Winter Show

Thank you very much to everyone who supported our Winter Show. I really think it was an experience the boys and girls will never forget. Thanks to Victor and Luana from Magna Films for capturing the show on film. I am delighted to share them with you now. Enjoy the...

Rang a 6- Newsfeed

January 2024 Dear parents and guardians of 6th Class pupils, Children starting Post Primary school in September will have their Assessment Tests on different Saturdays from the end of January through February. Your child’s school will contact you shortly with specific details. It is very important that the pupils understand that there is no work they need to do in preparation for this test. These are not Entrance Exams. The students have already been accepted into First Year. Remind them that they cannot fail, the assessment just informs the school of their individual strengths and the type of learning that supports them best. Please check what time your child’s test is at and arrive 15 minutes early. Schools have different requirements on the day. Some require you bring stationery, some ask you bring wired headphones, some ask you bring a snack and a drink for a morning break. Prepare for this in advance, you do not want a panic in the morning when headphones don’t work etc. Children should be well slept and have a good breakfast before they go in. Choose an outfit which will make a positive first impression. Schools are using Cognitive Ability Tests for this assessment. As far as I know, they use a test by GL Assessment (or similar). Some schools use a digital version which will be carried out on a computer, others use a paper test. This short video gives a good insight into the C.A.T. I hope all pupils are excited about the prospect. For many it will be their first time in the school building. They will meet the school management, their...

Peace and Love

Our Peace and Love project is underway. The dove carrying an olive branch has been a symbol of peace and innocence for thousands of years in many different cultures. Today, the pupils of Ard Rí Community NS posted over 300 envelopes with homemade cards sharing messages of Peace with family and loved ones all over the world. Our doves will be flying to every corner of Ireland and every continent on the planet. We must send extra best wishes to the very brave Sgt. Derek Landy and the 123 Infantry Battalion and all the Irish Defense Forces working hard to keep peace in the Middle East this...

Attention, Parents of children in 2nd & 3rd Class

November ’24 Dear parents, I would like to update you on our progress, re-arranging the 2nd and 3rd Classes. A partition wall has been built and electrics are installed. We are waiting for final-fix carpentry and paint. Furniture is being delivered in the next few days. It will be a lovely room. Most importantly, we are delighted Múinteoir Ailis has been appointed to teach the class. Ailis has been working with the children in 2nd and 3rd Class for the last few weeks. The children will know her well. We will open the new learning space as soon as it is ready. We have reviewed your feedback, the feedback of class teachers and the special education team. We have come up with a plan to make minimum impact and have greatest benefit to the children. Here is an outline of the next steps: Maria and Edel’s 2nd & 3rd multi-grade class will be divided Maria and Edel will teach their current 3rd Class plus 8 children who will move from Jack’s class Ailis will teach in the new room. Ailis will teach the children currently in Maria and Edel’s 2nd Class plus 8 children who will move from Ruth’s 2nd class Tomorrow, I will call the parents of the 16 children who will be moving class. We will announce next steps to the children and bring them together in their new cohort. Some children will be happy and excited about the move and some children will be anxious and sad. These are all natural reactions to change. We know the change is for the greater good and we must...

Smashing Pumpkins Festival 2023

It has been another great year at the Annual Ard Rí CNS Pumpkin Carving Festival. We had a bumper crop of over 170 pumpkins and the theme of categories was broader than ever. We had Day of the Dead, Mexican Style, Minions, Monsters Inc., Star Wars, Sesame Street, Pokemon, Multi-Sports, Classic Carving, Farmyard, Skyscrapers and Country Landscapes, Harry Potter, ‘Spa Day’ Pumpkins and plenty of other very scary and very pretty designs. Well done everyone! We hope you all had fun taking part in this family-based challenge. While this competition is not about the winning; 6 merits have been selected. We will formally announce these awards tomorrow. Happy Halloween everyone! Enjoy the...

Election of Parent Nominees to the Board of Management

Dear Parents/Guardians, Further to invitation in October Newsletter, I would like to formally invite all parents to attend the Parent Association Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 24th of October at 7pm in the school. During the AGM there will be an election held where two parents will be selected to join the school Board of Management for the next 4 year term- from December 2023- November 2027. No expertise or experience is required – all you need is the desire to do the best for our school. The process will be as follows: Darragh Roe, as Secretary to the Board, will act as the patron’s representative. At the meeting nominations shall be invited for both a mothers’ panel and a fathers’ panel. Parents may self-nominate and each nominee must be seconded by a person in attendance at the meeting. If there is only one nominee for either panel, the nominee shall be deemed to be elected. If more than one nomination is received for either of the panels, a secret ballot shall be held at the meeting. Two tellers shall be appointed. Each person voting shall have one, non-transferable vote for each panel. The votes shall be counted in public. The election shall be determined on the highest number of votes (i.e. the first past the post system). In the event of a tied vote between nominees the election of the nominee(s) shall be determined by the drawing of lots. However, where the ballot has been conducted at a meeting and where agreed by the majority of voters present and voting therein, the election of the nominee(s) shall be...

