Thursday, March 24, 2011

School note March 24th 2011

Dear parents,
                 I wish to bring the following to your attention.
Third Class enjoyed a bus tour of Historic Limerick this week, courtesy of Red Viking tours. It was a most enjoyable experience and we are indebted to Mike Mc Elligott  and his team at Carrig Coaches who organised the event at no charge to the school.
Mary Corby has been in touch to notify us of results of the Community Games Art and Handwriting competitions. Roisín Musgrave, Second Class, won first prize in Handwriting (Girls Section) while Ethan Keyes and Aidan O Connor came second and fourth respectively in the Boys Section.
Cliodhna Hall won fourth prize in the Girls Under 10 Art competition while Harry Hannan  achieved second  place in the boys under 12 section. Well done to all involved. Róisín will now be invited to take part in the All-Ireland final in Athlone.
Martine Dooley asks if children would bring daffodils to school on Friday morning March 25th to help in her fundraising for Daffodil Day. Martine will collect them before school on the day. This is a most worthy cause.
The camogie season starts this Friday with a Fifth Class indoor blitz in Old Christians, Rathbane.
Parents intending to avail of School transport in September 2011 are reminded to return forms to School Transport office, Colbert Station before March 31st.
Our thoughts this week are with the Arrigan family, Clounanna on the death last Friday of  P.J., father of Hannah in Junior Infants and husband of Deirdre.  Go ndéana Dia trocaire ar a anam.
Gach dea-ghuí,

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J. Lyons
Principal

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

School note March 16th 2011

16-3-2011

 

Dear Parents,

I wish to bring the following to your attention.

School will be closed tomorrow Thursday and also on Friday 18th.

Parents who wish to avail of school transport in the school year beginning  September 2011 are required to apply to the School Transport Office, Colbert Station  before March 31st. Forms are available from the school, from www.education.ie  and from www.buseireann.ie .Please do not return forms to the school.

Well done to the girls from 3rd. and 4th. classes who took part in a Girls Football Blitz last Friday in Mary Immaculate College.

Congratulations to Aoife Quinn, Sixth Class, who won the First Prize of a scooter in the Limerick Racecourse Colouring Competition.

Recently, Fifth Class enjoyed a visit to the Harbour in Foynes and received a tour of the Harbour Office and a trip through the Dock area. The Shannon Foynes Port Company invited the children to enter an essay competition called 'Energy: How is Foynes Useful?' The winning entries were announced yesterday. First Place: Mairead Hannon, Second Place: Kevin Leahy. Third Place: April O Neill. Well done to all and a special Thank You to Evelyn Adams who co-ordinated the visit.

I would like to remind parents that it is essential to contact the school if your child is absent, stating the reason. The school has a statutory obligation to inform the National Education Welfare Board when a child has been absent for 20 days in a school year, stating the reasons for the absences. Returns are made at the end of every quarter.

A meeting of the Parents Association will take place on Monday week March 21st. at 8.30 p.m. in the school.

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

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J. Lyons

Principal

 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

School note March 10th 2011

Dear parents,

I wish to bring the following to your attention.
All classes have now received details of forthcoming school tours scheduled for Thursday May 26th. The details have also been posted on the school website www.ballybrownns.ie
Artist Leonora O Sullivan has finished her spell in the school. She worked with all classes and covered several areas of the Art curriculum including Fabric and Fibre, Clay, Painting and Construction. It was a very enjoyable experience for the children. The work was on display in the Halla yesterday from 2 to 4 p.m. and the reaction was extremely positive.
School will be closed next Thursday  and Friday March 17th and 18th.
Well done to Caoimhe Browne and Cathal Locke in Sixth Class who represented Dooneen AC in an international athletics meeting in Glasgow last weekend with great success.
Sixth Class girls had their first basketball fixture of the season yesterday when they played Limerick East Educate Together NS here in Ballybrown.
Tomorrow, a team of girls from Third and Fourth Classes will play in a Girls Football blitz in Mary I. Ms Fitzgerald will look after the team.
A meeting of the Parents Association will take place on Monday week March 21st. at 8.30 p.m.
Now that the weather is improving, children are likely to take off their fleeces and jackets when playing. Please ensure your child's name is on every garment.  Our Lost property section will be swelling with every week that passes.

Gach dea-ghui,

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J. Lyons
Principal

Monday, March 7, 2011

Art Exhibition in School

Artist Leonora O Sullivan has been working with every class in the school. A display of children's work will take place in the Halla on Wednesday March 9th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
We are grateful to the Parents Association who sponsored this project
All are welcome

Friday, March 4, 2011

School note March 3rd 2011

Dear parents,.
It has been brought to my attention that the parking situation is unsatisfactory at the moment. Some parents are parking in the Disabled Parking area and in the Staff parking area.  If parents park in the Staff parking area, those children then have to walk through an area where cars are entering and exiting. This is obviously dangerous and I appeal to drivers to be aware of this. The reasons why the Disabled Parking area must be kept clear are self-evident and require no explanation.
The Parents' Association has tried stewarding the Car Park but has met with limited success through no fault of their own.  The Chairman of the Board of Management has written to the Superintendent at Roxboro Garda station for advice. As I have stated repeatedly, my only concern is the safety of children.

Congratulations to Shannon Gillane and Amy Neville Day from Sixth Class who played on the Limerick City girls Football team that won the Larkin Shield under lights at the Gaelic Grounds last night. Congratulations also to their teacher Sinead Fitzgerald who was a selector with the team.
All school tours will take place on Thursday May 26th.  All classes will receive details next week.
Community Games News: Registration for Community Games Cross Country is March 7th. Please text Damien 0860504083 if you are interested. Events are U9 300m (county), U11 600m (county), U12 mixed distance relay 400m/600m, U13 1200m U14 relay 600m/800m, U17 1000m (county).
  The Ballybrown/Clarina Community Council are holding a fund raising night for the Community Resource Centre at the Limerick Greyhound Stadium on Saturday 19th March at 7:30 pm. Tickets are €10 each and a great night is guaranteed. Children are free. This includes door prizes of 2 Mini Laptops and lots of other spot prizes.  Please purchase tickets from a committee rep. as funds go directly to Community Resource Centre Fund. The committee welcome sponsorship for races. Contact Ann  0872122842 or Mary 087 6330673.

Gach dea-ghuí,


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J. Lyons
Principal