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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Easter Fun!


As we approached the Easter holidays this week, we were very busy with Easter treasure hunts, crafting, and a very enjoyable visit from the Easter Bunny!

Check out our video to get a short snapshot of just some of our activities. Then, you can head on over to the Parents’ Association Page for all the photos of the big bunny and winners of the raffle.


Happy Easter!


On Wednesday March 29th, the Ratheniska Parents Association held an Easter raffle. We had a very special visitor who came to the school and help us with the raffle. There was great excitement as the Easter Bunny met each class. We had winners from each class along with a class raffle. The children and families did a great job selling lines for the raffle and we will have the final count on the amount that was raised soon. The money raised will be going directly to the school to help with ongoing costs and skills development. Wishing all the families of Ratheniska National school a Happy Easter and don’t forget to drop into the Community Hall after Mass on Easter Sunday for a cup of tea and a sweet treat.

Cumann na mBuncol 2023 – Iománaíocht/Camógaíocht


Hurling Season has started again and, in the Cumann na mBunscol competitions this year, the following are the groups for the boys and girls:-

Buachaillí – Ratheniska, Gaelscoil Phortlaoise, The Rock, Emo, Ballyadams

Cailíní – Ratheniska, Gaelscoil Phortlaoise, Emo, Ballyroan

Best of luck to all!

Spring has Sprung!


Spring is in the air and in Junior Infants we put on our coats and went out and about looking for signs of Spring in the school environment. We didn’t find any nests but decided to make our own when we got back to class!

World Down Syndrome Day 2023


World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is celebrated annually on the 21st of March and is a global awareness day that has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

We happily joined the nationwide awareness campaign by wearing colourful socks to school today. We had discussions about the uniqueness of each and everyone. Thank you to all the boys and girls who contributed 2 euro for our fundraiser for the local Down Syndrome branch.

Happy Mother’s Day


Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mammies in our school community!


An Céili Mór 2023


We finished off a very successful Seachtain na Gaeilge with a Céilí Mór  today. Firstly, we marched and waved our flags in our parade all the way to the church and back. Then, we all gathered together in the school yard to sing and dance our way through the afternoon.

We hope you enjoy our little video that gives a flavour of the day!

Lá Fhéile Shona daoibh go léir!


Na Leipreacháin


Seachtain na Gaeilge atá ann an tseachtain seo. Chaith Rang 6 leathlá leis na Naíonáin Shinsearacha ag déanamh leipreachán . Bhí an Ghaeilge agus an tEalaín fite fuaite lena chéile an t-am ar fad. Ceapaimid go léir go bhfuil na leipreacháin ar fheabhas!

Seachtain na Gaeilge – Peataí Caillte!


Bhíomar  an-ghnóthach ar fad i Rang 3 i rith Seachtain na Gaeilge. Chuireama ár bpeataí i bhfolach agus scríobhamar fógraí beaga chun cur síos a dhéanamh ar ár bpeataí caillte. Ansin, bhi orainn dul timpeall na scoile chun iad a fháil ar ais.

Bhaineamar an-taitneamh as!

Springtime on the Farm


Juniors and Seniors were delighted to welcome back a former pupil today as we explore the theme of Springtime on the Farm. Brendan brought his New Holland tractor for a hands-on lesson with the boys and girls. He gave each one of us a bag of barley and explained how it is sown. He gave us lots of insights into his work as a farmer and remembered fondly his time in Junior Infants many years ago when he drove his pretend tractor around the yard at playtime!