Friday, May 27, 2011

School note May 27th 2011

Dear parents,
                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.
Yesterday all classes in the school went on school tour. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive. . As usual, staffs in the various venues were most complimentary about the behaviour of our pupils Thanks to all the teachers and Special Needs Assistants who had a long and busy day.
               Next Thursday June 2nd will see the official raising of our long-awaited Green Flag. A lot of hard work has gone into earning the Green Flag so we look forward to a great day.
           School Uniform: Please see the note re Uniforms on the reverse of this note.
The school's Parents Association is having a Colours Day on Friday next June 3rd. €1 per child is suggested. In keeping with the green theme, and as Limerick are playing on the following two weekends, I would suggest a Green Colours Day.
                Parents are reminded that school will be closed for the week June 7th -10th inclusive.
              Conratulations to Ruth Hannon, First Class, who won the GR8 Saver competition run by MPCC Credit Union.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Thursday, May 19, 2011

School note May 19th 2011

Dear parents,
I wish to bring the following to your attention:
Last Saturday saw 32 Second Class pupils receive their First Holy Communion. Everything went off without a hitch. Well done to all concerned. A special word of thanks for the girls and boys who sang in the Choir. Their presence on the day was really appreciated. Thanks also to the ladies of the Parents Association who provided tea and coffee for families afterwards. As we have come to expect, the ceremony itself went without a hitch. Míle buíochas do Mrs Dillon and Ms Mc Carthy.
The next meeting of the Parents Association will take place on Monday next May 23rd at 8.30 p.m. in the Halla.
All classes will be on school tour next Thursday May 26th.All teachers will be accompanying classes so school will not be open to receive pupils.
Preparations are well underway for the raising of the school's first Green Flag. Final details will be confirmed in next week's note.
Well done to Alan Gavin who has been chosen on Limerick City schools hurling panel for the Mackey Cup in the Gaelic Grounds today and to Caileigh O Reilly and Shannon Gillane who played for the Limerick City camogie team in the Eithne Neville Cup on Monday.
Gach dea-ghuí

J. Lyons

Sunday, May 15, 2011

School note May 12th, 2011

Dear parents,
                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.
First Holy Communion will take place in St Joseph's Church next Saturday May 14th. at 11 a.m. Final preparations are under way.
Congratulations to James Corneille, Sixth Class, who designed the winning poster in the Green Schools Anti-Litter competition. James' poster, with the slogan 'Park Your Car, Not Your Litter' has been used as the basis for 2 permanent signs which may be seen in the Car Park in front of the school.
Almost fifty boys and girls from Ballybrown National School took part in the Limerick City primary School Sports at the University of Limerick yesterday. A great day was enjoyed by all. A special word of thanks to Ms Fitzgerald and Ms O Dea who accompanied the teams and to Maura O Connor who volunteered to act as a steward for the day.
Ballybrown Junior Church Choir has asked me to inform all members that there will be no choir rehearsal on next Wednesday May 18th. Rehearsals resume on Wednesday May 25th.
Ballybrown/ Clarina Community Games wish to announce that their
 annual Sports Day will take place on Sunday 22nd May 2011 starting at 2pm. Events will include sprints and longer races for all age groups from U5 to U16 and there will also be a long puck, high jump, ball throw and more. All are welcome.


J. Lyons

Thursday, May 5, 2011

School note May 5th 2011

Dear parents,
Word reached the school this week that Ballybrown NS has been awarded its first Green Flag. This is the culmination of 18 months hard work by everybody, children, teachers, ancillary staff and the entire school community. The amount of work that went into this was quite staggering while there was also great emphasis on recording and monitoring all the initiatives that were involved. Mrs Hodgins, who co-ordinated the Green School initiative, and Ms Mc Carthy deserve special mention as do all the children who served on the Green School Committee. The Green Flag will be presented at a special ceremony in Thomond Park on May 20th.  while plans are already in train for the raising of the Green Flag here in the school before the end of the school year.
During the Easter break, the alarm system in the school was extended to cover the entire building. The heating system received a major overhaul while work was carried out to bring our electrical system in line with current standards.
Limerick City Sports take place in UL next Wednesday May 11th. Weather has hampered our trials this week but all trials will be completed by tomorrow.
Our own School Sports will take place on Wednesday June 22nd., weather permitting.
School tours for all classes take place on Thursday May 26th. All details are on the back of this page and on the school website. All monies to be in by May 20th.
School will close for midterm break from Tuesday June 7th to Friday June 11th. inclusive.
Graduation for Sixth Class will take place on Friday June 24th.
A very limited number of vacancies exists for Junior Infants class in September 2011. All enquiries to the school as soon as possible.
Gach dea-ghui,

J. Lyons