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Junior Infant Booklist-2019-2020

Senior Infant Booklist-2019-2020

1st class booklist  2019-20

2nd class booklist  2019-20

3rd class booklist 2019 2020

4th class booklist 2019 2020

5th class booklist 2019 2020

6th class booklist 2019 2020

Rugby – Connacht Final Winner

We are delighted to congratulate our 6th class pupil Julie Ann Fahy on her marvellous win with her Creggs under 14 Rugby Team. They beat Connemara 45 – 0 in the Under 14 Girl’s Cup Final in the Sportsground, Galway. It’s great that we have a Rugby Connacht Champion in our school. Below is a picture of Julie Ann with the winning cup.

Engineers Week

As part of Engineering Week which ran from the 2nd – 8th March, we held a bricks4kidz Lego workshop in our school on Friday 8th March. The workshop included all pupils from  Junior Infants right up to Sixth Class. The children had a great time making all their different creations. We are already looking forward to Engineers Week next year. We hope you like our pictures.

 

World Book Day

Our school took part in World Book Day on Thursday 7th March where we celebrated authors, illustrators, books and reading. As part of these celebrations our pupils had the opportunity to dress up as their favourite characters. We had lots of different characters visit our school that day.

Throughout the day in each classroom, the children participated in a number of book related activities. These activities included DEAR (Drop everything and read) time where each pupil reads a library book for 20 minutes, and also giving an oral presentation of their favourite book.

In the afternoon we took part in shared reading. Our Senior Classes – 5th and 6th were paired with 1st and 2nd class pupils and 3rd and 4th class were paired with our infants. During the session each child took it in turn to read an extract from their favourite book to their partner. The children really enjoyed this activity and are already looking forward to World Book Day next year!!

Soccer Blitz

Our 5th and 6th class took part in a soccer tournament on January 24th which was organised by Coláiste Mhuire in the Mattie McDonagh Centre. We competed against a number of local primary schools  including Fuerty, Ballyforan, Ballaghlea, MountTalbot, Creggs, Windfield and Four Roads. We go to the final and had a fantastic playoff against Ballaghlea and victory was ours on the day. We were delighted to be crowned the winners. A great day was had by all and we would like to especially thank Mr Curran and the transition years for organising  such a splendid tournament.

Winners of the 2019 Coláiste Mhuire Soccer Tournament

Our New Playground Equipment

 Our new playground equipment (school bus, post office, garda station and shop) has just been installed.  A special thank you to our Parents Association for organising a table quiz to help fund the equipment.  The table quiz was very successful and enjoyed by all who attended.  A sincere thank you to everyone who supported our PA.  The winning team on the night kindly returned their winnings to the school in exchange for a homework pass for the students on the following Monday morning which went down a treat! Congratulations to the Mahony family on winning the signed Connaught rugby ball.  Pictured below are some members of our PA (Ava Galvin, Iuliana Naughton (Treasurer), Demelza Muldoon (Chairperson), Deborah Holmes(secretary), and Mairead Molloy(Assistant Treasurer) presenting the cheque to our Principal Mrs. O Connor.

The children are really looking forward to playing with their new equipment.

Carol Service

On 17th January, we held our annual carol service in St. Mary’s Church.  The service began with a beautiful performance by some of our 5th and 6th class pupils who played ‘Joy to the World’ on the tin whistle and chime bars. This was followed by some prayers and reflections to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.  Our 5th and 6th class pupils also acted out the story of the nativity.

All children from infants to 6th class then sang a number of well known Christmas carols with great passion.  They sang beautiful renditions of O Come All ye Faithful, O Holy Night, Silent Night, Westminster Carol, The First Noel, Away in a Manger before a lively upbeat version of Mary’s Boy Child.

Well done to all the pupils (and teachers!!) who took part.  A great night was had by all and we are already looking forward to next year.

Pictures- taken by Peter Daly

Santa Dash

We all dressed in our festive attire and took part in a Santa Dash in Aghrane forest on Friday 21st December.  We had hot chocolate and ate our gingerbread houses as a treat after the run.  It was great fun.

Santa

There was great excitement on 20th December when Santa visted our school.

Reindeer

We got involved with an exciting art project this term.  In conjunction with Visit Galway City, our school designed and painted a life size reindeer for display at the Galway Christmas markets.   Every child in our school was involved in designing and paining the reindeer.  It is on display in Eyre Square at the bottom of the Christmas market adjacent to the entrance of Eyre Square shopping centre and will be displayed until 10th January.  Well done to everyone and a special thank you to Ms. McManus for coordinating the project within our school.

Christmas Shoeboxes

Once again we took part in the annual Christmas Shoebox appeal. We have as usual been very fortunate to have huge support from the parents and students in promoting this worthy cause. This year proved to be no exception as we had a huge donation of shoeboxes -64 in total which were collected from our school for Team Hope Ireland. We know that these small gifts will make a huge difference to the lives of the children that are less fortunate than ourselves. We would like to say a big thank you to all the families that supported this worthy cause.

Poetry Workshop

On Monday 19th November, Poets Margaret Hannigan Popp and Pete Mullineaux visited our school to hold a poetry workshop with our 5th/6th Class.  This workshop was part of ‘Ballygar Eco Cultural Groups’ Galway 2020 project entitled ‘The Other: Together.’  This project is inspired by a poem about Ballygar ‘Beal a Ghártha’ written by Raftery 200 years ago.  The projects aims to  explore identity and inclusion within the community of Ballygar through the medium of poetry.

During this workshop the children learnt a little bit about the poet Raftery and examined his Poem ‘Beal A Ghártha’ (Ballygar).     Pete Mullineaux also read a number of his own poems each with a contrasting style.

He encouraged the children to think about their senses, and feelings when writing poetry.    Each child was provided with a notebook in which to write their poetry and wrote their own poems about Ballygar.  Margaret and Pete encouraged the children to keep these notebooks and to write some more of their own poems over the coming weeks.  We are looking forward to reading and hearing some of these poems.

Science Week

All classes were very busy throughout science week this year (November 11th -18th).

A huge variety of experiments were undertaken by the boys and girls during the week. 3rd/4th class also completed science projects where each child chose and researched an experiment and showed it to their classmates.

On Tuesday the 15th of November, in association with NUIG and Galway Science, the science show ‘Xperimental’ visited our school.  We learnt all about air and air pressure and had lots of fun helping to conduct lots of very cool experiments during Science show.  We even made a hovercraft and some of us were very lucky to get to try it out.

Our 3rd-6th class pupils also participated in a Science themed table quiz.  Well done to the winning team Hayden Naughton, Niall Dowd, Angela Krzak, Alyssa Galvin and Patrick Zwierkczyk.

Over the last number of years we have put an increased emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Enginneering and Maths). We are working towards our 5th award of Excellence in the area of Science and Maths.

Everyone had great fun participating in Science Week. We are already looking forward to next year!!!

Presidential Election

Our 6th class ran a presidential election for our school ahead of Polling Day on Thursday.  All classes received a polling card and had the opportunity to visit our school polling station to cast their vote.  They voted for their favourite candiate in the polling booth and and placed their ballot paper in the ballot box.  6th class counted the votes and calculated the percentage vote per candiate.  Our school results were as follows Michael D. Higgins 66% of the vote, Liadh na Riada 14%, Peter Casey 7%, Gavin Duffy 5% , Joan Freeman 4% and Sean Gallagher 4%.

Maths Week 2018

Last week, 15th – 19th October all our pupils participated in a range of activities for National Maths Week.

We had a Halloween Themed Maths Week Board outside the office, which has proved to be quite a hit.  There are a number of maths problems on the board.  All pupils are encouraged to answer each of the questions throughout maths week and record their answers on the answer sheets provided.  All correct answer sheets were entered into a draw.  Well done to Harry O Sullivan who won the competition and answered all questions correctly.

Each day there was a different problem of the day to be solved also on the board.  Well done to our daily winners Julie Ann Fahy, Hazel O Malley, Kacper Krysztoforski, Dominik Misiak and Conor Kelly who all won prizes for solving the problem correctly.

All classes participated in a maths trail around the school.  They went ‘out and about’ to solve maths problems in our school environment.

All pupils in the school created our ‘School Birthday Graph.’  We found out that February is the most popular month for birthdays in our school and April and October are the least popular.

We also held a ‘Guess How Many Sweets Are In The Jar’ competition, which is proving to be one of the star attractions of Maths Week. We had some wide ranging guesses from the students.  Well done to our winner Grainne Geraghty.

On Thursday all classes participated in our ‘Maths for Fun’ initiative.  Every class went to our General purpose room and took part in a number of Maths Games.  Some pupils from our 4th class had the responsibility of leading the games at each station.

Well done to everyone who put in an extra special effort in the area of maths.  A special well done to Katie Geraghty, Igor Trojner, Liliana Staniak, Saibhe Naughton, Hazel O Malley, Pat Corcoran, Liam Dovander and Evan Doyle who were our Mathletes of the week.

Thank you to Mrs. Watson who organised all the events during maths week.  We are already looking forward to next year.

 Irish Press Cup

On 1st October we had a very special visitor.  All Ireland Galway Minor champion Michael Flynn visited our school with the Irish Press cup.  There was great excitement on the day.  Michael spoke to the children and answered questions on fitness, training, diet and the All Ireland final.  Thank you to Michael Flynn and to Ronan Muldoon and Frank Harkins from Ballygar Hurling club for organizing the visit.

Video Call Link Up with Sweden

3rd and 4th linked up with Tegelhagen school in Sollentuna in Sweden via video call last week. They were very excited to see the students on screen as they shared information about School, Ballygar and Ireland. They learned about school in Sweden and even got to see the view from their classroom window.

 

Mini 7’s

Our hurling team travelled to Moylough on 28th September and put on an outstanding display of hurling.  They were very unfortunate to be pipped to the post by Menlough by just 1 point in the final.

 

Booklists

Please click on links below to find booklists for the coming school year.

Junior-Infant–2018-2019

Senior-Infant–2018-2019

 1st class 2018 -19

 2nd class 2018 – 2019

3rd class  2018-2019

4th class 2018-2019

5th class  2018 2019

6th class 2018-2019

Maths and Science Award of Excellence

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Discover Primary Science and Maths Award of excellence once again this year.

Discover Primary Science (DPS) is the national programme designed to foster interest in science and engineering among children in primary schools.

Participating schools carry out a range of science activities in the classroom and are also encouraged to undertake additional explorative activities and projects in the area of technology, engineering and maths.  Throughout the year, our pupils worked hard and carried out various experiments and investigations such as investigating the conditions necessary for seeds to grow, capillary action, lava lamps, inflating/deflating balloons using hot/cold water, magnetism, chromatography, identifying different plants, animals, birds and minibeasts in our school environment and many more.  3rd and 4th class also made oral reports on a range of science experiments that they completed.

We took part in a range of additional activities in the area of technology, engineering and maths including maths trails, a K’nex workshop, Hour of Code, making bridges and hosted a range of activities for maths week.  We also regularly used our ipads as part of lessons in class.
Well done to all involved, all of your hard work really paid off.  Thank you to Ms. McManus for co-ordinating the award.

New Activ Panels

We have invested in 2 new Activ Panel for both our infant and 1st/2nd class room.  Activpanels are large tablet like interactive boards that bring learning to life for children.  We are fortunate to be one of the very few schools in the locality with such technology and we hope that they will enhance the children’s learning experiences in our school.

End of Year Awards

This year we held an  ‘Awards Day’ to acknowledge the hard work and good behaviour of some of our pupils.  Choosing the award winners was extremely tough as there are many boys and girls in each class whose efforts and achievements this year deserve to be acknowledged.  Prizes were awarded for ‘Pupil of the Year’ and ‘Special Recognition’.

Awards are as follows:

Junior infant pupil of the year – Maisie Holmes

Senior infants pupil of the year- Cathal Dowd

Miss Hanley’s Special Recognition – Ellen Mahony

1st class pupil of the year- Ethan Galvin

2nd Class pupil of the year- Naomi Mozgala

Mrs Watson’s Special Recognition – Bartosz Ziach

3rd class pupil of the year- Hazel O Malley

4th Class pupil of the year- Hayden Naughton

Ms. McManus’  Special Recognition – Alex Kelly

5th  class pupil of the year- Harry O Sullivan

6th  Class pupil of the year- Wiktoria Staniak

Mrs. O Connor’s Special Recognition –Jonathan Dowd

Overall Pupil of the Year- Niamh Langan

Attendance Award- Hazel O Malley, Olivia Kelly, Elliott Kelly, Diarmuid Bury  and Tiernan Keegan all who have not missed a single day all year.

Well done to everyone and we are already looking forward to next year.

Class of 2018

The graduation mass for 6th class took place on Wednesday 20th June.  All the staff of Ballygar N.S. would like to take this opportunity to wish all the 6th class boys and girls all the best for the future.  They will be missed greatly!

Junior Wardens Competition

This year we hosted the Junior Warden Competition here in Ballygar on 9th May.  Representing our school this year was Michael Naughton, Anthony Naughton, Niamh Langan, Cathal Bury, Shauna Carty, Wiktoria Staniak, Jonathan Dowd and Cassie Gately. They did a terrific job representing our school and were very unfortunate to be pipped to the post by Tuam this year! A special thank you to all the boys and girls who were involved in the wardens programme this year. 17 pupils in total. There are only 4 schools in Galway still taking part in the scheme.  They play an important role in ensuring the safety of their fellow pupils when crossing the road at home time.  As a special treat for participating in the programme, the boys and girls were treated to a trip to Jumplanes in Galway where they went ice skating and had fun on the huge indoor trampolines.  A special thank you also to Garda Pat Regan and Mrs. Watson for all of their hard work putting all of our wardens through their paces this year

Lunchtime League

29 pupils from 3rd-6th took part in our Gaelic football lunchtime league in May.  Tully came out on top led by captain Cathal Bury, Shauna Carty, Piotr Wanzdel, Harry Holmes, Julie Ann Fahy, Adam Naughton and Caoimhe Molloy.

Harry Holmes won the boys top scorer award and Niamh Langan was the Girls top scorer.  Anthony Naughton was awarded player of the league while Tiernan Keegan scooped the award for the most improved player.   Well done to all the boys and girls that took part.

 

 

 

 

 

 

29 pupils also took part in our lunchtime soccer league which took place in June.  Well done to the winning team Piotr Wandzel (Captain), Aoife Kelly, Harry O Sullivan, Evan Doyle, Kacper Krysztorski Alex Doyle and Hazel O Malley who won after a nail biting final which came down to penalties after extra time.

Harry Holmes won the boys top scorer while Niamh Langan and Shauna Carty were the Girls top scorers.  Christopher Corcoran received the reward for most improved player and Gerard Healy was awarded player of the tournament.

School Tours

some pictures from our school tours

Window Boxes

A group of children were involved in making the lovely window boxes which you can see on display at the front of the school.  A big thank you Ms. Mannion who helped the children make the window boxes. I am sure you will agree they really add to aesthetics of our school.

 

Vegetable Patch

In association with tidy towns we also planted vegetables in our school vegetable garden this month.  We planted carrots, lettuce, turnip, strawberries,  and a black current and red current bush.  Thank you to all those in tidy towns who helped prepare our vegetable garden.  We can’t wait to harvest them when we return to school in September.

