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Athletics – Cumann na mBunscol Áth Cliath – UCD

Congratulations to all of the athletes that represented us so well at the Cumann na mBunscol Áth Cliath athletics competition today at UCD. This is the yearly event that usually happens in Santry but it was moved this year because of upgrade works. We were very well represented by a group of 24 children from 5th and 6th classes which was made up of runners and subs. It was a very hot day and the children could have easily been overcome by the heat but they stayed calm and saved all of their energy for their races. We won medals in the individual sprints (80m) and the long distance race (600m). Our Under 12 Boys Team also won medals in the 4 x 100m Relay and 3 of our relay teams made the finals of their categories. We are very proud of all of the children who attended today and we think they had a very enjoyable day out! Thanks also to all of the staff who supported us along the way and who chaperoned today.



First Term in Second Class

It has been a busy first term settling in to our new school for 2nd Class. We have got used to our new surroundings, learned about our locality and taken a trip to the library for a cartoon workshop with the author Úna Woods. We’ve also been doing lots of report writing about different mammals and we’ve taken time to draw many of them too. Time was also spent investigating the many different things that make up soil along with looking at different samples of soils to spot the different layers. On a nature walk to the River Slang we stopped to enjoy the snow. We are looking forward to the Winter Holidays and we’re excited for 2023!



Tangrams to Celebrate Lunar New Year

A Tangram is an Ancient Chinese puzzle made up of specific shapes that when put together correctly can make a square. You can also use the shapes to make many different patterns such as animals or people. In Second Class we used them to solve some Tangram puzzles and then used our shapes to create some animals for a display. Lunar New Year falls this week and it is the most celebrated festival in the world. Each year celebrates a specific animal and this year’s animal is the Tiger.

Gong Hei Fat Choy! (Happy New Year)

The 1916 Rising with 6th Class

Muireann’s Sixth Class have been learning all about the 1916 Rising this month. We researched projects and presented them to the class for our homework. We have been reading the Gerard Whelan novel “The Guns of Easter” which is a historical fiction novel set in Dublin 1916. We recreated a large map of Dublin with the key locations of the Rising. To top it all off, we visited the Pearse museum in St. Enda’s Park !

Here are our constructed sites of the Rising !

Here we are at the Pearse Museum in St. Enda’s Park.

Caoimhe’s 6th class – Investigating and experimenting

6th class were given a limit of 10 sheets of paper and 5 pieces of sellotape to use to make a tower steady enough to balance an object on top.

Creating a balance using rolled up sheets of paper – 3 tubes. The children beat the other classes’ records by balancing 110 books on top!! (See images below)

Book Dress Up Day

by Maia, Lilla, Saoirse, Andrej

“On Book Dress Up Day, we chose the theme “Lord of the Rings” for the class. We enjoyed the day especially because everyone had great costumes. We also liked it because we watched the first Lord of the Rings movie to match our theme and we ate sweets!”

Can you spot a group of hobbits, some elves, Legolas, Gandalf, Smaug, Aragorn and a Nazgul ?

The lunar phases – Muireann’s 6th Class

by Alan, Hamza, Andy, Chloe L, Amé

Subject : Geography, Science and Art

Topic : The Moon

“These are the Oreo Lunar Phases Projects that we have created to represent the phases of the moon. We scraped the filling out to make the shape of the lunar phases. We painted a galaxy background and then stuck the oreos in order. We created the Earth by cutting green pieces of card into small countries then stuck them on a piece of paper”

Lilla and Saoirse also wrote excellent poems about the phases of the moon !

Fraction Wars in 6th Class

by Nour, Liam, Yassin and Marium R

Subject: Maths

Topic : Fractions

“We did a Maths game that had to do with fractions. You play by putting a lollipop stick on the table and you deal out a pack of cards. You put the cards in place of the denominator and numerator. The player with the larger fraction wins the round and all 4 cards”

Fun and learning in Caoimhe’s 6th class

Remembering 9/11

Creative painting masterpieces !

