Thursday, December 14, 2017

School note December 14th




Dear parents,

                     The  school Christmas Carol Service takes place in Ballybrown Church on Thursday 21st 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. Every child from Junior Infants to Sixth is taking part. Each child needs a Santa hat.

                    The Children in Sixth class are busy rehearsing for 'The Grinch who Stole Christmas' which they will stage on Wednesday next in the Halla. Props and sets are being painted as I speak.

                   On Monday December 18th, the school will play host to two showings of the film 'The Snowman', based on the children's story by Raymond Briggs. The musicians of Music Generation Limerick City will provide a live soundtrack to the classic film. Cost is €1 per child. Please give money to your child's teacher.

                   All the boys and girls in Junior and Senior Infants are looking forward to their visit to LIT tomorrow morning to see a performance of  'Rudolph Saves Christmas'. I am sure they will have a day to remember.

                 Ms Gibbons has organised a Festive Run to take place today, weather permitting.   Participation in the Festive Run will gain entry to a lottery for a visit from the Special Olympics torch in 2018.

               School will close for Christmas holiday on 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.

            The Parents Association has asked me to inform you that, as was the case for the last few years, they will donate a gift to the staff on behalf of all parents. Teachers do not expect a gift from children. If children would like to give something personal they could perhaps make their own card as a gift to their teacher.

           Heartfelt sympathy from all in the school community to the McNamara family on the death of Jean, mother of Abbie. The Parents  Association has made a donation to Milford Hospice.

          Community Council  News: The annual Christmas Fair will be held on Sunday December 17th at the Community Resource Centre. Doors open 10.45am. There will be lots on offer. Cake Sale with home made Christmas Cakes and Plum Puddings, Christmas Flower Arrangements and Logs, Firewood and Kindling, Kids Corner with Face Painting and Nail Bar, Raffle for Sumptuous Festive Hamper and lots of spot prizes. Children's Christmas Art Competition  prize winners will be announced.

 *Donations of cakes and buns from our gifted bakers would be greatly appreciated.


  Gach dea-ghuí, 

J. Lyons


Thursday, December 7, 2017

School note December 7th 2017

Dear parents,

                    West Midlands Theatre Company from Wolverhampton visited the school today to perform 'Dick Whittington' for First, Second, Third and Fourth Classes.  It was a great show with lots of audience participation and was enjoyed by all. I have already booked the company for a return visit in December 2018.

                    We were sad to see Ms Griffin leave Ballybrown NS yesterday having taught Second Class since the start of the current school year. However, we are delighted to welcome Ms Day back to Ballybrown NS after an absence of more than two years. Already, music and song are echoing from her classroom.

                      On next Thursday December 14th, Ms Gibbons has organised a Festive Run.  All children may wear Christmas jumpers, Santa hats etc. All classes in the school will take part with the proceeds going to Special Olympics Ireland. €2 per child is requested.   Participation in the Festive Run will gain entry to a lottery for a visit from the Special Olympics torch in 2018.

                    The school Christmas Carol Service will take place in Ballybrown Church on Thursday December 21st with two performances at 10 a.m. and 11.15 a.m.


The Parents Association has asked me to inform you that, as was the case for the last few years, they will donate a gift to the staff on behalf of all parents. Teachers do not expect a gift from children. If children would like to give something personal they could perhaps make their own card as a gift to their teacher.

A Christmas Eve Family Mass will be held on Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December at 5p.m. in Ballybrown Church. There will be a practice for this Mass for those who wish to participate in the church on Tuesday 19th December from 6.30-8pm. All children are welcome to the practice or just come on Christmas Eve. For any budding tin whistle players please bring whistles. All children welcome. 


Ballybrown GAA Juvenile Club are having a visit from Santa to the Clubhouse on Sunday 10th December at 2p.m.  Lots of fun and games planned, all children welcome. 

The school  Twitter account now has over 100 followers. This is an ideal way to get a flavour of what's happening in school or to learn about events that may be of interest. 

Please check the school website or follow us on Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news.  


Gach dea- ghuí,

J. Lyons




Thursday, November 30, 2017

School note November 30th


Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

This week, I have been informed of a couple of  cases of head lice in the school. It is advisable to deal with this as soon as possible. Your child may have caught head lice.  There is no reason for alarm - head lice have nothing to do with cleanliness, in fact head lice prefer clean to dirty hair.  Anyone can get head lice but it is particularly easy for young people to catch them as they spread by direct head -to -head contact.

               On a practical note, chidren with long hair should keep their hair in plaits or tied up rather than hanging loosely.

For information on dealing with this problem, see


             On a happier note, we were delighted to welcome Mossie Woulfe of Athletics Ireland to the school on Monday. Mossie was the bearer of good news; he informed us that Ballybrown NS had won the Best Girls Team category in the Cross -Country Sports at Limerick Racecourse. He presented the school with the Paddy O Connell Perpetual Trophy. He also presented medals to boys and girls whose team had been successful in their category.

                  Paul O Neill and Eva Toomey have won medals in the Manga High Maths Challenge. Paul and Eva earned more than 150 points each in this online Maths Challenge which is run throughout Ireland. Congratulations to both pupils on an outstanding achievement.

 Congratulations to Seán O Brien, Sixth Class, who was a member of the Limerick City primary Schools team that won the Sarsfield Cup Gaelic Football competition in the Gaelic Grounds on Tuesday night.

             Today, Pat Donnelly, Manager of the Limerick team who are 2017 All Ireland Under 21 hurling champions visited the school with the Munster and All Ireland trophies. Three of our former pupils were on the panel, Josh Adams, Cian Hederman and Luke Doran while Strength & Conditioning Coach Mikey Kiely also learned his hurling in Ballybrown NS from Mr Lordan.

           We are delighted to learn that Ms Ciara Griffin who is teaching Second Class in the absence of Ms Day has been chosen to front an Aldi advertising campaign to encourage children to live a healthy and active life along with Paul O Connell and Joe Schmidt. All are excellent role models for young people.

              All children will attend Mass on Friday December 8th. in St Joseph's Church, Ballybrown.

Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons