News from Ballyhass N.S.

February was an exciting month in Ballyhass NS. Click on the photo above to see some more photographs.

January has been a fantastic month in school. Click on the photo above to see what has been going on.

Grandparents Day

We had a very successful Grandparents Day Service in the hall this year. The Junior and Senior Infant classes took part in the service along with their teachers, Mrs Ronayne and Mrs Buckley. Some older brothers and sisters of the infant classes came along too and took part in the prayers of the faithful. The boys and girls were delighted to see their grandparents. We sang a couple of songs for the grandparents. At the end of the service we all had some cake and buns!

Click on the picture above to see a slideshow of photos from November and December.

What a busy October we have had! Click on the picture above to see some pictures.

It is great to be back in school. Click on the photo above to see a slideshow of some of the things we have been doing.

June is always a busy month in school. We really enjoed our sport's day and school tours. Click the photo above to see a slideshow.

 

What an exciting time we have has this month. We attended blitzes, a swimming gala and had great fun at the May Fayre. Click the photo above to see some pictures.

We have had lots going on in Ballyhass NS over the last two months. Click on the photo above to see some pictures and don't forget to have a look at all of our news from the classrooms.

The children from 1st to 6th class had a wonderful time at Cinderella in the Edel Quinn Hall. We would like to thank the staff and students of Coláiste Treasa for inviting us to the show. Click on the photo above to see some pictures.

 

February has been so busy in Ballyhass NS. We really enjoyed making smoothies and pancakes! We also had a visit from the author of Benjy and the Dragon. Click on the photo above to see some pictures.

Although it was great to have a break at Christmas we are all delighted to be back in school this January. Click on the photo above to see some pictures.

December was an exciting month in Ballyhass National School. We had a wonderful Christmas concert Straw and Order. Click on the photo above to see some pictures.

We have had a very busy year working towards our green flag. Click the photo above for more information.

November has been a great month in Ballyhass NS. Click on the photo above to see some pictures.

We have had a very busy October. Click the photo above to see some pictures.

 

We are delighted that our new classroom is ready. Our senior infants are really enjoying having such a wonderful room. Click here to see some photos from September.

 

We had a fantastic trad session with Liam O' Connor and Jackie. It was an honour to play with them. Click the photo for some pics. Click here to see some videos from the day

Our sports for all day was a great success. Click the photo to see a slideshow.

 

We have had a very busy few months. Click the photo to see a slideshow of what we have been up to.

Ballyhass NS Proclamation Day Ballyhass National School celebrated proclamation day on Tuesday 15th March. It was a momentous occasion for all children and adults present. The proceedings began at 11 o’ clock. The celebration involved singing, dancing, drama, art and poetry. The infant classes made Irish flags to wave for the raising of the tricolour. First and second class created a 3-D display titled ‘Dublin in the Rare Old Times’. Second and third class played an instrumental ‘The Foggy Dew’ and created portraits of the 7 signatories of the proclamation while 9 children presented an account as the signatories, Grace Gifford and Countess Markievicz. Fourth and fifth class brought to life ‘The Wayfarer’ poem by Pádraig Pearse through the medium of art and played the instrumental piece ‘Ceol Mícheala’ along with their counterparts in fifth and sixth class. Fifth and sixth class composed new proclamations for 2016. These were combined to create a new proclamation for the school with the help of the staff. Some of the children from the senior classes were involved in dancing ‘The Siege of Ennis’, a reel, solo singing, readings, recitation of ‘Mother’ by Pádraig Pearse and reading the new proclamation. Geoffrey O’ Donoghue and Donal O’ Sullivan read a poem by past pupil Colm O‘ Brien titled ‘Hibernia’. At 12 o’ clock Fr. Dorgan raised the tricolour to the beautiful singing of Amhrán na bhFiann. All of the music was kindly accompanied by Eoin O’ Sullivan on guitar. Everybody enjoyed refreshments and beautiful baking supplied by the parents after the celebration. Thanks to Janusz Trzesicki Photography for supplying many of the photographs in the slideshow. Click the photograph above to see the slideshow.

February has been such a busy month in Ballyhass NS. Click the photo to see a slideshow.

As you can see from our News From the Classroom January has been such an exciting month in Ballyhass NS. Click the photo to see a slideshow.

We had a very busy December in Ballyhass NS. Click the photo to see a slideshow of some of these activities.

A great night was had by all of the community on the 20th of November to celebrate the retirement of Mrs O' Connor as principal of our school. Mrs O' Conor worked in the school for 40 years and was principal for the last 18 years. Many thanks to all who particpated on the night and to those who provided wonderful baking. Cogratulations to Mrs O' Connor. We hope you have a long and happy retirement. Click on the photo above to view more photographs

Second and third had great fun this month. Click on the photo above to view more photographs.

Seniors Infants enjoying art. Click on the photo above to view more photographs.

Junior Infants enjoying science week. Click on the photo above to view more photographs.

First and second class enjoyed making rainbows. Click on the photo above to view more photographs.

It was a great honour to have two members of the defense forces, Sergeant Denis McGarry and Gunner Paul Moynihan visiting us and presenting our youngest and oldest pupil with an Irish flag to celebrate the 1916 centenary. Click on the photo above to view more photographs.

The children of 6th class had the great thrill of participating in the TG4 programme Cula 4 which was filmed at Ballyhass Lakes on a glorious Autumn day.

The scary Senior infants! Click on the photo above to view more photographs.

Some Photographs of the Junior infants at Halloween. Click on the photo above to view more photographs.