Farmyard Visit

On Tuesday 13th March, we had a visit from “Farmyard in your School”, a mobile pet farm. Each class had the opportunity to see the animals. The children learned facts about the animals and how to care for and look after them. Some of the animals included ducks and ducklings, rabbits, huinea pigs, chicks, hens and roosters. Lucy the King Charles Puppy and a sheep!! They had the opportunity to pet and hold the animals. It was a fantastic experience as the children got to learn about the animals first hand.

Knock Retreat

6th Class had a fun filled action packed day in Knock on Friday 23rd February for their Confirmation Retreat. As well as learning about the Sacrament of Confirmation, the children learned about the apparition at Knock in 1879/ They visited part of the original old gable wall where the apparition took place. They also visited the Basilica and the museum where they learned about the life of the people living in Knock in 1879. This was part of their preparations for receiving the sacrament of confirmation which they received on 12th April.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Bhíomar ag ceiliúradh Seachtain na Gaeilge inár scoil ón 1 – 7 Márta. Bhíomar ag déaamh an-iarracht níos mó Gaeilge a labhairt i ngach rang i rith na coicíse. Ghlac rang a trí go rang a sé páirt i dtráth na gceist as Gaeilge .Comhgairdeas do Jonathan Dowd , Piotr Wandzel, Christopher Corcoran, Kacper Krysztoforski, Hayden Naughton, agus Alyssa Galvin a bhuaigh an tráth na gceist. Ghlac gach rang páirt i gcéilí sa Mattie McDonagh Centre. Bhí an-spraoi agus an -Chraic againn ag damhsa ‘Shoe the Donkey’, agus ‘Siege of Ennis’. D’fhoghlaim gach rang amhrán nó dán Gaeilge agus chan siad go léir ós comhar páistí na scoile ag an Mattie McDonage Centre. Rinne rang a cúig/a sé ‘Seó Faisin’ freisin. Bhí siad ar fheabhas ar fad.

Bhí comórtas eile againn freisin agus bhí duais íontach don bhuateoir. Bhí ar na páistí treoireacha a léamh agus a leanúint chun cárta Lá Fhéile Pádraig a dhéanhamh. Comhghairdeas do Zofia Wandzel a bhuaigh on cómórtas. Gabhaimís buíochas d’Iníon Mhic an Ríogh a d’eagraigh na himeachtaí i rith seachtain na Gaeilge. Bhainimid an-thaiteamh as.

RSA

On Tuesday 13th March, 3rd – 6th classes had a visit from the RSA (Road Safety Authority). They learned how to be a safe pedestrian, cyclist and car/bus passenger. A special thank you to Garda Pat Regan for organising the visit.

 

 

World Book Day

This year our pupils took part in World Book Day on 9th March where we celebrated authors, illustrators, books and reading.  As part of the celebrations our pupils had the opportunity to dress up as their favourite characters.  We had lots of interesting characters visit our school on the day.

Throughout the day, in each of the classes, the children participated in a number of book related activities, including giving an oral book presentation of their favourite book and DEAR (Drop everything and read) time where each pupil read a library book for 20 minutes.

After lunch we also took part in shared reading.  5th/6th class pupils were paired with 1st/2nd class pupils and 3rd/4th class were paired with our infants.  During the session each child took it in turn to read an extract from their favourite book to their partner.  We loved sharing our favourite books.  There are a lot of great storytellers in our school!!

Finally we held an art competition where each child had the opportunity to design an alternative cover for their favourite book.  The standard of the competition was extremely high.  Well done to our winners…….

First Penance

Congratulations to our 2nd class pupils who received the sacrament of reconciliation on 7th March.   A special thank you to Mrs. Watson for preparing the children for the children for the sacrament.

Knock Retreat

6th class had a fun filled action packed day in Knock on Friday 23rd February for their Confirmation retreat. As well as learning about the Sacrament of Confirmation, the children learnt about the apparition at Knock in 1879. They visited part of original old gable wall where the apparition took place. They also visited the Basilica and the museum where they learnt about the life of the people living in Knock in 1879. This was part of their preparations for receiving the sacrament of Confirmation which they have received on 12th April.

Family Tree

Martin Curley, Heritage Ireland completed 5 Local history workshops with 5th/6th class this ter.  These workshops involved the children researching their family tree.  The children examined a number of historical archives published online including birth and marriage certificates, census records from the 1900s, emigration records (dating back to the famine)  and death records to trace their family trees.  The children really enjoyed these workshops.  They learnt a lot about their family history , and even discovered the names of some family members that they did not know previously.  They each completed a project based on the information they learnt.

Grandparents Day

As part of Catholic Schools Week, we held a very successful Grandparents Day on Friday 2nd February. It was marvellous to welcome the huge amount of Grandparents who spent the afternoon with us. Our 6th class ambassadors were on hand to welcome the grandparents as they arrived. All of the classes put on a special performance for the Grandparents. Ms Hanley’s class performed a lovely poem about how special their grandparents are and sang ‘You’ve got a Friend in me.’  Mrs Watson’s class performed, ‘The Green Machine’.  This was followed by Ms. McManus’ class who recited a poem about grandparents and sang the song ‘Happy’ ‘’ and finally Mrs. O Connor’s 5th and 6th class played ‘Amazing Grace’ on the tin whistle which was followed by a beautiful rendition of ‘Caledonia’’. The celebrations concluded with a prayer service which was led by 6th class.

A special thank you  to some of our parents who served tea, coffee and lovely cakes to the grandparents. All our pupils prepared gifts to show their grandparents how much they mean to them

Safer Internet Day

On 6th February we took part in Safer Internet Day.  All classes took part in lessons aimed at raising awareness of online dangers, and teaching children how to keep safe and to make smart decisions online.  Our senior classes also learnt about cyberbullying and the dangers of social media.  Recent figures show that a third of children aged 8-12 regularly speak to strangers online.  This is an alarming figure.  As a result, we would advise parents to:

  • Talk with your children regularly about their Internet use
  • Keep informed (websites such as www.webwise.ie provide information to parents about internet safety and new apps)
  • Monitor your child’s online usage

Ambulance

On Friday 26th January, we had a special visit from the ambulance services.  This was organised by Ms. Hanley as part of the aistear programme.  Our infants have been learning all about working in hospitals and making emergency phone calls this month.  A special thank you to Michael Bury for bring an ambulance to our school and teaching the children all about his work

Secondary School Blitz

On 25th January, our 5th and 6th classes took part in a 6 a side soccer tournament organised by Coláiste Mhuire in the Mattie McDonagh Centre.  We entered two teams into the competition and competed against a number of local primary schools including Ballyforan, Ballaghlea, Mount Talbot, Fuerty, Windfield, and Four Roads.   One of our teams narrowly missed out on a place in the final.  A great day was had by all.  A special thank you to Mr. Curran and to the transitions years for organising the tournament.

Hour of Code

This year our 3rd-6th class pupils took part in the ‘Hour of Code’ challenge during Computer Science Education Week, December 4-10.  ‘Hour of Code’ is aimed at introducing the children to computer science and computer coding.  Millions of children worldwide took part.  Coding helps nurture problem solving skills, logic and creativity. The pupils worked on ipads on a mine craft coding challenge for 1 hour.  They wrote their own code using coding blocks to solve problems in order to get characters Steve or Alex to the next level.

Science Week

All Classes had great fun predicting, designing, and carrying out experiments each day last week for Science week. They showed how they carried out each experiment and what they learned by doing so.

Knex Roadshow

This week our school hosted The K’nex Roadshow as part of the Galway Science and Techology Festival. Children from Junior Infants right up to 6th class enjoyed it and had great fun making all the different creations.

Christmas Shoe Boxes

We took part in the annual Christmas shoebox appeal this year.   Over the years we have been hugely fortunate to have tremendous support from parents and students in promoting this hugely worthy cause. This year proved to be no exception as we had a huge donation of shoeboxes (61 in total) which were collected from our school for Team Hope Ireland. We know that these small gifts will make a massive difference in the lives of the children that are less fortunate than ourselves. We would like to say a big thank you to all the families that supported this undertaking.

Halloween

These scary creatures all came to visit us on Friday!

 

Maths Week 2017

Last week, 16th – 20th October all our pupils participated in a range of activities for National Maths Week.   (Due to storm Ophelia our pupils will be continuing to celebrate Maths week this week also)

Ms. Hanley  set up a Halloween Themed Maths Week Board outside the office which has proved to be quite the hit.  There were a number of maths problems on the board.  All pupils were encouraged to answer each of the questions throughout maths week and record their answers on the answer sheets provided.  All those who got all the answers correct were put into a draw.  Well done to Dawid who won the prize.

All classes participated in a maths trail around the school.  They went ‘out and about’ to solve maths problems in our school environment.

We also holding a ‘Guess How Many Sweets Are In The Jar’ competition, which is proving to be one of the star attractions of Maths Week. We had some wide ranging guesses from the students.  Well done to Peter and Cillian who both had the closest estimates.

Last Friday all classes participated in our ‘Maths for Fun’ initiative.  Every class went to our General purpose room and took part in a number of Maths Games.  Some pupils from our 3rd/4th class had the responsibility of leading the games at each station.  Thank you to Ms. Mannion and our 3rd/4th class pupils for running our ‘Maths For Fun’ afternoon.

Window Boxes

Our 5th class pupils planted some winter bedding plants in our window boxes with Ms. Mannion

 

Refurbishment of Toilet Blocks


We are delighted to inform you that all of our bathrooms in the school were totally refurbished during the summer holidays.  All sanitary ware was replaced along, new floor coverings were put down and walls were all tiled.  Refurbishments were funded through a summer works grant which was applied for by our Board of Management.  I am sure you will agree that the works have made such a difference.
Refurbishment of Toilets

Ipads

We are delighted to inform you that we have invested in a set of 8 new Ipads.  We hope that these Ipads will enhance the children’s learning experiences in our school.

Run Around Europe Challenge

We took part in the Run around Europe challenge.   This is a project by Sports Ireland to get children active. Children run an equivalent distance to a city in Europe.   We ran laps of our tennis court and added our total distance together.  We ran a total of 3596km km which is the equivalent of running from Ballygar to Sofia, Bulgaria.  Well done to all those involved.

Hurling and Camogie Teams meet Liam!!

Our hurling and camogie teams met Liam at the relaunch of Centra in Ballygar.  The cup was accompanied by Galway Hulring stars and All Ireland Winners, Gearoid McInerney, Simon Thomas and Diarmaid O Brien.  Congratulations to Ollie and the  Holmes family and wishing them every success with their newly refurbished store.  The Homles’ have provided great support to our football and hurling teams throughout the years and generously sponsored our most recent set of school jerseys.

 

Cultural Day

Our 5th/6th Class took part in the celebrations of Cultural day in Ballygar on 22nd September.  Louise Holihan carried out a workshop with . During the workshop they looked at a number of things including identity, place, and diversity.  They mapped the town of Ballygar and discussed their favourite places/amenities in Ballygar and the amenities and services they would like to see in the future.  They then went out and about and visited their favourite places int the town.  They split up into groups and  used our new ipads to take photographs of their groups in their favourtie places in Ballygar.  They were very creative with our poses when it came to taking the photographs.  A special thanks to Louise for organising the workshop.

Vegetable Garden Harvest

Our 5th/6th class harvested the vegetable that they had planted in our vegetable garden last Spring.  They harvested carrots, parsnips and lettuce.  They made delicious soup for the whole school with their harvested vegetables.

 

Maroon and White Day

We had a maroon and white day on 1st of September in support of the Galway hurling minor and senior teams.  We had a special visit from Philip and Michael Coleman and his ‘Galway car.’  Thanks to the Philip and Michael for bringing their car to our school.  We would like to congratulate both the Senior and Minor teams for their fantastic success! We would especially like to congratulate Simon Thomas, one of the players on the minor team, a past pupil of our school.  Well done Simon, we are so proud of you!!

 

Booklists

Please click on links below to find booklists for the coming school year.

Junior Infant Booklist 2017-2018

Senior Infant Booklist 2017-2018

1st class booklist 2017 2018

2nd Class Booklist 2017 2018

3rd Class Booklist 2017-2018

4th class Booklist 2017-2018

5th class Booklist 2017 2018

6th Class Booklist 2017-2018

Our New School Crest

On Tuesday 27th June we had a wonderful celebration that will go down in the history of Ballygar N.S. We are delighted to be able to finally reveal our school crest. We were honoured to have Galway footballer and former Galway CaptBallygar NS Crestain Paul Conroy here to reveal our crest and we had a lovely celebration afterwards and a visit from an ice-cream van. A lot of hard work has gone in to designing this school crest. We started the process in January where we sought the views and opinions of our pupils and what Ballygar N.S. meant to them. The children then all had the opportunity to design a crest. The designs and ideas that were created were all fantastic which made it extremely difficult to pick just one design so we choose aspects of different children’s designs and put them together to make one crest. A past pupil Stephanie Moran who has a background in graphic design put all of the ideas together and digitally designed our crest. Thank you Stephanie for all your hard work in digitally designing our crest and well done to all the boys and girls who contributed to the crest.

To find out the meaning behind our school crest click here:

http://ballygarns.ie/our-school-crest-2/

Sports Day

Some pictures from our sports day.

School Tours

Some pictures from our Infants to 2nd class tour to Graune pet farm

Some pictures from our 3rd-6th class tour to Lilliput.

Runners ups

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Well done to our school hurling team who reached the Cumann na mBunscol finals in Loughgeorge on 13th June.  The boys showed how skilful they were in what was a wonderful display of hurling.   Unfortunately they were beaten by Castlegar on the day.  It is a fantastic achievement as it our third year in a row to reach the finals!!!  Well done to all involved and to Mr. Naughton their coach.

Traffic Warden Winners

Galway County Council Junior wardens winners 2017

Well done to the school traffic wardens who won the Junior Warden Competition in Mountbellew  on 18th May. Representing our school this year was Millie Holmes, Eábha Conroy, Éabha McArdle, Cormac O’Malley, Shauna Carty, John Calligy, Julia Krzak and Cathal Bury. They did a terrific job representing our school! A special thank you to all the boys and girls who were involved in the warden programme this year. 17 pupils in total. They play a important role in ensuring the safety of their fellow pupils when crossing the road at home time. A special thank you also to Garda Pat Regan and Mrs. Watson for all of their hard work putting all of our wardens through their paces this year

 

Window Boxes

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Vegetable Patch

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In association with tidy towns we also set up a vegetable patch in our school this month.  We planted carrots, lettuce, turnip, peas and even pumpkins.  Thank you to all those in tidy towns who helped prepare our vegetable garden.  We can’t wait to harvest them when we return to school in September.

Field Trip to Aghrane Forest

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5th/6th class went on a Geography field trip to Aghrane forest.  They learnt how to follow and read a map and explored a number of geographical features such as depressions, pits, ringforts etc.  They then put their map reading skills to the test and completed an orienteering trail in pairs in the forest.  A very enjoyable and educational day was had by all!

