Thank you to all our students for contributing their beautiful artwork to our website.

Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Homework May 24th-June 5th


Homework suggestions for the coming fortnight can be accessed here. As mentioned in the last fortnight’s work, reading to and with children and daily exercise should be prioritised. 

Junior Infants      Senior Infants    1st Class    2nd class    3rd Class   4th Class   5th Class      6th Class

Once again, children and parents are to be congratulated on your wonderful work. We love seeing how busy you are each day learning in so many different ways. Remember that teachers are contactable  through their class emails or Seesaw. The office email continues to be available for any school- related queries.

“Learning never exhausts the mind” (Leonardo da Vinci)

Click on the video to see some samples of work from the last fortnight.

Schools Admissions Policy 2020


Our school Patron , Most Reverend Bishop Denis Nulty, has of late asked that all Primary schools in the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin review their Schools Admissions Policy . This review coincides with the requirements of the Schools Admissions Act 2018. You are hereby invited to review the draft of the reviewed policy here.-  Admissions Policy Ratheniska NS

Should you wish to make a submission to the policy please do so in writing to ;

Fr David Vard, Chairperson Board of Management , Ratheniska National School , Ratheniska, Portlaoise Co Laois , R32HW50

before Monday May 18th 2020. Many thanks for your continued co-operation .

Homework May 11th-22nd


Well done to all children and families across the school for all the fabulous and creative work presented over the last fortnight . It has been delightful for all staff to see how creative and enthusiastic the response to using Seesaw has been. Seesaw is now up and running across the school . Teachers have prepared work for the next fortnight and you can access it below. Once again parents are reminded to be judicious in their approach to work . Reading to and with children and daily exercise should be prioritised as part of your child’s daily routine. Wishing all continued good health.

Junior Infants       Senior Infants.     1st Class        2nd Class       3rd Class      4th Class           5th Class         6th Class

Click on this photo to see samples of the work done by some of the boys and girls in the Senior end of the school during the last two weeks..


Fruity Treats!


Junior Infants were challenged last week to create some apple kids and fruity treats. They certainly used their imagination as the pictures below will show! Click on the picture to see what they got up to!

Homework April 27th/May 5th


Links for homework for the next fortnight can be accessed here.

Junior Infants     Senior Infants    1st Class   2nd Class     3rd Class      4th Class       5th Class      6th Class 

We are all using the online platform, Seesaw, from Monday onwards. Seesaw is one of the suggested methods of communication by the Department of Education and Skills. Those at the junior end of the school are very familiar with this for some time now and, to connect in a more meaningful way with those at the senior end, every child and family is invited to connect with Seesaw. If you wish to  get instructions on how to do this, please ensure that your teacher has a parent’s  email address.

If you need further instructions on how to upload work to Seesaw once you have connected, click here. How To_ Home Learning with Seesaw One Pager for Students

Well done to all for continuing your learning in so many different ways.

Click here to see what some children have been doing. (We have so much submitted already it would be impossible to include everybody’s work- this is just a sample!)

Welcome to Term 3, 2020!


As we begin Term 3, the days are bright, the sun is shining and we see signs of Spring all around us. We know that we are all learning something new as each day passes, albeit in a very different way. We, as teachers, are really enjoying seeing some of your work and we hope that you all continue to stay healthy.

Homework for the new fortnight starting next Monday, 27th will be posted  here on Friday. You can continue with the work assigned before Easter for this current week.

Finally, it’s great to see our good friends, Gillian, Leonie and Staff from Penhouse Design (down the road from the school) collaborating with Túsla to create some active learning ideas. Click on the picture to see the full page!


Happy Easter from Rang 1


A huge Thank You to the parents and pupils of Rang a hAon for putting this video together. Click here or on the image below to see their lovely Easter message for all.

Happy Easter!


As we come to the end of Term 2, we all agree that it has been a very unusual term. However, we would like to commend each and everyone for all their hard work. Thank you to the boys and girls whose sent us their lovely artwork below. We hope that you continue to enjoy your time together and have a very happy Easter.

Homework Update – Week beginning March 30th


Update 30/3/20

Please note that due to  technical issues, some details on Juniors, Seniors, 1st, 2nd and 5th Classes have been updated today, Monday. Please review if you need to.

Thank you .

Update 28/3/20

Parents and Students,

We hope this work update finds you all well and continuing to enjoy time spent together and learning together. It will leave us with precious memories as long as we take all the necessary precautions to stay safe – remembering at all times to maintain physical distancing and regular handwashing.

Please find below a list of suggested work for each class to keep our minds engaged and continue our learning at home.Junior Infants   Senior Infants  1st class  2nd class 3rd Class  4th Class   5th Class   6th Class     SEN


Rockin’ your Socks!


Thank you to all who took part in our Odd Socks Challenge on Saturday 21st and for sending us your photos. Click on the video to see what some children got up to.