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Scoil Bhionnáin Naofa, Baile Scadán

St Benignus NS, Balscadden

Go n-eirí linn!

Some of our pupils on the St Patrick's Walk to School 2018.

Botley, the coding robot in action in Senior Infants.

GAA coaching with Larissa from O'Dwyer's is in full swing in the senior classes and we finally have the weather to match!

The winning 6th class Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) team who successfully pitched their idea of a St Bearnignus teddy bear to the 'Dragons'. The bears will be for sale in the near future!

2nd Class celebrate World Book Day 2018

Book Day 2018 being celebrated in 4th Class. Nicky Maxwell (Dark Diaries), George (George's Marvellous Medicine), Little Bear (Goldilocks), Penny (Girl Online), Fern (Charlotte's Web), Frank (Heroes of Olympus), Matilda, Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Harry Potter and Hermione Granger).

Some pupils from 5th class demonstrate the gymnastic skills they have been learning this term.

Some of our pupils taking part in the 10@10  as part of Operation Transformation and our work on the Active Flag.

Some of our pupils show off one our our two new state of the art Activ Panels from Promethean! It replaces the old fashioned Interactive Whiteboards with Smart TV Android touch screen technology.

Thanks to Maria Sheil for her Little Music Makers workshops with the Junior Classes!

Bubble fun during the Little Music Makers workshops with Maria Sheil!

 

Some of the science team in 5th class who visited the Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS.

 

Thanks to Emer Ní Eafa for bringing in the Brendan Martin Cup on behalf of the victorious Dublin Ladies All-Ireland winning team 2017!

 

Thanks to Evan Comerford for bringing in the Sam Maguire on behalf of the victorious Dublin Men's All-Ireland winning team 2017!

 

Thanks to Scott Ziglinski AKA Mr Z for delivering some fantastic science workshops to round off Science Week for 3rd-6th classes. This was made possible through the Voluntary Contributions.

 

Thanks to Lee from Skip Hop for a fantastic day on St Benignus Day 2017.

Some of our 4th class pupils enjoying the skipping day!

 

Parents and pupils working together at an Ipad station in 2nd class during Maths Week 2017.

 

Thanks to Monica and Dessie from the local Order of Malta for all their work with 4th and 6th classes as part of the Adam's Gift programme. It was very informative for all the children who took part.

 

Thank you to everyone who wore their favourite jersey or top today in aid of the joinourboys.org

 

1st class on their tree walk to Ardgillan Park for National Tree Day 2017. This trip was made possible thanks to the Voluntary Contributions of parents.

 

Some of our pupils standing in front of the new fence installed around the perimeter of the school over the Summer. Thanks to the Balscadden Fundraising Group for their contribution towards the cost of the new fence, which was raised from the Tractor Run 2017.

 

New Flooring was installed in the wet areas of six classrooms over the Summer thanks to fundraising from our Christmas Fairs.

 

Congratulations to all the 6th class pupils who celebrated their End of Year ceremony and Prize giving on Friday, 23rd June.

 

4th Class made their annual trip to Trim Castle as part of their study of the Normans in History.

 

A nest of young birds have taken up residence in the school notice board.

 

Our School Garden is looking very well! Thanks to Ms Gaughan and all the pupils in 5th class for all their weeding, watering and hard work!

 

Congratulations to second class on their big day. They all had their photograph taken together.

 

Congratulations to 5th class who have now completed the Friends for Life programme. They concluded the programme with an ice-cream party! Thanks to Ms Falvey and Ms Meehan for all their work.

 

Thanks to Balbriggan Community College for inviting 5th class to their STEAM day. It was a very enjoyable and informative visit.

 

Congratulations to the Senior Boys Gaelic Football team who reached the final of the Fingal Schools League 2017. Well done lads, you did the school proud! Baile Scadán abú!

 

We had a visit from Skippy John from Skipping 4 Life on 25th April. It was a fun day made possible by the voluntary contributions of our parents.

 

4th Class took part in a Balbriggan RFC rugby blitz on 30th March 2017.

 

Seachtain na Gaeilge, Lá sa Halla le Rang a hAon! Bhí gach rang sa halla inniu ag canadh agus ag spraoi as Gaeilge. All the classes came to the hall for Irish Week to sing songs, act out dramas and have fun in irish!

 

Seachtain na Gaeilge, Lá sa Halla leis na Naíonáin Shinsearacha!

