Thursday, May 24, 2018

School Note May 24th

Dear parents, 

                      The sun shone brightly and everything went perfectly at First Holy Communion last Saturday in Ballybrown Church.   Thanks to all teachers and staff for their efforts and to Fr. Cussen, Fr Fitzgibbon and Monsignor Lane. Unfortunately, Ms Day was unable to attend due to illness but she was delighted to hear everything went so well. A special thanks to Mrs Rosaleen Donovan who stepped in at short notice as Choir Mistress and did a superb job. Over 90 children give up their Saturday morning to sing in the Choir. Thanks to each and every one of them.

                    Ballybrown NS will be a stopover for the Special Olympics Torch on Monday June 11th. This is a very special occasion for the school community.                  

            The school's Under 13 hurling and camogie teams made their own piece of history in the Gaelic Grounds on Tuesday. The boys retained the Olo Cup when they defeated neighbours St Nessan's by 2-7 to 1-5.  Ballybrown NS girls won the Under 13 B Camogie title, defeating An Mhodh Scoil.  All children who played were a credit to the school, their families and themselves. We are fortunate to have coaches such as Ms Hayes, Ms Keyes, Mr Lordan and Mr Barry to share their expertise and give so generously of their time. A special thanks to the supporters who attended.

               5th and 6th class students will hold a Bake Sale next Thursday 31st May to raise funds for Bóthar. Bóthar is an Irish charity that enables families and communities worldwide to overcome hunger and poverty. The children in 5th and 6th class recently had a visit from a representative of the charity to explain the excellent work that they do in poor countries around the world. Every child in the school will have an opportunity to visit the bake sale in the Halla next Thursday. All proceeds from the bake sale will go to Bóthar. 

             We are currently enjoying a spell of very fine weather.  Pupils may wear plain navy shorts to school if they wish. No denim, stripes or logos. Please ensure your child's name is on fleeces, cardigans etc.                                             

              Reminder: The school is in use as a polling station tomorrow Friday.  School is also closed from Monday June 4th to Friday June 8th.          

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


Gach dea-ghuí, 

J. Lyons




Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Parents Association: Colours Day

               Parents Association: Colours Day All of us know somebody who has availed of the excellent services provided by Milford Hospice.  Sadly our own school community has lost two young mothers in recent years.  To honour their memory, the Parents Association would again like to run a Colours Day on Thursday 24th May.  If everyone (pupils & staff) can wear something purple  (a sock, Hair clip, Tshirt etc,) that would be great but the suggested donation of €2 is what really matters and last year we were delighted to present Milford Hospice with €300.  Monies collected are divided equally between the Hospice and the Parents Association. Thank you all for your continued support.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Hurling and Camogie Finals tomorrow

Ballybrown NS play in the City Cumann na mBunscol Under 13 hurling and camogie finals in the Gaelic Grounds tomorrow Tuesday   May 22nd. This is a great achievement for the players and their teachers who have prepared them for the GAA season.  Throw-in is at 1.55 p.m. for the camogie final. The Olo Cup hurling final is timed to start at 3 p.m. All players will go to the game on the team bus. However, players will not be back in school in time for the usual school bus at 3 p.m. McElligott's  have a smaller bus available for the return journey. Children are free to go home with their parents provided they inform the teachers in charge of the team.  €3 per child towards the cost of the bus.