Recent School Activities

Rugby:

Freddy Franklin (Mallow R.F.C) and Eugene McCarthy (Munster R.F.C) visited our school to coach the senior classes. The children all had great fun and we look forward to another visit from Freddy and Eugene in preparation for an upcoming rugby blitz.

Indoor Camogie:

On Tuesday last, girls from 2nd and 3rd classes donning the green and white jerseys of Burnfort N.S. travelled to Carrigoon.  For many of these girls it was their first time ever playing a camogie match competitively and they were very excited! They put their newly learned skills to the test and played four fantastic matches against Churchtown N.S., Ballyhea N.S., Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire,  Buttevant and Scoil Mháirtín.  Well done to all girls who competed. Thanks to Ms. Curran for training the girls.

Basketball Blitz:

The 5th & 6th Class boys and girls took part in the annual basketball tournament run by Cork Sports Partnership on Wednesday 7th February.  The girls played in the Parochial Hall, while the boys had their games in Neptune Stadium. They played against New Inn NS, Scoil Nioclais, Scoil Barra, Beaumount NS, Watergrasshill NS, Rushebrook NS, St Columbas, Gaeilscoil Uí Drisceoil and Midleton CBS.  All the children really enjoyed the experience and are already looking forward to next year’s competition.

Scor na bPaisti:

On Saturday last, all roads to Eire Og C.L.G., Ovens to the Semi Final of Scor na bPaisti. Our instrumental group (Michael Walsh, Bobby Deane, Saoirse Murray, Niamh Williams and Daithi O’Brien) had tough competition ahead. Their competitors came from Boherbue N.S., Aghada N.S. and Scoil Naomh Caitriona, Bishopstown. Unfortunately our group didn’t progress into the next round but we think they were wonderful and we are so proud of them. They did their best and learned a lot from their participation in the competition. We would like to wish the quiz team from our neighbouring school in Analeentha N.S. the best of luck in the Cork County final!!!

 

Girls Indoor Camogie:

On Wednesday 24th, 4th class girls from Burnfort National School travelled to Carrigoon GAA complex in Mallow to participate in the 4th Class Indoor Camogie Competition. The girls gave it their all against three teams- St. Catherine’s NS Ballynoe, Canon Sheehan Primary School Doneraile and Ballygown N.S. Overall pupils thoroughly enjoyed their day out and were delighted to showcase their camogie skills. A big thanks to their class teacher Ms. Niamh Curran who accompanied them on the day.

Credit Union Quiz:

Pupils in Burnfort National School have been very busy over the last number of weeks participating in a number of quizzes locally. Last week was no exception.

On Friday 26th January, two teams from Burnfort travelled to the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow to partake in the annual Credit Union Table Quiz. Both teams battled hard and represented the school very well. Unfortunately, our teams did not receive a prize on the day but we are all very proud of them. We were also represented by two teams in the Monster Table quiz held in Carrigoon on Friday 19th. Well done to all involved.

Missing from Photo – Leah Scanlon

Boys Indoor Hurling:

On Tuesday the 30th January, Burnfort NS took part in the 4th Class Indoor Hurling Plate Competition in Mallow GAA Complex.  They played Dromahane NS, Baltydaniel NS, Ballygown NS and Scoil Mhire na Tró, Buttevant in a league format. Finishing in the top two, they played Ballygown again in the final where they narrowly lost out on a scoreline of 2 goals to 1.  The boys performed very well and were very unlucky not to advance to the County Finals.

 

Scor na bPaisti:

On Friday the 26th January, our school competed in the annual Scor competition in Mourneabbey Community Centre. Our ballad group (Kathryn O’Mahony, Emily O’Mahony, Michael Walsh, Daithi O’Brien and Saoirse Murray) did themselves proud and sang beautifully, but were narrowly pipped at the post by Glantane N.S.. Our quiz team (Michael Walsh, Henry Walsh and Aidan Kelly) were knocked out by a very strong Analeentha N.S. team. Our instrumental group (Bobby Deane, Niamh Williams, Daithi O’Brien, Michael Walsh and Saoirse Murray) pulled out all the stops and played magnificently, winning their group and progressing onto the next stage of the competition. This competition was held in Ballyhooly Community Centre and our fine musicians won their group!! They will now progress onto the County Finals in Ovens this weekend. Go n-eiri libh!!! We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all those who took part this year, we are very proud of you all.

Drumming Workshop

We beat the January blues away with an African Drumming Workshop. The children learned rhythms, songs and movement from the African culture. As one can imagine, the older the class, the louder the boom from the school hall!!

VEX competition

The 6th Class boys and girls from Burnfort NS took part in the Regional VEX IQ Finals held in CIT. This competition is run in association with Dell Emc. In only their second year competing, the boys and girls performed brilliantly. They had to carry out various activities throughout the day.  They presented their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) research project based on Exoskeleton Suits to a panel of judges, designed and set up a display stall and took part in robot challenges with ‘Susan’, the robot which they designed, engineered and built themselves. Throughout the action packed day, the boys and girls did themselves proud. They won two out of the six categories on offer, The Drivers Challenge Award and The Teamwork Award.  And to top off the fantastic day, they also won the overall Excellence Award. This was great recognition for all of their hard work. They now advance to the National VEX IQ Finals on the 1st of March again to be held in CIT. The Burnfort N.S. VEX IQ Team was kindly sponsored by C.M.B Construction (Coleman, Brendan & Michael Walsh), Pat Lyons Electrical LTD, Stryker (Julie O’Mahony) and the Cahill Family.

Recent Bereavement:

It was with great sadness that the school community learned of the passing of Sean Williams R.I.P. We would like to express our sincere condolences with his family, particularly his wife Julie, sons Darragh and Rory and daughter Niamh. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

Sixth class pupils from Burnfort NS, along with their teacher Niall O’Sullivan at the Regional VEX IQ finals held in CIT recently.

3rd Class Blitz

Our 17 third Class pupils enjoyed a great day out in Mallow GAA Complex on Friday Last. Over thirty teams took part in a non-competitive football blitz. Our two teams played three matches each against teams such as Dromahane, Gaelscoil and Shanbally. Well done to the boys and girls who represent Burnfort National School so well. Thanks to Pat Spratt for organising the blitz and teachers Mr. B O’Sullivan and Mrs. S Walsh for attending.

3rd class pupils who attended the football blitz in Mallow GAA Complex.

Gymnastics

Mark is back with us again to the joy of all our pupils. He will be teaching all our pupils gymnastics over the next six weeks.

Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

This year, why not share your Christmas with a child living on the margins of society, amongst the poorest children in the world? – Many of whose families have to survive on less than 1 Euro a day.

This was the question that was put to all the families of Burnfort National School in November and did they answer!!

Pupils and staff, along with their families put together Christmas Boxes filling them with toys and everyday goods which we sometimes take for granted. We collected 108 boxes in Burnfort National School. The response was amazing and everybody got on-board. We really appreciate the huge effort that everybody made. These gifts will be transported to countries like Kosovo over the coming weeks just in time for Christmas. Thanks to Mrs. O’Brien for organising this event.

Van full of Shoe boxes from Burnfort National School

We have really got into the healthy lifestyle here in Burnfort National School recently. As we are an active school, we have decided to take part in the ‘Run around Europe’ initiative this week. Every day, pupils from all classes run laps around the school yard. Each lap is counted as a kilometre. Our Active School’s Committee track the pupil’s progress throughout the week. Our aim is to run over 9000km by the end of the week. All the boys and girls recognise the importance of exercise. We will keep you updated on their progress!!

Pupils from Burnfort National School taking part in the ‘Run around Europe’ initiative.

Pupils from Burnfort National School will also have some extra homework over the next few weeks but it’s homework of the good kind! We are taking part in the ‘Super Troopers’ exercise program for primary schools. As part of their homework, children, along with their families are asked to exercise for ten minutes a night. They keep track of their progress using their exercise journals. We’re sure that they will see of the benefits of this exercise!! Well done to all involved.

4th Class Hurling Blitz

On Tuesday 26th September, a class of excited boys and girls from Burnfort National School travelled to Carrigoon GAA Complex in Mallow to partake in a 7 a side hurling blitz for 4th class pupils.

Both the boys and girls team played 3 matches each and were delighted with their day out. A huge thanks to Pat Spratt, the event coordinator for organising such a well run event. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed their day. Thanks also to Ms. Curran, Mrs. O’Mahony and Mrs. Walsh for attending on the day.

4th Class girls taking part in the hurling blitz in Carrigoon.

4th Class boys taking part in the hurling blitz in Carrigoon.

WEEE did it!!

As part of our green school’s initiative and the WEEE pledge scheme 2016, the boys and girls of Burnfort National School collected waste batteries in aid of the Laura Lynn foundation.  On Tuesday last, we received some fantastic news. We collected 120kg of batteries which meant that we came second in the entire country. This was an absolutely huge achievement for all involved. As part of our prize, 30 pupils will travel to an environmental and science educational workshop at the Rediscovery Centre in Dublin.

A huge well done goes to our Green Schools Committee 2016 and 2017 for all their great work. Thank you also to Mrs. Sarah Walsh, our Green Schools Co-ordinator, for guiding them through the process.

Our Green school Committee 2016 & 2017 accompanied by our Green School’s Co-ordinator, Mrs. Sarah Walsh.

Junior Infants 2017

Everybody here in Burnfort National School would like to welcome our 19 Junior Infants who began their journey with us here,  on Thursday last. While there were some tears from both children and parents alike, they have settled in so well and we look forward to guiding them over the next eight years.

Mrs. O’Brien’s Junior Infants 2017

Some Junior Infants from Burnfort National School enjoying their first day at big school.

                                                                   2016/2017

Swimming Gala

A massive well done to all the boys and girls who participated in the Swimming Gala held in Mallow Swimming pool on Wednesday 17th.  All pupils swam their hearts out and did their school proud.

A special well done to Richard Murray (6th Class), Nathan O’Connell  in (4th Class) and his brother, Jack O’Connell (1st Class) who reached the final in their heats and came home with medals. Maith sibh!

Sciath na Scol

The boys from Burnfort N.S. took part in a Sciath na Scol hurling competition that was held in Carrigoon on Friday, the 19th of May.

They had two very hard fought victories over Dromina N.S. and Glanworth N.S. in their first two games.

In their final game, they faced close neighbours and friends, Analeentha N.S. who had also won their opening two matches.

In a ding dong battle Analeentha just came out on top winning by 4 points.  Analeentha now progress to the Sciath na Scol final which will again be held Carrigoon in early June.  Burnforts NS wish them all the best in the final.  A massive well done to the Burnfort boys who hurled brilliantly throughout the day.

The Burnfort National School Sciath na Scol team who participated in a hurling competition held in Carrigoon GAA Complex last week.

First Holy Communion

 

Last Saturday 27th May, all roads led to St. John the Baptist Church in Burnfort to join the 2nd class pupils from Burnfort National School as they received their First Holy Communion. All who attended enjoyed a lovely ceremony full of life and music.

A special thanks to Fr. Joe O’Keeffe who celebrated the mass on the day. Thanks also to the school musicians and choir who were assisted by Mrs. Maher and Ms. Curran and to all school staff who helped on the day. A final well done must go to class teacher Mr. Brian O’Sullivan who prepared the children exceptionally well for the sacrament.

Following the ceremony, the Communion children and their families all enjoyed light refreshments in the school which was very generously hosted by the Parents Association and the 2nd class parents. A great day was had by all.

2nd Class pupils from Burnfort N.S. who received their First Holy Communion in St John the Baptist Church, Burnfort last Saturday. Pictured with class teacher and principal Mr Brian O’Sullivan.

Confirmation Day

Thursday, April 29th was a day to remember for all in Burnfort National School. As our 5th and 6th Classes donned their robes, parents and families gathered in St. Michael the Archangel Church, Analeentha to celebrate the confirmation of pupils from both schools. A wonderful ceremony , led by Bishop William Crean followed. It was a meaningful and thought provoking celebration with an outstanding musical element. Everyone followed to Analeentha National School for light refreshments before  moving  on to their own celebrations. Well done to all the pupils from both schools, to the class teachers Mr.N O’Sullivan and Mrs. S O’Keeffe and all the staff for all their hard work in preparing the boys and girls for this wonderful day.

5th and 6th class pupils from Burnfort National School celebrating their Confirmation day

Tennis Begins!

Pupils from Burnfort National School are enjoying Tennis coaching for the next Six weeks. We will be finished just in time for Wimbledon!!

Pupils from 2nd and 3rd Class enjoying tennis lessons

Clean Up

The whole school was very busy on Tuesday as we decided to spring clean the school grounds and Local Roads. 5th and 6th Class pupils travelled the local roads to pick up rubbish along the roadside. They collected many bags of rubbish which will now be collected by Cork County Council. The other pupils cleaned the schools grounds and planted flowers to make our school clean and tidy, ready for the last term of school. Well done to all!

Junior Infants planting flowers for our colourful window boxes

A rugby return to school!!

Returning to school after the Easter Holidays was made much more exciting this year by some very special visitors. Burnfort National School was very proud to be one of the schools chosen for the Women’s Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour. Donned in green, pupils, parents and staff made their way to the school hall first thing Monday Morning.  They were greeted with an amazing site – that of the The Women’s Rugby World Cup. We were delighted to be joined by Anna Caplice, our very own Irish International Rugby player. She spoke to the children about the upcoming world cup and inspired them through the story of her career. She took many questions from the pupils and gave us all a great insight into the world of professional rugby. We were entertained by the pupils playing and singing Ireland’s Call. Anna thanked the pupils for all their hard work and the excellent artwork which was on display to celebrate this very special occasion. We all moved to the school yard where the pupils of Burnfort National School gave a performance of ‘the Haka’ as Gaeilge which was very impressive!! The morning finished with a rugby blitz led by Anna Caplice and Freddy Franklin of Mallow Rugby. Thanks to everyone who made the morning a great success and a special word of thanks to Anna Caplice for inspiring the next generation of Rugby Players in Burnfort National School!

First Confession

Monday Night was a very special night for all the children in Second Class in Burnfort National School. They took their first step on their journey to First Holy Communion. The boys and girls along with their families, teacher and Fr. O’Keeffe gathered in the church to celebrate their First Confession. The children sang beautifully and their hard work was very evident through their lovely art work.

Well done to everyone in Second Class!!

Boys and Girls from Second Class attending their first Confessions on Monday Night.

Indoor Hurling and Camogie Season has begun!

The past two weeks have proved very busy for 3rd and 4th class pupils from Burnfort National School as both boys and girls battled it out in the Indoor Hurling and Camogie Competitions which were held in Carrigoon GAA Complex, Mallow.

First Up were the girls from 3rd and 4th class who, donning the green and white jerseys of Burnfort N.S. travelled to Carrigoon on Wednesday 1st February. For many of these girls it was their first time ever playing a camogie match competitively and they were very excited! They put their newly learned skills to the test and played 4 fantastic matches against Ballygown N.S., Shandrum N.S., Doneraile N.S. and Killavullen N.S.  Well done to all girls who competed.

Next up were the Burnfort boys who last Monday 7th travelled in convoy to Carrigoon. From the first whistle the boys put on a stellar display of skill and teamwork and played brilliantly against Liscarroll N.S,  Shandrum N.S., Ballygown N.S. and Baltydaniel N.S.. Their hard work paid off and they were delighted to come away victorious in the final on the day.

