Welcome to Ballyfinnane National School

Scoil Naomh Carthach

As part of our current Green School's theme-Travel, we are encouraging all families to 'Walk on Wednesdays' (WOW) to school. This morning a pilot walk was organised by a number of parents starting from 'The Shanty'. The majority of all the families in our school walked which was fantastic! We were so heartened to see all the high vis vests coming into the school yard at 8.50am with some red faces and some very excited children (and parents!). 

In light of the current refugee crisis, we will have a collection in the school over the next few days. The items collected will be sent to the affected countries. Items which are suitable for donations include:

  • winter clothes/socks
  • hats/scarves/socks
  • strong black bags
  • blankets
  • tents or tarpaulin
  • toiletries
  • canvas shoes
  • candles (taper or tealight)
  • tinned food-beans/tomatoes/veg (NOT meat/fish products)
  • rice/couscous

If these are items that you could donate, please drop same to the school on or before Wednesday 16th September. They will be delivered to the main collection point in Tralee on Wednesday. If you have any queries, please contact Beth Quirke.

Congratulations to our 4th class pupil who came 2nd in the Credit Union Art Competition. The prize giving ceremony took place in the Castlemaine Community Centre last Friday night, 14th November. The theme of this year's competition was 'Artfest'. 

On Thursday November 13th, children in the senior room travelled to Tralee IT as part of Science week 2014. We watched the 'Air-mazing Rocket show' demonstrated by a Scientist called 'Scientific Sue'. The show was a fantastic experience and as you will see from the photos, the pupils got to participate in lots of the fun experiments demonstrated. Sue taught us lots about Forces, launching a rocket at various distances, gases in the environment, Friction and lots more! A special thank you to Helena Lyne who facilitated our trip to the IT.

Pupils celebrated Halloween a little early in Ballyfinane last Friday. We had some really scary costumes and it was great to see 'home-made' costumes are still very much in fashion! Mr. O' Sullivan, our Learning Support teacher, decided to make pizzas with the children as an end of term treat. Thank you Mr. O' Sullivan for all your help.