Thursday, January 10, 2019

School note January 10th 2019


Dear parents,

                     All children from Junior Infants to Fourth class began a five week programme of gymnastics with  School Fitness Ireland on Tuesday.

                     The boys and girls in Third class began a six week programme of swimming lessons in Askeaton Leisure Centre yesterday.

            Seasonal  advice: The HSE has issued advice for parents on preventing the spread of influenza and infectious diseases in schools. 

The advice re chicken pox is : To prevent spreading the infection, keep children off nursery or school until all their spots have crusted over. Chickenpox is infectious from 1 to 2 days before the rash starts, until all the blisters have crusted over (usually 5 to 6 days after the start of the rash) .

  In brief:  If your child is sick, he/she should not be at school!            

Attendance: In the event of any pupil reaching a total of 20 days absence from school in a school year, the school is required by law to make a report to Tusla. Parents are advised to be aware of this and to be mindful of their child's attendance record.


Parents Association News: NPC has been asked by the Minister for Education and Skills to make a submission on the future direction of policy and practice in relation to the granting of exemptions from the study of Irish in primary and post primary schools.
The Minister has launched a consultation paper on this issue.
NPC has compiled a brief survey to get the views of parents on the key changes proposed, based on the questions asked by the Minister regarding the proposed changes.
To complete the survey please click this link 

Please complete a separate survey for each child. The survey will close at 10 a.m. on Friday the 11th of January.

The next Parents Association meeting will take place on Wednesday 16th January at 19.30 in the school hall.  All parents are welcome to attend. We are always looking for new ideas and suggestions so your input would be very welcome.


Mindfulness, Self-awareness classes to help and support children 5 - 12 years, who may be feeling anxious, lacking in self- confidence, self esteem. Teaching them tools and techniques that they can use daily to build resilience and confidence. Classes starting end of January in 11 Thomas St. For more information contact Therese 087 7531979.


Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons



Thursday, December 20, 2018

School note Dec 20th

Dear parents,

                     Christmas has officially arrived in Ballybrown NS!  Every child in the school took part in our Christmas Carol Service today. There were two performances. The show was a credit to the children, teachers and staff. Thanks to Fr Cussen for facilitating us throughout the year.

                          Excitement levels were high last Friday as children in Junior and Senior Infants boarded the bus to see' Elfie Saves Christmas' in the Millennium Theatre in LIT. A great time was had by all.

            School will close for Christmas holidays tomorrow Friday December 21st at 12.30 p.m. Parents of children in Junior and Senior Infants are asked to collect children at 12.10 p.m. to reduce traffic congestion. 

            School will reopen on Monday January 7th at 9.15 a.m.             

          Colm Ryan from Stryker visited Ms Gibbons class, to teach a 5 week Junior Achievement programme. He covered a variety of topics including chromatography, periscopes and focused on carbon monoxide and the dangers it can have in our homes. He even brought in a sample knee replacement from his workplace and told us all about his work in Stryker. 

          All families with children in classes from Junior Infants to Fourth received a note yesterday informing them that the school has engaged  the services of School Fitness Ireland to provide a five week gymnastic programme from Tuesday January 8th to Tuesday February 9th inclusive to children from Junior Infants to 4th class.          

            GOAL MILE : CHRISTMAS DAY : 12 NOON. Help support the most vulnerable in our world. Run, walk or jog the GOAL MILE at Ballybrown/Clarina Community Resource Centre. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness the GOAL MILE is all about having fun and giving a little back this Christmas.

                A Christmas Eve Family Mass will be held on Christmas Eve,  Monday 24th December at 5p.m. in Ballybrown Church.

  On behalf of the Board of Management and staff of the school, I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas. I look forward to seeing you all in 2019.

Nollaig shona daoibh go léir.


J. Lyons















Thursday, December 13, 2018

School note December 13th



Dear parents,

                    Fifth and Sixth classes completed a ten week programme of IT classes with Whizzkids last Friday. As ever, it was very worthwhile.

                  The children in Fourth class completed their swimming lessons in Coral Leisure Centre yesterday. Third class will start lessons on Wednesday January 9th 2019. These will take place on six consecutive Wednesdays.

                 All children in Junior and Senior Infants are eagerly looking forward to their visit to the Millennium Theatre in LIT tomorrow to attend a performance of 'Elfie Saves Christmas.'

                Two former pupils of Ballybrown NS made headlines at the weekend when Eoin Corby of National Centre Limerick set a new junior record in the men's 200m. breaststroke at the Irish Short Course Swimming Championships. On Saturday, Eoin's older brother Alan, set a new senior standard in the 100m. individual medley. Well done to both lads.

                   El Gleeson from the Redemptorist Food Appeal will visit school this afternoon  to collect food handed in by children to help the needy at Christmas. There has been a great response to her request for non- perishable items. To mark the end of our 'Tour of Europe' we will have a Festive Run today. €1 per child if possible. All funds to Redemptorist Food Appeal.

                The  school Christmas Carol Service takes place in Ballybrown Church on Thursday 20th December at 10 a.m. for parents of children from Junior infants to Second Class  and 11.15 a.m. for parents of children from Third to Sixth classes.

               School will close for Christmas holidays on Friday December 21st at 12.30 p.m. Parents of children in Junior and Senior Infants are asked to collect children at 12.10 p.m. to reduce traffic congestion.                

            'Do This in Memory' Mass takes place this Sunday December 16th at 10 a.m.

                A Christmas Eve Family Mass will be held on Christmas EveMonday 24th December at 5p.m. in Ballybrown Church. There will be a practice for this Mass for those who wish to participate in the church on Monday 17th December from 6.30-7.45pm. All children are welcome to the practice or just come on Christmas Eve.        

The Community Centre Christmas Fair takes place on Sunday 16th at 10.45a.m.

         Santa will arrive at Ballybrown GAA Clubhouse on Sunday 16th at 2.30 p.m.          

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons