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Ratheniska National School

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Senior Infants are getting into the mood for Halloween during their daily Aistear sessions. They are busy writing spooky recipes, making ghoulish potions and serving unsuspecting customers – Playful learning at its best!

Introducing Six Bricks!


Junior Infants are embracing Six Bricks in many areas of their learning.  Through fun and short activities with sets of LEGO® DUPLO® bricks. in six bright colours, the boys and girls can practice their memory, movement, creativity and more. They work collaboratively to solve problems and, here, they are building the Tricky Tower. Their competitive spirit is evident as they strive to build the tallest, most stable structure!

First Communion 2021


The boys and girls from 3rd Class, who had to defer their First Holy Communion Day last May, celebrated the Sacrament of the Eucharist in great style on October 9th. Held in the SS Peter and Paul’s Church in Portlaoise and officiated by all the priests of the parish, it was a momentous occasion for all families involved.

Lava Lamp Experiment


This week, Rang a Trí made lava lamps while investigating what happens when oil is added to water.

We discovered that oil and water do not mix; they separate because water is more dense than oil.

Next, we added food colouring and watched as it dropped down through the oil and mixed with the water.

Finally, we added an effervescent tablet and watched as our lava lamps came to life! The tablet sank to the bottom of the bottle and reacted with the water to produce carbon dioxide bubbles.

We really enjoyed this experiment and we did a great job at following all of the steps in the investigation!


Blackberry Picking in Juniors


Autumn has arrived and Junior Infants have been out searching the hedgerows around our school for signs of falling leaves, berries and anything else we could find. We spotted elderberries, haws and lots of blackberries. We would love to have found a horse chestnut tree with some conkers but we decided we would have to go further afield some day to do just that!

Computer Classes Resume


Now that we are well settled into our new school year, computer classes have resumed under the leadership of Ms. Craven. All pupils from 3rd to 6th classes attend their class each Tuesday. While those in 3rd class are introduced to to basic word processing, those in 6th will aim to be proficient in creating powerpoints, mastering Excel and getting to grips with coding – all very necessary skills in our age of technology.

Sunny Numbers in First!


As the September weather continues to be kind to us for our outdoor learning, First class headed outside and were spotted working on their computational skills – much more enjoyable and engaging than in the classroom!

A New School Year!


On Monday 30th August, we all arrived back to school full of delight to meet our friends again and to start our new school year. We would like to welcome our 22 new Junior Infants along with some other boys and girls who joined some of the older classes. We are following all Covid guidelines and are looking forward to a full school year in class with lots of adventures and learning along the way.

Return to School August 30th 2021

We are looking forward to meeting everyone once again on August 30th at 9.10 am.
Please refer to the home page for information regarding Covid-19
Below are the Class Teachers, Support Teachers  and SNAs for School Year 2021/2022.
Class Teachers
Junior Infants        Mrs Joan Dwyer
Senior Infants        Ms. Sarah Stapleton
First Class.             Ms. Laura Moloney
Second Class         Ms Michelle O Byrne
Third Class             Ms. Sinéad Duignan
Fourth Class           Mr. Kevin O Mahoney
Fifth Class               Ms. Katie Sugrue
Sixth Class              Mr Brendan Conway
Support Teachers
Ms. Karen Fingleton/Mrs. Martha Dooley
Mr. Niall Fennelly
Ms Ciara Dempsey
Ms Denise Spillane
Special Needs Assistants
Mrs Margaret Greene
Ms Mairead Byrne
Ms Norah O’Sullivan
Ms Aine Sandgrove

Sports Day 2021


And so the year concludes and we all get to rest ,relax and renew. This year has been a year like no other , full of changes and challenges and it has made all of us  so much stronger and more resilient. To celebrate our arduous journey through 2020/2021 we decided to make some wonderful memories and have a super Sports Day. Take a look and share these memories.

See you all on August 30th for Term 1. 

Beir bua agus coinnigí slán. 

“ Memory is the diary we all carry about with us “. 

Oscar Wilde