October – oil pastels and chalk artwork

Caoimhe’s 6th class door design

Welcome to 6th class 🙂

6th Class Crocus Project

Sixth Class are taking part in the Crocus Project run by HETI (Holocaust Education Trust Ireland). We were sent crocus bulbs, which were planted this week (October 19th). They should bloom in early spring, to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day. We discussed interesting shapes we could plant the bulbs in to ensure a beautiful bloom! We planted some of our bulbs into the Star of David, which is the symbol of Judaism. We will post about this again when the plants bloom. Stay tuned !

For more information click here : https://hetireland.org/programmes/crocus-project/

Five Senses Fun in First Class!

First Class have had a great start to the new school year! We have settled in really well and are enjoying lots of learning and fun activities. We have been learning “All About Me” across a few curricular areas. In History we were discussing our personal history, examining pictures of baby toys, comparing what we can do now, with what we could do as a baby, and trying to guess who is who from our cute baby photos! In Science we explored the Five Senses. We imagined what it might be like to be missing your sense of sight by doing some blindfolded drawings. We learnt about the amazing Helen Keller and all about the Braille alphabet. We wrote our names in Braille using lentils and even created secret messages! We had some fun exploring our sense of touch by trying to feel what an object is and describe it without looking at it. We went on a Senses walk to see what we could see, hear, smell and feel along the way!



Fáilte go dtí Meán Fómhair: A Flying Start to Fourth!

It is only the end of our first month and we have already been up to so much! Not only have we all become great friends (me included!!) but we have been catching up on all of the fun things we got up to over the summer. After such an uncertain last year, it has been wonderful to be surrounded by friends once again, playing and learning as all should be. We have rediscovered our own beauty with self-portraits, hung up in the corridor for all of the world to see! We’ve made the most of our lovely Finsbury park with games and stations during PE. We have explored Irish myths and legends with The Children of Lir and the magical tale of those poor children who were turned into swans. And that’s only to start!!

We had the great privilege of a Nature Writing Workshop with Shane Casey, hosted by Unesco in which we wrote nature stories about badgers, hedgehogs, ducks and hares, oh my! Our imaginations really spilled onto the page for that one but still, we long for when an author can really and truly come in to visit!

We each chose our own passion project, whatever we liked! Some chose holidays and summer memories, some decided that animals were their favourite thing, others created objects and scenes of wonder for us to marvel at! We heard about everything from the history of fashion to football.  We even had a volcanic eruption to enjoy! We worked so hard on these projects at home and being able to share them with our classmates made the dedication and work all the more sweet!

Another excellent month is sure to come, with plenty of fun, learning and new discoveries along the way!

(Photos to follow!)

Maths and Art in Nóirín’s Junior Infants

Junior Infants have had a wonderful few weeks settling into ‘big school’ and they have been working so hard. In maths, we have been learning how to sort objects according to their colour, shape and size. In art, we have been practicing our fine motor skills and our scissor skills, each child made their own octopus. Keep an eye on the website in the coming weeks to see more of our activities.

Autumn Leaves – Second Class

Second Class have settled in to their new school year very comfortably. We have all got to know the new routines quickly and we have enjoyed getting down to work. Here is an example of some art work we completed using oil pastels. First we explored leaves, collected some and then discussed how they change during autumn when they are losing their chlorophyll. Then we chose autumn coloured pastels to create our own.

Sixth Class – Ancient buildings and ruins

Sixth class have been learning about ancient buildings and ruins in Ireland. We read about the most famous ruins, such as Glendalough and Trim Castle and we recreated them using Lego. We then went for a walk to see an unusual ruin in our locality! This ruin is called ‘The Bottle Tower’ or ‘Hall’s Barn’. It was built in the 1740s during a year of intense famine in the country. It is a miniature replica of The Wonderful Barn in Leixlip.

Sports Week

Although Sports Week was a little bit different this year, it was just as much fun as always!

We went on a scavenger hunt.

We did some yoga with Jen and Jenny.

We did some very tiring HIIT stations on the Astro Turf.

We boogied on down in Zumba with Carla from Pound Fit.

We had a dance party on the Astro.

Some amazing Irish athletes sent us a video message to wish us well.

And we finished off the week with a well deserved ice-cream.

Poster Competition Winners!

During May, we celebrated Earth Day at school and we all learned about the beautiful planet that we call home. We ran a whole school poster competition with ‘Helping Our Planet’ as the theme for the competition. Here are some of the posters that won from the different classes. Congratulations to all who entered the competition, the walls of our school have been really brightened up and lots of helpful messages have been shared!

A term of growing

We’ve planted, germinated, watered and taken care of lots of growing things in Second Class this term. It’s been great to watch the seeds sprout and see how the different plants grow. We’ve grown lettuce, spring onion, spinach, carrots, broad beans, tomatoes, garlic and two different types of sunflowers. Everyone got to take home a plant this week to care for over the next few weeks or months. Nature has been a great focus over the past few months and complemented our studying of Earth and Biodiversity perfectly.

Second Class Trip to Airfield

Last week Aongus’ Second Class were lucky to get a free walking trip to Airfield. We walked up in the fresh air enjoying the sights of Dundrum village as we went. It was a 20 minute walk. We saw a lot of biodiversity including some very large trees in the gardens of the house and we think one of them is a Sequoia or Giant Redwood, they are from the largest family of trees in the world. We noticed that the gardeners had planted a lot of new and different vegetables in the garden. There were also a lot of broad beans similar to those we have planted at school and in our classroom, and we saw artichokes as well! We also looked at the walled garden and the beehives nearby. There was a lot of different insect life there as well as extra birds probably because of the many wild plants that have been let grow to encourage pollination, just like we are doing at school on our green area. After visiting the farm animals which included the Jersey Cows, we stopped by the playground and zipline. We’re very grateful to Fiona and the staff at Airfield for facilitating our free visit.

Food Chains in 2nd Class

This week the children learned a lot about the different parts of a food chain and why they are so important to all of us animals. They learned vocabulary such as Producer, Consumer, Predator, Herbivore, Carnivore and Omnivore. For their homework the children made a poster containing a food chain which they had researched. They really did brilliantly with this task. A few of the Food Chain posters are posted below.

Biodiversity in our Green Space – 2nd Class

In Second Class we have started learning about Biodiversity. We’ve been thinking about our ‘Beautiful Earth‘ and our ‘Colourful Earth‘. Today we tried to find as much diversity in our plant life as possible by focusing on different colours. We were very successful and put our colour samples together on a ‘Colourful Earth’ display card. Sinéad pointed out to us that we have a once rare flower growing in our small but diverse green space, the cowslip. We tried not to take too many samples so as to leave food for the insects and bees as well as leaving opportunities for the bees to collect pollen.

Daffodil Day March 26th

The Student Council arranged some fundraising activities for Daffodil Day March 2021, and we were so thrilled and delighted to see so many people getting involved. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone so much for their generous donations!

The Student Council sent this letter earlier this week.

“Dear parents of BETNS,

As this Friday, the 26th of March is Daffodil Day, we will be fundraising for the Irish Cancer Society. Our target goal is €800, which is an average of about €2 per person, but you can donate as little or as much as you like. 

We will collect online and with pots that we will leave in the classrooms on Friday. The students are encouraged to wear yellow or something Daffodil related on Friday. Throughout the week, there will be Daffodil Art and the children can bring in Daffodils to decorate their classroom if they want. 


The Student Council “

We will update this post with new photos and the amount we raised when it is all counted.

Ballinteer Educate Together Masterpiece Challenge

We thought we would invite our school community to get involved in a fun challenge. Earlier in the year the Getty Museum challenged people to recreate famous pieces of art using everyday household objects (and people or pets). We thought we would try our own Ballinteer ETNS version of this challenge. 

So how will it work for our school’s Masterpiece Challenge?

  1. First choose a famous piece of art you would like to recreate. Inspiration could come from a famous painting, a sculpture, stone work, pottery… Take a look on some art gallery websites online and see what you can find!
  2. Look around your house and find household objects to use for your recreation. You can have people and pets in your recreation also.
  3. When you have created your masterpiece, send a photo of it, along with a picture of the original art, to info@ballinteeretns.ie.
  4. All masterpieces will then be hung here in our virtual gallery on our school website!

Have fun! We look forward to seeing your imaginative works of art!

Check out our wonderful masterpieces below!

Dual Language Library

In Ballinteer Educate Together N.S. we speak languages from all over the world. This month some of our multilingual students helped us to choose new books for our library in 18 different languages! Over 60 new dual-language books arrived this week.

