We had a fantastic final day of 2019 in school on Friday 20th of December. Check out the pictures of Santa and Mrs. Claus visiting all the classes as well as the Parents Association and a few other visitors that turned up along the way. All the boys and girls got to dress up for a photobooth too. It was great fun and a huge word of thanks to our Parents Association for organising it all. Go raibh mile maith agaibh go léir. Nollaing Shona gach duine!!
Today is the third Monday of the month and so it is the launch of ‘Mindful Monday’ in Ballindaggin NS.
Every third Monday of the month will be a night free of homework. Instead of sitting down to do homework together we are encouraging every family to engage in an activity, as a family, that promotes positive mental health and mindfulness.
We couldn’t have a better day for the start of this than today as the weather is so nice it is perfect to get out for a family walk.
If you are stuck for ideas there is a new area on the school website that lists example activities e.g. baking together, doing a jigsaw together. And, if you have any ideas yourselves please feel free to contact us and we can add them to our list.
We are also encouraging you to make this a technology free evening so no phones, TV, X-box etc However, if you so wish you can take a photo of your children engaging in a mindful activity and post it to our Twitter feed https://twitter.com/StColmans_NS (This will allow them to show their class what they did.)
Each child, particularly in the senior end of the school will have a small activity the Tuesday after each mindful Monday based on the activity that they engaged in with their family e.g. recording it in their copy.
Please take this opportunity to encourage your child/children to take some time to relax and enjoy some down time.
It has been confirmed that our school will perform on Friday November 15th in The National Opera House for the Sign out Loud concert.
Here is a link to all the songs https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3cdr6kzfni5fig4/AABxO47ui5ASpoEEwnXgJiLua?dl=0
Children are learning these songs in school week by week. Please encourage your child to practice at home too.
On behalf of all the staff in Ballindaggin NS I would like to thank all parents, pupils and members of the wider school community for their kind words of thanks over the last few days in the run up to the end of the school year.
It has been another wonderful year in the school with lots of awards won, county finals reached and most importantly new things learned in every classroom.
Over the summer, maintenance works will be ongoing inside the school building to further enhance our school.
We hope that everyone of our pupils has a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you all on August 30th.
Conor Mc Donald
As you know our three Eco Unesco groups have got through to the national finals. The People’s choice Award for the Young Environmentalist Awards is now open. Please vote by following this link https://www.yea.ie/blog/yea19-people-s-choice-award-vote-now. Follow the link through to vote for the projects. You can vote everyday. The groups with most votes will win this award. You will need the groups project numbers to vote.
Scroll down the page of projects. The project are listed numerical . Scroll down till you reach Save a bit Start to Switch, Cup Alert, or Wildflower Girls. Click through and type in their project number to vote.
To vote Save A Bit Start to Switch vote 2019 160
To vote Cup Alert vote 2019 162
To vote Wildflower Girls vote 2019 163.
You can also vote by visiting their blogs and following the instructions on their blogs.
Our annual 5k Fundraiser is on Sunday May 19th
Registration from 12:00pm
Click on the image above or the link below for more info.
Please spread the word.
All money raised will go towards the refurbishment of our classrooms.
Click on the image to learn more about the Young Environmentalist Awards
On Tuesday April 2nd Ms. Whitty and Mr. Mc Donald traveled to Europe House in Dublin with 15 pupils from 5th/6th Class to participate in the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Semi-Finals, also known as the ‘ecodens.’
The 15 pupils were divided between three projects;
- Cup Alert – this group of four girls had raised awareness around the issue of single use coffee cups and the negative effect they were having on the environment. They encouraged as many people as they could to start using their own reusable cup.
- Save a Bit Start to Switch – a group comprised of six fifth class boys. They concentrated on raising awareness around the negative impact of fossil fuels, particularly petrol and diesel. They encouraged people to buy electric cars.
- The Wildflower Girls – this group of five fifth class girls took an interest in biodiversity. They were raising awareness about habitat destruction and encouraged people to sow wildflowers in their gardens to help out pollinators.
You can learn more about the different projects by visiting the groups blogs: