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Scoil Bhionnáin Naofa, Baile Scadán

St Benignus NS, Balscadden

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Our infants enjoying their school tour to Ardgillan.

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

Our team of Credit Union tellers received vouchers from Progressive Credit Union for all their hard work this year!

School Tours 2016

Class Tour
JI/SI Ardgillan Park 22nd June
1st Class Causey Farm 29th June
2nd Class Fort Lucan 24th June
3rd Class Fingal Sailing & Malahide Castle 17th June
4th Class Fingal Sailing & Malahide Castle 17th June
5th Class National Sports Campus/NAC 21st June
6th Class Crystal Maze 23rd May

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.

Buster the rabbit visits 5th class!

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

Our Senior Infants enjoying the new Jaggo blocks. Thanks to the Parents' Association and our voluntary contributions for making this purchase possible.

Super savers! Congratulations to our school Credit Union savers who won an Easter egg in the raffle. Thanks to Progressive Credit Union, Balbriggan for sponsoring the Easter Eggs!

Our Junior Infant class published their Proclamation for a New Generation! The future is in good hands!

School Photography Day took place  on 1st March. It included a whole school photograph for our 1916 project.

Great excitement in the school with a visit from the National Reptile Zoo to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the school building. This event was made possible through the voluntary contributions of parents. Well done to all the pupils who made such excellent reptile projects!

Good Golly Miss Molly #bravefighter. Susan Mullen from the Balscadden Parents' Association presents a cheque to the Molly McNally Miracle Trust from the proceeds of the sale of our personalised Christmas cards.

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O'Sullivan took a special interest in our Science Fair project 2016.Well done to our pupils who answered her questions so confidently! She was very impressed with the project!

Some of our 5th class pupils displaying their Science Fair project 2016. The class travelled to Limerick to present this year's project!

Some of our Operation Transformation runners before their 3km run in Swords on Saturday, 9th January. Well done to pupils, parents and teachers who took part.

Well done to all the 5th class boys and girls (and their families) for all their hard work on their bridges. They're exceptional! Ms Falvey is very proud of them all.

Billy Bubbles entertaining the children during St Benignus Day thanks to the Parents' Association.

Second Class made musical instruments during Science Week 2015.

The Roots of Empathy programme is in full swing in 6th class. Thanks to Baby Jasper for making his first visit!

Our Senior Infants enjoy some yoga with Aisling Halfpenny and Shauna Molloy.

Thanks to special guests Aidan Ryan and Douglas Simpson for officially opening our new school porch. Thanks also to the Parents' Association and the Balscadden Tractor Run Committee for attending our event.

Thanks to all the parents who helped out on Maths Week 2015.

Some of our Junior Infants helped Christy to plant a native Hazel tree to mark Tree Day 2015.

Our new school porch built by Aidan Ryan & Co. Thank you for a job well done! Aidan built the porch at cost price to the school as a goodwill gesture towards the school.

Some of our Senior Infants enjoying GOAL Jersey Day 2015. All proceeds will go to GOAL's work in Syria. Thanks to everyone who supported this important cause.

Some quotes from Damian in 5th class about friendship to set the tone for Anti-Bullying Week 2015.

Some pupils from Junior Infants working hard at their station.

Some pupils from 5th and 6th class receive a copy of the 1916 Proclamation and the Irish Flag following a special delivery and presentation by Lt McMahon and Sgt Moloney of the Irish Armed Forces.

Our Junior Infant Buddies from 6th class are helping our new pupils settle into school. Our new porch is in the background. Thanks to Aidan Ryan & Co. for their generosity and professionalism.

The Parents' Association set up an ice cream stall to celebrate our recent successes in football and athletics!

One of the boys' relay teams who competed in Morton Stadium in Santry.

One of the girls' relay teams who ran in Morton Stadium Santry in the schools finals.

The School Choir on their theatre trip to see Calamity Jane.

The Girls' Gaelic Football 2015 team who played in Parnell Park. Well done girls!

6th Class enjoy Baby Seán's May visit as part of the Roots of Empathy programme.

Some pupils from 4th class during their visit to the Norman Castle in Trim, Co. Meath.

Our Biodiversity Action Day took place on 20th March. Well done to all our pupils for producing such wonderful 'wildlife'. Thanks to all the parents who volunteered their help!

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2015, Lá sa Halla. Bhí na Naíonáin Shóisearacha agus na ranganna eile ar fheabhas!

Skip Hop end of day demonstration!

World Book Day was celebrated in 5th class by dressing up as their favourite book characters.

4th class build friendship chains during Friendship Week

Friendship Week Breakfast in 4th class

Dublin Boyband Taken visit the school and put on a show for classes 3rd-6th!

