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Scoil Bhailenóra, Ballinora, Waterfall, Co. Cork
Scoil Bhailenóra, Ballinora, Waterfall, Co. Cork

Principal's Welcome

Scoil Bhailenóra is a Catholic co-educational primary school situated in the beautiful townland of Ballinora, close to the western suburbs of Cork City.

Our school has served the wider community of Ballinora/Waterfall for over 170 years. Children and staff come to school to learn, explore, create, grow and build. We treat each other with respect and celebrate the efforts each individual makes.  

Working with families and local community organisations, we strive to provide a joyous and productive learning environment for all our 296 pupils.

Please explore our website, which aims to give you a taste of life in our school. Bain taitneamh as!

Le meas, 

Mr. Luke Foley


Latest News

21st Mar 2024
We are in the final week of the Run Around Europe challenge and the children are...
19th Mar 2024
Bhaineamar an-taitneamh as na himeachtaí a bhí eagraithe do Sheachtain...
16th Mar 2024
The children have completed week 3 of our running initiative 'Run Around Europe'....

Upcoming Events...

Tuesday, 23rd April 2024
4th class swimming
World Book Day
Tuesday, 30th April 2024
4th class swimming
Wednesday, 1st May 2024
4th class swimming
Celebration of Sacrament of Confirmation

A Virtual Tour



Cork City Sports Trials today in Scoil Bhailenóra🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️ Well done to everyone for taking part⭐️⭐️⭐️
A big thank you to Pat Lane, chairman of Ballinora GAA and Michael O’ Connor, local historian, who visited 1st to 6th Class today to share about the upcoming @ballinoragaa Centenary on the 20th April 2024💚❤️
A huge congratulations to the fabulous junior infants and all who helped them with their Great Irish Bake for Temple Street Children’s Hospital💙 They raised a total of €1629.70👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Thank you to all who contributed so generously💜🧡❤️💚 We are so proud @temple_street_foundation ⭐️⭐️⭐️
🐝Our Spelling Bee Champion🐝 Huge congratulations to Grace O’ Gorman from 6th Class who represented Scoil Bhailenóra yesterday at the @eason_ireland spelling bee competition and took home 1st prize⭐️⭐️⭐️ Grace will now go on to represent all of Cork in the Munster Final👏🏼 So proud of you Grace ~ well done🐝💛🐝💛
Eggcellent work by Mr. Cussen’s first class🥚🧺🐰🌸
3rd Class enjoying taking part in the run around Europe challenge🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️Keep up the fantastic work guys!!!⭐️ @active_school_flag
6th Class retreat day to Scala, Cork today in preparation for their Confirmation day on the 1st May✨
Seachtain na Gaeilge☘️💚☘️💚
Our prize winners from @snagaeilge 💚☘️🏆 Míle Buíochas @supervalu_irl & Musgrave, Cork who sponsored the prizes👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
Some wonderful Mother’s Day cards that were created by senior infants🌸💖
We LOVE our new climbing wall 😍😍 Go raibh míle maith agat @bishopstowncu for sponsoring this project! 🥰 We are so lucky that the Bishopstown Credit Union Junior Savers programme runs in our school, giving our pupils the opportunity to save money each week💰
📚🐛WORLD BOOK DAY📚🐛 6th Class created book reports during English in the lead up to @worldbookdaysocial🌞
Senior infants making books about spring 🌸🦋🌳🌞
The boys & girls from 6th Class took part in the FAI Primary 5’s competition⚽️ A very enjoyable opportunity for all involved. A big thank you to Mr. Noonan, Mr. Cussen and Mr. Brennan for organising☺️
Féile Fichille♟ Scoil Bhailenóra had teams competing from 3rd-6th in the Féile Fichille with over 130 participants in Ballinora. A huge congratulations to all involved👏🏼 Both 5th & 6th Class teams have qualified for the county round of the chess tournament on the 9th April⭐️ A big thank you to Mr. Noonan and Ms. Mcdonagh for organising such a fantastic event in Ballinora☺️
🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️RUN AROUND EUROPE🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ Scoil Bhailenóra are taking on the challenge over a 4 week period to run to walk, jog or run to visit a capital city in Europe. This initiative has been implemented by our schools Active Schools Committee⭐️ A great way to keep our hearts healthy❤️
A big thank you to Emma Tanner from Microsoft who came into 5th & 6th Class students on Friday last for a coding workshop☺️ It was thoroughly enjoyed by all and children were excited to get a glimpse inside the Microsoft Head office in Dublin on their virtual tour💻 Thank you Emma and Microsoft #msdreamspace
Infants had a visit from the Gardaí for Aistear👮‍♀️👮‍♂️ Thank you for calling @gardainsta🌞
Huge congratulations to our school band and Ms. Buckley who came 1st in Feis Maitiu before the midterm break👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Huge congratulations to you all, we are so proud of you⭐️
Popping hearts💙💚💛🧡❤️💜🤎 In the lead up to Valentine’s Day, 6th Class explored artists @chrisuphues and @dasicfernandez🖼 Their amazing artwork inspired these creations👏🏼
Best of luck to the school band and Ms. Buckley who are travelling to @feismaitiucork tomorrow to take part in a band competition👏🏼 Classes were lucky enough today to get a sneak peek at their performance and we were blown away⭐️ Very proud of you all!!!
Fortune Cookie Party 🥠 as part of senior infants Chinese New Year play topic 🐉
Winner of the @greenschoolsire Slogan Competition Emma O Donovan, Rang 5 - To be Green, that’s the DREAM! Well done Emma 👏
Lá Fhéile Bríde💚
Rang a Sé went collecting rushes today for their St. Brigid’s crosses on the 1st February💚


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