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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Graduation hoodies


We were delighted to gift all the pupils in 6th class a graduation hoodie recently. We wish them well for their last few weeks in Ratheniska National school and all the best as they journey to Secondary schools.



On the 26th April the school celebrated Rainbow day. The PA were delighted to introduce this charity day to the school. LOFFA stands for Laois Offaly Families for Autism and supports many families and young adults with Autism. We are delighted to announce €230.60 was collected on the day. 

First Holy Communion


On the 20th April 2024 the boys and girls in 2nd class made their First Holy Communion. The PA hosted its annual Communion Party and it was a great success. The sun was shining and there was plenty of style around on the day. Many thanks to all the parents who helped out, decorated the hall and dropped off food. There was a great spread on the day and it gave the families and children time to catch up after the ceremony. 

Thank you to the GAA club for the use of the hall on the day and to Kristen Cakery and the Fitzgerald Family  for the delicious cakes.

We hope all the children and their families had a fabulous day. 

Easter Raffle


The Ratheniska PA held a very successful Easter raffle which raised €3950 for the school and PA events. €1500 will go towards replacing ICT in Senior Infants and 3rd Class. The remainder will be for Annual PA activities. 


Thank you so much to all the generous businesses who sponsored the prizes for the raffle. 


Easter Raffle 2024 Sponsors 


Prize Sponsored by 
1st  €500 Centre Parcs Voucher Lawlor Clinic & Orchard Farm Veterinary Ltd
2nd  Five All Access Day Passes for Emerald Park  Laois Physiotherapy Clinic
3rd  Family Season Ticket for Irish National Stud and Gardens  Brownes Animal Feed
4th  €150 Voucher for Wildlands Galway LSM Engineering Ltd
5th  €100 Voucher for Dublin Zoo Millers Hardware
6th  €100 Voucher for Fota Wildlife Park Penhouse Design
7th  €100 Voucher for Castlecomer Discovery Park Kilteale Livestock Ltd
8th  €100 Certa Oil voucher Certa Oil
9th  Day Pass for Four People to Jurassic Newpark DJ Dunne and Co
10th  €50 Voucher Avondale Treetop Walk DJ Dunne and Co
11th  €50 Voucher for Jump zone Liffey Valley Kilteale Livestock Ltd
12th  Voucher for a Large Bouquet of Flowers from All Occasions All Occasions Florists
13th  €50 Voucher for D-Kids Clothing D-Kids
14th  Family Pass for Croke Park Stadium & Museum Tour DJ Dunne and Co
15th  Voucher for a Box of 12 cupcakes from Kristen’s Cakery Kristen’s Cakery
16th  Family Day Pass for Playtown Tullamore Playtown Tullamore
17th  €25 Voucher for Castleview Farm Brownes Animal Feeds
18th  Art and Craft set Ken Blacks


The raffle was held in the GAA clubhouse on Easter Sunday morning. Congratulations to all the winners. 

Easter Bunny Visits Ratheniska


The PA were delighted that the Easter Bunny was able to visit Ratheniska NS where every child got a chocolate treat. All the children were entered into a raffle for a class Easter hamper. 

See some photos from the visit here 

Cumann na mBunscoil Laois Cross Country 2024


Ratheniska NS participated in the schools Cross Country event in Rathleague on Friday the 3rd of May. We had 16 runners on the day who all did the school very proud and ran brilliantly. A special mention to Molly Conroy who received a bronze medal for 4th in the Junior Girls race and to Grace Fennelly who also received a bronze medal for placing 5th in the Senior Girls race. Well done to all!



First Holy Communion 2024


Second Class celebrated the sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday 20th April in the beautifully refurbished church in Ratheniska. It was a beautiful day on this very special occasion for the girls and boys.