Third Class were excited to read and share some of our new dual-language books. These girls shared their reading in Arabic as well as English.

Brighter Lights Dundrum

This year our school took part in Imagine Dundrum’s Community Art Project. Lots of local schools took part creating artwork for the season. You can visit our school’s banner on the plaza outside Dundrum library. Thank you to Tom and all the organisers for inviting us to get involved.

Science Week

During Science Week, we conducted several different experiments. We looked at designing and creating the best container to ensure an egg would not crack when dropped from a height. We looked at what happens when milk is mixed with soap and how different molecules react with each other. We chose certain materials e.g. paperclips and straws and had to build a bridge spanning 30cm . Finally, we were fortunate enough to have Jennifer from GSETSS come in and do some great experiments with us. We looked at energy and used a balloon stuck to a straw to demonstrate different types of energy- kinetic and sound. Jennifer also showed us how lungs work by putting a marshmallow in a syringe. We rounded up the day with a classic- M&Ms in hot and cold water to see how colours dissolve in different temperatures. It was a great week and we really enjoyed exploring, experimenting and working together.

The Writing Workshop

Since October, the children in Graham and Muireann’s fifth class have been engaging in the Writing Workshop once or twice a week. This is a time where the children can write about any topics of interest to them, and can practice their creative writing (narrative, poetry, diary entries) at their own speed. There are Five Stages of the Writing Workshop.

Prewriting is when you are thinking about and planning your piece of writing.

Drafting is the first time you write it.

Editing is when you read over it again and correct your mistakes.

Revision is when the teacher corrects it for you, and finally, when all that is done, the children move on to publish their final work into a book!

Diamond Sort – What’s a good friend?

Today in Aongus’ 2nd Class we came up with a list of nine characteristics or attributes a good friend might have. Then we tried to decide which of these would be most important in a good friend. We used a ‘Diamond Sorting’ technique which is an active learning method. The children decided which characteristics might go at the top of their diamond and why, and also decided what should go at the bottom and why. There was some good debate about what a word like ‘cool’ or ‘beautiful’ might mean to different people. The children first worked in pairs, then with their pod and then we sorted them out as a whole class. We realised that a good friend may not always be happy and that maybe you need to be a very good friend to them in that moment. Caring, Kind and Helpful were characteristics that were thought of as very important.

Salt Dough Maps of Ireland!

Muireann and Graham’s fifth class were learning all about the counties, rivers and lakes of Ireland! We integrated our Geography work into our Art and we created topographic maps of Ireland using salt dough. We moulded the mountain ranges, and painted them using the colours of a physical map : Green for low lands, yellow for higher land, brown for the tops of mountain ranges. We then added in a few rivers and lakes. We included the Shannon, Lough Neagh and the Three Sisters (The Barrow, The Nore and The Suir!)

DSPCA Zoom Call

On the last day of September, 2nd Class had an interesting Zoom conversation with Margaret who works with the DSPCA shelter near the Dublin mountains. She told us lots about what the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals does and the children were able to ask some of their own questions. We found out about the interesting and unusual animals they have given shelter to and also how they help animals that are in difficulty.

Margaret from the DSPCA on our Zoom call with her

Nature Scavenger Hunt in 2nd Class

Second Class took a trip out to the park at the back of our school recently to identify some features of Autumn in our neighbourhood. The two trickiest things on the scavenger hunt were the Squirrel and some Fungi, but we got them! We also collected some twigs and leaves to create our hedgehog collages.

Back to school!

Our classrooms and corridors came alive again this September.

Sixth Class Graduation 2020


On Wednesday, 24th June we were so proud to be congratulating our first graduating class of Ballinteer Educate Together. The students of Orlaith’s Sixth Class, along with their families and teachers, celebrated a virtual graduation filled with memories. Many of these students have been with us since the school’s opening in 2012 and so it was an emotional night for everyone. We will miss them all but know that they are more than ready to meet the challenges ahead in secondary school. We know that there are great things ahead of this history-making class!

June Maths Challenge: Make a Sundial

Before clocks, watches and phones, we used a sundial to tell the time. What is a sundial? It’s an ancient instrument that uses shadows cast by the sun to show the time. And today, a sun sundial makes a great feature or structure in your garden. The best bit is, it’s fun and easy to create your own, personalised sundial!

Here’s what you need and how to make it:

  • Find a thick, sturdy stick
  • 12 rocks, pebbles or stones
  • Some paint or a marker pen
  • A watch or clock (just to get you set up, then you can use nature’s clock)
  1. Start by numbering the rocks 1 to 12, you can paint numbers on them, or paint each one a different colour.
  2. Find a sunny spot that you can return to throughout the day. If you have a garden, this is perfect.
  3. Place the stick in the ground so that it stands upright.
  4. Using your existing watch, check where the stick’s shadow is every hour and mark this using your rocks.
  5. As every hour passes, place a rock in the spot that matches the time so that it’s in the stick’s shadow. After 12 hours, you should be left with a circle of rocks around your stick.

And that’s all there is to it.

Send us a picture of your finished sundial!

May’s Maths Challenge: Make Up A Maths Game!

Using only a pack of cards or a dice, see can you find or make up a fun maths game. Share you maths game instructions or a video of how to play the game with us at website@ballinteeretns.ie. The winner of May’s maths challenge will choose the maths problem-solving challenge for June, our last challenge of the year.

Here are two maths games Órla played at home. Why not give them a try?

Practise your ten bonds with this maths card game you can play on your own.
Practise your addition or multiplication tables with this fun card game.

Whole School Singing At Home!

While we can’t be together, let’s sing together! Follow the link to join in with our whole school singing assembly at home:


10 familiar songs from our whole school singing assemblies are waiting. We would love to see your videos of you and your family joining in with some of our school songs. If you have a favourite Ballinteer Educate Together song that you would like to hear, please send us your requests : )

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Maths Problem of the Month: April

Names and Numbers: What is the value of your name?

The value of Elijah’s name is 45. The value of Liam’s name is 30. What is the value of your name? Watch the video to find out!


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Working from Home in 4th!

Here is a sample of some impressive work being submitted online in 4th Class. The objective was to find an animal and investigate a unique feature or skill that it has.

There’s some very interesting reading here about different animals including Pandas, Puppies, the Lyrebird, Sea Otters, the Vampire Squid and the Mozambique Spitting Cobra!

Also in here is a snap of Orest’s reaction to the music piece Rhapsody in Blue as well as Rijin’s prize winning Art Competition bicycle! Some of the projects can be downloaded at the bottom.

We are all learning how to adapt to this new mode of learning and we will hopefully pick up some useful skills along the way! This week some children were practising their typing skills as well as learning how to use software such as Word and Powerpoint.

Welcome chicks!

http://tiny.cc/SeniorInfantsChicks Follow the link to see the first video of Senior Infants’ newly hatched chicks!

The chicks were due to hatch on Tuesday, but one hatched on Sunday, while three more hatched on Monday. No more have hatched today, and while fingers are crossed, senior infants have always understood that hatching is very difficult, and even if everything is kept just right, sadly, some of them may not hatch.

When they hatch, the chicks have a little “egg tooth” on the tip of their beak which they use to chip out of the shell. This falls off a couple of days after hatching. See if you can spot an egg tooth!
They have been moved to a “brooder” where they have food, water, warmth, and air, which all living things need to survive.
If there are 11 eggs, and 4 have hatched, how many are left?What would you name these little chicks? We won’t know if they are boys or girls until they grow up!

Daily Art Challenge

Klaudia in 5th Class is already looking forward to seeing us all back together again in September.
We miss you too!
“Mountains” by Lilla Barta
“Harbour” by Lilla Barta
“Billie Eilish” by Lilla Barta

Friday, 29th May: Final Art Challenge. Congratulations to Lilla Barta from Fourth Class who won our final art challenge with her beautiful collection of three pictures. We think you will agree that Lilla is a talented artist and a fitting winner for our last challenge. Thank you so much to all our student artists. We have enjoyed your art so much over the last months. If you have been inspired by the Daily Art Challenge why not try this challenge during the month of June. We would love to see your June artwork. Send to us at website@ballinteeretns.ie

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Thursday, 28th May: Willy Wonka’s Factory – Invent a Sweet! Congratulations to Kitty Thornton from Second Class. Kitty invented a fantastic kitten-making lollipop! We think this would be a very popular new sweet in Willy Wonka’s Factory. Remember that today, Friday is the last in our daily art challenges. Thank you to all those who have taken part since the beginning.

