Sunday, 3 May 2015

Welcome To Our May 2015 Newsletter - Parents Association



Welcome To Our May 2015 Newsletter


The committee members of the Ratoath Parents Association meet once a month and our April meeting took place on Tuesday 14th April 2015.

Our next meeting is Tuesday 12th May at 7.30pm in Ratoath College.

We welcome new committee members and if this is something that you would like to know more about you can email us on ratoathcollegepa@gmail.com

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT  NEW CHAIR APPOINTED

We would like to congratulate and welcome Nuala McLoughlin as she begins her new term as Chairperson on Ratoath College Board of Management.

TENTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS FOR RATOATH COLLEGE

This year Ratoath College will celebrate their 10TH Anniversary. 
There are plans to celebrate across the year so watch out for more information coming in relation to this.
As always, for school updates please visit www.ratoathcollege.ie

2015 FUNDRAISER


Clothes For Clobber Fundraising Week

On the week commencing Monday 11th May we will run our Cash for Clobber fundraiser in the school. Please use this opportunity to clear out your old unwanted clothes while raising much needed funds for the school. Students can bring bags into the school each morning from Mon 11th May until Friday 15th May. We will receive €4 for each bag collect so please bring as many bags as you wish. We will take old clothes, shoes, curtains, bed linen (no pillows or duvets). Every bag is worth money so the more the merrier.


DARKNESS INTO LIGHT WALK WITH TY STUDENTS


The TY Students are doing a fundraiser charity walk in aid of Pieta House on Saturday morning 9th May.
We are delighted to run an after walk reception in the Scounts Den for all walkers with tea/ coffee and sausage sambos all sponsored by SuperValu
 If you would like to join us please contact us to register. The entry fee is €10 and all monies will go directly to Pieta House.


CONTACT DETAILS –DATA BASE


We would like to continue to expand our database for parents and to have as many of you as possible on our mailing list.
If you would like to join our database please email us on ratoathcollegepa@gmail.com so we can save your contact email address.
Are your contact details up to date with Ratoath College?
Do you receive texts from the college with updates and information?
If not please contact Ratoath College directly to ensure you are on their mailing and text list.


CHINA TRIP 

Well done to all the teachers and students who experienced a very successful trip to China.
Everyone had a wonderful time and the teachers are very proud of all the students who behaved impeccably for the entire trip. Everyone was a real credit to both themselves and the school.


PARENTS TALK

On Thursday 23 April our Community Guard Aisling Connor came to deliver a Drugs Talk for our parents. This was a very informative and insightful talk and the parents who attended found this a very beneficial talk.

We would like to thank Aisling for giving us her time and an expert presentation.


CALENDER OF EVENTS IN RATOATH COLLEGE FOR MAY 2015


Wednesday 20th May     – Prize Giving Ceremony.
Thursday 21st May         -  TY Graduation at 7.30pm,
Friday 22nd May              -  Classes finish at 12.45pm for 1st/2ND/5th Year students.
Monday 25th May        – 6th Year Graduation at 7.00pm.
Wednesday 27th May   – 3rd Years finish. Service in School at 2.00pm.
Friday 29th May             - 1st, 2nd and 5th Years finish at 12.30pm.





TEACHERS REPORT



U14 girls GAA

The under 14 girls played two matches last term, against O’Carolan College, Nobber and Maynooth Post Primary School, winning both matches. This takes them through to the next round which is a quarter final against St. VINCENTS, Dundalk.


Athletics 
      
Meath Championships will take place on Friday and next week will see students go to the North Leinster Championships in Santry.


TY Students

Ty's completed their handprint project on the corridor in the past few weeks as part of their 21st Century Skill building class. 


Gaisce

All Transition Year students are going to Avon Rí, Blessington, Co. Wicklow in May to complete the final stage of their course for the Presidents Gaisce Bronze award.
This has been a huge success over the past few years in Ratoath College with the number of students successfully completing the award increasing each year.

Musical

Deborah and Colm are here today to discuss the musical – All Shook Up - with you.
They will discuss the budgeting and fundraising. The musical will take place in OCTOBER 2015

School trips

Students recently travelled to China and Italy, having a great time. A fabulous day was had by all in Carlingford.




 PRINCIPALS REPORT


RE REGISTRATION DEADLINE


If you would like your son or daughter to continue their education in Ratoath College please return the registrations form to the school by Wednesday 13th May 2015.


OUTSTANDING FEE PAYMENTS

Currently the school has outstanding fees of over €40,000 and these need to be cleared in full prior to
the new school payment term which begins on the registration deadline of 13th May 2015.



SCHOOL MORATORIUM

Due to the continuing Moratorium the school is under severe pressure in the areas of administration, caretaking and cleaning constantly. We appreciate the parents understanding of this especially with the day to day admin management of the school.  

Where possible please give advance notice to the school if you wish to take your son or daughter out of school during school times.



HEALTH AND SAFETY

Health and safety is of paramount importance at all times when driving into Ratoath College.
We would like to remind you to continue driving slow and with caution when dropping and collecting students each day.
Remember to give way to pedestrians at the zebra crossings and use the parking bays when waiting to collect students.


Watch out for our next newsletter in September.  


Please like our Facebook page for regular updates and news between our newsletters.


Wishing you all a very good summer ahead and look forward to connecting with you all again at the end of August.


Thank you.


Bee Flanagan
Chairperson

Ratoath College PA 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Welcome To Our First Newsletter Of 2015

RATOATH COLLEGE PARENTS ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 2015


Welcome To Our First Newsletter Of 2015

The committee members of the Ratoath Parents Association meet once a month and our January meeting took place on 20 Jan 2015.
Our next meeting is Tuesday 24th February at 7.30pm in Ratoath College.

We welcome new committee members and if this is something that you would like to know more about you can email us on ratoathcollegepa@gmail.com


BOARD OF MANAGEMENT  PARENT REPRESENTATIVES

We would like to congratulate the new parent representatives on the Ratoath College Board of Management.

Morag Mc Gowan and Brian McComway will be the new parent reps and we will them both the very best for their term on the board.

Thank you to all the parents who voted in the recent election poll for Ratoath College.

TENTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS FOR RATOATH COLLEGE

This year Ratoath College will celebrate their 10TH Anniversary. 

There are plans to celebrate across the year so watch out for more information coming in relation to this.

As always, for school updates please visit www.ratoathcollege.ie

TESCO COMMUNITY FUND

We are delighted to be part of the current 6 week community fund coin collection in Tesco, Ratoath.
Please remember to support this fund every time you shop in Tesco over the next few weeks.

Every little helps!!

2015 FUNDRAISER

The Parents Association would like to run a small fundraiser this year. We would like to mark the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the college and we are open to ideas and suggestions from parents.

We had a very successful fundraising event last year with our White Collar Boxing event and this year we would like to continue to raise much needed funds for the college and students.

CONTACT DETAILS –DATA BASE

We would like to continue to expand our database for parents and to have as many of you as possible on our mailing list.

If you would like to join our database please email us on ratoathcollegepa@gmail.com so we can save your contact email address.


Are your contact details up to date with Ratoath College?
Do you receive texts from the college with updates and information?
If not please contact Ratoath College directly to ensure you are on their mailing and text list.

CHINA TRIP

Students and teachers are very excited about the impending trip to China on 27th March this year.
40 Students will travel to China for a ten day trip which will bring in some amazing trips and tours around the amazing city of Beijing and the Great Wall.
Vaccinations are recommended and all students travelling should have received these at this stage.

FRANCE AND ITALY EXCHANGE

Transition Year and 5th Year Students have just returned from two exchange trips to Italy and France. 
Feedback from students is great and they really enjoyed the overall experience. 

