Monday, July 15, 2019

Teacher appointments

Following interviews for the vacant teaching positions, the Board of Management is pleased to announce that Mrs Sinéad Barry and Mr John Tuohy have been appointed to the staff for the new school year. Mrs Barry has been appointed to teach 5th & 6th classes. Mrs Barry taught in Ballybrown NS in 2016-2017. Mr John Tuohy has been appointed to teach First and Second Classes. Mr Tuohy taught Second class from August 208 to May 24th 2019.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

School note June 27th


Dear parents,

                    We have reached the end of another school year. Yesterday, 23 Sixth class pupils graduated. Thanks to Mr Barry, Ms Gibbons, Ms Day and all staff who assisted with the Graduation Ceremony.   Special thanks to Fr Mike for his help. Thanks also to the members of the Parents Association who provided refreshments for all the guests.

                All pupils have received  end of year reports and book lists. Classes for next school year have been allocated. Please turn overleaf for calendar for school year 2019-2020.

                  Active Week which ran all through last week was organised by Ms Gibbons and was a huge success once again.

                     Mr Barry's class left the school at 7.30 a.m. this morning to visit Croke Park at the invitation of GAA President John Horan.

          Bus Transport: Bus Éireann have asked me to remind parents of children availing of Bus Transport that payment for next school year is due by July 26th.               

                         On Tuesday, we held a special assembly in honour of Mrs Hodgins. All classes performed. Tomorrow, Mrs Hodgins will  leave the school, having taught generations of Ballybrown families. We will all miss her.

                   The Book Rental Scheme offered by the school has met with a good response. A huge amount of work goes into collecting books returned at the end of June, re-covering and labelling them for use the following year. I am grateful to Mrs Millar for taking on the task of coordinating the Book Rental Scheme.  

           The 2019 school magazine is now available. With 72 pages in full colour, it is great value at  €4 per copy or three copies for €10.

             Today, the school is reverberating to the sounds of Kids Disco. Thanks to the school's Parents' Association for organising this most enjoyable event. A lovely way to end the year and enjoyed thoroughly by all the children.

            Best wishes to Ms Quane and Ms Gibbons who are both getting married in the weeks ahead.

         School will close tomorrow Friday at 12.30 p.m. sharp and re-open Wednesday August 28th. Junior and Senior Infant classes will be collected at 12.10 p.m.  tomorrow to alleviate the traffic situation. On behalf of the staff and Board of Management of the school,  I hope you all enjoy the summer break and I look forward to seeing you  in the new school year.

Gach dea -ghuí, 

J. Lyons



Friday, June 21, 2019

School note June 21st


Dear parents,

                    When we return to school after the summer, a familiar face will be absent. Mrs Hodgins has decided to retire at the end of this school year. Margaret has seen many changes in the school over the past 38 years. Everybody in the school wishes her health and happiness in the next phase of her life.

                   Today is Sports Day. There is a wide range of sporting pursuits, culminating in a  widely- anticipated Rounders game between Staff and Sixth Class.   This week is Active Week and there are activities every day.  This involves a huge amount of organisation and I appreciate the effort that all the teachers make to ensure the day is enjoyable for all.  Special thanks to Ms Gibbons, Active Week coordinator.   

                     On Wednesday, we held our annual Fundraising Run which helps to meet the cost of providing buses during the school year to sporting events and other occasions. Special thanks to Niamh O Brien who arranges sponsorship cards etc. Niamh and Freddie did trojan work  looking after runners and  providing drinks.

                     On  Wednesday next, June 26th., the Sixth Class Graduation will take place. Fr Cussen will say a special Mass at 1.30 p.m. which will be followed by the Graduation Ceremony to celebrate the end of primary education for these pupils.

                        Ballybrown NS yearbook: The 2019 yearbook is currently on sale. With 72 full-colour pages, it is an ideal souvenir of a busy year. €4 per copy or 3 for €10

                      Report Cards: If you have not submitted your envelopes yet, please ensure that each envelope has a €1 stamp. Separate envelopes for each child.

                     Lost Property: Our Lost Property bin is overflowing with jackets, hats etc. Parents are welcome to check for missing items.

                     Please note that school will close for the summer holidays on Friday June 28th. at 12.30 p.m. It would be appreciated if all children were collected promptly. In order to alleviate traffic problems, children in Infant classes may be collected at 12.10 p.m.                   

                   "Do This in Memory 2018 - 2019 programme": Mass 8 - Sunday 23rd June 2019 at 10a.m. Children are asked to be in the church 10 minutes before Mass. Please bring your candle.

                  Parents Association News: Graduation ceremony is taking place on the 26th June at 1.30 p.m. in the school hall, would any parents from 5th class be available to help with serving of Teas/Coffee. Please email or phone/SMS 0872961007 if available.

             An end of year kids disco will take place in the school on the 27th June for children from Juniors to 5th class with some 6th class students helping on the day. Always proves to be a fun morning of music and dance. €2 contribution required on the day.

          The Parents Association are looking for volunteers for academic year 2019/2020 for all three roles of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Each role is for a 12 month period. Please email or phone 087 2961007 if interested.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons