October Newsletter


October Newsletter 2022

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

These past few weeks have flown by so quickly. We have had an extremely busy start to our school year, but we are all grateful to have been able to participate in so many learning experiences without masks and social distancing.                                                                                                                                                                                                   

As a school community we continue to be vigilant.                                                                                                                                 Therefore, at all times we endeavour to keep our school safe. We would like to draw your attention to the road safety outside our school.

Our school and our children are only as safe as the behaviour of the adults using the roads, so please adhere to the following:

·       If you drive your child to school, park carefully so that your child can leave and enter the car on the footpath side away from traffic.

·       Do not park at the pedestrian crossing to drop your child at any time.

·       When using the one way drop off zone, allow your child/ren to get out of the car and then move on to allow the flow of traffic.

·       Do not drop your child off in front of the school barrier or in front of the drop off zone. This is extremely dangerous. There is ample parking and a drop off zone to accommodate parents and keep our children safe.

·       As you drive, always slow down as you approach the school and particularly the pedestrian crossing.





Rathvilly & Rathmore NS

First Penance – Thursday, 23rd March at 7.00 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Church, Rathvilly

First Holy Communion – Saturday, 6th May 2023 at 11.00 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Church.


Information Night for Parents of First Holy Communion Children attending both schools takes place on Thursday, 27th October at 7.30 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Church, Rathvilly.

Registration Forms will be available on the night.




Rathvilly & Rathmore NS

Confirmation – Saturday, 20th May at 11.00 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Church, Rathvilly


Information night for Parents of Confirmation children attending both Schools takes place on

Tuesday, 25th October at 7.30 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Church, Rathvilly.

Registration Forms will be available on the night.


What is going on in our school?

·       Active School

Our Active School Committee has organised movements for every break this month and a special relay walk on Wednesday the 26th of October. Please visit our website and Twitter account to see all that the Active School Committee organise in our school.

·       Cumann na mBunscol

Well done to our girls and boys who have represented our school in the Cumann na mBunscol competition.

·       Choir

3rd/4th/5th and 6th class are building up their repertoire of songs every Thursday

·       Swimming

3rd/4th/5th/and 6th class are participating in an 8- week swimming programme in Graiguecullen. This programme will end on the 7th of November.

·       Tag Rugby

Our Junior Infants up to 4th class are enjoying their weekly Tag Rugby sessions. This is a 6-week programme with Tullow Rugby Club.

·       GAA Skills

Many thanks to the Rathvilly Ladies GAA for linking in with our school for a 6-week programme with our 3rd/4th/5th and 6th class.

·       Visit from Agri Aware mobile Farm

We had a great day on Friday 14th of October when Farmer Tom brought his geese, ducks, pigs, calf and Popcorn the goat to visit our school. Photos can be seen on our Twitter account.

·       Music Generation

We continue to learn new tunes, music theory and music appreciation through this valuable programme.

·       Maths Week

The school walls were adorned with Maths Art and projects this week. Well done to all.

Parents’ Association

A sincere thank you to the Parents’ Association for organising the sponsored Spooky Walk. Many thanks also to all the families who supported this event.

Thank you to them for also reviewing our Child Safeguarding Policy 2022/2023

Dates to remember

27/10/2022 Return nomination form for Parent Nominee to the Board of Management

27/10/2022 Return all Spooky Walk sponsor cards

28/10/2022 Spooky Walk at 9.30am (weather permitting)

28/10/2022 School closes at 12pm due to staff Primary Language Curriculum Training

7/11/2022 School reopens at 9.10am

·       Parent Teacher Meetings will be held at the end of November.


It is important to ensure that all your contact information has been updated. Please contact the office or you can update your information on the new Aladdin Connect App.

Reminder: If you require to contact your class teacher please use the Aladdin Connect message service or ring the office to make an appointment

We no longer use teachers’ emails. This means of communication was only in use during Covid.

Keep updated with all school events, news and policies through our school website www.rathvillyns.com or Twitter @RathvillyNS