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Two RaLET staff members bid farewell to our school last week. Eileen, our lollipop lady, finally hung up her lollipop after nine years of keeping the kids safe crossing the road. We will miss you Eileen, good luck in your retirement!
We also said goodbye to Dermot Higgins, a teacher who has worked in the school for nine years. Dermot was also one of the parents who originally set up the school in 2003. Dermot has been involved in many projects withing the school in his time here. He will be sorely missed and we wish him all the very best in his retirement and in his cycle around the world.
We had an assembly to say goodbye to Dermot and Eileen and some videos can be viewed below.
Junior Infants sang some songs on film.
3rd Class told some poems about Dermot.
4th Class performed a play about Dermot.
5th Class performed a puppet show about Dermot.
6th Class sang a song
All families got the latest school newsletter sent home this week. You can also read all about the exciting stuff that has happened in our school over the past few months by clicking the links below.
We had our first ever Sports Day for All on Sunday 25th June. It was a great success and lots of fun was had by all, children and parents alike. Check out the great photos below!
We got our 6th Green Flag in May and we held a very special ceremony to celebrate the hoisting of the flag on Friday 23rd June. Parents and children gathered outside to listen to some speeches from the Green School Committee and to some performances from the “Ceol le Chéile” Band. Pat Kelly, from Lusk Tidy Towns was also in attendance.
As part of our Healthy Mind Healthy Body week, the kids got to make smoothies. A special thank you to Casey’s Super Valu Lusk for supplying the delicious fresh ingredients free of charge! The smoothies were so tasty!
We’re halfway through the second week of healthy minds and body and the timetable of events is still going strong. On the sports side we’ve had Gaelic football, a GAA blitz, Frisbee, Interschools athletics event and ‘Soccer’ Ciaran came to the school to do multi sports and soccer skills with 2nd – 6th class. Teachers and support staff have organised extra PE lessons to add to the fitness routine and make the most of the lovely weather.
The children are continuing to learn more about mindfulness and relaxation with Tara and everyone is participating in the daily DREAM meditation time led by Iona. Yoga has featured for everyone with either Lynn or Frankie. The adults members of our school community haven’t been left out as they have a chance to attend the mental health evening on Wednesday.
The bikes and scooters were out in force again on Tuesday for the cycle circuit and ‘Walk on Wednesday’ went ahead even though it was a bit wet.
The drumming workshop was a great success and we’ve still got TaeKwonDo, tennis and orienteering to come…
RaLET vs Swords
Although Swords had won the first leg 5-0, we felt we had played very well but just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net. When we faced off for our rematch, Swords were top of the table and were undefeated so far. We needed a win to get through to the quarter finals.
Swords started off very well with an early goal. Then we started to defend well but Swords were still on top. Then we started getting a few passes together. Out of nowhere, Jack took a long range shot that caught the goalkeeper off guard and then it was 1-1! Then it was halftime and it was anyone’s game.
Once the second half started we were on top. It was attack after attack after attack but we couldn’t score. Then a few minutes later we got a free kick. Cian played a perfect ball over the defenders and Aiden ran onto it with a perfect shot lobbing the goalkeeper. 2-1 to RaLET! We defended very well for the rest of the game and got through to the Quarter Finals!!!
Quarter final: RALET vs Scoil Cholmchille Ballybrack
Our boy’s soccer team played very well all year to reach the quarter-final. We travelled to Ballybrack to play against Scoil Cholmchille. The game was played on astroturf on a very windy day. They started stronger but we defended well, with one or two half chances ourselves.
Gradually, we grew into the game and nearly took the lead at the end of the half with a narrow miss from a free-kick from Cian that went just over the bar. An exciting first half ended scoreless.
The second half started well, with both sides having a few chances. However after about fifteen minutes into the second half, Sean poked a ball through to Tadhg who struck low and hard into the bottom corner. RALET had taken the lead!
The last five minutes were hectic with us having chances to put the game to bed, but with just three minutes to go, they hammered the ball past Oran, who had been excellent in goals all afternoon. The match ended 1-1 and so went to penalties.
After some fantastic penalties we lost a thrilling penalty shoot-out. A disappointing end to a fantastic year which in RALET’s first season having a football team saw us reach the quarter-finals.
Report by Tadhg Gaffney, 5th Class
Congratulations to RaLET – all our hard work has paid off! Rush and Lusk Educate Together National School has achieved a Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Plaque of STEM Excellence for the 2016/17 academic year.
It is fantastic to see all of the science, technology, engineering and maths work being carried out in our school with such enthusiasm.