Ballyneale National School

Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Thank you to all those who brought in their shoe box for the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. We’ve had a great response yet again this year.

They were collected this week and will be delivered to children in need in Eastern Europe and Africa.

Well done to all involved!

Tipperary hurling captain Seamie Callanan visits with the Liam MacCarthy cup

Tipperary senior hurling captain and hurler of the year, Seamus Callanan and the Liam MacCarthy Cup came to visit our school today. Seamus spoke to the children about the importance of perseverance and determination, answered questions and had his photo taken with the children, parents and staff.

A huge thank you to the Tipperary County Board and to Seamie!


Knitting lessons will commence on Wednesdays from 3-4pm after the midterm break until Christmas. All children from 3rd to 6th class are welcome to attend. Wool and needles will be required and we will be collecting fluffy and normal socks. If any parents would like to help out, please get in touch.

5th and 6th Class

Someone Like Me Art Competition

This fantastic competition aims to raise disability awareness among primary school children and give them a greater understanding of what unites children of differing abilities. Pupils were given the task to create a piece of art in any form to showcase what “Someone Like Me” means to them. Well done all who participated!

Sherkin Island Marine Station Art Competition

Huge well done to Isobell O’Hora and Maisie Power who both won ‘The Complete Naturalist” prize in the Sherkin Island Marine Station Art Competition.

5th and 6th Class Art:

Drama with Amy

A big thank you to Amy for her excellent delivery of drama lessons over the previous number of weeks.

Buddy Bench

A huge thank you to Eugene McGuigan who made and donated a Buddy Bench to the school. We will now enjoy decorating this bench over the coming weeks!


John Hayes from Special Branch woodcarving visted the school on 22nd October to demonstrate woodcarving to the children. The children enjoyed watching John carve a skull head from wood. A big thank you to the Tidy Towns Committee who sponsored this event.

October in Junior and Senior Infants

October was a busy month in the infant room as we learned all about Autumn and Halloween!

In Aistear and SESE, we learned all about autumn animals – owls, hedgehogs and squirrels. We learned that some animals are nocturnal and some are busy getting ready for hibernation.

We went on an autumn hunt to find and gather some autumn items.

Taste Test:

We explored our sense of taste and tasted sweet, sour, bitter and salty foods.

Integrated Learning Through Play: The following photos were taken during Aistear:

Halloween Fun:

We are very excited about Halloween and have been busy getting ready. We completed the following activities:

  • History: Read and sequenced the story ‘Room on the Broom’ .
  • Visual Arts: Constructed Halloween spiders and ghosts
  • Maths: Designed pumpkins using 2D shapes.
  • Science: Created magic potions.
  • Music: Learned the songs and actions to the song ‘Ghostbusters’.

We dressed up in our Halloween costumes and had a party!!


Mia turned 5 – Happy Birthday Mia!