Their journey does not end there though. This 3rd and 4th class boys team will now progress on to compete in the 4th Class Cork County Indoor Hurling Competition which will be held in Na Piarsigh GAA Club in March.

A massive well done to all the boys and girls who competed in the competitions and a huge thank you to teachers Niall O’Sullivan and Niamh Curran who have been training both teams over the last few weeks.

Burnfort National School’s 3rd and 4th Class Indoor Hurling Team who qualified for the County Finals to be held in Na Piarsaigh GAA Club in early March.

3rd and 4th class girls from Burnfort National School who participated in the Indoor Camogie Blitz that was held in Carrigoon recently.

Green School’s Committee Busy at Work

Burnfort National School ‘s Green School’s Committee were very busy since coming back over Christmas doing their best to help the environment and to strive towards obtaining the school’s second Green School’s Flag for Conservation.

Members of the Green School’s committee were delighted to hand over 80kgs of batteries to a representative from WEEE Ireland. Not only did they work to do their bit for the environment but €5 euro from each box collected goes to the Laura Lynn Foundation. Well done all!

Burnfort National School’s Green School’s Coordinator Sarah Walsh and committee representatives presenting the school’s battery collection to WEEE Ireland.

Burnfort N.S. pupils Kayleigh Jones (left) and Niamh Williams (right) pictured after presenting 80kg of batteries to WEEE Ireland last week.

Credit Union Quiz

On Friday last, 2 teams of pupils from Burnfort National School travelled to the Hibernain Hotel in Mallow to participate in the Annual Credit Union Table Quiz.

Over thirty schools were present on the day which was one of the biggest numbers the region has ever had in the competition.

All pupils put their heads together to do their best to answer the questions and it all paid off for the school’s 3rd and 4th class team of Katie Looney, Darragh McCarthy, Brian O Flynn and Noah Cahill who were delighted to hear that their team were placed first in the competition. They will now go on to represent the school in the Chapter level of the competition which  will be held on the 4th of March in Mallow.

Our 5th and 6th class team of Cian Dennehy, Molly Burke, Aislinn Dorgan and Ruby Harrington also put on a fantastic performance and were unlucky to miss out on qualifying for the next round by the narrowest of margins of 1 point after being placed third.

A hugh well done to all the boys and girls from Burnfort who participated; as always ye did the school proud.

Burnfort National School pupils Katie Looney, Darragh McCarthy, Brian O’ Flynn and Noah Cahill who came first place in the ‘3rd and 4th class category’ of the ‘Credit Union Table Quiz’ that was held in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on Friday.

Burnfort National School try their hand at Rugby

Last Monday, Eugene McCarthy from Munster Rugby and Freddie Franklin from Mallow Rugby Club came to our school for a fun session teaching pupils from 2nd to 6th class some of the basics of the game of rugby. A big thanks to them for coming and we look forward to seeing them again in the future.

5th and 6th class pupils from Burnfort National School who enjoyed a coaching session from Eugene McCarthy from Munster Rugby and Freddie Franklin from Mallow Rugby Club on Monday.

Burnfort National School pupils Richard Murray & Shane Cahill taking part in the DELL VEX IQ Crossover Challenge in CIT.

 

Burnfort N.S. pupils attend DELL VEX IQ Competition

The boys and girls of 5th & 6th Class from Burnfort NS took part in the DELL VEX IQ Competition that was recently held in CIT.  The children had to prepare a research project and a video presentation based on the theme ‘Robotics in the Community’.

The class decided to research automatic sliding doors.  Their research was greatly enhanced by their field trip to Deane Security Ltd in Burnfort who specialise in manufacturing and installing these types of doors.  The children really enjoyed their trip.

The children also had to design, build and program a robot that they named ‘Jeff’.  ‘Jeff’ who worked both remotely and autonomously successfully took part in the robot games.  Burnfort NS’ entry into this competition was very kindly sponsored by JMCC Engineering, Pat Lyons Electrical and Ace Tree Services.   The boys and girls really enjoyed the overall experience.  The DELL Vex IQ competition will hopefully be an annual event in the Burnfort NS calendar.

A huge thank you to class teacher Mr Niall O’Sullivan who did trojan work with the pupils and who oversaw the project over the last few months. A massive well done also to the pupils who reached 6th place in the overall competition held in CIT. Maith sibh!

5th & 6th Class of Burnfort NS with their robot ‘Jeff’, who took part in the DELL Vex IQ Crossover Challenge Competition, held in CIT recently.

Best of Luck

Best wishes to both the ‘3rd and 4th class’ and the ‘5th and 6th’ class teams who will be taking part in the Credit Union School’s Quiz which will  take place in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow this Friday. Go n-eirí libh.

Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

This year, why not share your Christmas with a child living on the margins of society, amongst the poorest children in the world? – Many of whose families have to survive on less than 1 Euro a day.

This was the question that was put to all the families of Burnfort National School in October and did they answer!!

Pupils and staff, along with their families put together Christmas Boxes filling them with toys and everyday goods which we sometimes take for granted. We collected 98 boxes in Burnfort National School. The response was amazing and everybody got on-board. We really appreciate the huge effort that everybody made. These gifts will be transported to countries like Kosovo over the coming weeks just in time for Christmas. Thanks to Mrs. Heeran for organising this event.

img_2831img_2844img_2849img_2838img_2861img_2815On Thursday, 27th October, All pupils from Third class took part in a non-competitive football blitz held in Carrigoon. There was a huge turnout at this event with over forty teams taking part. Our two teams  played three matches each. They played such teams as Banteer, Kilworth and Kanturk. Even though this was a non-competitive blitz, each of the teams left nothing behind them. Well done to all the boys and girls who represented the school  so well. The day was very well organised and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you to those parents who provided drives to and from Mallow GAA Complex.

blitz-1blitz-2blitz-3blitz-4On Friday, 28th October, Pupils from First and Second Classes took part in a football skills day in Clyda Rover GAA complex. The boys and girls took part in training drills, football activities and ended with a mixed game. Analeentha National School were also in attendance. Thank you to Karyn Graham and all who helped on the day. Clyda Rovers also organised a bus for both schools. A great day was had by all.

Mini Sevens Football Blitz

For the second year running the Mini Sevens competitions were held in Carrigoon GAA Complex, Mallow over two days last week.

First up were the Burnfort N.S. boy’s football team who played on Tuesday the 16th of October.  They played Bweeng, Ballyclough and Glanworth in the group stages, winning against all three.  They faced Baltydaniel in the quarter final which turned out to be a cracking contest.  Some excellent football was played by both sides with the Burnfort boys coming out on top.

In the semi-final, they faced a very impressive Buttevant team.  Burnfort performed very well and the game was in the melting pot late in the second half.  A few quick scores toward the end of the match secured the win for Buttevant.  The team was made up of boys from both 5th and 6th class.

The girl’s football team played their games on Wednesday 17th October in Carrigoon.

Their first match was against a great Ballygown side. They played some fantastic football against this side and were delighted to come out with a win at the end of the second half.

Next up the Burnfort girls were up against local rivals Analeentha in the qualifying round for the semi final. This was a cracker of a match and both teams displayed an outstanding standard of football. In the end, Analeentha breached the hardworking Burnfort defence and came out victorious at full time.

Well done to both the boys and girls team that took part. As always ye played your hearts out and did the school proud. Maith sibh!

fballBurnfort N.S. Boys Football Team who took part in the Mini Sevens Football Competition that took place in Carrigoon last week.

fball-1The girls team from Burnfort National School who took part in the Mini Sevens Football competition in Carrigoon last week.

