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 Outdoor Classroom

Outdoor Classroom Day is a campaign to celebrate and inspire play and learning outside the classroom. By getting involved, you join a worldwide movement of schools standing up for outdoor learning and setting an example to others that outdoor play matters. The campaign started in London, England, and with the support of the Unilever Dirt is Good family of brands (OMO, Persil, Rinso, Skip), has now gone global.

Ballon school, in tandem with Ballon Improvement Group, celebrated this day in grand style starting with a formal opening in the hall and continuing in the school garden area. This area was first planted some years ago by the local ICA and over the last two years was expanded and renovated with native trees and shrubs and homes for birds and creepy crawlies. Let this gallery give a sample of all that went on.

Later an event was held to promote Carlow hosting the 2017 Féile hurling/Camogie competition

The president of the GAA, Aogán O’Fearghail (Uctharain CLG), Sean Campion (Chairperson Carlow County Board, Jim Bolger (Chairperson Leinster GAA, Peter O’Neill (Chairperson Leinster Féile Committee), Richard Cody (Carlow Hurler) Ronan Dempsey (Operations Manager Carlow GAA visited the school.

Aogán gave a motivation talk to encourage our children to get ouside and play with a ball. He bonded with the children who entertained with dancing, singing and a display of a multitude of jerseys bedecking the hall and the back of many children, teachers and parents. Homework was suspended and the children didn’t cry.

Click on Website link at top of page for fuller coverage and more pictures by Marion Doyle


The school held its first multicultural event today where 11 children from other nationalites displayed information about their county of origin and 7 mums came in to display a selection of goodies native to their country. This forms a part of the Green School’s work in claiming their 6th Flag which is maily about Global Citizenship. The speakers were Róisín Connolly and Christopher Buckley.

Truly Multinational






School gardening group start in earnest planting up a variety of seeds and spring onions

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