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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

BOM Report Term 1


The first Board of Management  report for the current school year can be found here

Agreed Report BOM 28th Sept 2020

Computer Classes Return!


The boys and girls from 3rd to 6th Classes have recommenced their computer classes under the watchful eye of Ms Miriam Craven. Full Covid-19 protocols are in place. 3rd class are starting off with basic word processing while the other classes will be working on powerpoints, excel and basic coding as the year moves on.


Outdoor Learning in 5th!


Taking advantage of the current spell of fine weather, the boys and girls in 5th Class decided to explore the flora and fauna of our local environment with a particular focus on trees. We researched some different native and non-native species and set about identifying the trees between our school and Loughihoe hill. We found ash, hazel, elder, holly, hawthorn and sycamore to name a few. We are also researching folklore associated with the different trees. We know that we should be careful near the hawthorn trees so that we do not disturb the fairies!

Self Portraits…with a twist!


Back to school is a bit different this year and so are our self portraits. In First Class, we  got creative and designed our own unique masks . Even though we think our masks look pretty cool, we know there is a lot more behind the mask!

First Holy Communion 2020


The boys and girls in Rang a Trí celebrated their First communion on Saturday 12th September. This was a historic day for all the children and their families as it was the culmination of the preparations that were made last year. However, the sun still shone on one and all as they descended on Ss Peter and Paul’s Church in Portlaoise.  Fr Ciprian celebrated the Mass and everyone was delighted to gather together in the open air for a class photo before heading home to celebrate with their families.

Seesaw Setup for 2020


As we are getting accustomed to our new normal in school, we are in the process of setting up our online homework platform, “Seesaw” for the coming year. This platform, recommended by the Dept of Ed  and Skills, has worked very well for us in the last few years and particularly during our time of homelearning. In keeping with the principle of Increasing Separation and Decreasing Interaction as advised in the Covid 19 School Response Plan, we aim to minimise the transfer of documents between home and school.

  Click here to view information about Seesaw including a link to Seesaw’s Privacy Policy and parental consent for use.

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