Thursday, 13 June 2013

Newsletter 1302


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.

Brendan Newe

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 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 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. 

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