Wednesday, 27th May: Princes and Princesses. Congratulations to Sophie O’Driscoll from 4th Class for her fantastic and very original peg doll prince and princess! We loved that Sophie chose a new medium to explore today’s theme. Well done!

Tuesday, 26th May: Giant Flower Sculpture. Congratulations to Margherita Di Lena from Junior Infants for her fantastic winning lego construction of a giant daisy!

Monday, 25th May: Robots! Theo asked us to design, draw or build a robot and didn’t you do well?! Congratulations to Dorothy in Second Class whose fabulous entry ‘Duplo Riding His Tall Weird Rainbow Car‘ made us smile!

Staff Profile Pictures: Thank you to all our talented students who helped Órla to surprise our teachers, SNAs and staff with new profile pictures for the school website. We were so excited and chuffed to see your beautiful work. Thank you all! Visit http://www.ballinteeretns.ie/teachers/ to see our new staff profile pictures as drawn by our students.

Here are just some of the other fantastic portraits Órla received:

Friday, 22nd May Art Challenge: Movie Characters Congratulations to Theo Quinn from Junior Infants for his fantastic entry Buzz from Toy Story! to infinity and beyond Theo!

Thursday, 21st May Art Challenge: Favourite Toy Congratulations to Lottie O’Mahony from Fifth Class who sent us today’s winning artwork. Her favourite toy? Roller blades! Beautiful work Lottie and well done to all our fantastic entrants.

Wednesday, 20th May Art Challenge: Favourite Planet Congratulations to Aditya Mule from Junior Infants who wowed us with this incredible picture of Planet Earth! Thank you to all our art challenge entrants. Remember, our daily art challenge finishes next week on Friday, 29th May. Since we started the daily art challenge, we have received over 800 pieces of art! We hope that you have had fun making and creating. We have loved sharing your artwork. What has been your favourite theme?

Tuesday, 19th May Art Challenge: Disney Characters Congratulations to Niall Bianchini from First Class. His Yoda picture was chosen as today’s daily art challenge winner! Well done Niall!

Monday, 18th May Art Challenge: Day Out With Grandparents/ Family Congratulations to Karma Khedr from First Class for winning today’s challenge with this beautiful picture of her family’s day out in Bray! We loved that Karma included lots of detail and colour in her art.

Friday, 15th May Art Challenge: Favourite Animals Congratulations to Danika Sanyal from Senior Infants. Look at Danika’s beautiful picture of her four favourite animals! Danika has selected a new theme for Monday’s art challenge: A Day Out with Grandparents/ Family.

Thursday, 14th May Art Challenge: Bumble Bees! Congratulations to Oliver Kirwan from Junior Infants who won today’s Bumble Bee art challenge. Oliver’s picture is really beautiful and comes with a sad true life story!

Wednesday, 13th May Art Challenge: Fun Land! Congratulations to

Bláthnat and Mia from 5th Class who worked together online to create this fantastic Roblox Fun Land! Really creative work girls – well done!

Tuesday, 12th May Art Challenge: Marvel Characters. Congratulations to Séamus O’Mahony from Senior Infants for his incredible collection of Deadpool art that earned him today’s art challenge title! Séamus will choose tomorrow’s art challenge theme. One of our favourite challenges so far – well done everyone!

Monday, 11th May Art Challenge: Cars. Congratulations to Matteo Brown from Second Class who was the winner of today’s Cars art challenge with this fantastic gold car! Well done to all our amazing car designers. Check out all the entries below.

Congratulations to Sam Donnelly from First Class who was the winner of today’s Friendly Monsters art challenge. Look at his array of friendly monsters! So impressive. Sam has chosen the theme Cars for Monday’s art challenge. Have a lovely weekend.

Congratulations to all our entries for the Friendly Monsters art challenge. Here are some of our fantastic entries.

Friday, 8th May: Friendly Monsters Congratulations to James Taylor from Third Class who was the winner of the Fantasy Football Team Kits art challenge with these fantastic home and away kit designs. The theme for Friday’s art challenge is Friendly Monsters. Please send your entries to website@ballinteeretns.ie before 5pm Friday, 8th May.

