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Merry Christmas
We had a festive week this week. The Carol Service for 1st-6th Class in the church was wonderful and got us in the Christmas spirit. Junior and Senior Infants took to the stage for their fantastic Christmas plays.
Merry Christmas to all and may you all have a happy and safe Christmas. Best wishes for 2019 and we will see you in the New Year!

Riverdance in Réalt Na Mara
It may not quite be Riverdance but the young dancers were very impressive stepping out in their Irish dance class.  Teacher Ann McFadden has worked wonders with the children already and their aon,do trí are shaping up nicely.  They’ll be all ready to join in on the streets of Drogheda at the Fleadh 2019.

Christmas Fun Day
The children and staff arrived in all sorts of festive attire on Friday for our Christmas Fun Day.  There were reindeers and elves, glitter and glitz, hats and hairbands, and even Christmas trees all lit up.  At ten am a thud was heard in McCullion’s field and low and behold who should appear at the front door, only Santa Claus himself.  Ms. Trench and Ms Mc Quaid were practising their Christmas songs with the Junior Infants in the hall when suddenly the children spotted the red suit of Santa passing in the distance and I’m afraid they couldn’t contain their utter excitement and delight.  Their cheers and shouts resounded through the corridors.
Santa was patient and kind talking to all the children and listening to their requests.  He assured us that all the Donacarney girls and boys were on his good list.  What a relief that was!!.
He got quite a surprise in 6th  where the girls in Ms Brodigan’s class were preparing for their trip to the RDS and decided to include Santa in their “Brain Power” experiment.  Believe it or not Santa got all the answers correct. ( He may have had a little help!)
It was a wonderful day and we may have raised a tidy sum of money for the school funds.  Thanks to the Parents’ Association for their help with organising the day.

St Vincent De Paul hampers
'Tis the season to be caring!  A big thank you to everyone for your kindness and generosity with the St Vincent De Paul hampers.  The student council help to load the van.

December Assembly
The whole school gathered today to pray and prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas.  Frances lit the first candle on the Advent wreath.  Mrs McCloughan told the children about how Advent is a time to love, to forgive, to pray and to think about others.  The greatest gift that we can give at Christmas is love, given freely to us through Jesus and we should also give it freely to others.  Aoife, Taylor, Ava and Kayla lead the readings and prayers about the Wise Men.  We thought about all these things as we sang Silent Night.
Cloistear Gaeilge an mhaith sa scoil mar tá na páistí ag cleachtadh ar dteanga gach lá sna ranganna agus thart ar an scoil.  Thug Bean Uí Raghaillgh teastas do na cailíní atá ag déanadh iarracht mhór an teanga a labhairt gach lá.  Mar a deir an seanfhocal “Is é cleachtadh a dhéanann máistreacht”.
Handwriter of the month prizes were given to a large group of children by Mrs. McCartan and finally we had very good news from both 6th classes in that both entries for the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition were accepted.  Excited cheers from the girls conveyed their delight as they can’t wait to get started!  Well done everyone.

Visit to Duleek library
Mrs Campbell's 5th Class visited Duleek library with novelist Shane Hegarty as they come to the end of The Writer in Residence Programme.

Gaelic Football Training
Some of the girls from 5th and 6th Class took part in football training in Colmcilles before school during September and October. The girls thoroughly enjoyed their training with Ms Byrne and Niall. Training is taking place in the school hall for the Winter and will return to Piltown after the Winter.

School Book Fair
It was wonderful to see that in this the age of screens, children and parents can still appreciate the value in reading a good book. The book fair was organised by Ms Trench and we are extremely grateful to her for the enormous amount of work she put into ordering, collecting money and delivering a fantastic number of books to excited children.  A mammoth task, but well worth the effort.  Míle buíochas to the parents who came in and gave their time each day also.  The Book Fair was very successful this year and it means that the school benefits by getting more books for our classes.  

Science Week in Réalt na Mara GNS 2018
All of the girls in Réalt na Mara have been budding little Einsteins during Science Week 2018! Junior infants, senior infants and first class were given the opportunity to discover kinetic energy through looking at roller-coasters and go-karts with Scott Ziglinsky (Mr. Z) from Elementary Engineering.  The girls were treated to a fun and exciting workshop in the school hall where they were actively involved in their own learning and the girls thoroughly enjoyed it!
We continued our Science Week activities with a scientist visit from Niamh who was from the company Anyone 4 Science. She did workshops with second, third and fourth classes based on the topic ‘fun with forces’. The girls investigated the strength of jelly sweets. They girls had some ‘hands-on’ fun while learning and using their scientific skills at the same time!
Fifth class girls were busy working on solids and liquids and investigating their properties. They worked in groups to create a substance that is both solid and liquid! Some of the predictions didn’t always work out but that is what science is all about – experimenting!
In sixth class some of the girls were busy working on their electricity skills, making electronic circuits and designing electronic quizzes. The girls are also busy finalising applications for the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition which takes place in January in the RDS in Dublin.
All of the girls received a special Science Week pencil or ruler to keep, in recognition of their hard work. What a fantastic week we had during Science Week 2018 in Réalt na Mara!