Orienteering Training Day

Last Thursday, senior pupils from Burnfort National School were given the opportunity to attend an orienteering training day in Doneraile Park. The day was organised by Jim Callanan from the ‘Cork Schools Orienteering Association’ and assisted by students from Nagle Rice Secondary School, Doneraile.

This was the second time that pupils from Burnfort have had the opportunity to partake in such a training day outside of the school grounds. Last year was the first year that pupils partook in the training day and not only did they enjoy the day but pupils learned a great deal about the skills involved in orienteering. This year was no different and pupils were shown the mechanics of map reading and were carefully guided through a course before they were given the opportunity to complete a course themselves.

Staff and pupils involved from Burnfort National School would like to extend their thanks to all involved in organising the event in Doneraile. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all and the boys and girls from Burnfort are waiting in anticipation for their next day out in November.

b 1Pupils from Burnfort National School pictured at the Primary School Orienteering Training Day held in the beautiful Doneraile Park last Thursday.

b25th Class pupils from Burnfort National School pictured with transition year students from Nagle Rice Secondary School, Doneraile who taught them the skills of orienteering at the Primary School Orienteering Training Day held in Doneraile Park recently.

b34th Class pupils Denis O’Mahony (left) and Harry Rourke from Burnfort National School pictured while out orienteering at the Primary School’s Orienteering Training Day held in Doneraile Park recently.

 

Best of Luck!

Best of luck to the Boy’s Football Sciath na Scol team who will be playing their first league match against Doneraile National School in Mourneabbey GAA Grounds on Friday 30th October at 1pm. Go n-éirí libh.

Visit of Cork Ladies Winning Football team.

Last Tuesday, pupils of Burnfort N.S. waited excitedly for the visit of members of the Cork Ladies Football team, who brought the Brendan Martin Cup to the school.  This has almost become an annual event over the past few years, but the anticipation and support never wanes.

Just before lunchtime, the children made their way to the G.P. Hall as word had got round that the visit was imminent.  Mr. Brian O’Sullivan, Principal welcomed and congratulated the local members of the Cork Team on their wonderful achievement.

They received a rapturous welcome and Ciara O’Sullivan (Cork Captain) and past pupil, spoke about commitment to the game, training hard and also enjoying whatever sport you are involved in. The wonderful team spirit of the Cork girls and the friendships formed all helped this team to become All Ireland winners.

All pupils were delighted with the girls’ visit to Burnfort National School and were thrilled with the opportunity to have their photos taken with the team members and to get their autographs, which, we are sure the children will cherish for many years to come. Congratulations and best wishes to all.

b4Pupils from Burnfort National School pictured as they welcomed members of the Cork Ladies Football Team during their recent visit to the school with the Brendan Martin Cup.

b5Members of the victorious Cork Ladies Football Team pictured with players from the Mourneabbey U10s football team who played at half time in Croke Park and Laura Kelly (front centre) who was given the opportunity to be a water girl at the Cork team’s final training before the big match last Sunday.

Welcome to our 13 new Junior Infants!

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Bernie Young Memorial Cup

Burnfort National School was well represented on Thursday, June 16th in the Bernie Young Memorial Cup, which was held in Glantane GAA Complex. The day’s fixtures began with a close and competitive match against Araglin National School.  The girls from 4th, 5th and 6th classes put in a huge performance and proved themselves worthy winners.

They continued with another close encounter with Milford National School. Again, the girls put in a gutsy performance and after another nail biting match, Milford came out on top with only a few points in the difference.

The next fixture was indeed one which the spectators really enjoyed. Burnfort was well matched against Liscarroll National School and after two halves of score for score on both sides, Liscaroll won with the very last kick of the game.

Finally, the girls finished their day with another impressive performance against Analeentha National School. The girls led by a goal at half-time, but Analeentha came out strong in the second half and proved themselves worthy winners.

The girls represented Burnfort National School with talent and class. Thanks to Glantane National School for organising the event and thanks to all  parents who travelled on the day.

GAA 14th to 6th class girls who represented Burnfort National School on Thursday last in the Bernie Young Memorial Shield which was held in Glantane GAA Complex.

Active Schools Week in Burnfort

Active Schools Week is in full swing this week here in Burnfort. Pupils are making a massive effort to be as active as possible this week by partaking in a variety of activities including soccer, tennis basketball and Irish Dancing. We are looking forward to raising our first Active Schools Flag this week also.

The last few weeks have been jam packed for pupils and teachers of Burnfort National School.

Cork City Sports

On Wednesday 1st June, a number of girls and boys from Senior Infants to 6th Class travelled to CIT in Cork to compete in the annual Cork City Sports. These boys and girls had being doing plenty of practice for the day and were really looking forward to their big race.

cork city 2All pupils ran their hearts out and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Well done to all the boys and girls from Burnfort N.S. that competed, in particular to Kathryn O’Mahony, Harry O’ Rourke and Seamus O’Brien who won trophies on the day. Maith sibh!

cork cityGirls from Burnfort N.S. pictured before they ran their races in Cork City Sports held in CIT recently.

Senior Classes School Tour to Castlegregory

On Wednesday 8th June, pupils from 3rd to 6th Class gathered early in Burnfort School to make sure they wouldn’t miss their bus for their long awaited school tour. This year, pupils were travelling to Splash Sports Watersports Centre in Castlegregory, Co. Kerry.

In Castlegregory, pupils had the opportunity to try a number of activities including water trampolining, kayaking, boogie boarding and operating a pedal boat. All pupils had a ball! The beautiful weather that the day presented also added to the enjoyment of the day. They finished up their tour with a trip to Manor West Shopping Centre in Tralee en route home. A big thank you to all teachers that travelled on the day and to the staff of Splash Sports for making this tour such an enjoyable experience.

tour 1tour 2tour 3Sciath na Scol

Last Thursday 9th June, pupils from 3rd to 6th classes, along with a number of parents and teachers from Burnfort National School travelled in convoy to Mallow G.A.A. Sports Complex to cheer on the Burnfort National School boys who were participating in their Sciath na Scol Hurling Final. The previous October, these boys played in the same venue and emerged victorious in their Sciath na Scol Football final against Kildorrery. So they were looking for the coveted double.

This was not going to be an easy feat against a very strong Ballyhooly side. They battled hard for the whole match but unfortunately Ballyhooly National School were victorious on the day. Well done to all the boys who played on the day. They did their school proud. Special thanks must also go to teacher Mr. Niall O’Sullivan who has trained the boys throughout the year.

tour 42nd Class pupils from Burnfort National School taking a break during their school tour to Cuskinny Court recently.

tour 53rd  class pupils pictured during a blitz held in Dromtariffe recently.

Communion in Burnfort

Last Saturday 28th May, all roads led to St. John the Baptist Church in Burnfort to join the 2nd class pupils from Burnfort National School as they received their First Holy Communion. All who attended enjoyed a lovely ceremony and this was added to by the glorious weather.

A special thanks to Fr. Joe O’Keeffe who celebrated the mass on the day. Thanks also to the school musician and choir who were assisted by Mrs. Maher and Ms. Curran and to all school staff who helped on the day. A final well done must go to class teacher Mr. Brian O’Sullivan who prepared the children exceptionally well for the sacrament.

Following the ceremony, the Communion children and their families all enjoyed light refreshments in the school which was very generously hosted by the Parents Association. A great day was had by all.

communion2nd Class pupils from Burnfort National School who celebrated their First Holy Communion in St. John the Baptist Church, last Saturday. Pictured with celebrant Fr. Joe O’Keeffe.

pic 1Everyone at Burnfort NS is delighted for Anna Ryan and Rowan Doherty who have made the Cork Primary Games Girls and Boys football teams.  They both will be playing against a Tipperary selection during half time of the Munster Senior Football Championship game between Cork and Tipperary in Semple Stadium in Thurles. This is a fantastic achievement for both Anna and Rowan.

pic 2The Burnfort N.S. hurling team qualified for the North Cork Sciath na Scol hurling final to be played on the 9th of June.  The boys had great wins over Glenahulla NS and Dromina NS to make it to this stage.  Having won the football competition before Christmas, the Burnfort boys are going for the double!! Best of luck from all in Burnfort!

