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To kick off this years Science week in Schools, our fantastic Parents Assosiation 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 sponsering 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.

Click here and scroll to various events to view pictures from this great day..


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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


The regional Credit Union Finals will be held this Saturday 9th March at Johnstown House Enfield @ 11am sharp.

Our school team, who have done magnificantly to reach the final would appreciate any support on the day and all are welcome.

Good luck to the Ballinlough Team...

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Posted in Category(ies):  News whole school  |  Posted on Thursday, 7 March 2019  |  By Tanya Farrelly


The raising of the Health Promotion School's flag took place this week. The hard working committee Trease, Rory, Ellen, Philip, Ella, Kate & Zywia were joined by INTO President (and brother of Mrs Reilly) Joe Killeen to raise this much sought after flag. Special thanks go to our wonderful parents council for providing & errecting a plaque in our tennis court and for this occasion  the beautiful fruite pots provided for each child.

A special word of thanks go to all the children of our school who bring healthy lunches daily, excercise for 60 minutes a day and who are currently working hard on our schools new Buddy Bench.

This flag will now join the many other flags awarded to our school. These include 5 Green flags, Junior Entreprenuer, Digital schools, Gaelbhratach, Science, Maths plaque, Irish Aid and Pride of Place levels 1 to 4.

The childen and staff of Ballinlough School are very proud of all theses achievments and have learned so much from taking part in these incentives and working on the various committees.

A very well done to all....

Please click here and scroll down to HSF to view some pictures from this event.

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Posted in Category(ies):  News whole school  |  Posted on Saturday, 16 February 2019  |  By Tanya Farrelly

Funky shoe day

Dear parents,

Over the past few weeks we have come together and made a pupils council.We plan to make the school a more child friendly place.We had the idea that we should hold a funky shoe day for mental health and self awarrness week !!!We hope to do more activities like this in the future.We meet once a month and discuss things that we could improve around the school for instance to get new basket balls or to get new books in the library. We hope that by the end of the school year every child in the school will have come up with one idea to help them enjoy school more.Thank you for taking the time to read this.

From Rachel,Ella,Kate,Darren,Rory and Philip.

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Posted in Category(ies):  News whole school  |  Posted on Tuesday, 9 October 2018  |  By Tanya Farrelly

Cumann na mBunscoil Final

Today 26th May is the day we see our girls play in the Schools Cumann na mBunscoil Final. Team captain Katie will lead the team to the pitch at Pairc Tailtean at 3:30 to play Drumbaragh NS. We are all so proud of the girls and their mentors Pauric, Treasa, Shane and Carmel and whatever the result today they are winners already. So come along and support these fantastic girls to victory. Dont forget to wear your red and white colours. #COM'ON THE LOUGH

Click here and go to GAA to see the school dorned in red and white.

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Posted in Category(ies):  News whole school  |  Posted on Saturday, 26 May 2018  |  By Tanya Farrelly


Break times have become a lot more active and fun thanks to Mr. Finnegan. Once again he has organised a soccer tournament that includes all children from 3rd to 6th Classes, with 2nd class pupils as subs in the event of older pupils out sick ( nobody wants to be out sick and miss their games however) Games have started with great enthusiam and commitment to win. This fantastic initiative will take several weeks to complete with it culmanating in a final game to crown the winning team. Let the battle commence....

Updates and pictures to follow as more games are played...

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Posted in Category(ies):  News whole school  |  Posted on Tuesday, 1 May 2018  |  By Tanya Farrelly


The hard work has started in our school garden as we get ready for this years Schools Pride of Place. The spuds have been planted in the poly tunnel. Seeds have temporarily been planted in small pots, they will be transferred into the beds at later stage when more mature. Two Mountain Ash trees have been planted near our Bug Hotel. Students are well used to bringing in their wellies ready for some digging, planting and general maintainance of our school grounds. We hope to add some new scarecrows and wind chimes this year. Let the hard work continue...

Click here to see some work completed so far..

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Posted in Category(ies):  News whole school  |  Posted on Tuesday, 1 May 2018  |  By Tanya Farrelly

Important Announcements


AT 3.00PM

Wednesday 1st April at 7.00pm in the church

Sunday 17th May in Ballinlough Church







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