Science week 2014

Past-pupils Patrick Hahesy and Liam Connolly with their two classmates
gave a demonstration of science experiments to third and fourth class
for science week. We were all very impressed and interested in their
capabilities. Their experiments were much appreciated by the children.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Regional Winners of the HSA Ocean Safety Art Competition Megan Roche and Peter Walsh at the book launch of “Too Cold for Sharks” in Croke Park.

Friday, October 24, 2014
Rexam Visit
3rd and 4th Class visited the Rexam factory in Waterford as part of their prize for the “Life of a Can” competition. We got a tour of the factory and a fantastic day was had by all!

Aistear – The Enormous Turnip 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014
Regional Winner of Lions Club Peace Poster Competition

Congratulations to Abigail Quigley who was the Regional Winner of the
Carrick-on-Suir Lions Club Peace Poster Competition.
Best of Luck Abigal in the National Finals.

5th and 6th Class Debating Team

Well Done to the 5th and 6th Class Debating Team who were very
narrowly defeated on Friday 5th December by St. Michael’s N.S.
Clerihan. We are very proud of the boys and girls. They did
extremely well in the competition. The team was Katie Cooney
(Captain), Megan Roche and Saoirse Hennebry. Other team members were
Holly Roche, Paul Guiry and John Walsh (Research, Chairperson and Time

Friday, November 21, 2014
Tipperary County Museum

We would like to thank Julia Drohan, Educational Officer of the County
Museum and parent of Darragh Drohan, who came to the school to give a
talk to all classes about the museum and history.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Primary Debating Ireland

Congratulations to the 5th & 6th Class boys and girls on their recent
victory in the Primary Debating Ireland Competition against Knockmahon
N.S., Bonmahon.
The winning team were Megan Roche (Team Captain), Katie Cooney and
Holly Roche. Other team members were Saoirse Hennebry, Paul Guiry and
John Walsh.

The pupils are now through to the 2nd round of the league and we wish
them the best of luck.

“Go n’eirí an t-adh libh”

2014 Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
National Parents Council – Primary Conference

Friday, October 17, 2014
Safe Cross Code
Our pupils performing the Safe Cross Code.


Thursday, October 23, 2014
U13 Football Cumann na mBunscoil

Well done to the girls on reaching the u13 Football Final – East
Waterford Cumann na mBunscoil. Congratulations to Kilmacthomas N.S.
who won the final.

Monday, October 20, 2014
Winner of the Cookbook Cover Competition

Winner: Saoirse Hennebry 6th Class

Highly Commended:
Holly Roche – 6th Class
Barry Power – 5th Class
Anna Doyle – 4th Class
Emma Power – 3rd Class
Conor Hearne – 2nd Class
Joanne Brunnock – 1st Class

Our school cookbook is ready! Thanks to everyone who contributed. Click the link below to view an online version of the book (names have been removed from the online version)

Texaco Children’s Art Competition

Congratulations to Oscar who was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for his artwork in the above competition.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Presentation to Irish Cancer Society

Monday, June 23, 2014
Bike Day

For Bike Week 2014, the school held a bike day on Thursday 19th June. The Council’s Smarter Travel Officer, our own Johnny Brunnock, supplied balance bikes and brought the infant classes on circuits of the school yard. Middle classes with some confident infant cyclists cycled around the Community Centre Block (2 km) and Senior Classes cycled the Feddans/Clonmoyle block. Barry Meehan gave talks on bike maintenance and 260 euros was donated to Ger Kirwan (Caretaker) and Matt Greene (Parent) who are cycling from Mizen to Malin for Cancer Research. The pupils also filled out their cycle logs for the week in an attempt to accumulatively match the Mizen to Malin distance.

Thank you to the Parents, to Johnny Brunnock, Barry Meehan and the transition year students, who gave so generously of their time to make the day such a great success.

Irish Cancer Society Presentation
A collection on cycle day raised 240 euros for the Irish Cancer Society which was presented to Ger Kirwan and Matt Greene.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Congratulations to Megan and Peter who were winners in the Ocean
Safety Competition organised by the Teachers Centre.

GAA Primary Skills Competition

Jack Hickey, James Power and Cian White represent Waterford at the Primary Skills Competition in Mallow on Tuesday 10th June. Well done Boys!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Annual Spring Clean

We did our annual spring clean on yesterday, covering the school grounds, community centre, graveyard and village

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Former Student

Former Student Michael Cullinan who was part of a group in Trinity
College who developed a robot for Cork teenager Joanne O’Riordan, who
was born without limbs. Well done Michael – we are proud of your

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Trath na gCeist Winners

A big Congratulations to our pupils from 6th Class who won the Trath
na gCeist organised for Seachtain na Gaeilge in Carrick-on-Suir

Friday, April 11, 2014
Fair Trade Status

The school was awarded Fair Trade Status recently. Many thanks to everyone for all their efforts.

