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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

1st/2nd in Lullymore


The first school tour since pre covid times was eagerly awaited by the boys and girls in 1st and 2nd classes. Excitement levels were high as we boarded the bus to take us to Lullymore Heritage Park. On our arrival, we were whisked off to meet Dolly the Sheep and Dali the Alpaca , Heather the Kerry Bog Pony, Peaches and Silver the Fallabella Horses and many more furry friends. We went on a train ride through a variety of landscapes – through the park’s ancient woodlands and the stunning peatland and lake areas. The play areas and a round of crazy golf completed our perfect day! Click on the picture to see what we got up to!

Time to Hurl!


Hurling training for 3rd-6th classes has been taking place weekly this term. Under the watchful eye of David Larkin, the boys and girls are learning the basic skills of hurling and many have their eye on the county team already!

Cumann na mBunscol Final 2022


The girls in 5th and 6th class headed to O’Moore Park to contest the Roinn 1 Girls’ Shield on April 27th. They played their hearts out but were narrowly defeated by the girls from Killenard NS. They can be very proud of their performance and we are now looking forward to seeing them take part in the forthcoming camogie matches over the next few weeks.

Thank you to all who went to O’Moore Park to show their support and, of course, to Mr. Conway and Mr. O’Mahony for their time and commitment.

BOM Agreed Report Term 2 – 2022


The Agreed Board of Management Report for Term 2 can be read here.

BOM Agreed Report Term 2 2022


Happy Easter!


Clues were written, eggs were hidden and off we went with our big buddies from 4th, 5th and 6th Classes on egg hunts, scavenger hunts and many more Easter related activities – a truly great start to the Easter Holiday season!

We will return to school for Term 3 on Monday, April 25th at 9.10am.

Wishing you all a very happy and safe Easter!


The Great Ratheniska Bake-off!


With Easter Sunday not too far away, Rang 5 got thinking that they should practise their baking skills with a view to creating some sweet treats for their families! A bake off was set up by Ms Sugrue and away the went!They worked in groups, researched their recipes and took to the kitchen. After an extremely busy hour, their set up their creations ready for adjudication. Tensions were high as the adjudicators passed by each table, took notes and made their final decision!

Which creation would you pick??

The Sacrament of First Penance 2022


On Thursday, April 7th, 20 boys and girls from Rang 2, gathered in the Church of the Holy Cross in Ratheniska to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance along with Monsignor Byrne,  their parents and Mrs O’Byrne, their teacher.

They are now looking forward to the Sacrament of the Eucharist on Saturday May 21st at 12 noon.


First Class Buttons!


In Rang a hAon, we have been working on procedural writing over the past few weeks. We made giant chocolate buttons , we wrote the procedure, but the best part was left until last – eating them!


PJ Kelly (Laois GAA Chairperson) visited our school recently to present David from 6th Class with a new Laois Jersey & Kit, kindly sponsored by O’Neills.  Along with his classmates, David had entered the “Design the new Laois Jersey” competition. We were all delighted to learn of his success.
Mr Conway also kindly accepted  a voucher for a new set of school jerseys. They will get great use in the years to come.

Environmental Awareness and Care


Rang 6 have been studying the Strand of Environmental Awareness and Care during their SESE classes recently. They took the hands-on approach, got their litter pickers and bags and set off around the local roads. While they did collect some bits and pieces, they were very pleased and encouraged to find that the area around Ratheniska NS is relatively litter-free. Let’s keep it that way!