School Year 2021/2022


Europe Day  -20th June 2022

The children in 6th class ran a fantastic ‘Europe Day’ in the hall on Monday which showcased all of their work that they completed as part of The Blue Star Programme. They created projects based on each of the 27 E.U. countries and displayed these with delicious food for all of the other classes in the school to enjoy. 
As a result of this day and all of their hard work throughout the year, the 6th classes were successful in their attempt to attain a ‘Blue Flag’ for our school from The Blue Star European Movement Programme. This will be proudly displayed on one of our flag poles at the front of the school. 
Well done to all the 6th classes for their hard work under the guidance of their 6th class teachers. Many thanks to Mr. Keena for putting this video together!


Rush National School Times, June Edition  -15th June 2022

Take the time to read and enjoy our latest issue of Rush National School Times.

Click here to read – June issue


Active Week Local Sporting Champions  -30th May 2022

What an inspiring week for the students of 4-6th class!
Many thanks to David McAllister (ex professional footballer and present Coach of Shelbourne FC) and Specific Fitness coaches Eoghan Conroy, Kevin Nugent and Liam Sheridan for sharing their experiences in sport with their motivational talks.
It is great to see our past pupils coming back to the school.


Active Week Gymnastics -30th May 2022

Many thanks to DP Gymnastics for supporting our Active Week.

The children of first and second class had a fantastic day! 


Active Week Parachute Activities -30th May 2022

As part of our active week, our younger classes partook in parachute activities. The parachute develops physical skills such as hand-eye coordination, balance and mobility as well as being great fun!


Cricket Match Review -18th May 2022

Rush National School  v. Scoil Moibhí Milverton

Final Score: 128 Runs – 106 Runs

Rush National School cricket team celebrated a great win in their first game of the year today in what was some players first experience of a Cricket Match. Starting as the batting side- Rush National School set a great target of 128 runs. The whole team showcased great batting performances. The team continued to impress as they showed excellent teamwork and communication when fielding.

The game came to a close as Rush National School acquired a total of 9 wickets to secure victory.

Well done to all the boys and girls on their impressive team performance! 





Science Day -17th May 2022

Science was celebrated today at Rush National School. Under the guidance of Ms. Donnelly and some of our 6th class pupils, our younger pupils from Junior Infants to 2nd class were led through science stations where they had the opportunity to explore, test and experiment. They investigated the force of magnets and studied the science of floating and sinking among other wonderful theories and things!




Bling Your Bike -13th May 2022

Today the pupils of Rush National School took part in the ‘Bling Your Bike’ initiative run by Fingal County Council. Our pupils were imaginative in their designs with ribbons, stickers and designs. We hope that this will encourage the pupils to cycle or scoot to school as the summer weather approaches.





Ambassador and Minister visit -9th May 2022

A warm welcome was given to The German Ambassador to Ireland Cord Meier- Klodt and Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien who both made a visit to our school today for ‘Europe Day 2022’. 
They visited 6th class in Pre Fab 14 as part of the celebration and special commemoration this year of the 50th anniversary of Ireland’s vote to join the then European Communities (EC) in May 1972. This is now known as the European Union and it is something that the 6th classes in Rush National School have been learning about as part of the Blue Star Programme this year. This programme teaches children about European Cultures and the European Union through creative projects and activities which compliment the national curriculum. 
The children enjoyed listening to both the German Ambassador Cord Meier-Klodt and Minister Darragh O’Brien about their roles and involvement in European matters and even put them through their paces by asking them some questions of their own! 
We look forward to our ‘Europe Day’ showcase which will be displayed in the school hall on June 14th for all our 1st – 5th classes to see. 


Minibeasts in Room 8 -8th May 2022

Pupils in Room 8 have been observing and exploring the habitats and life stages of minibeasts.





Litter picking around Rush -2nd May 2022

Our 6th class pupils recently partook in an initiative to clean our public spaces in Rush. Each class chose a different area and worked together to clear the litter from the area, making it a more enjoyable space for our community to enjoy. We have some responsible citizens in our midst!





Junk Art -1st May 2022

The pupils in Prefab 2 have been showing their creativity through the use of recycled materials. They have created junk art and even some bug hotels! Take a look at the photos below.





April activities -28th April 2022

Take a look at some of the work our 3rd and 4th classes have been up to over the month of April.





Cash for Clobber -28th April 2022

Thank you to everyone who supported our ‘Cash for Clobber’ collection. It was a fantastic success with approximately 700 bags collected!





Wellbeing Week -4th April 2022

Wellbeing Week 2022 took place from Monday, 28th March to Friday, 1st April. We focused on mindfulness, healthy eating, physical activity and creativity. Below are some photos of our ‘Step into Spring’ stroll.





Rush National School Times -1st April 2022

Our school newspaper – the latest issue!

Read below.

Rush National School Times – Issue 2





Publishing Party -30th March 2022

The children in 1st and 2nd Class have been very busy writing animal reports! They have been learning all about non-fiction writing in their Writing Workshop sessions. Each child chose a different animal to research – finding out all about that animal’s appearance, habitat, diet and even adding some interesting facts for the reader. We had a ‘Publishing Party‘ to celebrate all of their hard work. The sun was shining while the children found a partner from another class to read their book to! Ms McElligott and Mr Doran even made a guest appearance to get a sneak peek at their books. 





Girls’ soccer -28th March 2022

Rush NS V Pope John Paul, Malahide
Final Score 5-4
Our senior girls’ soccer team enjoyed a great win in their first match of the season. It was a very exciting game from start to finish. 4 goals came from the superb Caoimhe Devane who had a tremendous game at midfield. Rachel Sweetman also got herself on the scoresheet with an excellent finish after a great passage of play. The girls were leading 4-1 at half time but PJP made a strong comeback in the second half. Judy Burke made some very important saves in goal, while Emily Farrell and Bella Savage defended superbly throughout the game. Claire Whyte worked tirelessly at midfield setting up attacks and making important interceptions. Well done girls on a fantastic team performance! 






Confirmation Art -25th March 2022

We are lucky enough to have art expert, Dave Cotter, return to our school to support us in the design and creation of our artwork in preparation for Confirmation.





Wellbeing Week Poster Competition -24th March 2022

To celebrate the launch of Rush National School’s Wellbeing Week 2022 (28th March – 1st April), we held a poster competition for our pupils.

The winning entries can be viewed in the presentation below.

Poster competition winners





Seachtain na Gaeilge Drámaíocht -14th March 2022

Chun Seachtain na Gaeilge a cheiliúradh, ghlac cuid de na ranganna páirt i ndrámaí trí Ghaeilge. Féach ar na pictiúir de ‘ Cochaillín Dearg’, thíos.





Tóraíocht Taisce -10th March 2022

Leanamar ar aghaidh le Seachtain na Gaeilge le tóraíocht taisce leis na daltaí níos óige sa scoil. Chaith na naíonáin an mhaidin ag lorg seamróga timpeall na scoile! Idir an dá linn, bhí Rang 1 ag lorg leideanna timpeall dorchlaí na scoile.





Poc Fada – 8th March 2022

Chuireamar tús le Seachtain na Gaeilge inné le comórtas poc fada. Bhí an-spórt againn!





The Masked Reader – 3rd March 2022

Another highlight of our World Book Day…

Our pupils were detectives, trying to figure out who was reading behind the mask! Great fun was had by all the boys and girls.

Take a look at the videos below and see if you can recognise our own staff behind the mask!

Introduction, ‘The Teaser’  –  Click here

Main video, reading the extracts –  Click here

Reveal video –  Click here





World Book Day costumes – 3rd March 2022

Today our pupils dressed as their favourite book characters. Our classrooms saw Harry Potter, The Wimpy Kid’s Greg Heffley and Roald Dahl himself to name but a few! Take a look at the creative costumes donned by our pupils today.





Celebrating World Book Day with a difference! – 3rd March 2022


Our Minecraft Education experts in Room 1 designed the covers of their favourite books using this fantastic technology.




Minecraft Education – 1st March 2022


6th Class in Room 1 were very busy recently researching, designing and building a sustainable version of Rush. Pupils worked collaboratively to build their vision using Minecraft Education Platform.
We entered a competition run by RTE Junior and Minecraft Education. 
The pupils really enjoyed working on this project and they are very proud of their fantastic work. 
We hope you enjoy our wonderful video of sustainable Rush.


St. Valentine’s Day – 14th February 2022

6th class in Pre Fab 14 enjoyed celebrating Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February! 
They created Valentine’s heart wreaths which they gave as presents to a loved one at home. 
They also learned a new stitch for sewing, the blanket stitch and sewed their own hearts to give to someone special too! <3





Learning Irish Sign Language (ISL) – 28th February 2022

Our 6th class pupils are partaking in an Irish Sign Course module over a six-week period. Click on the link below to read more about what is involved.

Irish Sign Language – click here




Budding scientists in infants – 1st February 2022

Children in our infant classes have been examining how a plant absorbs water.




Busy Bees in January – 31st January 2022

Our 3rd and 4th classes have been feeling artistic in the month of January. Take a look at their incredible masterpieces!




Christmas Around the World – 22nd December 2021

6th class children learned about Christmas around the world. The pupils choose their own countries to research and then presented them to peers in their class. Here are few samples of the fantastic work from Room 1 and P.F.14.




Christmas Cooking – 22nd December 2021

The children in P.F.14 enjoyed making and baking some Christmas Salt Dough Decorations which they packaged beautifully in their personally designed Christmas envelopes to give to their family. 




Christmastime art – 21st December 2021

Third and fourth class have been busy bringing some Christmas cheer to our school with their festive art.




Santa Claus is coming to town – 17th December 2021

We were lucky enough to have a visit from Santa on Friday, 17th December. He arrived in a shiny, green tractor and drove through the yard greeting the children. The excitement was palpable!




Christmastime in Junior Infants – 15th December 2021

We’ve been busy in Santa’s workshop!




Christmastime – 3rd December 2021

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….




5th Class Keeping Fit – 3rd December 2021

We enjoyed practising our running in Kenure Park on a Friday as part of our training for the Marathon Kids Programme.




Hard at Work! – 30th November 2021

Our Junior Infants have been hard at work and enjoying their learning both inside and outside the school!




Procedural Writing – 29th November 2021

The children in 6th class learned about procedural writing. They designed their own posters and made a huge effort as they baked these lovely recipes too!




Active Learning – 29th November 2021

6th class in Room 1 have been engaging in plenty of active learning in their classroom. The students were practising how to compose sentences as Gaeilge and also completing some fun number knowledge games for station teaching in maths.  6th Class in Pre Fab 14 were learning all about tangrams today. A Tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle made up of seven 2-D shapes called tans. They got to play an interactive game online to create their own tangrams.




Blue Star Programme – 28th November 2021

This year the 6th Class pupils in Rush National School are participating in The Blue Star Programme. This education initiative aims  to foster a better understanding and knowledge of the European Union and how it affects the lives of Irish citizens among primary pupils, through classroom projects and activities. We will also hold a ‘Europe Day’ in May 2022 to celebrate all that we have learned. This is our school’s first year completing the programme and we are going to work really hard and hopefully succeed in earning a European Union flag of our very own for Rush National School! Here are some photos of the children in 6th class engaging in project work based on the Blue Star Programme and the E.U.




Student Council Election – 26th November 2021

This month, the pupils from 4th-6th class took part in The Rush National School Student Council Elections. Any pupil who wished to put themselves forward had to design a poster and also present a speech to their fellow classmates explaining why they thought they should be on the Student Council to represent their class. 
Here are some pupils from 6th class, Room 1 presenting their speeches to their class. Well done to each and every pupil that went up for election, showing great leadership, motivation and courage. Congratulations to the successful candidates in each class who are now on the student council. 




5th Debating – 22nd November 2021

5th class were busy learning about debating and engaged in a very interesting debate on the Friday before the Halloween mid-term.




Friendship Week – 19th November 2021

Friendship week took place in Rush NS from 15th-19th November this year. All of the boys and girls worked hard on being especially kind to each other during Friendship week. They talked about what it means to be a good friend, the importance of good friends, the key to friendship and the anthem of the week across the school was Bruno Mars ‘Count on me’!




Poetry – 18th November 2021

 On the18th of November, second class had a visit from poet Lucinda Jacob. They participated in a poetry workshop where they learned all about cinquain poems! Great fun was had!




Science Week 2021 – 17th November 2021

Last week our school took part in projects and experiments for Science Week 2021. The 6th classes had lots of fun exploring refraction, investigating how light travels, examining the density of liquids, learning how a balloon can self inflate and many more interesting experiments.  
Here are some photos of the 6th class pupils presenting their projects! 





Marathon Kids – 8th November 2021

There was great excitement in our yard when Marathon Kids ambassador,  Olympian and European Gold medalist, David Gillick paid 5th and 6th class a visit.  He spoke to the children about his sporting career,  motivation, running routine and healthy eating habits. He was impressed with the multitude of questions from his enthusiastic audience and then joined them for a  training run in the yard.
What an inspiring day! 





Blue Star Programme – 3rd November 2021

Primary school pupils around the country are being challenged to get creative in how they learn and think about Europe through the Blue Star Programme! 5th class in PF14 recently got a special mention by the Blue Star Programme on their Twitter feed – check it out!




Happy Halloween – 22nd October 2021

Some Halloween activity from Room 12, 13 and 14 today! Spooky costumes and Halloween banquets!




Aistear – 20th October 2021

The children in Room 8 are really enjoying the theme for Aistear at the moment which is ‘The Restaurant’. The children have been engaging in many different activities regarding ‘The Restaurant’. The role play group have been setting tables, taking orders and serving food to their customers. Other stations in Aistear include designing menus, creating their favourite dinner, building a restaurant, and using playdough to make different types of meals etc.




Art around the school – 20th October 2021

Take a look at some of the recent artwork by our 3rd and 4th class pupils.




Building Bridges – 19th October 2021

Pupils from 6th class showed their creative side in designing and constructing bridges from recycled materials! Check out their bridges below.




STEM – 18th October 2021

We love STEM challenges in Pre Fab 15. We enjoyed working together to design and build the tallest tower. We learned that the tallest tower needed a clever foundation to stand!




Inspiring Ireland – 16th October 2021

Prefab 15 were delighted to take part in Inspiring Ireland, Inspiring Students- An Interview with An Author. Our favourite author David Walliams chatted to us and read us  stories from his favourite parts of some of his books.




Maths week – 15th October 2021

Our classes enjoyed a Maths trail around the grounds of our school this week to celebrate Maths Week 2021. The children worked collaboratively together while practising their mathematical and problem solving skills. We love active learning here at Rush National School! 




Autumn Baking – 15th October 2021

The children from 6th class in Pre Fab 14 enjoyed baking some apple cakes with apples from a local tree in Rush. We think we might have some famous bakers on our hands! 




School Soccer – 5th October 2021

Rush National School were delighted to make a return to sport last week in Malahide. Mr. O’Hara and Ms. McCarthy brought four teams from 5th and 6th class to Gannon Park to participate in the UEFA Grassroots Event. The children had a fantastic day out, showing great enthusiasm, teamwork and skills. Good sportsmanship awards were received by Caoimhe and Callum. Well done everyone!




Pyjama and Crazy Hair Day – 1st October 2021

Our pupils enjoyed getting dressed up in their comfy pyjamas and also created some crazy hair styles for our school ‘Pyjama and Crazy Hair Day’.




Back to School documents – 30th August 2021

The following link outlines the full version of the ‘Response Plan’ for Rush National School.

Response Plan for Rush National School 31.08.21

The Parental/Pupil Edition is a shortened version and highlights the practical changes that staff, parents and pupils need to fully adhere to. For ease of reference, these have been broken into three separate documents; ‘Accessing the School Campus’, ‘Safety Measures’ and ‘How You Can Help’. Click on the links below to view these documents.

Accessing the School Campus 2021

Safety Measures 2021

How You Can Help 2021




Back to School – 25th August 2021

We look forward to welcoming the boys and girls of Rush National School back on 31st August. Please click on the link below to watch Mr. Doran’s video on ‘Returning to School’.

Returning to School 2021