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

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.

Well Done

Congratulations to P.R.G. on winning some prizes at a gymnastics competition with Citadel Gymnastics.

Ready, Steady, Cook!

Ready, Steady, Cook!

Ms Wilkinson made delicious soda bread today assisted by an army of junior chefs in Senior Infants and 2nd Class.

Here is the easy peasy recipe for everyone to enjoy at home.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


J.K. from 6th class, a member of the Donegal Junior Strings Orchestra, played his violin for us in the new school library

Parents and families practise and learn Gaeilge!

Here are details of an upcoming course to help parents to learn basic sounds words and phrases in Irish.The course is particularly for parents who have come to Ireland from other countries.Places are limited so if you are interested please contact Bairbre on 0860751663.

We are very grateful to Líonra Leitir Ceannain for their very kind donation of Irish Language books for our new school library.

Christmas Jumper Appeal – thank you everyone!

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Spring has Sprung at Ballyraine N.S. !

If proof was needed for global warmimg and climate change then look no further than our school courtyard! Our daffodils were in full bloom on 31st January a day ahead of the ‘official’ start of Spring.The snowdrops are providing a wonderful display in the school woodland.

S.K. gymnastics medal

S.K. who recently won a medal in Dublin during her gymnastics grading competition. Well done S.👏