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  • 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.

  • Pyjama Day

On the 14th February we had a Pyjama Day in aid of Laura Lynn Children's hospice. This event was organised by our Student Council.  Thank you to everyone who donated to this very worthy cause.

  • Fighting Words

This week Ms. Colgan's 2nd class visited a Fighting Words workshop in Dublin. Fighting Words is an initiative set up by Irish author Roddy Doyle. The workshop focused on the children using their creative writing skills. Each child then returned home with their own book with their own individual ending.
Ms. McGuinness' class will attend workshop on 7th March.

  • Dates for your Diary

-School closed March 5th due to staff training.
- School closed Monday 19th March due to Bank Holiday.
-Easter holidays- school closes at 12pm on Friday 23th March.

  • Donacarney's afterschool Chess Club

  • P.A Spring Newsletter

Spring Newsletter

  • 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.

  • Do this in Memory Mass

The next Do This in Memory mass will take place on Sunday 4th March for 2nd class children making their First Communion this year.

  • Information Evening for Junior Infants September 2018:

Donacarney GNS Information Evening for parents/guardians of Junior Infants starting school September 2018 will take place on Wednesday 21st February at 7.30 p.m.(1 hour) in the School Hall (Parents/Guardians Only).    Please contact 041 9887684 if not able to attend.

If you have moved into the area please contact the school office at 041 9887684 about places for the school term 2017-2018.

  • January's Cultural Assembly.

  • Ms. Ward's afterschool Violin lessons

  • Fun at the Young Scientist in RDS

  • December Newsletter

Please click below to access the newsletter.

December Newsletter

  • Santa visits D.G.N.S

We had very special visitors join us on our final Walk on Wednesday before Christmas. Santa and Mrs Claus took time out of their busy schedule to lead our walk and afterwards visited classrooms to say a quick hello before heading back to the North Pole. A huge thank you to Santa and Mrs Claus.


  • Christmas has come to D.G.N.S

  • Important Date for Diaries.

Please note the school will be closed March 5th 2018 for teacher training for the new Primary Language Curriculum.  For more information on the new curriculum click here.

  • December Assembly



  • Science Week 2017

The children had such an exciting Science Week in our school which was enhanced by lots of visitors.
We started our Science Week activities with a visit from Orla, a Scientist, from the company Anyone 4 Science.  She did workshops  with 3rd, 4th and 5th classes based on the topic of acids and bases. The girls had some hands-on fun while using their scientific skills at the same time.
In second class the girls were busy finding out about Forensic Science from Garda Sergeant McCartan. They found out how the gardaí use Science in their job and the girls got a chance to examine their own fingerprints closely too!
Science coordinator with Discover Primary Science Kathy Haigney visited junior infants to do a workshop on The Science of Sound. The girls had great fun investigating vibrations and how sound travels.
In 6th Class some of the girls were busy working on their electricity skills, making electronic quizzes and they worked on making geysers and rockets too, with the help of carbon dioxide.
Other 6th class girls were busy working on their project on Heart, Health and Fitness for the RDS Primary Science Fair where they will exhibit their findings in January 2018.
Finally senior infants and 1st class were given the opportunity to discover kinetic energy through looking at roller-coasters. Scott Ziglinsky (Mr. Z) from Elementary Engineering gave this fun and exciting workshop in the school hall and the girls thoroughly enjoyed experimenting, hypothesising, testing and concluding while having loads of fun.  What a fantastic way to finish Science Week 2017 in Réalt na Mara G.N.S.


  • Annual Christmas Collection- St Vincent De Paul.

Thank you to everyone who donated items towards the Christmas Hamper collection. The hampers were collected from each class on Monday 4th December.


  • Jersey Day 24th November

On Friday 24th November, we held a Jersey Day to support a past pupil from the Boys' School, Charlie Kelly, who will be travelling to Lesotho as part of a school project to support the people there. He will be linking up with the local development department, to undertake building projects in rural areas of Lesotho, South Africa.
On Friday 1st December, Charlie came in and gave a powerpoint presentation to the girls in 2nd- 6th. The girls were very interested to see where their money would be going and the good it will do for so many people.
A total of 550 euro was raised for this worthy cause so thank you for all your support.

  • Team Hope Shoebox Appeal

The Student Council, along with Ms Sorensen and Mrs Roulstone organised the Shoebox Appeal this year. As always, the girls of Réalt na Mara GNS were more than generous and altogether we collected a grand total of 165 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.

We would like to say a very sincere thank you to all the parents who helped their children fill their boxes, without your support we could not do this, so thank you.

