22 Oct · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Ballinteer’s Book Fair is Back!

The Book Fair will open every day from Monday to Thursday this week at drop-off and collection times for parents. The last opening will be on Friday morning. Enter by the Finsbury Gate and follow the signs. Come, browse and buy! Every year the fair raises much needed funds for new books in our school. Please …

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22 Oct · Muireann Carr · No Comments

The new Student Council!

For the past few weeks, students from First to Fifth Class have been on the campaign trail! We held elections in each class to vote in two representatives from each class to join this years student council. All of the students who participated must be commended and the school walls were filled with campaign posters …

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28 Sep · Ciara O' Brien · No Comments

Niall De Burca

On the 27th of September, we were super lucky to have the story teller Niall De Burca come to visit. The children absolutely loved it and didn’t stop laughing from start to finish. Here are some photos of the Junior Infants and Senior Infants listening to Niall.          

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24 Sep · Lucy Abraham · No Comments

Physical Features of Ireland Projects

        5th Class are off to a great start this year. They have worked har d over the past number of weeks learning about the mountains, rivers and lakes of Ireland. They worked in pairs to create and present projects on a physical feature of Ireland, taking a trip to Dundrum Library …

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28 Jun · Ciara O' Brien · No Comments

Sports Day 2018

We had an absolutely fantastic Sports Day on the 27th of June. The sun was shining, we had some great volunteers and the children took part in all the activities with great energy and enthusiasm.  We had a range of fun activities throughout the day. Brian and Ciaran from Gracie Barra Dublin, who run a …

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21 Jun · Aongus · No Comments

Yellow Day – The Longest Day!

An organisation called the Dublin Simon Community got in touch with 4th Class to ask if they would help fundraise for them on the summer solstice, the 21st of June. They help homeless people access services they need in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath. They picked the 21st of June because it is the longest day …

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23 May · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Thirteen medals for Ballinteer ETNS Athletics

On Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd of May, athletes from our school travelled to the Cuman na mBunscoil Athletics Competition in Santry. The children from 3rd and 4th Class have been training hard for the past few weeks and we had competitors is a variety of categories. We are so proud of our team of …

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20 Apr · Ciara O' Brien · No Comments

Playworks is Back

This month, we have reintroduce the Playworks programme on the yard. Playworks is a form of structured play in which some children from 3rd and 4th class act as coaches and organise games for the other children to take part in. The games running at the moment are circle dodgeball, bandaid tag and hot potato. …

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20 Apr · Ciara O' Brien · No Comments

The Buddy Bench Programme

In February, we were very lucky to have a visit from two psychotherapists Judith and Michelle, who came in to teach us about the Buddy Bench Programme.  The Buddy Bench Programme is a primary school-based, child-led and positive mental health programme that empowers children to foster friendships and illuminates loneliness in the yard. The aim of …

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20 Mar · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Seachtain na Gaeilge agus Lá Glas

The students have had a great time celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge this year. We have been making a special effort to speak as Gaeilge as much as possible over the past fortnight. The classes have all learned lots of Irish songs and poems. Sarah has been teaching all of the classes some céilí dances and …

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28 Feb · Muireann Carr · No Comments

School to reopen Monday 5th March

The school will reopen tomorrow following last weeks storm. The grounds and surrounding main roads are clear, the pathways remain snowy so please take care when walking to and from the school gates. We hope you all enjoyed the snow !

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20 Feb · Muireann Carr · No Comments

News 2day

Third Class were delighted when Zainab from News2day, the RTE News station for children, got in touch with them and asked them to showcase all the fabulous work they were doing for Chinese New Year! Micheal and Zainab came in to film and interview them with cameras and microphones, and it was so exciting. Third …

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22 Jan · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Sensory Room

We are delighted to announce that the new equipment for our sensory room has arrived! We have ordered balancing boards, a cosy cave, fun lights, texture blocks, balance beams, Threading Beads, Swirl Balls, Chunky Shapes, Linkits, Active Rainmaker, Simple Slider and Tangle. When we add this to our yoga and balance balls, bean bag mats and …

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18 Dec · Muireann Carr · No Comments

The Sam Maguire came to visit

On Monday 18th December, we were delighted to welcome Donal, our esteemed GAA coach from the Dublin team, to our school for our assembly. They brought with them the Sam Maguire cup, which Dublin won in the All Ireland Final in September. We all dressed in blue and made headbands and flags for their arrival. …

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6 Nov · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Book Character Dress Up day!

