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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Nollaig ar Scoil!


Have a look at this video to see what we have been up to in the run-up to Christmas 2016.

Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir!


Christmas Jumpers, Chocolates and a Raffle


The Parents’Association ended 2016 with a “Wear your Christmas Jumper” day, a raffle and a presentation of some yummy chocolate to all the children. We would like to thank all of you who participated and wish each and everyone a very happy Christmas. We look forward to working with Ms Dunne, the staff, all parents and children in the year ahead.

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Festive Storytime.


6th Class got their creative literary minds working during the last week and came up with some very imaginative stories with a Christmassy theme. “Silly Rudolph”, “The List” and “Cookieless Christmas” were some of the stories that were read to a very attentive audience of Senior Infants.


Ancient Greece in Rang a Sé


For the last few weeks, 6th Class have been busy  researching  and learning about Ancient Greece. Greek gods, Greek food and Greek architecture and much more were on the discussion list as each group prepared its project. On presentation day, many got into role by dressing up and entertaining their classmates with lots of information and interesting facts.

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Frosty the Snowman.


Juniors, Seniors, 1st and 2nd Classes visited the Dunamaise Theatre in Portlaoise last week. The Talisman Theatre Company pulled out all the stops and had everyone on the edge of their seats. The air of anticipation and excitement grew as Frosty headed to the North Pole in search of the cold. We laughed, screamed and  stamped our feet when Jack Frost threatened to hijack Christmas and we sighed with relief when Santa finally resolved everything! It truly was a delightful start to the Christmas season.frosty-the-snowman

Mini Masterchefs!


The objectives were:

  • Understand step by step processes
  • Explore the affects of heating and cooling on everyday  substances

The result was …..

Delicious Gingerbread boys and girls baked and decorated by lots of  eager 4/5 year olds in Junior Infants!



Green Schools’ Committee 2016/17


Our new Green Schools’ Committee has been hard at work on the theme of Water for the current school year. Each class from 3rd to 6th has 2 representatives who keep the rest of us informed of what is happening as we work towards our 3rd Green Flag. Efforts are well underway to reduce the amount of water we use in school and make Ratheniska N.S. a greener place to learn.


Carols, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine!

A huge “Thank you” you to all parents and children who joined the  Parents Association for a fantastic sing-a-long evening in Ratheniska Hall  last weekend. Brian had the place beautifully decorated, Yvonne led the Carol Singing and the Foróige members entertained the children with fun and games.
Great fun was had by all!


Stay Safe Online

We recently held a very interesting and informative talk on eSafety. We would like to thank all those parents who attended.
We believe that it is vital to have good, open communication with our children about their internet lives.  We need to talk to them about the potential dangers that they may come across online as well as the many benefits they will find.  We had a lively discussion about what our children are currently doing online and what risks they may face and  we were brought up to date on how to enable or disable safety mode on computers and iPads.
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Beanball Action!


In association with Laois GAA, the boys and girls from Senior Infants, 1st and 2nd Classes have been taking part in Beanball Games in Ratheniska Hall for the last few weeks. Under the watchful eye of Ciaran Muldowney from Laois GAA, the children are learning many skills which they will transfer to hurling as they get older.They look forward eagerly to their sessions each week.