 

Last Thursday 14th April, pupils, teachers and parents from Burnfort National School walked the roads surrounding the school in search of rubbish as part of their ‘Annual Spring Clean’.

Armed with hi visibility jackets, bin bags, gloves, litter pickers and signs saying ‘Children at Work’, pupils were split into groups and took to the roads to gather rubbish scattered along the roadside. Not only did pupils gather a number of bags of plastic, bottles, cans and wrappers but they also discovered car tires and car parts.

This is the second year that the school has completed a Spring Clean and it proved to be just as successful as last year. We were also blessed with the glorious weather that the day presented.

A huge thank you to all parents who helped and volunteered on the day. It is now even more of a pleasure to travel the roads surrounding Burnfort, knowing that we have contributed to its beauty.  Hopefully it will remain that way for many years to come.

clean 5 clean 3clean 4 clean 2clean 1Burnfort National School’s Annual Spring Clean

Laptops in Burnfort

We have been very fortunate over the past number of weeks to have received a delivery of 15 laptops for the children to use here in Burnfort National School.

A massive thank you is to be extended to parents Breeda and Adrian Kelly for organising this delivery and to the company ‘Pepsico’ for supplying them. They will be a fantastic asset to the school.

laptop 1Principal of Burnfort N.S. Brian O’Sullivan pictured with Adrian Kelly who presented laptops to the school on behalf of Pepsico.

Scór na bPáistí

Many congratulations to Muireann O’Brien who competed and sang in the County final of Scór na bPáistí .  Muireann came in Second place after an excellent performance. Well done Muireann!!

Proclamation Day:

On  Tuesday 15th March in along with all other primary schools the pupils of Burnfort N.S. raised the Irish Flag presented to them by the Defence Forces on behalf of the Irish State to mark the passing of 100 years since “The 1916 Rising”.

At 10.50 approx many parents, guardians, relatives and members of the local community joined pupils and staff for the commemoration.  Mr. Brian O’Sullivan, Principal, welcomed all present and gave a brief outline of the mornings proceedings.  Our Scór Group of singers and musicians got things underway with beautiful singing.  This was followed by the reading of “The Proclamation” by fifth and sixth class pupils Valerie O’Leary, Darragh Cooney and Anna O’Connell.  Mr. John F. O’Sullivan, retired principal, gave a very informative and detailed account of local volunteers in Mourneabbey at the time of the rising, one of whom was Tomás MacCurtain, born in Ballyknockin and who attended Burnfort N.S. Tomás MacCurtain went on to be Lord Mayor of Cork.

Our “new Proclamation” written by pupils of fifth and  sixth class for a new generation, was then read by Sean O’Callaghan and Ben Nyhan.  It was very well received and raised many issues relevant to Ireland and our World today. Children from all classes Juniors, to 6th then performed a selection of songs and music.

At 12.15 p.m. all present made their way to the school yard for the “Flag Raising Ceremony”, the Flag was raised by pupils Conan O’Sullivan and Kayleigh Jones to the singing of our national Anthem “Amhrán na bhFiann”.

All present were then treated to a cup of tea and selection of cakes provided staff and parents. A great day was enjoyed by all.

Our thanks to all who helped in any way to make our celebration such a wonderful occasion. Many thanks to Ger Dennehy for providing amplification system for our day.

flag 1flag 2flag 3flag 4flag 5FAI Soccer Tournament

Last week, the boys and girls of Burnfort NS competed in the FAI Primary Schools 5 a side soccer competition which was held at the grounds of Carrigaline United in Carrigaline.

The girls had great games against Agahabullogue and Bweeng in the group stages and beat Curraglass in a playoff match to reach the quarter finals.  In this match they played Derrinacahara and it was a cracker! Going down 3 goals to 1 in the second half, the Burnfort girls rallied, scoring twice to send the game to extra time.  In the additional time, Burnfort scored two more to win on a final score of 5 goals to 3.

The panel consisted of Caitlin Duffy, Anna Ryan, Valerie O’Leary, Ruby Harrington, Molly Burke, Grace Cooney, Eva O’Rourke, Muireann O’Brien and assistant manager Anna O’Connell.

The girls now progress to the county finals which are to be held in Turners Cross, home of Cork City FC this coming week. Best of luck to the team from all at Burnfort N.S.

The boys were up next and they played 5 group games against Scoil Inse Rathe, Ballyheada, Berrings, Brooklodge and Crosshaven.

In winning all five matches to top their group, they qualified automatically for the playoff final to reach the County Finals.  This was against Scoil Íosagáin, Aghada.  The boys played very well in the opening half going up 1-nil.  However as the game progressed Scoil Íosagáin got more and more into the game and went on to win a thrilling battle.

Unfortunately that was the end of the road for the Burnfort boys however they can be very proud of themselves as they represented their school very well.

Finally a massive thank you to Mr. Niall O’Sullivan who organised both the boys and girls teams for the tournaments.

soccer 1Burnfort National School’s Girls Soccer team who were victorious in their group of the FAI Soccer Tournament held in Carrigaline last week.

soccer 2The boy’s soccer team from Burnfort National School who participated in the FAI Soccer Tournament which took place in Carrigaline last week.

 

3rd Class Boys Indoor Hurling

Boys from 3rd Class took part in an indoor hurling competition in Nagle Rice Secondary School in Doneraile on Friday last.

They played some great matches against Ballynoe, Gaelscoil Thomáis Daibhaís and Liscarroll and qualified for the final.  For the second time, the boys were to play Ballynoe.

Starting superbly, the Burnfort lads went up 3 goals to 1.  However, Ballynoe fought back very well with the game finishing in a draw.  It went to extra time with the golden goal rule applying.

Unfortunately for Burnfort, Ballynoe were the first on the score sheet in extra time, winning themselves the match and the tournament.  In saying that, our boys did exceptionally well.

 hurling 1Burnfort National School’s 3rd Class Indoor Hurling Team who participated in the blitz held in Nagle Rice Secondary School in Doneraile last Friday.

First Penance for 2nd Class

Congratulations to the boys and girls from 2nd class who celebrated their First Penance in St. John the Baptist Church, Burnfort on Monday evening. Thank you to all pupils, parents and staff members who attended and helped out on the night and to Fr. Joe O’Keeffe who celebrated the sacrament with the children.

A final thanks must be extended to parent Emily Looney who made a beautiful (and very tasty!) cake for pupils on their special day.

penance 12nd Class pupils from Burnfort National School pictured with a cake made by parent Emily Looney in celebration of pupils having their First Penance on Monday.

Scór na bPáistí

The North Cork Final of Scór na bPáistí was held in Ballyhooly Community Hall last Sunday. Burnfort N.S. was represented in two categories- Ballad Group and Solo Singing.

The ballad group of Anna Ryan, Valerie O’Leary, Caitlin Duffy, Molly Burke and Muireann O’Brien sang beautifully and came third in their category.

A huge well done the Muireann O’Brien who came first place in Solo Singing after singing a haunting rendition of ‘She Moved through the Fair’. She will now be competing in the Cork Semi Final of Scór in Ovens this Sunday. Best of luck Muireann!

Finally, thank you to Mrs. Pauline Maher who prepared the girls on the day.