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

Well done to 5th class on their successful science project entered in the Science Fair in the RDS. Their project aimed to find ways to prevent people from crying while cutting onions!

Teddy Sleepover in Junior and Senior Infants

Fourth Class have fun during Science Week with their Coke and Mentos experiment!

Niall de Búrca, storyteller visits for St Benignus Day (7th November)

Thanks to all the parents who helped out with Maths Week!

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.

Our Green School committee are working on their Biodiversity Flag by planting a butterfly garden.

National Tree Day 9th October, 2014

5th class wrote poems as part of Anti-Bullying Week 2014

Some of our new Junior Infants working on their activities.

6th class Student Council members wearing their Anti-Bullying shield badges.

Thank you to all who supported our fundraiser for Molly.

Our final total was €20,375 for the Molly McNally Miracle Trust!

Some of our victorious athletes at Morton Stadium in Santry 2014!

Our visit from the Down to Earth theatre company with their Turn the Tide show in May for 2nd, 3rd and 4th class.


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Latest news...

  • The school re-opens on Thursday, 1st September, 2016.

  • Click here for your child's booklist.

  • Our annual Sports Day took place on Tuesday, 14th June. Thanks to all the parents who came on the day!

  • Uniform: Children can wear shorts in school during the fine weather. Shorts must be navy and unbranded. Otherwise the children must wear their usual uniform.

  • Tractor Run 2016: Thanks to everyone who supported this year's Tractor Run!

  • Congratulations to the Senior Boys Gaelic Football Team who played in the 2016 Fingal Schools League final in Parnell Park!

  • First Holy Communion took place on Saturday, 21st May, 2016 in Balscadden Church. Thanks to all who helped make this a special day.

  • Confirmation took place on Wednesday, 27th April, 2016 in Ss Peter and Pauls Church, Balbriggan. Congratulations to the 6th class children and to the choir who sang beautifully.

  • Diocesan Advisor Visit: We had a visit from two Diocesan Advisors from Archbishop's House on Wednesday, 13th April. They were very complimentary of all the school's work and had the height of praise for the children.

  • Proclamation Day took place on Tuesday, 15th March 2016. Click here to read our Proclamation for a New Generation.

  • Choir trip: School choir trip to Seussical the Musical in Rush takes place on 15th March. Depart school at 7.15pm and return to school 10.30-10.45pm.

  • Seachtain na Gaeilge: 7-11 Márta 2016. Bhí Lá sa Halla againn le gach rang ar an 8ú Márta. Bhí an spraoi againn go léir.

  • Remembering 1916: We had a number of activities to help remember the 1916 Rising culminating in Proclamation Day on 15th March. 5th and 6th classes visited the new GPO experience exhibit on Friday, 8th April. Senior classes learned from specially prepared text books from CJ Fallon publishers. They also learned from a DVD called Ireland: Birth of a Nation. The children developed a Proclamation for a New Generation which will be displayed in the school alongside the 1916 Proclamation and a framed photograph of Thomas Ashe and a 2016 school photograph project.

  • 30th Anniversary of the school building: On 26th February, 2016 we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the school building by having a visit from the National Reptile Zoo. Thanks to the Parents' Association for supporting this event.

  • School Photography Day: School photographs were taken on 1st March.

  • World Book Day: 3rd March.

  • Friendship Week 2016: As part of our Anti-Bullying policy Friendship Week took place in the school from 8th-12th February.

  • Little Music Makers workshops began on Tuesday 12th January 2016 for four Tuesdays for junior and senior infants.

  • The school choir performed in the hall on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th December. We had two lovely evenings!

  • Our Christmas Fair raised €4350. Thanks to the Parents' Association for the months of preparation that went into the fair. Thanks to everyone who came on the day and supported the school. Thanks also to everyone who knitted, baked or created handmade crafts for our stalls.

  • Thanks to everyone who attended the Christmas Quiz organised by the Parents' Association.

  • Our Enrolment Policy will now be called our Admissions Policy in line with Dept of Education and Skills advice and following the annual review by the Board of Management in November 2015.

  • Dress Up for Dyslexia Day: Thanks to everyone for their support in aid of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) on 23rd October. We raised 338.50.

  • Up the Dubs! Sam Maguire visited on Monday, 19th October! Click here to view class photos with the players.

  • Official Opening of Porch: Official opening of Porch took place on Friday, 23rd October. We had a fun day!

  • GOAL Jersey Day 2015: We raised 422 euros. Thanks to everyone who supported.

  • GAA with Barry on Wednesdays: Junior Infants-2nd class have GAA coaching every Wednesday for the first term with Barry from O'Dwyer's GFC.

  • Swimming for 3rd Class: Swimming lessons for 3rd Class will begin on Monday 11th January and run for six weeks.

  • 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)