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Message from the Principal

June 2023

As the school year draws to a close it is time to look back and reflect on the year that has passed and also to look forward with optimism for the years to come at Ballybay Central School. This year has seen the enrolment of many new pupils not least our friends from the Ukraine. The school community has warmly welcomed all new children and reached out with a hand of friendship. We have enjoyed many new and varied learning experiences this year which included trips to the river, forest, theatre, adventure centre, libraries and folk park to name but a few.  Children in various classes enjoyed taking part in World Book Day, Active Schools Week, cycling training, swimming lessons, skipping workshop, coding workshop,vet visit and walking to school.  Our first Student Council was formed this year and the pupils involved have been very active.  A lovely evening was had by all in 2nd Ballybay Presbyterian Church at Christmas time where all children performed, read and prayed as we celebrated the birth of Jesus. The Parents' Association organised a flower demonstration in March which was very well supported by the local community. They also spearheaded the end of year family event on 19th June which took the form of a treasure hunt followed by refreshments in the school grounds. We were happy to hand over a cheque for €240 to Ballybay Cancer Society, the proceeds of our Festive walk to School in December and Teach na Daoine in Monaghan were very appreciative of the donations made by our school to their Christmas Food Appeal. 

We wish our current 6th class pupils best wishes as they move to local secondary schools in Ballybay, Castleblayney and Monaghan and we look forward to welcoming many new pupils to the school at the end of August. We welcomed Mrs Boyle back in December and  Mrs Patton back in June following their respective leaves. We want to take this opportunity to thank Miss Orla, Miss Ally and Ms Gráinne for all their help with our Ukrainian children throughout the year. We thank Ms Fitzpatrick and Ms Moffett for the contribution they made to the school during this year and we wish them well in their teaching careers. 

July sees the marriage of two staff members , Ms Brown and Ms Moffett. We wish both of them and their new husbands a lifetime of love , joy and happiness together. Finally I wish to express my appreciation to our secretary, Sandra, and caretaker, Darren, who always go above and beyond in their respective roles. 

On behalf of all staff involved in the school I wish each and every family a happy, sun filled summer - enjoy the break from school routine and spend time with family, friends and loved ones doing what you enjoy doing the most. 

School will reopen on Wednesday 30th August . 

Karen Pepper


Applications for 2023 - 2024 school year 

Applications for all classes for the 2023 - 2024 school year are now closed. If you wish to enrol your child please contact the school for details. Late applications will be considered by the Board of Management. 

Admissions Notice for 2023 2024 school year

Application for Admission to Ballybay Central School Form 2023-2024

Admissions Policy Ballybay Central School January 2023

Ballybay Cancer Society Donation 

Pupils presenting Charlie Mills with a cheque for €240 for Ballybay Cancer Society, proceeds of our festive walk to school in December


Our School:

Ballybay Central School officially opened in May 1987. This fine new school situated on a site on the Castleblayney Road was the result of the amalgamation of Urcher, Derryvalley and Hall Street national schools. The school, under Presbyterian management, serves the Protestant community of Ballybay and also the wider catchment area. We warmly welcomed children of all religious backgrounds and nationalities.  The school has three mainstream class teachers, a full time Special Educational Needs teacher and SNA. The school also employs a part time caretaker and secretary.

The children who attend Ballybay Central National School are taught the subjects as laid out in the New Curriculum - English, Irish, Maths, History, Geography, Science, (S.E.S.E.), Social, Personal & Health Education, Music, Drama, Arts & Crafts and Physical Education. All children take part in swimming, soccer and GAA activities through out the year.