Confirmation 2017

Confirmandi 2017

On  Friday , 10th March last a very special occasion took place in St John Paul 2 church Raheen.Monsignor Joe McGrath officiated over the Confirmation of 20 fifth and sixth class pupils. The children were prepared with care and dedication by Ms. Bernie Murray Ryan.

In his homily , Monsignor McGrath assured the children of the help of the Holy Spirit throughout their lives. He told them that ” their futures were not yet written ” and that it was up to each and everyone of them to use the gifts of the Holy Spirit to shape their own futures successfully.

The children  were prepared with care and dedication by their teacher Ms. Bernie Murray Ryan.The first reading, read by Ella Furlong, preceded the Responsorial – sung by Mark Furlong, Sinéad Moore and Adam Cullen. The main choir was made up of children from Rang 3/4, who sang their hearts out with reditions of ” Tongues of Fire” ” Veni Creator Spiritus” and the very moving ” Child’s Prayer”.

The prayers of the Faithful were recited by Nell,Cameron, Liam , David and Ciara .The offertory was presented by Ben, Nathan ,Ellen, Grace, Cathal Dean, Claire, Ryan Jamie and Emily. A very effective Communion reflection was read by Philip Wickham, with the assistance of all his classmates.

Ms Marie Sinnott – parent- read a heartfelt vote of thanks on behalf of the parent body.She thanked  Fr. Jimmy Moynihan for his help and preparation for the special day. Fr . Robert Nolan was also thanked  for his presence.Flowers were presented to Ms. Bernie Murray Ryan and Ms Mary Howlett who compiled the ceremony booklet.

Congratulations once again to all the 2017 Confirmandi and their families!

Entertainment – ” Trolls “

Rang 1 and 2 have been busy with the theme of ” Entertainment ” in recent weeks .

Having studied the terms ” dialogue”, “prompt”, “applause”, “costumes” and “audience”, we decided to make our own theatres from cereal boxes and pieces of material.

We took our recent trip to see the movie ” Trolls” as our inspiration for writing and performing our own mini plays in our classroom !

Take a look at some of our box theatres and characters !

Photos – “All about that Baby “

A big thank you to Mary Browne ( Brownes Photography – New Ross) for sending us these beautiful photos, which were taken on Thursday night, 15th December 2016.

Raheen national school nativity concert ‘All About That Baby’ in Raheen hall.Photo;Mary Browne

Raheen national school nativity concert ‘All About That Baby’ in Raheen hall.Photo;Mary Browne

” All about that Baby “

The community hall in Raheen was packed to capacity on Thursday night, 15th December, as the children of Raheen N. S. presented their extraordinary Christmas concert. During the first half of the show the children rocked the house with lively renditions of Rock ‘n roll, pop, and Disney classics from their recent “ Sing out Loud” experience.  Each class presented a festive poem, and it was concluded with a Christmas medley. The modern  musical “ All about that Baby” was  then presented, under the musical direction of Ms. Bernie Murray Ryan.

The show was created by American Christine Semsen

and to the school’s knowledge, it was an Irish premier !

All 126 pupils in the school were involved in the production which boasted some beautiful songs , and some sterling performances by the senior pupils.The musical was set in Bethlehem just two days before Jesus was born. It had a non-traditional twist, as it featured very cool, talking sheep! Of course, the human characters in the story never heard the sheep talk, so two different perspectives on events preceding the birth of Christ were revealed during the show.

The school would like to acknowledge the work and dedication of Ms. Bernie Murray Ryan in leading the show, Mr. Bill Murray for stage / sound management and Ms. Mary  Howlett for ticket organisation , and of course the children for their infectious enthusiasm.

Well done everyone!


Autumn Arrangements


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Mrs. Quigley’s first and second class finished their study of trees, leaves and autumn activities by making their own Autumnal arrangements last week!

Using leaves, flowers, fruit,  oasis, and wire the children brought in some fabulous foliage from their own gardens and tastefully created their own individual designs.

They took their work home and seemed to be very happy with their own handy work as the

photographs show!!




Beginning of Year Mass


On Friday September 23rd , the pupils, parents and staff of Raheen National School gathered to celebrate the Beginning of Year school Mass in  the church of St. John Paul the Second. Fr. Jimmy Moynihan welcomed all present and proceeded to bless bottles of holy water for the pupils. The children took these to their homes , to be placed in their “sacred space”.

The readings , psalm and prayers of the Faithful and a beautiful reflection were read by pupils while the choir sang some of their old favourites! Before Mass ended Fr. Jimmy read the Student’s prayer with us.The school bags were then held aloft and blessed  with  holy water. We hope and pray that this school year will be a happy , healthy and rewarding one for the whole school community – le cúnamh Dé.