Ballyhaunis Community School

Ballyhaunis Community School

Knock Road, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo 

Phone     094-9630235

Fax         094-9630777

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Ballyhaunis Community School is a co-educational and multi-denominational school that provides an appropriate education for all students regardless of race, creed or ability. The school offers Junior and Leaving Certificate programmes, Transition Year (TYP), Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP), Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA), Special Needs Support and Further Education (PLC) programmes.

The School's core mission is the provision of a quality learning environment for all members of the school community. It’s 580 student population, it’s professional, energetic and caring staff and it’s effective discipline system in conjunction with a caring pastoral care team and an approachable and accessible Management team all work together to promote a happy school climate which gives young people the opportunity to develop as well rounded members of society.  This is achieved by providing a wide range of opportunities for learning, both inside and outside the classroom. 

Ballyhaunis Community School has served the community for over 30 years with many of its past pupils having achieved both national and international success. The school has a record of consistently attaining maximum exam results for all students withis their various state examination programmes, regardless of ability. We recognise various types of intelligence & therefore place great emphasis on giving students the opportunity to become involved in activities & events which wil give them a sense of achievement & enhance their self-confidence. 

The School caters for all levels of abilty. We pride ourselves on providing an appropriate education to all students, regardless or their academic standard.

We believe that education is about more than the academic aspect.


Junior Cycle Subjects:

Irish, English, Maths, History, Geography, RE, PE, Science, Business Studies, French, Art, Music, Technical Graphics, Woodwork, Metalwork, Home Economics, CSPE & SPHE.


Senior Cycle Subjects:

Irish, English, Maths, Religious Education, Career Guidance, I.T., plus four choices from combinations of the following subjects: Art, Ag Science, Biology, Business, Construction Studies, Engineering, French, Geography, History, Music, Social and Scientific, Physics or Physics/Chem., Chemistry, Tech Drawing

LCVP, LCA, PLC and TY students undertake work experience as part of their programmes.


Sports and Activities 

The following sports are played in the school: Gaelic Football, Hurling, Soccer, Rugby, Basketball, Table Tennis, Music, Games Club, Young Pioneers, Folk Choir, Debating.


Other activities include:

Creative Writing, Poetry Competitions, Quizzes, School Musical, Drama, School Bank, Table Quizzes, Talent Competitions, Multi-Cultural Awareness activites, Arts Festival, Slogadh Competitions

Visiting speakers attend the school regularly in conjunction with our CSPE, LCVP, LCA, TY & Guidance programmes.

Theme weeks/days include: Development week, Seachtain Na Gaeilge, Sports Day/Week, Health Promotion & SPHE Days 2nd and 3rd years

Fundraising Activities which have been undertaken include: Sponsored Walks, Concerts, No Homework Day, Raffles, Cake Sales, Table Quizzes, Soccer Leagues, 'Skipathon' & Blind Date.

Annual fundraising is done in conjunction with local or national charities such as : Daffodil Day, Christmas Shoe Box Appeal, Games and Toys Appeal as well as the making and selling of St. Brigid's Crosses in aid of the Chernobyl Children's Fund.

The school has been involved & has had national success in competitions such as 'Our School's got Talent' and the school band competition.



The school endeavours to maintain discipline in a caring & collaborative manner. Each class group has a Tutor & Year Heads are assigned to each year group. In keeping with our efforts to engaged in a 'Positive Discipline' approach, we place great importance in rewarding students for good behaviour and achievements other than the academic. We do this by use of commendation sheets and by organising 'treats' such as a class DVD or a class trip. We recently introduced a Merit system to award students for good behaviour & work.



After School Study
After School Study is available to all students who find it difficult to study at home.
This is available for 100 students. It lasts for two hours from 4.15 - 6.15pm 
Students pay a fee per term. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.


The Chaplain is available to all and makes no distinction regarding the religious affiliation of any staff member or pupil. All are treated with Christian respect and compassion. The work of the Chaplain can be described under four headings:
Ministry to the students,
Ministry to the staff,
Ministry to the family of the students,
Ministry through the Liturgy.

Pastoral Care Team

This team is coordinated by the Guidance Counsellor and the Chaplain. The team meets regularly with the Principal and Deputy Principal. We take a persoal interest in all our students - Pastoral Care and the SPHE programe play pivotal roles in the daily life of the school. This is to ensure that every junior students has one teacher, to whom the can go directly to if in difficulty. We have introduced a clas tutor programme over the past few years.


Student Council

A students council, comprising of a number of students from each year serves to represent student views, organise cultural activities within the school and affords all, especially the students involved, the opportunity of developing leadership skills. Class groups are afforded the opportunity to meet regularly with their representative to the council.



The school has undergone a huge refurbishment recently. Here are some pictures of the new school and its facilities.


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