Thursday, 7th May: Fantasy Football Team Kits. Congratulations to Liam Whelan from Fourth Class who was the winner of the In The Jungle art challenge with this beautiful, atmospheric picture of a tiger at the water’s edge. Liam has chosen the theme Fantasy Football Team Kits for Thursday’s art challenge. Please send your entries to website@ballinteeretns.ie before 5pm Thursday, 7th May.

Wednesday, 6th May: In The Jungle. Congratulations to Rory Lynch from Second Class who was the winner of Tuesday’s Magical Spirits art challenge with this colourful, fantastical picture. Rory has chosen the theme In The Jungle for Wednesday’s art challenge. Please send your entries to website@ballinteeretns.ie before 5pm Wednesday, 6th May.

Tuesday, 5th May: Magical Spirits. Congratulations to Dorothy Hudson from Second Class who was the winner of Friday’s Star Wars art challenge with this adorable picture of Baby Yoda. Our art challenge will be taking a little break on Monday for the bank holiday. We will be back on Tuesday with Dorothy’s chosen theme, Magical Spirits. Please send your entries to website@ballinteeretns.ie before 5pm Tuesday, 5th May.

Friday, 1st May: Star Wars Congratulations to Kacper from First Class who was the winner of Thursday’s art challenge Design your own lego figure with this fantastic creation, Dragon Canon! Lego art has been a huge hit this week. Kacper has chosen the theme Star Wars for Friday’s challenge. Please send your entries to website@ballinteeretns.ie before 5pm Friday, 1st May.

Thursday, 30th April: Design your own Lego figure Congratulations to Sean Lambert from Third Class who was the winner of Wednesday’s art challenge for this fabulous lego Castle. We loved seeing some beautiful 3D art for this challenge. Sean has chosen the theme for Thursday’s art challenge: Design your own Lego figure. Please send your entries to website@ballinteeretns.ie before 5pm Thursday, 30th April.

Wednesday, 29th April: Castle Congratulations to Arnav Hiremath from Third Class who was the winner of Tuesday’s art challenge for his incredible pencil drawing of a Dragon. Arnav has chosen the theme Castle for Wednesday’s art challenge. Please send your entries to website@ballinteeretns.ie before 5pm Wednesday, 29th April.

Tuesday, 28th April: Dragons Congratulations to Willow Boyce from Senior Infants who was the winner of Monday’s art challenge for her beautiful My Favourite Flowers picture. Willow’s favourite flowers are dandelions because they are food for the bees. Willow used her origami set and dried flowers to make her picture and only got help with the cutting. Willow has chosen the theme Dragons for Tuesday’s art challenge because she is a huge fan of How to Train Your Dragon! Please send your entries to website@ballinteeretns.ie before 5pm Tuesday, 28th April.

Monday, 27th April: My Favourite Flower Congratulations to Lara Quinlan from Fourth Class who was the winner of Friday’s art challenge for her hilarious Dinosaurs picture. Lara has chosen the theme My Favourite Flower for Monday’s art challenge. Please send your entries to website@ballinteeretns.ie before 5pm Monday, 27th April.

Friday, 24th April: Dinosaurs Congratulations to Conrad from Senior Infants who was the winner of Thursday’s art challenge for his fantastic ferris wheel for Children’s Day. Conrad has chosen the theme Dinosaurs for Friday’s art challenge. Please send your entries to website@ballinteeretns.ie before 5pm Friday, 24th April.

Thursday, 23rd April: Children’s Day Congratulations to Asya from Junior Infants who was the winner of Wednesday’s Favourite Musical Instrument art challenge for her gorgeous violin painting. Asya would like to choose Children’s Day as the theme for Thursday’s art challenge because it is Children’s Day in Turkey on the 23rd April, a very special holiday! Please send your entries to website@ballinteeretns.ie before 5pm Thursday, 23rd April.

Wednesday, 22nd April: Your Favourite Musical Instrument Congratulations to Malika Karim from Second Class who was the winner of the Favourite Holiday Destination art challenge for her beautiful piece on Alexandria Lighthouse in Egypt. Malika has chosen the theme Your Favourite Musical Instrument for Wednesday’s art challenge. Please send your entries to website@ballinteeretns.ie before 5pm Wednesday, 22nd April.

