Friday, March 20, 2020

Covid-19 School Closure Update 20th March 2020

Dear parents,

I hope that you and your families are all keeping well at this very surreal time.

It is very likely that schools will remain closed for an extended period. We will keep you up to date on any notifications from the Department of Education. However, as you are aware, we are now putting a system in place to support distance learning. From Monday, parents will be able to download the Aladdin Connect App and get logged in on laptops and computers. I will be in touch with regards to setting it up next week.

For now, your children have been provided with suggested school work. It is important to realise that children cannot be expected to do the same volume of work at home as they would do in school. Technology is a very useful resource at this time but I am very aware that not every family has sufficient access, particularly when there are a number of school going children in a household. I understand that this is a very stressful time for many and we do not want to burden you with copious amounts of work. We have a team of staff including class teachers, Special Education Teachers and a Special Needs Assistant working together to support the children’s learning and this level of support cannot be replicated at home. However, a little goes a long way- it is important to do a little reading every day, engage in Maths/number work and do some writing, if possible. Teachers will be putting up further school work suggestions on the Aladdin Connect App from Monday 30th March.

We are aware too, that there is a lot of learning going on in homes around Rathgormack at the moment, be it from school books, baking, walking, cycling, board games, project work, etc. Feel free to share photos of your activities at home by emailing them in to and I will post them here on our website! 

We will do our best to support your child’s learning during this time.

Thank you for your support during this time,

Take care,

Cathy Power

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Green Schools Day of Action – Global Citizenship Energy Awareness Day.
On Friday 6th March we held our Day of Action for the Global Citizenship Energy Green Flag theme that we have been working towards since September 2018. This involved classes from 2nd class to 6th class preparing presentations on a set topic which they then presented to the rest of the school.

All classes have researched Renewable Energy, Energy Saving Tips, Ethical Consumption of Energy & Climate Change. 

Junior Infants, Senior Infants & 1st Class took part in our Green Schools programme by watching some of the presentations and they also did their own work on Aistear themes such as Green Schools and Antartica. 
Second Class focused on ‘Renewable Energy Sources and ways that we can save Energy.’ 
Third class & Fourth Class worked on ‘Fair Trade.’ They produced a powerpoint and showed other classes how to recognise Fair Trade products.
Fifth Class did their project on the Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on Gender Equality. They also showcased all their work on Biodiversity.
Sixth Class prepared a fascinating presentation on Ethical Consumption and Production of Energy in Iceland, a country leading the way in using renewable energy from geothermal & hydro power.

In the afternoon we held a Green Schools Quiz.  Children from 1st class up to 6th class were mixed on teams where they got the chance to show off their knowledge and chat. 
Another element of the day was our 'Low Energy Afternoon,' we turned off the lights, heating and the Interactive Whiteboards in the afternoon as we were doing the quiz.

Click on this link to see photos Green Schools Day of Action

Monday, March 9, 2020


Congratulations to Francis, who is a member of WIT Boys Choir. They took part in the Arklow Music Festival on 8th March 2020.  The choir were very successful and won a cup and a shield on the day.  Well done Francis!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

FAI Primary School 5 a side soccer competition
A huge well done to these two teams on topping their groups today and qualifying for the county finals on April 1st in Waterford IT Arena, Carriganore. They were a pleasure to bring today and a pleasure to watch them play. Well done boys and girls!