Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Teachers Report from Parents Association Meeting 28th February 2017

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 Musical

This 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 Night

Open 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 Foundation

We 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 Studies

Congratulations 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 Year

The 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. Applied

Congratulations 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.

Debating

Six 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-country

16 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 Football

The 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.

Hurling

The U16 hurlers won the North Leinster Championship, beating Tullamore College 3-7 to 0-7.


Soccer

Our 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.



Sunday, 12 February 2017

Spring 2017

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Teachers Report from Parents Association Meeting 9th January 2017


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.

The Library

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.

Junior debaters

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.

U 19 Girls soccer beat Ashbourne 7-0.

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.