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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Crafty Kidz!


All the boys, girls and staff would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter. We have had a very busy term in all areas, especially during our Visual Arts classes. Head on over to our gallery page to see a sample of the work that has been done.

We will return for Term 3 on Monday, April 29th.

A Visit from the Easter Bunny.


Once again, following an invitation from the Parents’ Association, the Easter Bunny arrived in school with treats for all. We descended on the pitch where we scampered around looking for eggs while the older boys and girls had to work out the clues which would lead to the answer  needed before we got our treat. It was a fitting start to the Easter Holidays!


Happy Easter 2019


We were delighted once again to bring the Easter Bunny to visit all our young boys and girls in school. The eggs were scattered about, the treats were ready and  220 boys and girls arrived to the GAA pitch to begin their hunt for clues and eggs. Once again, we were delighted to support local industry, Cocoa Couture who supplied the yummy treats. Thank you to all the parents who helped to make this another successful day.

Springtime in Ratheniska


1st Class took their learning outside in recent weeks as they explored the signs of Spring in the local environment.They also reconnected with the tulips they had sown last Autumn – they were delighted to bring these home for Mother’s Day along with a handmade tulip card. They made egg carton daffodils and did some research on the blackbird and the cuckoo. They are now ready to spring into Summer and are already looking forward to their next nature walk.

A Hen called Ann!


Chicks and chocolate eggs are on the minds of all the Junior Infants as Easter approaches, so we decided to find out where real eggs come from. Ms. Fingleton came to the rescue by bringing her hen, Ann, to school! We discovered lots of information by just looking at and listening to Ann. Ann was also very curious about us but, by the end of the day, she was quite happy to go home to her hen friend called Barry. (Ms  Fingleton’s hens are named after the characters from her very first school reader-“Ann and Barry”!!)


Preparing for First Holy Communion.


Rang 2 are busy preparing for their First Holy Communion which will be held in Ratheniska Church on Saturday, May 18th. They are learning prayers and hymns and creating beautiful artwork in preparation for their special day.  Some of their buddies from Sixth Class are giving them a helping hand and lots of encouragement along the way.

April Showers!


Dedication to sport was very much in evidence last week as the girls headed to the Slieve Blooms to play Paddock in the Cumann na mBunscol camogie league. The game started , but so also did the wintry April showers of snow and sleet! Luckily the dugout was big enough to take shelter in before the game was finally called off!

It’s a Small World!


Rang 4 have been very busy researching several countries such as India, Pakistan, Bahrain and more. They worked collaboratively in small groups to increase their knowledge of these countries. They then enjoyed presenting their new-found knowledge to their classmates.

Gymnastics Season!


1st and 2nd classes have been travelling to the Gymnastics Club in Portlaoise for the past six weeks. They have been learning many new skills under the watchful eyes of the staff and have thoroughly enjoyed their gym sessions.