 

Seachtain na Gaeilge, Lá sa Halla le Rang a Cúig!

 

4th Class Book Reviews for World Book Day 2017

 

Second class celebrate World Book Day 2017

 

Thanks to Ms Maeve Kavanagh for the lovely work on the Kindness Tree for Anti-bullying/Friendship Week! Thanks also to all the children who have added their own leaves during the week.

 

Operation Transformation 10@10 as the whole school get active!

 

Junior Infants enjoying one of the Aistear stations with our new equipment.

 

Some of our junior infants have fun in the igloo!

 

The Sam Maguire cup visited the school with Dublin All-Ireland and All-Star footballer Ciarán Kilkenny.

 

BT Young Scientist 2017. Some of our 5th class pupils who presented their Science project at the Primary Science Fair in the RDS 2017.

 

Calendar 2017 being shot by school photographer Hugh Lynch. In the picture is the month of December photograph!

 

Some of our pupils after enjoying their visit inside the planetarium!

 

Big Bear Planetariums visit today 18/11/16. This visit was made possible by the Voluntary Contributions of our parents.

 

Halloween Fun on Dress Up for Dyslexia Day 2016!

 

Sister Phyllis and her able assistant monk on our Dress Up for Dyslexia Day 2016. Thanks for the generous donations which will go to the local Dyslexia workshop.

 

Thanks to all the parent volunteers who came in to help out with Maths Week!

 

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Our Junior Infants were busy making Rice Krispie buns with Ms McLoughlin and Ms Sheridan.

 

Some of our 6th class pupils displaying the ships they built as part of their study of the Great Famine.

 

Autumn Art from our pupils in 3rd Class.

Our infants enjoying their school tour to Ardgillan.

Our infants enjoying some ice-cream back at the school after their school tour to Ardgillan.

4th Class visited Trim Castle as part of their history project on the Normans.

Our Santry Athletics team during the parade before the finals in Morton Stadium.

Our knitting club are hard at work preparing the school colours for Parnell Park Football Finals 2016!

Junior and Senior Infants are doing Music Makers workshops each Tuesday for 4 weeks with Maria Sheil (started 13th January)

Our Junior Infants go blackberry picking. They then made jam from the blackberries and their own brown bread.

We received our Digital School of Distinction award.

 

Scoil Bhionnáin Naofa, Baile Scadán cares for the environment!

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Latest news...

  • Easter Holidays: The school will close on Friday, 23rd March at 12 noon for the Easter holidays. Children can wear their own clothes. The school will re-open on Monday, 9th April.

  • Seachtain na Gaeilge took place 12-16 March, 2018.

  • St Patrick's Day Walk to School: Walk to school and Car free day in Balscadden took place on Friday, 16th March.

  • Cyber-Bullying and Internet Safety: Thanks to Pat McKenna from Childwatch.ie for his work with 5th and 6th class and their parents on 21st March.

  • First Confessions took place on Tuesday, 13th March, 2018 at 11.30am.

  • Photography Day took place on Tuesday, 27th February, 2018. We hold a photography day every two years. Family photographs taken in all classes. No individual photographs in JI (already taken in September), 2nd (Communion) or 6th (Confirmation). Individual photos in SI, 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th. Proofs will be sent home to choose from. No obligation to purchase.

  • Friendship Week takes place 19th-23rd February.

  • Let's stop cyber-bullying: A letter was sent home with all senior class pupils (3rd-6th) regarding our approach to cyber-bullying and internet safety. We will be inviting in a specialist speaker on internet safety on Wednesday, 21st March. Please note change of date!

  • 10@10 took place on Friday, 9th February, 2018 as part of Operation Transformation and the renewal of our Active Flag.

  • Little Music Makers is up and running on Mondays for Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st class and 2nd Class with Maria Sheil for 4 weeks in the second term.

  • Flu Season: In order to prevent the spread of flu we are asking pupils to bring in a face cloth as a towel to dry their hands in a zip lock or toiletry bag. The bag can also include a small hand sanitiser and a small soap if desired.

  • Swimming Lessons are taking place during the second term for 3rd class. The lessons began on Tuesday, 9th January and will continue on Tuesdays for 6 weeks in Aura, Drogheda. A bus will be provided for transport. Fee is €40 per pupil. The cost is subsidised by the school. Payment can be sent to the class teacher.

  • School Photography Day takes place every two years. This year it takes place on Tuesday, 27th February, 2018.

  • Our Christmas Choir nights 2017 took place on Tuesday, 12th December and Wednesday, 13th December.

  • The Parents' Association hosted the annual Family Christmas Quiz on Friday, 1st December. Thanks to all the parents who helped out on the night.

  • The Book Fair sold €1753, which earns €1051 worth of books for the class libraries! Thanks to everyone who volunteered over the two days and to all who supported the Book Fair.

  • Sacraments: Confirmation will take place on Wednesday, 18th April, 2018 at 12 noon in Ss Peter and Pauls Church, Balbriggan. First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday, 28th April, 2018 at 12 noon in Balscadden Church.

  • Our annual Book Fair took place on Wednesday, 29th November and Thursday, 30th November. Thanks to parents who volunteered on the two days.

  • Congratulations to the our pupils Finnan, Dylan and Max Wherity on their great achievements in the Mini Moto competitions. Best of luck in your last race of the Winter Championship!

  • Parent-Teacher Meetings 2017 took place on Wednesday, 15th November and Thursday, 16th November.

  • Science Week 2017 took place from 13th-17th November.

  • St Benignus Day 2017 was celebrated on Friday, 17th November. We had Lee from Skip Hop for the day thanks to the voluntary contributions of parents.

  • Traffic Consultation: The Board of Management are looking into ways of improving the traffic and parking situation at the school. Submissions were accepted from local residents and parents in writing. Thank you to all those who took the time to submit their proposals.

  • Jersey Day 2017 took place on Friday, 13th October. We raised raised €417. Proceeds go towards the Join Our Boys, Duchenne Research Foundation. www.joinourboys.org

  • Tree Day 2017 was celebrated in the school on Thursday, 5th October. First Class visited Ardgillan Park for a tree walk.

  • Our annual Meet and Greet 2017 for parents took place on Monday, 18th September 2.40-3.40.

  • Anti-Bullying Week 2017 took place 25th-29th September.

  • Maths Week 2017 took place from 16th-20th October. Thanks to all the parent voliunteers.

  • Book Lists 2017/18: Click here to download a copy of your child's booklist. Please scroll down the document to find your required Book List.

  • Tractor Run 2017: The annual Balscadden Tractor Run took place on Sunday, 28th May, 2017. Thanks to everyone who helped out, baked, or volunteered in any way. Thanks also to all the children who took part in the Junior Tractor and Trike Run.

  • Seachtain na Gaeilge: Bhí Seachtain na Gaeilge ar siúl i mBaile Scadán ó 13-17 Márta 2017.

  • Click on this link to view the first class blog 1st Class Blog

  • Irish Dancing takes place for all classes during the school day every Tuesday during September, October and November.

  • GAA coaching takes place with Larissa from O'Dwyer's on Wednesdays.

  • Eureka Maths makes maths fun! CLICK HERE for some maths activities you can do at home.

  • Check out our Policy Page for updates on all our school policies.

  • See below for our latest list of recommended apps!

  • School Improvement Plan: Find out what new initiative we are working on this year.

Top IPad Apps in St Benignus

  • NEW:Dexteria (Fine Motor Skills): All ages

  • NEW:Build a Word (Literacy): 1st-6th

  • NEW:K-12 Timed Reading (Literacy): SI-4th

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  • ABC Lite (Phonics)

  • Cúla Caint (Gaeilge)

  • Digital Abacus (Numeracy)

  • DK The Human Body (SPHE)

  • Eye Paint Animals (Visual Art)

  • Fry Words (Phonics)

  • National Geographic: Wild Animals (SESE)

  • History Maps (SESE)

  • How To Make Origami (Visual Art)

  • Junior Astronaut (SESE)

  • Kids' Own App (Literacy)

  • King of Math (Maths)

  • Math Magic (Maths)

  • Phonic Genius (Phonics)

  • Piano Dust Buster (Music)

  • Pop Math Maths (Maths)

  • Utalk Irish (Gaeilge)

  • GarageBand (Music)

  • Rory's Story Cubes (Literacy)

  • Chicktionary (Literacy)

  • Brainpop (Literacy)

  • Math Bingo (Numeracy)

  • AL Abacus (Learning Support)

  • Word Bingo (Learning Support)