Thursday, March 14, 2019

School note March 14th

Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

Congratulations to Ms Gibbons and her class whose project on Teachers and Cumann na mBunscol scooped First Prize at the Cornmarket Cumann na mBunscol Awards in Sligo last Friday night. This category was sponsored by the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) to mark the link between teachers and Cumann na mBunscol. The project highlighted teachers who have made their mark as players, coaches and GAA administrators.

                     Engineer Scott Ziglienski visited the school once again to conduct engineering workshops with all classes from First to Sixth last Friday.

                 "DO THIS IN MEMORY 2018-2019 Programme": Mass 5 is on this Saturday 16th March at 8 pm.  Children are asked to be in the church 10 church 10 minutes before Mass and please bring your candle.

               Healthy Eating: We are all are aware of the problems of childhood obesity and the implications in later life. We have been operating a very successful Healthy Eating policy in the school for many years now. It needs parental co-operation for success. Cereal bars, chocolate bars, even as 'treats' are not allowed. Fruit, sandwich, water are all a child needs. Nothing could be simpler, easier to prepare, healthier or cheaper. I urge all parents to put your child's health first.

                              Seachtain na Gaeilge: This is Seachtain na  Gaeilge. There are many activities taking place in the school. Parents can do your bit by  introducing simple phrases like 'Go raibh maith agat' and 'Fáilte romhat' to everyday speech.

                 Sr. Helen Culhane of the Children's Grief Centre has organised on conference on the theme of Children and Loss-  Supporting Children and Young People Affected by Loss Through Parental Separation, Divorce or Bereavement Venue: Millennium Theatre, Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish Park, Limerick Date & Time: Friday 14th June 2019, 9.30 am - 1.30pm Registration: 8.30 am - 9.30 am. Booking on

for further details, email: Tel: 0879851733

                  Parents Association:       The Parents Association are holding a Colours Day tomorrow Friday March 15th. The school has a long association with Special Olympics and the Association will make a contribution to Special Olympics from funds collected. Each child to contribute €2 please.  

                Parents Association has organised a bag packing day in Dunnes Stores in the Jetland Shopping Centre on Saturday27th April from 10am to 4pm. Time slots are 10 -12pm/12-2pm/2-4pm We need your help to cover around 10 tills for a 2 hour slot during the day. Please phone or text Caroline Sheehan on 087-9276776 to let her know your availability. Your help would be very much appreciated. All funds raised go to school activities.

Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons





Thursday, March 7, 2019

School Note March 7th



Dear parents,

                      Today is World Book Day. A range of activities is going ahead throughout the school.

                     Mr Barry has asked me to mention that the school is still seeking Aldi stickers. We have filled one poster and are well on the way to filling another.

 Ballybrown NS achieved  Third place in the Analog Robotics competition that took place last Saturday. Over thirty schools took part. The Ballybrown NS team consisted of Rory Murphy, Tommy Lynch and David Byrnes. Well done, boys.

                  Third and Fourth classes attended a Science Fair in UL yesterday as part of Engineers Week.

                      Ballybrown NS has been shortlisted for the Cornmarket Awards Cumann na mBunscol Awards. Ms Gibbons and her class entered a project on the theme of  'Teachers and Cumann na mBunscol'. These Awards are open to schools throughout Ireland and it is a great achievement to make it to the National Final. Ballybrown NS is active in promoting Gaelic Games on and off the field. This year's Awards will be held in Sligo tomorrow night.

                     The school is currently working towards renewing our Active School Flag. As part of the process we are requested to distribute a questionnaire to parents. We would appreciate greatly if you could follow the link below and fill out the short survey online.

                  Parents Association: The Parents Association are holding a Colours Day on Friday March 15th. The school has a long association with Special Olympics and the Association will make a contribution to Special Olympics from funds collected. More details next week.

                    Engineer Scott Ziglinski will visit the school tomorrow Friday 8th. Scott developed the company "Elementary Engineering" and travels to schools around the country to carry out a workshop on basic engineering skills. Children from First to Sixth class will take part  in the workshop which is very relevant to the STEM subjects. Cost €3 per child.

                     MPCC Credit Union will be in school tomorrow morning.

Ballybrown GAA: The  Juvenile Club will run an Easter Camp for girls and boys from u6 to u13 from Wednesday April 24 to Friday April 26., 10.30 to 1.30 each day. There will be more details soon. 

A message from Newtown Hedge School: On Monday March 18th, Hedge School Cottage is holding a Remembrance Walk to remember all our local community and family members that have passed away. On the day, we are having a memory wall so anyone that would like to put a picture or mortuary card on this please bring on the day.This is a sponsored walk so if we could ask for your support in taking a card to fill out it would be greatly appreciated. Cards are available at the school. We would ask for cards from the children be brought back by next Wednesday to the Community Centre and most important any child that fills a card please make sure they put their name on it as they will be entered into a separate raffle. Registration takes place on the day  at 1.30pm and walk departs at 2pm.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons



Thursday, February 28, 2019

School note February 28th



Dear parents,

                    Progress on the building work on the school extension is excellent  with the weather greatly in our favour. A completion date of late July is promised. The Board of Management wishes to thank the members of the Community Alert who have helped with traffic and stewarding. They have been invaluable.

                     Tomorrow, the school will play in the INTO Mini Sevens in both hurling and camogie in Mungret GAA Grounds.

                     A team from Sixth Class consisting of Rory Murphy, David Byrnes and Tommy Lynch will represent the school in the Analog Devices Primary Schools Robotics competition on Saturday March 2nd. This team were winners of the activities organised during the workshop held in the school last week.

                  E payments are up and running again after a few technical hitches.

                    It has been brought to my attention that some children have become distressed by stories of the MOMO online game. Webwise provides excellent advice

 Parents are advised to monitor your child's online activity closely.

MPCC Credit Union will visit the school on Friday March 8th.

                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,  the National Education Welfare Board. Parents are advised to be aware of this and to be mindful of their child's attendance record.

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


Parents Association News: 

28th February – Steve Goode from the National Parents Association will hold an introductory talk on "How to support all aspects of setting up and running a Parents Association in your school"  tonight at 19.30. All parents are welcome to attend. 

1st March - Community Clothing Recycle event tomorrow Friday 1st March. Drop off time from 8.45am – 09.30 am at St Joseph's National School at the gate nearest to the Resource Centre. All clean clothing and paired shoes, suitable for re-use welcome. All monies raised from the event goes towards school activities and resources. 

27th April - There is a school bag packing day organised in Dunnes Stores in the Jetland Shopping Centre on the 27th April from 10am to 4pm. We need your help to cover around 10 tills for a 2 hour slot during the day. Would you please phone or text Caroline Sheehan on 087-9276776 to let her know your availability. Your help would be very much appreciated. All funds raised go to school activities.

An information session on transition from pre school to primary school takes place on Tuesday 5th March in the Woodlands House Hotel Adare at 7pm 

Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons