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Home Learning during Coronavirus Closure

Please watch this video message to parents during Covid-19 school closures from Pairic Clerkin, CEO of the Irish Primary Principal’s Network. 'Schools will continue to support children with their learning but they do not wish to cause any further anxiety for parents.'

RBS staff feel that this message is especially important following on from the Taoiseach's introduction of emergency legislation on Friday 27th March. The radical and intensive actions announced are aimed at saving as many lives as possible in the days and weeks ahead. It will be a difficult time for all of us and we want to be sensitive to the fact that households (pupils and staff) may be dealing with illness and other stresses linked to this uncertain time. Please find links below to two letters detailing some advice in this area (one for pupils and another for parents).

Please remember that the most important job we, as adults, have at the minute is helping our children and pupils feel safe and secure.

Beir bua agus beannacht,



Letter to Pupils 30th March 2020

Letter to Parents 30th March 2020


Thank you to Clan na Gael GFC!

There was great excitement in the school when the new football strip was unveiled! The full strip, which includes a modern jersey, shorts, socks and matching training top, was generously sponsored in its entirety by our local GAA club Clan na Gael!!

Pictured with the boys below is Niall Weldon (Chairperson) and Cormac Woods (Treasurer). We wish to extend a special word of thanks to Cormac, who was involved in the design and printing of the strip. He also managed to get us bibs, water bottles and embroidered kit bags.

The boys wore the strip with pride as they competed in a blitz in Stabannon with their coach Mr McArdle (Third/Fourth Class Teacher). It was no doubt the first of many outings for the boys in the new strip!! #clangobeoclangodeo












New Basketball Strip Unveiled

There were emotional scenes in Redeemer Boys' School this week as the new Basketball Strip was unveiled. Mr N.McArdle revealed to everyone that the design chosen was that of Matthew Hutchinson, one of our 6th class leavers. Mrs Hart and Ms Bolger's stepfather, Michael Martin, sadly died last year and a generous donation was subsequently made by their mother to the school to fund this kit in its entirety! We are truly blessed that the boys will now compete wearing this strip emblazoned with the powerful message of "Anything is possible in this lifetime, never give up", a direct quote from Michael himself. Mrs Hart and Ms Bolger's mother will visit the school next week to see the boys off as they travel to Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan to play a match and officially launch the new strip!


Gavin Glynn Foundation Fundraiser 2019

We were absolutely delighted to present John Glynn, from The Gavin Glynn Foundation, with a cheque for €3,555. Thank you to the entire school community, and indeed the wider Redeemer community, for supporting this initiative. We wish John and his wife Jayne every success in continuing Gavin's legacy and helping other children and their families in Ireland while they battle cancer.


Silver Award Winners in Eco-Tribes 2019

What a great impression the The Green Redeem Team made in their first year of participation in Louth Tidy Towns Together coming in with an impressive score of 86%. Actively partnering with Dundalk Tidy Towns our Eco Tribe developed a lovely herb garden in the residential area at the back of the school. The judges were very impressed with the very professional PowerPoint presentation which highlighted the success of the proposal from start to finish and at the thought that had gone in to developing a Maintenance Plan that involves local residents as well as the pupils. They were also extremely impressed with the support from, and enthusiasm of, parents and local residents who demonstrated great pride in the work undertaken. A play on words was very much a feature of this project with a wonderful rendition of “Are you going to pick some herbs” to the air of “Are you going to Scarborough Fair “ and the brilliant incorporation of of the word HERBS in our sign: Here for Everyone from Redeemer Boys School ! Well Done The Green Redeem Team and Dundalk Tidy Towns!

Eco Tribes - Delivering Positive Outcomes in our Towns and Villages!






Féile Dhún Dealgan 2019

Scannán beag de na buachaillí ó Rang a hAon agus a Dó sa Táin (Halla an Bhaile) Dé Máirt. Táimid an-bhródúil asiabh uilig! We are so proud of the boys in First/Second Class for representing the school in An Táin on Tuesday. They were absolutely fabulous! The boys spoke and sang as gaeilge with confidence in front of a packed audience! A huge thank you to Mr McArdle for preparing the boys so well for this performance and also for providing musical accompaniment on the day. Bhain muid tairbhe agus taitneamh as an lá!!


School Excellence Fund

The School Excellence Fund-DEIS (SEF-DEIS) is an innovation of the Department of Education and Skills which enables schools to apply for funding to implement innovative programmes which are context-specific. The overarching aim of the initiative is to improve learning outcomes for young people.

We were delighted to learn of our successful SEF-DEIS application last June. Mrs Murray submitted an application with Dr Morris, the principal of St. Joseph's N.S., which focused on the successful transition of pupils from primary to post-primary and later tertiary settings. Redeemer Boys' N.S. and St. Joseph's N.S. have now formed a cluster with St. Vincent's Secondary School, De La Salle Secondary School and O'Fiaich College. The five schools are working together on the successful project 'Las an tSlí', which is Irish for 'Light the Way.' It is fantastic to be part of this as it means additional funding for the school and we are part of an elite group as only ten clusters were chosen nationwide!!

Taking a collaborative approach to transition, Las an tSlí aims to build meaningful relationships between the child, parents and teachers across primary, post-primary and tertiary sectors to ensure that transitions to post-primary, and later tertiary occur in a routine way, over time rather than being abrupt transitions. 

This project aims to:

•Create safe and successful pathways for confident, connected learners 

•Gain a greater understanding of the academic, emotional, social and cultural challenges students (and parents) face during their transition to post-primary.

•Articulate and attend to those challenges by developing supports in a collaborative, systematic, cross-curricular way with primary, post-primary and tertiary sector practitioners

•Focus supports on class levels 4th-6th in primary and 1st  year post-primary(early intervention –type support)

•Scaffold the child’s educational journey by focusing on key basic skills in information processing, critical thinking across primary language and SESE curriculum

•Scaffold the child’s cultural journey by focusing on basic drama and theatre skills that will: promote key basic skills in communicating and working with others; develop an awareness of cultural contexts; and ensure that learning outcomes are grounded in relationships connected to family and community

•Provide focused support for parents 

Below is a short video of a recent trip to St.Vincent's Secondary School for a Coding Workshop.


Aistear in Infants

Junior and Senior Infants have great fun learning through play during Aistear each day. Aistear is the childhood curriculum framework for all children from birth to six years in Ireland. As early childhood marks the beginning of children's lifelong learning journeys, this framework is called Aistear, the Irish word for journey. The Framework uses four interconnected themes to describe the content of children's learning and development: Well-being, Identity and Belonging, Communicating, and Exploring and Thinking.

The aim of Aistear is to help every child to grow and develop as a competent and confident learner. Ultimately, according to Aistear, early childhood care and education must support a child's sense of well-being.

Aistear tells us that engaging in play is good for children's health and well-being. It is a way of creating community so that children develop a sense of identity and belonging. It is a way of communicating and exploring and thinking. Have a look at our video!

Peace Proms 2019

Another fantastic show at the Peace Proms - Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland in the RDS, Dublin. A special well done to all the boys who took part, your hard work and dedication paid off, you were terrific. We can't wait until next year!


Our Sensory Room is finished!

We are delighted with our new Sensory Room. A Sensory Room is a specially designed room which combines a range of stimuli to help children develop and engage their senses. These can include lights, colours, sounds, sensory soft play objects, aromas all within a safe environment that allows the child using it to explore and interact without risk. Have a look at the photos below...





KiVa Kick-Off

It was all happening in Redeemer Boys' N.S. on Friday 28th September as we had our 'KiVa Kick-Off' event!! We are making bullying prevention a priority by implementing this evidence-based Finnish anti-bullying programme. It has been brought to Ireland by 'The Genesis Programme' and we are part of the first cohort of schools to be trained in the programme, one of two schools in Dundalk! The teachers will now begin exploring the various themes with the pupils. Parents will be invited to an information meeting in October.

On 20th November, Universal Children's Day, the KiVa Anti-Bullying Programme was officially launched at an event in the Crowne Plaza. It was a wonderful day, which quite rightly saw the children placed at the centre of proceedings. It is truly a privilege to be part of this move, which is in response to what parents see as the biggest concern they have for their children. We are immensely proud of the group of 20 boys who attended the event and represented the school so well on stage in front of a packed hall!!


Green Flag Success!

Mrs Hart, Mr McArdle and two Fifth Class boys travelled to the City North Hotel on Thursday 17th May for the annual Green Schools awards ceremony. We are delighted to announce that they were presented with a Green Flag for Energy! Within the theme of Energy we looked at the steps which could be taken to reduce energy consumption in our school. Additionally, the Green Schools Committee (of which the two boys are members) raised awareness around climate change issues, the use of energy in our lives and where energy comes from. Thank you to Mrs Hart and Mr McArdle for promoting this initiative and supporting the boys throughout the process. 

New Playground!!

Our wonderful playground has now been installed and all pupils in our school are already enjoying the benefit of it. School staff, parents and friends along with Redeemer Celtic Fitness and Well Being Club are excited and motivated to be participating in 'Hell and Back' on Saturday 16th June, in County Wicklow to help fundraise for this wonderful addition to our school. We are looking for your support in this community event.
Sponsorship cards will be sent home with pupils this week and we are encouraging all families to support this much needed fundraiser. TOGETHER WE ACHIEVE MORE!

Coding Ireland's Pilot Programme

We are delighted to announce that Redeemer Boys' N.S. has been chosen as one of six primary schools nationwide to take part in Coding Ireland's Pilot Programme.

In today’s ever evolving world, technology and IT skills are now more important than ever. We are very excited about this opportunity to introduce coding to our pupils. Coding can be extremely engaging, teaching computer science, maths, social skills, teamwork, and problem solving in a way that pupils can easily relate to.There are also additional benefits for pupils with Special Educational Needs.

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