Published Authors!!

There was great excitement in Ballagh NS recently when the published copies of “OurClassBook” were delivered to us by CJ Fallon Book Publishers.

The book is a wonderful collection of stories and artwork created by the children in Ballagh NS. Each child wrote an article describing their Best Day Ever. They then produced some wonderful illustrations to accompany their story. Their work was sent to CJ Fallon Publishers and last week we received our professionally bound published books.

Green School Projects

Well done to our pupils who produced some wonderful projects on our current Green School topic of Energy. Their presentation of the projects were excellently delivered and very informative.

Green Schools – Energy Testing Kit

We borrowed a Home Energy Testing Kit from Roscommon Library as part of our “Green Schools – Global Citizenship Energy” theme. This kit contained many gadgets that could be used to test where we might be over using or wasting energy either in the home or at school. The children were facinted with the different gauges and tools that can be used to help read and save energy.

Gallery At School

Ballagh National School were extremely lucky and very proud to be selected as one of only twelve schools throughout the whole of Ireland to take part in the National Art Gallery’s holistic programme “Gallery at School 2022-2023”. This initiative brought the Arts to life for our pupils as they had the opportunity to take part in 3 workshops with the highly experienced staff of the National Gallery of Ireland – Mentor and Artist Karen Webster, Visiting Artist Leonora Neary and Anne Hodge, Curator of Prints and Drawing.

During the first two weeks, Karen taught the school about water colours and drawing and introduced us to various pieces of art and artists who used their medium. We also went on a virtual tour of the National Gallerty of Ireland. In the final visit, artist Leonora Neary from Roscommon, introduced us to her beautiful artwork and a zoom meeting was held with Ms Anne Hodge who spoke to us about her responsibility for the works on paper collection in the National Gallery (comprising of over 1200 items!) She also manages the prints and study rooms.

All in all, everyone in the school learned a lot about the National Gallery and learneed lots of new techniques to be used when drawing and painting.

Thank you to Karen Webster, Leonora Neary and Anne Hodge for a great experience.

SEAI Workshop

Our new Outdoor Classroom

We are delighted with the lastest addition to our school – our outdoor seating area which was installed with assistance from the Sliabh Bawn Communinty Benefit Fund. These picnic benches are a tremendous asset to our school and will allow us to create an outdoor classroom in the warmer weather. It also gives the children the opportunity to eat their lunch outdoors in comfort.

Green Code Winner

We are busy working on our next Green Flag for Global Citizenship – Energy. A competition was held to select a new Green Code and congratulations to Makayla who was the winner with her fantastic entry:

Science Week at Ballagh NS

Day 1

Green Schools

We have commenced work on achieving our next green flag “Global Citizenship – Energy”, covering topics such as Renewable Energy and Sustainability and Climate Action. We hold monthly meetings and have elected a new Green Schools Committee. We are reviewing and monitoring our energy usage in the school with regular meter readings taking place.

At the moment, we are working on our Green Code, with the winning code to be chosen in mid November.

Lots to do!!

Board Game Fun