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School Tour

Third and Fourth Class

On Monday 13th June, Third and Fourth Class went on their school tour to Let's Go! in Athlone. We took part in lots of activities such as archery, wobbly ladders, super slides, climbing wall, KMX Karts, Zorbee ball and wrecking ball. We had a fantastic day!

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the boys and girls in second class who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday the 14th May. Special thank you to Fr. Joe for the lovely ceremony and to Ms. Buggy the class teacher for preparing them so well. Our choir, under the direction of Ms. O'Sullivan were fantastic. A big thank you to everybody involved.

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VEX Robotics Championship

Students from 5th and 6th class have been very busy designing, building, and coding their VEX IQ robots since the start of the school year as part of their STEM lessons. They attended a competition in O’Connor Park where they competed against 50 other schools in the region. They had a great (albeit wet) day and represented our school extremely well.

FAI 5 a Side Soccer

Pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th class really enjoyed participating in the Spar FAI primary school 5 a side competition over the last few weeks. The whole school gathered outside to watch the very exciting finals. Well done to all involved and a big thanks to Mr. Fahey, Mr. Forde and Mr. Greville who helped organize it.

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World Book Day in Senior Infants

We had a great World Book Day in senior infants. Everybody brought in their favourite book and shared it with us. We did paired reading with second class and we even made our own mini-books and book marks.

Butter Making

Third Class had a very exciting day today! Geraldine brought in a hand churn and showed us how to make butter. Geraldine told us how she used to make it at home when she was a little girl. We really enjoyed helping her! It was fascinating to see how the churn worked. It was lovely to see the buttermilk and also to taste the delicious homemade butter. Special thanks to Geraldine for teaching us how to make butter. Thanks also to Sharon for supplying the cream.

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A Visit from the Postman

Senior infants were so excited when Postman Ciarán came to visit. They had been learning all about the Post Office in Aistear and got to ask him lots of questions. They even helped him to empty the letters from the letter box across the road. Thank you for visiting us Ciarán!


Christmas Shoebox Appeal

The Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal was a great success this year. We received 124 shoeboxes which will be donated to less fortunate children around the world this Christmas. Thank you for your generosity and support.

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Halloween Dress Up

All classes made a huge effort dressing up for Halloween this year. There were lots of spooky characters and some not so spooky! Well done to everybody.

Halloween Performance

Here is a video of first class, with the help of Ms. Killeen, performing their Halloween songs. They sound fantastic!


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Confirmation

Congratulations to the boys and girls from last year's sixth class who were confirmed last Saturday, October 2nd in the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore. We wish them all the best in their new schools!


First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the children from Third Class who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday 18th September.

Special thanks to Fr. Joe and Fr. Séan for a lovely ceremony.


€1,520 raised for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association

Well done to the pupils of 6th class who raised an incredible €1,520 for the IMNDA. They ran a mini company where they designed and published a cookbook. It is a fantastic achievement and we are very proud of them.

The Three Little Pigs

Third Class gave a fantastic performance today of The Three Little Pigs by Roald Dahl. Well done to all the cast! A special thank you to our director Ms O'Donovan!

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The Claret Jug

We were so lucky to have the Claret Jug visit our school. Brendan Lowry, Shane Lowry's Dad brought it to the playground where all classes got to see it. We saw Shane's name engraved on it too. It was very exciting!

The May Bush

Second class did a fantastic job creating a May Bush this week in school. They handmade lots of lovely ribbon decorations and wild flowers to bring us all luck. It looks really beautiful in the playground.

6th Class Hoodies

6th class received their hoodies this week that they designed and had made. They chose blue hoodies this year with white writing and they look great in them!

St. Patrick's Day Assembly

We had great weather for our outdoor assembly for St. Patrick's Day. We celebrated by singing "Ireland's Call" together and 6th class showed the rest of the school how to sign "Ireland's Call" using Irish Sign Language.


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Charity Run and Dance-a-Thon

Last Tuesday,15th December we had a fantastic day full of fun! The senior classes started the day with a run! They walked to Ballinamere pitch and then completed a 5k run around the walking track! First and Second class had a lovely walk as far as the canal. The Junior and Senior Infants stayed local! After a much deserved break the Dance-A-Thon followed! A special thank you to all who supported this fundraiser for the homeless. A total of €1,250 was raised. Well done to everyone!

Texaco Art Competition

Well done to Laura Guinan in Third Class who won a Special Merit Award in the Texaco Art Competition for her fantastic Koala Bear! Congratulations Laura!

