Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas News

12th December 2012

Dear Parent(s),


Christmas Nativity


A Christmas Nativity will be held in the Church on Thursday 20th  December at 10 am.  All are welcome to attend.


Christmas Raffle


Lines are still available (cost €1)


Christmas Cards


We request that children do not exchange Christmas cards with each other in school.


Christmas Holidays


The school will close for Christmas Holidays on Friday 21st December at 12.30 p.m. and will re-open on Monday 7th January 2013.


The teachers and staff of Rathgormack N.S. would like to say that while Christmas presents are very thoughtful we do not expect them.  However, if your child/children would really like to give a present please remember it is not the cost of the present but the thought that counts (e.g. something home-made).


We would like to wish all our pupils, staff and their families a very happy and  peaceful Christmas.


Many thanks,

Catherine Power

Friday, November 9, 2012

Re: Eastern Final Success for Rathgormack Girls

Congratulations to our Under 13 girls football team who had a comprehensive victory over Portlaw to come away with the Roinn B Eastern Final tile in Walsh Park on Wednesday 24th October. You did us proud girls, with your excellent performance and your sporting display.  Best of luck in the County Final when you take on the Western champions.

Re: Runners Up Medals for Rathgormack Boys

Hard luck to our Under 13 boys football team who were beaten by Kilrossanty in the Roinn C Eastern Final. We were up against a very strong team but our boys never gave up and showed great determination as they got some excellent scores towards the end of the match. Well done on getting to the final boys.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Eastern Football Finals

Congratulations to our Under 13 Boys and our Under 13 Girls Football teams who will play in the Eastern Football Finals in Walsh Park next week. We will attempt to defend both titles which we won last year. Best of luck to all the players from 5th & 6th class. We hope you enjoy the occcasion!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sketchup Schools Compeition

Students who want to take part in the google sketchup competition can find out more details on the website below including where to download the free version of google/trimble sketchup

Also there are loads of great sketchup tutorials available on youtube such as the one below

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Catherine Keena - Teagasc

Catherine Keena came to our school on Monday the 8 of October. Catherine works for Teagasc in the Reps section. She visits farms to see if they are protecting the environment. For example, if farmers are growing corn it has to be five feet away from the ditch. Catherine’s daughter, Eilís Norris, goes to Rathgormack School. She is in junior infants.

  •  There are 20 native trees in Ireland; Birch, Ash, Oak, & Rowan (Mountain Ash) are some examples.

  • We learned about native birds and the sounds they make. She showed us the Thrush, the Blackbird and the Bluetit. We had to listen very carefully and tell her which bird it was.

  • We also learned that the holly gets less prickly as it grows and that the ivy starts off heart shaped, but grows out of that shape when as grows.

Catherine showed us leaves and branches of Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Holly, Ivy, Oak, Ash, Hazel and Willow. She also showed us an owl whistle, which sounded just like a real owl.

Catherine Keena was very interesting and we are very grateful of her coming to our school.

By Aisling Gough

Jim Power - Bee Keeper

Jim Power is a local beekeeper from Carrick. He came to our school to talk to us about bees. He visited our school on Wednesday the 10th of October. We learned lots of new things. This is what we learned from Jim:

·       We learned that bees are kept in an apiary which is a type of beehive. It has lots of different sections that the bees live in.
·       Jim told us that the body of a bee has three sections; a head, a thorax and an abdomen. Bees have six legs that come from the thorax.
·       About two thirds of the worlds food depends on bees. They pollinate flowers and trees that then produce fruits and berries.
·       The first alcoholic drink was called mead and was made using honey.
·       There is one queen bee in every beehive and there can be up to 60,000 bees in a hive.

Find the Queen Bee
·        Bees can live up to four or five years, but in summer the worker bees can work themselves to death in six weeks.

What Jim showed us:

·       Jim brought some very special guests with him. BEES! He brought about 1,500 bees with him, including a queen bee.
·       Jim showed us some bees wax candles, models and moulds. He told us how to make candles from bees wax.
·       He showed us a skep, which is an old kind of beehive that was used before apiaries were made.
·       Jim showed us a slideshow of everything to do with bees. It was very interesting and we all learned a lot.

We thank Jim Power for coming to our school and teaching loads of new things about bees and their place in biodiversity.