Tuesday, 21st April: Favourite Holiday Destination Congratulations to Prisha Kumar from Senior Infants who was the winner of yesterday’s art challenge for her beautiful piece on the solar system. Prisha has chosen Favourite Holiday Destination as the theme for today’s art challenge. Please send your entries to website@ballinteeretns.ie before 5pm today, 21st April.

Prisha. Senior Infants

Monday, 20th April: Our Solar System & Insects Our challenge winners, Veeraj (Friday, 3rd) and Theo (Friday, 17th) each chose a theme for Monday’s art challenge so you have two themes to choose from: Our Solar System or Insects. Or, if you are feeling really creative you can enter twice! Please send you entries to website@ballinteeretns.ie before 5pm on Monday, 20th April.

Congratulations art challenge winners! Thank you to our PTA who continued the art challenge over the spring break. Take a look at all our spring break challenge winners below.

Friday, 3rd April: Sea Life Congratulations to Veeraj Kurpe from Junior Infants who is the winner of the today’s art challenge. Veeraj included lots of detail in his beautiful ocean scene including a fantastic message, Save the Ocean! Our website will be a taking a break over the spring holiday but the PTA will take over the art challenge for anyone that would like to continue it! From Monday, entries can be sent to PTABallinteerETNS@gmail.com. The theme will be Nature Art. The results and daily themes will be posted on https://www.facebook.com/BallinteerETNS.

Thursday, 2nd April: Egypt’s Tourist Attractions Congratulations to Marium Rashwan from Fourth Class who is the winner of the today’s art challenge for her atmospheric painting of the pyramids at Giza. The theme for today’s challenge is Sea Life. Please submit your entries by 5pm Friday, 3rd April to website@ballinteeretns.ie. Thank you for all your art challenge entries that have kept us smiling throughout the school closure. We hope you are just as impressed as we have been with all the creative talent in our school.

Wednesday, 1st April: Lost in Space Congratulations to Yassin from Fourth Class who is the winner of the Lost in Space art challenge for this striking, colourful space scene. Yassin has chosen Egypt’s Tourist Attractions as the theme for Thursday’s art challenge. Please submit your entries by 5pm Thursday, 2nd April to website@ballinteeretns.ie.

Tuesday, 31st March: Favourite Book Characters Congratulations to Alison Curtain from Senior Infants who is the winner of the Favourite Book Character art challenge. Alison chose Roald Dahl’s Matilda and we think that Quentin Blake himself would be proud of this picture. Alison has chosen Lost in Space as the theme for Wednesday’s art challenge. Please submit your entries by 5pm Wednesday, 1st April to website@ballinteeretns.ie.

Monday, 30th March: Favourite Sports Person Congratulations to Cian Lynch from Fifth Class who is the winner of the Favourite Sports Person art challenge for his fantastic tribute to Usain Bolt. Cian has chosen Favourite Book Characters as the theme for Tuesday’s art challenge. Please submit your entries by 5pm Tuesday, 31st March to website@ballinteeretns.ie.

Friday, 27th March: Bicycles. Congratulations to Rijin from Fourth Class who is the winner of the Bicycles art challenge for her beautiful miniature paper craft bicycle. Rijin has chosen My Favourite Sports Person as the theme for Monday’s art challenge. Please submit your entries by 5pm Monday, 30th March to website@ballinteeretns.ie.

Thursday, 26th March: My Future Self. Congratulations to Helena from Senior Infants who is the winner of the My Future Self art challenge for her picture of herself as a Garda. Helena has chosen Bicycles as the theme for Friday’s art challenge because she is really enjoying cycling during our school closure. Please submit your entries by 5pm Friday, 27th March to website@ballinteeretns.ie.

Wednesday, 25th March: Self Portraits. Congratulations to Yunseo from 6th Class who is the winner of the Self Portraits art challenge. Such a fantastically detailed self portrait! Yunseo has chosen My Future Self as the theme for Thursday’s art challenge. Please submit your entries by 5pm Thursday, 26th March to website@ballinteeretns.ie.