Some Photographs of 1st and 2nd class enjoying Halloween. Click on the photo above to view more photographs.

1st and 2nd Class have worked hard on making food pyramids. Click on the photo above to view more photographs.

Welcome to our new Junior Infants. Click HERE or on the photo above to view more photographs.

The children had great fun planting in our raised beds this week. We are looking forward to seeing a wonderful splash of colour around the school. Click HERE or on the photo above to view more photographs.

More honours for Castlemagner. Congratulations to the girls on winning the county final. Click HERE or on the photo above to view more photographs of the day.

 

 

We had a visit from the Duhallow Champions on Monday 14th of September. Great excitement all round. Click HERE or on the photo above to view more photographs of the day.

Congratulations to the children who had best attendance last year.

Ballyhass National School retirement

Congratulations to Mrs O’ Connor. Wishing her a long, happy retirement. The whole school had a wonderful celebration and Mrs O’ Connor was presented with lovely gifts and personal poems from the children. The school went from strength to strength under her care. She will be greatly missed and we hope to have more celebrations with her in the community shortly. Click HERE or on the photo above to view more photographs of the day.

 

Golf Ballyhass
Peter O’ Keeffe will be visiting the school doing golf skills with all of the children for the next six weeks. Click here to see more photos!

Ballyhass National School Football
Children from Juniors to second class being trained in the skills of football and hurling by the local GAA. Click here to see more photos!

Communion Class Ballyhass National School
The First Holy Communion took place on Saturday 25th April. Twenty three Children received the Sacrament and a wonderful day was had by all. A big thank you to all the parents who helped out and to the children from 3rd to 6th who did a great job as the choir. Click here for a larger version of the photo above.

Music
The children from 1st to 6th class play a range of instruments, many of which can be rented from the school.

Pyjama Day
Pyjamas Day in aid of Autism Awareness

 

 

news from the classrooms

  • Junior Infants
  • We have been learning about People who Help us in Aistear this month. We looked at accidents and the hospital and the people who help us there. The children told stories about their experiences and they used their vivid imaginations in Role play situations. It was fun dressing up as doctors and nurses and the bandaging was expertly done! We made all the equipment in the kit bag out of play-doh and the surgery, reception and waiting rooms were well equipped in the Small World. The children made lovely Valentine’s Day gifts for their families. We have started playing games with Liam, our GAA coach each Friday.
  • Senior Infants
  • We were learning all about The Farm in Aistear this month. The boys and girls told stories of their experiences on a farm. The class enjoyed small world play on the farm using small farm animals and a cow shed and lots of imagination. We wrote about our favourite farm animal and also got to play with the sand. The boys and girls made beautiful Valentine’s Day cards for their families with Ms. Aherne. Everyone had a lovely midterm break and came back to school ready for learning again! We were learning about the number 9 in Maths lately. We are also enjoying our daily ‘10 @ 10’ exercises.
  • 1st/2nd Class
  • We are working very hard in class learning new things each day.We learned that crows are very intelligent.We finished The Stay Safe lessons. We watched a short film about strangers and how to keep safe.Fr . Dorgan came on Ash Wednesday and gave us ashes. We are going to help the poor people in other countries and put some money into the Trocaire box.We learned about Milk and we compared the Milkman now and the Milkman 50 years ago. It was interesting to watch a video of long ago.Miss Aherne started with us in the class. She will be teaching us for 5 weeks . We look forward to all the lessons we will be doing. Lent is here now and we are all going to do something nice for it. We made lovely cards for Valentine’s Day with handprints . A heart could be seen in the middle of the hands . Each child took it home and gave it to someone they love.The second class are preparing for their First Confession in March. We practice the prayers every day.
  • 2ND/3rd Class
  • We did Procedural Writing this month. We had 3 umbrellas, we opened them up. Then we wrote the stages of how to do it. We had a very messy time making snowmen and hearts in clay. We shaped our clay and painted them when they were dry. We wrote lots of recipes. We decided to concentrate on milkshakes. Then we got into groups. We all brought in some ingredients and we made our dream milkshakes. We learned about food preparation. Some of us learned how to slice fruit with a sharp knife, and how to use a blender! Then we all prepared to meet “The Beast from the East”. Our Mams and Dads bought lots of food! and then we waited……..
  • 4th/5th Class
  • February was a short but busy month for us. We had a visit from Caroline Casey to discuss Road, Water and Farm safety with us. She reminded us that the most important thing to remember at all times is our common sense. We should use our eyes, ears and be aware of our surroundings. We learned various chants to help us remember safety at all times. We studied the poem Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney. It made us feel a bit sad. We also had a wonderful Mid-term break and enjoyed telling of our adventures and listening to others.
  • 5th/6th Class

     

  • February was as usual, a very busy month in the senior room. We had great fun working on and presenting our technology projects - “How Technology helps our Lives”. We spoke about the advantages and disadvantages of technology in our everyday lives. We also had to come up with the idea that will lead to the next big technological advancement in the world. People came up with some crazy and brilliant ideas. We are continuing to train hard each lunchtime for the Spikeball Munster Finals in Killarney next month Hopefully, our hard work will pay off. Caroline Casey from Cork County Council came to talk to us about Water, Road and Farm Safety. She was a fascinating lady to listen to. She sang songs and played games with us. She spoke about the dangers of water, how to use a lifebuoy, what to do/not to do if someone is drowning, life as a beach lifeguard, the dangers of cycling, safety in the car, dangers on the farm and farm safety in general. We had our confirmation enrolment night during the month. Each day we are working on specific confirmation topics leading towards the big day on May 17th. We can’t wait!