We have been doing a lot of work on Fairtrade this week. We have
learned that a lot of the food we eat comes from developing countries,
for example, chocolate, bananas, tea, coffee, sugar. Fairtrade is
about ensuring that the farmers who produce these foods get a fair
price for their produce. We now know that if you see the Fairtrade
Logo on a product it means the farmer got a fair price.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
“Springtime” – Junior Infants Aistear

Thank you to Kieran Hearne and Francis Quigley for bringing in a new
born lamb and calf, which brought “Springtime” (Junior Infants
Aistear) to life. Naturally we took the opportunity to give all the
pupils a chance to pet them.


Well Done to all the pupils on their performance of Hosanna Rock. Beautiful singing and wonderful costumes made for a very special event. Thanks to Clare Quigley who put the show together.

A DVD of the Show is available to buy for 10 euros.

The pupils all enjoyed a great bounce in the Community Centre on Friday 20th, courtesy of the Parents Association. Thank you for organising First Class Castles and for helping with Supervision and providing all pupils with a selection box.


Thursday, November 21, 2013
Cumann na mBunscoil – Winners of u13 Eastern Final

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Congratulations to our 5th and 6th class on winning their first ever debate via zoom. They proposed the motion ‘Tik Tok does more harm than good to young people’s confidence’ and won the debate!! We are all very proud of the group effort that went in!

While many schools have welcomed a past pupil with the Irish Press All Ireland Minor Trophy Rathgormack National School were delighted to welcome back no fewer than 7 past pupils bearing 4 All Ireland Trophies last week. William Hahessy was on the All Ireland Minor Team, his sister Kate, the Murray Triplets, and Shauna Power were on the Under 16 Waterford All Ireland Winning Team. Beth Norris was on the U14 Waterford All Ireland Championship Winning Team and Under 14 All Ireland Blitz Winning Team. The Principal, Staff and pupils are all very proud of their achievements and would like to congratulate them all.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Cycle Day for Bike Week

Pupils greatly enjoyed the Bike Day held on Tuesday 25th June, it included ramps, bike limbo, obstacle course, skills, etc. “Safer Cycling” worked with 2nd to 6th Class and Waterford County Council “Smarter Travel” (Johnny Brunnock and Sarah) catered for Junior Infants to 1st Class and provided goodie bags for all pupils. A big thank you to Waterford County Council for their support and generous sponsorship.

Green Flag awarded for Biodiversity

Mrs Power and three members of the Green Flag Committee (Niamh Kennedy, Cora Murray and Fiona Hearne) attended the Awards Ceremony in Kilkenny on May 28th, where they picked up our new green flag for Biodiversity.

The whole school celebrated on June 12th with a hike on the Lough Mohra Loop and hot dogs (kindly sponsored by Ms. Kiely’s Summer Camp), drinks and crisps back at school. The midgets made an unwelcome appearance on the hike – that’s Biodiversity for you!

Well done to all.

40th Anniversary Celebrations – June 7th 2013.
A wonderful night was had by all.

The sixth class of 1974 re-united and many past pupils and teachers came to reminisce and find themselves in old photos.

A big thank you to all the parents who donated goodies for the night.

Celebrations continued into the wee small hours in the village pubs.

A thank you to all who attended, especially those who represented loved ones who are now no longer with us but still fondly remembered.

Friday, June 14, 2013
Note to Parents – issued on 12th June

Rathgormack N.S.
12th June, 2013.

Dear Parents,

1. Our End of Year Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday 18th June at 10 a.m. All parents are welcome.

2. All children will go home at 1.40 p.m. on Tuesday 18th June, to facilitate a Staff Meeting. Buses
will operate at 1.40 p.m.

3. This year customised school homework diaries will be sold through the school at €2.50 each.
These will be available before the holidays.

4. Our School Fundraising Cake Sale will take place on Wednesday 19th June. We would ask pupils to
bring in some buns, cakes, etc. baked by themselves (senior pupils) or parents. Ms Kiely’s class
will take charge of running the sale on the day. The cake sale will be open to parents etc. from
1.45p.m. onwards.

5. Sports Day will take place during the last week, please bring sack, spoon, potato and tie for 3legged race,
into school on Monday 24th June.

