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CHRISTMAS BREAK
Just a reminder that St. Patricks' NS will close for the Christmas break at 12 noon on Friday, 20th December.  We will re-open on Monday, 6th January.

TEAM HOPE 2019
Sincere thanks to all of the children and their families who participated in the "Team Hope" campaign this year. A record number of 115 boxes were collected for children in poverty stricken areas of the world.  We are very proud of the generosity and kindness shown by everyone towards those who have so little.
The children themselves were also very enthusiastic and proud of their efforts. Thanks to the compassion of families in our school, there will be 115 very happy little faces this Christmas.

Well done to all and thanks also to Mrs Cullen who co-ordinated the collection.

Spooktacular Halloween in St. Patricks' NS
A very spooktacular day was had in our school on Friday, 25th October.  There were witches and wizards as far as the eye could see for our "Witchety Walk" fundraiser. Unfortunately, the weather was inclement so the exercise had to be taken in our school hall instead of outside, but everyone had a very enjoyable day regardless.  
The amazing sum of €2,230 was raised towards a bicycle rack for the school.
We would really like to thank all who supported this  fantastic event so generously, all of the staff at St. Patricks' who participated so enthusiastically, our 6th Class students who helped out on the day and were so kind to the younger children. Special thanks also to our wonderful Parents Association who hosted individual parties for each class and made a huge effort to help ensure the success of the day.
As promised, the class who raised the highest average amount per child, won the pizza party on the day.
The winning class was Fourth Class and their teacher, Ms Birch.
Needless to say, they were very happy indeed.
There was also some lovely raffle prizes which were won by Hugh Keane, (JI) Kayla Doyle, (S.I.), Lorcan Britton (First Class) Ciaran Brennan (Second Class) Clodagh Fitzpatrick, (Third Class), Enda Byrne, (Fourth Class), Kayleigh Harte, (Fifth Class) and Joseph Gibbons, (Sixth Class)


CHAMPIONS!!
Congratulations to our boys' football team who won the Cumann na mBunscol Final on Tuesday, 22nd October in Fenagh against a mighty Ballinabranna team.
They did both our school and the village of Rathvilly very proud.  They fought back from a 3 goal difference to win the match by a 4 point margin.  It was a very entertaining match and some excellent skill and respect for each other was demonstrated.
Thanks to Mrs. Gavin, Mr. Townsend, Ms. Donegan and Mrs Molloy who coached and supported the team.
A special word of appreciation to Mrs. Joyce who made sure the kit was gleaming for all of the 5 games leading up to the final.
We are also very grateful to all the parents and supporters who travelled to Fenagh and the other games also.

St. Patricks' NS September Newsletter
Click Here to view our September school newsletter which includes news about swimming lessons, our one way traffic system and other useful information.
PPrevious versions of the newsletter are available here containing the latest news, important information for parents and guardians at the moment.

We hope you enjoy it!

CARLOW CROSS COUNTRY
Several of our school athletes travelled to Carlow on Monday, 30th September to compete in the Carlow Cross Country Competition.
The weather conditions on the day were very tough but everyone did very well and represented St. Patricks' in an exemplary way.
We are very proud of everyone who competed. Thanks to Ms Molloy, our Principal and Ms. Gavin who accompanied the children.
Please see some photos and reports from the children above.


SUNFLOWER COMPETITION FOR CARLOW HOSPICE
Photos of the beautiful sunflowers planted and grown by some of the students in St. Patricks' NS over the Summer months in aid of Carlow Hospice.

Congratulations to Leona Kelly ( 1st prize) and Ted Healy (2nd prize) for growing the tallest sunflowers in this county competition. Leona and Ted were presented with a plaque and gift voucher for Ken Black's Toy Store!! This is Leona's second time to scoop first prize in this competition!!
What is her secret to growing the tallest sunflower??

SENSORY YARD AT ST. PATRICKS' NS
Here at St. Patricks' NS, as well as encouraging academic and sporting success, we also value and nurture creative interests.
We have introduced a "Yard Art" programme where the the children are welcome to use chalks in a large designated area. Their efforts are very eye-catching. This activity is excellent for motor skills and is also therapeutic for some children.  It is also proving to be an excellent social event and children from all classes are working together.
There is also a designated day for playing with hoola hoops at break-time in this area.  This is great exercise and fun for the children too. It also provides an alternative for children who are less sporting than others.

GREEN SCHOOLS' FACT OF THE MONTH - JUNE
Did you know that it takes about 500 years for plastic straws to decompose!!

Music For Schools
Have a look at the school's wonderful entry for the Music for Schools competition.

School Calendar 2019-2020
To see important dates for the next school year, please click here

Parents Association
Our 2017 Parents Association members are:

Chairperson: Emma Barrett
Treasurer:     Catherine Downes
Secretary:     Patricia Murphy
PRO:              Judith Keogh
Samantha Gannon, Maria Sibbald,  Julie Kehoe, Bríd Cassells, Louise Faulkner

Click here to go directly to the dedicated PARENTS Page and to see recent updates by the Parents' Association.

Help with Maths & Writing
Click here for some new ways to help your child with Maths
Click here to help them with their writing.

Board of Management
For details of our newly appointed Board of Management members, please click here

 
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