Thursday, 27 June 2019

Preschool and Before/ After-School Service on the Grounds of Ballyglass NS

Enfant Educare are delighted to offer, beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year, a preschool, before school and after-school service on the grounds of Ballyglass NS. For further enquires please contact Anna/ Susan by phone at 087-2232555 or by email at

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Make-A-Wish Cheque Presentation

On Thursday the 9th May, the pupils, staff and parents of the school ran a Monster relay challenge in aid of the 'Make a Wish Foundation'.  The event was a fantastic occasion and a huge thanks to Noel Fahey,  our caretaker, who initiated the event and who also ran his 30th Marathon on the 8th of June 2019, in Portumna, in aid of Galway Hospice.
Today, Tara from the Make-A-Wish foundation, called to our school and was presented with a cheque for €400. She was very grateful to all involved in this wonderful event. Well done everybody!


Wednesday, 19 June 2019

County Track Finals

Well done to the 26 pupils who represented the school on Wednesday in the County Sports.  The pupils participated in sprints, middle distance and relay races.  Many of the pupils made semi-finals and finals.  Congratulations to Aoife Morris who won a bronze medal in the U11 Girls 400m and to Cian Brady who won a silver medal in the U11 Boys 400m.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Junior Classes School Tour 2019

Ms Tannion's and Mrs Kelleher's classes had a wonderful day on their school tour.  They visited the Aillwee Caves, saw a birds of prey show and had a splash and collected shells on Tracht beach. (see the class page for more photos).

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Ardrahan Camogie Girls Abú!!!

Congratulations to all the U14 Ardrahan Camogie team and management who won the Division 3 Féile Cup Championship this weekend. A number of the students from the school attended the Féile in Cork and there is great excitement around the school today! Well done girls! You have done us all proud!

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Being Active in Ballyglass NS

Irish Dancing in Ballyglass NS

Our Irish Dancing and Music Performance took place in Ballyglass NS on Thursday the 30th May 2019. It was wonderful to see such a large group of parents in attendance at the special celebration. The children performed a selection of Irish dances and played their instruments beautifully. It was a very enjoyable afternoon and many thanks to all those who attended. A special thank you to the Students Council and senior class students for preparing the room and for assisting teaching staff throughout the afternoon. However, none of this could of been possible without Louise Curran, our dancing teacher, who spent a number of weeks with the students preparing them for their creative and energetic dance performances. Many special memories were made and shared.

More photos of sporting events can be viewed on the Active School page on this blog.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Monster Marathon(50km) Relay

On Thursday the 9th May, the pupils, staff and parents ran a Monster relay challenge in aid of 'Make a Wish Foundation'.  The event was a fantastic occasion and a huge thanks to Noel Fahey our Caretaker who initiated the event and will run his 30th Marathon on the 8th of June 2019 in Portumna in aid of Galway Hospice.


We held a Walk On Wednesday during our Active School Week.  Thanks to all who participated and helped on the morning

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Garda 7s Hurling Blitz 2019

Well done to the boys who played at the Garda 7s Cup Hurling Competition on Friday the 17th May 2019. They played three matches against Ballindeereen, Ballymana and Tierneevin. Everyone played brilliantly but unfortunately we were beaten by Tierneevin in the semi-final. 

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Congratulations to Our Communion Class of 2019

Congratulations to all of the 2nd Class pupils who made their First Holy Communion today on Saturday the 18th of May.

It was a wonderful morning and the ceremony went really well. The Communion Class looked beautiful and handsome in their dresses and outfits.

During the week leading up to the ceremony the children worked very diligently in class with Mrs. Kelleher. They were very good at saying their prayers off by heart and worked really hard to complete their Communion art work. A special thank you to Mrs. Kelleher who prepared all the students for their special day.

After the ceremony, the children and choir went to Labane Hall for a fantastic feast. Our sincerest thank you to the 1st class parents (and others) for preparing the hall so beautifully and for providing us all with a fantastic feast afterwards.

And finally, a huge thank you to Fr. Roche for a wonderful ceremony today. 

Well done everyone and enjoy the rest of your day!!!!

Monday, 13 May 2019

Congratulations to Our Confirmation Class of 2019

Our sincere congratulations to our young students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday the 3rd May 2019.

Thank you to all the staff members in Ballyglass and Kiltiernan NS, the parents, the Canon Michael McLoughlin and Fr. Roche for helping our 6th class students prepare for their special day.

Please keep these newly confirmed in your prayers:
  • David Andrews
  • Dylan Devane
  • Alicia Flynn
  • Jack Losty
  • Aisling Gaughan
  • Andrew Talabis
  • Aoife Lily O'Callaghan
  • Harry Howley
  • Michael Gardiner
  • Isabelle Gilmore
  • Adam Granahan
  • Éabha Parkinson
  • Órla Gaughan
  • Diarmuid Brady

Friday, 3 May 2019

STEM in Ballyglass

Ballyglass N.S. have been very busy since the beginning of this academic year participating in various STEM activities.

Have a look at our STEM journey to see what we have been getting up to.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Basketball Tournament 2019

Well done to all the pupils in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes who participated in our annual Basketball tournament organised by Mrs Kelleher.  The final took place on Thursday the 11th April.  It was a very close final; Team 8 Vs Team 7 in a final score of 5:4.