Here are a few pictures of the girls with all the shoeboxes. Also included are Mrs Roulstone and one of our helpers from the Grammar School who collected the boxes.

  • November Assembly

On Tuesday we had our monthly assembly. First of all, Mrs McCloughan read us a story from the bible about Lazarus and she highlighted the fact that November is the time of year that we remember those who've died.
Next it was the turn of the Student Council, led by Mrs Roulstone and Ms. Sorensen, to introduce themselves to the school. They also outlined the work they will be doing this year starting with the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal.
Mrs O'Reilly spoke to us about using Gaeilge in our school day and how on Tuesday 14th Of November it is 'Gaeilge gan stad Day' where we will be aiming to use as much Gaeilge as we can for 24 hours in school and at home.
Our Handwriters of the Month for September and October were presented with their prizes by Mrs Mc Cartan. The standard of writing in the school is very high and we aim to continue this.
Certificates were then presented to those in each class who worked very hard over the last few weeks. The teachers had a tough job picking just two girls in their class. We hope this continues throughout the school year.
Finally Ms. Linden's Art Club was mentioned and their beautiful art work  in the hall admired as two representatives explained how they went about completing it.

  • P.E timetable for 2017/2018

Tennis:       commences for 3rd- 6th on 22/2/18 for 6 weeks
                  commences for Junior Infants- 2nd Class on 19/4/18 for 6 weeks.

                 commences for 4th class on 10/1/18 for 6 weeks.
                 commences for 3rd class on 21/2/18 for 6 weeks.
                 commences for 2nd class on 18/4/18 for 6 weeks.

G.A.A training in school for 1st and 2nd: 28/2/18.



  • Food Dudes.

For tips and ideas for the second phrase of Food Dudes please click on link below.
Tip and Ideas

Parents' Association Minutes
Click on link below for October Minutes.
October Minutes

  • Football team

The last few week our Gaelic Football team have been taking part in the East Meath football tournament. They have played against Duleek and St. Declans Ashbourne. Unfortunately the results haven't gone our way but the girls are enjoying it and doing their school proud. Well done girls.

  • Introducing our new Green Schools Committee.

The new committee has been elected and they are looking forward to maintaining green practices in the school this year.

  • Parents' Association

For minutes of September meeting click below:
September minutes

  • Playground Markings

During the summer, workmen from “Carpark Linings” came in to school and laid out our new playground games.  They worked diligently for two whole days, supervised by Mrs McCloughan so that the games would be just perfect for the children coming back to school.  We have hopscotch, twister, dance class, a football pitch and a large activity trail, all chosen by the children.  Already we see the children being more active in the playground and along with our lovely garden and bench, it’s a delightful environment for all children.  We send a huge thank you to the Parents' Association, who, through their hard work fundraising, were able to finance this new venture.

  • Introducing our new Student Council.

Meet our new Student Council:

2nd Class Ms. Colgan: Darcey
2nd Class Ms. McGuinness: Aoife
3rd Class Mrs. Roulstone: Rebecca
3rd Class Ms. Kelly: Katie
4th Class Ms. Linden: Julia
4th Class Ms. Byrne: Emma
5th Class Ms. McManus: Cara
5th Class Ms. Kirwan: Sophie
6th Class Mrs. McCartan: Clara
6th Class Ms. Brodigan: Grace

  • September's Assembly.

  • Traffic Management Notice.

Please click on link below to access latest notice.
Traffic plan

  • School Milk Scheme


  • School Calendar

Please click on the link below for the 2017-2018 school year calendar.

School Calendar.


  • Healthy Lunches

Please remember we are a school with a healthy lunch policy. We also operate a NUT FREE Zone within the school grounds.

  • Nut Free Zone

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

  • Blessing of our Buddy Bench and Raising our newest Green Flag

  • Bio-diversity Project 2017

The 3rd and 4th class worked this year on a project based on bio-diversity. As a result, they had the opportunity to display them in the Boyne Valley Hotel on Friday 22nd June. The forum on Bio-diversity attracted the interest of Prince Albert of Monoco as he has a keen interest in the subject. One of our girls, Rafaella, even managed to get Prince Albert's autograph.
Down below are pictures of our display and Prince Albert looking at it.

  • Aladdin 2017

Congratulations to all the fifth class girls who, this week, put on a brilliant production of the musical Aladdin. It was an excellent show and the singing and dancing were of a very high standard. Well done girls and to their teachers Mrs McCartan and Ms. Kirwan.  The Broadway and West End better watch out!

  • 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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