From the Principal’s Desk…. 

A reminder that the Christmas Concert will take place this Tuesday, 20th December here in the school as follows: 

9.30 a.m: Junior Infants, Senior Infants, Rang 1 and Rang 2 

11.00 a.m: Rang 3, Rang 4, Rang 5 and Rang 6. 

Jackie has asked me to mention to you that the clampers are keeping very busy around the school these days! So please be careful if parking on the day of the winter concerts. Please make sure you are parked legally and have paid (enough!) before you come in! 

I would like to thank the PA – and in particular the Christmas Fair and Christmas Tree Committees for all the work that went into making the Christmas Fair such a wonderful day this year for all the family led by Eimear Marrinan (Aoibhinn - SI’s mum), Gráinne Fahey (Edie – R5, Iris - R4 & Tara – SI’s mum), Lorraine Hackett (Edith - R5, Toby - R4 & Stella - R2’s mum), Rachel Sirr (Romy - R5’s mum) and Oscar Carolan (Noah – R6, Jake – R4 & Luke - R1’s dad) and supported by so many of our wonderful parents. The time, energy and planning does not go unnoticed and is so very much appreciated! Well done to Rang 6 who displayed excellent entrepreneurial skills through the setting up of their impressive stalls. Thank you to our beautiful choir who performed on the day and to Therese Coogan & Aoileann Farley for their dedication and hard work with the choir over the year. It really added a special touch to the whole day! 

Thank you also to the PA for enabling us to take a trip to the cinema this week. It was a really lovely day, and a chance for the whole school to partake in a treat together. 

A reminder that school will close for the winter holidays this Wednesday, 21st December at 12pm and reopen on Thursday, 5th January 2023. 

I will be taking some leave after Christmas for a few weeks and will be leaving you in the capable hands of Paul Fairbrother who will be Acting Principal, and Aoileann Farley who will be Acting Deputy Principal until my return after the midterm break. 

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a really lovely Christmas with your family and friends. I hope it is a restful, peaceful and enjoyable break. 



From the Board of Management…. 

The BOM congratulates Maria Dillon and Therese Coogan on their recent appointment to the two Assistant Principal II positions and wish them every success in the same. An unannounced Incidental School Inspection from the DES took place recently. Feedback from the inspection was very positive. We would acknowledge the work of the staff in this regard, and thank them for their dedication. 

The formal annual review of the Anti-Bullying Policy has now been completed by the BOM. As usual, there will be a focus on Anti-Bullying Awareness throughout the month of January. The BOM formally welcomes Sarah Reid who has joined the BOM as the Mothers’ Parent Nominee. 

There will be a lunch option available to all children from mid-January, through ‘The Lunch Bag’- Further details will follow on return to school after the winter break. 

Thanks to all who were involved in the hugely successful Christmas Fair, including the Christmas Tree selling. 

Finally, the BOM wishes to thank the school community for their ongoing support in 2022, and would like to take the opportunity to wish all a very Happy Christmas and New Year. 

From the PA…. 

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out last weekend to support both the RMDS Christmas Fair and Christmas tree sales! We made a whopping 10k for upgrades for the school including upgrades to the yard and outdoor equipment. This will have huge benefits for every child in the school and this work will be carried out in the coming year. In particular, a MASSIVE thanks to all of the volunteers on the day, and those that helped organise, manage stalls, manage volunteers, put away equipment and set up! Without you the Fair wouldn't have been possible - Santa really does have a great group of elves! And of course how can we forget the School Choir, AND our wonderful Rang 6 who completely WOWed us on the day. You should all be so proud! 

To close us out, the rChristmas Raffle has now taken place and the prizes and winners are below. Prizes will be put in school bags on Monday, or we would ask if you won something other 


than a voucher that you collect from the office on Monday. Thanks everyone, and have a wonderful break. See you next year for the Fair 2023!! 

Santa and his Elves

Name  Raffle Prize Winners  Class
3FE  Coffee & Aeropress Lennon Darcy  Seniors
Blooming Amazing Florist  Voucher Senan Guiney  R6
Bunsen Burger  Voucher Louise Tierney  R5
Butlers 500g box of chocolates & Scoop 

Voucher Joey Scullion 

Cinnamon  Voucher Tiffany Freedman  R3
Clayton Hotel Dublin 

Clayton Hotel Dublin 

Clayton Hotel Limerick 

1 x weekend stay vouchers Mary Connery 1 x weekend stay vouchers Sarah McNamara 1 x weekend stay vouchers Faye Healy  SI 



Donnybrook Fair 

Emer Rogers Jewellery

Hamper Grainne Fahey 

9 carat Gold earrings, handcrafted 

by Emer Robers Eddie Ryan 




Flavour of Italy 

Voucher Aoife O'Brien Cooking Class Voucher Nora Corcoan  R1 


GMale  Voucher Conor Kremin  R1
Hillarys Nails  Voucher Ann Ungvarsky  R2
Host  Voucher Izzi Geoffroy  JI
Joys Flowers  Voucher Luke Carolan  R1
Michie Sushie  Voucher Tom Griffiths  R6



My Pilates Partners 6 months subscription to on 

demand Roshan McPartland 

Nightmarket  Voucher Eilí Hanley  R3
Oslo  Voucher Alice Carson  R1
Oslo  Voucher Aimee Lenehan  R2
Pizza Yard  Voucher for 1 Yard Pizza Dylan McCluskey  R5
Redmonds  3 Bottles of Wine :) Rachel Sullivan  JI
Scoop  Voucher Ciara Loughrey  JI
Scoop  Voucher June O’Leary  R3
Siam Thai 



Swan Centre Leisure 

Voucher Calin Naci Cusack Voucher Sadie Kate Egan Voucher Ella McGrath One Month Family Membership Aoibhin Marrinan  R3 




Tap House  Voucher and a Bottle of Whiskey! Estelle Delaney  R4
The Blink Bar  Voucher Téo Hanley  JI
The Company of Books  Voucher Robin Storey  R1
The HIll Pub  Voucher Vanessa Webb  R2
The Village Barber  Voucher Iarla Brooks  SI
The Yoga Hub  Voucher Lisa Murphy  R4
Urban Health  Brunch voucher Anna Coote  SI
Wilde & Green  Voucher Jonah Flanaghan  SI
XPert Hardware  Voucher Rachel Murray  R5



Enjoy this little snippet of the day in pictures….. 

From the Green Schools Committee.... 

Green Schools Tips 




Use pieces of fabric to wrap presents and save the pieces for following occasions. It's how the Japanese wrap presents - look up ‘Furoshiki'. 

Another way to conserve resources is to use gift bags or boxes and hang onto them. 

Plain wrapping paper can be recycled but please remove ribbons and bows beforehand. Foil-based wrapping cannot be recycled and needs to go in the general waste. 


Under normal circumstances it’s hard to judge how much the family will eat at any given meal, and during Christmas, we especially tend to over-cater. 

Leftovers are inevitable but that needn't lead to food waste. have some great ideas for cooking with them. 

Have a great Christmas! 

Roland Ramsden 

Andrea Scott 

Green Schools Committee Parent Representatives 


From the Student Council…. 

The Student Council would like to thank everyone for their support and generosity for this year’s Festive Charities. We raised a wonderful, incredible total of 1871.08 - of which, every cent will be split equally between St. Vincent de Paul and The Irish Red Cross - Pakistan Appeal. Thank you all so very very much! 

General Notices…. 

Review of the legislation that provides for education for children and young persons with special educational needs - Public Consultation 

The Department of Education has commenced a review of the legislation that provides for education for children and young persons with special educational needs. 

The Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004, is often known as the EPSEN Act and provides for the education of children aged under 18 years with special educational needs. 

The purpose of the review is to ensure that legislation on education for students with additional needs is up-to-date, fully operational, and reflective of the lived experiences of students, families and school communities. The review will help develop an understanding of what aspects of the law is working well and whether aspects of it should be amended. 

As part of the review process, a public consultation is taking place. This consultation will seek the views of a wide range of organisations and individuals that have experience with the law and with the services provided under it. It is an important part of the review that the lived experiences of students and families are recorded. 


To achieve this, the Department of Education is sharing the information about the public consultation and the link to the survey with school communities ( The Department especially wants to hear from students and their parents, and from young people who left school in recent years. 

It is vital that the public consultation reaches a large number of people, so that a wide variety of views and experiences of different individuals can be captured. 

The Department is committed to ensuring that the views of persons with disabilities are fully considered in policy making. It will also hold focus groups with parents and students over the coming months. 

When the survey process is completed, the Department will produce a consultation paper, and will run further consultation events. If you would like to be invited to a consultation event, please contact the Department on

Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School, Ranelagh Road, Dublin 6, D06 Y658 

Telephone/Fax: (01) 4961722 E-mail: 

______________________________ Roll No. 19928Q Principal: Rosemarie Stynes 


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