News from Ballyhass N.S.

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 a great Christmas but it was lovely to meet all our friends again. We had fun in Aistear learning about Arctic animals and the Inuit people. It was difficult to make an igloo! It is a busy time in school. We have all our words learned for our first big book! and we are nearly finished the alphabet. Patsy is doing gymnastics with us every Thursday. It is great fun.
  • Senior Infants
  • We had a lovely Christmas and everyone came back to school ready for a new term! In Aistear, we were learning all about the Doctor’s Surgery. In role play, we took on roles as the patient, the doctor, the nurse, the receptionist etc. In the creative area, we made some xrays. Some of the xrays showed a lot of broken bones! The Religion inspectors came to Ballyhass this month. Fr Corkery was very impressed with all the work we have been doing. We have a new teacher doing teaching practice for the next few weeks in Senior Infants. Ms. Aherne is her name. She has been teaching the boys and girls lots of lovely things.
  • 1st/2nd Class
  • All the children had a lovely Christmas.We had great discussions about the holidays and the presents everyone received.We learned about the seven continents of the world. We made penguin pictures in our art class.We are improving doing sums about money and we have started our subtraction tables. The religion inspectors Mrs O ‘Sullivan and Fr. Corkery visited the school.We revised our stories and songs for them. Mrs O’ came to our class. She said we were wonderful. She called a chair the WOW chair . If we answered questions correctly we got to sit on this WOW chair.We have been constructing robots and other things from boxes and cartons.We finished our Stay Safe lessons . We know what to do when we are feeling unsafe and if we are bullied. For Grandparents Day we did work on families:Family at home , Family at school and Family in our Parish. We were very happy for Mr. Fitzpatrick when the Kanturk team won the All Ireland Intermediate Club final in Croke Park. We wished him the best of luck. Some of our class travelled to Dublin to see the match. We are looking forward to Spring and Easter.
  • 2ND/3rd Class
  • Welcome back everyone. Hope you all had a lovely holiday. We were delighted to meet all our friends again! We read the story “War Game” which was all about World War 1. We were fascinated about life in the trenches, no man’s land, and the hardship they suffered. We also learned all about Helen of Troy and The Wooden Horse. They fought for 10 ten years over Helen. We did lovely self portraits using charcoal. It was so messy to use. Do you know your eyes are halfway down your face? We had Fr. Séan Corkery for our Religion Inspection. He gave us homework off as we really knew our stuff. Patsy is back so we’re very busy learning new routines. We love it.
  • 4th/5th Class
  • It was great to be back in school after a lovely Christmas break. We had a visit from our religion inspectors Mrs O Sullivan and Fr. Corkery. We enjoyed telling Mrs O Sullivan all about the parables and their meanings. We sang our Salvation Song for her and she was very impressed. We learned all about Norway and that the north of Norway is known as “The Land of the Midnight Sun” During winter it is always dark and during the summer months, the sun shines 24 hours a day! There are also underwater windmills to generate electricity in the town of Hammerfest. We were all delighted when Mr. Fitzpatrick and the rest of the Kanturk team won the All Ireland Intermediate Club final in Croke Park. He brought in the cup for us all to see and we had homework off to celebrate. It is great to see Spring arriving and we look forward to all the new life that we will be seeing in our area.
  • 5th/6th Class

     

  • January was a great month for us. We got to compete in the County Spikeball Championships in Bishopstown. We entered 2 teams in the boys competition and 2 teams in the girls competition. We trained everyday at lunchtime in preparation for the event. Competition to get on the teams was intense. We all tried our hardest to make the teams. On the day the bus left the school early in order to be on time for the first match. The girls competition was on first. Both girls teams played brilliantly and nearly got through but in the end only Ballyhass Panthers made it to the Munster Finals in Killarney. It was the same situation with the boys. Ballyhass Dragons will join the Panthers in Killarney on March 6th. We will continue to train hard and hopefully we will give a good account of ourselves. We had the Religion Inspector at the end of the month. Fr Corkery came to visit our class. We had a great chat and he gave us homework off. We were all delighted. We are working on a project titled “How Technology Helps My Life”. Each person has to do an individual project on how they think technology is helping them in their daily lives. We also must come up with the concept that we think will be the next big technological advancement in the world. We will be presenting them in February to the whole class.