5th class have been learning about the vikings. Everyone has been doing their own projects on paper or presented on a USB. We’ve learned lots about their customs, how they ate and their language.
The class worked together to make a Viking shields and a giant viking longship collage in our art.
Each class is taking on the Sights of Europe Running Challenge, trying to reach landmarks such as Big Ben, Leaning Tower of Pisa and Prague Castle. Each lap of the school yard is 1km and classes are trying to reach their destination before this challenge finishes at the end of the month. Keep running!
Congratulations to our Boys Rackard League Football panel on winning the Gorey District this year. It has been eight years since Ballygarrett/Riverchapel last captured the trophy. Our panel of 32 players have trained very hard and applied themselves excellently to training, games and competitions from the beginning. In ahighly entertaining final, we defeated Kilrush on a scoreline of 3-6 to 2-4 on October 17th in Naomh Éanna. A repeat of last years’ final that delivered an enthralling game from start to finish. After all the celebrations had quietened down, the team then represented the Gorey District in the county semi final and were beaten by a very strong Oulart team in the end. The team played with great spirit and determination throughout the year. Thank you to all our players and their parents from 4th, 5th and 6th classes. Thank you to all our teachers and coaches from both Ballygarrett NS and Riverchapel NS for their volunteerism and effort throughout the term. We now look forward to working with our Development Squad in the coming months!
It’s that spooky time of the year again. Well done to all our teachers and pupils who made a huge effort in dressing up for Halloween. The school was a very scary place this morning. Wishing all our families a Happy Halloween. Click on the slideshow for some more scary scenes.
We held our annual Sports Day on Wednesday, June 13th this year. Thankfully, the weather remained dry and we were able to have a fun filled day full of activity and smiles. Thank you to all our staff for facilitating the different events throughout the day. The arrival of Mr Mac (the ice cream man) was cheered by the pupils and thank you to the Parents’ Association for organising this treat for all our pupils. The sixth class vs teachers/staff match was evenly contested this year. Thank you to Mr Byrne for organising the game and 5-5 was a fair result! Well done to the winners of Mrs O’Sullivan’s soccer league on the day also. Please click on the slideshow for all the photos!!
Grandparents’ Day took place this year on May 4th. We love to celebrate this special day here in the school with all those grandparents who can attend from near and far. Thankfully, the weather was fine and all our guests could sample the daily life of our school. Our school was a hive of activity during the morning and all our pupils were delighted to display their work and talents. Grandparents’ visited the classrooms, interacted with the pupils and were entertained by poetry, singing and traditional music. Thank you to the Parents Association for providing refreshments throughout the morning. Please click on the slideshow below to see some photographs from the morning. Great memories for years to come….
On Friday 4th May there were great celebrations when our school invited family, friends and guests to join us in raising the Active School Flag. On the day we showcased one of our ‘Fit for 5’ routines, with all students and staff getting involved. Next, the Active School Committee and Ms. Murphy spoke about the process from beginning the programme to receiving our flag. We then asked our invited guests Jimmy Crowe and Annette McCarthy to formally raise the flag for us, to which there was great cheers and celebrations. The infant classes waved their own mini flags that they had made. Around the school we had photographs of our active school weeks activities and other achievements, as well as our new homemade Ballygarrett Active Flag that classes designed together. 6th class performed some Irish dancing for us to conclude our day.
We are very proud to receive our Active Flag and want to thank everybody for helping us along the way. Don’t forget our Active School slogan.. If you want some fun, be an active one!
On Friday, April 20th fifth and sixth class visited Wexford County Council and Wexford Arts Centre as part of ‘The Living Arts Project’ with John Busher. The classes had worked with John over the course of the year and the pieces that were made are currently displayed in the Arts Centre along with other schools’ projects from around the county.
The day began in Wexford County Council where there is an art exhibition called ‘Terra Nostra: Exploring landscape past and present’ curated by Karla Sanchez. The pupils were brought on a tour of the art and asked to respond to the pieces on display and write down their thoughts about them. There was also time to work on small art pieces and this was continued later in the day.
After a short break, we then explored the art on display in the Arts Centre which included the projects from fifth and sixth class. It was great to see our masks, t-shirts, printing and painting on display alongside many other interesting art work. Other schools had created ceramic, print, digital and abstract art work.
Pupils finally participated in the last workshop with John exploring sculpture and then using tones to draw. The trip was an excellent way to complete our experience of ‘The Living Arts Project’ and it was enjoyed by all!