Thursday, June 28, 2018

School calendar for 2018-2019

Calendar 2018-2019


School reopens for pupils on Thursday August 30th. 2018

Midterm break: Monday 29th October to Friday November 2nd inclusive.

Close for Christmas holidays on Friday  December 21st at 12.30 p.m.

Reopen Monday January 7th 2019


Midterm break: Thursday and Friday 21st  and 22nd February


March 17th. St Patrick's Day is a Sunday


Monday March 18th is a Bank Holiday. School closed


Close for Easter break on Friday April 12th  at 12.30 p.m.

Reopen Monday April 29th


Closed Monday May  6th.  Bank Holiday


Closed Monday  June 3rd. Bank Holiday


Closed Tuesday June 4th  to Friday June 7th. inclusive


Closed Friday June 28th. 2019 for holidays at 12.30 p.m.


N.B. If school has to close for 3 or more days for frost or snow, it may be necessary to return to school to make up time.



School note June 28th


Dear parents,

                    We have reached the end of another school year. Yesterday, 28 Sixth class pupils graduated. Thanks to Mr Barry, Ms Day and all staff who assisted with the Graduation Ceremony.   Special thanks to Fr Mike for his help once again.

                All pupils have received  end of year reports and book lists. Classes for next school year have been allocated. No child will be in a class of more than 30 pupils.  The   calendar for school year 2018-2019 is posted on the website today.

                  I am delighted to announce that Mr Keoghan and Ms Neville will be with us again next year. Ms Day and Ms Joyce will be on maternity leave from September  and will be replaced by Mr John Tuohy and Ms Mairead Wallace, respectively.

                Active Week culminated in a Rounders game between Sixth Class and the Teachers. Teachers won, thus ensuring Mr Lordan bowed out on a winning note.

                     On Monday, we presented medals to our under 13 hurling players who won the Olo Cup and our successful camogie team. Ballybrown GAA club made a presentation to Mr Lordan to mark his contribution to Gaelic Games in the school over many years.

                         On Tuesday, we held a special assembly in honour of Mr Lordan. All classes performed. Infant classes performed a Haka Gaelach while Sixth class recited 'Scaffolding' a poem by Seamus Heaney, a favourite poet of Mr Lordan.

                       Tomorrow, all pupils will attend Mass in Ballybrown Church to celebrate Mr Lordan's immense contribution to the school over almost four decades. Parents, former pupils and the wider community are welcome to attend as we say goodbye to a devoted colleague and friend.

            The Book Rental Scheme offered by the school has met with a good response. A huge amount of work goes into collecting books returned at the end of June, re-covering and labelling them for use the following year. I am grateful to Mrs Millar for taking on the task of coordinating the Book Rental Scheme.  

           The 2018 school magazine is now available. With 68 pages in full colour it is great value at  €4 per copy or three copies for €10.

             Today, the school is reverberating to the sounds of Kids Disco. Thanks to the school's Parents' Association for organising this most enjoyable event.

         School will close tomorrow Friday at 12.30 p.m. sharp and re-open Thursday August 30th . Junior and Senior Infant classes will be collected at 12.10 p.m.  tomorrow to alleviate the traffic situation. On behalf of the staff and Board of Management of the school,  I hope you all enjoy the summer break and I look forward to seeing you  in the new school year.

Gach dea -ghuí,


J. Lyons



Breska Rovers FC are looking for expression of interest for the underage girls soccer teams. If you think your daughter would be interested in playing soccer could you please text Melissa on 0857128886 (Breska Girls Coach) with your child's Name and age.  New soccer season commencing in September.
Many Thanks Breska Rovers.

Healthy Eating:   If you are looking for something different for children this summer, check out the following link:


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

School note June 20th 2018

Dear parents,

                     We are approaching the end of a busy year in Ballybrown NS. This week is Active Week and there are activities every day. This involves a huge amount of organisation and I appreciate the effort that all the teachers make to ensure the day is enjoyable for all.  Special thanks to Ms Gibbons, Active Week coordinator.           Today, all children took part in 'Walk on Wednesday'. Infant classes walked to Breska Rovers pitch. First and Second classes walked to St James Well, Third and Fourth walked to the Grotto in Cooper Hill while Fifth and Sixth classes walked to The Sailor's Haggard. We were fortunate that many parents joined the walk to ensure the safety of all concerned.

                     Yesterday, we held our annual Fundraising Run which helps to meet the cost of providing buses during the school year to sporting events and other occasions. Special thanks to Niamh O Brien who arranges sponsorship cards etc. Niamh and Marian McGregor did trojan work  looking after runners and  providing drinks.

                       All classes go on School Tour tomorrow. Please ensure your child is at school in time. Tour details on All children are asked to stay in the schoolyard as on a normal school morning until their teacher brings them to the bus. No spending money needed. Sunhats and plenty of water strongly recommended.  No mobile phones, cameras, or any IT devices allowed. This decision was agreed at Board of Management level.

                    On Friday, we will have the School Fun Sports Day.  In the afternoon, there is a Rounders match involving the boys and girls of Sixth Class v  Teachers.

                    On  Wednesday next, June 27th., the Sixth Class Graduation will take place. Fr Cussen will say a special Mass at 1.30 p.m. which will be followed by the Graduation Ceremony to celebrate the end of primary education for these pupils.

                      Report Cards: If you have not submitted your envelopes yet, please ensure that each envelope has a €1 stamp.

                     Please note that school will close for the summer holidays on Friday June 29th. at 12.30 p.m. It would be appreciated if all children were collected promptly. In order to alleviate traffic problems, children in Infant classes may be collected at 12.10 p.m.

Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons



Little Steps pre-school are running summer camps as follows:Week 1: 3-6 years 2nd-6th July. week 2: 5-7years 9th-13th July.      Week 2: 3-6years 9th-12th July.  Time 9am-1pm