Friday, 12 April 2019

Easter Bonnets

There was lots of style in Ballyglass NS today. Congratulations to all the boys and girls who made their Easter Bonnets. There were many fantastic designs and it was great to see the children showcasing their hard work and creativity.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Family Fun Bingo Night - Spot Prizes and Sponsors

The Parent's Association, Staff and Board of Management of Ballyglass NS would like to thank all of our generous sponsors for providing us with a fantastic range of spot prizes for our Family Bingo Night on Saturday the 13th April in Sullivan's Royal Hotel, Gort.
Our sponsors for the event are as follows: Quinns Hardware Store, Centre in Labane, Ardrahan GAA Club, Symths Toy Store, Leah Kelly Hairdressers, The Hair Lounge, Powers Sports Store, Love It Fashion, Sullivan's Royal Hotel, LISK (Gort), Shane O'Gorman Electrical, William O'Brien Technopath Clinical Diagnostics, Gort Rugby Club/ Connacht Rugby, Fitsteps Craughwell, Club Vitae Oranmore, O'Dea's Hurls (Signed by both Senior Teams), IMC Oranmore, Supermacs and Prizes Donated by Members of the PA.

Take a look at our school Facebook page Ballyglass National School for more photos and information on the event.

Monday, 8 April 2019

STEM Day in Ballyglass NS

The school has applied for a STEM Excellence Award. The children have been very busy since September undertaking lots of practical, hands-on activities in all STEM subjects. A culmination of all this work was showcased at a STEM Day on Monday, 8th April. Engineer, and parent of the school, Chris Laffin, visited us to talk about his job. Prior to this talk, children from 5th and 6th class demonstrated and explained the different STEM activities and projects they have worked on this year. All the work presented by the children on the day was very impressive. Well done to all involved!

Community Games Quiz Team Champions

Well done to Órla and Jack who won gold in the County Galway Community Games quiz team competition in New Inn on the 5th April 2019.  They will go forward to compete in the All-Ireland final in UL in May. Thank you to Mrs. Lynskey for helping both students on their road to success!

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Cash for Clobber Clothing Collection

Please remember that the Cash for Clobber recycling initiative will be coming to the school on 13th May to gather any recyclable fabrics, textiles, etc. Please ask any neighbours in the area if they have anything to contribute, as it is a great source of income for the school. Míle buíochas to everyone who has contributed to the clothing collection so far.

Battle of the Blues Winners

What a fantastic review in the Connacht Tribune this week! Congratulations to all the students and staff members who worked so diligently to become the fittest school in the parish. What an achievement!

Spring Time Vocabulary

School Self-Evaluation - Oral Language

For the past few months, we have been focusing on various oral language themes. This month we have decided to use 'Spring' and 'Easter' as our vocabulary stimulus. Thank you to Mrs. Lynskey and her class for doing such a fantastic job in preparing this month's vocabulary noticeboard.

Youth Academy Graduation in NUI Galway

The Youth Academy at NUI Galway is a unique opportunity for primary students to get experience of learning in a University. Congratulations to our students for graduating from the Youth Academy in recent months. Each student was taught by engaging and friendly lecturers who are experts in their subject areas. Keep up the great work!

Ballyglass NS' Family Fun Bingo Night

The Parents Association is in full swing preparing for our upcoming Family Bingo Night taking place in Sullivan’s Royal Hotel, Gort on the 13th April. 

Doors will open at 7pm with the bingo scheduled to begin at 7.30pm. 

There are fantastic prizes to be won on the night such as two signed hurls by Galway Senior Hurling and Camogie teams, a signed rugby ball by Connacht Rugby, easter eggs, Supermacs vouchers, beauty products, tickets to various events and much more. Photos and names of sponsors to follow on the school’s Facebook page. Make sure you spread the word!  

SuperValu's 'Get Behind the Ball' Campaign

A huge thank you to one of our parents who nominated our school last year for the SuperValu campaign ‘Get Behind the Ball’. To our delight, we were successful in winning free leather footballs for the school. Thank you to our group of students who were present for the photo shoot in Minihane’s SuperValu in Gort on Thursday the 14th March. We're also grateful to Minihane's SuperValu, Gort for running such a valuable campaign.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

STEM in Ballyglass NS

The staff and students of Ballyglass NS are currently preparing a presentation outlining the various STEM activities they have accomplished so far this year. We hope to submit an application for the SFI (Science Foundation Ireland) Plaque of STEM before our Easter break. As part of our preparations for the award, Charlotte Murphy, a local engineer, visited all class groups on Wednesday the 27th of March, and prepared workshops for the junior and senior classes in the school. 

Also, a STEM Day has been organised for the 8th April in which both Áine and Chris Laffin (parents) have agreed to visit the students of Ballyglass to speak to them about the importance of engineering in our daily lives. The senior students will also prepare and demonstrate different STEM projects that they have developed during this day. See below a short video clip highlighting Charlotte's visit to Ballyglass NS on Wednesday.

Aldi Sticker Challenge - Take 3!

Thank you to everyone who helped us fill our first two Aldi sticker posters. We will now be entered once again into a draw with a chance of winning €50,000 for sports facilities for our school. We hope to complete our third and final poster shortly so please continue to send in stickers to us. Your support to date is very much appreciated!