Thank you to all our students for contributing their beautiful artwork to our website.

Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey



The PA were delighted to invite Santa to visit all the boys and girls in Ratheniska NS. Thank you to Stradbally Fire Services for helping him arrive in style and to Santa himself for making the long trip from the North Pole. Santa had a busy day in the school announcing the winners of the Christmas PA Art Competition and giving all the Children a Christmas Annual and a Class photo from the PA.

Thank you to the local business who sponsored prizes for the Art Competition:


Kelly Lou Cakes

All Books

Roll’n Bowl

Ken Blacks


Some photos of the day and the art winners can be seen here: Santa Visit 2023

Christmas Collection for PATH


A Big Thank you to all the families of Ratheniska NS who supported our Christmas PATH collection. The response was great and we were delighted to welcome Jason and Gerry to the school to speak to the children about the work PATH does. They spoke about how they help about 100 families in Laois each week and deliver them hampers of food. They highlighted if anyone needed support or help they were only a phone call away.

Farewell to Mr. O’Mahony


Before the Halloween break we said goodbye to Mr. O’ Mahony. Éilish and Caroline presented him with a token of appreciation from the PA on his retirement. We would like to thank him for all his hard work, dedication, and contributions to the school over the years. Wishing you all the best on your future endeavours as you embark on the next chapter of your life.

Halloween Disco


We had a very successful Halloween Disco with lots of witches, monsters and skeletons on the night. It was great to see many parents also get into the spirit of Halloween and dress up. DJ Bren kept the children dancing all night long with tunes to suit all. A special Thank you to Brian and his family for another spooktacular event. The decorations get bigger and better every year. We would also like to thank the Hall Committee for kindly letting us use the facilities for the night. These events don’t run themselves and it takes many volunteers to help set up, man the tuck shop and clean up. Thanks to all who helped out.

Check out some photos from the Halloween Disco here:

Halloween Disco 2023

New Members of the PA


Following our AGM, held on 26th Sept 2023 the following positions have been filled.

Chairperson: Caroline Flannery

Vice Chairperson: Denise Plunkett

Secretary: Michelle Clear

Vice Secretary: Bridget Quigley

Treasurer: Eilish Maher

Vice Treasurer: Olivia O’ Donovan

Christmas Art 2023


The girls and boys had lots of fun creating wonderful art pieces in the run up to Christmas. Here are a selection!