Internet Safety Talk

On Thursday 11th May, our 3rd-6th class pupils took part in a Cyber Bullying and internet safety workshop.  This workshop was delivered by Jeremy Pagden, the Managing Director of Schools Websites.  In today’s rich environment it is vital that children are equip with skills to deal with cyber bullying and to dangers they may encounter on the internet.  The children learnt about cyberbullying,  the potential dangers associated with the internet including encountering dangerous people (people with fake accounts), social media and free apps which can sell on personal information and pictures, rules for posting to the internet.  The topics were covered extremely relevant and were dealt with in a sensitive manner.  We hope that this workshop will highlight the dangers and potential risks that children can encounter when using the internet and empower them to make better choices to keep themselves safe while using the different technologies available to the,

It is equally important that parents know what their children are experiencing when they use the internet.  Technology has come along way since we were in school and most of us often feel woefully inadequate when it comes to keeping up to date when the latest technology.  It is therefore important that as adults and parents, we are educated and know the potential risk that exist for our children on the internet, mobile phones and tablets.  As a result an internet safety talk for parents was held in the Mattie McDonagh Centre on 11th May.  This talk was also delivered by Jeremy Pagden, Managing Director of Schools Websites.  Topics covered included cyberbullying, sexual predators and fake personas, dealing with inappropriate content, reputation damage, types of internet theft, safety settings on your home wifi, browser history, safe use of apps, social media issues and challenges, email scams, safe searching on You Tube, the Dark Web.

The link below is an information leaflet for parents about internet safety

Internet safety handout for parents

 

First Holy Communion

A big congratulations to 2nd class who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday May 13th in St Mary’s Church, Ballygar.

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Confirmation

Congratulation to 6th class pupils who made their Confirmation in St Mary’s Church, Ballygar on March 22nd.

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10 at 10

The whole school took part in 10 at 10 on Friday 10th February.    This initative was promoted by Operation Transformation and encouraged primary school in Ireland to get moving for 10 minutes of exercise at 10am on 10th February.  We had great fun taking part in circuits which was led by the pupil sin 5th/6th class completed lots of different exercises at each circuit.

Lunchtime League

Round 2 of our lunchtime league for 3rd-6th class is in full swing.  This time the children are taking part in a Gaelic football league which is played weekly during lunchtime on Thursdays.  The children are once again very excited and enthusiastic about the league.  Thank you to Mr. Fahy for organising the league.

 

Confirmation Retreat

6th class had a fun filled action packed day in Knock on Monday 13th February for their confirmation retreat.  This was part of their preparations for receiving the sacrament of Confirmation which they will receive on 22nd March 2017.

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Grandparents Day 2017

As part of Catholic Schools Week, we held a very successful Grandparents Day on Friday 3rd February. It was marvellous to welcome the huge amount of Grandparents who spent the afternoon with us. Our 6th class ambassadors were on hand to welcome the grandparents as they arrived. All of the classes put on a special performance for the Grandparents. Ms Glennon’s class performed a lovely poem called ‘My Gingerbread House’. Mrs Watson’s classes performed beautifully, ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands’.This was followed by Ms Hanley’s classes singing ‘Photograph’ and finally Ms Flaherty’s 5th and 6th class playing a tune on the tin whistle which was followed by a beautiful rendition of ‘Grace’. The celebrations concluded with a prayer service which was led by 5th and 6th class.

A special thank you  to some of our parents who served tea, coffee and lovely cakes to the grandparents. All our pupils prepared gifts to show their grandparents how much they mean to them.

Grandparents Day has become a feature of our school calendar now and we celebrate it every year during catholic schools week. We are already looking forward to next year.

Soccer Blitz

Our 5th/6th class took part in a soccer blitz organised by Mr. Curran and the Transitions years in Coláiste Mhuire on 29th January.  Thank you to Mr. Curran and to the Transition years for organising a fantastic day.  We are already looking forward to next year.

Attendance Awards

We recognise the importance of good attendance at Ballygar N.S.  Children were awarded for good attendance on the day of the Christmas holidays.  So many boys and girls have excellent attendance in our school and alot have not missed any days of school this year so far.  Well done and we hope you all keep it up!

Santa’s Visit

Once again Santa took time from his very busy schedule to visit the girls and boys at Ballygar National School. He arrived in style in a boat along with his elf to help him. The children were so excited to see him and gave him a great big welcome. He went to each classroom where he gave them all treats and each classroom sang a song. He was very impressed with their beautiful singing.

 Christmas Carol Service

We held our annual Carol Service on Tuesday 20th Dec 2016 in St. Mary’s Church, Ballygar. It began with a beautiful performance by some of the 5th and 6th class pupils who played Joy to the World on tin whistle, chime bars and violin. This was followed by prayers and reflections to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. The 5th and 6th class children also acted our the story of the nativity.

All the children for infants to 6th class then sung a number of well known Christmas carols with great passion. They sang beautiful renditions of O Come All ye Faithful, Westminster Carol, The First Noel, Silent Night, Mary’s Boy Child and Away in a Manger.

Well done to all the pupils (and teachers!!) who took part.

Credit Union Art Competition

Congratulations to Mashal Khan 3rd class, who came first place in his category for the 2016 Credit Union Art Competition. Mashal also went on to the regional rounds of the competition winning yet another prize for second place.  The theme for 2016 was ‘Dreams are made of this…….’. Mashal created a beautiful picture of all that he dreams of having one day. He focused on the simple things in life that we all should treasure. This was a huge acheivement and we are all very proud of you. Congratulations again Mashal and well done!

Mashal receiving his prize
Mashal receiving his prize

Science Week

All classes were very busy throughout science week this year (November 13-20th).

A huge variety of experiments were undertaken by the boys and girls during the week.

On Tuesday the 14th of November, in association with NUIG and Galway Science, we had a visit from the ‘Mad Scientist.’  We learnt all about air and air pressure and had lots of fun helping him to conduct lots of very cool experiments during his Science show.  We even made a hovercraft and some of us were very lucky to get to try it out.

Everyone had great fun participating in Science Week. We are already looking forward to next year!!!

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

We took part in the annual Christmas shoebox appeal this year.   Over the years we have been hugely fortunate to have tremendous support from parents and students in promoting this hugely worthy cause. This year proved to be no exception as we had a huge donation of shoeboxes (65 in total) which were collected from our school for Team Hope Ireland. We know that these small gifts will make a massive difference in the lives of the children that are less fortunate than ourselves. We would like to say a big thank you to all the families that supported this undertaking.

 

Halloween

Maths Week 2016

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Last week, 17th – 21st October all our pupils participated in a range of activities for National Maths Week.

Ms. Hanley set up a Halloween Themed Maths Week Board outside the office which proved to be quite the hit.  There were a number of maths problems of the board.  All pupils were encouraged to answer each of the questions throughout maths week and record their answers on the answer sheets provided.  All correct answer sheets were entered into a draw on Friday.  Well done to Harry Holmes who answered all 12 questions correctly.

All classes participated in a maths trail around the school.  They went ‘out and about’ to solve maths problems in our school environment.

We also held a  ‘Guess How Many Sweets Are In The Jar’ competition, which proved to be one of the star attractions of Maths Week. We had some wide ranging guesses from the students.  Well done to Julia Krzak in Ms Flaherty’s class who had the closest guess to the correct answer.

All pupils made a special effort during maths all week.  Based on these efforts one pupil from each class was chosen as Mathlete of the Week.  Well done to Isabelle Mulrooney, Sara Pietrick, Pat Corcoran, Alyssa Galvin, Ekramullah Jan, Julie Ann Fahy, Cathal Bury and Shauna Carty who were are Mathletes of the Week.

Here are some pictures of us completing our maths trails

Lunchtime League

Mr. Fahy has set up a Multi Sport Lunchtime league for all the children in 3rd-6th class.  Throughout the year the teams will be battling it out to be crowned league champions in a number of different sports (soccer, Gaelic football, hurling/camogie).  The children have been divided into 6 teams.  The first league is a soccer league. The first round began last Friday and subsequent rounds will be played weekly during lunchtime on Thursdays and Fridays.  The children are very excited and enthusiastic about the league.  Thank you to Mr. Fahy for organising the league.

