February in Junior and Senior Infants

Throughout the month of February, we explored the theme of Homes and Houses. Here are some pictures of some of the activities.

We explored the story of the Three Little Pigs in Aistear. We had a playdough station, a construction station, where the children built homes, a role play/small world station, where the children created puppet shows and a creative station that involved creating the homes of the three little pigs.

In SESE, we looked at homes in the past vs present and used our eircodes to find our homes on Google Maps. Thank you to everyone for bringing in old household items.

We made pig facemasks and used these in drama activities.

We finished our yoga sessions on Wednesdays – big thank you to Muireann, our yoga teacher.

December in Junior and Senior Infants

December was a fun and busy month in the infant room. Here are some pictures of what we got up to.

Our Aistear theme of the month was ‘Santa’s Workshop’. We worked at the Christmas Post Office, posting Christmas cards to ourselves, built Santa’s sleigh and worked hard in Santa’s workshop making toys for Santa to deliver.

We had an unexpected arrival from the North Pole to keep an eye on us over the month of December. The children decided to call him Jingles and loved arriving each morning to see what he had been up to.

We had our Christmas pageant and all children were excellent!

As a treat for being so good at our Christmas pageant, we turned our classroom into a cinema and watched a movie while having some popcorn.

Here is some of the Christmas art and crafts that we made.

We had a super fun month!

Soccer

The girls travelled to Cahir yesterday for the FAI SPAR Ireland Primary 5’s competition.

The A soccer team qualified for the county final and consisted of Issy, Teigan, Jessica, Eibhlis, Anna, Emily and Anna.

Our B team of Kate, Beth, Grace, Lilly, Grace, Issy and Jessica won two of their matches.

Huge well done to all involved!

Volleyball

A huge well done to the 6th class girl’s volleyball team – Maisy, Teigan, Jessica, Issy, Eibhlis and Niamh, who made it through the Primary Volleyball regional finals in the Watershed, Kilkenny. Thirteen teams entered the competition and the top two teams qualified for the national finals, which will be held in Mary Immaculate College on 1st April. The girls won five games. Issy made the winning serve in the semi-final to lead the team to victory over Holy Trinity, Fethard.

Well done to the girls and Ms. Whelan for their hardwork and determination!

Pancake Tuesday

A big thank you to our fantastic Parents Association who organised, made and distributed pancakes on Tuesday for all our pupils.

The children loved their pancakes and had so many delicious toppings to choose from. Check out some photos of our children enjoying Pancake Tuesday below.

A huge thank you to Collette, Sharon, Helen and Nicola who kindly volunteered their time to make pancakes.

JEP Junior Entrepreneur Programme

Students from 5th and 6th class have been participating in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme. Recently they took part in a mock Dragons Den event in the school.

The pupils came up with some excellent entrepreneurial ideas and were well prepared when facing the Dragons.

Thank you to all the Dragons and well done to all students for their efforts.

First Penance

Children in 2nd Class received the Sacrament of Penance on 24th February. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to making their First Communion on 3rd May.

Ballyneale NS teams win Credit Unions quiz

Well done to the quiz teams who won the two top prizes in the annual Carrick-on-Suir Credit Union Schools Quiz at the Carraig Hotel.

Nine schools competed in the competition with each entering an U11 and U13 team. Ballyneale NS teams won both categories!

The U13 team consisted of Zach O’Keeffe, Isobel O’Hora, Raymond Walsh and James Walsh. The U11 team consisted of Sam O’Keeffee, Clodagh Power, Emily Gleeson and Emily Marshall.

Well done to all involved and we wish them the best of luck as they progress to the regional finals on Sunday 1st March.

Green Schools Biodiversity Flag

The children had their fifth Green Flag assessment on 14th February 2020. The assessor, Ann Marie Clifford was very impressed by the children’s work and knowledge on the theme of Biodiversity.

Biodiversity is the huge variety and variation of life that surrounds us, from the tiniest bugs to the biggest whales in the sea.

Well done to Ms. Dempsey and the Green Schools Committee for their hard work!

January in the Infant Room

During the month of January, Junior and Senior Infants learned all about Outer Space We spent four weeks learning lots of fascinating facts about Space. It was a very popular theme because it was so interesting and lots of fun!


Over the two weeks we learned all about the solar system, astronauts and the first moon landing. We learned all about the stars/constellations, the moon and the planets.

We discussed what it would be like to be an astronaut in space, watched lots of YouTube clips of the first moon landing. In our history lessons, we also learned all about the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong. We added our faces to astronauts and travelled to the moon in Drama lessons.

Aistear involved a junk art station where we made rockets, a playdough station, a construction station, where some children built Apollo 11 and Kennedy Space Station and a role play station where children became astronauts and headed to Outer Space.

At Music time we learned lots of lovely songs such as the very catchy Planet Song to help us remember facts about our planets. Have a look at our photos to see how much fun we had while learning throughout the month of January.