Archive for June, 2017

New staff members for the 2017-18 school year.

We are delighted to welcome Jennifer McEntee as a part-time member of staff in Billis NS. Jennifer was recently appointed as a permanent member of staff to Laragh NS as a support teacher. As this post is shared with Billis, Jennifer will teach part-time in Billis as a support teacher. We look forward to working with her and hope she will be happy in her new role.

We are also delighted to welcome Mr Patrick McPhillips to our staff in the new school year. Mr McPhillips will be covering Mrs Hoban’s maternity leave in 1st and 2nd class and will be starting with us from 30th August.

Ms Abigail Hobson  will be covering Mrs Henry’s maternity leave. Ms Hobson’s exact start date has to be confirmed but it is expected to be the end of September. We look forward to her coming to Billis.

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6th class Graduation service in Billis

On Wednesday we said goodbye to 6th class and wished them well as they head off to Post Primary school.  We hope they enjoyed their time at Billis NS and learned lots!

Best wishes from all the staff and pupils.


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Clothes Collection

We have just received a cheque for €406 our recent clothes collection! This is a fantastic amount, the highest we have ever received. Thank you to all those people who cleared out their wardrobes and presses! This money will go towards our sensory garden.  

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Sports at Billis

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Gardening Success

Our polytunnel and sensory garden are in full bloom. The Infants harvested their potatoes yesterday….31 potatoes in total!

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School closing Fri 23rd at 12:30pm for Summer Break

As the school year draws to a close, we would like to thank all our parents for their support during the year. As always it has been a busy year, with lots of events, trips etc. At this time of year it is important to be safety conscious, especially if out walking, cycling, swimming or on the farm. The teachers have done some work on road safety, farm safety and water safety with the pupils in school but it is important to reinforce these safety messages at home. 

See for tips and advice on water safety, 

See for Farm safety advice

We hope you all have a great break and look forward to seeing everyone back safe and sound on Wednesday 30th August.

Happy Holidays everyone from all the staff in Billis NS

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A Musical afternoon in Billis

On Friday (16th June) we had a musical afternoon which was organised by Mrs Lundie. We had lots of performances by pupils including piano recitals, guitar and singing, recorder and the Tin whistle. Thank you to all those who took part. It was a very enjoyable afternoon. It was lovely to hear so many talented musicians.

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Fruit and Veg tasting at Billis!

Last Thursday, 15th June, the pupils brought in lots of different fruits and vegetables for our “tasting” day. Thank you to Jenny McEntee for introducing us to a wonderful new tool “The Spiraliser”. The courgette ‘spagetti’ made using it  proved very popular! 

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Annual end of year review of Child Protection & Anti Bullying Policy

At its meeting on 6th June, The Board of Management reviewed the Child Protection and Anti-Bullying Policy as required by the Department of Education & Skills. 

child protection and anti bullying checklist


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HPS Recognition!!!

Billis NS has just been awarded Health Promoting School status.

We will be flying a new flag at Billis N.S soon !!! Well done to everyone who has helped to make this happen, especially those  who have worked on the HPS committee over the last 2 years, the BOM, Parents’ Association, Staff and Pupils. Take a look at our HPS webpage to see how busy we have been!!! Recognition Letter

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