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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Maths Week 2019


Junior Infants got Maths Week 2019 off to a flying start this week. We got out and about looking for numbers and shapes in our environment. We realised we didn’t have to go far to find lots of them. We really had our Maths Eyes open and we are looking forward to seeing what some other classes are getting up to!


Fire Safety


As part of our ongoing Safety for Children programme, we had our annual visit from some of the members of the local Fire Brigade. This time it was 3rd Class who had the pleasure of having them in their classroom. They learned lots about the work of the firemen and how to keep fire safety a priority in our homes at all times and especially in the run-up to Halloween.

Celebrating World Porridge Day!


The value of a healthy breakfast was a topic for discussion today in Rang 6 where some of the class researched, prepared and served up dishes of delicious creamy porridge to all of their classmates. A selection of fresh berries added to the experience and the  clean bowls were testament to their enjoyment!. The fact that it was World Porridge Day also made it extra special!

Let’s Celebrate!


We celebrated the beginning of our school year with a Mass attended by all children from Juniors to 6th last week. Fr David was our celebrant and Rang 6 led the proceedings with readings and prayers.

A Visit from the Champions


We were delighted to welcome some of the winning members of the Park Ratheniska Timahoe hurling squad to school today as they celebrated their first ever win in the Laois JHC “A” division. Having defeated “The Harps”, they brought the cup and spent lots of time answering questions from eager young hurlers and supporters in our school.

A night off homework was a fitting way for our school community to join in the celebrations!

3rd Class Bakers


In Rang 3, we have been busy gathering local produce for our very first baking activity of the year. We decided  that Apple and Berry Crumble was a good choice as we could source much of the ingredients from our own backyards! We worked in teams measuring the ingredients and following the recipe to produce mouth-watering dishes. We were so lucky to be able to sit out in the sun and enjoy our tasty treat! We happily wrote up our procedure when the last mouthful was gone!

Go dté tu slán.


It was with deep sadness that we learned of the death of our dear friend, colleague and IT teacher Alan Ryan,who taught IT skills to the pupils from 3rd to 6th classes for the last number of years. His expertise, kindness, patience and friendship will be fondly remembered by all in our school community.

Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Cumann na mBunscol 2019


Cumann na mBunscol Football season has commenced once again for the boys and girls from 4th to 6th Classes. They are currently training and playing under the watchful eyes of Mr Conway and Mr O’Mahoney.

Junior Infants 2019


We are delighted to welcome all our newest little stars to Ratheniska N.S. After just 5 days they have already settled into their classroom and are finding their way around the school. We hope they and their parents will be very happy here for the next eight years. Click on the video below to see some of what we have been up to during the first week at school!


Welcome back!


A warm welcome back to all the boys, girls and staff for our new school year. We are looking forward to a great year of learning, friendship and getting to know one another in many different ways. Rang 4 are delighted to star in the first photo of the new year!