St Saviour’s NS, Rathdrum, operates under the patronage of the Church of Ireland Bishop of Dublin and Glendalough. The school seeks to provide a climate in which all pupils find encouragement to develop spiritual and moral values, along with personal and social skills and the highest standard of excellence of which they are capable in all aspects of their school activities. The school’s aim is to educate its pupils in accordance with the Christian principles of love and respect for God and for other people.
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You can see all of our news stories on our dedicated news page but here are a couple of the most recent ones.
Welcome back to a new year in St Saviours NS. A warm welcome to our new families and wishing our past pupils all the best of luck in their new adventures in secondary school and university.
You can read our new year newsletter here
Congratulations to 5th and 6th classes and Mrs. Spencer on being selected as national winners of the 2023 Junior Entrepreneur Program for their Bush Craft Boxes business! An enormous amount of work went into the program and the recognition is very well deserved.
St. Saviour’s NS Rathdrum were delighted to be part of the celebration of 50 years since Ireland joined the EU.
On May 8th, we welcomed Senator Pat Casey to speak to 3rd &4th classes about why Ireland joined the EU and the positive impacts of us joining. After Senator Casey addressed the children he was invited to see the children’s European projects. Each child created a project on each of the 27 EU countries and even prepared a food item associated with the country. The remaining school children from other classes were invited to come and attend the exhibition.
On May 9th, we were delighted to welcome Grandparents Tony Buttle and Mary Danaher to present to the children what life was like before we joined the EU and how it changed life in Ireland. After the presentation the full school sang the European Anthem “Ode to Joy” which we learned specifically for the occasion. The singing was accompanied by two 6th class students on the piano – Nina Schmidt and Ciara Ni Cheallaigh. After the beautiful singing we proudly raised the European Flag and planted a tree to remember this special day. Antoinette Doyle, Principal remarked that ” the EU celebration was a great learning experience for all of the children and they loved being part of EU50″.
The Department of Education has issued a memo to all schools for parents and guardians regarding the increased rate of viral infections in children at the moment. You can read it here on our Health Information page.
On Mon 5th December Simon Harris visited St Saviours NS. He spoke with the children about the new extension and how his political career started. We appreciate Minister Harris taking the time to come and visit us.
We were delighted to have our Christmas Carol Service in St Saviours Church on Friday 2nd December. All children from across the school had a role to play in singing, reading or performing. It was a wonderful evening of prayer and song. A super way to start the Christmas season.
On Tuesday 29th November the full school travelled to the Gaiety Theatre to see the Jungle Book pantomime. It was a wonderful show and everyone had a super time.
We were delighted to welcome the Most Reverend Dr. Michael Jackson to officially open their new extension. The new extension includes two new classrooms and a new ASD class. The ASD class is called “The hub” ,now has a bright airy teaching space, sensory room, a kitchen and lots of new resources. The new classrooms are for 5th & 6th and 2nd classes and a new lift was also installed. The opening event took place on Tuesday 15th November in St. Saviour’s NS hall. The school welcomed past & present families, colleagues from local schools and members of the local community. During the service, the Most Reverend Dr. Michael Jackson addressed the congregation complimenting the children on their wonderful singing, reading and playing piano. Mrs Doyle welcomed the Archbishop and thanked him for taking time to come and visit the school. Mrs Doyle thanked everyone for their support during the building project and talked of how pleased & proud she is of the finished school.
The service also included ribbon cutting with the student council/members of the Hub and a tree planting with the active flag committee to remember the special day.
On Sunday 2nd October the St Saviour’s Vintage Day took place on Sammy & Joan Woolmington’s farm. The lovely weather attracted a large audience to the event with over 200 cars in the car park during the day. The Vintage day had an impressive selection of tractors and cars as well as welly throwing, geese, bottle stall, bbq, guess how many sweets in a jar, bric & brac, face painting, guess the weight of the lambs, guess the weight of the pigs, prize winning sheep, tea & coffees, cake stall, plant stall, book stall, pre-loved clothes stall, pony riding and children’s races. Everyone there commented on the lovely atmosphere which was greatly added to by the beautiful music of Chiara Clear who is our music teacher in St. Saviour’s NS and a renowned local musician. There were amazing sponsored prizes in the raffle which was greatly supported and congratulations to all the winners. Antoinette Doyle, Principal St. Saviour’s commented “It was a great day for our school and wider community. Everyone seemed so happy to be at the vintage day and the lovely weather made it even better. On behalf of the school we would like to thank Sammy & Joan Woolmington for their generosity in allowing access to their farm and also to thank the staff and parents who worked so hard on the day. We would like to also thank the Irish Vintage Society for their support. All proceeds from the day go directly to St. Saviour’s NS. We thank everyone for their support
Summer End of Year Party.
We were delighted to have our Summer end of year party. First we went to the Church for a service and then we followed with a lovely party in our garden. It was a special evening of chat and song. See all the photos on our News page
2nd March 2022
Mrs Binions’s Retirement Day.
On Friday 18th Feb we had a very special day to celebrate Mrs Binions’ long teaching career of nearly 36 years. We had a service, pottery and full school assembly where we sang, read memories and presented gifts. We wish Mrs Binions a happy and active retirement. You can see all the photos from the day at this link.
28th February 2022
Today’s school newsletter can be accessed from our newsletters page here
24th February 2022
The latest Covid 19 advice document from the Department of Education has been uploaded to the Covid 19 page here.
17th January 2022
We’ve uploaded the latest advice on isolating from the HSE. There are guides for both children and adults. You can read them on our Covid 19 resources page.
19th January 2022
There’s a helpful chart on the Covid-19 resources page for deciding which measures apply to the various scenarios under the current guidelines.