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Ratheniska National School

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World Book Day#2


Senior Infants had a visit from Rang 5 on World Book Day to read stories which the children had brought in from home. They were very proud to have the opportunity to discuss their books with the older boys and girls.

World Book Day #1


In Junior Infants, we were very excited, on World Book Day, to bring our favourite books from home to school to share with our classmates. We  also visited several classes where we presented our big buddies with clues where they had to figure out the story, nursery rhyme or character. While everyone was able to recognise Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk,  The Fox and the Hound and The Cat in the Hat proved a little trickier!

Sacrament of Reconciliation


The boys and girls in Rang 2 celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation this evening, March 2nd, in the Church of the Holy Cross in Ratheniska. Fr Ciprian, ably assisted by Fr Simon, officated.  Thank you to Mrs O’Byrne for preparing the children for this special event in the children’s lives.

Sacrament of Confirmation 2023


On Friday February 24th, our Confirmation candidates from 6th Class joined with the pupils from The Heath NS and Gaelscoil Phortlaoise in SS Peter and Paul’s Church to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. Along with the priests of the parish, Bishop Denis Nulty welcomed all the candidates, their parents and sponsors. Bishop Denis had read all the letters sent to him by Rang 6 and both Jim and Matthew were delighted to have excerpts of their letters read to the congregation. Following the ceremony, photos were taken and memories were made as everyone celebrated with family and friends. Thank you to Mr. Conway for preparing the boys and girls for the occasion.

Parachuting in 3rd


Third class investigated how to slow a moving object using parachutes. The challenge was to design and make a parachute to help slow the fall of the Lego people. The children had to choose the materials they thought would be most effective. We discovered that materials which did not allow air to pass through were the best because they trapped the air. We also discovered that having a bigger surface area helped to trap more air than a small surface area.

Board of Management Agreed Report Term 2 – 2023


The most recent Board of Management report can be found here.

BOM Agreed Report Term 2 2023

Máirt na hInide


Máirt na hInine, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday? – whatever you call it, it was all about the pancakes in all classes today. Batter was made, pancakes were flipped, toppings were chosen and fingers were licked – a great day all round!

Safer Internet Day 2023


We celebrated Safer Internet Day on Tuesday  February 7th. Kate from Riomhaire Tech took 3rd to 6th classes through many aspects of inernet safety including the  positives and potential negatives of the internet, our  digital footprint and cyberbullying. The boys and girls from Junior Infants to 2nd Class also had discussions about what the internet means, how we can use it, screentime and the need for adult supervision.


Where in the World?


Flags, famous buildings and famous people were the focus of projects completed by Rang 2 last week. As we each decided on a country, we learned many facts about the origin of the national flag, we learned about artists, sports people, leaders and much more. We were very proud of ourselves as we presented our findings to our classmates.

Credit Union Schools Quiz Returns for 2023


The return of the Credit Union Schools Quiz, following a break during Covid-19, was eagerly awaited by  school children across the country this week. The quiz is an important part of the ILCU’s youth outreach programme, which aims to demonstrate the value of local credit unions to children and young people. Over 25,000 students from schools across the country will compete in three quiz rounds over the next number of months.

Our team frtom 6th class  had their preparation done and ended in an extremely creditable 4th place following a series of very challenging questions.

Maith sibh!