Thursday, January 17, 2019

School note January 17th

Dear parents,
                   News reached school on Tuesday of the death of Tiny, mother of Riyana, Second Class and wife of Cyril. Our sincere sympathy to all her family and friends on this sad occasion. Mass in Patrickswell Church today at 4 p.m. Reposing in Patrickswell Church until 7 p.m. tonight.
                  Jim O Farrell has informed me  that 'Nationwide'  on RTE One will feature Ballybrown and the Hedge School in Newtown  on Monday January 21st.
                   Is your child starting school in 2019? The closing date for Application forms is  3 p.m. tomorrow Friday January 18th.
                  Morning Supervision: Mrs Hodgins is currently on sick leave. Mrs Millar, Assistant Principal, is supervising the Junior Yard each morning from 9 a.m. to 9.15 a.m.
                  Safety of children: Children should never walk through the teachers' car park, even if accompanied by an adult. All classes exit via the gate near the Resource Centre except for children using the school bus service. It would be appreciated if parents did not use the teachers' car park.                 
                   Parents Association: The Minister has extended closing date for the consultation period on the proposed changes to the exemption from Irish until Thursday the 17th of January.  To complete the survey please click this link

Drama classes will resume in the Community Centre on Friday 18th January.  For more information,Contact Carol on 0878171814.
 Breska Rovers Underage Registration night for the 2019 season will take place Jan 28th at 7pm to 8:30pm in the Community resource centre. Open to children over the age of 4. Registration fees will stay the same. New players always welcome.
Ballybrown GAA: Underage Registration night for the 2019 season will take place  on Friday Jan 25th from 7p.m. to 8:30pm in the clubhouse. New players always welcome. 
Ballybrown/Clarina Community Games – Upcoming events:
Draughts  We have our first competition this coming Saturday evening at 5pm in Ballybrown Resource Centre. Good luck to our U10 team, our 2 u12 teams and our U14 team.
Art Competition is being held on 26th January with venue to be confirmed. Can you please let us know if your child is interested in taking part.
Hand Writing is being held on 26th January with venue to be confirmed. Can you please let us know if your child is interested in taking part.
 Swimming B Competition Sunday 3rd February 2019 – Askeaton Pool from 4-6pm
Swimming A competition Sunday 3rd March 2019 – Askeaton Pool from 4-6pm
Talent – closing date for entries is 13th of February.
Contact Pauline on (087) 8365545 or Aine on (086) 2070889 if you have any interest in the above events. Check out our facebook page for more details

Le dea-ghuí,
J. Lyons

Thursday, January 10, 2019

School note January 10th 2019


Dear parents,

                     All children from Junior Infants to Fourth class began a five week programme of gymnastics with  School Fitness Ireland on Tuesday.

                     The boys and girls in Third class began a six week programme of swimming lessons in Askeaton Leisure Centre yesterday.

            Seasonal  advice: The HSE has issued advice for parents on preventing the spread of influenza and infectious diseases in schools. 

The advice re chicken pox is : To prevent spreading the infection, keep children off nursery or school until all their spots have crusted over. Chickenpox is infectious from 1 to 2 days before the rash starts, until all the blisters have crusted over (usually 5 to 6 days after the start of the rash) .

  In brief:  If your child is sick, he/she should not be at school!            

Attendance: In the event of any pupil reaching a total of 20 days absence from school in a school year, the school is required by law to make a report to Tusla. Parents are advised to be aware of this and to be mindful of their child's attendance record.


Parents Association News: NPC has been asked by the Minister for Education and Skills to make a submission on the future direction of policy and practice in relation to the granting of exemptions from the study of Irish in primary and post primary schools.
The Minister has launched a consultation paper on this issue.
NPC has compiled a brief survey to get the views of parents on the key changes proposed, based on the questions asked by the Minister regarding the proposed changes.
To complete the survey please click this link 

Please complete a separate survey for each child. The survey will close at 10 a.m. on Friday the 11th of January.

The next Parents Association meeting will take place on Wednesday 16th January at 19.30 in the school hall.  All parents are welcome to attend. We are always looking for new ideas and suggestions so your input would be very welcome.


Mindfulness, Self-awareness classes to help and support children 5 - 12 years, who may be feeling anxious, lacking in self- confidence, self esteem. Teaching them tools and techniques that they can use daily to build resilience and confidence. Classes starting end of January in 11 Thomas St. For more information contact Therese 087 7531979.


Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons



Thursday, December 20, 2018

School note Dec 20th

Dear parents,

                     Christmas has officially arrived in Ballybrown NS!  Every child in the school took part in our Christmas Carol Service today. There were two performances. The show was a credit to the children, teachers and staff. Thanks to Fr Cussen for facilitating us throughout the year.

                          Excitement levels were high last Friday as children in Junior and Senior Infants boarded the bus to see' Elfie Saves Christmas' in the Millennium Theatre in LIT. A great time was had by all.

            School will close for Christmas holidays tomorrow Friday December 21st at 12.30 p.m. Parents of children in Junior and Senior Infants are asked to collect children at 12.10 p.m. to reduce traffic congestion. 

            School will reopen on Monday January 7th at 9.15 a.m.             

          Colm Ryan from Stryker visited Ms Gibbons class, to teach a 5 week Junior Achievement programme. He covered a variety of topics including chromatography, periscopes and focused on carbon monoxide and the dangers it can have in our homes. He even brought in a sample knee replacement from his workplace and told us all about his work in Stryker. 

          All families with children in classes from Junior Infants to Fourth received a note yesterday informing them that the school has engaged  the services of School Fitness Ireland to provide a five week gymnastic programme from Tuesday January 8th to Tuesday February 9th inclusive to children from Junior Infants to 4th class.          

            GOAL MILE : CHRISTMAS DAY : 12 NOON. Help support the most vulnerable in our world. Run, walk or jog the GOAL MILE at Ballybrown/Clarina Community Resource Centre. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness the GOAL MILE is all about having fun and giving a little back this Christmas.

                A Christmas Eve Family Mass will be held on Christmas Eve,  Monday 24th December at 5p.m. in Ballybrown Church.

  On behalf of the Board of Management and staff of the school, I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas. I look forward to seeing you all in 2019.

Nollaig shona daoibh go léir.


J. Lyons