Daffodil planting

We had a busy week planting daffodil bulbs in our new forest area which some of our parents and pupils kindly cleared for us during the Summer holidays. A big thank you to Mrs.McPhillips who organised a rota and brought the children out in groups to plant each morning.

 

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Dance & Drama Workshops Postponed

Due to not enough interest the workshops have been postponed for now. They may go ahead at Halloween!

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Junior Infants 2018/2019

Our new Junior Infants had their photo taken yesterday by the Anglo-Celt photographer. Keep an eye out for them in the newspaper! 🙂

 

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MĂ­le BuĂ­ochas ..Sincere thanks for all your hard work

During August, a group of hard working Mums, Dads, Pupils and past pupils got together and cleared the area above the basketball court.  What was an overgrown eye-sore is now a beautiful, inviting nature area which enhances the school grounds so much. 

I have put together a slideshow of the before, during and after photos which illustrates the amount of work that was done.  (You may need to open this link on a laptop/computer unless you have powerpoint installed on your phone)

Thank you to all who helped out 

MĂ­le BuĂ­ochas to the following who gave up their Saturdays to do this work:

(in no particular order!)

Rev Simon,

Abby,Flynn & Millie Acheson,

Ruth, Edwin Stuart, Robert, Gordon, Craig & Jamie Lochaden

Janette, Hugh, Louis, Jessica & Gavin Faulknar

Barbara, George & Robbie Wilton

Valerie, Malcolm, Casey, Jamie, Jack & Bobby Johnston

Gavin, Daven, Odhrán & Olivia Hanley

Zara Rabbani

Robert & Carla Bertram

Deborah & Lauren Kinnear

Richard Kane

Shauna Farrelly

MĂ­le BuĂ­ochas also  to these men who did the drainage work around the Outdoor Classroom:

(Also in no particular order!)

Richard Kane

Ronald Magovern

Trevor Vance

Clive Woods

Malcolm Johnston

Hugh Faulkner

Rodney Wilton

I hope I have not left anyone out, but if I have please let me know so I can add your name to the list.

 

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FREE Dance and Drama workshops for Billis Pupils aged 9-13yrs starting Tues 18th Sept in Billis Hall

Dear Parents,

Following on from the success of the FREE Dance & Drama Summer Camp in July, I am delighted that to announce that I have managed to secure a series of 6 FREE Dance and Drama workshops in Billis Hall with Mary Farrelly and Trina McCann, for pupils of Billis NS aged between 9yrs and 13yrs.

Starting Tuesday 18th September  from 5pm-7pm  and running each Tuesday for 6 weeks

Booking is essential    : Contact Kim on   049 437 8548   or    087 6691550    or    kdoherty@cavancoco.ie   as soon as possible to book your place!

It would be great if as many pupils as possible would avail of this super FREE workshop to make it a success.  We are so lucky to have been chosen: it is only open to Billis NS Pupils at present. They hope to put on a small show at the end of the 6 weeks.

This project/initiative is supported by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

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Welcome back!

Welcome back to a new school year! We hope you all had a relaxing, safe break. We look forward to working with you in the best interest of your child/children over the coming school year. We welcome Ms Cartwright and Ms Mills to our staff and wish them well for the term ahead.  

I would like to take this opportunity to thank most sincerely the Parents’ Association for organising work parties recently to insert drainage around the outdoor classroom and to clear the scrub, bushes etc from the area behind the basketball pitch. Thank you to all those who volunteered and gave so much of their time. I’m sure you will agree that the area has been greatly enhanced as a result.  We hope that this will become an area that can be used to enhance the teaching of SESE (Social, Environmental and Scientific Education) in our school and also by the children at break times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some reminders for the new school year:

