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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Class to 3K – 2022


After several weeks of training, we all took to the road and the pitch today, June 9th, to run our annual 3K. All those from 3rd to 6th ran the full 3km while the Junior end of the school from Infants to 2nd ran 1km. Team spirits and camaraderie were high as everyone was encouraged to do their very best. From the oldest to the youngest, each and everyone crossed the finish line to cheers and rounds of applause.

Infants to 2nd were presented with certificates as a mark of their achievement while Ms. Dunne presented all the participants from 3rd to 6th with a school hoodie which we hope they will wear with pride!

Time for Lemonade!


First Class have been learning working with money during their maths classes in the last  few weeks. They are working out how to give change and they decided to sell some lemonade to some of the younger classes. They set up their lemonade stands, organised their money floats and set to work. The lemonade was delicious!

Getting Handy at Hockey!


The boys and girls from 3rd to 6th have been getting to grips with the game of hockey . We have been very lucky to have Emmet Hughes from Hockey Ireland in school to  introduce them to the basics of the game for the last month.

Welcoming the Bees and Butterflies!


We got working on our “Bee Boxes” in the last few weeks as Juniors planted some bee and butterfly friendly plants. Rang 1 then worked with 6th Class to paint the boxes and we all think they look great!

5th and 6th on Tour


5th and 6th Classes followed in the footsteps of 3rd and 4th when they spent a day in UL on Friday last. A full catalogue of activities ensured that each and everyone was kept very busy for the day!

Magnetism in 2nd


During their STEM class this week, the boys and girls in Rang 2 were studying the Strand of forces and magnetism. After learning the basic concepts of magnetism, they set about making a car that could be moved by a magnet. Collaboration was very important as minds got together to create the perfect vehicle.

3rd /4th in UL


3rd and 4th classes went to the University of Limerick for their school tour on Thursday, May 26th. Despite the rain, spirits were high and an action-packed day ensured that all were well ready for a bite to eat at the Barack Obama Plaza on the way home. After a short history lesson, food and drink was consumed and wishes were expressed to do it all again in 5th and 6th!

First Communion 2022


On Saturday last, May 21st, the boys and girls from Rang 2 gathered together with their families to celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist in the Church of the Holy Cross in Ratheniska. Fr Ciprian welcomed the congregation and guided the children through the ceremony. Thank you to Fr Ciprian for officiating, to Brian and Caroline for the Readings and Prayers of the Faithful, to Fr Theo for his assistance during the ceremony, to the pupils from 3rd to 6th for their wonderful singing under the leadership of Louise and Ms Dunne and, of course, to Mrs O’Byrne for preparing the children for their special day.

After the ceremony, the Parents’ Association treated everyone to refreshments in the GAA Clubhouse. Head over to the Parents’ Association page for more!

Jersey Day 2022


Jerseys from many clubs and  counties got an airing on Friday 20th May as we joined in the Parents’ Association fundraiser to raise much needed funds for our school. Thank you to all who organised and contributed. Head on over to the Parents Association page for more about the eventful day.

Juniors and Seniors visit Castleview Farm


The excitement of getting on a bus with our friends was palpable on Wednesday, May 18th as Junior and Senior Infants headed off to Castleview Farm in Cullohill. We had such a lovely time feeding the animals, going through the maze, driving go-carts, using our imagination in the play areas and generally being together for our first ever school tour!