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  • 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.

  • Reminder

The school will be close on Tuesday 26th June at 12 noon for the Summer holidays.

  • 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.

  • April Assembly

  • Early morning warmups as part of Active Week.

  • Jimmy Cooney Cup

Congratulations to our footballers who this week, under the guidance of Ms. Kirwan and Ms. Byrne, have progressed to the semi final of this competition. They beat local rivals Laytown in the recent quarter final. Pictured below are the team preparing for round 3.

  • Easter Raffle

Thank you to everyone who bought tickets for the Easter Egg Raffle in aid of Trócaire.  This year we raised 1,788 euro.Well done to 6th Class for organising and running the event.

  • Buaiteoirí Comórtas Seanfhocail

  • Ceolchoirm

  • Jimmy Curran Cup

Round 1
Réalt na Mara GNS v Donore

This was the inaugural game of the new Jimmy Curran Cup. After the success of the Cooney Cup and Cois Farraig Cup it was the girls turn to show their skills on the pitch.
In arctic conditions the Donacarney girls took to the field to take on the might of Donore. Donacarney took the lead early on with an excellent point from Clodagh Gorman. This set the scene for the first half as Réalt na Mara notched up the score with the assistance of a very strong breeze.
The game was certainly one of two halves. Donore came back fighting in the second half and with the strong wind still blowing they narrowed the score gradually throughout the game. However, the Donacarney girls dug deep, and with great determination saw off the Donore revival.

Round 2
Réalt na Mara v Stamullen
15th Of March 2018
With a win under their belt and a series of training sessions working on the aspects of the game, Donacarney came prepared to Ardcath to face Stamullen.
The conditions were soft and a mud bath was likely. Grace Toolan got Donacarney on the score board with a fine point. This was followed by some beautiful scores from Bronagh Grant and Enya Kelly. Réalt na Mara were playing as a real team and did not let the wet conditions hamper their spirits. Donacarney led 6 points to 2 at half time.
The second half saw several changes, strengthening the team with fresh legs and determination. Beth Dalziel sured up the defence as Kate Ball surged forward to score another superb point and extend the lead.
A stellar performance all round gives Réalt na Mara their second win with s final score of 12 points to 3.
Next up Laytown.

  • 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.

  • February Assembly

During our February Assembly we celebrated the schools achievements on many fronts. Our 5th and 6th class quiz team were presented with their 3rd place prizes after a recent Credit Union quiz in Drogheda.
We also celebrated the runners that took part in the recent Rás in Oldbridge on the 18th February.
Mrs. McCartan presented the winners of the monthly Handwriting Awards with their prizes also.
Lastly Ms. Sorensen and Mrs. Roulstone prsented the winners of the recent Student Council Superhero poster competition with their prizes. Well done everyone.

  • Fighting Words

In March, Ms McGuinness’ second class received an opportunity to attend a ‘Fighting Words’ writing workshop in Dublin. This initiative was set up by renowned Irish author Roddy Doyle with the aim of encouraging young children to become more interested and involved in the writing process. During the workshop the children were treated in many ways as professional writers. They had an opportunity to engage with the creation of a story from the perspective of author, illustrator, editor and publisher. The writing workshop built on content we had covered during literacy lessons in school. The workshop facilitators discussed the important elements of story writing- the creation of believable characters, developing a plot, sequencing events in a story to include a clear beginning, middle and end, and finally, choosing an appropriate title.  The class group worked with a course facilitator to create their main character and story opening. A professional illustrator was also on hand to bring the children’s story to life through art! After that, the children were given time to write their own ending to the story and create some illustrations. The children then presented their work to a (slightly intimidating) editor, who was very surprised to discover that second class girls were capable of creating such an amazing story. He was delighted with their work and so decided to publish the girls’ story! The first part of their story was printed in hard copy and was also made available to read on The children also received a hard copy of their story so far. They will be adding to this as they re-draft and edit their own story endings in class. The children, teacher and parents had a productive and memorable day at ‘Fighting Words’. There may be some future authors, editors, publishers and illustrators in second class. In any case, the girls certainly proved that they can use some fighting words!

  • 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.

  • Donacarney's afterschool Chess Club

  • Grandparents’ Day 2018

We were delighted to invite Grandparents into school on Wednesday to celebrate Catholic Schools Week with us.  It was wonderful to have Fr Noel lead our prayer service.  The children listed all the ways in which their Grandparents help them and indeed the list was long.  All were blessed and uplifted by the readings, prayers and hymns.  It was a great start to our day and Eimear, Michelle and Ciara from the P.A topped it off with the cupán tae ag an deireadh.

  • Catholic Schools Week 28th January - 4th February 2018

Parents/Grandparents of the 6th class girls joined us in a prayer service to celebrate our Catholic School. Our school is a place of love and friendship. It is a place of learning, growing, playing and sharing. Our school family is made up of our teachers, our special needs assistants, our principal, our classmates and all who make our school a special family. We thank you, Lord for our family at school.

  • Science Fair

Congratulations to Ms. Brodigan's 6th class who had a stand at the B.T Young Scientist Awards in the RDS last week. Their experiment was 'Can we lower our recovery time after exercise in just one month?
It was the first time the school has been represented at the Science Fair. Well done to all involved.
Here are a few pics of 6th Class explaining their project to the school at January's Assembly.

  • January's Cultural Assembly.

  • 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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