Thursday, January 18, 2018

School note Thursday 18th


Dear parents,

                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.


                   Child Protection: TUSLA Mandatory reporting. The Department of Education and Skills (DES) has published updated Child Protection guidelines. The procedures came into effect on December 11th 2017.

What are the key measures?

1.     Every registered teacher, as a Mandated Person, now has a statutory obligation to report child protection concerns over a defined threshold to the Child and Family Agency (Tusla). Such reports are known as mandated reports

2.     A requirement on mandated persons to assist Tusla in the assessment of child protection risk, if so requested.


What are the main statutory obligations of mandated persons?

To report to Tusla any knowledge, belief or reasonable grounds to suspect that a child has been harmed, is being harmed, or is at risk of being harmed, and to report any disclosures made by a child in relation to the above.  


                    Confirmation for the children in Fifth and Sixth classes will take place on Wednesday March 21st at 1 p.m. in Ballybrown Church.

                    First Holy Communion takes place on Saturday May 19th at 11 a.m.

                    The Limerick leg of the 2018 RDS Primary Science Fair takes place in Mary Immaculate College from Thursday 18 - Saturday 20  January 2018. Fifth class from Ballybrown NS has had a project accepted and the children in Ms Gibbon's class will attend tomorrow Friday 19th.  The full day out for primary school pupils, families and teachers, includes the RDS Primary Science Fair Limerick showcasing 4th-6th class primary school science-themed projects alongside an exciting educational entertainment programme including large scale science shows and interactive exhibits.

All tickets for today and tomorrow are sold out. If you  wish to attend on Saturday, tickets are available online at www.


               All children in the school enjoyed Folk Dancing with Larry and Ita Southard on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Larry is from North Carolina while Ita is a native of Grenagh in Cork. They were very happy with the response of the children and we look forward to a return visit in 2019.                                 

                                Clan Cluana Theatre Company will visit the school on Tuesday January 23rd to stage a performance of  ' Young Fionn MacCumhaill' for children from Third to Sixth Class inclusive. Cost €3 per child. Please give the money to your child's teacher.


Mr Lordan's class and Mrs Hodgins' class will begin a six-week series of hurling with coach Killian Gavin tomorrow Friday, weather permitting.

Gach dea-ghuí


J. Lyons




Thursday, January 11, 2018

School note January 11th 2018


Dear parents,

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

                    Ms Day has kindly offered to enter a choir in the Limerick Choral Festival this year. Choir practice will take place every Wednesday, starting on Wednesday January the school from 3 p.m. to 3.45 p.m. Pupils from 3rd to 6th classes may join. The Choral Festival will take place on Friday March 2nd.

              Parents Association: The Parents Association will meet in the school tonight, Thursday, at 8 p.m. All welcome. Those who are nominated as Class Reps are reminded to attend.  

            Seasonal Influenza advice: The HSE has issued advice for parents on preventing the spread of influenza in schools. Please copy and paste this link in your browser:  

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

              Ms Gibbons  organised a Festive Run which took  place in the run-up to Christmas.   Participation in the Festive Run gained entry to a lottery for a visit from the Special Olympics torch in 2018. The amount raised for Special Olympics was €533.90. Well done to all who contributed.           

                  A message from Ms Day: The school is in need of costumes for future Drama productions. It would be greatly appreciated if children could bring in any costumes/ dress up items or props that they do not use anymore to the drop off point beside Rosemarie's office this Friday morning.  Thanking you all in advance.

Gach dea- ghuí,


J. Lyons



This Is Me Children's Workshop is a 10 week programme catering for two groups of age 5-8 and 9-11. It focuses on fun and creative activities to explore emotions and feelings in a fun way. Help develop coping skills to deal with stress and anxiety. Starting January 30th in 11, Thomas Street. Contact Therese 087 7531979
























Thursday, December 21, 2017

School note December 21st


Dear parents,

                     It has been a busy week as carols and laughter fill the air.

                      Today, all 285 children in the school took part in our Nativity pageant.  I am grateful to all the teachers  and staff who worked so hard to make this possible. Thanks to you, the  parents, for your help with costumes etc.  Thanks also to Fr Cussen and Pat Gallagher for facilitating us in every way.

                    On Monday, Music Generation came to Ballybrown NS and performed a live musical accompaniment to a screening of the film of 'The Snowman'. It was a great experience and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

                    Yesterday, Sixth class staged two performances of 'The Grinch Who Stole Christmas'. All classes in the school enjoyed the show.  A special word thanks to Mr Barry for taking on this project at such a busy time of year.

                   Third class will begin swimming lessons on Wednesday January 10th.

                    The children in Fifth and Sixth classes have completed a ten week block of ICT classes with Whizzkids learning about coding, HTML and Sketch Up.

                  As we approach the end of term, we are sad to say goodbye to Ms Burke who has been teaching here while Mrs Fitzgerald was on maternity leave. Kim has been a great asset to this school  and will be missed by pupils and colleagues alike.

              Reminder that there is a Christmas Eve Family Mass on Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December at 5pm in Ballybrown Church. All children welcome.

            Parents Association: The Ballybrown NS Parents' Association is holding its next meeting on Thursday the 11th January at 8 pm. The Parents Association plays an important role in raising any concerns that parents may have and raises funds for the benefit of the school. They would be grateful if as many parents as possible could attend, in particular parents who are new to the school. All welcome.                  

                    School will close for Christmas holiday tomorrow, Friday December 22nd, 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 8th at 9.15 a.m.

                      A message from Ms Day: The school is in need of costumes for future productions. It would be greatly appreciated if children could bring in any costumes/ dress up items or props that they do not use anymore to the drop off point beside Rosemarie's office this Friday morning.  Thanking you all in advance.                

                   GOAL MILE: This Christmas, join us in going the extra mile for GOAL to help support the most vulnerable in our world. Bring along family, friends and neighbours to run, jog or walk the GOAL Mile ​at the Ballybrown/Clarina​

 ​Community Resource Centre on ​Christmas Day at 12 noon.The GOAL Mile is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, it's all about having fun and giving back this Christmas!

We look forward to seeing you there!

  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 2018.

Nollaig shona daoibh go léir.


J. Lyons