SCHOOL PHOTO

The amazing school photos were delivered last month. 
You can see the photo on display in the school reception area.  


TEACHERS REPORT

Art Dept – Emily McGlynn (5th Year) won the Winter Solstice Art Competition before Christmas and as part of her prize got to be in Newgrange for the Winter Solstice on Dec 21st. Art students are also sending in entries for the Doodle for Google Art competition.

Boys Basketball – 1st and 2nd yr boys started training last Monday and they are eagerly awaiting the fixtures list for game times and venues.

Girls Basketball - 1st and 2nd yr girls basketball training started Wednesday after school.

Boys Soccer – The U13 boys soccer team got their league off to a great start by defeating Marist College in Dundalk on a score line of 2:1. Like Carroll and Adam Clarke scored the goals. The U19 boys soccer team made it to the Semi Final of the North Leinster League but unfortunately lost out to De La Salle Dundalk.

Boys Gaelic – Both the U16 and U18 GAA teams have qualified for the North Leinster Semi Finals. The U18 team played their semi-final against St Farnan’s College in Kildare and won. They are now in the final.

Girls Gaelic – The girls Gaelic U16 team are playing the semi-final next Tues against Dunshaughlin.

Rugby – Junior rugby and Girls rugby continues on Mondays after school. Both teams are training hard for upcoming matches.

Debating team – The debating team defeated Dunboyne last month and will debate against Luttrelstown Community College Clonsilla on Weds 28th Jan.

3rd yr Theatre trip – The 3rd years were away today experiencing their Shakespearean drama onstage. They also had a workshop on the play. It was a great revision day enjoyed by all.


Swimming – We had 6 swimmers take part in the Leinster Schools Gala. They were Rachel Doherty, Hugh Mohan, David Tyrell, Shona Quigley, Cian Quigley and Max Davenport. All swam really well however just missed out on medals. Max missed out on a bronze medal by .9 of a second in the 100m Breaststroke. The relay team were 4th in the medley relay and 5th in the freestyle relay. Considering Max and Cian were swimming in an older age group they did brilliantly. The next Gala is in April.

Mensa – 22 students from 1st and 2nd ye were offered membership of Mensa in December. These are students scoring in the top 2% of the population. Ordinarily, a year group could expect to have 10 students accepted by considering not all our very academic students went forward for it, 22 is a very good number.

Italian Exchange – 30 senior students have been in touch with their Italian Exchange partners as they prepare for next month’s visit to Parma. Excitement levels are rising rapidly. The trip is on the 11th Feb.

TY – The TY students went into Dublin for a walking tour taking in French, Italian and Classical Studies elements and aspects of Dublin city. They explored museums, architecture and cafes.

Young Scientist Exhibition – The 1st years went to visit the Young Scientist Exhibition last Thurs in the RDS. They saw many exciting exhibits and they also saw a science show. A great time was had by all.

Business Dept – The Business Department organised a talk by the University of Limerick for all 6th year students interested in studying business at 3rd level.

Modern Languages week – Last week was Modern Languages Week. There were many activities going on around the school to promote the modern languages.

Arts week – Arts week is this week and there are lots of different events going on around the school to promote music, art, drama and literature.

The Wizard of Oz – Congratulations to all our students who took part in The Wizard of Oz production in The Venue this month. It was a fantastic production. Well done to all involved.


HEALTH AND SAFETY

Health and safety is of paramount importance at all times when driving into Ratoath College.
We would like to remind you to continue driving slow and with caution when dropping and collecting students each day.
Remember to give way to pedestrians at the zebra crossings and use the parking bays when waiting to collect students.
Current building works with the new prefabs will be completed shortly and until then please be aware of any construction traffic using the roads into the college.



Watch out for our next newsletter in April

Thank you 



Bee Flanagan

Chairperson


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Welcome To Our Newsletter - November 2014

NEWSLETTER 1402



RATOATH COLLEGE PARENTS ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2014


Welcome to our first news letter for the 2014/2015 school term.

One of our aims for this year is to connect with you, our parents, through our quarterly newsletter.


WELCOME TO OUR INCOMING COMMITTEE AND A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR OUTGOING COMMITTEE

Thank you to our out going officers who have been in their roles for two years:

Brendan Newe- Chairperson
 Mary Comerford - Vice Chair
Jakki McGlynn- Treasurer
 Clare McCarry – Secretary             

Welcome to our incoming officers who have come on board this year :

Bee Flanagan – Chairperson
Richard Moloney – Vice Chair
Orla Mc Nally – Treasurer
Aideen Donohue – Secretary



AGM 2014


Our AGM was held on 23 September 2014. Please find below the information we discussed.

The Parents Assocciation is an active and supportive partner in the school with a vested interest in its success in both extra curricular and academic achievements.


With regard to the Leaving & Junior Certificate exams the Parents Association would like to congratulate all the students who completed their exams in June and wish them the best of luck in the future with their chosen subjects be that in Senior Cycle or 3rd level in College.
A breakdown of the results will be available on the college website. If there you have  any questions regarding specific subjects please direct them in the first instance to the school principal.


We would also like to bring to your attention a few items that have been brought up recently,



Access to the College

Can we also ask you to make an appointment before calling in to the school, this is a health and Safety issue and people wandering in to the college unannounced is becoming a regular occurrence in recent times. May we also bring to your attention the increase in the number of calls to and from students on mobile phones. While the policy in the College allows students to bring their mobile phones, there should be no communication with students except through the school office and vice versa students should not be contacting parents except through the school office.

Communication with Parents Association

Again we would encourage you to communicate with the PA either by contacting us in person around the village as has been the case up ‘til now and you can also contact us through our Facebook page by private messaging us www.facebook.com/RatoathCollegePA. Our email address is ratoathcollegepa@gmail.com



  
We will give you a quick run through of our activities over the past year and will highlight some of our plans for the forthcoming year.



Academic year ‘13/’14
1.       Organised Fundraiser to help fund special projects in the school and raised over €12,000!
2.       PALS Programme for TY students
3.       Provided funding for extra chairs in the college
4.       Increased activity on PA Facebook page thanks to Bee Flanagan
5.       Set up second hand uniform shop
6.       PA ran tuck shop for Sports Day  and most recently in September 2014 at this years Sports Day
7.       Funded and presented awards at the annual awards ceremony
8.       Met with Parent of children with special needs to offer support and invite them to join PA committee


Academic year ’14/’15

1.                 Reintroduce communication through Newsletter
2.                  Provide further training advice for iPad
3.                  Provide for Talks for Parents depending on Parent requests/needs



If you have any suggestions for how the Parents Association can help and support you more please come forward and let us know.



We would also like to share with you the most recent update from the Teachers Report which we received at our Parents Association Meeting in on 6th Oct 2014




Teachers Report
Parents’ Association Meeting
6th Oct 2014



Geography Trip
6th year Geog trip to Glencree River in Wicklow. Carried out fluvial investigation of erosion processes. 

Cinnirí
Cinniri have been appointed to a first year class each during tutorial time.

6th Years
6th years had study skills on their first day back and also had a very productive and informative day trip to the Higher Options conference in the RDS in the last few weeks.

Mensa
Mensa are coming in on November 4th for our now annual test.

Parents’ Talk
There is a talk on the 13th October for all parents in relation to their child and study, its here in the school at 7.30pm

Talent show
The transition years and music department are busily preparing for the RC annual talent show which takes place on the 23rd of October. The acts have been chosen and the show will start at 7.30pm. Tickets designed by the students are on sale daily in the GP area and are priced 10 for adults and 8 for students.

Trad Group
Trad Group have returned to practice with some fabulous new additions from our talented first years. They are meeting every week (along with Ms. Kilraneand Mr Connolly) to choose pieces and to practice together. They performed beautifully at the recent First Year service.

