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Booklist 2020/2021

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Calendar 2020 – 2021

school calendar 2020 2021 Ballygar N.S.

Open Evening

We held our open evening for all our new pupils who will be starting with us in September. All children and their parents really enjoyed the evening and we look forward to welcoming our new pupils to our Induction day in June. We would like to thank the members of the Parents Association who provided refreshments on the evening. Also a huge thank you to the 5th and 6th class students who did a wonderful job showing the new children and parents around and entertaining the children.

Planting Tyres

3rd and 4th class was busy being very creative this term. They painted and planted tyres for our school garden. They planted winter flowers as well as bulbs that will have started to flower now in spring. We can’t wait to see them in full bloom. Special thanks to Ms. Hannon and 3rd and 4th class for such a colourful addition to our school.

Grandparents Day

The school celebrated Catholic Schools Week from January 27th – 31st culminating in a very well attended and enjoyable Grandparents Day on Friday January 31st. The Children from each classroom performed for the Grandparents and the afternoon concluded with a Prayer Service led by 6th class. After that the already blessed St Bridgets crosses – made by 5th and 6th were distributed to all Grandparents. Everybody then enjoyed some refreshments in the Senior Room. A huge thanks to all the Parents who helped out on the  day and provided refreshments.

Science Week

All classes were very busy throughout science week this year (November 10th -17th).

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.  5th and 6th class also presented their own experiment to their class.

Every class participated in many exciting experiments throughout the week. 1st and 2nd class even showed us a squishy egg they created using vinegar. Junior and senior infants had fun experiments every day.

Over the last number of years we have put an increased emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Enginneering and Maths). We are working towards our 6th award of Excellence in the area of Science and Maths

The children in 5th and 6th class had great fun during Science Week. They checked their pulse rates before and after exercise, tested the various sounds which glasses create when filled with different volumes of water, made their own ‘Oobleck’,  lava lamps as well as edible volcanoes and so much more! Everyone had great fun participating in Science Week. We are already looking forward to next year!!!

 

 

Hour of Code

3rd and 4th class took part in ‘Hour of Code’. They learned new coding skills and created

their own version of the game Flappy Bird or a Minecraft themed quest.

10@10

In conjunction with Operation Transformation all classes took part in 10@10 in their classrooms. Children really enjoyed partaking and increased their fitness. Everyone enjoyed 10@10 so much that we intend to continue with it in the classrooms as often as possible.

Run Around Europe

At present all children are partaking in the Run Around Europe Challenge. The Children in each classroom take time out to run around the tennis court as often as they can every day. Teachers have noticed a huge improvement in the children’s fitness levels and also increased levels of attention in the classroom as a result of this endeavour.

Maths Week

From 12th – 20th 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 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 correct answer sheets were entered into a draw.  Well done to Gene and Isaac Muldoon who won the competition and answered all 12 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 Daniel Holmes, Harry Holmes, Hayden Naughton, Conor Kelly, Olivia Kelly, Patrick Conneally and Hazel O’Malley 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.

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 Niall Dowd.

On Thursday of Maths week 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 Robyn Walsh, Serena Pyne, Tommie McArdle, Hayden Naughton, Gianna Ward, Cillian Molloy, Ethan Galvin and Patryk Zwierczyk who were our Mathletes of the week. Thank you to Miss Hanley who organised all the events during maths week.  We are already looking forward to next year.  Check out our website to see more pictures of all the activities we took part in during maths week.

 

Samba  Drumming Workshop

Children had a wonderful day in school on February 19th when Kieran Gallagher came to the school to give each class a drumming workshop. The Junior classes had an hour long workshop in which they got to experience the thrill of using various size and type of drum. The senior classes enjoyed a two hour workshop which they really enjoyed. Huge thanks to Ballygar National School Parents Association who funded the workshop.

 

Shoe Box Appeal

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 – 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.

 

 Carol Service

On Friday 13th December, we held our annual Carol service and Nativity in St. Mary’s Church, Ballygar.  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. 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.  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 Claudia Keegan

 

 

We had a double celebration on 25th June where we celebrated being awarded an Active School Flag and DSI Maths and Science Award of Excellence.

Special Guest Galway Hurler Sean Linnane joined us in our celebrations to unveil our DSI Maths and Science plaque and to raise their Active Flag.

Active School Flag is a Department of Education and Skills initiative which is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. It highlights the importance of physical education (P.E.), physical activity and sport in schools and communities in which they are based.

We were awarded the flag as a result of the number of different initiatives which they have undertaken this year under the guidance and direction of Teacher Miss Hanley.  Such initiatives include ‘Santa Dash’ fun run, Mad Hatters Run, whole school circuits, orienteering, obstacle courses and much more.  We also entered a number of different competitions and had tremendous success with their Girls football team winning the Cumann na mBunscol Championship.  We increased the amount of activity our pupils receive by introducing activity breaks and active brain breaks throughout the school day.

Sean Linnane and second class pupil Simone Carty also unveiled our Discover Primary Science and Maths award on the day.  This is the 6th such award we has been awarded in recent years.

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

Throughout the school year under the guidance of teacher Ms. McManus, we carried out a range of explorative explorative activities and projects in the area of STEM (Science technology, engineering and maths).  We hosted many themed weeks and events to achieve award including Science, maths and engineering week as well as many other events.

It is a wonderful achievement to receive both an Active Flag and Science award on the same year.

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.

 

6th class 2018-2019

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Halloween

These scary creatures all came to visit us on Friday!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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