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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

Thank you, Mrs Dwyer.


Parents and grandparents attended the coffee morning on 26th June to mark the occasion of Mrs. Joan Dwyer’s retirement. The Parents Association presented Joan with a bouquet of flowers and a gift which was the result of a collection from parents in the school – many present commenting ‘Joan had all of mine’ and noting the contribution she had to their development in their early years. Those in the first class Joan taught in 1993 are now in their mid thirties, some of whose children Joan taught this year. We congratulate her on the long service and huge impact on the community during that time.

Go neirí go an t-ádh leat, Joan agus bain taitneamh as an gcéad aistear eile i do shaol!

Congratulations to our 2023 First Communicants!

Congratulations to all the boys and girls who made their First Holy Communion recently. It was a great day of celebration and the PA were delighted to host Refreshments in the GAA club house after the ceremony. The families had a lovely time catching up and the children enjoyed the time with their friends.
Many Thanks to the GAA for allowing us to host the event in the clubhouse, Yvonne from All Occasions Florist for the beautiful flowers and to Kristen from Kristen’s Cakery for the amazing cake. Also a huge thank you to all the parents who helped out on the day and to those who dropped in treats for the celebration.

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.

Merry Christmas 2022


Smiles all around this morning as the children received their Christmas Annual and Class Photo as a gift from the Parents Association. We would like to wish all the teachers, staff and families of Ratheniska National School a Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

Halloween Disco 2022

The Ratheniska Parents Association were delighted to host the much anticipated Halloween Disco in the Community Hall last Wednesday. A big thanks to DJ Tim Chambers for his spooktacular music. The kids had great fun and danced the night away. Also a special thank to Brian Phelan for his hard work and creativity in transforming the hall into a place of horror and terror!!
Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable Halloween break.