To celebrate the end of our book fair, and our mid term break, the children are invited to dress up and come into school as any character from any book. We had some excellent costumes this year! We had a Mr. Twit, with all the food stuck in his beard, we had Dr.Jekyll and Mr. …

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27 Oct · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Assembly

On Friday. October 27th, our school gathered together in the hall for our very first assembly. Junior Infants sang us a song they have been learning called ‘Five Little Pumpkins’ and First Class sang ‘Winnie the Witch’. It was great to gather together and to see our whole school in the one place. The children …

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13 Oct · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Student Council

On Thursday, October 10th, our very first elected student council met. We would like to offer our huge congratulations to the two children, one boy and one girl, from each class who were elected by their peers to represent them. Student council elections took place in all classes from first to fourth throughout the week. …

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5 Sep · Muireann Carr · No Comments

A virtual photo tour of our new school

We are delighted to be able to showcase our beautiful, newly refurbished, spacious, clean and bright classrooms that will be the home of many happy experiences and memories over the next school year. You will be able to see your child’s classroom during the parents  meeting at the end of this month. Until then, here …

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8 Jun · Ciara O' Brien · No Comments

Sports Day 2017

We were very lucky to have a lovely sunny day for our Sports Day, on Friday the 2nd of June. The children had a super fun and action packed day. We split the classes into different teams for the stations activities which included an obstacle course, races, a football shootout and parachute games.    Mr. …

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19 May · Muireann Carr · No Comments

New Science Equipment

Look at some of our new science equipment! Thanks to the hard work and fund raising by the PTA this year we have been able to order over €600 worth of new science equipment for our school! Second Class have already been exploring and experimenting with our fantastic new electronics equipment. Thank you to all …

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17 May · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Thank you for our ipads!

All the children and teachers in Ballinteer ETNS would like to thank the PTA for all  their fundraising work on our behalf! We recently received 15 new ipads, giving us a total of 27 ipads all together. The children have been using the ipads to work on their literacy and numeracy in a fun, interactive …

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28 Apr · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Peace Run 2017

We were delighted to welcome the Peace Run Team to our school today. This year the Peace Run is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Galway has been chosen for the European opening ceremony as the most Western point in Europe. The runners from many countries will be represented. The President of Ireland has been invited to welcome the runners. We now …

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28 Apr · Muireann Carr · No Comments

We are social activists!

We here at Ballinteer ETNS were not happy to hear about the unfair treatment of the girls soccer team by the FAI. It made us angry and cross, so we put our heads together, and every child in our school wrote a letter to the head of the FAI. We like to think our collective …

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27 Mar · Ciara O' Brien · No Comments

Playworks

Each term we change the Playworks games on the yard. This month we have Duck, Duck, Goose, Basketball, Cookie Monster, Chalk and Crazy Races. The children are really enjoying these games and the older children are working so hard as coaches.

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2 Mar · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Paired Reading for World Book Day

On Thursday March 2nd, we celebrated World Book Day! We paired up the classes and our older students travelled through the school to the younger classes. They brought exciting books along with them, nestled in beside their new partners, and the two school mates read to each other. Everybody seemed to really enjoy the experience …

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2 Feb · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Social Responsibility Challenge

This month, as part of our Ethical Education, the children are working really hard to be more aware of their personal environment and how they can help out at home. Our mantra for this month is “Can I help you?”. The children are completing their own social responsibility challenge at home by trying to go above …

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17 Jan · Ciara O' Brien · No Comments

Visit from Dogs Trust

This month, we were very lucky to have a visit from Fiona and Ollie from Dogs Trust. Fiona helped us to think about all the things that dogs need to be happy and we talked about how looking after dogs can be hard work. Fiona explained to us that we must always ask a dog’s …

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2 Dec · Muireann Carr · No Comments

UCD Sports Day

On Thursday December 1st, Senior Infants to Third Class headed off on the bus to UCD Sports Centre for a day of fun activities. We had so much fun!

