Every child in Ballyheerin NS from 2nd-6th class has a penpal in Chester College International School, located in the North of Spain. Chester language school is a boarding school with similar numbers to Ballyheerin NS. They are educated through English but we have learned a few Spanish words and phrases from them. Some of us have even taught our pen-pals some Irish words! We
Spring has sprung in Ballyheerin! We thank Múinteoir Gráinne for bringing in rushes for us all last Friday. Every child had the chance to make a lovely green cross for St. Brigid’s Day. We also thank the pupils in the senior class who helped the junior class to complete their crosses. ☘️
Ballyheerin NS recently welcomed Steffi Otto to our school. Steffi taught the children about traditional crafts such as rope-making and basket weaving. She also introduced the children to many toys and games of the past. Thanks to Steffi, we got to see rushes being used in many interesting ways. We also made our own fabulous skipping ropes for the yard 😊
Our junior and senior pupils have enjoyed learning to play chess in recent weeks. It is a game which is known to improve the social, cognitive and mental fitness of it’s players.
The school community of Ballyheerin enjoyed a beautiful carol service today in Leatbeg church. All the children sang carols and the senior class accompanied the singing with an array of instruments such as tin-whistles, piano, fiddle, piano accordion and Bodhráns. Thank you to Reverend David and the church members who provided refreshments afterwards. It was the perfect way for the children end our first
The children of Ballyheerin NS brought the story of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to the stage today. Every child gave an excellent performance and their teachers and families are so proud! Múinteoir Gráinne created the perfect backdrop for the occasion which the children helped her to paint. Everybody sang Christmas carols after the performance. Kerri, Aaron, Róisín and Abby played piano, piano accordion, fiddle and
Both the junior and senior class travelled to the Millennium Forum in Derry to see the Pantomime ‘Snow White and the seven dwarves’. According to our veteran sixth class, ‘it was the best one yet’. It was a fantastic day out for all and we have high expectations for next year!
The senior class have been learning the Bodhrán in recent weeks. We were recently thrilled to welcome the renowned musician, Jim Woods to our school. Jim did an amazing bodhrán workshop to both the junior and senior class. The children how to play some the Bodhrán for traditional jigs and polkas as well as how to play the Bodhrán for modern songs such as
Our pupils from 2nd to 6th class have embarked on a penpal program with Chester College International School, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. We have been busy learning about the lives of our new pen-pals as well as the language culture and history of Spain. There was great excitement in our school last week when we received letters in the post from Spain! We quickly
Ballyheerin National school’s annual book fair is well and truly underway 🙂 The children are enjoying book shopping and browsing through the lovely books we have on display! We would like to thank everyone who joined us or give a donation towards our coffee morning. A very special thanks to all the parents and children who helped out on the day and to all