News from Ballyhass N.S.

Staff, pupils and the wider school community of Ballyhass National School are so proud of our 6th class pupil Katie O' Keeffe, who recently won an all Ireland boxing medal in the Cadet Championships.

Katie has been chosen to represent Ireland in the upcoming EUBC European Schoolgirl and Schoolboy Championships in Albena, Bulgaria! After her battle in the Cadet Championships, and a steady win Katie was called to train with the Irish squad over the last few Saturdays and received her kit for Bulgaria as can be seen in the above photographs.

Katie will be flying out on Monday the 21st of May in high hopes to secure a medal in the Europeans!

Well done Katie! We wish you every success in Bulgaria.

April was a very busy month in Ballyhass NS, read the News from the Classroom section to see what we have been up to. Click the photo above to see some pictures

March has been such a busy month in Ballyhass National School. We had an Active Schools Week the week before our Easter holidays. It was a huge success and everybody felt the benefits of all the activities we participated in. Click on the photograph above to see some pictures.

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 had lots of fun in Junior Infants. We made giant jigsaws in the classroom and played orienteering in the yard where we had to search for animals and colour our cards the correct colours. At Aistear, we looked at animal homes, did cutting and pasting, and played board games, bingo and “what am I?”. Dancing with Patsy has been fun, and we play games at football each Friday. We are also learning to solo and bounce the football!! We are really looking forward to a busy and fun May Fayre and we did some pictures for the art competition.
  • Senior Infants
  • We had a busy month in Senior Infants. In Aistear we focused on the topic ‘The Restaurant’. We had great fun in the role play area, we designed a waiter/waitress outfit in the creative area and we also designed our own menus. In Maths we were learning all about ‘Time’ and o’clock. We made lovely clock faces and brought them home. We have just started to learn the tinwhistle and we are very excited about playing it! We had great fun in the run offs for Cork City Sports. We are really looking forward to the May Fayre and have started working on our posters for the art competition.
  • 1st/2nd Class
  • We had great fun discussing our Easter Holiday. Everyone had lots of happy stories to tell. We learned about the Wildebeeste from Africa. We listened to a story about Anansi the Spider a folktale from Ghana in Africa. He was a silly spider who thought he could carry wisdom in a pot!Art lesson involved making spiders and painting for the May Fayre. The theme was “What makes me happy”The children had a lot of ideas about this but they had to choose one idea. The best of luck to them in this competition. We made up a dance to The Safe Cross Code and we performed it out in the yard . It really helps the children to cross the road properly. This is an old song but it is still relevant to today especially with the increase in traffic.Ask your child to sing it for you! The second class were busy preparing for their First Holy Communion with Miss Collins.They were fantastic on the day . Well done to all!
  • 2ND/3rd Class
  • Hi all, this month we were preparing for The First Holy Communion. Our second class were very busy with Miss Collins getting ready and Third class sang their hearts out on the day to make it extra special for them. Luckily the sun shone and all went well. We started on our art competitions for the May Fayre. This year’s theme was “ What makes me happy !!” It was a lovely theme to discuss and we enjoyed doing a lesson on it. They looked amazing when we looked at them when finished. Will we have a winner? In history we compiled a questionnaire on school long ago . We each took one or two and asked our grandparents or parents the questions . We found out that many walked to school, had bread and butter and jam if they were lucky and a bottle of milk or water for lunch. Many didn’t wear a uniform and boys wore short trousers even in Winter!! We also realised that some children got slapped in school. However even though some teachers seemed mean pupils still liked them and even listed them as their favourite teachers. The most important thing was for a teacher to be kind and fair. It’s still the same today . We did “Relief printing “ of Spring lambs and they looked beautiful.
  • 4th/5th Class
  • We had a very busy April this year. It was great to catch up with all our friends after the lovely Easter break. We have a wonderful new teacher, Ms Walsh who is teaching us some lessons every day. We are working on activities based on the novel “Stanley” by Peter Gunning. It is great fun working with the scripts and performing our mini dramas. We have also enjoyed making our charcoal drawings reflecting scenes from the famine. 5th and 6th class are receiving their Confirmation on May 17th and we are busy learning the songs to be sung by the choir.
  • 5th/6th Class

     

  • April saw us return to action after our Easter holidays. Everyone was delighted to meet up again and talk about their adventures over the Easter break. Things started to get very hectic with preparations for the First Communion and the Confirmation going on side by side. For the Confirmation, we were researching information about our chosen saint before starting on projects that will be displayed in the church on the big day. We also did different types of artwork relating to the Holy Spirit that will also be displayed on the walls of the church. We learned about the Fruits of the Spirit, the Gifts of the Spirit and the Symbols of the Holy Spirit. With the May Fayre only around the corner we started working on our entries for the art competition. This year's theme is “What Makes Me Happy”. We have lots of great ideas that we will put into art form. Hopefully, some of us might win a prize. Despite the bad weather, we are still training every week for our football and hurling championships. They will be on in May.