All pupils will attend at Mass on Thursday December 8th in Ballybrown Church at 11 a.m.
Monday December 19th: Christmas pageant in Ballybrown Church at 7 p.m.
Tuesday December 20th: Confessions in school at 11.15 a.m. for Third to Sixth Classes
Tuesday December 20th. Christmas quiz for 4th. 5th. & Sixth classes 1.30 p.m.
Wednesday December 21st. Ms Day will take part Drama Games with Mrs Allen's class from 11.15 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Thursday December 22nd; Mass in Ballybrown Church at 10 a.m. to mark the retirement of Mrs Allen from her post in the school
School will close for Christmas break on Thursday December 22nd at 12.30 p.m.
School will reopen on Monday January 9th. 2012
I wish to bring the following to your attention.
The new Board of Management takes up duties today. The term of office is for four years i.e. until November 30th. 2015.
The members of the Board are:
Chairman: Christy Ryan. Patron's representative: Fr. O Connor P.P.
Parents' nominees: Ann Curtin & John Hannon
Teachers' nominees: Joe Lyons & Sarah Keyes
Community representatives: Helen Kennedy & Annette Noonan.
I would like to express my appreciation to the Parents Association who recently presented the school with a cheque for €1150. This has been used in part to buy musical equipment. It is intended to put the rest towards Testing Materials for English and Maths and also towards a folding stage for Drama. All educational resources tend to be very expensive and the efforts of the Parents Association are most welcome.
As part of our Green School policy, each family has today received a cardboard box for used batteries. When the box is full, drop the batteries to the school and we will take it from there. Thanks to Mrs Hodgins and the Green School Committee for their Trojan work in litter picking, energy conservation and so many other areas.
On Wednesday December 7th., West Midlands Theatre company will visit the school to put on a performance of Aladdin, for pupils from First to 4th class. Cost per child is €3, to be given to the Class teacher.
I have made all families in the school aware of the threat to this school if the pupil-teacher-ratio is raised in the Budget. This school already lost a teacher in September 2011. If the Pupil –teacher ratio is raised, we will probably lose another, resulting in split and multi-grade classes, while Special Needs allocations have been reduced since last June. Many parents have returned postcards to the school which I will forward to local T.D.'s. I urge parents to make your concerns known as soon as possible.