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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Weaving into 3rd!


In 3rd Class, we have been learning all about weaving . We created weaving looms using hula hoops and string. We worked together and wove different types of fabric through our looms to create giant dream catchers. We hope to have super dreams after all our hard work!

Green Flag update!


Michelé Costiaux visited us again this year as we enter the final phase before applying for our third Green Flag. This Green Flag is based on awareness around water conservation and how to effectively manage this important resource in our school. Michelé spoke to us about bedrock, types of soil and rocks. She showed us how water can be filtered by the soil and we discussed ways we can conserve water.

The First Flowers of Spring.


Senior Infants planted snowdrop bulbs way back in Autumn and are now seeing the fruits of their labours as the lovely white petals announce the end of winter and the beginning of Spring.

A visit to A&E!


As hospital wards were overflowing all over the country, so too was the Accident and Emergency Department set up by the Junior Infants during the month of January! The receptionists were on hand to organise admissions and the doctors and nurses cured many ailments as they played!

Pointillism in 5th


Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. This was developed by an artist called George Seurat in the 19th Century. 5th Class worked on creating some wonderful pieces based on this technique. It required great attention to detail and a lot of patience and their finished pieces were stunning!

Artists in Schools Scheme.


Thanks to the Artists in Schools Scheme which is funded by Laois County Council, we are delighted to welcome artist Mary Slevin to our school. Mary will work in collaboration with Mr Fennelly, Mrs Stapleton and Rang 2 for a period of 9 weeks. They will explore a variety of art forms based on Irish Legends. They started off their session this week with Fionn Mac Cumhaill.

We are eagerly awaiting what they will produce over the next few weeks.

Senior Bakers!


Senior Infants are enjoying their Aistear sessions this month as they don their bakers’ hats and aprons to create some pies, cupcakes and lots more. They look good enough to eat!

Time to Swim!


3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Classes started off Term 2 by diving into the pool at Portlaoise Leisure Centre. They are attending weekly swimming lessons at various levels and will continue to do so for six weeks. Some of the costs are being subsidised by the Parents’ Association for which we are very grateful.