Sacramental Preparation

Ard Rí CNS is a multi-denominational school. There is no sacramental preparation at Ard Rí CNS during the school day. Roughly half of our pupils receive the Catholic Sacraments of Penance, Communion and Confirmation. These children attend after-school classes in St Oliver’s Church, Blackcastle. We work in co-operation with Fr Sebi, the Catechetical Volunteers in St Mary’s Parish and our own Catholic parents to support our Catholic children receive their sacraments. The Parish Catechetical Programme (PCP) will begin in the coming month. PCP prepares children in schools, which are not under the patronage of the Bishop of Meath for the Sacraments. It is a 2-year programme to prepare for the Sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion or for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Parents of children in 2nd Class or above are welcome to register their children for Year 1 of the programme to prepare for the sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion. Children in 4th Class or above may apply now for Year 1 of the programme to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation. Enrolment forms can be collected from the parish office or the school office. If you return the form to us we will pass them on to Fr Sebi directly. If your child has completed the Year 1 of either programme you can now register for the year 2 of the Programme to prepare for the Sacraments of First Penance & First Holy Communion or for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Those wishing to join Year II of either programme must apply for admission. Enrolment forms can be collected from the parish office or the school office. If you...

Return to School ’23

August 2023 Dia duit gach duine, The return to school is just around the corner. Preparations are now well underway. Teachers are working hard planning and busy organising their workspaces for the new year. Let’s go! I want to provide you with some quick reminders and updates: School reopens for all pupils on Wednesday 30th August. Classes Senior Infants to 6th start at 9am. Any new pupils joining Senior Infants to 6th come to the school at 9.15am on Wednesday so we can direct you to your new class. New Junior Infants are in school from 10am to midday on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. ‘Drop and Go’ and ‘Park and Walk’ will work as before from day one. The green gates will open at 8.50am. No parents to pass the green gates please. Children will line up with their classmates on yard and enter their classrooms all together at 9am with first lesson commencing immediately. Be aware there are some building works taking place at the Rugby Club. We are putting the final touches on recruitment and teacher allocation. There are a few changes to class teachers. We will notify affected classes directly in the coming days. If you have not already done so; please make €25 payment for Music Generation and Accident Insurance as soon as possible. You will receive a Way2Pay link shortly. School uniform is available through Geoghegans, Trimgate Street. Your child will need a good size school bag, a well stocked pencil case, a lunchbox for a healthy lunch and a reusable water bottle. LABEL EVERYTHING! Extra Curricular Activities: We are delighted to bring...

Rest in Peace Nahyan

Good morning everyone, I am writing because I have a little bit of sad news to tell you all. Our little friend Nahyan, from Senior Infants, died over the weekend. Nahyan was sick for a long time. He had a very rare disease in his brain. Nobody knows why Nahyan had this disease. When he was a little boy Nahyan’s mum Raviha, called him Warrior because he was a brave fighter. He fought the disease with all his strength. Whenever Nahyan was feeling strong he would come to school. Nahyan’s dad Naveed greatly appreciated the fundraising for treatment carried out by the school, the Bravery Award Nahyan received and Nahyan’s birthday celebrations in Huckleberry’s Den. He told us Nahyan loved the school and his teachers but most of all Nahyan loved the warm welcome he received every morning from the children in his class. He minded all the cards and gifts he received from his school friends. They were very special to him. He always wore the coolest clothes and hats and everyone loved to see him coming and to spend time with him. Nahyan’s family are Muslim. They have very strong faith and Nahyan had been on pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca twice in his life. Nahyan’s family prayed with him every day and they believe he has gone straight to heaven. The Ard Ri Community have been invited to attend Nahyan’s funeral. Nahyan will repose at the Mosque in Clonskeagh from 12midday. Any pupils who attend can gather (in full uniform) at the Mosque at 1pm and we will perform a Guard of Honor as...

New Entrants- September 2023

Our first day at Ard Rí CNS 2023 Rang Niamh Junior Infants ’23 Rang Rachel Junior Infants ’23 Well done everyone, All our Junior Infants have had circle time, done some lovely coloring-in, eaten their lunch and played with their friends on yard. They have all been doing really well. Well done to our mums and dads for being very brave also (LOL!). Just before 12 o’clock we will introduce you all to Shelley and Ciara from our Parent Association. They have a welcome letter for you and a little present for all the children to congratulate them on their first big day at school. Happy days, Darragh and all the team at Ard Rí August 2023 Hi everyone, I hope everyone is excited about starting school at Ard Rí CNS on Wednesday 30th August. There is not long to go now. Please read the information below. Our office is now open. If you have any questions please call (087) 1341007 or email [email protected]. If, for any reason, your child will not be coming to Ard Rí please let us know immediately. From September 2023, schoolbooks for children in primary schools, will be provided for free. The books will be ready for your child when they start school. The total cost to parents for school year 23/24 will be €25 per child. You will receive a notification to pay your bill through Way2Pay in the coming weeks. This money will directly pay for:• €18.20 Music Generation (28 music lessons)• €6.80 Pupil Accident Insurance Our school calendar for 2023/24 is now available on our website: click here Our school uniform supplier...