Positive Pebbles Showcase

Our Positive Pebbles Showcase was a great success .We sold a great number of pictures,more details later , and everyone agreed they looked fantastic.Here we all are pictured in the hall after the showcase.

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School assembly


We had an assembly this morning and many prizes were presented to winners of various competitions and draws.Above you can see some of the lucky winners.

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Carlow History Competition

We had two winners in the recent Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society History Competition with Helena Cranny finishing second with her project on The Famine in Carlow and Ashling Kearns Highly Commended for her project on Ballymoon Castle.Both girls won against stiff competition from over 160 other projects and this is a great achievement for them.The girls are pictured above with the Principal Noel Heffernan.

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Girls Futsal Final match report

On Wednesday 21st March two teams were against each other for the final of the futsal soccer competition.  Team 1; Sarah McCaffrey (Captain), Orlaith Holden, Helena Cranny & Emma McGrath.  On the other team was Emer Deacon (Captain), Rachel Higginson, Isabella O’Byrne & Emma Flynn.  The score at the end of the match was 1 – 0 to Emer Deacon’s team.  Isabella scored the goal.  We all really enjoyed playing all of the matches. Thanks to Mr. Heffernan for organising the tournament.

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Third class Irish game

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On Thursday 23rd March we ran around the school reading clues in Irish and answering questions in Irish for our Irish game.  We split up into … Continue reading

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Zeeko Internet Safety

Petra from Zeeko

Every class from 1st to 6th listened to a talk today  on internet safety and the dangers involved in social media ,something which is very topical as we speak.This is Petra who presented a very thought provoking slide show and hosted discussion among the students. Tonight parents are invited to come to the school where these issues will be explored from a parents`perspective

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Ian Jackson visits 6th class

The Little Red Hen      The Hare and the Tortoise

On Monday 12th March, Ian Jackson came to 6th class to show us how to illustrate stories on Microsoft Paint. He showed us how to put the shapes and colours and tools together to make pictures and illustrations.  With each practice, he explained that the better we would get at illustrating.  We made pictures for stories like ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ and ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’. Later he put the pictures together and told the stories.  Overall it was so much fun to learn how to illustrate stories.If you click on the powerpoints above they will download onto your computer for you to enjoy!
By Maebh & Jake 6th class.

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Michael Martin

Michael Martin is very important in our community because at special events he always comes and takes pictures of people.  This is his hobby.  He volunteers to do this.  Michael always puts the pictures on his website so people know what’s happening here in Ballon.

He’s from Wales, Michael lived in lots of places.  He also travelled with and worked as an engineer with the Merchant Navy.  The reason he moved to Ballon is he wanted to live in a detached house with a large garden.  When he moved here he was welcomed and everybody was very friendly to him.  It didn’t take long for Michael to get involved in the community.  He also takes pictures for the Ballon improvement group which he helped to set up.  Michael always shares lots of stories too.

Michael raises money for B.I.G on his website.  He puts pictures of what’s happening in Ballon and pictures for Newsletters, Dairy Dates etc.  Most viewed pictures were of school, clubs, church, local history and places to visit.  He puts companies that sponsor his website on it too.

People from 93 countries have looked at his website.  He told us that there was a couple thinking of moving to Ballon.  Then they looked on his website and saw all the pictures of Ballon on it.  So they decided to move to Ballon.

Michael takes pictures of events that happen here in Ballon like First Holy Communion, Confirmation, Games, festivals, weddings and lots more too.
Michel loves taking pictures of flowers and wildlife.  He told us that everybody has creativity.  Taking pictures is Michael’s hobby.  When he was 21 he got his first camera.  Now he has four.

Michael is a kind, caring, calm man who says that being a volunteer in Ballon Community gives him back more than he has put in.  We are very lucky to have Michael Martin in our community who lets us know what’s happening locally and when we work together we make our village a great place to live.
Mrs. Nolan’s Fifth class.

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Senior Infants sing Lá le Pádraig

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Matific Games

Well done to everybody for their great work in the Matific Games Competition.Although the results have not yet been announced it looks like we really did well despite having no internet in the school for the last two days of the competition.Here are our students who finished in the top ten for their class.

Brian Donald in Senior Infants came fourth;Robbie Kelleher sixth;Grace Kinsella ninth-Ryan Dowling came second;Ódhran Maxwell fifth;James Kinsella eight;Billy Flynn tenth;Adam Kelly third;Adam Tobin fourth;Emma Flynn tenth.

In addition Mrs. Keogh`s class came second;Mrs. Mullins sixth;Mrs. Leigh`s seventh;Miss Murphy`s first;Miss Doyle`s second;Mr. Heffernan`s first.

Finally, the school finished in fourth place overall, a great achievement.What`s even more important than winning is how our maths skills have improved and how more children now say they love maths.Well done to everybody.

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