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Ethos, History and Curriculum

About Our School

History of the School

The first school in Rathlee was built in 1835 and is now Rathlee's Star of the Sea Church. This school building consisted of a large room divided by a timber partitian into a boy's section and a girls section. There was a male principal and a female principal in the respective sections. Each section had an assistant teacher, making it a four-teacher school. There were approximately 150 children enrolled in the school, but the average attendance was 59.



In 1926 this school was replaced by the new school, where we are housed today. The new school had two large rooms, and the boys and girls were amalgamated. It is reported that the girls cried for two whole days because the boys were allowed into their classrooms. Clooneenmore School amalgamated with Rathlee. As numbers dropped at Rathlee, it became a three teacher school.



In 1989, the school was refurbished and a classroom, staffroom and indoor toilets were added. In 2005, due to an increase in numbers, Rathlee again became a four teacher school, and a portacabin was added to the school buildings.



School Ethos

Rathlee N.S. is a Roman Catholic School (which is established in connection with the Minister of Education & Science) aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil: intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and with other people. The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Catholic School provides Religious Education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic Faith.

The Curriculum

Here at Rathlee National School we endeavor to deliver the current primary school curriculum as was introduced in 1999. This includes 6 curriculum areas which are further divided into 11 subjects as follows:

  • Language: Gaeilge & English
  • Mathematics
  • Social, Environmental and Scientific Education:History, Geography, Science
  • Arts Education: Music, Visual Arts, Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Social Personal and Health Education


The aims of the curriculum are to ensure that all children are provided with learning opportunities that recognise and celebrate their uniqueness, develop their full potential and prepare them to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The focus is on the child as learner, and the use of a variety of teaching methodologies is an essential feature of the curriculum.

The curriculum aims to foster the development of key skills in communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, inquiry, investigation and analysis, and social and personal awareness and interaction. In particular, it places key emphasis on the acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills.


To view the Primary School Curriculum visit the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment website click here>>

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