SING OUT LOUD 2018!

    Third-Sixth Class are counting down to their big performance in the National Opera House for SING OUT LOUD! Led by our Choir Co-Ordinator Ms. Gallagher, students are busy rehearsing melodies from christmas favourites to the Venga Boys and Greatest Showman. This spectacular show has something for everybody with performances on the night from local stars such as Xtreme Rhythm. Our school will take part in the show on the evening of Wednesday 21st of November. Students can practice their songs for the night by clicking the below link:

    https://goo.gl/7oWWRV

     

    Scoilnet STAR SITE AWARD

    Our school was very proud on Monday September 3rd when scoilnet contacted us to inform us that our school website, which recently underwent a make-over had been awarded the STAR SITE AWARD! At Boolavogue N.S., we try our very best to sustain effective communication with parents and our website allows parent to view draft policies, current policies and news of school events etc. Scoilnet wrote a fantastc feature on our website which stated:

    “The Boolavogue National School website is very well maintained and easy to navigate. There is good use of colour and space. Visitors to the website are greeted with an image of the school as well as a welcome note fromthe principal outing the school’s values and ethos. The school have embedded their Twitter feed into their home page as a way of keeping visitors up to date with school events.

    The News and Events section contains the latest news, newsletters and a calendar of school events and closures for the year. The school’s website contains a section on initiatives such as European Blue Star, Green School’s Programme, Digital School of Distinction and Active Flag. The website also contains a section on the school’s Parent’s Association and details how it has resourced the school by acquiring 15 iPads, a whiteboard and Maths equipment.

    The site also provides vital information for parents such as the school’s daily routine, school calendar, extra-curricular activities and links to websites of interest (we are delighted to see Scoilnet among the list of recommended links!). Another excellent feature of the website is the Kid’s Corner section. This contains links to help pupils with research, games and quizzes and a page dedicated to educational apps.

    Boolavogue National School’s website is well maintained and kept up to date and reflects the pride that the pupils, teachers and parents take in the school. Congratulations on winning Scoilnet’s Star Site award!”

    Attendance and the NEWB 

    As previously notified, our school is currently reviewing our attendance policy. This is available under our Draft Policies section of the website. As you know, a good education gives your child the best possible start in life. A good education helps young people to obtain secure employment and develop into mature and responsible citizens. The purpose of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 is to encourage regular school attendance and participation in education and training for as long as possible. It is desirable that every child stays in school and completes the Leaving Certificate.

    Under the law, every child must attend school regularly up to sixteen years of age or complete at least three years education in a post primary school whichever comes later. As a parent, you must let the school know if your child is absent and the reason why. It is school policy that reasons must be given in writing. The school will notify Tusla – Child and Family Agency if a child is absent for 20 days or more or where the absence gives rise to concern. If your child is sick or is absent for other good reasons, no action will be taken by Tusla – Child and Family Agency. However, if there is concern about your child’s attendance at school or about the reasons given, you may be visited by an Educational Welfare Officer who will discuss your child’s education with you. The Officer will work with you and take full account of the circumstances of the child and the family before deciding what further action is necessary to ensure that the child receives his/her entitlement to an education. Further information concerning the new service and about school attendance matters generally can be obtained from the national Lo-Call Education Helpline –1890 36 36 66.

    Please read the document ‘Don’t Let Your Child Miss Out’ by clicking the link. NEWB Leaflet

    Welcome Back to the 2018/19 Academic Year!

    Click the link to catch up on all the news as we embark on our learning journey for the

    2018/19 academic year. Read all about our new classroom! Welcome Back 2018

     

    Graduation Mass 2018 and a fond Farewell to 6th Class

    On Tuesday June 19th, Fr. Gahan led our school community in our annual Graduation Mass. Parents and students gathered to bid farewell to Glen, Matt, Christopher, Billy, Emerson, Katelyn, Fiona, Faye and Ruth. This was followed by our annual tree-planting where 6th class left ‘roots’ in Boolavogue. The name chosen for his oak tree was ‘McCruncher’. The 6th class students and parents then gathered to watch a short presentation about 6th class and lots of laughs were heard around the school walls as a ‘guess the baby’ photo montage was played! After some treats and celebrations the 6th class parents and teachers joined forces to take on the graduation class in a game of soccer. After penalties, nothing could separate the sides as it all ended in a draw!

    As the school year of 2017/2018 comes to an end we would like to take this opportunity to wish the girls and boys from 6th class the best of luck in their transition to secondary school. It has been our privilege and pleasure to teach you at Boolavogue NS. The time has come for you to leave the familiar walls of Boolavogue N.S. and venture off in different directions be it Enniscorthy, Bunclody or Kilmuckridge. But before you go, take a few minutes to reflect on how much you have grown and changed since your very first day at Boolavogue N.S. Think of the fun you have had, the things you have learned and the friends you have made. And as you fly the nest remember always to be true to yourselves wherever you go. From all the teachers and staff at Boolavogue NS, we wish you the very best of luck!

    End of Year Assembly June 2018

    What a busy year we have had! To mark the incredible achievements made by our whole school community this year, our end of year assembly took place on Friday June 15th. This year, our school went through lots of various changes- we have a new playground, new classrooms which are almost ready to open, we had lots of new staff join our team and even a new principal! One thing that has stayed the same is our wonderful students. All of whom have worked so hard this year to make our school the hub of learning and fun that it is. As we approach the end of this academic year a number of presentations were made to some students who have achieved great things representing our school. Some accolades we celebrated were:

    Plaque of Stem Excellence, Green Schools Committee, Active Week Winners 2018, Rackard League District Champs and our Blue Star Award.

