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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Booklists for the Coming School Year

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Booklists for all classes  for 2021-2022 can be be found at https://ratheniskans.ie/booklists-2/

Class to 3K 2021

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After a lapse of 1 year, the annual Class to 3k returned today.  3rd to 6th classes have been training for the past number of weeks and were confident as they took to the pitch today to complete their 3 k.  Many personal bests were smashed and we are very proud of each and everyone who took part. They now have a brand new hoodie as a reward for their efforts. Juniors, Seniors, First and Second pupils were equally proud of themselves as they did a mini-mini marathon by completing 1k and were presented with a Certificate of Participation for their efforts! Many thanks to all who organised the day especially some of our past pupils who helped out with the smooth running of the event.

Senior Infant Outdoor Classroom

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Senior Infants are spending as much time as possible in the outdoor classroom that they have created and hope the weather remains good for the rest of the term. They were very fortunate to get  some cable reels which they turned into tables, a pallet and pallet collar which became their mini garden and a restored blackboard which brings back memories of classrooms long ago. With a few other creative touches, they have a classroom outside which they loved coming to every day!

The 7 Wonders of the World

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5th Class have been taking a virtual tour of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World during their History and Geography classes . They then got their artistic, engineering and creative skills together and created 3D models of the famous sites. A great hands-on and collaborative learning experience!

 

A walk to Loughihoe

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First Class went with their clipboards to Loughihoe last week. We looked at the cow parsley, we examined the buttercups, we found so many plants  and brought them back to class to try to identify them. We looked in awe at the scenery all around the Ratheniska. We brought our lunch with us so that we would not have to go back to class too early as we enjoyed our learning so much!!

4th Class Gardeners

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Now that the spring plants in the pots at the front of the school have gone past their best, Rang 4 decided it was time to get the pots ready for Summer. They have kept the old plants to replant next Autumn and were busy as beavers as they put in the new plants. They have promised to go above and beyond by keeping them alive during the Summer months and we look forward to seeing them in full bloom in September.

Biodiversity in 3rd

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Third class have been exploring the biodiversity in our area over the last few weeks. They looked at the cycle of pollination, they explored the wild birds in our area and they completed their week by doing some weaving to make birds’ nests and they created a very colourful and informative display.

 

A visit from some friendly rabbits!

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Senior Infants were learning about rabbits during their Science class last week. They were delighted to have Ms. Stapleton’s bunnies, Sampras and Zeus, come to school for the day They learned at first hand how to care for them, hold them and be responsible pet owners. They were very pleased that the weather was nice and they could do their learning outside in their lovely outdoor learning space.

Shape and Space in 1st.

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Rang a hAon have been busy exploring the strand of Shape and Space during their Maths lessons. They were learning about area and tessellation  and they thoroughly enjoyed working collaboratively and individually on their shape pictures. 

Junior Biodiversity Experts

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This week, we are celebrating National Biodiversity Week and what better way to explore biodiversity in our local area than to go outside, look and listen. Junior Infants went for a walk along the hedgerows near the school. We found so many creatures, flowers and plants that we never realised were so close to us. We even got to carry out the age-old tradition of blowing some dandelion clocks!