Super excitement this Friday morning as we held our very first #AnythingButABackpackDay in the school. Our pupils had to leave their school bags at home today and bring their belongings in a novel and creative way. It is safe to say that we were thrilled with the response from our pupils and families. All the excitement helped raise some much needed funds for our local Seal Sanctuary. Even Sammy the Seal paid the school a visit on the morning to thank all the pupils for their hard work. Thank you to our Parents Association for all their hard work and organisation for the event. The pupils loved showing off their creations and ideas. Click on the video below……

Recycled Christmas Decorations

Every year our pupils create wonderful and amazing decorations from recyclable materials. This year is no different! Take a look at our video of all the entries this year. Thank you to Mrs Dwyer for organising the competition again this year. The standard is wonderful!!

Christmas Wishing Tree

As a school community, we were delighted to welcome and adore our first Christmas Wishing Tree to the school. The Parents’ Association have been working very hard to bring this idea to life. We now have a beautiful 16 ft Christmas Tree in our play area for all our pupils to admire. We were delighted to welcome Fr. Tom Cooper to bless our new tree today. Each of our 204 pupils received a label to decorate and place on the tree as a hopeful wish for the festive period and the year ahead. Thank you to Liam Byrne (parent) for providing the music entertainment and to Elaine Fitzpatrick (Chairperson P.A.) for speaking to the pupils about the meaning behind the Wishing Tree. Thank you to our local business, The Christmas Tree Farm, for their kind donation of a tree and erecting the beautiful tree on site for us. To mark this occasion, Sophie Burke (Junior Infants) & Laurence O’Connor (Sixth Class) the eldest and youngest pupils in our school, switched on the lights on the tree. Lets hope some wishes come true!!

Thank you to all who organised, supported and participated in our school fundraiser. The pupils, Parents Association and staff really enjoyed the party atmosphere. Click below to see a short slideshow.

Maths Fair 2022

As part of our Maths Week this year, our Rang 6 hosted our annual Maths Fair on the Friday of Maths Week. This is always a much loved experience for our hosts and visitors from all the classes. Well done to our pupils from Rang 6 who put on marvellous displays and energetic interaction with the younger classes. See the short slide show attached.

Well done to Eoghan (Rang 5) and Aislinn (Rang 3) who were the winners of our estimation competitions “Sweets In a Jar” & “Weight of the Pumpkin”. Well done to all our classes who participated in our Maths Trails also during the week.

Active School News

Our Active School Committee for this school year has been selected and are ready to take us on an active, fun adventure over the course of the year. Welcome to our committee members Penny, Patrick, Ella, Lachlann, Charlie, Meryl- Joy, Eve, Sarah, Dylan, Max, Sophie and Peter.

We recently held a poster competition to refresh our memories on our Active School Slogan ‘If you want some fun, be an active one! See the photos below of our top 5 entries.

We look forward to hosting our European School Sports Day on Friday, September 30th.

Our New Class – Acorn Class

We are delighted to announce the opening of our first special class ” Acorn Class” within our school. This is our first special class in the school and we were so excited to welcome all our new pupils on the first day of school. We hope that this class will settle into their lovely new refurbished surroundings and school over the coming weeks and months. The room has been equipped with lots of new resources and teaching materials to help the pupils feel relaxed, at ease and ready to learn and have fun!

Lets meet the team: Our teacher is Mrs Sabrina Healy and she is assisted by our two Special Needs Assistants, Stephen Comerford & Margaret Costelloe.

Our local newspaper , The Gorey Guardian, came out to see the lovely new room, meet the new team and get a sense of the hard work and diligence inputted by those who work in the Acorn Class.

See the link to the article below!

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/wexford/news/ballygarrett-ns-welcomes-four-pupils-to-its-first-asd-class-41948093.html

Mural – STEAM Award

This year our school was so lucky to be given an opportunity to create a mural with Waterford Walls. Our classmate Kate Smith entered the STEAM energy art competition in which she drew a picture of windmills in the ocean with the caption ‘Power The Future’. As a prize we got to do a spray painting workshop as well as creating the mural. 

Two girls who worked with Waterford Walls (Aishling & Fiona) worked with us and prepared us to work on the mural. The first thing we did with them when they came in was create stencils of clouds and fish. After we cut them out and they were all ready, we went outside and started practicing with the spray paint and stencils. We used many different techniques and colours to create our art.

Then, after some practice, we went outside in groups of four and started spray painting the wall.

We did the basics like the sand, sea and sky but some people did the clouds and some of the little details with stencils that the girls made. Then after we went home they stayed later to complete the mural. It was a long day but in the end it turned out amazing!

This was an amazing experience and we are all very pleased to say that everyone of us helped in the making.

Sports Day 2022

After a long two year sabbatical, we were delighted to facilitate our whole school Sports Day last Friday, June 17th. Both staff and pupils basked in the sunshine as we enjoyed a fun filled day from start to finish. There was lots to do and the day was topped off nicely with the arrival of the ice-cream van and the Teachers vs 6th Class match. Please take a look at a selection of photographs from the day!

This year our 6th class went to Shielbaggan for their end of year trip. This trip is funded by the parents Association and is a much anticipated highlight of the year. Thank you to our Parents association for organising the trip and to those parents who accompanied the class on the day.

We left the school early on Saturday morning and headed to Shielbaggan. When we arrived we met all the staff and got our wet suits. We got back on the bus and drove to Slade, where we did our coasteering.

First, the instructors showed us how to do a shallow water entry and we swam from one part of the rock to another. Afterwards, we practiced our deep water entry by jumping off a high ledge. Finally, we swam over to the “Seaweed slide” where we had loads of fun trying to climb up a slippery rock.

After we got changed we went back to Shielbaggan where we had lunch. Then, they split us into two groups. The first group went to their artificial cave where we crawled through tunnels and tried to escape. The second group went to do archery where we were split up into three teams to see who would get the most points. When we were finished we swapped over. 

At the end, everyone met back up and we got on the bus and headed to McDonalds.

Overall, everyone had a great day!