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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Nollaig Shona!


Happy Christmas to everyone from all our crafty kids in Ratheniska! We will return to school on January 7th at 9.20am for another busy term.

Chocolate for all!


All the children received a chocolate treat today from the Parents’Association. We sourced this from  a local business Cocoa Couture which is based in Mountmellick. All the produce is from sustainable sources and the packaging is degradable and compostable.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our parents, students and teachers for their help, cooperation and participation during Term 1. We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and we look forward to an equally busy Term 2.

A Talented Bunch!


In between making cribs and practising for our upcoming carol service, Rang 6 displayed their musical and dramatic talent to a captive audience of 3rd, 4th and and 5th classes on Wednesday. They worked in groups to produce and direct their own pieces based around the hit musical “The Greatest Showman”. All agreed that that they are indeed a talented bunch!

Elfie Saves Christmas


Juniors, Seniors, 1st and 2nd classes paid our annual pre-Christmas visit to the Dunamaise Theatre in Portlaoise on Tuesday 18th. We looked very festive in our Christmas hats and jumpers as we set off to watch the Talisman Theatre company present their 2018 show. We booed at Slyck and Hoblin, the mischievous goblins and clapped and cheered when Elfie saved the day!


Festive Fever!


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in all the classes this week. The trees are lit, the cribs are in place and everyone is busy crafting as we approach the Christmas holidays. We are also tuning in to Youtube every Friday to listen to Fr Paddy’s messages about the true meaning of Christmas. Following on from this,Rang a Se took a collaborative approach to make a very beautiful stable scene which hangs proudly in the front hall.

Fit Kids in Infants!

Junior Infants, Senior Infants, Ratheniska

Fit Kids in Ratheniska

Junior and Senior Infants have attended Portlaoise Gymnastics Club for the last 6 weeks. We have learned many new skills under the careful eyes of Denis, Sonia, Deirdre and Niamh. We have enjoyed balancing on the beam, doing forward rolls, handstands and lots of floor work and we are certainly looking forward to going back again next Autumn.

Helping the Homeless.


For the last few weeks, we all have been busy collecting items such as toiletries and clothing for P.A.T.H. (Portlaoise Action to Homelessness). We filled several boxes which we handed over to 2 volunteers from P.A.T.H. today. Jacinta, from the Parents’Association, who had organised the initiative on behalf of the Parents’Association,  was on hand today to welcome the volunteers to our school and to wish them all the best as they continue their good work. It was a fitting start to the Christmas season!