Thursday, April 19, 2018

School note April 19th 2018

19-4-2018

Dear parents,

                     Last week, all classes received details of school tours. All classes go on tour on Thursday June 21st. You received the details in advance so that families can budget, especially families with more than one child in school. I am conscious of the demands parents face all through the school year.

                     First Holy Communion is just a month away. It takes place on Saturday May 19th at 11 a.m. in Ballybrown Church.

                    School will be closed on Friday May 25th as it is in use as a polling station for the Referendum on that day.

                       Today, we enjoyed the first reading of our School Story for 2018. All classes contributed to this story during Book Week. Ask your child about it!

                      Ballybrown NS represented Limerick City in the county final of the INTO Mini Sevens hurling competition in Mick Neville Park, yesterday. Ballybrown NS defeated South champions Scoil Dean Cussen and West champions Mahoonagh NS but lost to Doon CBS in the last game. Our team did us proud. Thanks to Mr Lordan for training the team.

                   The Parents Association has organised a guest speaker to attend the school. This will take place on next Monday 23rd April. Our guest speaker Ger Brick will be delivering a 90 minute Anti-Cyberbullying/Internet Safety Workshop to pupils of 4th class to 6th class during school hours. A letter of parental consent has already been distributed to the relevant parents. He will also provide a Parent Information Evening at 7 pm that evening in the School Halla. Parents of ALL  pupils in the school are invited to attend. The talk incorporates video, guidelines, practical demonstrations and discussion, providing parents with practical non-technical information and guidance for keeping their children and families safe online. Light refreshments will be served also.

Family Mass:

There will be a Family Mass in Ballybrown Church on Sunday 29th of April at 10a.m. We will have a practice for this Mass on Wednesday 25th April in the Church from 5.50-7.00pm. All welcome.  For more information, please contact Julianne McCormack @ 087-9478123.

 

Gach dea- ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

BALLYBROWN/CLARINA COMMUNITY GAMES:

Rounders

Training is starting back again for our rounders team, tonight 19th April at 6.00 pm in Breska soccer field. All are welcome to attend and full training will be provided. We have had great success in rounders down through the year and kids have had great enjoyment playing rounders so bring them along and let them try it out.

Sports Evening: A provisional date of Friday 4th May has been set for the Ballybrown/Clarina sports evening. Venue to be confirmed at a later date.

Registrations will take place on the evening from 5.30pm with events to start at 6.00 pm sharp.

There will be events for all on the night. The cost is €4.00 per child. This is always a great evening so we would like to see as many of you as possible come along and take part.

Please check out our Facebook page for further details. https://www.facebook.com/ballybrownclarinacommunitygames/

 

 


Thursday, April 12, 2018

School note April 12th 2018


12-4-2018

Dear parents,

                   The final term of the school year is upon us. It has been very busy since we returned to school.

                    Yesterday, Mrs Ivess and Ms Gibbons accompanied a team of girls to play in a Gaelic Football Blitz in Mary I where they were coached by PE students. It was a most enjoyable day.

                  Our under 13 camogie team played St Nessan's in the first game of the Cumann na mBunscol leagues. On Tuesday, our Under 13 boys team travelled to St Nessan's NS. Unfortunately, both games ended in defeat  ach beidh lá eile againn.

                  The school's Under 13 soccer team has qualified for the county final stage of the Spar/FAI Soccer tournament. Thanks especially to Kevin Conway and Mr Keoghan for looking after the team.

                    Yesterday, Stephen, an Athletics coach with Limerick Sports Partnership, visited the school to provide running classes for First and Second classes. Ballybrown NS places a great emphasis in encouraging children to try as many sports as possible and to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

                      Tomorrow, engineer Scott Zieglinski presents a STEM  workshop for all children in classes from First to Sixth.

                    Best wishes to Seánna O Connor Kelly who represents the school in the county final stage of the Eason's Spelling Bee today.

                    Congratulations to Gerry Moroney who was crowned Table Topper champion for 2018 on the day we closed for Easter holidays.

                     I have noticed a certain laxity in school uniforms since we returned to school. Navy track bottoms are recommended. No stripes or logos, please.

                 The Parents Association have organised a guest speaker to attend the school. This will take place on Monday 23rd April. Our guest speaker Ger Brick will be delivering a 90 minute Anti-Cyberbullying/Internet Safety Workshop to pupils of 4th class to 6th class during school hours. A letter of parental consent will be sent home with the pupils early next week.

He will also provide a Parent Information Evening at 7.00pm that evening in the School Halla. Parents of ALL  pupils in the school are invited to attend. The talk incorporates video, guidelines, practical demonstrations and discussion, providing parents with practical non-technical information and guidance for keeping their children and families safe online. Light refreshments will be served also.

Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons

Principal

 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

School note March 22nd

22-3-2018

 

Dear parents,

                     Yesterday, 52 boys and girls received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Brendan Leahy in St. Joseph's Church here in Ballybrown. Events such as Confirmation are a team effort and  I am extremely grateful to all involved, especially the class teachers, Mr. Barry and Ms Gibbons, and all  teachers  and staff who have been helpful in every way.  Ms. Day has done superb work with the Choir. Thanks to Fr Cussen and all involved with our local parish who are so cooperative.  I am grateful once again to the school's Parents Association who provided refreshments. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.

                       Fintan O'Sullivan has been in touch to express his appreciation to the school for allowing him to use a school Colours Day for fundraising for his India Immersion Project. The total amount collected was €608.22 euro. The funds go directly to the children and various projects in India that he will be visiting. Fintan visited all classes in the school and spoke to them about the purpose of his visit.

                      Spelling Bee: Congratulations to Seánna O Connor Kelly who is our school Spelling Bee Champion  for 2018. Seánna will represent the school in the county final after Easter. Go néirí leat, Seánna.

                       Our sympathies to Deputy Principal Ms Hayes on the death of her mother. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí.

                       Mrs Hanly returns to school on April 9th  after maternity leave. Mr Donagh McCarthy has been with us since last September. He leaves the school tomorrow. We are very sorry to see him go. He has been a great asset to the school.

                       Easter Holidays: School will close at 12.30 p.m. tomorrow for Easter and will reopen on Monday April 9th.                       

                     Tomorrow Friday March 23rd is  Daffodil Day. Daffodils will be on sale in Hayes Shop in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Fresh daffodils may be left at the school before 9.15 a.m. on that day.

              Ballybrown/Clarina Community Resource Centre are holding their Spring Fair and Cake Sale on Sunday 25th March. Children's Spring Art Competition prizes will be awarded. Doors open at 10.45a.m. Your support would be appreciated.

Ballybrown GAA: . Our U6s will start back hurling training on the pitch in BALLYBROWN on FRIDAY30th March @5.45pm. All players MUST be registered before playing and we can accept annual registrations on the night. Please remember to bring hurley/helmet/shinguards. All new players welcome.
We will also be holding an Easter Hurling camp for 3 days, 4th/5th & 6th April in Ballybrown 10.30am to 1.30pm, cost €30 for first child, €20 for second and €10 per child thereafter. Registration at 10am on the 4th April. ALL players must be registered before playing.

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal