Health and Wellness
The School Nurse
We have a School Nurse who is highly experienced in dealing with injuries and illness. The School Nurse is supported by a local GP, who visits the school regularly.
The Nurse liaises closely with parents in relation to the management of ongoing medical conditions and any acute injuries or illness that may arise. She provides excellent care for minor injuries, dispenses any medication that is prescribed for the students. She is always on hand to offer a listening ear and support to girls who are feeling ill or are simply under the weather.
The School Nurse is on duty daily, Monday to Friday. Locally based GP, Dr Richard Fitzpatrick, is available at short notice and also holds a surgery in the school once a week. All boarding staff are also trained in First Aid. Ill students are cared for in our sickbay in Hillcourt House. We ensure that parents are kept informed at all times about their daughters’ health.
The School Nurse is an integral part of Rathdown School, whether that be supporting a student with a chronic illness, a mental health problem or just providing the care and monitoring required if she is unwell. The nurse provides staff training and is on call for pitchside and events assistance.
A large number of staff are trained in basic First Aid skills.
Injuries are dealt with quickly and efficiently, ensuring prompt referral to medical departments where necessary. All injuries requiring treatment are logged, adhering to Health and Safety regulations.
All students are encouraged to maintain their fitness and personal well-being through healthy eating and participation in physical activity.
The catering team prepares locally-sourced meat and vegetables which are home-cooked and offered in tasty and nutritious menus. There is always a variety of hot and cold options. Healthy eating is actively promoted and the school can accommodate vegetarians, coeliac, dairy-free and other allergies or dietary requirements.