Thursday, December 6, 2018

School note December 6th

6-12-2018

Dear parents,

                     The countdown to Christmas has begun.

                 This week, El Gleeson from the Redemptorist Christmas Hamper Appeal visited the school and spoke to the children in Fifth and Sixth classes. There is a box in the foyer if you wish to donate non-perishable food. It will be collected on Thursday December 13th.

Congratulations to Clara Neary, Junior Infants, who won a prize in an art competition run by the Children's Grief Centre. Well done, Clara.

                    Fourth class have one swimming lesson remaining of a six week module. Third class will begin lessons on Wednesday January 9th.

Today, West Midlands Theatre from Wolverhampton visited the school to stage a performance of 'Old King Cole' for children from First to 4th classes.

Pupils in Fifth and Sixth classes visited the Lime Tree Theatre today to attend a performance by the pupils of Copsewood College, Pallaskenry.

MPCC Credit Union will  be in school tomorrow Friday December 6th.

                    The Public Health team will visit the school on Monday next December 10th and Tuesday 11th to carry out vaccinations for MMR in the Junior Infant classes.

                   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.                  

                     Ballybrown GAA: On Sunday 16th December Santa will arrive at Ballybrown GAA Clubhouse at 2.30 p.m.

                    Website: All information relating to the school, school calendar, booklists, etc  is on the website www.ballybrownns.ie . Check in on  Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news.

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

School Note November 29th

29-11-2018

Dear parents,

                     Rory Collins Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST)  visited the school on Monday. He met with all class teachers and conducted workshops throughout the day with teachers from different class levels. Rory met the entire staff after school to discuss progress in the Primary Language Curriculum.

                    Next Thursday, December 6th, West Midlands Theatre Company from Wolverhampton pay their annual visit to the school to stage a performance of Old King Cole for children from First to Fourth classes. 

                   MPCC Credit Union will be back in school on Friday December 7th.

                   Tenders are currently being sought for our school extension. Work on the project will start early in the New Year.

                   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.                  

                     Ballybrown GAA: On Sunday 16th December Santa will arrive at Ballybrown GAA Clubhouse at 2.30. There will be a DJ in the hall, entertainments for the children, Christmas Raffle and of course we get to meet Santa.

                   Parents Association  News: We are going to have a green themed Colours Day tomorrow Friday 30thNovember. Each child to contribute €2 please.                      

                    Website: All information relating to the school, school calendar, booklists, etc  is on the website www.ballybrownns.ie . Check in on  Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news.

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

School note November 22nd

22-11-2018

Dear parents,

                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                    Pat Hanrahan, former Director of Clare Education Centre, visited this school on Tuesday morning to demonstrate the Izak 9 Maths resource to pupils in 5th and 6th classes. It was a very interesting session with lots of collaborative work, discussion and hands-on group work.

                  Today, Rebecca Delee who is a member of the Limerick Ladies Football team that won the 2018 Junior All-Ireland title, came to Ballybrown NS to present medals to our girls football team who won the City Cumann na mBunscol competition. We were delighted to have Rebecca in attendance. She also presented medals to the children who won medals at the Limerick Cross Country Championships. Rebecca is currently undertaking a Masters in Maths in UL and she presented medals to children who achieved very high scores in the online Maths programme Manga High.

                 As part of our Active School activities, all classes are taking part in Run Around Europe.

                 Clarina Construction are working on a path from the Resource Centre to the school this week. The school is grateful to our neighbour Richard O Connell who has been most accommodating. The path will be of benefit from a safety point of view and ensuring children do not have to walk through puddles on their way to school.

             Book Fair: The Book Fair was very successful with sales totalling €2,700. The school is permitted to buy books to 60% of the total sales figure i.e. €1,620. Thanks to the parents who helped with the Book Fair last Thursday and Friday.

          Parents Association news: To celebrate Ireland's fantastic win over the All Blacks we are going to have a green themed colours day on Friday 30thNovember. Each child to contribute €2 please.   All proceeds to the Parents Association.

 

              Do This in Memory 2018-2019: Mass this Saturday November 24th at 8 p.m. for children making First Holy Communion in 2019.

             Parking: I appeal to parents, minders and grandparents to use the Church Car Park and Resource Centre for parking. Please do not park in the Bus Area or  in the yellow rectangle in front of the school gate. It is very dangerous for children to walk through the staff car park, especially in winter when visibility is poor.  I ask for your cooperation in this matter.

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal