BUNSCOIL BÉAL AN ÁTHA
BALLINA PRIMARY SCHOOL
Ballina, Killaloe, Co. Clare. (061)376340
The following is a link to the 6th class graduation which will be taking place online this evening at 7pm. To access this event you must firstly download the Microsoft Teams App to your laptop or digital device. Once this is downloaded click on the following link
You DO NOT need to create an account simply join as a guest. You may be asked to give your name when joining. A cover screen will be displayed 10 minutes before the meeting begins. The graduation should take approximately 45 minutes.
11th May 2020
Dear Parents and Pupils,
We are going to begin a new project for anyone who is interested, which is to learn some Lámh sign language and Irish Sign Language. Lámh is a simplified version of Irish Sign Language and is derived from Irish Sign Language.
Irish Sign Language is now recognised as an official language in Ireland and is more complex than Lámh. I will be speaking in English and the signs will be matched to the English words.
Learning sign language will allow us as a whole school community to be able to include all children in reaching their potential with regards to communicating.
This is open to anyone who would like to get involved: pupils, parents, grandparents, guardians, siblings, and the whole school staff. Hopefully when everyone returns to school you will have a bank of signs that will allow you to help the children most in need. It will also help develop friendships further and give you an extra skill of communicating with people who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have additional needs in the wider world.
Stay tuned for our first little sign language video. They can be found on the Ballina Primary School website at www.ballinaprimaryschool.com under the tab named “Lámh Lessons”. These videos were created initially for the staff and pupils of Le Chéile NS, Limerick and so may make reference to teachers from that school from time to time but the lessons are applicable to all schools.
Please start on Week 1, Lesson 1 and continue on from there each day.
Included under the tab “Lámh Lessons” is some background on Lámh sign language, some links and websites to get your interest going and guide you along the way too.
In the meantime, mind yourselves, cherish those whom you love and stay safe.
Niamh O’ Sullivan Costa Pinto (Aidan Costa Pinto’s mother)
Dear Parents and Pupils of Rang 4, 5 and 6,
On Tuesday morning we will begin to use Microsoft Teams to improve the provision of distance learning in the senior end of Ballina Primary School. The teachers completed online training over the last fortnight on Microsoft Teams and have been supported in this set-up and training by IT Systems, Killaloe.
Thank you for your continued support and feedback.
Príomhoide Bernice, Múinteoir Deirdre, Múinteoir Michael, Múinteoir David, Múinteoir Claire, Múinteoir Ciara O’ S and Múinteoir Cathal.
For further help and guidance to Teams setup please use the links below:
29th April 2020
I hope this letter finds you all well and safe. Thank you to everyone who responded to the recent Distance Learning Survey. The results and feedback have been shared with all the teachers. We found the feedback extremely valuable to inform future planning of how best to support our pupils during this unprecedented school closure while being cognisant of the needs and demands on families as many parents continue to work from home. We were glad that the vast majority of parents were happy with the amount of work given each week. We recognise that parents continue to want a balance between online and pencil-and-paper work. We know that there remain issues with connectivity, access to online resources, collection of books, and other issues raised and we will continue to try to devise the best strategy in planning going forward that suits the majority of pupils and their families. We would love to allow for collection of books; however, we have been advised by the Patron’s Office that this is not permitted at this time. Should circumstances change, we will review this.
I have met with all the teachers this week online. The following changes were agreed and will be implemented from this May bank holiday weekend.
In the next few days, you will receive a text message containing your registration link. There will be one link per parent which will allow the parent to access information for all their children in the school from one user account. Please do not forward this text or share this link as this is a unique registration code for each parent for your child/children in this school. During registration you will choose a password that will be used in conjunction with your email address to securely access the Aladdin Connect going forward. Once you are registered you will be sent an email with links to download the Aladdin Connect App for your mobile device. The main advantage of using the App is to receive immediate alerts for app messages sent by your school. Downloading the App is highly recommended to enhance both the parent and school's Connect experience.
Aladdin Connect is a fantastic way to enhance a school's communication with parents. It enables parents to stay connected and informed about their child's education by:
Finally, do not forget that our Active Schools Committee has asked us all to take part in the “Active at Home Week” this week to help us achieve our Active School Flag. There are plenty of ideas and activities under the Active School section of our school website and clips of some teachers taking on the challenge to become more active. You can use the link http://www.ballinaprimaryschool.com/active-school-week-2019-2020 to view them. If any parents wish to send pictures, video clips or emails of our active pupils please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We congratulate all the pupils for their efforts to complete their work at home during this closure. We sincerely thank the parents for encouraging the children to continue some study at home at this time. Having spoken to many parents over the last fortnight, we understand great learning is taking place other than the academic work set out. Families are enjoying quality time together and undertaking many different activities such as learning to cycle, enjoying some story books, learning new sports skills, baking, cooking, and gardening. We have enjoyed hearing about these new skills and look forward to more news from you all in the coming weeks. The well-being of school community is of paramount concern and importance to us all at this time.
Attached please find a letter received on Friday evening last (24th April 2020) from Archbishop Kieran O' Reilly regarding preparation for Communion and Confirmation . Fr. Tom Lanigan- Ryan has asked me to share it with you all.
The staff of Ballina Primary School were very disappointed that the Confirmation had to be postponed on Friday. However, please be assured that the hymns, prayers, and mass booklet had all been finalised in conjunction with the staff of Boher National School before this unexpected school closure. We will be ready to assist the families and the parish to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation when a new date has been rescheduled.
The same is true of the First Holy Communion and we look forward to celebrating this special day in the parish also.
Letter from Archbishop Kieran O' Reilly
Our school were hoping to receive the Active School Flag this year, but this has been put on hold. However, we can still participate by doing the National ‘Active At Home Week’ organised by the Active Flag Committee. The idea is that everyone is challenged to find at least 4 different ways of being active everyday making sure that this adds up to 60minutes or more. Ideas for being active: Garden obstacle course, balloon volleyball, penalty shoot out, running races, egg and spoon races, family 3 legged races, wheelbarrow races, 10 minutes Go noodle/Just Dance for kids, any dancing you like, marching, hopping, skipping, etc.
Here is an information sheet for parents 2._info._document_for_parents__schools_working_towards_asf_.pdf
and a page with other ideas for being active 3._ideas_word_cloud.pdf
In order to submit this Active at Home week into our Active School Flag application, we need to provide proof of completing activities, so please fill out this Challenge card 5._challenge_chart__schools_working_towards_asf__fillable_pdf.pdf (can be filled in directly into the document) and send completed chart along with pictures/videos via email to email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
Please see the following link for information on an interesting art competition for primary school children in county Clare. It may help pass a few hours!!
Clare Kids Art Competition.