Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Happy Summer Holidays Everyone!

Friday the 25th June was the last day of the school year! All of the staff of Ballyglass NS would like to thank the pupils and parents for their hard work and commitment this year, especially during this unique and different final term.

Happy, happy summer holidays! Have a great summer from everyone in Ballyglass NS to our whole, extended Ballyglass community! We all hope you have a safe summer break full of fun, sun, family and friends.

Farewell Class of 2020 - Graduation Celebrations in Ballyglass NS

Great Expectations - Class of 2020

It's time to say goodbye, our years in primary school have come to an end.
We made some cherished memories with all our primary school friends,
We've watched each other learn and grow and change from day to day.
So it's with happy memories we all go out the door,
With great hope and expectations for what next year has in store.

On the 29th June we said goodbye to our 6th class students during our outdoor graduation celebration. The children shared their memories and said lots of thank yous to their families, teachers and one another. Is páistí iontacha iad go léir!

Don't ever forget 6th class that “You're off to great places today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so… get on your way!” Dr. Seuss.

We wish you all the best in secondary school and in the future and don't forget to come back and visit us very soon!!!

Go n-éirí go geal libh go léir!

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Cash for Clobber Clothing Collection - June 2020

A huge thank you to all of you who have supported our clothes collection to date. The clothes collection will continue until September so please spread the word. 

All clothing donations can be left in the shelter at the back of Ballyglass NS. They will be stored away every evening by a member of staff over the summer months.


Saturday, 6 June 2020

Farm Safety Advice

This is an important message from the HSE about child safety around the farm. There's a huge amount of advice on: creating a safe place on the farm for children, preventing drowning or poisoning accidents and risk assessments to support families.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

How Do You June? - June Activity Calendar

We have a busy month ahead of us and our ‘virtual’ school truly is a hive of activity. 

There are many events and activities cropping up throughout the country so we have decided to create an end of year school calendar to celebrate these events. 

We’ve attached our ‘How Do You June?’ activity calendar to keep you all abreast with what is coming up before the end of the academic year.

Enjoy Everyone!!!

Some Bank Holiday Fun with Your Family

Dear Parents,

I hope you all have a well-deserved rest this June bank holiday weekend.

We've decided to put together some fun activities that you and your family can enjoy over the long weekend. Don't worry, it isn't school related:)

Click on the following link to get access to a weekend full of fun, fun, fun: June Bank Holiday Activity Pack

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Transition to Secondary School Talk for Parents with Helen Butler

Ballyglass NS is delighted to welcome back Helen Butler again this year to speak to 6th class parents in Ballyglass NS and surrounding schools.

This will take place on Wednesday the 27th May from 7.30pm – 9pm via Zoom.

Helen will cover several areas that arise as children move from primary to secondary school, some of which include:
- The physical transition (size of new school, transport, timetables, books, ICT, numerous teachers and homework/study.
- Extra-curricular activities and the positive/negative impact they may have.
- Physical and mental health.

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Now Enrolling in Ballyglass NS - September 2020

Ballyglass National School is now enrolling for September 2020. If you wish to enrol your child, please email the school at Alternatively, a copy can be downloaded from the school blog on under the 'Parents' section. We look forward to hearing from you!

Before you go, take a look at all the amazing things we have to offer in Ballyglass NS:
- At Ballyglass we offer an excellent pupil/ teacher ratio.
- Onsite Enfant Educare pre-school enrols from the age of 2 and a half years providing 2 free years ECCE pre-school.
- Pre- and after school services in place.
- We provide coding lessons for children.
- Huge investments into ICT technology in the school (Winner of the Digital Schools of Excellence award in 2015). Lots of investment is being made in I.T. resources such as the purchasing of new iPads and laptops in the last two years. Each classroom is equipped with touch screen interactive whiteboards.
- Very constructive and active Parents Association and Students Council.
- Proud tradition of sport with very large onsite pitch.

 We look forward to meeting all our incoming infants in September 2020!

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Greetings to All Our 2nd Class Pupils on What Should of Been Their Communion Day (23rd May 2020)

Greetings to all our 2nd class pupils on what would have been your First Holy Communion Day this Saturday the 23rd May.
All the staff at Ballyglass NS would like to extend our warmest wishes to our Communion class today. It is such a pity to have to postpone this special occasion but rest assured that a new date will be set for the boys and girls of our Communion class to enjoy their special day in the future.
I'm going to leave you all with a reminder of the beautiful poem that Mrs. Kelleher shared with all our boys and girls yesterday to mark their special day!

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Cash for Clobber Clothing Collection - May 2020

Dear Parents,

A lot of us are spring cleaning our homes at the moment while we stay at home and lay low! Well why not take advantage of the time you have now and do that long promised clean out!

