All Class News

Happy Retirement Mr. Oliver!

Video clips from Mr. Oliver’s Retirement assembly Dec 2022

On 19th December, 2022 the pupils and staff were delighted to welcome David Oliver, our recently retired principal back for a very special assembly where we could all celebrate his very special 22 years’ leadership of Ballyraine school, and wish him a fulfilling and happy retirement.
David was presented with a ‘Retirement Survival Kit’, Memory, Momento and Dear Mr.Oliver books full of precious memories and kind wishes from the pupils. Pupils and staff spoke and read lovely poems about his time in Ballyraine and his many skills and achievements, and the choir and all of us sang with gusto. Mr Oliver spoke very movingly and kindly about his time with us, and gave especial thanks to his wonderful wife Heather who was present also. He invited pupils up on to the platform to tear open the wrapping on some large and kind presents to the school : an outdoor connect 4 game and some lovely footballs and basketballs.
Then we all wished him farewell and expressed hope that we see him again often, and clapped as he and Heather exited to enjoy a well earned cup of tea in the staff room.

Christmas Art

Christmas Concert 2022

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4th class 3D digestive system models.

Donegal Junior Strings came to Ballyraine school today to play for us!

We were treated to lovely solos by J.K. from 6th class who is a member of the orchestra, and also from B du P on piano. Wonderful playing everyone!
Thank you so much Junior Strings for including us on your tour today.

Junior Infants visit to Tropical World

Junior Infants enjoyed their school tour to Tropical World in Letterkenny on Friday. We were given a fantastic tour by a past pupil of Ballyraine; Lorraine Moore. The children had a wonderful time and got to meet some new furry, winged and scaly friends. Some were even brave enough to hold Scarlett the snake!

We had a picnic lunch, inside; due to the rainy day and then had some fun in the play area. It was a lovely day with everyone heading home tired but happy.

Thank you so much to Tropical World and especially to Lorraine!


Annual Sports Day!

On May 27th we welcomed parents & other family members back into school to celebrate our first Sports Day for 3 years! It was lovely to have everyone back and lots of fun was had by pupils, teachers and parents. The teachers took on 6th class in a tug-of-war, with 6th class winning (narrowly) ;)


Our award ceremony took place following the races and this year’s winning team was the Green Team!

Congratulations Green Team!



Best Effort and Fair Play in sports awards were also presented to one pupil in each class. Well done to the winners.


Our After school sports coaches in Gaelic football, soccer and dance picked two pupils who had shown effort and made lots of progress over the 5/6 week sessions. Well done to the 6 winners :)



Lifecycle of a Butterfly

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Dragonterra author visit


Dragonterra author Louise Flanagan visited our class