By Rosa Wheaton 6th class

Caomhín de Paor and Ned Landers - Coillte

On Tuesday the 9th of October, Caomhín de Paor and Ned Landers from Coillte came to talk to us about trees and biodiversity. Caomhín’s daughter, Críoadh de Paor, goes to school here in Rathgormack National School. She is in Senior Infants.

Here are some interesting facts they told us:
  • Coillte harvest trees when they are between 20 and 30 years old, because that is when they are the right size for the machines in their factories such as Medite and Dundrun Sawmills.
  • Coillte make a big profit on citrus spruce trees which grow well in Ireland.
  • Coillte help to preserve biodiversity in Ireland, by following special rules when they are planting new trees, such as not planting trees to close to rivers and streams.
  • The Perm Mussel is the longest living animal in Ireland, and can live for over one hundred years.
  • Coillte are starting to grow eucalyptus trees now because they grow faster than most other trees. They can grow about ten feet each year, which means they can be harvested at about ten years old.

Caomhín and Ned brought some interesting things to show us as well. They brought:

·       Two cross-sections of a twenty year old and a thirty year old citrus spruce
·       A special tape for measuring the width of trees
·       A young  birch tree, which we planted in our school yard

We learned a lot about trees and biodiversity. We are very grateful to Caomhín and Ned for coming to talk to us.

By Karen Murray

Monday, June 11, 2012

Rathgormack N.S. Reminders & Updates 11th June

Reminder - School Fundraiser – Cake Sale


Our cake sale will take place on Tuesday 12th June.  We would ask pupils to bring in some buns, cakes, etc. baked by themselves (senior pupils) or parents.  Ms Kiely's class will take charge of running the sale on the day.  The cake sale will be open to parents etc. from 1.45pm onwards.


The response to last year's cake & book sales was fantastic and as a result helped to pay for the drumming workshop, gymnastics classes, drama classes, swimming etc. in our current school year.  We hope that we can repeat the success of last year's fundraisers and in so doing generate sufficient funds from our cake sale on Tuesday to enable us to subsidise similar activities for 2012/2013.


End of year prayer mass & presentation of graduation certificates to 6th class pupils


The end of year mass will take place in the church on Wednesday 20th June at 10 am.  We will also present our current 6th class pupils with their graduation certificates – we enjoyed having them in Rathgormack N.S. and wish them well for the future.  There will also be a few surprise/unexpected presentations on the day … J!!


Sports Day – Date change


Our annual sports day on will now take place on either Thursday 21st or Friday 22nd June (weather permitting) or on the next available fine day. The children must wear their tracksuits and school white polo shirt for the sports day.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Junior and Senior Infants School Trip

  The children of Junior and Senior Infants will be going on their annual school trip on Friday, 8th June to the Waterford & Suir Railway in Kilmeaden and to the Sallyfort Farm in Stradbally.
They will be leaving the school at 9.15 am and will be expected back at approximately 2.40pm.
Lunch (sausage, chips, drink) will be provided. If you wish you can pack a small treat and extra drinks for your child.
The total cost will be €20 per child.
Please ensure your child has rainwear or sun-protection (sun-screen,sun-hat etc.) as appropriate to the weather on the day.
 School tracksuit must be worn.
 Please return payment and signed consent form (in an envelope with your child's name & class on it) to the school secretary.

1st & 2nd Class School Trip

RATHGORMACK N.S. - SCHOOL TRIP 2nd May 2012 The children of 1st and 2nd class will be going on their annual school trip on Friday 8th June to Parson's Green, Clogheen and to the playground in Clonmel on the way home (weather permitting).
They will be leaving the school at 9.15am and will be expected back at approximately 2.40pm. The total cost will be £15 per child.
Please provide a packed lunch, including drinks for your child. Please ensure your child has rainwear or sun-protection (sun-screen, sun-hat etc.) as appropriate to the weather on the day.
School tracksuit must be worn.
Please return payment and signed consent form (in an envelope with your child's name & class on it) to the school secretary.

Note of 30th May 2012

School Trips                    "
As per notes previously sent home schools trips for each class are as follows:
Friday 8th June - Junior &
Senior Infants and 1st & 2nd class (2 separate destinations)
Wednesday 13th June - 3rd & 4th class
Monday 18th June  -5th & 6th class

Tesco Tokens - we are currently collecting Tesco Tokens for free
equipment for the school.

