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!       

Rackard League Champions 2022

Our Boys Football team were crowned champions at the Rackard League Final on April 28th in Wexford Park when they defeated Horeswood. This was a super occasion and a valiant victory from our pupils. Our panel of players hail from Ballygarrett NS and Riverchapel NS and both schools are extremely proud of them.

The road to the final was a hard fought and lengthy one. After a tough match vs Bunscoil Loreto in the District Final, we eventually won by 7 points and were crowned District Champions, the first time since 2018.

Our team were then to be pitted against a spirited Boolavogue/Monageer team in the county semi final. This game took place in Blackkwater GAA on April 26th, on a very hot afternoon. In a game that was dominated by solid defences and opportunistic scoring, our team came from behind to win by 6 points in the end. Our defence was excellent on the day and our forwards worked tirelessly to create turnovers and scoring opportunities. The team were thrilled with the thoughts of a county final!

No rest for the wicked, as the Rackard League Final was set for 48 hours later in Wexford Park, the home of football and hurling in Wexford. What an occasion this was for the panel of players. We set off on the bus that sunny evening for Wexford town with hope in our hearts. When we entered the stadium it was filled with roaring and cheering as the first final was underway.The pitch was in pristine condition and the boys were eager to get out and play. The players loved the build up and the excitement of waiting in the big dressing rooms, the same dressing rooms that their Wexford heroes use for their big championship battles.

The team was supported by a large colourful and raucous following on the evening. There was flags, club colours and many generations of families in the stands to spur on the boys. The Horeswood team were slightly taller and bigger in comparison to our players, however, what we lacked in height was more than made up for by the spirit and heart shown by our team. At half time we were loosing by two points, having fought back from four points down at the water break. Some positional switches coupled with some player changes allowed us to grab a foothold at midfield and fight our way back into the lead. At that point, our boys were never headed again and we greeted the final whistle with delight and amazement.

A thoroughly enjoyable game that was end to end. Martine and MacDara raised the cup to great applause and ceremony. Photographs were taken with the team, families, grandparents and friends. This was a brilliant occasion and one that will live long in the memory of all involved.

Thank you to all our teachers, Mr Sutton, Mr Byrne Mr Fennell and Mr Madden. Thank you to our club Realt na Mara GAA, and to all our parents for your support this year. Coaching, managing and watching the team play was a joy for all involved.

Seal Rescue Ireland Visit

As part of the Bealtaine Living Earth Festival, our Third Class visited the Seal Sanctuary in Courtown this week. What a wonderful experience to get up close to these beautiful animals and to learn all about how the Seal Sanctuary cares for them. Thank you to Sheila & Denise at Calmast, WIT, for setting up this visit for our school.

Please see some photographs and recount pieces from our pupils.

Mission accomplished! We’ve completed a marathon!

Our 5th and 6th class students have been busy taking part in the Marathon Kids programme over the past 8 weeks. This fantastic initiative, ran by Sports Active Ireland, saw our students undertake completing the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles) by breaking it down into daily running distances. They started with shorter distances and built it up to running 2000m at a time. It also included some lessons on nutrition, exercise and training. We were lucky enough to host David Gillick to our school during the programme. He completed a warm up with the class, answered some insightful questions and ran along our walkway route with us. It was a very inspiring visit! Our whole school completed the final mile together and 5th and 6th class students received their well deserved medals. Watch out for some potential athletics stars in the future!

Beach Clean Up

Our 5th and 6th Classes paid visits to our local beaches to help tidy up and take pride in our place. Thank you to the Tidy Towns Committee for helping Mrs Dwyer and Mr Sutton organise the trip. See below some photographs and recount pieces of writing from some of our pupils.

STEAM in a Box!

Scroll below to see all the amazing work our 5th and 6th Class pupils did with the “Steam In A Box” project.