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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Time for P.E. in Juniors


Now that Junior Infants have settled in so well to their daily routine, we decided, this week that we would  visit the G.A.A. Pitch for the first time. We raced down to the newly decorated ball wall and practiced various skills such as throwing and catching, dribbling, kicking and much more. We are so lucky to have such a great play space at our disposal.

Back to School Mass


We ended the first month of our school year by participating in our School Mass today. The boys and girls from Rang 6 joined with Fr Paddy to lead us in prayer while we all sang our well prepared hymns throughout the ceremony.

Welcome back, Mr Ryan!


All the pupils and staff were delighted to welcome back Mr. Ryan this week. Mr. Ryan teaches computer skills from basic word processing to powerpoints, excel, basic coding and much more.The children from  3rd to 6th take part in these classes once a week. You can check out more about his work at

Blackberry Jam in 3rd


The boys and girls spent some time picking blackberries last week and set about making some blackberry jam in class. They researched some recipes and followed the procedure to create a big pot of jam which they happily spread on some bread, before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Meet & Greet!


We would like to welcome each and everyone back to a new school year. As usual, we have a busy schedule ahead and to start off with, we are holding a “Meet & Greet” night at the school on Tuesday 25th September at 8.30pm. This will be an opportunity to reacquaint with those we haven’t met for a while and to get to know some more of the members of our school community. We look forward especially to meeting all those who are new to our school.

Cumann na mBunscol 2018


The football season starts this week as the boys take on Clonaghadoo, The Rock, Scoil Bhríde (Knockmay) and Clonaslee. The girls will tog out against Abbeyleix, Portarlington, Graiguecullen and Killenard. We wish them all the best and we would like, in advance, to thank the Parents’ Association for subsidising the cost of transport to and from matches.



This year, we welcome 24 happy and eager little boys and girls into Junior Infants. We hope they will be happy here and we look forward to seeing them grow in every way as they progress through our school.

Happy New Year!


A warm welcome back to all of our 216 pupils and our 17 staff members. As we embark on our new school year, the boys and girls were delighted to hear that homework will not start until Week 2 – this will give us a chance to get to know our new routines with our new teachers and catch up with our friends after the holidays. A huge thank you to Grace and Pat, our caretakers, who had our school sparkling for us when we came back.

Welcome Back!