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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

6th Class Scientists


Sixth Class presented their annual Science Fair to all the boys and  girls last Friday. We were amazed by the flying teabags, enthralled by the spinning copper wire, and amazed by the erupting volcano and all the other exhibits. Well done to all for a wonderful display of experiments.

Head on over to the Gallery Page to see all the photos of the day!

Fire Safety for all!


Rang 3 had a very informative visit from some members of the fire service last week. In the run up to Christmas , we had a discussion about fire safety in our homes. We learned how to set up a fire safety home plan and after we had done this, we were all presented with a certificate to show that we know exactly what to do in the event of a fire in our home.

Musical 4th!


Music, Science, Sound and Recycling came together in 4th Class this week. During Music and Science classes we looked at the topic of sound. We decided that we would make some instruments using cartons, boxes, tubes and lots more! We brainstormed several ideas and were very happy with our musical results!

Going Batty in 1st!


In Rang 1, we have been learning all there is to know about bats! We researched our topic in books and online using the ipads and the site, WorldBook Online. We used the information that we found to write a report on bats and we completed the work by making bats from cardboard tubes.

The Dentist at Work in Seniors!


Senior Infants have been busy during Aistear for the last week or two. They have exploring the topic of dental hygiene in a fun way by setting up their very own Dentist’s Surgery. As the patients pass the time in the “Waiting Room”, the dentists and nurses put on their gowns and masks and get ready for the day ahead! Thankfully, the cavities are few and far between and most leave the surgery with a happy smile!

Science Week 2018


All classes took special care with their Science lessons during Science week. Rang a TrĂ­ learned all about electricity and how to build a circuit. They experimented with conductors and insulators and were more than pleased when they managed to light up their bulbs!

Helping the Homeless


In conjunction with the Parents’Association, we are currently creating an awareness of the problem of homelessness in our country. We welcomed some volunteers from P.A.T.H. (Portlaoise Action to Homelessness) yesterday. They gave a very interesting and informative talk to the pupils from 3rd to 6th classes on the work they do. We are now on a mission to fill a box with essential items in every classroom. These items include toiletries, socks, underwear etc. We are looking forward to handing over everything we collect to P.A.T.H. on Friday December 14th. You can find out more about the work the volunteers do by visiting their Facebook page.

Thank you to Jacinta for organising this initiative.