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School of Excellence Project

This year the school has been participating in the School of Excellence Awards based around the School Garden.  Yesterday Ballyneale NS presented their project based on this theme in the Waterford Teachers’ Centre, afterwards the school received their School of Excellence Certificate.  Thank you to all parents and pupils who attended the event.

Gardening Guest

Fr. Jimmy came to the school last week to sow onion sets, potatoes and herbs with the pupils of 3rd and 4th class.  He told the pupils how to plant and sow and showed them the amazing root systems in the potted herbs.  The pupils especially loved the beautiful smells of all the different herbs now in the school garden.


School of Excellence

This year the school has been participating in the School of Excellence Awards based around the School Garden.  Ballyneale NS will present their project based on this theme on Thursday the 4th May at 6pm in the Waterford Teachers’ Centre on Newtown Road, Waterford City.  Afterwards Ballyneale NS will receive their School of Excellence Certificate.  All parents and pupils are invited to attend if in the vicinity.



School Garden

Spring has definitely sprung! Mr. McHale’s class went out to look after the school garden this week before the Easter break.


School Garden

Second Class pupils busy weeding and harvesting the produce pupils have grown throughout the year.  A vegetable box was left at the school gate for pupils and parents to sample our onions, garlic, sage, lemon balm and rhubarb.


Bird Boxes and Feeders

With the help of parent, Eugene McGuigan and secondary student, Jack Connolly, each class now has their very own bird box for the garden birds who come into the school garden.

The pupils also put up bird feeders outside the classroom windows so they can now easily spot the feathered visitors to the school.

Birdwatch Ireland Talk

Kevin Collins from Birdwatch Ireland came in to the school on Tuesday and spoke to the students from 3rd to 6th about garden birds.  First he gave a very interesting presentation about Irish garden birds and the great distances they travel.

He then showed 5th and 6th how to build bird boxes. These will now be placed in the school grounds to feed our school garden bird visitors.

A huge thanks to Kevin Collins for his time and talk.