Playground games

We’ve all been having so much fun during break times playing with skipping ropes, hula hoops, construction toys and even Connect 4! Thank you Mr. Oliver for the beautiful Connect 4 game you gave us on your retirement- the children love it 👏👏😀

David’s Retirement Function

Minding Media Minecraft Files

Senior classes are learning about Media through Minecraft (16/3/2023)

3rd class enjoy an introduction to table tennis at the ATU

Donegal Sports Partnership in conjunction with Table Tennis Ireland gave 3rd class a taster session at ATU Letterkenny (An Dánlann) on Wednesday 1st February. The session was facilitated by table tennis coach JING YI Graham.

Jing Yi Graham is the Female Lead Coordinator with Table Tennis Ireland but is engrained in all parts of their participation efforts. After working with Table Tennis Ulster as a Junior Development Officer, Director of Coaching and then High-Performance Coach for 15 years, she moved into the national set-up.

The children had a wonderful time learning and practising table tennis skills. Perhaps there will be some kitchen tables at home put to an unusual use soon, with the addition of clip on nets which you can buy in sports shops!

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