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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Happy Easter!

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We had a fun filled day with the Easter Bunny recently thanks to the Parents’ Association. We worked hard figuring out the answers to the clues we got and went home with a lovely, chocolaty Easter egg. Click here to see the fun we had and head on over to the Parents’ Association page  to see who won the big prizes!20160311_094337 to see the fun we had!

Easter fun

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A huge thank you to all the children and parents who worked so hard to make our Easter fundraiser such a success. As we said in our letter to parents, the money we raised will go towards the purchase of Ipads for the children in school. To celebrate, we had a fun Easter hunt for all the children after which each child was rewarded with an Easter Egg. We had a special draw for all those who returned cards. The winners of the hampers were;

  1. Gary Kelly
  2. Saoirse Heffernan Price
  3. Isabel and Isaac Kenny

The Easter Bunny made a star appearance on the day and was rewarded by hugs and laughter from all. Lots of pictures of the event can been seen on the Gallery page of our website.

Happy Easter from all in the Parents’ Association.

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Proclamation Day

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March 15 was a momentous day in our school as in every other school in the country. We celebrated Proclamation Day by raising our National Flag. Following the reading of The Proclamation by Mr O’Mahoney and Mr Fennelly, we had a fantastic day of song, dance, poetry and music. Chualamar amhráin cosúil le “Beidh Aonach Amárach”, “Peigí Leitir Mór” , “Oró ‘sé do bheatha bhaile” agus “Trasna na dTonnta” agus bhaineamar an-taitneamh as na damhsaí “Shoe the Donkey”, “An Staicín Eorna”, “Ballaí Luimní”  “Ionsaí na hInse” agus “An Damhsa Mór”.

Go to our Gallery Page  to get a flavour of our day!

 

Proclamation Day

No Uniforms for a day!

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We got to wear our own choice of clothes last Friday and paid 2 euro each to one of our past pupils, Darren Halpenny to help his fundraising effort for his upcoming trip to Kenya. Darren is a fifth year student in Glenstal Abbey and will be making the long trip to Kenya to help out building schools and providing a better place for the children to learn.

Darren halpenny

Book Week 2016

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We started off Book week on the designated date of March 3rd. Vouchers were distributed, favourite books were discussed and summaries were written. At the end of the week, author Jackie Burke read from her book “The Secrets of Grindlewood” to children fro 3rd to 6th classes. Click here to read more about this on the Parents’ Association page.

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The Secrets of Grindlewood

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We recently organised a visit to the school by author Jackie Burke who read from her series of books -“The Secrets of Grindlewood”. Jackie’s books are inspired by her love of  nature; gardens, forests, wildlife and especially cats and dogs. The children from 3rd to 6th classes were held captive by Jackie’s lively and entertaining reading. All enjoyed the Q&A session at the end and the children got the chance to have their own copies of the book signed by the author. Click here to find out more about Grindlewood.

Jackie Burke

Election Fever

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As the country went to the polls recently, so too did the pupils of 6th class. They set out their campaigns to become Class  President. Posters were designed and displayed, presentations were attended and all candidates tried many tricks of to trade to get elected. It was a great learning process for all and at the end, a secret ballot declared Meadbh and Mae the outright winners. Well done to all candidates!

President and Vice President

First Penance

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The boys and girls from 2nd Class celebrated their First Penance on Saturday, 5th March in SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise. They were so well prepared that nerves were nonexistent and their visit to the church with their parents was a very memorable occasion. A huge “Thank You” is due to Ms. Mulhall for all her work.

First Penance

Engineers’ Week 2016

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Engineers’ Week took place from 28th February to 5th March. We were delighted to have one of our parents, John Kelly, in school to talk to the pupils in 6th class.  Engineers’ Week is a week-long programme of nationwide events celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. John’s presentation helped create a very positive awareness and enthusiasm about the engineering profession. All the boys and girls in 6th class explored different types of engineering and some will hopefully follow in John’s footsteps in the future.

Budding Engineers!

Budding Engineers!

Recycling Kids.

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The theme of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle was to the fore in the Junior Infant class recently. They explored ways to help our environment by reusing many items and were spurred on by the story of “Michael Recycle”. At the end of a very busy week, they enlisted the help of their Big Buddies to create birds, butterflies, bunnies and much more from toilet roll and kitchen roll tubes.

Recycle day

Recycle day