Ballinlough National School Blog

Confirmation 2020

What a great honor it was to host Confirmation in Ballinlough Church this year. We welcomed children from Carnaross, Kilskyre and of course Ballinlough N.S. It's hard to know where to start thanking everyone involved with their help.

So firstly I'll begin with the children of Ballinlough who all sang their hearts out providing a choir to enhance the ceremony. Along with the choir, we thank our music teacher Harry and of course Breege and Valerie for playing music on the day.  Also thanks to Mrs Reilly for preparing the choir and all the work assisting the children in preparation for their special day.  

Secondly to our Parents Association and helpers who put on an amazing selection of cakes, goodies, refreshments for our guests to enjoy in the hall.  A special thanks to Susan McCabe Briody who made the beautiful cupcakes that were displayed in the hall.  Almost too good to eat but hey they were delicious.

Thirdly to Evelyn Farrelly, a creative genius who provided an amazing display for the hall and all the decorations in the church. They were much appreciated by everyone and the school appreciates your time and commitment. 

Finally, we hope that all the 6th class children who received their confirmation this year had a wonderful day.

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Posted in Category(ies):  News whole school  |  Posted on Wednesday, 4 March 2020  |  By Tanya Farrelly

2020 January to February holidays

It's been a great start to 2020 in Ballinlough School. The six weeks leading up to February break have flown by. On January 13th renowned author Oisín McGann visited all classes and gave a writing workshop. He had everyone engrossed, listening intently to his stories and how he became a writer and illustrator.


Sixth class pupils are busy preparing for their Confirmation which takes place Friday 28th February. First to Fifth classes are fine-tuning their voices to provide a choir for this special day.

As part of our SSE (Self Evaluation programme) teachers are piloting a programme to improve all pupils spellings, using pattern recognition and words within word strategies. We are looking for positive feedback later this year.

To promote pupils' achievements a 'Wonderful Work' board has been created and every class has space for teachers to display work they feel deserves extra recognition. This could range from beautiful writing, interesting content and great effort made.

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Posted in Category(ies):  News whole school  |  Posted on Wednesday, 12 February 2020  |  By Tanya Farrelly


The children in 5th & 6th class learned about famous scientists during science week. They learned about the inventions of Thomas Edison (light bulb) Percy Shaw (reflectors on the road called cats eyes) Robert Boyle (flames need air) Frances Rynde (the syringe) and Sr. Francis Beaufort from Navan (wind speed).

The Digestive System was studied by the children and the function of the Mouth, Oesophagus, Stomach, Liver, Pancreas, Large and Small Intestines was explored.

The life cycle of the fish was aso studied. Children found this very intersting to research and loved looking at the differences between the fish.

Our "NO Smoking" projects were examined and discussed. Each child presented their project in a poster and explained the dangers of smoking. We examined warning signs on cigarette packets and watched an interesting film about the contents of cigarettes. All of the above certainly turned them off smoking. An oath was signed by each child promising that they would never smoke.

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Posted in Category(ies):  Mrs Reillys Room  |  Posted on Monday, 25 November 2019  |  By Tanya Farrelly


Third and Fourth class had great fun exploring magnetism during Science week. We divided into groups and explored and tested whether objects were magnetic or not. Some of the results really surprised us.

We are also looking forward to welcoming engineer Tom King to our class next week. He is going to speak to us about his job and all the different types of engineering that exists. We can't wait!

Mrs Cawley.

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Posted in Category(ies):  Ms Aoife Cawley  |  Posted on Sunday, 24 November 2019  |  By Tanya Farrelly


In first and second class we were learning about Heat. We talked about natural and man-made heat sources. We talked about how heat is measured. We investigated how a thermometer works by measuring the temperature inside and outside as well as putting a thermometer in hot and cold water. We then recorded the results in our copies.

