Scoil Bhailenóra is a co-educational primary school catering for just under 300 pupils, situated in picturesque Ballinora. The school has served the wider community of Ballinora/Waterfall for over 160 years. Scoil Bhailenóra aims to provide a happy and productive learning environment, enabling all pupils to realise their full potential. The school currently accommodates ten single-stream classes and one mixed-stream group. In addition to eleven mainstream class teachers, the learning support/resource teaching dept. accommodates four permanent teachers, two shared staff and three special needs assistants. Scoil Bhailenóra is a dynamic, progressive school, providing a huge range of learning opportunities for pupils across the various curricular areas and in pursuits such as:

  • Gaelic Games  (Football, Hurling, Camogie)
  • Athletics (incl Cross-Country)
  • Chess
  • Ceol  (incl. School Band)
  • Green Schools
  • Robotixs
  • Health Promoting Schools

Additionally, a wide range of after-school classes take place throughout the year in areas such as:

  • Fiddle
  • Classical Violin
  • Guitar
  • Bodhrán
  • Tin-Whistle
  • Speech & Drama
  • French
  • German
  • Dress-Making

In 2016, the school will see a state-of-the-art extension open, comprised of four new classrooms and three LSRT rooms, Additionally, a host of improvements to the existing building will ensure that the campus is well equipped to offer modern educational facilities for many years to come.

Enrolment: Parents wishing to enrol children are asked to complete an application form, available on request or from the school website. Please note that an application does not guarantee a place.

Management & Patronage: The school is managed by a Board of Management and operates under the patronage of the Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross. While the ethos of the school is Catholic, children of all faiths and of none are welcomed and all are treated equally.

The Board of Management is made up of eight members drawn from the various strands of the school community. In common with all schools nationally, the new Board of Management will begin its four-year term in December 2015 – Pat Kinsella, Fr Declan Mansfield, Gillian O Halloran, Eileen Sheehy, Gina Cullen, Michael Twohig, Orla Mayer and Micheal O Draighneain.

A Parents’ Association actively supports the work of the school and participates in numerous endeavours designed to enhance the educational experience of pupils. The current executive of the PA includes: Mrs. Paula Twohig (Chair), Mrs. Catherine Twohig (Sec), Mrs. Niamh O’ Flynn (Treasurer) and Mrs. Catherine Keohane (PRO)

The primary language of instruction in Scoil Bhailenóra is English. However, the school actively promotes and encourages the use of Gaeilge/Irish. Tugann an scoil stádas ar leith dár teanga fhéin agus más mian leat Gaeilge a labhairt linn, beidh fáilte romhat! The school website (www.ballinorans.ie) features ongoing news, class blogs and further information regarding the school. Additionally, a twitter feed also keeps followers up-to-date on many school happenings.

Contact Us at:

Address: Scoil Bhailenóra, Waterfall,  Cork T12 D500

Tel: 021-4871664 Web: www.ballinorans.ie; E-Mail: eolas@ballinorans.ie ; Twitter: @SBNORA

Office Manager: Ursula Hewitt (oifig@ballinorans.ie)

Priomhoide: Mícheál Ó Draighneáin

Priomhoide Tánaisteac: Breda Coleman

Jan 21,  2017 – SCÉALTA Ó SCOIL BHAILENÓRA  (www.ballinorans.ie & @SBNORA on Twitter): Scientific endeavours dominated the agenda this week with no less than three classes heading to outside destinations in the name of science! Rang a cúig set course for CIT where they pitted their wits and their work against a number of other schools at the Vex Robotics challenge. This initiative aims to encourage pupil involvement in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) and has proved very popular in this its third year of exposure in our school.

Fourth classes also ventured off-campus, with a trip to the Primary Science Fair in Limerick, where Ms. Mc Carthy’s class exhibited a most impressive project focussing on the impact of exercise on the heart. We congratulate all on their efforts. Nár laga Dia sibh!

Preparations are well underway for the Credit Union Quiz which draws teams from a number of local schools. Scoil Bhailenóra pupils always look forward to this fun event every year.  Go n-eirí leo.

Chess is now well established in our school and our Annual Craobh Fichille championship begins shortly. An added incentive will see our winning pupils represent the school at the Primary School Chess Leagues. Bígí ag faire! Tuilleadh le teacht sar i bhfad. Slán tamall!

SCÉALTA Ó SCOIL BHAILENÓRA  (www.ballinorans.ie & @SBNORA on Twitter)

After a few false starts in the preceeding weeks, our trials to select teams to represent the school at the forthcoming Primary Sports finally took place. Thirty six boys and girls are already looking forward to their day at CIT in early June. Ní fada uainn é.

Craobh Fichille na scoile is now at the semi-final stage and we have seen some marvellous chess played to date. Beimíd uilig le súl leis an Chluiche Cheannais roimh briseadh na Cásca.

Staying with sport, a boys’ team and a girls’ team contested the FAI 5- aside soccer blitz at Blarney this past week, with our boys unlucky to be eliminated on goal difference.

Sciath na Scol team enjoyed better luck with a win over Shanbally NS and look forward to two tough encounters to come.

Nutrition, exercise and the control of screen time were on the agenda at an excellent information seminar organised by our PA last week. Míle buíochas le Trish agus leis na h-oifigigh a d’eagraigh.

