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Click here to read an Open letter from Acting Chief Medical Officer to parents & guardians of school children and to teachers and affiliated school staff

Please click here to view a letter from Deputy Chief Medical Officer to parents and guardians - 26th Feb, 2021.

Dear Parents/Guardians,         27.06.20

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

Dear Parents/Guardians,                        08.06.20                                                                               
We are on the home stretch now as the end of the school year approaches rapidly.
June is one of our busiest times in St Patrick’s NS with school tours, Basketball Finals, Sports Day, 6th class Bazaar, Graduation, School Reports, Booklists and preparation for incoming pupils, to name but a few events.                         
This year it is so very different.
When we look back at the last few weeks of this school year it is with sadness but also with great admiration and pride at how the staff, pupils and parents have coped with and adapted to the situation that this Covid 19 pandemic has presented us with.

Just a few updates for all:
• School Reports

These will be posted the week of the 8th of June and are based on the school year up to the 12th of March. Each pupil will also receive booklists, school calendar and pupil insurance forms.

• School Meal Scheme

All pupils were offered a food parcel under the School Meal Scheme with an opt out clause. The funding allocation is 60 cents per pupil per day and this parcel was based on the number of weeks during school closure. Thanks to Fresh Today for their safe delivery of all the parcels last Thursday.

• Payments and return of Books and Instruments will take place on the same day.

This will take place on the last week of school and a timetable and details will be put up on this website beforehand. Please use the labelled plastic bags distributed during Book Collection to return all school books, library books and resources to the school.
Each class will have a specific time and day for payment and the return of books and instruments. All procedures will be in line with HSE guidelines and Social Distancing protocols.

• End of year Mass

Fr Mc Evoy will celebrate a special Mass for all our pupils, families, Parents’ Association committee, Staff, Board of Management members and school community on the 26th of June.  This will be streamed from St Patrick’s Church. Please try to log in on that day as we remember our year in school and wish our 6th class pupils all the best in their future.

• A Little Surprise!

Thanks to the Board of Management, each child will receive a gift and a handwritten card from their teacher on the day that school books and instruments are returned.
               Kind regards,
               Helen Molloy    Principal                                    Olive Cullen     Deputy Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,
We hope that everyone is keeping well and safe. Little did we know that this pandemic would change our daily lives as much as it has. Everyone of us has been affected in some way but we do know that we are saving lives by staying at home. Just a few updates

School Communication

If you have any queries or concerns, please email  or leave a voicemail on 059 9161304.

School Work

We are now supporting your children's learning and any work not covered this term will be covered by their new class teacher when we return to school.

School Books

According to the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business issued by the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Health only staff can access our school building on the 18th of May.
Therefore, in line with Public Health advice we will gather all books, workbooks, copies and work belonging to each child and place in a bag which will be labelled. In order to distribute the books to each family this process will take a week as only a minimum number of staff will be in the building at a time each day.
Starting the week of Monday the 25th of May, we will commence distribution of the books. A text will be sent to you with a time to collect them at the school. We will start with 6th class and their siblings and work down to Junior Infants. Please be aware to follow social distancing and Public Health advice.
Please be patient as we endeavour to do our best under the circumstances.

6th Class Graduation

These past few weeks have changed all our lives.
It had been our hope that we would return to school by now and that all the children would finish off their year, particularly the 6th class. Unfortunately, that has not been the case.
Every decision that is made now must be in the interest of health and safety in line with the guidelines from the government. As soon as is permissible and safe for all involved a graduation event will be organised. Unfortunately, we do not know when that will happen.
We look forward to the day we celebrate the years that our 6th class have spent in St Patrick’s.

First Communion and Confirmation

These are two special days which we also look forward to celebrating together as a school and parish community. This is also dependent upon the guidelines from the Department of Health and notification from our patron Bishop Nulty.

Stay safe and continue to follow the government instructions as these restrictions and regulations are saving lives.
Helen Molloy  Principal                         Olive Cullen Deputy

Dear Parents/ Guardians,
We hope that everyone is keeping well and safe.
We have been speaking to the teachers and hearing of all the great things that are being done at home. We are so happy to hear that children are helping with housework, baking lots of goodies, playing out in the fresh air, helping on the home farms and with family business. These are all life skills that are so important and now is a great opportunity to learn and enjoy them.
All our staff are missing the children and we look forward to seeing everyone when things improve.
Thank you to all the families who are keeping in touch with the school. It is great to receive photos and work from our students and to hear how they are getting on.
Sadly, due to GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) we are unable to retain or look at any videos or photos which show your child’s face or body. This is to ensure that we adhere to all Child Protection and GDPR regulations.
Instead of a video or photo that shows your child or family, you can send:

1.   A photo of the work.
2.   A video of the work.
3.   An audio clip of the work

If you click on School Information and go to the policy section, you will have access to a draft of our Data Protection Policy and CCTV systems and Data Management.Please continue to follow government instructions as these restrictions and regulations are saving lives.

Remember to only do what suits you and your family. We are very aware that some parents are working from home and secondary students are still working from home too.

We look forward to seeing everyone when things improve.

Yours sincerely,
Helen Molloy   Principal                       Olive Cullen   Deputy Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,                                                                                             
Welcome back after the Easter break. We hope that you and your families are well and safe in these times of change. As always, we at St Patrick’s NS, Rathvilly are committed to giving our children the best possible educational experience.
During this emergency closure we will keep in contact with you through:
• Our school website -
• Textaparen - please ensure that you inform the school via email of any contact changes.
• Tullow School Completion Services
• Teacher emails- (available on website, under each class section)
• Phonecalls
On our school website you can access a range of suitable activities for your children and also advice and supports.
Teachers have already prescribed work for this week commencing April 20th which was sent by post prior to the Easter holidays and can also be found on the website under their class section.
Recommended: Junior Infants to 2nd class up to one hour per day. 3rd class to 6th class up to two hours per day.
Next Monday 27th we will update the website with the week’s work for each class. Please contact your child’s class teacher should you have any concerns or queries.
Please remember we can only do our best, so do what you can each day with your child.
If you need to contact the school for any assistance, please email
In the meantime, keep following the HSE advice to keep you and your family safe.
An announcement by the Minister for Education was made regarding the further closure of schools to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. A date for return has not yet been decided upon. This is in line with the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.
The Government, in conjunction with the public health authorities, will keep the situation under ongoing review.
Hopefully we will all be back to school before too long but until then mind yourselves and each other.

Le meas,
Helen Molloy    Principal
Olive Cullen   Deputy Principal

Covid-19 Correspondence to date

  • Letter from Principal - 23rd  March, 2020

  • Letter from Principal - 3rd April, 2020

  • Letter from Principal - 10th April, 2020

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