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Ballygar Enterprise Towns Competition Winners

This year we once again took part in Ballygar Enterprise Towns exhibition in the Mattie McDonagh Centre on Friday 14th October.   This was a community event organised by Bank of Ireland which was aimed at raising awareness about local businesses, clubs and schools in the community.  As part of this event, each school was required to display one piece of artwork based on our community.  Eábha Conroy one of our 6th class students designed and created a collage of some of important buildings in our community.  Look at the picture below to see Eábha’s outstanding creation.  The standard across all of the local schools who participated was very high.  Mickey Harte Tyrone Football Manager was the judge on the day.  We were extremely proud to win the competition and won our first tablet for the school.

Well done Eábha and thank you to Ms. Watson for co-ordinating the project.

Ballygar N.S. Winning Entry

Food Dudes Programme

This term we participated in the Food Dudes Healthy eating programme.  This programme aims to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables and to come to enjoy the taste of the foods at school and at home.

During phase one of this programme one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables were provided to the children every day (fruit includes bananas, apples, grapes, oranges. Vegetables include peppers, carrots, cucumber).  The children were encouraged to try both fruit and vegetables and were rewarded with great prizes for their efforts.  There were two levels of participation in the programme within the school: junior classes and senior classes.  Pupils in junior classes were offered the opportunity to participate for 16 days, while those in senior classes were offered the opportunity to participate for 8 days.

To date the children have made a terrific effort and have been rewarded with lots of cool prizes. We hope they will continue in their efforts and win lots of more great prizes!

We have now entered the second phase of the programme. During this phase the children are encouraged to bring in fruit and vegetables as part of their lunch.  The children have been provided with lunchbox to bring in fruit and vegetables and will be rewarded with certificates for bringing in fruit and vegetables for their lunch.

Food Dudes was originally developed by the University of Wales, Bangor, to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables both in school and at home. It is now managed by Bord Bia and is funded by Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the EU.  It is based on positive role models (the Food Dudes characters), repeated tasting and rewards.

The Annual Christmas Puppet Show

On Wednesday 7th December the Junior and Senior Infants attended The Annual Christmas Puppet Show, Magic Show and Disco in the Mattie McDonagh Centre, Ballygar. This show was hosted by The Ballygar Parent & Toddler Group. They all had great fun taking part in all the activities and also enjoyed meeting the children from other schools.

 

Welcome

Welcome back to everyone. We hope you had a lovely restful summer and are ready for the new school year. In particular, we want to welcome all of the Junior Infants who have joined our school.  They are all settling in very well and coming to grips with being in “big school”!

 Booklists for Next Year.

Click on the links below to download booklists for School year 2016/17

Junior Infant Booklist

Senior Infant Booklist

1st Class Booklist

2nd Class Booklist

3rd Class Booklist

4th Class Booklist

5th Class Booklist

6th Class Booklist

End of Year Video

We have had a very busy school year.  Here is a short video which will give you a glimpse of the rich and varied school life here in Ballygar N.S.

Science and Maths Award of Excellence

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Discover Primary Science and Maths Award of excellence.

Discover Primary Science (DPS) is the national programme designed to foster interest in science and engineering among children in primary schools.

Participating schools carry out a range of science activities in the classroom and are also encouraged to undertake additional explorative activities and projects in the area of technology, engineering and maths.  Throughout the year, our pupils worked hard and carried out various experiments and investigations such as making light spinners, gravity investigations, cleaning water by filtration, floating and sinking, dancing raisins and many more.  They made and designed bird feeders, boats, bridges and parachutes.  We also incorporated maths into our work measuring and recording results.
Well done to all involved, all of your hard work really paid off.

County Champions

Well done to our school hurling team who were crowned Cumann na mBunscol champions in Loughgeorge on 9th June.  They bet off stiff competition from Kilglass N.S. and had a one point victory in what proved to be a very exciting final.  This is a fantastic achievement as it is our 3rd hurling county title in 4 years.  Well done to all involved and to Mr. Naughton their coach.

Awards

This year we held an  ‘Awards Day’ to acknowledge the hard work and good behaviour of some of our pupils.  Choosing the award winners was extremely tough as there are many boys and girls in each class whose efforts and achievements this year deserve to be acknowledged.  Prizes were awarded for ‘Pupil of the Year’ and ‘Special Recognition’.

Awards are as follows:

Miss King’s Junior infant pupil of the year – Simone Carty

Miss King’s Senior infants pupil of the year- Amelia Lopatka

Miss King’s Special Recognition – Patrky Zwierczyk

Mrs. Watson’s 1st class pupil of the year- Adam Naughton

Mrs. Watson’s 2nd Class pupil of the year- Tiernan Keegan

Mrs Watson’s Special Recognition – Klaudia Ozga

Ms. Watson’s 3rd class pupil of the year- Aoife Kelly

Ms. Watson’s 4th Class pupil of the year- Cassie Gately

Miss Watson’s Special Recognition – Kacper Krystoforski

Miss Flaherty’s 5th  class pupil of the year- Shauna Carty

Miss Flaherty’s 6th  Class pupil of the year- Ciara Mulrooney

Miss Flaherty’s Special Recognition –Edward Kilheeney

Attendance Award- Cathal Bury.  Cathal has not missed a single day all year.

Well done to everyone and we are already looking forward to next year.

Galway’s Bid to be European Capital of Culture 2020.

Sheila Flanagan and Claudia Keegan visited the school on Wednesday 8th June and conducted a art workshop with 1st/2nd and 5th/6th class.  This was in conjunction with Galways bid to be the European Capital of Culture in 2020.  Ballygar was chosen to be part of a pilot project.  As part of this project Sheila and Claudia showed the children the old craft of sugan rope making.  All of the children played their part in making sugan rope.  They also made hay figures.  Their hay figures and rope will be displayed at the Ballygar carnival this summer.

 

Sports Marathon

On Friday 27th May we held a Sports Marathon fundraiser in order to raise money for our school.  Throughout the course of the day, all of our pupils took part in a wide variety of sporting activities.  Activities included football, hurling, basketball, rounders uni-hoc, tag rugby, obstacle courses, parachute activities, athletics activities, orienteering, playground games and much more.  We would like to thank all those who sponsored the children and our parents for their continued support.  It was certainly a fun filled action packed day and was enjoyed by all.

 

Cumann na mBunscol Hurling Success

Our hurling team took part in the annual Cumann na mBunscol hurling blitz last Monday 30th May.  The boys (and girls) did extremely well fighting off stiff competition from Ballaghlea and Woodfood and earned themselves a place in the Finals in Loughgeorge on 9th June.  Well done and good luck in the finals.

Runners Up

Well done to the school traffic wardens who were runners up in the Warden Competition in Moylough on 19th May.  They did a terrific job representing our school and were runners ups.  A special thank you to all the boys and girls who were involved in the warden programme this year.  20 pupils in total.  They play a important role in ensuring the safety of their fellow pupils when crossing the road at home time.  A special thank you also to Garda Pat Regan and Mrs. Watson for all of their hard work putting all of our wardens through their paces this year.

Communion Class

Well done to our second class who made their First Holy Communion on 14th May.

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Confirmation Class

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 Ballygar 1916 Commemorative Event

Along with 3 other local schools, Mount Talbot, Ballaghlea and Colaiste Mhuire, our school took part in the Ballygar community 1916 celebrations on Sunday 24th April.  All four schools worked very hard to put together a short performance which included song, drama and poetry which they performed in the Mattie McDonagh Centre for everyone on the day.