First Year Service
The 1st year service took place last Tuesday 30th Sep, the first years, teachers, caomhnóirí and their parents all had a fabulous evening.

All first year classes have completed their retreats. As part of the day each class had a PALS programme workshop with Bee Flanagan. This was in part funded by the Parents’ Association. They really enjoyed their day of bonding and reflection.

Sports Day
Sports Day took place at the end of September and was a great success. Students and Staff both enjoyed the day. Rang Kelly were the overall winners.

Hurling
2 under 16 hurling blitzes and now the under 16s have qualified for the final against Longwood

Ladies’ Gaelic
The Senior ladies had a victorious game against Ardee Community College recently and their next game is Thursday in Dunshaughlin.
Junior Ladies ended well with 4-13 to 0-06 against Nobber and their next game is next Thursday against Dunboyne.

Cross country athletics
Back in training Mon & weds after school. Doing a 100 mile challenge and prizes for the 1st three to make it to 100 to keep them motivated. Going very well.
They are going to Oldcastle on Tues for a cross country competition!

Chess club
The club meet to practise every Monday Lunchtime.

Golf
There are 4 teams of 3 students going to Leinster Pitch and Putt championship in Erry Co. Offaly on Friday.

Creative engagement 2014
Ms. Daly and some students displayed their artistic creations at this event in Collins Barracks. The school put on a brilliant display and secured some funding for art projects.

Art
The Picasso Club is back up and running. The Credit union competition entries are underway.
A 2nd year Art trip to the Botanic gardens is planned as well as a 6th year trip to Newgrange.

Féilte
Ms. Martin, Ms. Prendergast and Ms. Donnellan represented the school at Féilte where they presented the Schools Literacy improvement Plan. It was a great and positive day.

Library
The library is back with a bang is going from strength to strength. Movies at lunch start this Monday. All first years are members they just need to register.

Concern Debates
Our first debate for Concern will be held here the week of the 20th Oct. around 7pm against ColáisteCiaráin, Leixlip. Our second debate is against St. Peter's College Dunboyne in Dunboyne, mid-November.

TY
The students in TY took part in a one day induction programme run by Transition Year Ireland.
The students also attended an overnight bonding trip in Lilliput, Mullingar where they took part in a variety of team building and outdoor pursuits.
Students have started preparing for their Gaisceprogramme and are busy looking for work placements for upcoming work experience.

14 pupils have now trained with the HSE and will deliver the oral health programme TOOTH LED TEENS to the first year students.
8 students have commenced the substance abuse training programme which they will complete in November.
The TY’s have been registered on the REACH online Careers programme which is the most up to date and detailed Careers forum in Ireland. Here they will have the opportunity to really get a head start on all things careers and college related.
TYs have started KravMaga (self-defense) in PE.
As part of Maths week all TY's are going to a lecture in NUI Maynooth on Wednesday 15th Oct.

LCA
Rang Giblin enjoyed a bonding trip to the Zone in Navan where they took part in several activities including go-karting. A great day was had by all.
This term they will prepare their first task in Leisure and Recreation.

Rang Connolly are looking forward to their upcoming work experience placement. They are working on three tasks this term including a skill based practical achievement task



Watch out for our next newsletter in the New Year. 

Please like our facebook page for regular updates and news!

Our next Parents Association Meeting is on 18th November.


Many thanks,


Bee Flanagan

Chairperson


Thursday, 13 June 2013

Newsletter 1302

Newsletter



Dear Parent / Guardian

Welcome to our final newsletter of this school term. I would like to wish our 3rd and 6th year students the very best of luck in both the Leaving Certificate and the Junior Certificate exams.

The biggest disappointment for us this year was the refusal of planning permission for the development of the extension to the college. Please rest assured we are pursuing and will continue to pursue all avenues to make sure this development goes ahead sooner rather than later. We will be calling on your backup over the forthcoming school year.

