We here at Ballyglass NS have long since stood at the heart of our community. We endeavour, on a daily basis, to uphold the core values, beliefs and traditions within our school. Each and every person who walks through our doors contributes to the infectious character of our school.

Therefore, we hope that our website will give you a mere glimpse into the life of Ballyglass NS and keep you updated as we embark on yet another year of wonderment and adventure.

Le gach dea ghuí,
The Ballyglass Team

About Our School

Ballyglass N.S. is a mixed Catholic Primary School in the countryside, 4km from Ardrahan village, with 80 pupils on roll. The staff includes four class teachers, a Special Education teacher and a shared Special Education Teacher, a part-time secretary and a part-time caretaker/cleaner. 

Our school is co-educational, under the patronage of the Bishop of Galway. The school has a strong Catholic ethos but welcomes children of all religions and none.

The school has a great sporting tradition, with children of all ages participating in GAA, athletics, dancing, swimming and other sports on a regular basis. 
Many fine club and county players have started their career here. In May 2015, we received our first Active School Flag in recognition of all the work that is being done to promote active healthy living in the school. We were also crown winners of the ‘Battle of the Blues’ initiative in 2018, recognising us as the fittest school in the parish.

Swimming classes are also offered from second class upwards during the third term. Irish Dancing classes are offered by a qualified Irish Dancing teacher for all class groups.

The school participates in a number of quiz competitions throughout the school year. Each Christmas, parents are invited to come and see their children perform in the Christmas concert and our school’s Music and Dance concert. Grandparents are also celebrated on Grandparents Day and have an opportunity to see the children perform a variety of songs, poems, dances and short dramas on the day.

Aistear takes place in the infant classroom on a daily basis. Aistear is the early childhood curriculum framework for all children from birth to six years. Aistear is the key learning and teaching tool used to implement the primary school curriculum in infant classes in Ballyglass National School. The children play for an hour each day, with an emphasis on active learning and oral language development. Each class is supported by one of our SET teachers during this hour. Curriculum subjects covered during Aistear include: S.E.S.E., S.P.H.E., oral language, reading, writing, maths, art, music and drama.

We are also a Green School, and in April 2015, we received our 4th Green School flag in recognition of our work for the theme of Biodiversity. This is a world-wide recognition for schools who practice recycling, healthy living and taking care of the environment.

In 2016 we were accredited with a Digital Schools Flag for our emphasis on technology in the classroom and in 2017 we were accredited with a silver medal award for the 'All Aboard Initiative' which was supported by Digital Schools.

With almost 30 laptops/ notebooks and 16 iPads available to the children in Ballyglass NS, there is a strong emphasis on digital technology throughout the school. We are currently in the process gaining recognition for our work with integrating technology into the curriculum through the Digital Schools Award programme.

In 2019, we were also accredited with a STEM Plaque of Excellence for our emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics throughout the entire school.

Enfant Educare is also based in Ballyglass National School, with a Pre-School and Before and After-School service provided between 7.30am and 6.15pm for infants.

Mission Statement of Ballyglass NS

In our school, our vision is:
·         To enable each child to achieve his/ her maximum potential in a secure happy, positive and stimulating environment.
·         To develop the physical, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social, cultural and moral values with respect for other races, religions and cultures.
·         To create a palpable culture of respect and love for all individuals.
·         To promote positive relations, appropriate behaviour and good manners at all times.
·         To work in a spirit of close co-operation with each pupil’s family and take shared responsibility for his/ her formation and development.
·         To encourage children to have high expectations of themselves and their fellow pupils.

·         To promote ongoing professional development and dedicated service to the pupils in our staff.

School Staff: 2020-2021

Principal: Ms. Ciana Callanan (DLP)
Deputy Principal: Mrs. Nicola Lynskey (DDLP)
Class Teacher: Ms. Valerie Tannian
Class Teacher: Ms. Ciara Lynch
Class Teacher: Mrs. Siobhán Kelleher
Special Education Teacher: Mr. Jarlath Healy
Special Education Teacher: Mr. Tom Monaghan
Special Needs Assistant: Mrs. Sinéad Fordham
Special Needs Assistant: Mrs. Joanne Granahan

Secretary: Mrs. Síle Lynch
Caretaker: Mr. Noel Fahy

Bain taitneamh as ár suíomh.
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