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2 Dec · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Winter Show at The Mill Theatre

On Tuesday November 29th, our star performers made their way to the Mill Theatre for their theatrical debut! Our theme this year was Fairytales and we had lots of excellent shows! Junior Infants dazzled us with their version of Goldilocks! We are so proud of how well they did, after only attending school for two …

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17 Nov · Ciara O' Brien · No Comments

Playworks is back!

We have started up Playworks again on the yard and it is already a big hit. Playworks is a programme which involves organising games on the yard for the children to play. Our 2nd and 3rd class students have been trained as coaches and they take it in turns to come out to the junior …

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11 Nov · Muireann Carr · No Comments

We’re moving premises!

Ballinteer Educate Together National School is being  temporarily relocated to a new site for the upcoming two school years.  During this time, our new school building can be built at our current location. The campus in Notre Dame has many benefits to our children: The classrooms are 1.5 to 2 times the size of our …

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11 Nov · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Kelvin the Recycling Magician

We were so excited today when Kelvin the magician came to visit us to talk to us about recycling. He taught us his ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ rap. He did so many funny things and taught us words like ‘landfill’ and ‘recycle’. We would like to thank Kelvin and Kando Arts for all the fun and …

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28 Oct · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Colourful Costumes in Ballinteer ETNS!

To finish of Book Week in style, the children (and some teachers) dressed up as their favourite character. Have a look at our video to see some of the wonderful and wacky outfits! https://youtu.be/3xKKBM9qvU8

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24 Oct · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Ballinteer Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair has finally arrived and we are all very excited to look at all the interesting books. Each class group will visit the Book Fair during the week. We can enjoy browsing, reading and we can even buy some of our favourite books! Our Book Fair will be open to parents from 8.00 …

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12 Oct · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Television Debut

    Our Senior Infants have been discovered and are all set to take the world of television by storm! Ashling, Tara’s mum, works with RTE Jr. She had an idea of doing a multi lingual piece, featuring children saying ‘Get Giggly’ in many different languages. Lots of our children took part in the recording …

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1 Sep · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Our First Day at School!

Our Junior Infants had a fantastic first day filled with games, songs and rhymes. We were so delighted to welcome each and every beaming face into our school community and we can’t wait to get to know them well throughout their stay here!

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31 Aug · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Welcome Back

We were delighted to welcome back all of your students today! It was great to see everybody smiling and looking happy with rested faces after the long Summer break! We would like to say an extra special welcome to all of our Junior Infants who had an excellent day today and we are so happy …

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24 Jun · Ciara O' Brien · No Comments

Sports Day

Our Sports Day took place on Friday the 24th of June. We didn’t let the rain stop us and it was a fun and active day from start to finish! We had a visit from Chuggy the Bouncy Castle Obstacle Course and it was a firm favourite with all the children.   The children also …

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8 Jun · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Family Fun Day

On Saturday June 11th, we are proud to be hosting our very own family fun day! The fun will start at 11am, and everyone from the school community is welcome to attend. The PTA have been busy organising cake sales, a barbecue, bric-a-brac stalls, face painting and various other fun activities for the whole family …

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17 May · Ciara O' Brien · No Comments

School Tour

Last week, First and Second class went on an action packed trip to UCD Sports Centre. The trip was full of fun and excitement from start to finish. Upon arrival at the sports centre, the children were divided into four groups and introduced to the instructors for the different activities that had been planned. The …

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15 May · Muireann Carr · No Comments

A Meeting with Catherine Martin, TD

On Friday May 13th, Marie, along with three dedicated members of our PTA, Amanda, Darina and Sinéad, went to the Dáil in order to meet our local TD, Catherine Martin. Catherine is very much on board and supportive of our school.  They had a positive and constructive discussion with her regarding our school and she …

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11 May · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Infants on tour!

