Open day is a chance for prospec­tive fam­i­lies to meet the teach­ers and see the school’s fa­cil­i­ties

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

BALLYCOOG NS will hold its an­nual fam­ily fun and open day on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 5 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The open day is a chance for prospec­tive fam­i­lies to meet the teach­ers and see the school’s fa­cil­i­ties.

Si­t­u­ated less than five min­utes from Wood­en­bridge, par­ents may be sur­prised by how much this small school has to of­fer. Ballycoog NS is set in the stun­ning land­scape of the gar­den county and sur­rounded by wide open spa­ces.

Its two class­rooms are newly ren­o­vated and the school boasts a fully en­closed and equipped play­ground. The 250 m run­ning track is a re­cent ad­di­tion to the school’s fa­cil­i­ties and pupils have the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in a run­ning club. An ac­tive school, Ballycoog NS pupils also take part in ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing rugby and swim­ming. The Gaelic foot­ball team is a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Red­cross NS and Barn­dar­rig NS.

But, that’s not all that Ballycoog NS can of­fer to pupils. A green school and a mu­sic gen­er­a­tion school, all pupils re­ceive weekly ses­sions with a mu­sic tu­tor as part of the mu­sic gen­er­a­tion pro­gramme.

There is also an em­pha­sis on science and tech­nol­ogy. With a science teacher on staff, the school ex­hib­ited at the 2018 RDS Science Blast pri­mary science fair. Science lessons are of­ten held out­doors in the school’s veg­etable al­lot­ment.Chil­dren have the chance to grow, cook and taste their own fruit and veg­eta­bles. School pupils have ac­cess to a lap­top, iPad and cod­ing lessons to de­velop the skills they’ll need in the dig­i­tal world.

Most of all, chil­dren at Ballycoog NS en­joy the ex­tra at­ten­tion from teach­ers made pos­si­ble by its small, ru­ral school set­ting.

Prin­ci­pal Ross Byrne wel­comes fam­i­lies to come to the Ballycoog NS open day to meet the teach­ers, see all of the school’s won­der­ful fa­cil­i­ties and en­joy a fun fam­ily afternoon.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.bal­ly­coogns.ie or www.face­book.com/bal­ly­coogns.

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