SCHOOL NEWS in Brief…..

24th   September 2015



Don’t forget – the Parents Association appeal for Syria – at the gate tomorrow morning.

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From the Principal’s desk:


  • Please check for lost property at the gate in the morning. All items left at the weekend will be donated to charity.


  • Class meetings have now finished. Thank you for your attendance. All notes will be emailed before the weekend.


Joan Whelan


From the Board


Welcome back to all returning families and a special welcome to the new families who have joined the school community this year.


As most of you will be aware, the role of the Board of Management is to oversee the day to day running of the school.  The Board is composed of 8 members: the principal, two members appointed by parents, one member appointed by the teachers, two members appointed by the school Patron and two community representatives.   The Patron nominees and the community representative are often also parents of pupils in the school. The current Board took up office in 2011 and is now coming to the end of its four year term.  A new Board will be constituted in the coming months and will take over from December 2015 onwards.  If you're interested in being involved watch out for communications from the Patron in the coming weeks about the process of appointing the new Board members.


Board involvement is just one example of the generous contribution of time and expertise that many parents make to the school. RMDS is also very fortunate in the financial generosity of parents.  This money is used to fill the gap between government funding and what is needed to provide a high class learning environment for our children. Last year the school raised approximately €54,000 through parental voluntary contributions and a variety of fundraising efforts.    The school is planning to raise a similar amount this year and details of the fundraising plan and the uses to which the money is applied will be communicated to parents in the coming week.


As you are probably aware work on the re-development of Mountpleasant Park is about to begin.  The school, through the work of our principal, Joan Whelan, and a financial contribution towards the re-development plan, has been the driving force behind kickstarting this project.  The pupils were instrumental in designing a play feature for the Park and, because of the generous contribution of parents, the Board is delighted to be in a position to fund this element of the project.  The re-developed Park will be a fantastic addition to the physical environment in which the school operates.


Colm Healy, Chairperson


From the PA:


Thank you to all who came along to the AGM on Tuesday night.  Some calendar dates were confirmed, and the first social and highly competitive Parents Night has been booked in for the 15/16 October.  Details to follow!  Start organising your teams of 4 now!!!


Reminder re the RMDS Refugee Appeal.  Hygiene Packs will be collected at the school gate on Friday morning.  A big thank you to all the classes who have made such lovely posters during art class to highlight the appeal.

Thank you in advance!


Avril Whelan, Chairperson



RMDS School Age Childcare

Information from Caroline Percival on 085-1156506 or email



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Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School,
Ranelagh Road,
Dublin 6.
T: +353 1 496 1722