Thursday, February 22, 2018

School note February 22nd 2018


Dear parents,

                      Yesterday, Sr. Rose Miriam and  Veronica Behan from Limerick Diocesan Office visited the school to meet the children in all classes. They were very complimentary about the attainment and behaviour of the children and the hard work of their teachers. Confirmation for children in Fifth and Sixth classes will take place in Ballybrown Church on Wednesday March 21st at 1 p.m.

                   I have been informed that all teachers are required to attend Inservice Training on the proposed new Primary Language  Friday March 16th. Consequently, school will be closed for pupils on that day.  

                Today, children from Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First classes attended a live puppet performance by Call Back Theatre in the school.  ''Dorothy DoLittle's Magical Adventure", an educational  and fun performance about the importance of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, was enjoyed by all.  

             World Book Day is Thursday March 1st. The school will organise a programme of events throughout the week to promote literacy and a love of reading. Ten minutes spent reading to, and with, your child is a wonderful use of your time.

               Parking: I would appreciate if parents used the Resource Centre and Church grounds car parks. Children should not walk through the staff car park. They should enter via the gate nearest to the Resource Centre. Safety of children is paramount.  Please do not park in Staff parking areas or in Bus berths.

Parents Association:

 A clothes Recycling Day will take place on Friday March 9th. All families will receive bags in school today. Please have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc in bags at the school by 9.15 a.m.  on that morning. Thank you for continued support for this worthwhile fundraising event.

Confirmation volunteers - The Parents Association recently sent a note home to all 3rd and 4th class parents seeking volunteers for the teas/coffees for the Confirmation. This will be held on Wednesday 21st March at 1pm in the church - volunteers required for approx 90 minutes from 1.30-3pm. Please contact Susan MacNamara on 087-2257625 if you can help out. 

Website: All information relating to the school, school calendar, booklists, etc  is on the website . Check in on  Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news.     


 Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons




Wednesday, February 7, 2018

School Note February 8th


Dear parents,

                     We had a most enjoyable Grandparents Day last Thursday. Grandparents travelled from far and near to celebrate with their grandchildren. Fr Cussen led the Prayer Service and after that, children shared their memories and  feelings in verse and in story. Thanks to Mr Barry and Ms Gibbons.

                     The Infant classes also enjoyed Grandparents' Day as Ethan's granny visited and spoke about her childhood memories.

                    Reminder: School will close at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday February 14th  for all children to enable teachers to attend Inservice on the new Child Protection  guidelines. School will be closed for midterm on Thursday and Friday February 15th and 16th. and will reopen on Monday February 19th.

                    Active School news: Hurling coaching with Killian Gavin continues tomorrow Friday with the children from Mrs Hodgins and Mr Lordan's classes.                 Dean Corbett is doing soccer coaching every Tuesday with children in 4th, 5th and 6th classes.  The children in Third class are enjoying swimming lessons each Wednesday.

                      Ballybrown NS will take part in a Ground Hurling tournament in St Clement's College on Tuesday February 13th. We look forward to defending the title we won in 2017!

                      This week, I have once again  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, children with long hair should keep their hair in plaits or tied up rather than hanging loosely.

For information on dealing with this problem, see


          Please remember that an absence note is required every time your child is absent. These are kept on file until the end of the school year. The school is obliged to make returns to Tusla  in respect of every child who misses 20 days or more in a school year.  A number of children are frequently late for school. Please try to ensure this does not happen.

                    "Date for your Diary - RECYCLING DAY Friday March 9th".  All unwanted clean dry clothes, paired shoes and unwanted handbags gladly accepted.

            Sincere condolences to Mrs Millar on the death of her mother this week.


Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons



Thursday, February 1, 2018

School note February 1st


Dear parents,

                     This week is Catholic Schools Week. Fr Cussen  visited the school on Tuesday for a prayer service.   There will be other activities during the week.

                  Over the past couple of  weeks,  teachers have put up Maths Displays on the corridors of the school. There are very eyecatching displays to be seen.  See them on our Twitter page @Ballybrown NS

                 Head Lice: Head Lice are a common problem in any environment where children assemble.This school is no exception. For information on dealing with this problem, see

                   Child Protection: The Department of Education and Skills (DES) has published Circular 0081/2017 which outlines new Child Protection Procedures for primary & post primary schools. The procedures come into effect immediately. All school personnel are required to be trained in the new procedures and schools may close for two half-days for this purpose. This school will close at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday February 14th for the first module. The Board of Management is currently drawing up a Child Safeguarding Statement to comply with new legislation.

Ballybrown/Clarina Community Games – Upcoming events

Art Competition on next Wednesday 7th February in the Ballybrown Resource Centre from 6.30pm to 7.45pm please bring your own colours, paper will be provided. Cost 2 per person.

Swimming B Competition Sunday 25th February 2018 – Askeaton Pool from 4-6pm

Swimming A competition Sunday 25tg March 2018 – Askeaton Pool from 4-6pm

Talent – Solo and Group singing, dance, music and recitation

Pitch & Putt - U16

Gymnastics – U9, U11, U14 and U15

Sports Day – Provisional date 29th April 2018.

Contact Pauline Lowe on 087 8365545 if you have any interest in the above events. Check out our facebook page for more details


Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons




Hunt Museum: Archaeology Camp in February. We will now be running a 2 day camp for kids ages 6+, from Thursday 15th - Friday 16th of February
During the Archaeology Camp in February, children will learn about History and Archaeology through workshops, art, science, and activities. The Camp will be a great reinforcement for school curriculum and their interest in those sciences. 

Thursday 15th - Friday 16th February. 10am - 4pm.Fee: €40 per child, €30 per sibling.

For more details, please contact or call 061 312833.
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