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Hurling and Camogie

Our hurling and camogie season had a bit of a delayed start due to the weather. Both teams had matches postponed because of pitches being unplayable. Thank you to all the boys, girls and their parents for being patient with last minute changes. Hopefully the better weather will stick around for a while. 

Both teams have had a fantastic start, winning their first matches with great results. The hurlers beat St Marys, Saggart and the camogie girls beat St Finians, Newcastle. Great teamwork and skill were shown in both matches which was reflected in the winning results. Most importantly, all players showed excellent attitude and sportsmanship.

Well done to both teams and let’s hope our success continues.


Click below to download the Active Flag work so far this year:

The Active School Flag Document


The Active School Flag is a Department of Education and Skills initiative which recognises schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community, by awarding them with an Active School Flag (ASF). To learn more about the Active School Flag Initiative, visit their website   –  http://www.activeschoolflag.ie

The pupils and staff of Holy Family N.S Rathcoole are working hard together in order to become an Active School. Please take a look below at some of the activities we have been taking part in as we strive to become an Active School.


To kick-start the school year actively we introduced 10@10 where the children have 10 minutes of activity in their classroom every morning. The children love it and it is really helping them to wake up and be more focused for the day. Active lines at small break were also introduced by the Active committee members. The committee members lead classes in a number of different exercises on the line while waiting to be collected from teachers.


Our Active Flag committee members are taking a break from leading the active lines and have become ‘fitness police’. This involves them patrolling the yard in high-visibility jackets encouraging their classmates who are sitting/standing to move around the yard during break time. Committee members in 5th and 6th class have also been assigned the job of storeroom checkers for the last 5 minutes of each day based on a rota. They make sure the P.E storeroom is in order and every item is in its right place for classes the following day. We are continuing our 10@10 in the classroom every morning and introducing active lesson transitions (e.g. 30 jumping jacks) for better focus/concentration during the day.


Children are invited to bring in any awards earned in outside clubs and have their photograph taken to be displayed on the Active Flag noticeboard in the school. Their achievements will also be announced at the monthly assembly by Mr Gavin. Our fitness police are taking a break from their lunchtime duties as we are introducing dance in the hall at lunchtime one day a week for second class to sixth class.


Alongside our active lesson transitions in class Mr Byrne is going to play a song randomly over the intercom a couple of times a week for the coming months to get classes to get out of their seats and drop everything and dance (DEAD). Parents are also invited to join us in a 10 minute walk every Wednesday morning at 9.15 (WOW) around Forest Hills weather permitting.


With the new year beginning we are looking for suggestions on how to make the school an even more active place during the day. Committee members have been asked to collect 3 suggestions for the suggestions box on the active board from their class. Committee members will also carry out a ‘What club are you in?’ survey with their classmates.  10@10, WOW, dance in the hall at lunch time and DEAD will continue for the foreseeable weeks as they have been very successful in contributing to the children’s activity.


Operation Transformation on RTE1 has launched 3 weeks of new daily 10@10 videos for schools to partake in every morning in class. These are really worthwhile and the children love doing them. Classes are also taking part in a poster competition to promote activity in the school. Each class’s winning poster will be displayed in the P.E hall for the rest of the year. Cross country trials are taking place in Rathcoole Park for our runners this month. All children from Third to Sixth will walk to the park and are encouraged to take part in the trials for the exercise.



Active Flag activities in our school




Blue flag news



The girl’s vision of playing in Croke Park sadly ended yesterday on Monastery Road. Having already had well earned victories over St. Finians New Castle and St. Mary’s Sagart and being marginally beaten by Scoil Chronain in the last group game we were still given a chance in the quarter final of the cup. The girls were up against a tall, strong side from Our Lady Queen of Apostles Clonburris and up until the last 5 minutes when a soft goal snuck into the corner of their net it could have went either way. Despite very wet and windy conditions it was a fast-moving and exciting game from start to finish. Clonburris got an early goal to lead but we came back with some cracking scores from Saoirse Murphy, Susie Cronin and Anna Magliozzi. At half time the sides were level and Saoirse got another key point which had us in the lead for the majority of the second half. The backs had a tough job throughout the match with Hannah Byrne particularly showing great bravery. Unfortunately when Clonburris’s third goal came to put them ahead they built on this and got another goal soon after leaving the scoreline at 4-1 to 1-5. The girls were devastated but did themselves and the school very proud. Well done to the team for their fantastic attitude, effort and enthusiasm throughout the season.