Once the lock-down is finally over, Ballyglass NS will gladly take everything you've gathered. Like last year, we will arrange for the bags of clothing to be collected by Cash for Clobber. This will be arranged as soon as the current crisis is over.

Don’t forget to ask Granny and Grandad to save their bags too!

Thanking you in advance and ‘from a distance’ for your support as always!

6th Class Pupils and Parents - Minister Update


Clarification was sought from the Minister for Education regarding pupils transitioning from 6th Class (primary) into secondary school by a Clare TD. Other questions pertaining to education were also brought before the Dáil.

Once we receive any updates from the Department of Educarion and Skills, we will be in touch with all of you.

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Principal Announcement Regarding Continued School Closure

Dear Parents, 

As we outlined earlier this morning, the Taoiseach announced that all schools and colleges will reopen in September/ October. 

We, the staff, are extremely disappointed to hear this and we have no doubt both you as parents and guardians along with our pupils are also disappointed but the health and safety of all comes first at this time.

Rest assured all of the staff of Ballyglass NS will continue to support all of our pupils and families over the comings weeks and months.

We will inform you all immediately of any further information we receive from the Department of Education and Skills in the coming days. The Department are likely to release a statement or circular providing more details on how schools are to proceed.

Take care and stay positive,
Ms. Callanan

Government Announcement: Schools Closed Until Septeamber/ October 2020

Yesterday evening, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed that primary schools will not reopen before September 2020. It’s imperative that any decision to reopen our schools again in September is led by public health advice and engagement with stakeholders. Once we receive more information from the Department of Education and Skills and the HSE, it will be communicated to all.  

Friday, 1 May 2020

Standardised Tests – Cancelled

The DES has confirmed the cancellation of standardised tests for the 2019/2020 school year in light of all schools being currently closed under Covid-19 restrictions and with uncertainty as to when and how schools will re-open.  The DES have advised that when schools re-open, the focus for teachers and the whole school community will be on settling the children and returning to normality in the classroom.  


Monday, 27 April 2020

Draft Admission Policy - April 2020

Dear Parents,

A copy of our draft Admission Policy for the academic year 2021/2022 has been uploaded to the parent's section of our school blog in line with Department of Education and Skills (DES) recommendations. The new policy is based on a template formulated by the DES, a template that is currently being used by all primary and post-primary schools in Ireland.

Feedback is welcome between now and the 8th May via the school email address

Thanking you in advance,

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Active Home Week in Ballyglass (27th April - 1st May 2020)

We have registered to take part in the Active Home Week challenge and we hope everyone in Ballyglass will get involved.

What better way to pass the time than by having fun exercising with your family. All you have to do is find 4 different ways of being active everyday making sure that this adds up to 60 minutes or more of physical activity. All members of the family are asked to get involved.

Take a look at the activity schedule Mrs. Kelleher has organised for all of us this week on our school blog - Don't forget to take photographs of the activities that you do during the week and email them to

Enjoy Everyone!

Friday, 24 April 2020

Our Commitment to Communication

Communication between us, as a school and the families of our pupils is very important to us. We are always looking for new ways to improve these links and the ongoing communication between all members of the school community.

We have several initiatives in place to help us maintain this good communication:
1. A school website:
2. A School Facebook Page: please feel free to like and share to spread the word about all the wonderful things our pupils do
3. Use of Aladdin connect with a mobile application
4. Monthly Newsletters: these are a collection of articles written by and about the children and activities in the school.
5. A very hard working and dedicated Parents' Association who are always willing to listen to your suggestions
6.A staff who are always on hand to take the time to listen to children and parents alike and where early intervention is prioritised.
7.Our wonderful secretary Ms. Mahon who is on hand every Tuesday and Thursday in the school office: 091-635424.

We hope all these initiatives combined will help make each child's journey through our school an even more positive one!

Cúla 4 ar Scoil - Week 2 Timetable

The theme this week on Cúla4 ar Scoil is 'Clothes'.  Múinteoir Caitríona will teach the different types of clothes. Múinteoir Fiachra will be debating 'Should school children have to wear uniforms?'

We will also be looking at where clothes come from, and learning about the history of shorts, and how they are so popular after 150 years.

Join Cúla4 ar Scoil Monday to Friday from 10am. Lessons from the programmes are available on YouTube Cúla4 and catch-up with programmes you've missed on Cú

Thursday, 23 April 2020

To A Very Special 6th Class on their Confirmation Day

Today, the 23rd April, was to be a very special day in the lives of our 6th class pupils in Ballyglass NS. It is a day that so many families were looking forward to, a day for our pupils to confirm the promises that were made on their behalf at Baptism, a day to celebrate with each other as friends and family.