A great day was had by all.  Everyone really got into the spirit and dressed up in fancy dress for the occasion. Well done to all those children who took part.

Community Games Winners

Well done to all of our pupils who won the community games art and handwriting competition.

The winners are as follows.

U-10 Boys  Handwriting:

Tiernan (1st Place), Hayden (2nd Place), Harry(3rd Place) and Myle  (4th place)

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U-10 Girls Handwriting

Kladia (2nd Place) and Caoimhe ( 3rd place)

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U-12 Girls Handwriting

Millie(1st place) and Shauna (4th place)

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U-10 boys Art

Tiernan (1st), Marshal (3rd) and Dawid (4th)

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U-12 girls Art

Eabha (2nd), Julia (3rd) and Shauna (4th)

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U-14 boys Art

Gerard (1st) and Cormac (3rd)

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Proclamation Day

On March 15th 2016, the staff and DSC01461pupils of Ballygar NS celebrated Proclamation Day as part of the 1916 celebrations. The celebration took place at 1pm outside in the school grounds on what was a beautiful spring day. Parents, grandparents and family members of the children were in attendance.

One of our very talented students Shauna opened the ceremony playing the violin.  Mártín Ó Cinnéide spoke about the local significance of 1916 in Ballygar.  Two of our teachers here in the school have very close links to the Easter Rising.  Both Ms. Mannion’s  and Ms. Hanley’s grandfathers were both involved in the rising.  Ms. Mannion spoke about both Grandfather’s involement.

Members of 3rd/ and 4th class then read out the poem ‘The Mother’ which was written by Padraig Pearse.  It reminded us that although the rising was a time of great pride and joy, it was also a time of great sadness for many families who lost a loved one.

Some of our fifth and sixth class shared their Proclamation, which they wrote as part of the ‘Proclamation DSC01458for a New Generation’ initiative.  It detailed their hopes and aspirations for the future.

Finally Patryk and Siabhe were then called upon to raise the tricolour, which was then followed by the singing and playing of Amhrán na bhFiann.

Over the last few months the children have been learning all about 1916.  The pupils from 3rd to 6th class completed lovely projects based on what they had learnt.  These were on display for all to see on the day.

A lovely day was had by all.  Thank you to all the parents and families who attended the celebration.

Ready Set Go Maths

As part of school self evaluation in the area of numeracy, we have introduced a new numeracy programme ‘Ready, Set Go maths’ into our school.  For the last number of weeks our infants have been taking part in the programme.  Ready, Set Go is an activity based maths learning programme, designed to develop children’s number sense in a fun and stimulating environment.  This programme takes a very hands on approach to learning mathematical concepts and the children will explore concepts such as sorting, pattern, counting and understanding Number using concrete materials in small groups.   Every day Ms. Hanley and Mr. Crowe go into the Junior and Senior Infants to work with the children and Ms. King. The children work in small groups at stations and complete different activities at each station.  —The activities generally involve working with concrete materials and playing games and the main focus is on discovery learning, and developing language for children to describe the process used.  The children are very enthusiastic and love Maths time!  Here are some pictures of the children working in their maths groups.

East Galway Champions

On Wednesday 2nd M20160302_123801arch, our boys soccer team took part in the FAI East Galway 5 a side competition.  We bet off stiff competition from Kilglass, Drim and Garrafaun .  This now qualifies us for a place in the Galway finals which will take place next month.

 

 

Well done to our girls soccer team who also competed in the FAI 20160311_115007East Galway league on Friday 11th March.  The girls did extremely well on the day and narrowly missed out on a place in the Galway finals. Well done to all involved and to Mr. Crowe who has been giving up his lunch times to train both teams.

Engineers Week

We have been working very hard all year towards being awarded an SFI Discover Science and Maths Award of excellence.  As part of our drive, we had a special visit from Engineer Damien Cunningham during Engineers Week on 5th Friday March.  Damien spoke to the children from 3rd-6th class about the different kinds of engineering and how examples of engineering are visible all around us.  The pupils really enjoyed his visit and came up with a range of inventions that they would like to see in the future.  Thank you to Mr. Crowe for organizing this visit.

Bernard Dunne

We had a very special visit from Bernard Dunne on Monday 29th February.  Bernard Dunne is a former boxing World Champion and is now involved in coaching the current All Ireland football Champions, Dublin.  Bernard spoke to the children about his boxing career, the importance of a healthy diet and exercise.  He gave a motivational talk to our senior classes which he emphasised the importance of following your dreams and never giving up.  We feel very privileged that Bernard took time out of his busy schedule to travel down from Dublin to visit our school. Here are some pictures of Bernard’s visit.

P.E

All classes are now going to the Mattie McDonagh Centre once a week for P.E.

Grandparents Day

As part of Catholic Schools Week, we held a Grandparents Day on Friday 5th of February.  We invited all grandparents to spend the afternoon in our school.  This is the second time we have held such an event in our school.  We were overwhelmed by the amount of grandparents who visited our school to celebrate this day with us.

Our 6th class ambassadors we at hand to welcome the grandparents as they arrived.  All of our classes prepared a special treat for the grandparents.  Ms. Kings class performed a lovely poem with actions for the grandparents entitled ‘I’m growing’.  Mrs. Watson’s 1st/2nd class entertained everyone with an action song led by Tiernan.  This was followed by a performance of  ‘More than many sparrows’ by 3rd/4th class.  Our 5th/6th class played ‘Galway Shawl’ on their tinwhistles for the grandparents and were delighted when some of the grandparents started singing along.  Our Grandparents day celebrations concluded with a prayer service which was led by 5th and 6th class.

A special thank you to some of our parents who served tea, coffee and some yummy treats to the grandparents during their visit.

All of our pupils prepared gifts to show their grandparents how much they mean to them.  The atmosphere in the school that day was amazing and the grandparents definitely knew how much they  were loved and valued.

Grandparents’ Day has become a feature of our school  calendar now and we celebrate it every year during Catholic Schools’ Week.  We are already looking forward to next year

Catholic Schools Week

All classes celebrated Catholic School Week from 31st January to 6th February. The theme for Catholic Schools Week this year is Catholic Schools: Challenged to Proclaim God’s Mercy.

During Catholic Schools Week, Each day during this week, the children participated in a less based on this theme.  They explored how they can be the face of God’s mercy in our classrooms, the playground, our school, our families and our community.

Drama Workshop

Tony Daly from Backstage Ireland Academy of Performing Arts completed a drama workshop with our senior classes on Thursday 21st January.  The children had great fun taking part in a variety of fun drama games, and improvisations.  Backstage is recognised around Ireland for its performing arts work with young people and have worked with Niall Horan from One Direction and their students have also appeared on television programmes such as ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Moone Boy.’

Soccer Tournament

On 20th January, our 5th and 6th classes took part in a 6 a side soccer tournament organised by Coláiste Mhuire in the Matte McDonagh Centre.  We entered two teams into the competition and competed against a number of local primary schools including Ballyforan, Creggs, Ballaghlea, Mount Talbot, Fuerty.  We did extremely well and reached the semi-final, narrowly missing a place in a final.  A great day was had by all.  A special thank you to Ms. O Malley, Mr. Curran and to the transitions years for organising the tournament.

Santa Arrives in Style

Santa made sure that the bad flooding this year did not affect his visit to Ballygar National School.  He left the sleigh at home in the North Pole and arrived in a boat instead.  The children were very excited to see Santa and gave him a great welcome.  Santa brought some treats for all the girls and boys.

Christmas Carol Service

On Thursday 17th December, we held our annual carol service in St. Mary’s Church.  The service began with a beautiful performance be some of our 5th and 6th class pupils who played ‘Joy to the World’ on the tin whistle, violin and chime bars.    This was followed by some prayers and reflections to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.  Our 5th and 6th class pupils also acted out the story of the nativity.