    Ar deireadh, sincere thanks to all who supported our clothing collection. All proceeds help to reduce our school debt. Those who wish to drop clothes/paired shoes/bed linen etc. before our final collection in June are most welcome to do so.

Tuilleadh le teacht sar i bhfad. Slán tamall.

SCÉALTA Ó SCOIL BHAILENÓRA  (www.ballinorans.ie & @SBNORA on Twitter)

After a few false starts in the preceeding weeks, our trials to select teams to represent the school at the forthcoming Primary Sports finally took place. Thirty six boys and girls are already looking forward to their day at CIT in early June. Ní fada uainn é.

Craobh Fichille na scoile is now at the semi-final stage and we have seen some marvellous chess played to date. Beimíd uilig le súl leis an Chluiche Cheannais roimh briseadh na Cásca.

Staying with sport, a boys’ team and a girls’ team contested the FAI 5- aside soccer blitz at Blarney this past week, with our boys unlucky to be eliminated on goal difference.

Sciath na Scol team enjoyed better luck with a win over Shanbally NS and look forward to two tough encounters to come.

Nutrition, exercise and the control of screen time were on the agenda at an excellent information seminar organised by our PA last week. Míle buíochas le Trish agus leis na h-oifigigh a d’eagraigh.

    Ar deireadh, sincere thanks to all who supported our clothing collection. All proceeds help to reduce our school debt. Those who wish to drop clothes/paired shoes/bed linen etc. before our final collection in June are most welcome to do so.

Tuilleadh le teacht sar i bhfad. Slán tamall.

SCÉALTA Ó SCOIL BHAILENÓRA  (www.ballinorans.ie & @SBNORA on Twitter

Our past-pupil, Alan Bennett took time out from helping Cork City be the best team in the land, to raise our recently awarded Green Schools Flag. Speaking to the assembled classes, Alan commended all on our efforts to live our daily lives in a manner which doesn’t damage the planet and remarked that just like Cork City FC, our success on the national stage in winning the Irish Carpooling School Award was a result of the tremendous team ethic in the school. Go maire sé i bhfad.

Our incoming Junior Infants and their parents popped in on Friday last to check out their new surroundings, in advance of their September start date. Ms. Hourihan welcomed twenty-eight wonderful children while their parents enjoyed a cupán tae next door. Fáilte go Scoil Bhailenóra,  a dhaoine uaisle!

The recent (mostly!) fine weather allowed our cycle safety classes and our hurling/camogie skills sessions to go ahead uninterrupted, while our athletics squads put the finishing touches to their preparations for the Cork Primary School Sports.

Finally, while all expect Daidí na Nollag to leave gifts for us at Christmas time, the arrival of two magnificent floral displays at the front of the school surpised and delighted everyone. The locality is in blooming beautifully! Ár mbuíochas libh uilig

Le cúnamh Dé, déanfaidh dícheall gaisce!

Ballinora NS Clothes Collection We would be delighted to accept any of the items below until the end of June. Perhaps you might also consider mentioning the collection to neighbours, family members and friends? All proceeds used to reduce our school debt. Items Accepted: · Clothing · Footwear (pairs only please, tied together in a bag ) · Household textiles · Tea-towels · Cushion covers · Curtains · Bedlinen, (except duvets or pillows) · Handbags! Míle buíochas as ucht do thacaíocht.

Slán go fóill!

SCÉALTA Ó SCOIL BHAILENÓRA  (www.ballinorans.ie & @SBNORA on Twitter

A raffle will be held in the school in the coming weeks in aid of the Karen Fenton Ovarian Cancer Fund. A number of hampers containing all manner of games/toys/treats for children but also including “goodies” for the adults will be given as prizes. Those wishing to support this very worthy cause  can purchase tickets from the school. Further information available from www.ifundraise.ie/karenfenton or on facebook (karenfentonovariancancerfund)

Our Parents’ Assoc. will hold a “Book Swap” fundraiser in the Scout Den on Monday with all proceeds used to purchase PE equipment.

Our Sports Day survived a dodgy weather forecast on Monday last and saw all classes derive great enjoyment from the activity stations dotted around the playing pitch. Infant classes must surely have slept well on Tuesday night, having spent another day enjoying their own particular outdoor activities.

Ranganna 3 agus 4 enjoyed a marvellous school tour at the West Cork Secret activity centre  in Kilbrittain on Wednesday last. Thug rang a sé agaidh ar Ros Cairbre. Ní fada uainn an samhradh agus turasanna cois farraige!

A team of chess players represented the school at the Primary Chess Blitz in Greenmount while ranganna a dó, trí agus a ceathair enjoyed a cricket session before accepting some wonderful new equipment from Cricket Ireland and the Cork Sports Partnership.

Many thanks to all who have dropped used/unwanted clothing etc. to the school in aid for our “Cash For Clobber” collection. Nár laga Dia sibh!

Slán go fóill

 

BALLINORA NS CLOTHES COLLECTION We would be delighted to accept any of the items below until the end of June. Perhaps you might also consider mentioning the collection to neighbours, family members and friends? All proceeds used to reduce our school debt. Items Accepted:

  • Clothing
  • Footwear (pairs only please, tied together in a bag · Household textiles
  • Tea-towels
  • Cushion covers
  • Curtains
  • Bedlinen, (except duvets or pillows)
  • Handbags!

Míle buíochas as ucht do thacaíocht.

Slán go fóill!

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