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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Senior Infant Potions


Halloween vibes and Maths Week worked very well together in Senior Infants last week. We got our “recipes” for Witches’ Brew and had to count out several different ingredients before we got mixing and casting our spells! A great hands on activity to consolidate our number skills!

Maths Week in 5th


Maths Week was celebrated countrywide last week, 15th-23rd October. Maths for All is at the core of everything we do. This simple phrase encapsulates our belief that no matter what age, background or ability; maths is useful and it can  enrich our lives. During Maths Week, 5th Class decided to gather some data from every class in the school. We found out what were the favouirite colours of the children in Junior and Senior Infants. We discovered who liked what pets in 1st and 2nd. In 3rd and 4th, we discussed favourite hobbies while 5th and 6th summed up their favourite meals for us. We worked collaboratively to collate all our information and displayed it in the form of several graphs. It was truly a coming together of the interests and favourites of all the pupils in our school.

Beautiful Birds in 3rd!


Third class have been exploring the slab technique for creating with clay. After looking at some inspirational clay pieces from an Irish sculptor, we planned our designs on paper. Next we got to work carving our birds from smooth slabs of clay. We used clay tools to make the markings from our design plans. It was more challenging than we expected but we all persevered and got there in the end ! Once the clay had dried out, it was time for some colour . We hope you like our beautiful birds!


Blackberry Picking in Juniors


While exploring the theme of autumn, Junior Infants went blackberry picking and discovered that there was an abundance of fruit in the environs of the school. We then went to the kitchen, made some blackberry jam and finally enjoyed some toast topped with our very own homemade blackberry jam!

2nd Class Lego Club


Super Readers in Seniors


Senior Infants got together with their big buddies in 5th class for their 1st paired reading session of the year. Paired Reading builds collaboration, encourages cooperation, and supports peer-assisted learning. As well as improving their reading skills, they got to know the older boys and girls who will be looking out for them during the school year ahead.

National Tree Day 2022


National Tree Day 2022 took place on Thursday, 6th October. This year’s theme was ‘Root for Nature’. Junior Infants got involved by registering for a free sapling of our native holly tree. We planted it in a corner  on our school grounds and we hope it will thrive and produce lots of berries for the birds for many years to come.

Then we decided to add some tulip bulbs to our flower beds and we are looking forward to seeing them bloom in Spring.


Board of Management Report Term 1 2022


The Agreed Report from the recent Board of Management meeting can be found here.

Board of Management Agreed Report Term 1 Ratheniska 2022

Fáilte go Ráithín an Uisce!


While the boys and girls in all classes were busy discussing and learning about the World and National Ploughing Championships, Junior Infants decided to explore one of the fields before the crowds move in next week! Meanwhile the youngest and oldest boys in school took the opportunity to extend a Céad Míle Fáilte to the expected 300,00 visitors to Ratheniska.

Ploughing through the Years


Whilst counting down the days to the ploughing, 5th class were busy learning about various types of ploughing and farm machinery from years gone by to the present day. They created an artistic representation of ploughing through the years, from horse drawn ploughs to the modern tractors and ploughs we use today.