4th Class team represents school in Chapter Level of Credit Union Quiz

On Saturday last, Burnfort National School pupils Michael Walsh, Matthew Harrington, Emma Kelly and Aislinn Dorgan participated in the Chapter level of the Credit Union Quiz which took place in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow last Saturday.

This team had already been successful in the regional round after taking first place and their aim was to reach the All Ireland Final which will be held in Dublin in the coming weeks.

The Burnfort boys and girls put their heads together and did a fantastic job. They ended up coming third in their category, after narrowly missing out on taking second place and securing a place in the final in Dublin. The team were disappointed with their result but should be very proud of the feat of getting to the chapter level of this competition, which itself is not an easy task.

A huge well done to the pupils involved, to their class teacher Ms. Curran and all parents who supported the children on the day.

quiz oneBurnfort National School’s 3rd and 4th Class Quiz Team who took part in their category in the Chapter level of the Credit Union Table Quiz held in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow last Saturday. 

 Scór na bPáistí

Wednesday evening, the 24th of February was another busy day for senior pupils and teachers Mrs. Pauline Maher and Ms. Niamh Curran from Burnfort National School. Ballyclough Community Centre was the venue and the school this year the school was being represented in four catagories- solo singing, ballad group, instrumental music and question time.

As always, all pupils did the school and their parents proud and for the first time in years the school was delighted to be successful in not one, but two categories on the night- the solo singing and ballad group. The instrumental group also preformed fantastically in a tough competition and the quiz team of Niall Daly, Ben Nyhan and Valerie O’Leary were especially unlucky not to progress after reaching the third round of the tie breaker questions against our neighbours Analeentha.

A massive well done to each and every pupil from Burnfort N.S. that participated in the competition and worked so hard over the past number of weeks in preparation. Special thanks also to teachers Mrs. Maher and Ms. Curran for preparing these groups.

We look forward to supporting the Ballad group and solo singer, Muireann O’Brien in the North Cork final which will take place in Ballyhooly Community Centre this Sunday 6th March at 2pm.

scor 1Burnfort National School ‘s Instrumental group who participated in Scór na bPáistí which was held in Ballyclough Community Centre recently.

scor 2Burnfort National School’s ballad group who were successful in the North Cork Semi Final of Scór na bPáistí which was held in Ballyclough Community Centre recently. Pictured with teacher Mrs. Pauline Maher.

A bit of the farm comes to Burnfort N.S.

An enormous thank you must go to parent and local farmer Brian Deane, who last week brought a number of his sheep and lambs to the school.

For many, it is a rare occasion that they get to see one of these animals up close and pupils from Junior Infants all the way up to 6th class were delighted with the opportunity to pet and take a closer look at these lovely animals.

lamb 2    lamb 1Burnfort N.S. pupils pictured with local farmer, Brian Deane after his visit to the school with a number of his lambs and sheep.

Last week was another busy week on the sporting front for the teachers and pupils in Burnfort N.S. Wednesday 10th of February in particular proved to be full of activity with pupils from 3rd to 6th classes with pupils participating in both basketball and indoor hurling tournaments.

Basketball in Burnfort

First up, the boys and girls from Burnfort N.S. took part in a basketball tournament organised by Cispheil na mBunscoil. This was the first time that these pupils have participated in and they were very excited about the experience.

Two boy’s teams from 5th & 6th class competed.  They played against Scoil Eoin Ballincollig, Gaelscoil Uí Ríada, Scoil Chrios tSeáin, Gaelscoil Carrigaline, and Barryroe N.S.  All boy’s games were held in Neptune Stadium.

The girl’s team, made up of children from 4th, 5th and 6th class played against Rosscarbery N.S., Araglin N.S. and Barryroe N.S. All games were held in Parochial Hall.

Winning 8 out of the 9 games in total, all three teams performed brilliantly. All the while thoroughly enjoying the event.  We definitely plan to make the tournament an annual event in the sporting calendar of Burnfort N.S. Thanks very much to teachers Mr. Brian O’Sullivan, Mrs. Sarah Walsh and Niall O’Sullivan who organised the boys on the day and also to all parents that helped out.

bball 1Burnfort N.S. Basketball team A which took part in a basketball tournament organised by Cispheil na mBunscoil in Neptune Stadium recently.

bball 2Burnfort N.S. Basketball team B which took part in a basketball tournament organised by Cispheil na mBunscoil in Neptune Stadium recently.

bball 3Burnfort National School’s girls basketball team which took part in the basketball tournament organised by Cispheil na mBunscoil in Parochial Hall, Cork recently.

Boy’s 4th Class Indoor Hurling Tournament

In addition to the busy day that pupils had playing basketball, the boy’s from 3rd and 4th class were no exception. On Wednesday, they travelled to Nagle Rice Secondary School, Doneraile to partake in the indoor hurling tournament.

The boys were to play three matches in their section and the top two teams would then proceed on to play each other in the final.

The Burnfort team played three fantastic matches against Baltydaniel, Ballygiblin and Ballygown and all their hard work paid off when they made it to the final against Ballygiblin.

The teamwork and skill displayed by this Burnfort team was commented on by all and the final proved to be a cracking match.

Burnfort led by two goals early on in the match, but this lead wasn’t long kept and was returned by a succession of two quick goals by Ballygiblin to equalise. Balygiblin then took the lead with another goal but thanks to a fantastic goal by Kieran Buckley, Burnfort again were equal.

Yet again though, Ballygiblin weren’t going to lose this final and despite the tireless effort of our goalkeeper Daithi O’Brien the ball hit the back of the Burnfort net in final minutes of the game. The final score was 5-4  to Ballygiblin.

We were very unlucky not to come away with a victory but a huge well done to all the boys that participated on the day. They provided a fantastic days entertainment for all who attended. Thanks to Ms. Niamh Curran for organising the boys on the day.

hurling 1Burnfort N.S. 3rd and 4th Class indoor hurling team who reached the final in the indoor hurling tournament in Nagle Rice Secondary School last week

Silver Lining Productions

On Tuesday 9th February, pupils from Burnfort National School had the pleasure of being entertained by the cast of ‘Silver Lining productions’.  Their production included a program of music and arts.  Pupils had the opportunity of learning about instruments old and new, how they look and what they sound like.  Some of these instruments were handmade and pupils learned about being innovative and creative and were amazed to see the possibilities of making music from many household items.  Kate enthralled the audience by performing numerous skills e.g., foot juggling, rope spinning, roller balancing and lots more.  Both pupils and teachers thoroughly enjoyed their wonderful performance and were entertained throughout.  Pupils and staff were also given the opportunity to participate in the production which added to the enjoyment.  It was an excellent afternoon’s entertainment.  Many thanks to ‘Silver Lining productions’.

sl 1sl 2Grandparents Day

Last Thursday, teachers and pupils from Burnfort National School gathered in the school hall to celebrate Grandparents’ Day.  Many grandparents and family members attended and were welcomed by Principal Brian O’Sullivan, who acknowledged and thanked the grandparents for the wonderful support they give to their grandchildren and to the school.

Pupils from Junior Infants to 6th class entertained all present in music and song with classics such as ‘I’ll Tell Me Ma’. ‘The Black Velvet Band’, ‘Knick Knack Paddy Whack’ and ‘Alive, Alive-O’.  The infant class stole the show with their rendition of many classic nursery rhymes.  Grandparent Michael Looney also presented a photograph of the class of 1938-39 boys from Burnfort National School to Principal Brian O’Sullivan.

gp 9Children’s research on school days past adorned the hall and indeed, revealed many interesting facts about the lives of their parents and grandparents.

IMG_0915IMG_0916IMG_0920IMG_0922IMG_0919IMG_0917All present then enjoyed a cuppa and beautiful cakes provided by staff members and served by the Parents Association. Thanks to all who attended and helped during the celebrations.

gp 1    gp 2   gp 3   gp 4  gp 5   gp 6gp 7Credit Union Table Quiz

Pupils in Burnfort National School have been very busy over the last number of weeks participating in a number of quizzes locally. Last week was no exception.

