Thursday, September 19, 2019

School note September 19th


Dear parents,

                    Today we had the first  Assembly of the school year. The children  in Mr Barry's class made a presentation on places of historical interest in Ballybrown. Mrs Barry's class recited a poem.   The  school rules were revised :  Be Nice to everyone and  No Rough Play.  Ms Keyes and the Green Schools Committee spoke about Recycling. The Active Schools Committee also made a presentation.

                  Children in Fifth and Sixth classes are looking forward to a ten week IT module with Whizzkids, a company providing an IT skills programme for primary school pupils.The programme will commence tomorrow.

                        Date for your Diary: Limerick Primary Cross Country championships take place in Limerick Racecourse in Patrickswell on Wednesday October 16th, starting at 11 a.m.

                   Today, Our Under 11 football team play Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh in Clarina. Yesterday, the school's under 13 girls football team travelled to play Milford NS. Mrs Walsh and Mrs Costelloe were very proud of the girls who lost narrowly in a high- scoring game.

                    Today, the children in Fifth and Sixth classes will take advantage of the fine weather and go blackberry picking in the local area.

                Rugby training with Matt Browne from Munster Rugby starts on Monday for the children in Fifth and Sixth Classes.

                All families have received forms for Allianz Pupil Personal Insurance.  There are two types: school day cover (€6) or all-year-round (€9).  This is entirely voluntary but has proven very popular with parents in the past.  Should you decide to avail of this insurance, please hand monies to the School Office by Friday Sep 27th.

Active Schools News: The Active  School committee are running a competition to kick-start another active year in Ballybrown NS. We want children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class to bring in photographs of themselves taking part in some physical activity outside of school. A number of winners will be chosen to go on a mystery tour next week! Photographs can be brought to your child's class teacher or emailed to by Monday. Best of Luck!

         Eamon Andrews, photographer, will be in school on Monday. Please ensure you have dropped in forms by Monday if you want photos.

A message from the Parents Association: The Parents Association AGM will take place on Tuesday 24th September at 8pm in  St Josephs NS, Ballybrown.  All parents welcome to attend and hopefully see you there.

Creative Drama classes start back tomorrow in the Community Centre
at 3 pm. A few places still  available. Contact Carol on 087 8171814.

Finally, I urge parents to ensure that your child's name is on all books, coats, fleeces etc.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons





Monday, September 16, 2019

Football games this week

Under 13 boys   Tuesday September 17th: Ballybrown NS v Christ the King BNS Caherdavin in Clarina. Throw in 1.15 p.m.

Under 13 girls   Wednesday September 18th. Milford NS v Ballybrown  NS  in Milford NS school pitch. Throw in 1 p.m.

UNder 11 boys      Thursday: September 19th: Ballybrown NS v Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh in Clarina. Throw in 12.30 p.m.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

School note September 12th


 Dear parents,

                      The school has been fortunate to take delivery of two computers courtesy of Regeneron. Thanks to Nigel Woods  for his help. It is greatly appreciated.

                    Fifth class pupils have commenced a six week programme of Cycling Safety Lessons with John and Kieran of Cycle Right.

                     Steve Ryan of  Music Generation visited Ballybrown NS yesterday for the first lessons of his year long module with the children in Fifth and Sixth classes.  Music Generation culminates in a concert  for all schools involved in the initiative in June 2010 in Thomond Park.

                      The children in Fifth and Sixth classes are looking forward to  Whizzkids, the IT and Coding classes which commence on Friday September 20th. If any family hasn't paid for Whizzkids or Music Generation, I would appreciate if you would do so at your earliest convenience.

                   The Cumann na mBunscol season has begun. This week, Ballybrown NS Under 13 boys played Gaelscoil an Ráithín on Tuesday and the Under 13 girls football team played St Nessan's yesterday. Today, Mr Sheehy and Mr Tuohy will travel to Monaleen for the opening game of the Under 11 season.

                The Parents Association met on Tuesday night in the school. The AGM will take place on Tuesday September 24th.

                 Due to a number of  very late withdrawals, the school needs to enrol at least two more children before the DES deadline date of September 30th.  Otherwise, we will lose a class teacher at Halloween and classes will have to be reorganised.  If you are aware of any families who have recently moved into the area or any four-five year olds who may not have started school yet, please contact the school as soon as possible.

Le dea- ghuí,

J. Lyons