St. Brendans N.S., Rathcoole are delighted with the news this week that they have been awarded their 4th Green Flag for Sustainable Travel.
The school has been working for the past two years towards this award, but unfortunately their final event had to be cancelled when schools closed. Instead, pupils from Rathcoole got on their bikes or went on a hike over the past few weeks and headed out to photograph their picturesque “2km Zone” nestled between the foothills of Mushera and the banks of the Blackwater.
Here is the beautiful video they submitted to the Green Schools “Hidden Places” project:
The team at Green-Schools headquarters were very impressed with the application, and extend their thanks to everyone in the school. The Green-Schools committee and the whole school community deserve a huge amount of credit for their efforts – well done on your 4th Green Flag! Green Schools Committee
The pupils and staff in St. Brendan’s N.S. Rathcoole took part in Active Home Week last week. They completed the Toilet Roll Challenge. It was a lovely way to motivate each other to get active and to unite our pupils and staff during this time. Have a look at what they got up to in the video below:
Cullen N.S. Helping Others – Children in Need
61 boxes were filled by the pupils in Cullen N.S.
Well done to all our boys and girls making such a great effort. It was our first time participating in the Shoebox Appeal. A great way for kids to help other kids who are less fortunate and a real ‘eyeopener’ too. Helps the boys and girls realise how lucky they are themselves. Well done to all involved and remember …. “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone”.St. Brendan’s National School Rathcoole also collected 82 shoe boxes this year which are now on their way to make other children’s Christmas very special.
As well as their recent presentation to the Canon O’Donovan Day Care Centre, kudos must go to Millstreet Credit Union who have been sponsoring a number of local schools and organisations. These include : Rathcoole Rovers F.C., Banteer Community Sportsfield, St. Brendan’s National School Parents Association,Rathcoole, Millstreet Athletic Club Willie Neenan Memorial 5 Mile Road Race, Carriganima National School Sensory Garden, and Cloghoula National School.
The best of luck to Ellen from Rathcoole N.S. (#9 below), and Millstreet Camogie Club, who will be playing in Páirc Ui Chaoimh for the Cork Primary Camogie team at half time of the first round of the Senior Hurling Championship, Cork v Tipperary on this Sunday 12th of May. Go n-éirí an t-ádh leat!
St. Brendan’s National School Rathcoole met with HRH Prince Charles at the Irish Naval Base in Haulbowline yesterday when they were on their School Tour. Unfortunately Presentation National School were not so lucky as their School Tour to Mucross for today was cancelled for Prince Charles and Camilla’s state visit there.
“Good News”, the nativity play at St. Brendan’s National School Rathcoole was featured on Radio Kerry’s ‘Horizons’ show on Christmas Eve. You can listen to the play on RadioKerry.ie, or below (from 10:00 to 30:00 in the audio): 
After an epic struggle and with goals galore, Derinagree National School emerged victorious with a goal to spare over a gallant St.Brendan’s Rathcoole National School, in the Rural Schools Football Finals, held today in Rathcoole. Well done to all the teams and organisers for an excellent competition. Final score: Derinagree 5-8 Rathcoole 4-8
The Primary Schools and Community School were today finalising their Team Hope Christmas Shoeboxes, making a huge difference for so many less fortunate children this Christmas. Well done to all the children, parents and teachers who all did a fantastic job:
An inspirational and surprisingly entertaining (sic!) night was had by about 60 parents who arrived on Thursday last at St Brendan’s National School, Rathcoole to listen to a talk by John Lonergan and Caroline Crotty.
John, who was governor of Mountjoy Prison for 24 years, and Caroline, a psychology counselor for teens and adults, gave a refreshing and honest talk titled “Parenting – the challenges and the rewards.”
Both parents themselves, they gave sound advice on many challenges today’s parents face: social media related risks, drugs, peer pressure.
They also focused on simple and wonderful joys parenthood brings. After all you only need two measures to check your children against: health and happiness.
The views they shared were simple and yet so witty and true. They held their audience captivated for the whole time. Serious nods from the parents mixed with outbursts of laughter at real life anecdotes.