4 Corners GAA tournament Girls team

The girls team won the 4 corners Gaelic football tournament last June for the 3rd year in a row & the credit union sponsor the cup. Scoil Cronán won the boys. Past pupils Sophie Simpson, Molly McGlynn & Amalia Svarsiuc & Meaghan Quinn from the current 6th class. And of course Peter Elliot 🙂 

The boys football team have had mixed fortunes on the playing fields this past week. On Thursday 21st September, they lost a cracking game against Sacred Heart NS, Sruleen on a scoreline of 3-11 to 3-9. The teams were very evenly matched throughout. Sacred Heart led at half time by 3-6 to 3-3 with Holy Family’s goals coming from Lee McConnell, Dean Simpson and Jacob Comiskey. It was score for score in the second half but unfortunately, we just came up short despite a great effort.


Team v Sacred Heart: Kyle Maguire; Jamie Moore, Aaron McCusker, Tony Ashby; Kyle Humphries, Ben Ratcliffe, James Dignam (0-1); Lee McConnell (1-3), Conor Quinn (0-1); Dean Simpson (1-2), Cillian Byrne, Jacob Comiskey (1-0); Daniel Kelty (0-1), Shane Manscier, Eoin Keane. Subs: Lee Campbell, Seán Craig, Cormac Dixon, David Idemudia, Seán Mattison, Andrew Millar, Evan.


On Thursday 28th September, we got back to winning ways after a good win over St Patrick’s, Corduff. The old adage that ‘goals win games’ was evident in this game as Holy Family emerged as 7-1 to 2-5 winners. In a keenly contested first half where we struggled for long periods, goals from Dean Simpson, Rhys Bankin and Lee McConnell gave us a two point interval lead. The lads put some lovely moves together in the second half and further goals from Lee McConnell, Rhys Bankin, Daniel O’Kelly and Lee Campbell meant we were travelling back to Rathcoole in high spirits! The backs played especially well in the second half with great performances from Ben Ratcliffe, Jacob Comiskey, Adam Coughlan and Alex Baxter. All 30 lads that were togged got to play a part. We are now through to the quarter finals which are scheduled to be played on the 11th/12th October. Well done to all!


Team v St Patrick’s:

Liam Goodwin; Cormac Dixon, Ben Ratcliffe, Aaron McCusker; Kyle Humphries, Conor Quinn, Jacob Comiskey; Daniel O’Kelly (1-0), Lee McConnell (2-0); Seán Reilly, Dean Simpson (1-0), James Dignam; Seán Craig, Rhys Bankin (2-0), Aaron Brereton. Subs used: Kyle Maguire, Jamie Moore, Ben Noone, Alex Baxter, Adam Coughlan, Cillian Byrne, Jack O’Callaghan, Zach O’Reilly, Lee Campbell (1-1), David Vickers, Travis Moore, Jack O’Connor, Daniel Kelty, Tony Ashby and Eoin Keane.

Green team news


Litter and Waste is our first flag. The Green Schools Flag is a two year programme. We need to be working on this for a year before we can apply for assessment and flag. Therefore 2017 – 2018 will be the year we set it up in our school. It will be monitored and evaluated throughout the year. We cannot apply for the flag until December 2018 and assessment then is March 2019.  While there is a committee it is a whole school approach.

Green Flag meetings will take place in Junior Hall at 12 noon on Fridays. For the moment, they will be weekly but will become fortnightly.

The following items and categories of materials can be placed in our staffroom recycling bin.

Newspapers, Magazines, Paper, Sugar Bag, Computer Paper

Used Beverage, Milk Cartons And Juice Cartons (washed out)

Food Boxes, Packaging Boxes, Cereal Boxes and Kitchen Roll Tubes

Yoghurt Containers, Margarine Tubs, Liquid Soap Containers.

Over 100,000 tonnes of contaminated recyclable material goes to landfill each year. Just one contaminated item can ruin our good recycling efforts!

Make sure you know what shouldn’t be in your recycling bin:

  • Food Waste
  • Contaminated Packaging (greasy, dirty or with residue)
  • Garden Cuttings / Soil
  • Polystyrene (EPS)
  • Liquids/ Oils
  • Glass – bring this to your local bring bank
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment i.e. anything that can contain a battery or a plug
  • Batteries
  • General waste that should be in the General waste Bin

Girls GAA team news

The girls football team had their second great victory recently against St. Mary’s Saggart 8-4 to 0-2 in miserable conditions. They also won against Newcastle by 2 points in a tight game. We hope to continue the winning streak next against Scoil Chronáin and be one step closer to Croke Park.

Boys GAA team news

The boys football team got off to a great start to the year, defeating St Mary’s Saggart on a score line of 5-4 to 1-0. Congrats to James Dignam who has been chosen as the team captain for the year.