Active Home Week Challenge #3

Today’s daily challenge – ‘Ball Bounce Challenge’. Grab a hurley or a racket and a small ball.

How many bounces can you do without dropping it?

To make this a bit more challenging, why not try do it for a whole 15 minutes??

If you don’t have a hurley or racket at home, get creative!

As always, we would love to see pictures/videos – nikkiballyneale2020@hotmail.com. All pictures will be shared at the end of Active Home Week!

Active Home Week Daily Challenge #1

Toilet roll keepy-up challenge ⚽ - YouTube

Hi all,

Our first active week challenge is here – ‘Toilet Roll Keepy Uppies’. The aim is to do as many kick ups as possible with a roll of toilet paper!

I (Ms. O’Neill) got 4 – . Can you beat this score? We can’t wait to see how you get on!

Post your name and the number of kick ups that you got in the comments section.

We would love to see some pictures to share on the website.

Enrolment for September 2020

Parents wishing to enrol their child in Ballyneale NS for September 2020 should post the completed Enrolment Form to the school. Please mark the envelope ‘FAO Sandra’. We would appreciate if all forms could be returned by Thursday April 30th.

Active Home Week Ideas

Super Troopers Stay at Home Series

Laya Healthcare are offering a live health homework lesson so that everyone at home can get involved and stay active in body and in mind!

There will be everything from Yoga breathing exercises and mindfulness to games, cardio movements and lots more. Healthy snacks will be discussed so kids will know all the best ways to get their dose of healthy nutrition regularly!

All parents/guardians have to do is tune into our live series with Tom on Laya Healthcare’s Instagram channel at 12pm every Tuesday and Thursday to join in the fun. 

Families can also head over to the Family Zone on our website www.supertroopers.ie where there are lots more short burst activities and challenges to enjoy! 

PE with the Bodycoach

The perfect way to start your morning. Head to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ to tune in each morning at 9:00am!

Active Home Week 27th April – 4th May

‘Active SCHOOL Week’ takes place annually and is a really enjoyable part of the school year for many children. This year, because of Covid-19 it is not possible for this to go ahead so we are inviting the families of Ballyneale NS to participate in the ‘Active HOME Week’ challenge instead.

The main aim of Active Week is to raise awareness about the fact that children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

To complete the challenge, children have to find four different ways of being active every day making sure that this adds up to 60 MINUTES, or more. Children are encouraged to try something NEW, have FUN with a family activity and to ENJOY the week!

A diary grid should be kept and emailed to nikkiballyneale2020@hotmail.com at the end of the week detailing all of the activities that you did. It is important that we get as many of these returned as possible. These will be used as to show we completed Active Home Week when submitting our application to renew the flag. The grid can be filled out on a computer and laptop.

A seperate website post will be published filled with active ideas. Keep an eye on the website throughout the week for further ideas.

The most important part of this week is to HAVE FUN while being active.

Earth Day 2020

Earth Day is celebrated annually on 22nd April. Earth Day is all about celebrating our beautiful planet and learning ways to be active in taking care of it.

Here are some ideas on how you can celebrate this day at home.

Build birdhouse or bird feeder.

Share your home with all of the Earth’s creatures by building a birdhouse or bird feeder out of recycled materials, such as an old cardboard box or milk jug.

Go on a nature scavenger hunt.

Learn about local flora and fauna this Earth Day by searching for flowers, plants and trees native to your region around your area – Remember to stay within the 2km radius.

Earth themed art and craft:

Design a poster to raise awareness of climate change.

Earth Day Fact or Opinion Quiz

Writing Activities

The Messy Magpie ebook

This story teaches children about the importance of looking after the environment.

As always, please share some pictures if you decide to complete any of the above – nikkiballyneale2020@hotmail.com

Competition Time with Aer Lingus

To be in with a chance to win a Chromebook and an Amazon voucher worth €100, all you need to do is write a 250-word story, telling family and friends of an adventure – your favourie holiday or journey. This story can be real or fictional and must be submitted in the form of a postcard.


The winning stories will be published nationally, in Cara, the Aer Lingus inflight magazine and on the Aer Lingus website. This amazing competition is aimed primarily at 5th and 6th class students.


The closing date for entries is the 31st May and the winner will be announced before the end of July.

Entries are accepted by post to:
Aer Lingus Schools Travel Writers Competition c/o The CX Collection, 14 Main Street, Lismore, Co. Waterford P51 C5P9

Travel is not an option at the moment, so why not take this time to reminisce? Encourage your budding writers to get their pens to the ready and tell us about their favourite holiday or journey!