Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Parent Teacher Meetings

Parent teacher meetings will be taking place next week from Monday 05/02 to Wednesday 07/02.

Myself and some of the other staff have decided to use a scheduling website called signupgenius.comto help organise times and dates for parent teacher meetings.
I ask simply that you fill in parent name followed by child's name when you sign up in the title box.

Slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you have any problems in relation to times, please drop me an email belmayneetshanec@gmail.com

E.g. Homer Simpson - Bart

Please follow the link below to submit your time to sign up for a time that suits you. Please check the calendar schedule before submitting your time.


Monday, 29 January 2018


29th - 2nd Feb


Thursday, 25 January 2018


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Swimming lessons for 5th class will begin next Thursday February 1st in Trinity Sports.

Lesson will be every Thursday morning for 6 weeks as follows:

Feb: 1, 8, 22
Mar: 1, 8, 15

The procedure is that the classes meet at exactly 8:30 on the school grounds and will walk down together.

Children are not permitted to meet at Trinity Sports for Health and Safety reasons so therefore must be ready to depart the school grounds at 8:30.

We will not be in a position to hang around and wait for latecomers.

There will be both female and male members of staff to supervise the dressing rooms.

There will be a letter sent home soon to clarify details and cost.

Grange Community College

Secondary School Experience Day
Tuesday 6th of February.

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Grange Community College are currently organising their annual secondary school experience. This event is open for local fifth class pupils and pupils from Belmayne ETNS have been attending it for a number of years now.

The event gives the children a taste of what secondary school is like by mixing with different pupils from other primary schools and moving around the school through the day doing fun activities. 

It has been a huge success in recent years and has greatly helped the pupils get ready for the transition to a new school the following year.

Date: 6th February 2018
Time: 8:45am - 2pm
Location: Grange Community College 

Further Information

  • The pupils from fifth class will not be in Belmayne ETNS on the 6th of February
  • We ask that parents bring their children to Grange Community College for 8:45am. Myself, Kevin and Gearóid will be waiting there for the children on the morning of the event.
  • If possible please pack a pen, note book and packed lunch.
  • Children will need to be collected by parents from Grange Community College at 2pm. If you are allowing your child to walk home, then please email me belmayneetshanec@gmail.com or Gearóid at belmayneetgof@gmail.com

Tuesday, 23 January 2018


Traditional Irish Potato dish from counties Cavan & Leitrim
Recipe by Helen Meaney.


1 kg potatoes
Flour (plain)


Peel all the potatoes, grate half of each potato (to ensure you don’t grate your knuckles along with the end of each potato!! 😊) and put the other half of each potato into a pot to boil.

Cover the grated potatoes in water, to ensure they don’t discolour. When the boiled potatoes are soft, drain, and mash. Place into a large bowl.

Put the oven on to pre-heat (175° Celsius).

Drain the water from the grated potatoes as much as possible (I use a sieve for this), and then drain any residual liquid by placing the potatoes into a muslin or clean cloth and squeezing until the potato mixture is as dry as possible.

Add to the mashed potatoes, with enough flour to bind the mixture, and a good pinch of salt to season. Mix until everything is well incorporated.

Generously butter a baking dish, add the potato mixture, and pat down well. Spread a little butter over the top of the mixture and bake at 175° for approximately one hour.

Allow to cool, slice into wedges that are roughly thumb width, and fry either in butter or bacon fat.


Monday, 22 January 2018

International Week

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Hi all, as we begin International Week we look forward to a number of visits such as Drum workshops, cooking lessons and cultural seminars to name but a few. Keep an eye on the blog for updates on children's work as well as photos of activities.

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The children will complete their projects by Wednesday and present them to other classes throughout the school. We encourage all pupils to wear the colours and/or styles of their studied country (France for us). There will be prizes for the best and most artistically dressed ... teachers included! All the children have their given topics to research and will receive no homework from now until Wednesday to complete their project. 

Monday, 15 January 2018

Maths Revision

As homework this week 5th Class will be revising the following mathematical topics. The children will receive guidelines and advise but no specific instructions as to what to revise and when. It is hoped that the children will take a degree of independence in their learning and decide for themselves which topics they feel they need to spend more or less time on. 