On Friday 29th January, two teams from Burnfort travelled to the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow to partake in the annual Credit Union Table Quiz.

Both teams battled hard, and the 3rd and 4th class team of Michael Walsh, Emma Kelly, Matthew Harrington and Ashlinn Dorgan did Trojan work and came away with a fantastic 1st place.

A huge well done also to our 5th and 6th class team of Cormac O’Reilly, Valerie O’Leary, Ruby Harrington and Cian Dennehy who participated on the day.

Parents, teachers and fellow pupils are very proud of the team and it is also a great achievement for the both the team and school.

The 3rd and 4th class team are now through to the chapter round of this competition which is due to take place on Saturday 27th February in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow. Go n-éirí libh a pháistí!

quiz 1Burnfort National School’s 3rd and 4th Class Quiz Team that won their category in the annual Credit Union Table Quiz last Friday.

quiz 2The 5th and 6th Class Quiz Team from Burnfort N.S. who took part in the Credit Union TABLE Quiz last Friday

Burnfort National School Christmas Show

Friday, 18th December was a very busy day in Burnfort National School. Christmas cheer could be felt in every part of the school. It all began with a Christmas Cake Sale and coffee morning. This was held in the school hall and it was indeed the Great Irish Bake-off! There were cakes of every shape and size. The response was outstanding and thank you to all who donated cakes and attended the cake sale.

Our day continued with our Junior Infant Nativity play. This was held in St. John the Baptist Church at 1pm. The boys and girls performed with such confidence and enthusiasm that the audience gave a rapturous round of applause.

Following this, classes from Senior infants to Sixth class each performed a highly entertaining variety of Christmas songs and poetry. The show ended with a whole school instrumental featuring a wide array of instruments including tin whistles, concertinas, fiddles and banjos. The boys and girls finished with a lively rendition of ‘Mary Had a Baby’. Staff, parents and children thoroughly enjoyed the day. Thank you to everybody who helped and supported on the day.

St. Vincent de Paul appeal;

Well done to all the boys and girls from Burnfort National School who donated lots of food to St. Vincent de Paul this Christmas. This food will be donated to people who are less well off this Christmas. Congratulations to 5th and 6th Class who organised this initiative.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Staff at Burnfort National School would like to wish all pupils, parents and all members of the community a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

IMG_0700Junior Infant pupils from Burnfort National School pictured after their performance of their Christmas play in St. John the Baptist church, Burnfort recently.

vincent6th Class pupils from Burnfort National School who organised a food collection for St. Vincent de Paul recently.

carol5th and 6th Class pupils from Burnfort National School pictured during their visit to Bridhaven Nursing Home, Mallow recently.

Burnfort National School

As the first term of this school year winds down in many schools around the country, Burnfort National School are busy preparing for a jam packed final few days before the holidays arrive.

Eoghan Gallagher wins Credit Union Art Competition

A big well done to Eoghan Gallagher in 2nd Class who last Friday received 3rd place in the Chapter level of the Credit Union Art competition.

eoghan pic A delighted Eoghan Gallagher from Burnfort National School pictured after receiving his prize for coming 3rde place in the Chapter level of the Credit Union Art Competition.

Tennis Lessons

Tuesday marked the end of our 6 week block of tennis lessons in Burnfort National School. Tennis trainers Liam and Josephine O’Rourke from Tennis Ireland visited our school each Tuesday for the last few weeks and coached children from Junior Infants to 6th Class on the basics of tennis.

It was clearly evident that all pupils thoroughly enjoyed each and every lesson and their tennis skills improved greatly. Both teachers and pupils would like to extend a huge thank you to both Liam and Josephine for coming to our school and we look forward to seeing ye again in the near future.

tennis pic 5th and 6th class pupils from Burnfort National School pictured with tennis instructors Liam and Josephine O’Rourke from Tennis Ireland after their last tennis lesson in the school recently.

 Christmas Carols in Bridhaven

On Wednesday, 5th and 6th class pupils from Burnfort National School were invited to Bridhaven Nursing Home, Mallow to perform a variety of Christmas songs and carols and to showcase their musical talents to the residents that live there.

Dressed in Christmas hats, the boys and girls sang their hearts out and the visit was enjoyed by all. A huge thank you to all parents that transported pupils on the day and of course, to the residents and staff of Bridhaven Nursing Home for the invite. We hope ye enjoyed the visit as much as we did.

Burnfort National School Christmas Carol Service

This Friday 18th December, Junior Infants will perform their nativity play at 1pm in St. John the Baptist Church, Burnfort.

Following that, pupils from Senior infants to 6th classes will perform a selection of Christmas carols and songs. The Service will commence at 1.40pm. A cake sale and coffee morning will be held in the school from 12pm onwards to get everyone in the Christmas mood.

Crazy Hair Day!!

Staff and pupils got in the spirit of this hair raising worthy cause. We raised 650 Euro for Crumlin Children’s Hospital!

Well done to everyone!

IMG_0615IMG_0618IMG_0623IMG_0628IMG_0627IMG_0626IMG_0631Science Trip

Last Wednesday 11th November, pupils from 4th to 6th class travelled to UCC in Cork to a science show called ‘Dr. Death and the MediEvil Medicine’.

The purpose of the show was to teach children about the history of medicine. Simon, the solo actor presented this information in a fun and entertaining way and pupils thoroughly enjoyed their experience.

sciencePupils from 4th to 6th Class pictured after watching ‘Dr. Death and the MediEvil Medicine Show’ in UCC recently.

Credit Union Art Competition Winners

A huge congratulations to Kathryn O’Mahony in 4th Class, Eoghan Gallagher 2nd Class and Sophia Lyons in Senior Infants who won prizes in their categories. Well done!

Orienteering in Fota House and Gardens

On Tuesday, pupils from 5th and 6th class travelled to Fota House and Gardens in Cork to participate in their first ever orienteering competition.

The rain did not hinder their enjoyment of the event and all pupils had a great time putting their navigational skills to good use.

army 11Pupils from Burnfort N.S. listening attentively at the flag presentation ceremony last Monday.

army 22Pupils from Burnfort N.S. being presented with the Irish flag at the presentation ceremony in the school recently.

Burnfort National School are Energy Aware

Last Wednesday, a speaker from the ‘SEAI’ (Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland) visited Burnfort National School to talk to pupils from 3rd to 6th class about the benefits of renewable energy for our environment.

Teachers and pupils in Burnfort are working hard to obtain our second Green School’s flag for Energy and we wanted to learn about the different ways in which we can reduce our energy consumption to help the environment.

During her visit, pupils learned about renewable and non-renewable energy and about how we can save energy in our school and at home.

In preparation for the visit, all lights and electrical equipment was switched off from 11am until 12 noon on Friday.

Pupils played a very enjoyable game called ‘Guzzler’s Energy Challenge’ in which they had to work their way around a life sized board game and answer questions based on energy.

This was a very beneficial visit for both teachers and pupils and we look forward to putting our newly learned tips into effect.

Tennis Trainers come to Burnfort

Last week, pupils from juniors to 6th class began a 6 week course of tennis. Trainers Liam and Josephine O’Rourke from Tennis Ireland visit our school each Tuesday and coach children on the basics of tennis.

All pupils are thoroughly enjoying this training and look forward to training on Tuesdays.

We are looking to obtain our first ‘Active Schools Flag’ here in Burnfort N.S. and over the coming months we intend to offer the children a diverse range of sporting activities including orienteering and tag rugby.

tennisChildren enjoying tennis training in Burnfort National School recently.

tennis 2Practicing his skills during tennis training in Burnfort National School recently.

