Friday, June 30, 2017

Maths Ideas for July & August

Ballybrown NS received an Award from Science Foundation Ireland recently. As we prepare for the Summer holidays, here are some items of interest

With the School year coming to an end for all, we wish all our readers well over the summer months.
Hopefully you will have some relaxing time ahead and perhaps a little travel. As you go, do remember that Maths is everywhere for us to see and enjoy as you attend street festivals, theatres, concerts, museums etc. over the weeks ahead. Below we have a list of places and events to take in over the Summer as you may be travelling about.

Doubtless many will find themselves travelling with children. Keep them entertained and develop their maths with I Spy activities designed by Pam Buchanan – read below for details.
We also have our usual anchor piece by Douglas Buchanan who looks at how parent's motivation influences student's academic outcomes and Douglas also provides his monthly puzzles.
Colm Mulcahy's latest Blog : The Atlas of Irish Mathematics: Donegal 
will appear on Maths Ireland website tonight.  
We look forward to linking up with you again in September as we launch another exciting Maths Week.  Schools can expect to receive our posters early in September and we hope they will spark student involvement in what with your help will be a bigger and better Maths Week than ever before. We will start posting events on the website in September and remember you can attend events, participate in online events or organise your own events.

News: We don't need to teach Computer Science and Coding in our schools
This at least is the opinion of Simon Lewis primary school principal and former IT professional in arecent article on the Simon is a long time advisor to Maths Week and was the instigator of Maths Week Targetboards. His arguments are based on experience and reality on the ground in schools and the article is well worth a read and reflection.  
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Things to do on your Summer Holidays

Northern Ireland
W5 at the OdysseyBelfast - the only interactive science centre on the island of Ireland. Great for kids
Armagh Planetarium Ireland's first STEM Centre. Planetarium shows and interactive exhibitions 
For LEGO fans: Bricklive Belfast August 3- 6th  
For Aeronautics fans: Airfield Open day 23rd July
National Museums Northern Ireland have plenty to interest the visitor at Ulster Museum,  Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and Ulster American Folkpark

Republic of Ireland
Ardnacrusha Dam: ESB are inviting schools and the public to visit Ireland's largest hydroelectric scheme from 1st of July -31st of August
There are Heritage Sites in every region and the OPW are offering all children under the age of 12 free entry into all Heritage sites run by the OPW commencing July 1st

 Cork: Our friends at Blackrock Castle Observatory and Lifetimelab  will have exhibitions and workshops relating to maths, science and engineering

 Discovery centres: 
There are visitor centres all around that have a STEM aspect. Check out list of Discovery Centres to find one near you. We hope to be working with many Discovery Centres in the coming year to develop maths activities. 

 And if you're crossing the water:
The London Science Museum is ever popular with all ages and  has a new maths gallery. 
National Museum of Scotland

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STEM Festivals:

The Maths Week team will be a part of the STEMZone at Ireland's largest street theatre festival in Waterford:  Spraoi and SprÓg Waterford Aug 4th – 6th

The Festival of Curiosity Dublin 2017 - The Festival of Curiosity where art meets science, technology and design. July 20 – July 23

100 day Summer Challenge - keep your maths skills sharp with this daily free challenge. Weve been doing them everyday and they are quite challenging, but great variation in them. Aimed at post-primary pupils, teachers and others for the summer. See details here.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

School Holiday arrangements

         School will close tomorrow Friday June 30th.  at 12.30 p.m. sharp. 

Junior and Senior Infant classes will be collected at 12.10 p.m.  tomorrow to alleviate the traffic situation. 

 School will  re-open for all pupils on  Thursday August 31st.

Have a lovely Summer!

School note June 29th

Dear parents,
                    We have reached the end of another school year. On Monday, 38 Sixth class pupils graduated after eight years in the school. Thanks to Ms Gibbons, Mrs Barry and Ms Mulcahy for the work they put into the Graduation Ceremony.                                            
                            All pupils have received their end of year reports and book lists. Classes for next school year have been allocated  using age and gender balance as the criteria. No child will be in a class of more than 30 pupils while most classes have 24-26 children.
Two year-long temporary posts will be filled in July and details of the new appointments will be posted on the school website as soon as the interview process is complete.
               The school's  endeavours in the area of Science were rewarded when the school received the Science Foundation Ireland Award. This was the culmination of a year's of work at all class levels.  
             Yesterday, we held our  Fun Sports Day. It was originally scheduled for last week but weather put paid to those plans.
                The Great Ballybrown Run to help defray costs of buses to matches etc raised €3,092.40. Thanks to Niamh O Brien, Evelyn Adams, Marian McGregor and everybody who helped on the day. Your generosity is appreciated.
               On Monday, Liam Lenihan, Leas Cathaoirleach of Comhairle na Mumhan, visited the school to present medals to our under 13 hurling players who won the Olo Cup and the Mayor's Cup. It was a very pleasant end to a memorable year.
            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 2017 school magazine is now available. With 72 pages in full colour it is great value at  €3 per copy or two copies for €5.
             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 on Thursday August 31st. 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

Tennis For Kids
CIAC Tennis Club coaches introduced 1st to 4th class to Tennis last week. We are a friendly open club based in Rosbrien, near Young Munster RFC. If your child would like to give Tennis a go this summer click here for more information