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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

World Book Day 2021


We celebrated World Book Day on Thursday March 4th. Those of us who were in school had book scavenger hunts, we painted our favourite characters and some of us explored our feelings through stories. Those who continue with homelearning explored the World Book Day website with its many ideas and some re-created the covers of their favourite books.

Here is just a sample of what we did!

World Wildlife Day 2021


World Wildlife Day was on March 3rd and the boys and girls in 3rd Class, who are still working at home, took on the challenge to create their very own imaginary animals. Have a look at what they came up with!

Board Of Management Report Term 2 2021


The latest Board of Management meeting was held on Wednesday, Feb 24th.  You can view the report here.

BOM Agreed Report Term 2 2021

Back to School in the Sunshine


We were delighted to welcome back Juniors, Seniors, 1st and 2nd classes today following their half term of homelearning. We took advantage of the sun and we had regular breaks outside and we even had class outside for part of the day!

We would like to remind parents of their duty to comply with Level 5 Lockdown Restrictions. This implies no playdates or socialising at the school gates.

The school acknowledges and appreciates your cooperation.

Return to School – Junior Infants-2nd Class


The BoM and School Staff are prepared to welcome pupils from Junior Infants to Second Class and parents / guardians back to school on Monday March 1st for the remainder of Term 2 2021 . We are satisfied that we have control measures in place to ensure that this will be a safe re-opening. The BoM have run a risk assessment and prepared same. It will take some time for all of us to get used to the “latest new circumstances” as we become familiar with the new routines, new PPE and new procedures designed to keep everyone safe and to prevent the spread of the virus. We would like to thank you for your co-operation and patience over the last number of weeks and we look forward to working with you as we assist the children adapt to the return. We are also conscious of the fact that our pupils have not been in school since December and that they are looking forward to coming back to school to meet and play with their friends again. We aim to make the return to school as free from stress as possible. An e-mail detailing the protocol for return to school has been sent to all families of children returning. As previously. the Board of Management is happy for children to wear whatever is manageable, practical, appropriate and comfortable for parents/guardians for the return to school.

You will find links to the following by clicking on each one

Covid 19 Response Plan Return to School.

2020 Ratheniska School Policy Statement

Risk Assessment Covid 19

2021 Pupil Return to School Form

Minister Foley’s Letter to parents and guardians 24 Feb

Remember that all children must submit a 2021 Pupil Return to School Form on Monday March 1st and on their return following any absence from school . Please be advised by your GP if you are in any way unsure about your child’s health . Under no circumstance should a child who presents as feeling unwell be sent to school.

The school can only remain functioning if staff are available and well enough to work .

Happy Valentine’s Weekend 2021


Wishing everybody a safe and happy St. Valentine’s weekend!


Safer Internet Day 2021


Safer Internet Day was never more important than it is this year as both young and old engage more and more in the world of the internet. All classes were given information on how to keep safe online on Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 9th.We hope they will take on some of the advice as they continue with their remote learning.  Some of their work can be seen among the examples of work done by many pupils this week.

Homelearning Update 2


Amidst the couple of thousand pieces of work submitted and reviewed in the last week the following are just a quick sample. Birthdays celebrated at home, engineers honing their skills, artists busy cutting, sticking and creating and. of course, celebrations of St Brigid!


Learning at Home


We are all now well settled into our new learning at home routine. As we continue our remote teaching and learning, many pupils take a break from Literacy and Numeracy by getting creative. The following short video has just a small selection of work from all classes in the school. It is very uplifting to have so many talented children in our midst.

Term 2 and Letter from Minister for Education 

 Welcome back to Term 2 and online school. We hope that everyone is keeping well and staying safe. Teachers worked hard during Term 1  to prepare for online learning and are already so happy to see all your work coming in.  Seesaw is the school’s platform of choice and is approved by the  Department of Education and Science. This time around you will notice that there will be a more blended approach to learning, ie more teacher-led instructional videos to help the children with their work and more school-led reading material.  Parents are reminded to be astute with the work prescribed by Class Teachers through SeeSaw. It is acknowledged that all families will have circumstances that are particular and if there are days/ times when you cannot reach on work that is perfectly understandable. Focus on making reading enjoyable, keeping up as best as possible with number work, and taking as much fresh air/ nature breaks as possible.
Please remember that Class Teachers are available to you through SeeSaw or through Class email should you have any queries or concerns  and school e-mail will be checked daily as always.
The following is a letter from Ms Norma Foley to Parents of Students receiving Remote Learning.