Junior Infants and Senior Infants went on their school tour on Tuesday to UCD Sports Camp. The excitement started when the children saw the two giant coaches – one was even a double decker! When we got to UCD, they had a fantastic time doing various activities including; soccer, trampolining, dodgeball, archery, climbing, unihoc, ultimate frisbee …

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10 May · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Playworks in the Playground

We have implemented the Playworks’ Program in our yard this term. Playworks provides structure to the playground and yard time. Children from the older classes act as ‘coaches’ in a wide variety of games. This encourages inclusion, participation, social interaction and also allows the children an opportunity to develop their independent problem solving skills. The …

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15 Apr · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Music in Ballinteer!

This week the children started learning how to play the violin with Justyna. Every child in the school was learning the rest position and the play position this week. It was really enjoyable! We are extremely thankful to all our sponsors who helped us purchase the violins. We are the musicians of the future!

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11 Apr · Marie Gordon · No Comments

Violin Measuring!

Justyna and Órla measured up the children in preparation for our violin lessons starting on Thursday, 14th April 2016.  We are delighted that every child in the school will experience eight violin lessons from now to the end of the term.

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2 Mar · Muireann Carr · No Comments

A massive thank you to our parents!!

The kindness and dedication of our ever-supportive parental body has hit again! Our school now has a brand new pathway leading from Wyckham Way to the school! The children, and the parents and buggies who accompany them, can now travel safely and efficiently to the school buidling. The new path from Wyckham Way into the school …

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23 Feb · Muireann Carr · No Comments

African Drumming

We were so lucky today when Paul from Afro – Eire came in to visit us and teach us all about African Drumming! We got to play on the Djembe and the Ishaka (maraca). An Ishaka is made from a hollow fruit! Thank you Paul!     

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23 Feb · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Newsletter January/February 2016

Our latest newsletter is now available for download! January February Newsletter 2016 Ballinteer Educate Together 

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7 Feb · Muireann Carr · No Comments

It’s Election Time! Let’s get our candidates to #BuildBallinteerETNS

It’s election time. With candidates knocking at our doors it poses a great opportunity for us to highlight our school as an election issue. Our school community has been working tirelessly to get our new school building, and it would be great to have the support of our local candidates. Marie and the PTA have drafted …

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28 Jan · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Newsletter December 2015

Our first term back in school was a great success, and we are all very excited about the rest of the year. Find out what we were up throughout November and December. Our latest one is now available for download! November December 2015 Newsletter Ballinteer Educate Together  

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10 Dec · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Coins and Colours Day for Syria

We have been learning all about the refugee crisis in Syria. Let us show you what we have learned. We are wearing our coloured clothes and bringing in coins to help where we can.

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2 Dec · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Anti Bullying Fortnight

For the past few weeks, all of our classes have been focusing on anti bullying. We have role played situations in our classrooms where we are kind to each other and ask each other to play. Our First and Second Classes were talking about how we can stand up to bullies and tell them to STOP. …

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13 Nov · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Newsletter September/October 2015

We have been really busy in our first term back at school and our newsletter is now available to download. You can read all about the things that are going on in our school! SepOctNewsletter2015

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16 Oct · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Our New Playground

We are delighted to be able to show your our new play area! Our PTA have been working tirelessly to provide our children with a beautiful new playground. The space is now filled with colourful, child friendly ground markings, and a lovely calm quiet area. We have an alphabet snake, a target board, a long …

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25 Sep · Muireann Carr · No Comments

A Visit from the Irish Army

We were really lucky this week to have been visited by two soldiers from the Irish Army! They presented us with an Irish Flag and the 1916 Proclamation. Lieutenant Deirdre told us all about the flag and what it is like to be in the army. They asked us would we raise our new flag …

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2 Sep · Muireann Carr · No Comments

May and June Newsletter 2015

Summer’s here and even though the weather has been unpredictable, May has been a jam-packed month of interesting and stimulating events and activities for the children, and June promises to be the same. May/June Newsletter Download   Places in our classes have been offered, and we are now full with a substantial waiting list still active …

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