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

Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Preparations for Term 1

Soon we will begin the countdown for back to school . Ms Dunne and the staff have been very busy over the last few  weeks  making preparations  for our return to  Ratheniska NS and everybody should feel assured and confident that we will all be back together soon. Details about the reopening will be informed by the Department of Educations’ guidance to schools . These details will issue to families in the run up to schools reopening . For now, continue to enjoy the school  holidays and keep practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene.
Below are the Class Teachers, Support Teachers  and SNAs for School Year 2020/2021.
Class Teachers
Junior Infants        Mrs J. Dwyer
Senior Infants         Ms. S Stapleton
First Class.               Ms. Laura Moloney
Second Class            Ms Michelle O Byrne
Third Class               Ms. Karen Fingleton/Mrs. Martha Dooley
Fourth Class             Mr. Kevin O Mahoney
Fifth Class                 Ms Katie Sugrue
Sixth Class                Mr Brendan Conway
Support Teachers
Ms Sandra Mulhall
Mr. Niall Fennelly
Ms Ciara Dempsey
Ms Denise Spillane
Special Needs Assistants
Ms Margaret Greene
Ms Mairead O Byrne
Ms Norah Sullivan
Ms Aine Sandgrove
Click on the picture below to see some of our preparations.

Back to School 2020 


As the country starts to open up again, our thoughts in Ratheniska National School are turned towards opening of school for Term 1 . All staff in Ratheniska have been busy preparing for a return to school . The school has been deep cleaned and preparations have been made to make the school a safe space for all . We are hoping to be given the go ahead to reopen on Thursday August 27th . You will receive information detailing how the return to school will happen in August . This information will be based on the best advice made available to us from the DES . Information  previously posted for parents of Junior Infants can be accessed here.

In the meantime enjoy the summer break as best you can and if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact the school office at

To assist Junior Infants 2020 with joining us at Ratheniska NS we have prepared a short film  which you can access by clicking on the picture below. Please encourage your child to become familiar with the film before the return to school . 

’til we meet again!


The last week of school is a very unusual one for this year’s 6th Class as they finish up their primary school education in Ratheniska. They will have many memories of their eight years with us and this is a snapshot of just some of them! Click on the image below to reminisce!

“Wherever you go, you’ll be the best of the best.

Wherever you go you will top all the rest!

 (Dr Seuss)

Go dté sibh slán!

Junior Infants 2020-2021


As we approach the end of this school year, we are looking forward to welcoming our new Junior Infants and their parents into our school community  in late August.

  • Please click this Information Sheet to view details regarding our school uniform, lunches etc. Information Sheet -Junior Infants 2020-2021
  • You can access your child’s booklist here. Resources for Maths, Religion and other subjects will be provided by the school. Crayons and handwriting pencils will also be provided.
  • It would be great for your child’s Class Teacher, Mrs Dwyer, to know a little bit about your child before school starts, so we would be grateful if you could fill out this factfile and email it to Mrs Dwyer at before August  23rd.
  • The Department of Children and Youth Affairs have recently published some tips and advice for parents who are setting out on the journey to Primary School. If you would like to view this document, please click here. 

Keep an eye on the News section of the website to view our “Welcome to Ratheniska School” video which will  post in the near future.



Booklists 2020-2021


As we edge towards the end of what has been a very unusual school year, we must now begin to prepare for the year ahead. Booklists for all classes from Junior Infants to 6th Class are available to download here.

 Juniors Infants           Senior Infants      1st Class    2nd Class     3rd Class      4th class     5th class        6th Class


Congratulations to our Green School Committee!


As we all continue to teach and learn at home, Mr Fennelly has been collating and finalising our Green School Committee’s application for our fourth Green Flag. The theme for this Green Flag is Travel and this theme aims to increase awareness around modes of transport which are less damaging to the environment and ways of reducing our carbon footprint. We undertook many activities and research over the last year and a half  and we are delighted to say that we will now be flying our new flag in the coming school year. We would like to thank the hardworking boys and girls on the committee and Mr Fennelly for coordinating their efforts. A new committee will be formed in the first term of our new school year and we look forward to working on the theme of biodiversity.

(This photo shows the raising of Green Flag #3 in the days before social distancing!)

Homework June 8th-26th


Well done to all pupils and families for continuing to share your wonderful work. The next rotation of homework will focus on more outdoor work and of course reading! Once again you are advised to be circumspect in your approach to the work.

Junior Infants Senior Infants 1st Class 2nd Class 3rd Class 4th Class 5th Class 6th Class

Please also continue to practice and reinforce good habits around social distancing and handwashing. These good social habits will be significant when return to school comes about.

We welcome Mrs Dooley back to work this month and bid Ms Treacy a fond farewell.  Along with all other teachers, Mrs Dooley will be available on the class e-mail and on Seesaw for all your class-related queries.

Click on the video to see more work from our very talented pupils.

Homework May 24th-June 5th


Homework suggestions for the coming fortnight can be accessed here. As mentioned in the last fortnight’s work, reading to and with children and daily exercise should be prioritised. 

Junior Infants      Senior Infants    1st Class    2nd class    3rd Class   4th Class   5th Class      6th Class

Once again, children and parents are to be congratulated on your wonderful work. We love seeing how busy you are each day learning in so many different ways. Remember that teachers are contactable  through their class emails or Seesaw. The office email continues to be available for any school- related queries.

“Learning never exhausts the mind” (Leonardo da Vinci)

Click on the video to see some samples of work from the last fortnight.

Schools Admissions Policy 2020


Our school Patron , Most Reverend Bishop Denis Nulty, has of late asked that all Primary schools in the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin review their Schools Admissions Policy . This review coincides with the requirements of the Schools Admissions Act 2018. You are hereby invited to review the draft of the reviewed policy here.-  Admissions Policy Ratheniska NS

Should you wish to make a submission to the policy please do so in writing to ;

Fr David Vard, Chairperson Board of Management , Ratheniska National School , Ratheniska, Portlaoise Co Laois , R32HW50

before Monday May 18th 2020. Many thanks for your continued co-operation .

Homework May 11th-22nd


Well done to all children and families across the school for all the fabulous and creative work presented over the last fortnight . It has been delightful for all staff to see how creative and enthusiastic the response to using Seesaw has been. Seesaw is now up and running across the school . Teachers have prepared work for the next fortnight and you can access it below. Once again parents are reminded to be judicious in their approach to work . Reading to and with children and daily exercise should be prioritised as part of your child’s daily routine. Wishing all continued good health.

Junior Infants       Senior Infants.     1st Class        2nd Class       3rd Class      4th Class           5th Class         6th Class

Click on this photo to see samples of the work done by some of the boys and girls in the Senior end of the school during the last two weeks..