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Dear Parents/Guardians,

This school year has been like no other for us all. However, when we look back we must start from September 2019 and not from March 12th, 2020.

We participated in the School’s Cross Country races, competed in Cumann na mBunscol and won our Division2 A Football Final, completed the "Cycle Right" course, attended the pantomime, Aladdin in the Gaeity, improved our swimming skills in Graiguecullen pool, donated a record breaking 115 boxes to the Shoebox Appeal, listened to the wise words of Alma Jordan from Farm Safety and filled the school each week with tunes from Music Generation. These are only a snapshot of the many events, programmes and activities that happened in our school this year.

I know that it has been different, strange and challenging because as a staff we have found it different, strange and challenging. We have all missed out on events and special occasions with our school but because everybody stayed at home and kept apart, we have all kept safe.

We can now celebrate the end of this unusual year and thank everybody for their hard work, commitment and dedication to our pupils and our school throughout the year.
We would like to thank all our staff, our Board of Management, our Parents’ Association, our parents and extended families, our parish community and our lovely pupils.
To our 6th class, the class of 2020, we wish you all the best in your future. Thank you for all that you have given to our school and your presence has made it a better place.
We will miss you.

Finally, we wish everyone a very safe and happy summer and we look forward to seeing you all when we can return safely to our school.

Kind regards,

Helen Molloy         Principal
Olive Cullen          Deputy Principal

Tullow Area School Completion Programme
Improving Educational Outcomes for Young People in the Tullow Area
'I am a rock' summer project.

This project was developed by Tullow SCP with the support of Dr. Anita Purcell (NEPS) and Carlow Children and Young People's Services Committee
The aim of the project is to help build resilience, and to support young people in telling their COVID 19 story.
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Green Schools News Flash!!
7th Flag for St. Patricks' NS

Our Green Schools Renewal Application for our learning and work on the Theme Global Citizenship- Energy, was submitted to An Taisce at the beginning of June and I am delighted to announce that we have been successful in our application! St Patricks’s NS Rathvilly has now been awarded its 7th Green Flag!!!

Congratulations to all in our school community who have worked towards this achievement. Great credit is due to Our Green Schools Committee, Ms Birch and all school staff for their work over the last two years. I would also like to thank parents for their co-operation and support in home surveys, projects and activities centred on the Energy Theme.

We were due to have An Action Day at the end of March showcasing our work on this theme, with interactive displays and guest speakers. This will take place when we return to school.
The Green Schools Program of Education is at the core of educating our pupils in the care of our planet. We are becoming increasingly familiar with the terms- Climate Change, Biodiversity, Marine Pollution, Air Quality, Carbon Emissions, Habitat Destruction to mention but a few! All these issues need to be addressed actively not only by our government and local authorities but at local level too. Green Schools offers us the opportunity to take small actions which can make a big difference!! By being involved in the Green Schools Program, our pupils become decision makers, game changers and a voice for responsible environmental behaviour not just in our school but in the wider community. The skills learned during the program are positive life skills, promoting care and respect for our environment along with an awareness of how our actions have consequences not just for us but for the global community.

We look forward to celebrating our great achievement when we return to school and raising our 7th Green Schools Flag!!

Our Green Schools Code is one worth remembering - One World One Chance!

A Finlay
Green Schools Coordinator

New Email Address
Our e-mail address has now changed to:
Our previous e-mail address will no longer be in use by the school.

School Calendar 2020-2021
To see important dates for the next school year, please click here

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

Parents' Association

Our 2019 Parents Association members are:

Chairperson: Jennifer Wall
Secretary:     Anne Britton
Treasurer:     Patricia Murphy

Committee: Louise Byrne, Marie O' Brien, Marie Sibbald, Brid Cassells, Julie Kehoe, Vikki Mc Farland, Jude Kehoe.
Click here to go directly to the dedicated PARENTS Page and to see recent updates by the Parents' Association.

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