Archive for Health Promoting School Initiative

Carol singing in St Joseph’s Nursing Home Monday 18th December

Pupils from 3rd to 6th class are going carol singing to St Joseph’s Nursing home on Monday 18th Dec, after school. Please make sure you have sent in a permission slip if you want your child to go along. If you cannot find the slip please request another one.

Remember to collect your child from Billis NS at 4:40pm sharp, as they will go back there for treats afterwards. If you wish to collect them from the nursing home instead, please send a note to their class teacher.

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Credit Union Poster Competition Winners

Congratulations to all our Credit Union Poster competition winners. The prize giving was on Friday 8th December. Even though there can only be a few winners everyone who took part is a winner. The judges must have had a very hard time choosing as all the pupils put a lot of work and effort into their poster. Well done to everyone.

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A dental nurse from the HSE (Health Service Executive) presented Junior and Senior Infants with certificates today for completing the Mighty Mouth Dental programme. The Infants have been learning lots about dental health through their Aistear play sessions over the past 3 weeks. Well done to all the pupils! 

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5th and 6th Class Tag Rugby

5th and 6th class did Billis NS proud in their tag rugby blitz last Friday, November 24th. The cold weather didn’t dampen their spirits! Thanks to Fiona Hanley for helping supervise on the day.


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Dog Safety Workshop

Paul, an education officer from Dogs’ Trust Ireland and his furry companion, Magic, came to our school on Thursday 23rd November. They provided each classroom with an informative workshop on dog safety. Paul also informed the children about the items and qualities that are required to be a good dog owner.

More information about Dogs’ Trust Ireland can be found by clicking on the link below.

Dogs Trust


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Music Mondays

Music Mondays is a new initiative in the school which involves popular chart music being played over the playground at lunchtime on Mondays. It encourages the children to be active and links to the dance strand of the curriculum.

It has proven very popular with everyone so far as some of the dance moves below will show:

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Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Thank you to all the parents and pupils who completed shoeboxes for the Team Hope Christmas appeal!

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Anglo Celt Article about Health Promoting School Flag Raising

We got a great write up in the Anglo Celt this week! Thank you again to all the parents who helped out on Friday and who helped make it a lovely afternoon.

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Health Promoting and Active School Flag Raising Celebration

Thank you to everyone who attended our Health Promoting & Active School Flag Raising Celebration. (Photos and slideshow below)

It began at 1pm with a talk for parents on Mental Health by Ita Tobin from Mental Health Ireland. This was be followed by a brief outline by Mrs Hoban on the various steps in applying for and achieving HPS(Health Promoting School) status. We presented the children with their swimming certificates before proceeding outside where Jennifer Traynor (HSE Health Promoting Offficer)  raised the flag..thankfully the weather was kind to us! Some members of The PA prepared delicious healthy fruit snacks for afterwards. Thank you for all your creative work! See the photos below that illustrate this creativity!!

Thank you also to Mrs Hoban, Ms Doughty and the rest of the staff for all their hard work and dedication in achieving HPS status.

Jasmine, in 6th class, wrote a letter to Lidl in Virginia recently, as part of a class letter writing project, telling them how much she enjoyed shopping in their store with her mum because of the delicious smells from their in-store bakery. Patrick and Georgina from Lidl, Virginia, arrived down to school today with a box full of fruit and a box full of delicious goodies from their in-store bakery for the children to enjoy. Thank you Lidl!

Enjoy the photo presentation below highlighting all the activities the children were involved in, in gaining HPS ststus.

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The Food Pyramid

Our healthy eating policy has been updated with the new food pyramid. Please click on school policies at the top of our website to view it. You can find additional information about the food pyramid at

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