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Ratheniska National School

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After a very busy two months of this school year, we began our Halloween festivities by baking, crafting, researching, building and, of course, dancing and dressing up! We started out by having a spooktacular time at the disco organised by the Parents’ Association. Click here to see some of the action.

On Friday, we got another chance to wear our costumes and we were delighted to see so many witches, wizards, skeletons and zombies. We even had the pleasure of meeting Boris Johnson who was taking time out before more pressing matters took over! We thoroughly enjoyed the traditional games researched and set up by Rang 6.  Rang 3  got into the action by baking scary pizzas and they also joined Rang 6 to perform the Michael Jackson classic, “Thriller”.

Head on over to our Gallery page to sample some of our day.


Halloween Disco 2019


Our first event of the new school year was the annual Halloween disco which we held on Wednesday 23rd. All the boys and girls were in awe as they entered the spooky wonderland. We would like to thank all  who attended and who helped make the night a huge success.


Ráithín an Uisce Abú!


The Cumann na mBunscol Finals’ Day arrived amid much excitement for the boys and girls’teams. Two great games were played against Mountmellick and Killeshin. While the boys played valiantly against Mountmellick and did themselves proud, this was not to be their day. The girls, on the other hand, had a fantastic win over Killeshin. Following a very sporting game, they emerged as winners and celebrated in style in Supermacs after the match compliments of the Board of Management.

Autumn Walk in Emo.


Junior and Senior Infants went on a field trip to the woods outside  the grounds of Emo Court last week. Having gotten over the excitement of heading off on the bus together, we set about the real reason for our trip – exploring and searching for signs of Autumn. We knew what we were looking for , having discussed the theme of Autumn in recent weeks. We hunted for and found beech nuts, oak leaves, fungi and much more. We kicked up lots of leaves, climbed fallen trees and had our lunch in our beautiful surroundings.

A huge thank you goes to Ger and Eoin from Coillte for facilitating this tour of the woods.


More from Maths Week!


Technology, Maths, 6th Class and 1st Class all came together on Friday as Maths Week came to a close. Rang 6 took the Ipads and using the Skitch app, they went around the school spotting and taking photos of mathematical ideas and opportunities for learning. They then headed off to Rang 1 and set up a class quiz using their annotated photos and the whiteboard. 1st Class got great enjoyment out of the questions set by their big buddies and all agreed that Maths class was extremely enjoyable that day!

Cumann na mBunscol Final Preparations.


Halloween is approaching and that only means one thing- Cumann na mBunscol Finals are here again!  This year, following a very successful campaign, both the boys’ and girls’ teams have earned themselves a chance to play in O’Moore Park. The girls take on Killeshin while the boys are up against Mountmellick.

They have been training all year under the watchful eyes of Mr. Conway and Mr. O’Mahoney and we wish them all the best on Wednesday. The matches are scheduled for 2p.m. (boys) and 3p.m. (girls).

Go n-éirí an t-adh libh!

Climate Action Week 2019


The Green Schools’ Committee (headed up by Mr. Fennelly) are busy once again this year as we make a bid for our 3rd Green Flag. We have been working on this for the past year and the theme we are working on is travel. We are learning about the consequences of air pollution from various types of vehicles and are discussing ways we can reduce our carbon footprint.

Alongside this, we are continuing our work of reducing waste in our school. We have surveyed all the classes regarding their use of single use plastic bottles for drinks and we are encouraging everyone to use reusable beakers instead.

As it was Climate Action Week last week, we  also reinstated our “Question of the Week”. Every child  has to answer a question on an environmental theme and at the end of the week, a winner is chosen from each class. As one of the prizes is a Homework Pass, each and everyone is eager to get their hands on the question at the beginning of each week!

Pictured here are the very first winners of this school year.


Maths Week in Seniors


Senior Infants were learning all about pattern last week. As it was Maths Week, we took part in lots of games and activities focusing on pattern, and ended the week by making Pattern Pizzas! We had lots of fun making patterns using meat and vegetables on our pizzas and, of course, gobbling them up afterwards!

Fizzy First Class!


In First Class, we brought our Science class outside last week. Our objective was based on the theme of Materials and Change, so we equipped ourselves with some Diet Coke, Mentos and 7UP. We popped the Mentos into both and observed as they interacted to release gases- we compared the results between the 2 different liquids and we cannot wait until it’s time for our next experiment!

Maths Week 2019


Junior Infants got Maths Week 2019 off to a flying start this week. We got out and about looking for numbers and shapes in our environment. We realised we didn’t have to go far to find lots of them. We really had our Maths Eyes open and we are looking forward to seeing what some other classes are getting up to!