The Parents Association have agreed to support the school in a positive way and with this in mind have agreed to hold a College Clean-up day at the end of June which will require the support of as many parents and students as possible.

Congratulations to all students those who were nominated and those who won awards at this years end of term award ceremony.

Our goal in terms of fund- raising for the development of the college extension when it is built will spring into action next year with a number of small events in the first term culminating in our major fundraiser event “White Collar Boxing” in the early part of 2014. Again we will be calling on your support in terms of the organisation and participation in this fun filled challenge.

Finally I would like to thank you the parents for your support over the past year, I would like to thank the teachers and staff of the college the Principal Maire vice Principal Oonagh for their relentless efforts and look forward to great results in August and September.

Thanks also to the members of the Parents Association committee see you all again in Sept.

Regards
Brendan Newe
Chairperson



Parent Librarians Needed

A request was made to appeal for more Parent Librarians. The plan is to have the Library open full time and approx. 20 volunteers are required (doing circa 2 hrs per week each) to achieve this. Any parents interested in helping should contact the school office.

School Clean-Up Day - Saturday 29th June 2013

As a result of government education cutbacks, the allocation of cleaning hours to the school have been reduced. The result is that the cleaning staff are restricted  in their capacity to clean the school to an overall acceptable standard. 

The PA have decided to support the school and arrange a clean-up day on Saturday 29th June and we are looking to assemble clean-up groups to be assigned certain tasks. This will be a sociable event and not the hard days graft that you might imagine it to be.


Can you give two hours of your time on Saturday 29th June to assist in this worthwhile work? If so, please email us at ratoathcollegepa@gmail.com and we will get back to you with details or let us know via the PA Facebook page.

Fundraising Event

More information on our fundraising event White Collar Boxing will be published in our next newsletter - so start your training now!



Teachers’ Report - 14th May2013


(1) Sports - A wonderful Sports day was had by all. The overall winners were Rang Kelly who stole victory away from Rang Ryan by just 3 points! 

(2) Leinster Track & Field - There are 6 students who qualified for the Leinster Track & Field and compete Weds 15th and Sat 18th in Santry in the following events: Lua Henderson (u14 Long jump), Gareth Doyle (u14 High Jump), Ryan O’Connor U16 200M, Peter Kilgannon (u15 800m), Abraham Zaidan (100m & 200m), Joseph Wallace (400m Hurdles). Good luck to all involved. 

(3) Gaeilge - Roinn na Gaeilge is delighted with the continued progress of engaging students in the language outside of the classroom. Students of Ratoath College featured on TG4s Seó Spóirt last weekend, and the school will feature on another programme PONC XL in the next few weeks. 

(4) Gaeilge - We have secured placement for 10 leaving cert students to work in gaeltachts this summer. These students will be paid for their time in the gaeltacht which is a great opportunity for them to spend three weeks improving their Gaeilge at no cost to their families. Roinn na Gaeilge also gave out over €6,500 in Gaeltacht scholarships to students of the school this year with thanks to Meath VEC, Coláiste Lurgan, Coláiste na bhFiann and Colásite Uisce. 

(5) Gaeilge - Our new website www.gaeilgerathto.com will be launched before the school year ends, with an official launch at the start of next year. Our aim is to provide a website that is user-friendly and will also be a vital resource to enable primary students prepare for the language at senior level. 

(6) Art - The Art department are finishing off smaller sports boards and a large one of Nina Carberry the jockey. These will be put up in the hall hopefully before the end of the year. We have also finished two other murals- an animal one and a graffiti one that will be ready next week. 


(7) TY - The students from Transition year finished their Gaisce programme with a 25k hike in Blessington last week and camped outdoors for the night. This is the final stage in their Gaisce Bronze medal challenge; students have worked on social and physical skills throughout the year completing weekly blogs on each activity.