Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Welcome To Our 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.


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. 

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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