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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Smartphones – What do you think?


6th class recently held a debate on a topic that really divided the opinion of our class ! The topic was  “Smartphones : are they having a negative impact on society? ”

After brainstorming our ideas, our teacher divided us into four teams. We prepared our arguments and practised some mini debates before competing against our class mates. This was a very enjoyable experience and it allowed everyone to voice their opinions. The team who proposed the motion was declared the winner!



Junior Doctors!


Junior Infants are exploring the topic of doctors, nurses, the hospital and the A&E department during the month of January. With the “patients” admitted, the doctors and nurses examine, diagnose and medicate! They are well on their way to solving the trolley crisis in hospitals around the country!

Super Swimmers


Classes from 3rd to 6th have started the new year on a very active note. They are visiting Portlaoise Leisure centre to take part in a six-week training session to improve their swimming  skills. All levels, from beginners to advanced are being catered for and all the swimmers are enjoying the great facilities at the Leisure Centre.

An Gorta Mór


Fifth Class have been busy since they came back to school learning about famine time in Ireland. They got together in groups and set about researching the cause of the famine and the effects it had in Ireland. They discussed the potato blight, the soup kitchens, Black ’47 and much more. They got their projects typed up and enjoyed presenting them to their classmates and displaying them in the classroom. Famine