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