A date for your diaries!! Scoil Náisiúnta Rae na Scríne will hold an enrolment day on Tuesday 8th March 2016, from 12.30pm until 2pm. Parents and children are invited to come along and look at the bright cheery classrooms and meet the teachers. We look forward to meeting you. If you have any queries contact Mary Ronan on 023-8848000.
Scoil Náisiúnta Rae na Scríne invites people from the community into our school to share their experiences and knowledge with the students.
Monday 25th January, John Kearney from the Baltimore RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) and Ann Deasy from Union Hall RNLI came to visit us. They discussed the importance of staying safe when in or near water. We learnt that you must always wear a life jacket when out on the water in a boat or a canoe. Did you know that you should wear a helmet when you are canoeing or kayaking? Ann told us that if you see anyone who needs help in the water or on cliffs that you should stay on the shore and call 112 or 999. Never attempt to enter the water to help a person in distress as you too could end up in difficulty.
Karen McCarthy, Road Safety Promotion Officer from the RSA (Road Safety Authority), popped into see us on Tuesday 2nd of February and gave a very informative talk on staying safe on the roads. Lots of the children told Karen that they act as the Seat Belt Sherriffs in their cars and no one is allowed to travel without wearing a safety belt! Karen sang the Safe Cross Code song with the children, highlighting how important it is to always be seen, be careful when near cars.
The National Flag for Primary Schools Initiative 2016
Wednesday 18th November 2015 saw our school Scoil Náisiúnta Rae na Scríne presented with our National Flag, a memorable event for all involved. Senior Chief Petty Officer Paul Ryan and Petty Officer Kara Moloney were escorted by a member of the Irish Army to Reenascreena.
Children from Reenascreena Community Playgroup, along with their teacher Fiona Deane attended this ceremony. as did parents of our own students.
Senior Chief Petty Officier Paul Ryan presented us with the National Flag and a copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.
At Scoil Náisiúnta Rae na Scríne, we are aware that not all pupils like the rough and tumble of team games. So for the last five weeks every student at our school took to the golf course!! They were introduced to the techniques of golf and gained skill under the guidance of their coach Adrian of LD Golf Ltd. Wednesdays were much anticipated and the final day found the children creating their own golf courses! Later in the school year the students will attend 10 weeks of swimming lessons, for each student. That is 80 swimming lessons during their time with us. (12th October 2015)
On the 15th of June 2015 S.N.Rae na Scríne went on a wildlife walk up Carrigfadda Hill. Calvin Jones a pupil’s father came with us, alongside other parents. Calvin taught us about the wildlife and all the different birds that were nesting on trees. It was an exciting day for the pupils.
Calvin gave us binoculars to look at the birds that were chirping. It was a long way to the top. You could hear people’s legs creaking and the sun was beaming down on us. We would stop every few minutes for a rest and a drink.
At last we made it to the top, you could see the sign of relief on people’s faces. We sat at the top and ate our lunch, everyone was silent, you could hear the birds chirping and the trees blowing in the wind. The scenery up there was unbelievable and the cool fresh air was blowing in our faces.
We made our way back down the hill. From there we walked back to school, stopping for a history lesson on O’Donovan Rossa. What a day, am memory to keep for sure.
Life is hectic at Scoil Náisúnta Rae na Scríne as the school year draws to a close.
Thursday 15th June was Sports Day, all events were planned by the sixth class pupils. A large crowd attended. At 2pm our Green Flag (awarded by An Taisce) was raised by guest of honour Pádraig Whooley (Irish Whale and Dolphin Group). He praised the pupils for their work in caring for the environment and kept them enthralled with his lively banter.
We were too excited to notice the time passing on the journey up to Cork. It was the 21st of May and the 6th class were going to the Triskel Art Centre in Cork for the Regional final of Our World Irish Aid Awards. We arrived at the Triskel Art Centre after several one way streets and involountary detours. We entered the art centre and were warmly welcomed by a friendly member of staff who showed us to the hall. We were one of the first of 15 schools to arrive but there was already a buzz in the room. Everyone was socialising and mingling. We got changed into our costumes and enjoyed refreshments.
Once everyone was seated the Presenter begain. He welcomed us all to the Our World Irish Aid awards and told us why we were here. Then we had great fun learning a Tanzanian Song with dance moves. By now the atmosphere was much more relaxed. We heard from a Tanzenian man about his experience growing up in Africa. There was a ten minute break were we viewed each others projects. Finally we were awarded with a plaque for making it to the regional final and the three schools who were going through to the national final.
Overall it was a brilliant day and we all enjoyed ourselves.
The Award Ceremony
On May 7th we celebrated the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. We dressed up in costumes from the era, we researched in depth the famous cruise ship. We discovered that a past pupil of Scoil Naisiunta Rae na Scrine, Julia O’Neill, was on board that tragic day, luckily she and her husband survived. Our guest of honour was Denis McCarthy, Julia’s great grandnephew, we read extracts from fictional diaries of passengers. Following the ringing of the bells at 2.10pm, the time the torpedo struck the ship, we held a minutes silence in honour of the 1,198 lives claimed. We received commemorative purple balloons from RNLI, Courtmacsherry, together with 23 names of those drowned. We flew the balloons high, each one tagged with the name of a victim, alongside a lone white balloon remembering Julia.
23 Purple balloons remembering those drowned. 1 White balloon remembering Julia O’Neill.
Our guest of honour Denis McCarthy
On Friday 17th April pupils from 2nd to 6th class to a trip to the Lifetime Lab in Cork. here they engaged in a 3 hour work-shop exploring electricity. They learned how to make electric circuits and they wired a model of a house. Next they made model race cars and even brushes with motors to sweep the floor. An enjoyable, productive day was had by all.
Congratulations to our senior classes who reached the regional finals with their project studying how Irish Foreign Aid monies are spent to help communities in Malawi, Lesotho, Zambia, Tanzania, Vietnam etc. We discovered it helps provide food, shelter and schooling for people in these countries.
We also explained how S.N. Rae na Scríne has supported just-one’s work with street children in Nepal. Representatives of our class will attend the Munster regional finals in Cork on 21st May. We wish them well!
Jim Wilson, RTE interviews the children.
Mooney Goes Wild RTE 1 visited our school on Friday 4th of April 2014 to report on our Electric Hen Project . We have hatched chicks, in our incubator, for Easter for the last three years .There was great eggcitement in the school and wider community when reporter Jim Wilson knocked on our classroom door. Annie Kingston and Cillian Fitzpatrick were spoke-persons for the class, explaining that we successfully hatched 17 out of 24 eggs. 2 died and we had 5 “gluggers” (eggs that had not developed). We know this because we did a Grey’s Anatomy style post mortem on these eggs. Annie’s grandfather; Michael Collins from the shop/Post Office in Reenascreena was the local egg merchant. He collected eggs from local farmers sometimes in exchange for groceries. These were exported to Wales during the war years.
Our interview was aired on Friday and we have received phone calls of congratulations from far and wide from past pupils; from Cork, Dublin, Isle of Man, Australia, U.S.A. and Canada.