Irish Bronze Age Bowls and Vases

Ciara’s aunt gave her two pots from the Bronze Age.

Almost all of the fragments of the first pot were found at a rich Ballon Site. Pebbles and stones were crushed and added to the clay to make it stronger for the heat of the open fire which was around 850 degrees Celsius. This was a common practice in the Bronze Age (and the Stone Age) and it is exactly what modern potters do in similar situations.

The smaller of the two pots is a miniature vase and was found in a five-sided chamber. It contained some very small bones along with the bones there was a bronze knife or dagger and three pebbles as well as a few burnt bones. The dagger was lost before it reached the museum.

26 items of pottery, items of either a bowl or a vase were found in Carlow of which 15 pieces were found on Ballon Hill.

Both of the pots have decorative designs all around them, one of the most common designs is dashes and zig zags.


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Active Schools Week June 2018

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Last week was active schools week in Ballon National School. We did lots of activities including GAA, basketball, dancing, bowls, cricket, tennis, obstacle courses, yoga, tag rugby, rounders’ and soccer.
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Outside play area-our ideas.

Jackie talking to the Active Schools Group.

Today the active schools committee met Jackie.  Jackie is a playground designer, she helped us all come up with some great ideas on how we can improve our outside area.  For example we talked about putting a black board onto the wall outside so we can draw pictures with chalk.  We also came up with putting a ball wall outside so we can play football /camogie/hurling outside.  We talked about what sports or games we like.  Some ideas were camogie/hurling/football/soccer/catch/tip the can/hide and go seek/bull dog and basketball.  And we all agreed how important and fun playing games is.  Jackie was a great help to us.

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Ms Murphy’s class trip to the RDS Junior Entrepreneur Competition

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On Monday 18th June 2018 went to the RDS inb Dublin to participate in the Junior Entrepreneur All ireland Final.  When we arrived we set … Continue reading

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5th class school tour

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On   the   12th of June Miss Nolan’s 5th class and Miss Murphy’s 5th class went on their  school   tour to Courtown Activity Centre.We left around 9am we got transported by bus by Larry Earl .We arrived around 10 past 10.
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Active Schools Week

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Welcome to Ballon NS ‘Active Schools Week’ 2018!
A fun filled week is promised with activities like handball, yoga, bowls, soccer, karate, obstacle course, basketball & tag rugby!
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Engineers from Maynooth University visit the school

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On Thursdsay 14th June engineers from Maynooth University came in to the school to do experiments with 4th and 5th class children.  They showed us how magnets work, how to make … Continue reading

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Third class school tour

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Third class went on their school tour on Wednesday 13th June.  In the morning they went to visit Kilkenny Castle and in the … Continue reading

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Second Class Tour

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Second class went to Castlecomer Discovery Park yesterday.They had a great time and the Tree Top Walk was amazing.

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Board of Management meetings.

The Board of Management consists of eight members who meet at least five times a year and oversee the running of the school. The Board has two members directly elected by parents ,two teachers,two patron`s representatives and two community representatives.A summary of the minutes of the Board meetings will be  posted above on the “Board of Management” tab.

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