Burnfort National School Notes

Yet again the past week has been another busy one on the sports front for Burnfort National School.   Pupils from 2nd to 6th classes participated in a variety of both competitive and non-competitive football blitzes and matches over the past few days.

Mini Sevens

First up on the competitions front, were the boys and girls Mini Sevens Football Blitzes which were held in Carrigoon GAA Complex, Mallow. Due to the large number of teams participating this year, it was decided to run this competition over two days with the boys playing their matches on Wednesday and the girls following suit on Thursday.

Wednesday arrived, and the Burnfort boys were ready to display their brilliant football skills against three great teams- Ballygown N.S., Gaelscoil Thomáis Dáibhís and MiItchelstown CBS. After showing a fine display of football, they came away with two victories which allowed them to reach the quarter final stage against Milford.

The boys gave a fantastic performance but unfortunately Milford proved too strong on the day. They burst through our defense with a succession of quick scores after half time which allowed them to come away with the win in the end.

The girl’s football team played on Thursday with their qualifying matches against Castletownroche N.S. and Ballyhea N.S. All their training paid off and they came away victorious against Castletownroche with a six point victory.

Burnfort girls worked just as hard in their second match and managed to assume a narrow lead over Ballyhea in the first half. Unfortunately, Ballyhea proved too strong a side for our girls and Ballyhea came away with a 2 point victory.

We are very proud of both teams and well done to all involved.

b1Caption: Burnfort National School girls football team who participated in the Mini Sevens Football Blitz that took place in Carrigoon GAA Complex, Mallow last Thursday.

2nd and 3rd Class Blitz

Last Friday, Boys and girls from 2nd and 3rd classes travelled to Mourneabbey GAA grounds to participate in a blitz organized by Rebel Og and Sciath na Scol. These blitzes are designed to cater for players of all ability and are always played in a fun and friendly atmosphere with no scores being kept.

As always, this blitz was no exception and all pupils thoroughly enjoyed their numerous matches played. A big thanks all parents and teachers that helped with the organisation of the teams on the day.

b2Caption: Pupils from Burnfort National School pictured at the 2nd and 3rd class football blitz that was held in Mourneabbey GAA Grounds recently.

b5Allianz Sciath na Scol Boy’s Football Final

Last but in no way least on the sporting calendar was the Sciath na Scol football final against Ballyhea National School which took place in Carrigoon GAA Complex, Mallow last Tuesday. Suitably armed with green and white flags, pupils, staff and parents of Burnfort N.S. travelled to Mallow to cheer on our boys and the final certainly didn’t fail to disappoint.

From the first whistle, Burnfort N.S. showed their speed and skill as they launched their attack on the Ballyhea goal line. Ben Nyhan put the opening score on the scoreboard with a fantastic goal into the back of the Ballyhea net. A number of scores from players including Rowan Doherty, Garry Deane and David Cooney and Kevin Graham and some great defending by our back line ensured that Burnfort N.S. had gained a considerable lead by the end of the first half.

Ballyhea showed their never say die attitude and continued to battle in the second half of the match by threatened our defence line on a number of occasions. We conceded a few scores but goalkeeper Séan O’Donoghue provided a number magnificent saves and this coupled with an all round fantastic performance from all back, midfield and forward players ensured that Burnfort came out on top by the final whistle with a well earned victory. The final Score was Burnfort N.S. 7-8 to Ballyhea 1-3.

This team have trained very hard over the past number of weeks and have played a number of difficult matches to get to the final. But the magnificent display of football by all members of the team showed their hard work and dedication had paid off. Captain Rhys Deane was presented with the cup and gave a big cheer for the Ballyhea side who fought to the very end. He thanked Mr. Niall O’Sullivan for training the team, the Burnfort N.S. supporters and the organisers of the Sciath na Scol finals who ensured that the day in Mallow ran smoothly.

Parents, staff and pupils are overwhelmed with joy and are very proud of the boys performance. Maith sibh!

b3Caption: The victorious Burnfort National School Football Team who won their Allianz Sciath na Scol football final in Mallow last Tuesday.

b4Caption: Burnfort National School captain Rhys Deane pictured accepting the cup on behalf of his team after they won their Allianz Sciath na Scol football final against Ballyhea N.S. in Mallow last Tuesday.

Sciath na Scol

Burnfort N.S. had our first Sciath na Scol football match of the season on Thursday, the 1st of October against Ballyhooly N.S.  Despite the fact we were missing three players through injury, the boys played very well and were lucky enough to come away with a two point victory thanks to a last minute goal by Cillian Curran. Well done to all involved.

Our next game is against Ballygown N.S. and we would like to wish the pupils playing the very best of luck with their match.

Invitational Football Tournament

 The boys of 5th and 6th Class also took part in an invitational football tournament hosted by the transition year boys of the Patrician Academy on Monday the 5th of October. We would like to thank the Academy for hosting the event and for all involved in its organisation. A great day was had by all.

sciath na scoilPupils from Burnfort National School pictured before their first Allianz Sciath na Scol football match last week.

Orienteering Training Day

Last Thursday, senior pupils from Burnfort National School were given the opportunity to attend an orienteering training day in Doneraile Park. The day was organised by Jim Callanan from the ‘Cork Schools Orienteering Association’ and assisted by students from Nagle Rice Secondary School, Doneraile.

This was the first time pupils from Burnfort have had the opportunity to partake in such a training day outside of the school grounds and the threat of rain and the later downpour in no way prevented the pupils from enjoying their experience. Pupils were shown the mechanics of map reading and were carefully guided through a course before they were given the opportunity to complete a course themselves.

Staff and pupils involved from Burnfort National School would like to extend their thanks to all involved in organising the event in Doneraile. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all and the boys and girls from Burnfort are waiting in anticipation for their next day out in October.

ori picPupils from Burnfort National School pictured at the Primary School Orienteering Training Day held in Doneraile Park last Thursday

ori pic 2Pupils from Burnfort National School being shown ‘map features’ at the Primary School Orienteering Training Day held in Doneraile Park recently.

Visit of Cork Ladies Winning Football team.

On Tuesday 29th September, pupils of Burnfort N.S. waited excitedly for the visit of members of the Cork Ladies Football team, who brought the Brendan Martin Cup to the school. This has almost become an annual event over the past few years, but the anticipation and support never wanes.

At 12.55 p.m. approx. the children made their way to the G.P. Hall as word had got round that the visit was imminent. Mrs. Laura Walsh Deputy Principal welcomed and congratulated Ciara, Méabh, Eimear, Róisin, Máire and Bríd on their wonderful achievement.

They received a rapturous welcome and Ciara O’Sullivan (Cork Captain) and past pupil, spoke about commitment to the game, training hard and also enjoying whatever sport you are involved in. The wonderful team spirit of the Cork girls and the friendships formed all helped this team to become All Ireland winners. Assistant Trainer with the Cork Ladies Football team and Trainer to Mourneabbey Ladies Football Team Shane Ronayne spoke about putting in the hard work, being persistent in your attitude to training which in turn always pays dividends. He said there is no such word as ‘can’t’ in life, it might be hard but nothing is impossible. Tom Murphy President of Mourneabbey Ladies Football Club thanked Ciara and the girls for bringing the cup to Mourneabbey and said how proud he was of the whole team. He also expressed his gratitude to all those who assist with training and supporters of both the Cork Ladies Football Team and Mourneabbey Ladies Football club.

Many jerseys were signed and photos taken of a day which we are sure the children will cherish for many years to come (and we hope for a return visit in 2016) Congratulations and Best Wishes to all.

cork phot 1Pupils and staff from Burnfort National School pictured with members of the Cork Ladies Football Team during their recent visit to the school with the Brendan Martin Cup.

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