    Special Achievements

    • Billy- outstanding attendance record throughout his primary education at Boolavogue N.S.
    • Patrick- silver medalist at Rural School Sports 2018

    History was also made as our inaugural Student Council were unveiled following their campaign presentations. Our Student council is made up of representatives from each class group who will assist the school management team in making decisions to improve our school. Pupil voice is very important to us here in Boolavogue- some great ideas were shared during their campaign presentations with more bins on the yard being an area needing attention! Following voting at the Polling Station, the ballot box had its votes counted and verified. We look forward to working with our Student Council in September 2018.

    Miss. Mullery concluded the assembly by asking all students to applaud our wonderful Class of 2018 who are getting ready to graduate next week.

    Science and Maths Award 2017/18- Plaque of STEM Excellence

    For the very first time, our school has achieved the Plaque of STEM Excellence from the Science Foundation of Ireland.

    The standard of work for this award is incredibly high with various criteria set out at the start of each academic year. This year we involved pupils from infants to 6th class in our STEM journey. We used various forms of ICT, including lego WeDo, bricks4kids, engineering fairs etc in our school to promote the importance of STEM in our everyday lives and future. Each student was presented with a certificate from the SFI to mark their contribution to this award.

    Rackard League District Champions 2018

    HUGE congratulations are in order for the 14 boys who represented our school in the Rackard League District Final on May 30th 2018. The decider was held between Monageer/Boolavogue and Kilanerin in Ferns St. Aidans’ GAA pitch in glorious sunshine. The sidelines were packed with proud parents and grandparents! It was a nail-biting encounter with two very well matched teams seeking glory. Monageer/Boolavogue secured a 2 point lead heading into half time but an early goal in the second half from Kilanerin resulted in a highly contested second half between the teams. It was Monageer/Boolavogue who became champions in the end much to the delight of players, parents and staff! Huge thanks to all parents who helped with lifts etc during this busy season and of course, to our very own Ms. Richardson, for her mentoring of the Boolavogue Players. A big thank you also to Ms. Doran from Monageer N.S. for all her hard work through the year. Davy Fitzgerald better watch his back!!!! Monageer/Boolavogue ABÚ!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ice-Cream Day- 99’s all round!

    Mr. Chap arrived with his ice-cream van for all the students (& staff) on a sunny Tuesday for us all as a well earned surprise. Fr. Gahan treated the boys and girls to 99’s and rainbow cones for all their hard work and preparation in our recent sacraments. There was a lovely summer feeling in the air as the 99’s were delivered!!!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Green Schools Update: Third Flag awarded!

    Congratulations to our Green School Committee and Green School Leader Mrs. Cowman on being awarded their third flag on 22nd of May 2018 in Hotel Kilkenny. The theme this year was Biodiversity. Hard work was put in by the committee to earn this flag and a great day of celebration was had!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    School Excellence Award – Creative Language School

    Congratulations to our brilliant teaching staff who received the School Excellence Award on May 15th in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).

    The award was received for fostering a ‘Creative Language’ school in Boolavogue through the arts. The course looked at how the arts can be used to develop Oral Language skills. The staff have been attending CPD training in their own time since October 2017 and implementing the theory in their classrooms. Brilliant work!!

    Tag Rugby

    May has arrived and with it brings lots of ‘Active Schools‘ fun to Boolavogue. 

    Children from third to sixth class have started Tag Rugby with Ross from Leinster Rugby, emulating our own Wexford hero, Tadhg Furlong! We wish to remind parents that a change of socks, shoes and shorts/tracksuit will be needed every Friday morning as Tag Rugby continues.

     

     

    Beebots for Boolavogue

    The boys and girls at the junior end of the school were excited to receive some new friends recently.

    Thanks to terrific fundraising efforts deployed by our P.A. and donations from our parent body, Bee-Bot Starter kits were purchased for our students. Bee-Bots are an exciting programmable floor robot for Early Years and Primary School children. The simplistic controls and friendly design allow children to quickly start using the little bot, from directing it to spell out words with letters on the floor or by sending it on adventures looking for treasure on along a map! This month, the infants used the Bee-Bots to travel around the solar system as they studied ‘Space’ in Aistear.

    An Taisce ‘ National Spring Clean’

    Our pupils from Ms. Boyle’s room took part in the National Spring Clean in conjunction with An Taisce recently. The children worked with staff in a bid to clean up our pretty village of Boolavogue before the tourists come to visit this Summer. Rubbish collected on the day included two old car seats! The children had a great sense of pride in cleaning up their local area.

    Blue Star May 2018- Hungary

    This year as part of our Blue Star programme our students from infants to sixth class are busy learning about Hungary. The Blue Star Programme is a venture of the Communicating Europe Initiative, supported by the Office of the Minister of State for European Affairs in the Department of the Taoiseach, the European Commission Representation in Ireland and the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland. We are fortunate to have three students who hail from Hungary as students in Boolavogue N.S. and we are learning lots of interesting facts about their home country. Did you know that Hungary is famous for inventions! Hungarian’s have invented many important items over the years, including the electric motor, the Telephone Exchange, and BASIC programming language. Laszlo Biro invented the ballpoint pen, Erno Rubik invented the Rubik’s Cube. We are looking forward to celebrating Europe Day this May!

    Enrolment Night 2018

    We look forward to meeting all parents of prospective students at our upcoming enrolment night on February 7th 2018 @ 7.30. The information evening will be held in Boolavogue National School. On the night, a presentation delivered by staff will provide information to parents about what our school has to offer each individual. There will also be an opportunity for parents to tour our school campus and visit each classroom. Light refreshments will also be served on the night. Spread the word and remember ‘a happy school is a happy child’. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    EngineersWeek18

    Check out what we have planned for Engineers Week 2018. One of our highlights here at Boolavogue N.S.!