We hope you and your families are keeping healthy and safe and we look forward to celebrating with you all in the near future.

DEAR Time Reading Challenge - 24th April 2020

Given that so many of us are now spending so much more time in our homes, now is an excellent time to take some time to enjoy reading for pleasure. We are therefore inviting all our pupils to take time out and to Drop Everything and Read’ for 20 minutes at 12 noon on Friday April 24th 2020.

This is a national initiative to promote the importance of literacy and to spread the joy of reading for pleasure by having as many people as possible read at the same time on the same day.

Work will be put down, computer screens will be turned off, and everyone will be encouraged to pick up a book, magazine, newspaper, e-book, audio book, etc. and to read quietly, or indeed be read to, for 20 minutes (or more!).

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

To All Our Amazing 6th Class Pupils

If there’s a primary school 2020 leaver in your life, give them a big hug. To them, the cancellation of school is not a holiday. It’s wasted time they don’t get to spend with their friends in the last few months before they finish primary school.
They’re anxious, realising they may never be able to walk the corridors for the last time or attend their last ever assembly.

The last day of Primary school is a day that they have been planning for.
They’re sad that the graduation, events and concerts that they would have practiced and prepared for, may have come to an end before they’ve had the chance to take the field, court, or stage one last time.

The end of year trips that had been planned, with so many of the friends they’ve had since the beginning of their school lives will now likely not happen. The end of year assembly looking back through their young school lives will not take place.

They will move on to secondary school without saying goodbye to teachers and classmates alike, who will move to pastures new.

Show them support and love them during these hard times.

Cash for Clobber Collection

A lot of us are spring cleaning our homes at the moment while we stay at home and lay low! Well why not take advantage of the time you have now and do that long promised clean out!

Once the lock-down is finally over, Ballyglass NS will gladly take everything you've gathered. Like last year, we will arrange for the bags of clothing to be collected by Cash for Clobber. This is arranged as soon as the current crisis is over.

Don’t forget to ask Granny and Grandad to save their bags too! Thanking you in advance and ‘from a distance’ for your support as always!

Monday, 20 April 2020

Food Dudes at Home

This year our school was participating in the Food Dudes Programme and they have messaged us to invite our pupils to join 'Food Dudes Fun at Home' via their website

Each week on 'Food Dudes Fun at Home', they will be providing free online, curricular linked resources, activity sheets, games, challenges and brand-new Food Dudes videos for the whole family to enjoy. 

The resources will be fun and educational and cater for children of all levels. New resources will be online every Wednesday in both English and Irish. The activities will cover a range of different themes each week and cover a number of curricular areas to encourage children to continue learning and having fun with fruit and vegetables.

Sunday, 19 April 2020

Welcome Back Everyone to Term 3

Welcome Back Everyone! 

We look forward to working with all of our amazing students and parents for another busy term of teaching and learning. Hopefully we will all see each other again soon in Ballyglass 😊

Digital Resource Library (Passwords Included)

Need to create an account. Always free for teachers. Parents can avail of a 30 day free trial. 40,000 digital books. Can be sorted by grade, lexile measure and more. Can track student reading and teachers can set books to be read. Lots of audiobooks too. 

World Book Online (click enter World Book Online, then eBooks). 
Account not needed. Over 2,500 digital books. Some books have a Read Aloud feature. 

Oxford Owl
Account needed. Access to a selection of Oxford Reading Tree books. Read aloud feature available. Some interactive activities also. Books sorted by colour band. 

Collins Big Cat 
330+ Collins Big Cat eBooks available free of charge. 
Password: Parents20!

Audible Stories
Account not needed. Instant access to a collection of audiobooks.  

Libraries Ireland-BorrowBox
Account needed. Register with Libraries Ireland for free to access their bank of ebooks via the BorrowBox app. 

Animated books that are read aloud. One year free for teachers. One month free for parents.
Account not needed. Leabharíní a bhaineann leis an scéim Séideán Sí. 

Beatha le Bua
Is sraith de bheathaisnéisí gairide ar dhaoine cáiliúla an domhain í seo ina bhfuil béim ar leith ar laochra na hÉireann. Scríobhadh iad le daltaí a spreagadh le bheith ag léamh go neamhspleách. Tá breis agus 80 leabhrán sa tsraith anois chomh maith le roinnt leabhair shaothair.

Scéalta ó Leighleat.
Not tablet friendly. 

Labhair léitheoireachta do Rang 1 go Rang 6. 
Not tablet friendly. 
Many thanks to 'Cool Apps for School' for providing such a useful resource.