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The Class of 2015.... On the 26th 0f June we said our final goodbyes to Shane, Gearóid, Conor, Cathal, Ben, Caoimhe, Donal, Jack and Ellen. We wish them the very best in their new schools and hope they'll be very happy.


Fifth and sixth classes were confirmed on Sunday the 19th of April in St. Joseph's Church, Ballinakill. The pupils read, sang and played their instruments. A great day was had by all. Heartiest congratulations to Flinn, Cathal, Cian, Serena, Caoimhe, Gearóid, Conor, Donal, Shane, Ciara, Ben, Jack, Jamie, Caolán, Anna, Tara, Ellen and Paul.

Congratulations and best wishes to Clodagh, Hugh, Mia, Tess, Jack, Sarah and Aoife who received their First Holy Communion on the 3rd of May 2015 in St. Joseph's Church, Ballinakill.

We spent the past few weeks preparing our prayers, readings, hymns and artwork for this very important sacrament. All the hard work paid off!

St. Patrick's Day Séisiún and Open Day which took place on Thursday 12th March 2015

                  Reading Buddies Programme 2015.
As part of our Literacy programme we have been working hard at our paired reading programme which will run from January to March. Pupils from 3rd to 6th classes are partnered with children from Junior Infants to 2nd classes. 'Serious' reading takes place three mornings each week for fifteen minutes! Great credit goes to our senior buddies who have taken to their role as facilitators very seriously indeed. They have been giving strong encouragement and teachers have been observing steady progress. Great friendships are also being formed.

Lá Sa Sneachta 16ú Eanair 2015

Christmas Concert- Friday 5th December 2014

Science Projects at Ballinakill N. S.
For the past three years we have run a series of construction challenges for our pupils;
Term 3; 2012 'Aeroplane Project'
Term 3; 2013  'Lighthouse Project'
Term 3; 2014  'Boat Project'
Term 3; 2015 ????? The suspense is over....we are asking pupils to design 'A Toy Car'...thinking caps on!!!!!

Hallowe'en Fancy Dress Parade 2014

Puppet Show and Puppet Construction Autumn 2014

   Sponsored Walk 2014.
Our walk which traditionally takes place in September was delayed by a week because of bad weather. We set off bright and early on the 10th of October and took our usual route down Brogue, passing Curra and completing the circle by taking The New Line road back to school. (8km) We were delighted to get a photo with bride-to-be Doreen, who was tying the knot two hours later in Ballinakill Church!!! A total of €570 was raised. This is being used for the purchase of books, equipment and general resources in school. Sincere thanks to all for sponsorship.

       May Moran's Gallán.
In September we went on a 'History Walk' to see the famous stone which has been in-situ since 2000BC. It stands at the top of a steep hill and the view can be spectacular on a fine day. Unfortunately a heavy mist fell and we were greeted by some 'over-friendly' cattle. All was not lost, though, as Mr. Fahy regaled us with some great myths about giants fighting and throwing the 'gallán', which landed in that very spot. The giants in 2000BC must have been very strong! Some of the pupils from the senior room reckoned they found evidence of treasure close by.....

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