Thursday, 6 April 2017

Teachers Report from Parents Association Meeting 3rd April 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 April 3rd Teachers report are shown below.

Class Round-up
1st Year Metalwork
Students are currently just finishing off their Angry birds themed clocks and they will be then moving onto creating a model jet fighter which will teach students about electronics and sheet metal skills.

A new exciting 1st Year Metalwork course is being implemented starting September 2017 in line with progression to the new Junior Cert Syllabus.

Group Tasks such as designing and building go karts will be included in a new curriculum that will promote ICT, group work, peer teaching and metalwork practical skills. A new twitter account RC Metalwork has been set up to record and promote all of the fantastic work going on in the metalwork room.

Transition Year
The TYs had 2 weeks of Jiu Jitsu before St Patricks break.

23rd March - TY Geography Trip, Causey Farm Meath. Students got a real farming experience, made bread, assisting on tasks on the farm and went bog jumping also.

30th March - Gaeltacht Trip, Students involved in different workshops as Gaeilge

31st English Trip, Film in Swords

3rd/4th April All TYs & LCA taking part in Bodhran Workshop as Part of TY Music Module.

3rd April - Each TY Group has a Internet safety workshop for 3 classes by a ZEEKO internet safety company.

Leaving Cert Applied
State Exams Results back from Session 1 Rang Walsh and Session 3 Rang Clerkin, Excellent results overall.

3rd April - Rang Walsh are gone on a visit to Wheatfield Prison as part of their Social Education Task, Thanks to Miss Jackson for organizing this trip.

Aonad Arkle
On Thursday March 9th our students from Aonad Arkle travelled to St Peter's College, Dunboyne to watch their production of the musical Avenue Q. The musical covered a lot of important social topics. We had a fantastic day out and we were so proud of our students for their exemplary behaviour. They represented Ratoath College very well. It was great educational and social experience for our pupils and it was a super opportunity for them to see a live play for their English course.

2nd Year CSPE
Second Year CSPE students have continued the promotion of Development issues by making speeches at assembly on Fairtrade Fortnight, International Women’s Day and World Water Day.

RE Department
The RE Department are currently offering Reconciliation Services to all RE classes as part of Lent in preparation for the celebration of Easter.

LS Department
We have received confirmation of most third year students who require special assistance in the completion of this year’s state exams (RACE – Reasonable Accommodations in Certificate Exams) but we are still waiting for one or two.

Incoming assessments for next years 1st years took place last week.

Also the current 2nd years were all tested on their spelling in anticipation of RACE for third year and as part of our Literacy Initiative!

CANSAT is a science competition run by the European Space Agency. It involves students designing electronics which are placed in a drinks can with a parachute. The can is then dropped from 200m and while it flouts to the ground it transmits temperature and pressure readings to a laptop on the ground. Four students from Ratoath College participated with the help of their teacher Ms. O’Dwyer.

The Leinster competition took place in Portarlington and afterwards the students were required to present their data to the judges in Kevin Street.

They did very well, but unfortunately did not get through to the finals. The video of the launch can be viewed at here

Young Economist of the Year Final 2017
Congratulations to one of our sixth years and four fifth year students who are through to the YEOTY final in Galway on April 24th.  The projects are titled ‘the economics of booking a flight’ and ‘a united Ireland’.

Irish Junior Mathematics

All First year students participated in Round One of the Irish Junior Mathematics competition which is ran by the Irish Mathematics Teacher's Association. The top ten scores have been returned and we are hoping that some of our students will make it to the Final.

School Trips

China Trip
The senior trip of 43 students and 5 teachers to China will take place from Friday April 7th to Saturday April 15th. The itinerary includes a stay in Beijing where students will visit among other things the Bird’s Nest Stadium, Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City.  After visiting the Summer Palace and the Great Wall they will take the Bullet train to Xi’an from where they will experience the Terracotta Warriors and Horse Museum and the Tang Dynasty Show.

First Year Italy and Lilliput trip

The First Year students will travel to Lake Garda and Venice from Saturday the 8th April to the 12th. Those students not attending this trip will travel to Lilliput Adventure Centre on Thursday 6th – Friday 7th April. The Library will be holding World Book Day at the end for the first year students not going to Lilliput. It will involve a Book Tasting Menu, A Book Quiz and a DEAR class. A number of TY students will help run it.

Italian Exchange
We just hosted the home leg of our Italian Exchange with Liceo Ulivi from Parma. 21 Italian pupils and 2 teachers enjoying the Ratoath Welcome. A culturally and linguistically enriching experience for all, not to mention great fun. Ms Meabh Hayes and Mr Patrick Winters will bring our 25 pupils to Parma next month for the return leg starting on April 5th.

Arts and Culture
Arts Week
This year Arts Week will take place from the 8th May! The theme is Express Yourself! Exciting plans being made!

National Italian and Art Competitions
We had two winners in the Italian and Art National Competitions organized by the Italian Teachers Association this year: 3rd in the 1st Year Competition and 3rd in the 3rd Year Competition. Both students attended the Awards ceremony in the Italian Cultural Institute in Dublin to collect their prizes and enjoy an Italian lunch.

Art Competitions
A triumph for our Art Department as one of our students has been successful in two different Art Competitions.

Her film 'Make me a Robot' has been selected as a finalist in the Fresh Film Festival. Her short film will be shown in Limerick on Wednesday.

And last Thursday an art piece completed as part of her 5th year coursework was exhibited in Drogheda in the LMETB Art competition. A very talented art student and an ambassador for our school!


Musical auditions took place last Tuesday. They are the first round of call backs. There will then be chorus and dance auditions during the following weeks.

Two students were crowned Leinster Champions at MACE Matheson Junior Debate competition. They now progress to the National Finals on Saturday 25th in Belvedere College.

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017

Seachtain na Gaeilge took place in the school the week of 9ú-16ú Márta and bhí go leor spórt agus spraoi againn. After several practice classes in Céilí dancing Thursday afternoon arrived, bringing with it the Céilí Mór, the highlight of Seachtain na Gaeilge for our first year students. Their scileanna rince were on display! A competition took place for 2nd years for designing the best posters to decorate the school for the week. There were many excellent entries. Dé Luain, sixth years took park in some yoga trí mheáin na Gaeilge while the dara bliain had a cheolchoirm where they were entertained by numerous talented Ratoath stars. Dé Céadaoin saw the Tráth na gCeist for 5th years. In a close few rounds, great fun was had by all and the prizes went to three teams that were super-cliste on the day. Míle buíochas from Foireann na Gaeilge to all of the staff who helped make the week a success and comhghairdeas (congrats) to all the prize-winners!

Sports Headlines
The u14 hurlers qualified for the county semi-final last week by beating St. Pats of Navan by 4-6 to 2-3. 

Track and Field
Meath Championship Track & Field was Friday March 31st. A very successful day was had - 16 individual medals and 4 relay teams proved successful, so 32 medals in total.

A great day with fantastic results – well done to all who competed.

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