Important Notice re: School reopening

Primary school buildings will be opening for Junior Infant to 2nd class pupils from Monday March 1st. 3rd to 6th class pupils should be returning to the building on March 15th. An information letter entitled “Letter to Parents 26/2”,  has been sent to all parents, and can be found in the “Returning to school” section below. Please also refer to the “Key Facts for Parents” document on that page.

Yours sincerely,

Mairead Coakley


As we prepare for our return to school we at Ballygarvan NS are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace and learning environment for all staff and pupils. 

We have created a space on our website where you can access policies and documents relating to our Covid-19 Response plan. Click the link below to be taken directly to the page.

New information will be added over the coming weeks so be sure to check back regularly.

Returning to School

- Information for Parents - 

Transitioning from Pre-School to Primary 

- Information for Parents - 

The lives of young children changed suddenly when early learning and childcare services and schools closed in March in response to the COVID-19 emergency. As some children prepare to make the move to pre-school and school for the first time, parents can be assured that there are a number of actions they can take at home to support these important transitions.

Click on the tabs below to find out more.

Check out our new & improved garden here. Thanks to everyone that brought this great idea to life!



Congratulations to the winners of the Masked reader competition


Week 1: Ms. Hamilton reading What the Ladybird heard by Julia Donaldson

Week 2: Ms. Bracken reading An Garbhán le Julia Donaldson for Seachtain na Gaeilge

Week 3: Mr. O' Neill reading Alice in Wonderland

Week 4: Mr. Budds reading Fantastic Mr. Fox

Well done to all the correct entrants and a special congratulations to our prize winners! Happy reading!!

Welcome to Ballygarvan National School

We hope this site becomes an enriching and valuable resource in the learning journey of our pupils, their parents and the teachers at Ballygarvan NS.

We would like to extend a big welcome to all the new junior infants who had their first day of big school in August.

Welcome Back

We have a little surprise for you here at Ballygarvan, a music video for you all to enjoy and sing along to to bring us all together in these isolated times.  Click the "hand heart" button below and enjoy!

Congratulations 6th Class

Virtual Sports Day

Thanks and Well Done to everyone who participated in our Virtual Sports Day 2020! It looks like everyone got active and had fun!!!

Communion Class


Remembering Norma

Cyber Safety Handouts

Padlet Resources

We've just created our very own Ballygarvan NS Padlet. Padlet is an online bulletin board that allows us to share resources from around the web that you might find useful in supporting your child's development. We've divided our Padlet into 4 class groupings. You can access the pages using the buttons below. The groupings are not meant to be prescriptive so feel free to browse as you see fit.

Student Work and Art during Lockdown

Ballygarvan's Got Talent!

Ballygarvan's Got Talent

Send entries in by June 12th to:  

Looking for donations-Recommended Novels

Here is a list of recommended books for newly independent readers, i.e. readers who can read on their own or may wish to read aloud to their parents/siblings. You might consider borrowing them from a library or giving them to your children as Christmas presents .


We would like to make these available for our pupils in their class libraries. If you have any of these titles and are finished with them, would you please  donate them to the school?

Send them in to any class teacher and we’ll make sure they go to a good home. Thank you!

Our Latest News

Chess Club, Sciath na Scol & Wellness Activities


In October, we had the first chess lessons in Ballygarvan National School's brand new chess club. Students are learning piece-by-piece how to play chess, and improving their skills by playing mini-games.

The students have been very enthusiastic and excited playing chess and we hope to run more chess lessons after Christmas. A big thank you to all the parents who supported the club!

Sciath na Scol

Congratulations to the 5th and 6th class boys who won the DF1 Sciath na Scol vs Aghada in a very close match in Páirc Uí Rinn. Final score 2-3 to 0-7.

The 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class students attended the match to support the team. Their support and chants were great and created an electric atmosphere.

Positive Wellbeing Month

We have had a fantastic October of Healthy Eating and Positive Wellbeing. Our focus was on 'Be our own change'. As a school we explored many different activities to allow us to be more in the present moment: guided mindfulness in class, Drop everything and read, Drop everything and dance, Drop everything and colour.

School policies & Website Privacy Statement

A list of Ballygarvan National School Policies can be found in, and downloaded from, our School Policies section on the Our School page. 

To familiarise yourself with our Website Privacy Statement please click the underlined phrase.

Recent Updates: The Code of Behaviour, Anti-Bullying Policy and Child Safety Statement were reviewed and updated in 2019.

School Calendar

Click the link below to navigate to our calendar page where you can cownload the latest calendars for reference later.

We're very proud of our Green Schools Initiative and our growing school garden here at Ballygarvan National School. 

Click the links below to see what we've been up to lately.

Green Schools

We are very proud to announce that Ballygarvan NS has achieved a Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Award for 2017/2018. 

The judging panel remarked that there was a "fantastic log of evidence which clearly show(ed) the huge range of Science, Technology Engineering and Maths work going on in the school."

You can see our plaque of excellence on display in the school. We are working towards achieving the award again this school year, so keep an eye on the website for all the wonderful science being done in the school. 

Contact Us


Tel: 021 - 4888390


Ballygarvan National School,

Ballygarvan, Cork.