6. School Reports and Book Lists will be posted to your home on Friday 14th June.
The end of year school report outlines your child’s progress throughout the year. If you have any
queries or would like to consult with the class teacher, please phone to make an appointment and
we would be happy to meet you.

7. Buying and Selling of Second-Hand Books will take place on Monday 24th & Tuesday 25th June.
Parents can come into the school between 9.30 and 10.30am only to buy second-hand books from
the other children.

8. Summer holidays – School will close at 12.30pm on Thursday 27th June.

9. We are aware that September can be a very expensive time for you and if you wish the following
School Fees can be paid before the holidays.

No. of Children

Amount (€)


Art & Crafts/Photocopying

€20 for 1 child / €30 for 2 children

€40 for 3 children / €50 for 4 children

Book Rental

€5 per child (Junior & Senior Infants)

€10 per child (1st-6th class)

School Diary

€2.50 each – not optional

Must be paid before holidays


Child’s Name ________________________________ Class _______________

Child’s Name ________________________________ Class _______________

Child’s Name ________________________________ Class _______________

Child’s Name ________________________________ Class _______________

Finally, on behalf of all the staff I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your co-operation throughout the past school year and would like to wish all our families a very pleasant summer.

Looking forward to seeing you all back on Monday 2nd September 2013.

Catherine Power.

Thursday, May 30, 2013
National Litter Pick

Well done and a big thank you to all of the sixth class who took part
in the National Litter Pick on one of the National Trails walks in
Glenpatrick last week. Also a big thankyou to the rest of the school
pupils who also did a great job on their litter pick around the school
and village.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Fifth Class from the late 1950’s

Can you name the people in this photo for us?
We believe that some of them are Eillie Drohan, Alice Lynch, Maudie
Roche (Kennedy), Bridie Kennedy, Renea Hassett, Mary Halpin.
The photo was taken in the school yard against the wall of the old
church yard. The teacher was Mrs Daly who brought the kids outside for
class on the sunny day. It is believe the occasion for the photo was
because there was a Nun home from Africa an Aunt of Biddie Daly.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Cumann Na mBunscoil Quiz
Best of Luck to the 2 teams who will represent the School in the Cumann na mBunscoil Quiz in the Tower Hotel on Tuesday 19th February at 7.30 p.m.
6th Class: Aaron Gleeson, Donnchadh Gough, Keeley Corbett Barry and Aoife Hahessy.
5th Class: Sean Hennebry, Shane Curry, James Power and Jack Hickey.

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Annual School Trips 2013


Dear Parents,

The children of Junior / Senior Infants and 1st Class will be going on their annual school trip on Friday, 24th May to Run Amuck, Tramore, and to the beach. They will be leaving the school at 9.00 a.m. and will be expected back at approximately 2.30 p.m. Please provide a packed lunch, including drinks for your child. The total cost is €16 per child, which can be paid in instalments.

Please ensure your child has rainwear or sun-protection (sun-screen, sun-hat etc.) as appropriate to the weather on the day. Anyone who has buckets and spades can bring them on the trip for our visit to the beach. School tracksuit must be worn.
Please return payment and signed consent form (in an envelope with your child’s name & class on it) to the school secretary on or before Friday 17th May.
Dear Parents,

The children of Second and Third Class will be going on their annual school trip on Friday 14th June to Laser Blast and Splashworld, Tramore. They will be leaving the school at 9.00 a.m. and will be expected back at approximately 3.45 p.m. Please provide a packed lunch, including drinks for your child. The total cost is €27 per child, which can be paid in instalments.
Please ensure your child has rainwear or sun-protection (sun-screen, sun-hat etc.) as appropriate to the weather on the day. School tracksuit must be worn. It will be necessary for the children to bring a towel and swimwear.
Please return payment and signed consent form (in an envelope with your child’s name & class on it) to the school secretary on or before Friday 7th June.
Dear Parents,

The children of fourth, fifth & sixth class will be going on their annual school trip to the Freedom Surf School, Tramore, on Monday 10th June. They will be leaving the school at 9.15 a.m. and will be expected back at approximately 3.45 p.m. Please provide a packed lunch, including drinks for your child. The cost is €35 per child, which can be paid in instalments.

Please ensure your child has rainwear or sun-protection (sun-screen, sun-hat etc.) as appropriate to the weather on the day. School tracksuit must be worn. Suitable wet suits will be provided but it will be necessary for the children to bring a towel, swimwear, a change of clothes and a spare pair of runners.

Payment and signed consent form should be returned to the school secretary, in an envelope with your child’s name & class on it before Tuesday 4th June.