Ms. Skelly

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Posted in Category(ies):  Mr Shane Finnegan  |  Posted on Sunday, 24 November 2019  |  By Tanya Farrelly


The Infants had great fun experimenting with water and what will soak up water and what won't. First we talked about what we thought might happen and then we carried out experiments to see if our predictions were correct. There was lots of laughter and fun.

Mrs Sherwin. 

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Posted in Category(ies):  Mrs Bernadette Sherwin  |  Posted on Sunday, 24 November 2019  |  By Tanya Farrelly

Young Einstein

To kick off this year's Science week in Schools, our fantastic Parents Association organised for a Young Scientist Work Shop to visit our school. It was a fantastic day and every class had hands-on activities and experiments to do. Infants and 1st class made slime monsters, 2nd to 4th learned all about animation and electricity and over in 5th and 6th class they discovered all about DNA and forensics. Particular thanks to Dara and Marcia Hand for their help in sponsoring this great event.


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Posted in Category(ies):  News whole school  |  Posted on Sunday, 24 November 2019  |  By Tanya Farrelly

Buddy Bench


We had plenty to smile about on our last Friday of the school year at Ballinlough. Firstly we prepared our outdoor classroom area ready for the unveiling of our fantastic new Buddy Bench. We displayed all the pupils pottery and the lovely poems that they wrote themselves under the theme of friendship. Esteemed local artist Betty Newman Maguire was present to talk through the artistic proccess which culminated in our school having a permanent Buddy Bench which all present and future pupils will get to enjoy. This idea began may months ago with a parent suggesting that pupils have a seat or area they can go to if feeling in need of a friend or a place to chat and reflect. This idea grew into all pupils designing and creating pottery that would inspire the final piece of sculpture a cat and a bird to signify friendship sitting on our Buddy Bench.

Secondly the staff and BOM were delighted to unveil a plaque to our friend and retired Principal Gorretti Usher who sadly passed away far too soon. Goretti has left a legacy in our school and local community that will never be forgotten.She will always be in our thoughts.

Lastly we said goodbye to our 6th class pupils. Many thanks to Mairead Finnegan who made a delicious cake to mark this day. Our Parents Assosiation presented our leaving 6th class signed hoodies as a keep sake from their years at Ballinlough school. 

We wish them well in the future.

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Posted in Category(ies):  News whole school  |  Posted on Tuesday, 25 June 2019  |  By Tanya Farrelly

Autism Awareness Week

Today April 2nd it is World Autism Day and staff and pupils all came together and wore something blue to school. We are always happy to highlight such great awarenesses. As a school we are learning to understand and embrace all our differences, unique qualities, inclusions and most importantly that we work better together as a team and in doing so success is unlimited and can be achieved by each and everyone of us.

A special word of thanks to Ken and Aileen Rothwell who very generously gave each pupil a goody bag.

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Posted in Category(ies):  News whole school  |  Posted on Tuesday, 2 April 2019  |  By Tanya Farrelly

World Down Syndome Day Celebrations


As March 21st is World Down Syndome Day our whole school came together to produce a video celebrating this event. All children learned to sign to the song "This is me" They chose this song as it represented strengh, individuality, confidence and how we can all succeed together. It was great fun to learn and children really took it to their hearts and practised not only at school but perfected the routine at home too. We as staff are immensely proud of our students for achieving this and they deserve all the praise and amazing feedback they are recieving.

This video can be seen on You Tube either by selecting Ballinlough ns or Down Syndrome Ireland. It can also be viewed via our Parents Ass, FB page. The Meath Chronicle also showed the video. We are currently heading to 3.5k views. well done to all involved.

Also as part of the celebrations the children donated 2euro each and 'rocked their socks to school' Plus we held a crossbar challenge, well done to those who succeded in hitting the crossbar !!

All in all it was a fantastic day and we raised 200euro which is being sent to Down Syndrome Ireland.

Please check out the video on You Tube as its well worth the view..

Congratulations everyone #veryproudtobeatballinloughns.

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Posted in Category(ies):  News whole school  |  Posted on Tuesday, 26 March 2019  |  By Tanya Farrelly

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