Team Hope Shoebox Appeal
We would like to say a very sincere thank you to all the girls who brought in a shoebox and to their parents who helped to fill the boxes. The girls were very generous and we collected a grand total of 201 shoeboxes! These will be given to boys and girls in various countries, who are not as privileged as we are. It is so important to share what we have with those less fortunate, especially in the run up to Christmas. Thank you to the Student Council, Ms Sorensen and Mrs Roulstone for organising the Shoebox Appeal this year.

Beach Walk
What a fantastic day and what an amazing turn out for the annual sponsored walk on Bettystown beach.  Spirits were high as pupils set off in pursuit of that elusive “homework pass”.  Mums, Dads, sisters and brothers along with a barking array of dogs participated in a delightful community effort to raise funds for our schools.  Comhghairdeas do gach duine agus buíochas mór daoibh go léir.  
A special word of thanks to the Parents’ Association for their hard work in organising the event so well!

Garda Band visit
We were treated to a very special performance from the Garda Band on the 24th October. We got to sing along to Ed Sheeran, Baby Shark, Frozen, Ghostbusters and many more. The atmosphere was fantastic and everyone enjoyed it. Even the teachers got up to perform Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!


  • Dates for your diary

  • Carol Service for 1st-6th Class will take place on 18th December at 7pm in Star of the Sea Church, Mornington.

  • First Confession: Will take place on Tuesday 19th March, 2019 at 7.30pm in Star of the Sea Church, Mornington for the children taking part in the First Holy Communion Sacrament.

  • Confirmation: Will take place on Wednesday 27th March at 3pm in Star of the Sea Church, Mornington.

  • First Holy Communion: Will take place in Star of the Sea Church, Mornington on Saturday 11th May. Donacarney GNS at 10am and Donacarney BNS at 12 noon.

  • September Assembly

Mrs McCloughan welcomed our new Junior Infants and the new students that haved joined throughout the school. She also welcomed new teachers Ms Duffy, Ms. Lynch and Ms. Smith.
Mrs. Campbell's 5th class did a drama based on the bible story 'The Wedding of Cana'.

  • Sports Day 2018

  • RSE Policy

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RSE Policy

  • Cake Sale

Our Cake and Plant Sale was held in the school hall on Wednesday 13th June. This event was a great success and a total of €2555.00 was raised. This money  will be spent on gardening equipment and tools, and on resources for the ‘Aistear Integrated Learning through Play Programme” in Junior and Senior Infants.
A big thank you to all the children and parents who baked yummy treats and cakes, and who supported us on the day.
Thanks to the 6th class girls and their teachers Ms Brodigan and Mrs Mc Cartan and SNA Lucy who manned the stalls so efficiently, definitely some budding entrepreneurs in their midst.
To the parents who helped with our coffee morning we thank you for your support. Thanks to Ms Mc Manus, SNA Richella Mathews and the Green School Committee who worked hard in potting and planting herbs and flowers from the school garden. I hope Mums and Dads got a chance to enjoy a cup of camomile tea later on in the day.
We would also like to express our gratitude to all parents and local businesses who generously provided prizes for our raffle.
Below is a list of all of our lucky prize winners and our sponsors.

Prize Winners  

Fuschia Hamper – Emma Adams            
€50 voucher LaunderLand  Bettystown – Bronagh Grant
Fruit  & Vegetable Hamper  -  – Maizie Overton
Hanging Basket – Holly McDonald
Dinner for two in The Boyne Valley Hotel – Chloe Gunning
Baby’s First Suitcase – Audrey Cushen
Handbag  –                   Hannah Lynch
Overnight stay in The Village Hotel – Emma Parks
€50 voucher from Harry’s Centra – Lily Nolan
voucher  for Glow Hairdressing Salon – Ms Kelly
Afternoon Tea in City North Hotel – Marie Darcy
€50 voucher from The Black Bull – Ms McManus
€50 voucher from Callaghan’s Butchers – Dora Bradvica
Voucher from Relish  – Holly Lambert
€20 voucher from Dunnes Stores – Laurena Profin
€20 voucher from The Lime Kiln – Yasmin Rasheed
€25 from Borzalino’s – Sophie Doyle
€25 voucher from The Glenside Hotel  – Maeve Mullen
Aura Family Swim Pass – Jenny Allen, Grainne Poole,
                                              Maya Perez, Clodagh Smith, Evan Reid.
€15 voucher from Nan’s Bakery – Mrs McCartan
Burke’s Pharmacy Hamper – Kim O’Toole
Flogas pack – Mrs McCloughan.            