School Fundraiser- Cake Sale Due to the success of our cake sale last
year we have decided to have another one this year on Tuesday 12th
We would ask pupils to bring in some buns, cakes, etc. baked by
themselves (senior pupils) or parents. Ms Kiely's class will take
charge of running the sale on the day.

Sports Day

We will be holding our annual sports day on Wednesday 20th June (weather permitting). The children must wear their tracksuits and school white polo shirt for the sports day.

Summer Holidays - School will close on Wednesday 27th June 2012 -
Early closing

Yours~ Catherine Power Principal

Friday, March 16, 2012



Confirmation will be held in Clonea Church on Thursday, 22nd March at 11.00 a.m.


Under Dept. of Education guidelines this is considered a school day like all others.  In order to fulfil our required 183 days in school all children will be expected to attend on that day.


The following arrangements have been made:


  1. Children of 5th and 6th class and their siblings will attend directly to Clonea Church for the ceremony at 10.40 a.m.


  1. The remaining children of 3rd and 4th class will come to school as usual at 9.00 a.m. and will be brought to the church at 10.40 a.m. to be part of the choir.  All brothers/sisters of confirmation children from 3rd and 4th class must also be in the choir dressed in full uniform.


  1. Children from Infants to 2nd class with no connection to the ceremony will attend school as usual until 12.30 p.m.


  1. All children will go home after the ceremony.


  1. Bus arrangements will be finalised closer to the day.



Children for Confirmation must be neatly presented wearing full uniform with a green jumper (in good condition) and white shirt (not polo shirt). 

Top button should be tied with school tie closely fitting to the collar.

Girls should wear a skirt with black tights.

Children singing in the choir – including siblings, will also wear full uniform. 


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Green Flag 2011/12

What is Biodiversity?

Put simply, Biodiversity is the variety of life on Earth. It is essential for sustaining the natural living systems or ecosystems that provide us with food, clean water, fuel, health, wealth, and other services we take for granted in our everyday life.

We have been working very hard and making great progress towards our fifth green flag ‘Biodiversity’. These are some of the things we have done so far:
  • We had a fascinating talk from Niall Hatch, Birdwatch Ireland. 
  • We fed the visiting birds with homemade bird cakes, ‘peanut buttered’ pinecones and bird feeders over the Winter months. 
  • We enjoyed ‘birdwatching’ and counted birds visiting Rathgormack school. These are the top ten birds that visited us! 
1. Robin
2. Magpie
3. Rook
4. Pied Wagtail
5. Song Thrush
6. Blue Tit
7. Blackbird
8. House Sparrow
9. Starling
10. Chaffinch

  • Beautifully handcrafted nestboxes /bat boxes were erected on the school grounds. For which we would like to thank parents for. 
  • We had a talk about Irish mammals from W.I.T. and the senior children got the opportunity to participate in an interesting survey collecting D.N.A. and prints from mammals visiting the school! 
  • First and second class have also been very busy working on their entry for the ‘Make it yourself-grow it yourself’, competition as part of Waterford Festival of Food 2012 which will take place soon. 

There are plenty of things you can do to help biodiversity at home too!

  • Plant a native tree - Trees create important habitats for many insects, birds and plants and are important for air purification. Make sure that the trees, bushes and flowers that you plant are native species. Scroll to the 'Think Native' section at the bottom of this page for list of appropriate native species to plant. 
  • Do not grow invasive alien species in your garden - Before choosing plants for your garden or pond, make sure that they are not invasive, non-native species. Ask for advice in your garden and request plants from local origin and from certified sources. See the Invasive Species Ireland Horticulture Guidelines. Find out more on Invasive Species in our special feature 
  • Register your tree planting - If you plant a tree in your garden, log your efforts in the Plant for Planet Billion Tree campaign -
  • Avoid using pesticides and fertilisers - Don't feel bad about not weeding or feeding your lawn, it's better for biodiversity! 
  • Do not use slug pellets - these will not only kill slugs, they will also kill the birds who feed on slugs and subsequently absorb the toxic pellets 
  • Create a wildlife area in your garden - let part of your garden grow freely and see what plants and animals appear. You could consider planting some of the following native species in your wildlife area: grasses such as sweet vernal, meadow foxtail, red fescue and common bent, along with wildflowers such as cowslip, lady's smock, cat's ear, ox-eye daisy, and meadow buttercup. This wild area should be cut once a year in early July and the cuttings removed. A wildlife area such as this will attract butterflies and it will also provide cover for frogs, mammals and insects. 
  • Attract birds to your garden - Get a bird box, bird table or hanging feeder for your garden / balcony. Birds eat aphids and other gardeners’ pests and play an important part in the web of biodiversity in the garden.
  • Compost - Buy a compost bin and make your own compost or buy peat-free compost for your garden - you will cut down on your waste generation and will create nutrient rich compost to improve soil health and fertilise your garden. Visit for more details.
  • Collect rainwater - Collect rainwater rather to water your flowers - you will cut down on the amount of water wastage • Set your mower blades to high and always keep them sharp - Dull blades will tear the grass, damaging the plant, making it require more water than healthy plants.
  • In a drought, don’t waste water on a lawn - If your lawn is beginning to turn brown during drought, you do not need to water it, it will revive after normal rainfall resumes.
  • Water in the morning or at night - if you must water your garden, do so in the morning or at night to prevent evaporation. One inch of water a week is better than several short showers.
  • Don't use electrical equipment like leaf-blowers - they consume so much energy for so little gain. Use a rake instead - it's better for your health too!
  • Take time out to sit out in your backyard with friends and family to appreciate the beauty of nature!  

