Thursday, June 14, 2018

Active Week 2018

Dear Parents, 

We are delighted to announce that Ballybrown NS will celebrate Active Week from June 18th-22nd. Children will participate in a variety of activities throughout the week including tennis, obstacle courses, circuits and lots more!

 

On Monday 18th June, Martin Sheehan from School Fitness Ireland will visit each class in the school for a 30 minute fitness session. This comes at a cost of 1 euro per child, please pay this directly to the class teacher as soon as possible.

 

On Tuesday 19th June, we will have our first ever walking school bus. This will commence from the community GAA field at 9am. We would request that the parents of the children in the infant classes be accompanied by an adult. All welcome, and remember your high visibility jackets!If you have these jackets at home please bring them to school as we only have a limited supply.

 

Tuesday will also be "Sports Star Day", children can choose to dress as their favourite sports star for the day in school.

 

Niamh O Brien has very generously organised a sposonred run to raise funds for the school. This will also take place on Tuesday. Any sponsorship cards should be returned to school as soon as possible.

 

On Wednesday 17th, all students from Junior Infants to sixth class will partake in a walk from the school to the surrounding locality. We would appreciate any parent volunteers to help on this date to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable trip. Juniors and seniors will leave the school at 9.45, 1st/2nd will leave at 9.30, 3rd/4th leave at 10.00 and 5th/6th leave at 10.15.  If you are available at this time please let Rosemarie know as soon as possible. Children will need high visibility jackets for the walk.

 

On Wednesday afternoon Bryan Stewart will visit the children from 1st-6th class to teach them some skills in tennis.

 

On Thursday 21st all classes will be on school tour.

 

On Friday 22nd, the school will hold its Non-Competitive Sport's Day. In the afternoon children will partake in a Zumba class.

 

Each night children will receive Active Homework which they can complete at home on their own or with family and friends. Don't worry if the weather is bad, the children can get active by hoovering, sweeping or doing other household chores! Please encourage as much physical activity as possible during this week.

 

It is essential to wear school tracksuit / shorts and runners for the week. Bring a raincoat and suncream each day, prepare for all eventualities! 

Thank you in advance for your support.

 

 Katie Gibbons

Active Week Coordinator

      


School note June 14th

14-6-2018

Dear parents,

                   Monday June 11th. will long be remembered by the school community as we welcomed the Special Olympic Torch to Ballybrown NS. We were delighted that so many local Special Olympic athletes  attended as did athletes from West Limerick and Lisnagry. The City of Limerick Pipe Band led the procession from the Church to the school as the children from Little Steps waved their flags and torches. I am grateful to sports stars Declan Hannon, Paudie O Connor and Ciara Griffin who all gave so generously of their time to attend. The entire staff of the school worked tirelessly to ensure the day was a success as did the children whose behaviour was impeccable. We are indebted to the members of the Community Council and an Garda Síochána who  helped to ensure that everything ran smoothly.

                    The school's under 13 hurling team represented Limerick City in  the Limerick Leader Cup yesterday.  Victory over West champions Mahoonagh NS in the semi final saw Ballybrown NS meet holders Doon CBS in the final. Doon  retained their title by 2-6 to 1-3. 2018 was a great year for our hurling team, winning the Olo Cup for a 7th time. The team play in the Mayor's Cup today in the Gaelic Grounds.

                    Yesterday was a day tinged with sadness as Mr Lordan took charge of a school team for the penultimate time. Barry has decided to retire from his teaching post after almost 37 years in this school. His retirement leaves a void, not just in the sporting arena but in so many aspects of school life.  Ballybrown NS is losing a devoted and dedicated teacher who has always put the welfare of his pupils first.                      

                     Yesterday, 30  students of Ballybrown N.S. visited the  'Ardnacrusha Experience' at the newly refurbished visitors' centre. The Ardnacrusha Experience  tells the story of the power of electricity and its transformative impact on Irish life.

                     The boys and girls in Sixth Class are working on the 2018 school magazine. If you wish to purchase an advertisement in this publication for a bargain price of €25, please contact the school office.

               End of year School Reports will issue to all families before the end of term.  Please supply the school with a stamped addressed envelope, minimum DL size (22cm x 11 cm) as soon as possible. Separate envelopes required for each pupil.

                 Next week is Active Week and Ms Gibbons has planned a full programme of events.  Please see overleaf for the schedule of events.

                 Fógra: Homework Club finishes today  and will resume in September.

               

Community News: Community Celebration. Saturday June 16th, in  Ballybrown/Clarina Resource Centre 2 to 5 pm. Meet the neighbours. Barbeque, music, games.

 

BALLYBROWN/CLARINA COMMUNITY GAMES :Training for all children that qualified from our recent sports evening to represent Ballybrown/Clarina in the Limerick finals will be held in Ballybrown NS next Tuesday 19th June from 3-4pm. We would like if all children could attend.

Limerick finals are on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of June in Mungret GAA Pitch, we would hope to have the timetable of events next week. Please check out our Facebook page for further details.

https://www.facebook.com/ballybrownclarinacommunitygames/

 

Le dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 


Thursday, May 31, 2018

School note May 31st

Dear parents, 

                      The Special Olympics Ireland Games take place in Dublin from June 14th- 17th. The Special Olympics Torch will visit this school on Monday June 11th. The torch is expected to arrive at 1.35p.m. and they hope to leave at 2.15 pm.  The Torch will be carried by members of the Special Olympics teams from Ballybrown church to the school. People from the community are invited to line the road to the school to cheer on the athletes. This promises to be a memorable occasion not just for this school but for the entire community.

As the event runs until 2.15 p.m., children in Infant classes will go home at 2.30 p.m. on that day. 

                   Reminder:  School is  closed from Tuesday June 5th to Friday June 8th and reopens on Monday June 11th.  

                                 The boys and girls in Sixth Class are working on the 2018 school magazine. If you wish to purchase an advertisement in this publication for a bargain price of €25, please contact the school office.

               End of year School Reports will issue to all families before the end of term.  Please supply the school with a stamped addressed envelope, minimum DL size (22cm x 11 cm) as soon as possible. Separate envelopes required for each pupil.

                Parents Association news: Colours Day (Purple) - Thank you to all who wore purple on the day and for your generous contributions. We appreciate all your support for such a worthy cause - half of monies collected will be donated to Milford with the balance for the Parents Association fund supporting school items.

               First Communion: Just to say a word of thanks to the parents who volunteered for the teas/coffees in the community centre after the Communion Mass.

Community News: Community Celebration. Saturday June 16th, in  Ballybrown/Clarina Resource Centre 2 to 5 pm. Meet the neighbours. Barbeque, music, games.

                 We have recently enjoyed a spell of very fine weather.  Pupils may wear plain navy shorts to school if they wish. No denim, stripes or logos. PLEASE write your child's name on all fleeces, polo shirts etc!!!

           Please check the school website www.ballybrownns.ie or follow us on Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news.

Gach dea-ghuí,
    

 J. Lyons

Principal