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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

First Communion 2022

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On Saturday 21st May, 2nd class celebrated their First Holy Communion. Fr Ciprian celebrated the Mass where 22 boys and girls received their First Communion. Pupils from 3rd-6th class provided beautiful singing which enhanced the ceremony. Many thanks to Louise Kavanagh for leading the choir. 

After the ceremony the Parents’ Association hosted a party in the GAA clubhouse. This was a great success and gave the boys and girls time to chat and have some fun. Many families came and it was lovely to hear the buzz back in the community. It really made the day special for the boys and girls of 2nd class. Many thanks to all the parents who helped out on the day, dropped sandwiches and treats and for setting up the night before. Your help is really appreciated. 

A special thanks to Ms. Michelle O’ Byrne and Ms. Pauline Dunne for preparing the children for their First Holy Communion. 

Thank you to the GAA club for the use of  the clubhouse on the day. It truly is a great facility to have in the community. Photographer Denis Byrne was there to capture the family photos along with Videographer John Brophy who recorded the ceremony as a keepsake for families. 

Nadia Tavolieri surprised us all on the day with a fabulous cake. She has recently set up her business of D’Laois Cakes. Thank you for the delicious cake, Nadia!

 

Jersey Day and Raffle

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On Friday the 20th May we held a very successful Jersey Day in Ratheniska NS. Many club and county jerseys were on display on the day. Thank you to all the parents for their generous donations and we are delighted to inform you we raised €1561.92. This funding will be used to cover events between now and the end of the school year. Check out a photo of some of the jerseys  here.

Towards the end of the day, and in the presence of the entire school community and staff, we held a raffle and we were very lucky to have some sporting celebrities in attendance on the day to help out.

Representing their clubs were Enda Shortall, Kieran Lillis, Enda Rowland, Jamie Baldwin and Gareth Dillon who presented the winners with their prizes.

The prizes included vouchers for Roll ‘n’ Bowl, Kirsten’s Cakery, Pippa’s Parlour, McDonalds, Supermacs, wine from Peig’s Bar  and Bracken’s Gala, chocolates, doughnuts and a fruit hamper. The prizes were well shared out among the classes and staff and we would like to thank sincerely all those who organised and sponsored them.

There was great excitement among all the children on the day and thanks to all the lads for coming and inspiring the boys and girls in Ratheniska NS. 

Click here to see the excited winners!

AGM 2022

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At our recent AGM, the following officers were elected.

Chairperson – Laura Baldwin

Secretary – Michelle Clear

Treasurer – Olivia O’Donovan

And the Winners are…..!

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The winners of our Christmas Draw are as follows:

1st – Mattie Fingleton (Conor and Abbie Sugrue’s card)

2nd – Sé Ramsbottom (Brian Ramsbottom’s card)

3rd – Dan Mortimer ( Millie Sydes card)

4th – Alan Roberts (Valérie Mahé’s card0

5th – John and James Fingleton (Fingleton’s card)

We would like to express our gratitude to all those who organised the draw and to all those who contributed so generously. 

 

AGM Report Ratheniska Parents Association

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Ratheniska Parents Association held their first ever virtual AGM on Thursday 19th November 2020 and we are delighted to report no technical problems arose!
The following officers were elected:
Chairperson:  Chris Knowles
Vice Chairperson: Evelyn Roberts
Secretary: Dawn Kavanagh
Vice Secretary: Claire Downey
Treasurer: Maeve Conroy
Vice Treasurer: Ronan Fingleton
We welcome all new and returning officers and thank the outgoing officers, namely Teresina Dermody who has served as secretary for the past 3 years and Sara O’Hara who was vice treasurer last year.
It was discussed that a factor in the poor attendance in Parents Association meetings might be a lack of awareness of what a Parents Association does, so to this end we refer you to the National Parents Council website and a detailed description of same http://www.npc.ie/primary/parents-associations.
On the financial end of things our income for the school year 2019/2020 included €800 from Halloween Disco, €809 from the Christmas Cards and €256 from the Table Quiz.  We thank you most sincerely for your continued generous support.  A contribution total of €2000 has been made to school, with €1000 paid Dec 2019 and a further €1000 November 2020.
It what has been an unprecedented year we wish to express our most sincere thanks and offer our support to the Principal, Board of Management and all the staff for their tireless efforts in making our school a safe and happy place for our children to enjoy their education in.
We understand that the financial demands on the running of the school are heightened this year with all the costs of covid compliance.  To this end a fundraising subcommittee has been established with representatives from Board of Management and Parents Association.  We extend the invitation to anyone wishing to get involved to just contact ourselves or the school and we will be delighted to hear fresh voices and ideas on same, as it will require a bit of different thinking on our traditional fundraisers.
Our contact details are:       ratheniskaparents@gmail.com
and our Chairperson Chris Knowles can be contacted directly on 0877609572
We look forward to 2020/2021.

Table Quiz 2020

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We held our annual Table Quiz on March 11th this year. We had a packed hall with teams from our own school, Stradbally, Cosby, Timahoe and the Heath. All rounds were hotly contested and at the end of a very enjoyable night , the winners were announced and Ratheniska came in first, second and third place.

Thank you to all who helped organise this event.

 

Halloween Disco 2019

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Our first event of the new school year was the annual Halloween disco which we held on Wednesday 23rd. All the boys and girls were in awe as they entered the spooky wonderland. We would like to thank all  who attended and who helped make the night a huge success.

 

Summer Disco 2019

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We held our Summer Disco on Wednesday evening and all the boys and girls enjoyed bopping to the music with their friends as they count down the days to the Summer Holidays. A huge thank you to all the parents who set up and supervised the successful evening.

 

First Communion Day

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A huge thank you to all parents who made the post-Communion reception in the Hall such a success on Saturday last. We  took the opportunity, at the end of Mass to thank Mrs Stapleton for all her work  and dedication during her teaching career. We would like to wish her all the very best as she begins the next chapter of her life.

Happy Easter 2019

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We were delighted once again to bring the Easter Bunny to visit all our young boys and girls in school. The eggs were scattered about, the treats were ready and  220 boys and girls arrived to the GAA pitch to begin their hunt for clues and eggs. Once again, we were delighted to support local industry, Cocoa Couture who supplied the yummy treats. Thank you to all the parents who helped to make this another successful day.