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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Parents’ Association AGM


Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions the Parent’s Association decided to host  their first ever virtual  AGM on Thursday last, Nov. 19th.

Click here for a report on the meeting.

AGM Report Ratheniska Parents Association

Ratheniska Parents Association held their first ever virtual AGM on Thursday 19th November 2020 and we are delighted to report no technical problems arose!
The following officers were elected:
Chairperson:  Chris Knowles
Vice Chairperson: Evelyn Roberts
Secretary: Dawn Kavanagh
Vice Secretary: Claire Downey
Treasurer: Maeve Conroy
Vice Treasurer: Ronan Fingleton
We welcome all new and returning officers and thank the outgoing officers, namely Teresina Dermody who has served as secretary for the past 3 years and Sara O’Hara who was vice treasurer last year.
It was discussed that a factor in the poor attendance in Parents Association meetings might be a lack of awareness of what a Parents Association does, so to this end we refer you to the National Parents Council website and a detailed description of same
On the financial end of things our income for the school year 2019/2020 included €800 from Halloween Disco, €809 from the Christmas Cards and €256 from the Table Quiz.  We thank you most sincerely for your continued generous support.  A contribution total of €2000 has been made to school, with €1000 paid Dec 2019 and a further €1000 November 2020.
It what has been an unprecedented year we wish to express our most sincere thanks and offer our support to the Principal, Board of Management and all the staff for their tireless efforts in making our school a safe and happy place for our children to enjoy their education in.
We understand that the financial demands on the running of the school are heightened this year with all the costs of covid compliance.  To this end a fundraising subcommittee has been established with representatives from Board of Management and Parents Association.  We extend the invitation to anyone wishing to get involved to just contact ourselves or the school and we will be delighted to hear fresh voices and ideas on same, as it will require a bit of different thinking on our traditional fundraisers.
Our contact details are:
We look forward to 2020/2021.

Science Week 2020


All classes celebrated Science Week with a very varied range of discussion, video calls and experiments. All strands of the Science Curriculum were explored and experiments were researched, planned and collaborated on by pupils in all classes from Juniors right up to 6th.

Rang 5 and Rang 6 also tuned in to a Science Week Special Zoom chat with Dr Caitriona Jackman from DIAS. They heard about her amazing research using I-LOFAR to study planets in our Solar System, what makes them different to Earth, and they had an opportunity to ask questions about what they learned!

Click on the picture below to see velocity in action and click here to go to our Gallery page to see lots of action and excitement!

Green Flag Presentation Ceremony


Fifth and Sixth Classes attended a virtual Green Flag celebration ceremony on Thursday last. The children enjoyed hearing about and seeing the work of other schools around the country and the travel projects they undertook. We are delighted to have been awarded our 4th Green Flag based on our work on the theme of Travel. We are now looking forward to working on the theme of Biodiversity over the coming two years.



Rosie is a Border Collie . Rosie is 9 months old and her roots are in Kerry . We are so happy to welcome her to Ratheniska NS . Rosie will spend her days in school working with a small group of children . It is our hope that her presence in school will improve all our emotional well-being , maintain our morale and teach us more about companionship and relationships .

Dance Masters!


In First Class, we have been exploring the dance strand of the PE curriculum. We have concentrating on Creative dance with Ms. O’Connell. We love to boogie to the beat!

Junior Builders!


Juniors Infants arrived back to school after the Halloween break full of enthusiasm for the second half of Term 1. Our theme for the month of November is “The Construction Site.” We have budding architects, electricians, carpenters, plumbers and more as we put on our hi-vis jackets and hard hats and spend some time each day creating buildings fit for “Room to Improve”!