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

Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Term 2 and Letter from Minister for Education 

 Welcome back to Term 2 and online school. We hope that everyone is keeping well and staying safe. Teachers worked hard during Term 1  to prepare for online learning and are already so happy to see all your work coming in.  Seesaw is the school’s platform of choice and is approved by the  Department of Education and Science. This time around you will notice that there will be a more blended approach to learning, ie more teacher-led instructional videos to help the children with their work and more school-led reading material.  Parents are reminded to be astute with the work prescribed by Class Teachers through SeeSaw. It is acknowledged that all families will have circumstances that are particular and if there are days/ times when you cannot reach on work that is perfectly understandable. Focus on making reading enjoyable, keeping up as best as possible with number work, and taking as much fresh air/ nature breaks as possible.
Please remember that Class Teachers are available to you through SeeSaw or through Class email should you have any queries or concerns  and school e-mail will be checked daily as always.
The following is a letter from Ms Norma Foley to Parents of Students receiving Remote Learning.

Happy Christmas 2020


Wishing everyone a very happy and safe Christmas .

From all our crafty kids and staff.


Christmas Draw 2020


Many thanks to our Parents Association for organizing this year’s Christmas Draw to raise  much needed funds for the school. The draw was conducted by 6th class on Friday and the lucky winners were announced. A huge thank you to everyone for their generosity to this fundraiser.

Head over to the Parents Association page to see photos and details of the winners.

Board of Management Report


Please click here to read the latest report from our Board of Management.

Thank You!


We would like to express our gratitude to Patrick Miller (Miller’s Hardware, Portlaoise) for his very kind donation of Christmas trees to our school. They are adding hugely to the sense of festive spirit in the run up to Christmas.

First Class Gingerbread Houses!


Following on from the theme of houses in 2nd, 1st class got in on the act and decided to make gingerbread houses. Their teamwork and enthusiasm ensured that the houses they created were definitely good enough to eat!

Homes around the world


Second Class explored the theme of Homes in recent weeks. The children have been busy researching, gathering and constructing, with the end product being some very impressive igloos, tribal homes and floating homes amongst others. A comment was made by one of the children that “Each house is so different”, as our selection of photos certainly proves true.

Parents’ Association AGM


Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions the Parent’s Association decided to host  their first ever virtual  AGM on Thursday last, Nov. 19th.

Click here for a report on the meeting.

Science Week 2020


All classes celebrated Science Week with a very varied range of discussion, video calls and experiments. All strands of the Science Curriculum were explored and experiments were researched, planned and collaborated on by pupils in all classes from Juniors right up to 6th.

Rang 5 and Rang 6 also tuned in to a Science Week Special Zoom chat with Dr Caitriona Jackman from DIAS. They heard about her amazing research using I-LOFAR to study planets in our Solar System, what makes them different to Earth, and they had an opportunity to ask questions about what they learned!

Click on the picture below to see velocity in action and click here to go to our Gallery page to see lots of action and excitement!

Green Flag Presentation Ceremony


Fifth and Sixth Classes attended a virtual Green Flag celebration ceremony on Thursday last. The children enjoyed hearing about and seeing the work of other schools around the country and the travel projects they undertook. We are delighted to have been awarded our 4th Green Flag based on our work on the theme of Travel. We are now looking forward to working on the theme of Biodiversity over the coming two years.