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ROCK PAINTING

This week 5th & 6th class literally rocked their Art. Each student found a rock, then in their copies created a design. They then went outside and painted their design onto the rocks. Finished products included houses, flowers, smiley faces and fruit. All agreed it was great fun to do and great to be outside.

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Posted in Category(ies):  News whole school  |  Posted on Wednesday, 23 September 2020  |  By Tanya Farrelly

STEM BINS

Today 5th & 6th class were intoduced to 'Stem Bins' Stem stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. They each were given a stem bin which contain a variety of items. They then selected a challenge card which instructed them to build / create a certain structure. Great fun was had achieving their individual  challenges. This took creative thinking, problem solving, product design and finally displaying their finished piece. It was a great lesson and students look forward to doing more challenges soon.

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Posted in Category(ies):  News whole school  |  Posted on Thursday, 17 September 2020  |  By Tanya Farrelly

LATEST GARDEN NEWS

Students in 5th & 6th took advantage of the fantastic weather earlier this week. They were busy in the garden planting Tulip and Daffodil bulbs. Great work was achieved and everyone enjoyed being outside. Also a new pathway was created, giving access to our isolation room. Muscle was needed for this so the two Cian's were enlisted for the job. Mr Finnegan took on the role of foreman !

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Posted in Category(ies):  News whole school  |  Posted on Thursday, 17 September 2020  |  By Tanya Farrelly

Autumn Art

This week while the sun shone 5th& 6th class went outside to demonstrate how to successfully achieve an art lesson while maintaining social distancing. They were tasked with collecting nature's own materials and create lovely artisan artwork. It was great to use cushions to sit in our newly painted outside classroom too.

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Posted in Category(ies):  News whole school  |  Posted on Sunday, 6 September 2020  |  By Tanya Farrelly

Welcome Back

A very warm welcome back to staff and pupils of Ballinlough School. Lots of work has been achieved to get our school ready for reopening.

Thank you to our BOM members and parents for all their hard work preparing our school grounds. We have lots of fresh colours around, the garden/ planting beds are ready to use. The new plants at the entrance to the front yard give a lovely splash of colour too.

Our fantastic New Infants have settled in well and its lovely to see their smiling faces every morning. To our existing pupils we thank you for adhering to the new safety measures in place that keep us all safe. Finally to our parents for the support to their children and the school in these more challenging times.

We strive to maintain a happy, safe environment for everyone and look forward to a productive school year ahead.

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Posted in Category(ies):  News whole school  |  Posted on Sunday, 6 September 2020  |  By Tanya Farrelly

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.

CLICK HERE TO SEE OISÍN MCGANN PICTURES.

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

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

Important Announcements.

UPDATE FOR PARENTS ON SCHOOL RE-OPENING
COVID 19 RESPONSE PLAN
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WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
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SCHOOL CALENDAR 2020
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BOM Annual Report 2020
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Ballinlough NS Educational Resources
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 GARDA VETTING INVITATION
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WHOLE SCHOOL EVALUATION
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