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Science week in 6th class

For science week this year we focused on the force of gravity. Children were set a challenge to design and make an egg parachute from recycled materials. We brought the parachutes outside and dropped them from a height to test them out. We had great fun and not too many eggs were broken!

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the children from Third Class who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday 19th September.

Third Place for Credit Union Quiz Team!

The CUDA Quiz final took place on Saturday, 7th March in Blanchardstown.

Congratulations to the Senior Quiz team who put in a superb performance in the competition!

They scored 91 out of a possible 100, just one point behind the joint winners!

A fantastic achievement! Well done to all involved!

Photo Credit: Tullamore Credit Union


National Become an Engineer Week

The children of Ballinamere were delighted to receive a visit from four real life engineers as part of National Become an Engineer Week. Present and future pupil’s Daddies Ray Bell, Stephen Healy, Joe Gaffey and John Brennan visited the school on Wednesday March 4th to explain what engineering is and what engineers do. All classes listened to a presentation and watched videos explaining all about the varied and important work of the engineer. The children found this STEM initiative both informative and enjoyable. As part of ‘Be an Engineer for a Day’, the children designed, built and operated catapults and launched marshmallows great distances.

Special thanks to John, Joe, Stephen and Ray for giving up their time and sharing their expertise. Maybe a great invention will come from the mind of someone inspired by these events. Pictured below are Principal Miss Cusack, our expert engineers and Fifth Class enjoying the day.


Credit Union Quiz Success

Tullamore Credit Union’s annual Primary School Table Quiz took place in the Court Hotel on Wednesday 12th February.

Congratulations to the Senior Team who put in a superb performance and scooped the top prize in the competition!

They will now compete in the Cuda final on March 7th in Blanchardstown. Best of luck to all involved!

Well done also to the Junior Quiz Team who performed well on the night!


Swimming Success

Well done to Peter who competed in the recent Schools’ Swimming Competition.

He came eleventh and we are delighted with his success.

Congratulations!


Manga High Winners

Congratulations to the children who received a medal from Manga High for their work during Maths Week.

The eleven children scored more than 150 points in the Maths Week competition.

Well done to Daragh, Lily, Eoin, Jack, Ronan, Ciarán, Rory, Alice,Caitlin, Isabelle and Seosamh.


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Medal Presentation

Congratulations to the Boys’ and Girls’ Football Teams who received their county medals last week.

Well done to all the panel! A special thank you to the coaches Alan, Carina, Ms. O Sullivan, Mr Forde and Mr Fahy.


County Champions!

Congratulations to the Ballinamere/ Durrow U18 County Champions and to the U20 Hurling Champions who visited our school recently.


Thank you!

A big thank you to Freda and Martin Flanagan, grandparents of Eoin and Aaron in Second Class, who donated €1,400 to our Esker Centre. Freda made a beautiful patchwork quilt which she raffled and Martin organised a motorbike run. Some bikers joined Martin and Freda for the presentation and rode their bikes around the school yard to the delight of our pupils! Their donation is very much appreciated.


County Champions!

The county finals took place on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd of October in O’Connor Park, Tullamore.

The boys were up against Edenderry. They played very well and claimed the shield. Well done to all the lads!

Congratulations also to the girls who played against Rahan. They had a superb game and brought home the cup. A special thank you to Carina, Alan, Mr. Forde, Mr Fahey, Ms. O’Sullivan and Ms. Brennan.


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Shoebox Appeal

Thank you all so much for your generous shoebox donations for children in need this Christmas!



Maths Week 2019

Ballinamere took part in the largest festival of maths in the world!

Many of the classes took part in the Ninja Maths Challenge on Mangahigh.

All students took part in the school challenge. Students had to solve a daily puzzle that was set for each class.

Other Maths activities such as Maths trails and games took place in each classroom.

Well done to all the children!


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Cross Country 2019

Congratulations to the boys and girls who participated in the Cross Country Competition. This competition took place in the Harriers on Tuesday 1st October. A total of 48 children from third class to sixth class entered the competition. Well done to the medal winners – Ruby, Alice and Niamh. Congrats also to the girls from Third Class and the girls from Sixth Class who came in second place overall in their respective races. Well done to all involved!

Show and Tell September 2019 Senior Infants

We had so much fun sharing our favourite toys with the class !

I hope you enjoy the photos !

Miss Buggy


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