and the TY team. Photos from the night are on the Ratoath College App.
HurlingThe U16 hurlers won the North Leinster Championship, beating Tullamore College 3-7 to 0-7.
SoccerOur u19's Soccer Boys fell at the final hurdle of the North Leinster League on 24th of February. It was a top-quality game which De La Salle Dundalk just edged on the day winning 2-1. It was a season to be proud of and the first time our school had reached the League Final so we can be proud of our fine run in the competition and the many victories and goals along the way.
The u17 and u19 girls soccer teams have qualified for the knock out stages of the Leinster League. They will play their first knock out matches in the next couple of weeks.