  • Download our school App, please, if you haven’t already done so. It is a very efficient and convenient way of keeping you informed and up-to-date. It also means you don’t miss notes that may be lost at the bottom of your child’s bag!
  • Our school opening hours are 9:00am – 2:40pm. 
  • Pupils who come to school by car should be in school no later than 9:10am, but not before 9:00am, in preparation for teaching beginning at 9:20am and should be collected promptly at 2:40pm.
  • Junior infants finish at 12:30pm until Friday 14th September and at 1:40pm thereafter. They should be collected promptly please at the infant entrance.
  • Parents/Guardians/Carers that collect pupils by car are asked to come to the gate or into the school yard when collecting their children, as the car park is very busy and teachers will not let children out until they see the relevant person either at the gate or in the yard.
  • Pupils who arrive late (i.e after 9:20am) or who are being collected early must be signed in/out in the reception area by the person dropping them off or collecting them. 
  • Please familiarise yourselves with our Healthy Lunch Policy, Code of Behaviour and other school policies, which are available under the School Policies Tab on the home page of our school website. Please also read the information/tips at the front and back of your child’s homework diary.
  • School jumpers, jackets, hats and other school supplies (pencils etc) must be named.
  • Should you wish to contact a member of school staff please do so via the school office (049 854 4653) or the school email (billisns.ias@eircom.net) or using your child’s homework journal. Please note: It is school policy that school staff do not communicate with parents through their own personal mobile, email or social media.
  • We have been notified that there is Head Lice in the school. Please treat your child’s hair as soon as possible. It is important that everyone does this or it will not be effective. Girls with long hair should wear it tied up or in plaits please.

Book Bills: We are currently preparing the book bills and these will issue in due course. The €50 deposit that you paid before the summer break will be deducted from your bill. We endeavour to keep book bills as low as possible.

Swimming: Swimming lessons for pupils in classes 2nd to 6th begin on Thursday 13th September. Our updated swimming policy was circulated before the summer holidays. Parents of pupils from 2nd class should familiarise themselves with this revised policy, in preparation for swimming. It is available on our website. The cost of swimming this year is €65 per child. This includes the fun day in June. Payment can be made online or by cash/cheque, by Mon 10th September.

It would be very helpful if parents of 2nd class pupils would please continue to get their child/children used to undressing, dressing and drying themselves over the coming days in preparation for swimming.

Thank you, in anticipation of your cooperation

 

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School Re-opens on Wednesday 29th August

We hope you all had a safe and enjoyable summer and are refreshed and ready to return to school on Wed 29th August!

We look forward to seeing everyone, in particular those starting in Billis NS as new pupils, whether that is in Junior Infants or in other classes throughout the school.  

Reminder: Junior Infant pupils will finish school at 12:30 until Friday 14th September. please ensure you collect them promptly at this time from the Junior Infant entrance.

We have two new members of staff, Ms Cartwright and Ms Mills, starting with us on Wednesday, covering parental leave for Mrs Hoban and Mrs Henry until Christmas. We hope they will enjoy their time with us. 

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Thank you to the PA

Last Saturday, the PA organised a clearance of bushes, scrub etc at school.  There was a great turn-out and a great deal was accomplished. The area is looking so much better.  Thank you to the PA for organising this and to all those who turned up to help out.

They are hoping to finish the work next Saturday, 1st September and would welcome any help that you can offer. Please bring secateurs, clippers etc. You can drop in anytime during the day.

The PA also organised for a drain to be installed around the outdoor classroom, as rain water used to gather there. This will allow the outdoor classroom to be used even during wet weather. Thank you to all those who helped out.

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Happy and safe holidays to all our parents and pupils!

As we finish another busy school year, I want to take the opportunity to wish everyone a very safe, relaxing and happy holiday.

Thanks to all the parents/guardians of our pupils for their continued support and co-operation throughout the year. I want to also thank our hard working and committed PA committee and all those parents who help the PA  out in so many ways around the school. 

Thank you also to Bridget, our secretary, Linda, our cleaner, Kathleen, who supervises in the mornings and evenings and Mick, our caretaker. They help to keep the school running smoothly all year, and ensure the premises are fit for purpose.

Thank you to the bus drivers for ensuring the pupils arrive safely to school each morning and return home safely each evening. It is a very important and responsible job.

Thank you to the members of the Board of Management who work in a voluntary capacity, behind the scenes, to ensure the school is the best it can be.: Ven Craig, Rev Simon, Ms Doughty, Garvan Hanley, Denise Magovern, Diane Henry and Ian Stokes.

And finally a big thank you to our SNA, Mrs McPhillips and all the teachers and who have served in either a permanent, part-time or substitute capacity this year, who gave so much time, above and beyond the call of duty, to Billis NS.

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Congratulations to Jake Mills and the Laragh team

Congratulations to Jake Mills and the rest of the Laragh team on winning the league cup last night! It’s a great achievement.

They visited school today with the cup.

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