Flogas Bar.B.Q Tool set. – Lily Johnson

  • 6th Class Leaving Assembly

On Wednesday last, we bid a sad goodbye to our wonderful 6th class girls. To mark this we had a special occasion where all the girls were awarded a lovely school keyring to mark their time at Réalt na Mara. We also had two awards to present- The Ms Weir Student of the Year and The Mrs Dunne Student of the Year Award. It was a tough decision as all the girls worked hard and behaved impeccably but in the end the awards this year went to Annabel from Mrs McCartan and Christine from Ms. Brodigan's class.
In this assembly we also celebrated those girls who had excellent attendence this year and also 3rd Class were presented with a special award from their school tour in the Cavan Crystal Maze.

  • Drogheda Fleadh 2018

The Fleadh Cheoil is an Irish music competition run by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, a non-profit group. There are various stages to the competition. In Ireland there are county and provincial competitions leading to the All-Ireland Fleadh. This year the Fleadh is being held in Drogheda. Thousands of people from Ireland and overseas will travel to experience and play in the many competitions in music and drama.
To mark this event, Ms. McManus and Ms. Kirwan and their 5th Classes decided to put on a concert. The singing, drama and tin whistle playing was superb and was throughly enjoyed by the school and parents.

  • Talent Show- June 2018

  • Jimmy Curran Cup

There was great excitement last Friday 15th June as the girls of 5th and 6th brought back more silverware to D.G.N.S. The school football team had been taking part in the Jimmy Curran Gaelic football tournament and had reached the final in Páirc Taillteann. The team were successful in their endeavor to win the double as they beat local rivals Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa by 9pts to 6pts. Congratulations to all the team and their coaches Ms. Kirwan and Ms. Byrne. It was a great achievement and we are all proud of you.

  • Thank you

Mrs Roulstone, Ms Sorensen, Ms. McManus and Mrs O'Reilly held an end of year pizza party to thank all the girls from the Student Council and the Green Schools Committee for all their hard work throughout the year.

  • Cumann na mBunscol

All roads led to Navan and Páirc Tailteann on an early sunny Saturday morning where our footballers took to the field to participate in the county finals of the nationwide Gaelic football tournament Cumann na mBunscol. They faced local rivals Duleek in a fiercely fought contest. Our girls led at half time but Duleek never gave up and came back strong but ultimately our girls held on to take the Division 1 title.
Well done to all the girls and their coaches Ms.Kirwan and Ms. Byrne and of course all their fans who made the trip to Navan.

  • Drone Visit

Back in March to celebrate our Seachtain na Gaeilge we were lucky enough to have a drone visit us to take pictures of us as we marked out the Irish word Beo.

  • Communion 2018

Congratulations to all the girls who received the sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday 12th May in Star of the Sea Church, Mornington. They sang and read beautifully. Thank you to all those involved in making the day so special.

  • How Does Your Garden Grow?

With a lot of help from very generous parents and children.  Huge thanks to all who came to help weed and plant in the school garden on Thursday evening.  The beds are now ready to be used by the children.

  • Lá Glas

Lá Glas took place on Wednesday 13th March. The yard was filled with children wearing 40 shades of green, from top hats to trilby hats, sequined hairbands and shamrock accessories, leprechaun t-shirts and stripy green shirts. The girls performed the 'Haka Gaelach' while an aerial photo was being taken.

  • Céilí agus Craic.

Musicians from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann performed on Thursday 15th March in the hall. Teachers and pupils had great fun doing their aon, dó trí and joined in the dancing.

  • Seachtain na Gaeilge Tráth na gCeist.

The girls in 4th, 5th and 6th participated in a Tráth na gCeist organised by Ms De Bruyn on the 7th of March. Teams were made up of children from different classes, and the children listened to the questions over the intercom, and the questions were also displayed on the boards in the classes. The girls had a great time, and made a fantastic effort to answer the questions as Gaeilge. Maith Sibh!! The winning team will be announced on Friday the 16th of March.

  • Rás Na hÉireann 2018

It was a misty, rainy day at Oldbridge but the Réalt Na Mara Girls all turned up to represent their school in the annual Rás Na hÉireann.  For some it was their first race ever!  For others it was their second race at Oldbridge.  These girls should be very proud of themselves, they showed great determination and stamina in the face of stiff competition from local and national running clubs. The conditions underfoot were slippy and challenging but they persevered.  Well done to all the girls who participated, your school is very proud of you. Well done and thanks also to all the Parents and siblings who came to support the girls.

  • Nut Free Zone

Please remember that Réalt na Mara G.N.S is a nut free zone.

  • Department of Education report for Réalt Na Mara Girls' School

We are delighted to share our recent report from the inspection team who visited our school this year in March.  We are proud of our achievements and we will continue to work to maintain the high standards in the school.  I would advise reading the Inspectorate’s Quality Continuum at the end of the report before reading the report as the inspectors are limited in the language used in reporting.
Please click on link below to access report.

WSE Report 2017

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