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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

AGM 2022


At our recent AGM, the following officers were elected.

Chairperson – Laura Baldwin

Secretary – Michelle Clear

Treasurer – Olivia O’Donovan

BOM Agreed Report Term 2 – 2022


The Agreed Board of Management Report for Term 2 can be read here.

BOM Agreed Report Term 2 2022


Happy Easter!


Clues were written, eggs were hidden and off we went with our big buddies from 4th, 5th and 6th Classes on egg hunts, scavenger hunts and many more Easter related activities – a truly great start to the Easter Holiday season!

We will return to school for Term 3 on Monday, April 25th at 9.10am.

Wishing you all a very happy and safe Easter!


The Great Ratheniska Bake-off!


With Easter Sunday not too far away, Rang 5 got thinking that they should practise their baking skills with a view to creating some sweet treats for their families! A bake off was set up by Ms Sugrue and away the went!They worked in groups, researched their recipes and took to the kitchen. After an extremely busy hour, their set up their creations ready for adjudication. Tensions were high as the adjudicators passed by each table, took notes and made their final decision!

Which creation would you pick??

The Sacrament of First Penance 2022


On Thursday, April 7th, 20 boys and girls from Rang 2, gathered in the Church of the Holy Cross in Ratheniska to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance along with Monsignor Byrne,¬† their parents and Mrs O’Byrne, their teacher.

They are now looking forward to the Sacrament of the Eucharist on Saturday May 21st at 12 noon.


First Class Buttons!


In Rang a hAon, we have been working on procedural writing over the past few weeks. We made giant chocolate buttons , we wrote the procedure, but the best part was left until last – eating them!


PJ Kelly (Laois GAA Chairperson) visited our school recently to present David from 6th Class with a new Laois Jersey & Kit, kindly sponsored by O’Neills.¬† Along with his classmates, David had entered the “Design the new Laois Jersey” competition. We were all delighted to learn of his success.
Mr Conway also kindly accepted  a voucher for a new set of school jerseys. They will get great use in the years to come.

Environmental Awareness and Care


Rang 6 have been studying the Strand of Environmental Awareness and Care during their SESE classes recently. They took the hands-on approach, got their litter pickers and bags and set off around the local roads. While they did collect some bits and pieces, they were very pleased and encouraged to find that the area around Ratheniska NS is relatively litter-free. Let’s keep it that way!

Spring is Here!


As the sun was shining brightly, Juniors Infants set off on a walk in the locality looking for signs of Spring. We didn’t have to go too far before we spotted daffodils, buds, catkins, dandelions and even a ladybird! On the way back, we were so lucky to meet our neighbour, Les, who showed us a nest that a blackbird had made in a cardboard box in his shed! Thank you, Les – a great experience!