Friday, February 24, 2012


Our second class are busy preparing for their First Penance which they will receive on Thursday 29th March at 2pm and their First Holy Communion which they will receive from Fr. Gear on Sunday 13th May in Rathgormack Church. 

Also, our fifth and sixth class boys and girls will be receiving their Confirmation from Fr. O'Mahoney (a native of Coolnahorna) on Thursday, March 22nd in Clonea Church.

All our students from junior to sixth class are enjoying gymnastics classes which began on Friday 24th February.  We will also have drama classes for all classes after the easter holidays. Swimming classes for first, second and fourth class pupils will also begin after the easter holidays.

Work in ongoing on our Green Schools initiative.  The theme for 2011/2013 is Biodiversity.  In keeping with this we congratulate our third and fourth class pupils, who came third in their section in the Atlantic Corridor/Ericsson "National School Science Competition" in Carlow on Friday 24th February, with their project based on "Living Things".  This qualifies them to go forward to the National final which will be held in Athlone in March.  The team who travelled to Carlow along with Mrs Power were:  Laurence Hearne, Saoirse Hennebry, Paul Guiry & Caoimhe Hennebry - well done on your great success!!

Our U-13 quiz team: Samantha Innocent, Eoin Dowley, Aaron Gleeson and Donnchadh Gough were narrowly beaten in the Carrick-on-Suir Credit Union local area quiz.  In the same event our U-11 team Avril Norris, Leah Greene, Karen Murray and Keeley Corbett- Barry came third. Well done to all.

Congratulations to Eoin Dowley who was the Rathgormack winner in the local Lions Club Poster Competition.

We are currently taking names of those who will be starting school here in September 2012.  If you have not enrolled your child to-date please contact us at 051-646377.

Friday, January 27, 2012



Friday 27th January at 8 pm – Carraig Hotel, Carrick-on-Suir


The Parents' Association of Newtown Upper National School would like to invite principals, teachers, parents and Boards of Management to attend this public meeting where they will be given an opportunity to make comments, if they wish.  Local politicians and media have been invited.


Ms Breda Fitzgerald, Principal of Newtown Upper National School, will give a talk on the devastating effects the proposed changes would have on rural schools.



Monday 30th January at 8 pm – Park Hotel, Dungarvan


The Parents' Association of Whitechurch National School, Cappagh invite you to a public meeting which will be attended by senior public representatives – Paudie Coffey, Ciara Conway & Seamus Healy TD's.  You will have a chance to voice your concerns over the Government cut backs in our Primary Education systems.


Comments and questions raised will be presented to the local representatives to bring to the Minister of Education.  This meeting will raise the profile of all our schools and ensure that the voice of all rural schools in Waterford will be taken to Dáil Éireann.

Monday, January 16, 2012


A very important public meeting regarding cutbacks in small schools will be held this Wednesday 18th January 2012 in the ballroom of the Park Hotel, Dungarvan at 8 pm.


While Rathgormack N.S. has not been directly affected by the proposed cutbacks at present, it could have implications either directly or indirectly in the future.


Guest speaker at the meeting will be Breda Fitzgerald who is originally from our parish and an active representative of the INTO (Irish National Teachers Organisation).


We would encourage as many parents and teachers as possible to attend this meeting.