All children from infants to 6th class then sung a number of well known Christmas carols with great passion.  They sang beautiful renditions of O Come All ye Faithful, O Holy Night, Silent Night, Westminster Carol, The First Noel, Away in a Manger before a lively upbeat version of Mary’s Boy Child.

Well done to all the pupils (and teachers!!) who took part.

A great night was had by all and we are already looking forward to next year.

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Fire Safety Talk

fire engineOn Monday 14th December, Noel O’ Brien visited our 3rd and 4th class to speak to the children about fire safety.  During this workshop the children learnt about the different ways they can stay safe both at home and in the local community.  Fire safety is an important topic especially during this festive season.  This visit was organised as part of our expansive Social, Personal and Health Education curriculum which allows our students many opportunities to explore various ways of keeping themselves safe in various different circumstances.

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

This term we have been promoting our annual Christmas Shoebox appeal. Over the years we have been hugely fortunate to have tremendous support from parents and students in promoting this hugely worthy cause. This year proved to be no exception as we had a huge donation of shoeboxes  (66 in total) which were collected from our school for Team Hope Ireland. We know that these small gifts will make a massive difference in the lives of the children that are less fortunate than ourselves. We would like to say a big thank you to all the families that supported this undertaking.

Infant Puppet Show

IMG-20151211-WA0001Our infants attended a variety show and enjoyed a great afternoon of entertainment in the Mattie McDonagh Centre on Wednesday 9th December.  First of all they participated in a sing-a-long and they all got into the spirit and showed off their dance moves.  This was followed by a magic show. Niall Dowd was chosen as the magicians assisant and helped the magican perform a number of tricks.  Finally the children were entertained by characters Granny Annie, Boris and the Wizard in a puppet show.

Thank you to the Parents and Toddlers group who organised the show for the children.

 

Our Magician's Assistant
Our Magician’s Assistant

 Orphanage Presentation

Peter Daly visited 3rd-6th class on Friday 4th December.  Last year the children had a non-uniform day in order to raise money to improve the facilities for the children attending the orphanage in Vorontsovo, Russia.  Peter showed the children pictures of the projects which their generous donations went towards.  He also spoke to them about life in the orphanage and the living conditions which these children were living in prior to the project.

Enterprise Town Exhibition

Bank of Ireland held an ‘Enterprise Town’ exhibition in the Mattie McDonagh Centre on Saturday 28th November.  This was a community event which was aimed at raising awareness about local businesses, clubs and schools in the community.  As part of this event, the Bank held a photograph competition in which children were asked to take a photograph based on the theme of ‘My Community.’  All entries were displayed in the Mattie McDonagh Centre.  Well done to everyone who entered a photograph.  The standard across all of the local schools who participated was very high. We were extremely proud on the day as we won all 3

categories.  Well done to our winners

  • Megan Gately- Category A (infants),
  • Hayden Naughton – Category B (1st-3rd Class)
  • Zuzanna Kubien – Category C (4th-6th Class)

Here are some pictures of our displays in the Mattie McDonagh Centre.  Thank you to Ms. Hanley for coordinating the project

 

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National Science Week

All classes were very busy throughout science week this year (November 8th-15th).

A huge variety of experiments were undertaken by the boys and girls during the week. Our infant classes for example explored floating and sinking, while our senior classes investigated chromatography- the process of separating coloured inks.

On Friday the 13th of November, in association with NUIG and Galway Science, Ms. Jane McLoughlin visited our school and conducted a number of science workshops with all children from 1st-6th class.  The children took part in various scientific experiments including making gloop, magical marbles, floating balls, the lazy coin, making a hovercraft and designing a boat fit for passengers.

Everyone had great fun participating in Science Week and can’t wait for next year!

Watch this short video to see pictures of the children participating in Science Week.

Author’s Visit

All children from 2nd-6th class visited the library for a story telling session last Thursday 15th October.  They met with Author Gerard Siggins who spoke to the children about the process of writing.  Gerard Siggins has written a number of children’s books including Rugby Spirit, Rugby Warrior and Rugby Rebel.   He spoke to the children about his children’s books and how he came up with the ideas for his stories.

School Wardens

School Wardens

Our school traffic wardens are back up and running once again this year.  We currently have two 6th class teams.

Teams are as follows:

Team A: Rachel McConn, Seamus Langan, Alanna Healy, Ciara Mulrooney, Brian Kelly, and Sara Mrozek.

Team B: James Connelly, Gerard Calligy, Patryk Ligeza, Ola Pyclik, Emilia Mrowiec, Edward Kilheeney and Zuzanna Kubien.

5th class are currently in training and we are hoping to have a 3rd team up and running soon.  A special word of thanks to Pat Regan who trains the teams and puts them through their paces and to Mrs. Watson who accompanies the teams each evening.

Sports News

Mini 7’s

The first round of the Cumann na mBunscol Mini 7’s boys hurling competition took place on Thursday 15th October.  The boys did extremely well. They bet off stiff competition from Mountbellow, Cappataggle and Moylough and came out on top of their group on the day.  This qualified them for a spot in the finals on Thursday 22nd October.   The boys did extremely well on finals day beating Oranmore B.N.S. and Carnmore N.S.  They narrowly missed out on being crowned group winners loosing only one match to…….

This years panel consists of Seamus Langan, Brian Kelly, Gerard Calligy, James Connelly, Edward Kilheeney,John Calligy, Cormac O Malley, Harry O Sullivan, Harry Holmes and Anthony Naughton.  Well done to all involved.

A special thank you to Mr. Naughton who returned to coach the boys this year and to Ms. Hanley for assisting Mr. Naughton on the day of the competition.

National Maths Week

From 12th – 16th October all our pupils participated in a range of activities for National Maths Week.  All pupils made a special effort during maths all week.  Based on these efforts one pupil from each class was chosen as Mathlete of the Week.  Well done to Riain Healy, Salman Khan, Eoghan Conroy, Hayden Naughton, Evan Doyle, Cassie Gately, Jonathon Dowd, Éabha McArdle and Sara Mrozek who were our Mathletes of the Week.

On Friday 3rd and 4th class took part in a maths trail around the school grounds.  They went ‘out and about’ in search of 2D shapes in our school surroundings. 5th and 6th class competed in a Maths Table Quiz on Friday.  They also conducted surveys in the other classes and constructed multiple bar charts illustrating their results in groups.

We also held a  ‘Guess How Many Sweets Are In The Jar’ competition, which proved to be one of the star attractions of Maths Week. We had some wide ranging guesses from the students.  Well done to Cathal Bury in Ms Flaherty’s class who was the only pupil in the school to guess correctly.

National Flag Presenation

As part of commemorative events organised by the government this year for the centenary celebrations of the 1916 Easter Rising, we had a very special visit from the Defence Forces on Thursday 8th October.  They spoke to the children about the significance of the Irish flag and the 1916 Easter Rising.  With the help of Gerard Calligy, Lieutenant Holmes read out the same Proclamation that Padraig Pearse read on the steps on the GPO in Dublin on Easter Monday 1916.  They then presented our school with a copy of the proclamation and a national flag.  James Connelly and Aoife Kelly accepted the proclamation and flag on behalf of the whole school community.  We all then joined together in song and sang our National Anthem.

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6 Nations Visit

We had a special visit from Wendy Hickey, Connaughts Women’s Rugby Development Officer on Friday 25th September.  Wendy brought the 6 nations cup which the Irish ladies rugby team won this year for us all to see.

Maroon and White Day

In Support of the Galway Hurlers and Camógie Players who reached the All-Ireland finals this year,  we orgainsed an Maroon and White Day to show our support for all the players involved. We had a great response and our boys and girls were as patriotic as ever. Here are some pictures of the children