The topics to be revised are as follows;

(1) Long Multiplication.
(2) Angles.
(3) Basic Fraction Principals.
(4) Finding the fraction of a whole number.
(5) Converting fractions into decimals. 
(6) Long Division.

I will upload examples, instructions, methods and images to help with the revision of each topic. In addition the children may or may not decide to use examples from their textbook. 

I advise taking one evening's worth of time for topics 5 and 6. 
Whereas the topics 1,2,3, and 4 could be combined into two evenings worth of time. 

(1) Long Multiplication

(2) Angles 

(a) Acute angle = less than 90 degrees.
(b) Right angle = 90 degrees.
(c) Reflex angle = greater than 180 degrees but less than 360 degrees.
(d) Obtuse angle = greater than 90 degrees.
(e) Straight angle = 180 degrees. 

(3) Fractions (Basic Principals, Finding Fractions of a Number, Converting simple Fractions into Decimals)

What do fractions mean?

Look at the bottom of the fraction first – this tells you how many pieces the shape (or number) has been cut into.  Then look at the top of the fraction – this tells you how many pieces you are using.

(numerator (top))/(denominator (bottom)) 


1/4  means “split the shape (or number) into 4
and use 1 piece”

3/5  means “split the shape (or number) into 5
and use 3 pieces”


If the top and bottom numbers of a fraction are the same then you have a whole one.  

For example 3/3 means split the shape (or number) into 3 pieces and use 3 of them (in other words the whole thing).

2 halves = 1
3 thirds = 1
4 quarters =1
5 fifths =1
6 sixths = 1   


2/2=1  3/3=1  4/4=1 5/5=1 6/6=1

Finding Fractions of Numbers: 
Remember our definition of a fraction: the bottom tells us how many pieces to split (divide) the shape (or number) into and the top tells us how many pieces we are using.  So it follows, that we will divide by the bottom number and then multiply by the top number:

To find: 1/2 of a number ÷ by 2 

1/3 of a number ÷ by 3 

1/4 of a number ÷ by 4 etc.

Always divide by the bottom number:

1/3  of 12 = 12 ÷ 3 = 4. (to find a third divide by 3 - the bottom number.)

1/5  of 35 = 35 ÷ 5 = 7. (to find a fifth divide by 5 - the bottom number.)

Then multiply by the top number:

2/3  of 12 12 ÷ 3 = 4 4 x 2 = 8 
(to find 1 third ÷3) (x2 to find 2 thirds)

4/7  of 42 42 ÷ 7 = 6 6 x 4 = 24 
(to find 1 seventh ÷7) (x4 to find 4 sevenths)

Work out 2/3 of 42

42 ÷ 3 = 14 then 14 x 2 = 28

Work out 5/9 of 63

63 ÷ 9 = 7 then 7 x 5 = 35

Tag Rugby

15th of January - 9th of February

Hi all,

Just to let you know 5th class will participate in tag rugby training from tomorrow 16th of January up until our break for midterm (9th of February).
Please ensure that children wear appropriate clothing (tracksuits, runners, hoodie/jacket) and that they have an extra drink with them every Tuesday.

Kind Regards,

Monday, 8 January 2018

Welcome Back

Hi all,

Just a note to welcome you all back and wishing you a Happy New Year. Just to let you know that international week will be starting next week the 22nd, please see the note below;

International Week


Dear Parents, Guardians, Members of the School Community

We will be celebrating International Week in Belmayne ETNS from Monday 22nd January – Friday 26th January 2018.

We are looking for parents and family members to come into school and get involved in our celebrations!!!

●Would you like to teach some children a traditional song or dance from your country?

●Can you give a talk about a famous artist, sports person or hero from your home country?

●Could you show us how to cook up a traditional dish from your home country?

●Are you able to teach us how to say a few greetings in your home language?

●If you would like to be involved or help out in any way during our week of fun please email/ chat to Viv – belmayneetviv@gmail.com or Gearóid belmayneetgof@gmail.com

or have a chat with your child’s class teacher.