Archive for June, 2018

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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Farewell to Mr McPhillips and Ms Hobson.

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Mr McPhillips and Ms Hobson. They have been a tremendous asset to our school over the past year. We would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication to, not only the pupils in their own class, but to the whole school. We wish them every success in their future careers.



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Best wishes to 6th class as they move forward

We wish our 6th class pupils every success as they move on to greener pastures. We had a lovely afternoon yesterday as we relived some memories of their time in Billis NS.


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The Pollinator Project

Mark Nolan from the Heritage in Schools’ Scheme visited Billis N.S on Friday last. 3rd & 4th class pupils took part in the pollinator project which is a celebration of Ireland’s wonderful pollinating insects especially our ‘busy bees’. Pupils learned about the importance of bees and pollination for biodiversity, discovered where our honey comes from and had an opportunity to examine beehive and beekeeping equipment. One of the pupils dressed up in a beekeeper’s uniform. Pupils explored the school grounds and at the end of the day they planted biodiversity boosting sunflowers to take home and care for over the summer. We’re looking forward to seeing some pictures of these giant sunflowers.

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‘Starry Night’ Art Project

3rd and 4th classes have been learning about the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, reading about his life and looking and responding to some of his paintings, in particular ‘starry night’. They then took part in a Big Art Project when they used bottle tops to make their own 3-D ‘Starry Night’ picture. Thank you to all our bottle-top collectors and to staff members who helped us along the way!

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Fruit and Vegetable Tasting Day

We had our annual fruit and vegetable tasting day on Monday 18th June, which was enjoyed by all classes. Thank you to the pupils that sent in fruit and vegetables on the day and a special mention of thanks to Barbara Wilton, Sylvia Mills, Janette Waller, Ruth Lochaden and Kelly McCusker who gave up their time to prepare the fruit and vegetables for the children. It was greatly appreciated!

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FREE Dance & Drama workshop for Billis Pupils aged 9 – 13 years

I am delighted to announce that I have secured a FREE Drama and Dance Summer Camp for Billis Pupils aged 9 to 13 years, from Mon 9th July to Fri 13th July from 3pm to 5pm,in Billis Hall   (Funded through the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.)

Please see poster attached for more details and for booking information.

I hope you will support this as if it is a success we may get it again!

Free Dance and Drama workshop


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Information for parents about the SEC grant for second level education

Please see the leaflet below for information on the SEC grant. 

This grant assists necessitous children of the protestant community in accessing second level education in a school that accords with their religious ethos.

Visit for more information

SEC grant leaflet


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Important note regarding the full commencement of The Children First Act 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians,

You may be aware that the Children First Act, 2015, was fully enacted on 11th December 2017 by Minister Katherine Zappone.

The Act provides a number of key child protection measures which include:

  • A requirement on organisations providing services to children to keep children safe and to produce a Child Safeguarding Statement, including a child safe guarding risk assessment.
  • A requirement on registered teachers (as mandated persons) to report child protection concerns over a defined threshold to the Child and Family Agency (Tusla).
  • A requirement on all school personnel to report child protection concerns that may not reach the threshold of harm to the Designated Liaison Person (DLP) in the school, who subsequently must seek the advice of Tusla and/or report the concern to the Child and Family Agency (Tusla).
  • A requirement on mandated persons to assist the Child and Family Agency (Tusla) and “to give to the Agency such information and assistance as it may reasonably require” in the assessment of a child protection risk.

Please note that all matters of a child protection or welfare nature are treated in the strictest of confidence.

A copy of our child safe guarding statement and risk assessment are available on our website, as are copies of the Child and Family Agency’s publication “Children First” and the Department of Education and Skills  publication “Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017.”

Thank you,

K Devine

(Principal and DLP)



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