I wish to bring the following to your attention.
This is a particularly busy time in school as preparations are well underway for the Christmas show, The Xmas Factor, which will take place on Monday December 19th. at 7 p.m. sharp. Carols for the show are on the school website www.ballybrownns.ie for families to access.
I am aware of the financial pressures that all families face at this time of year. The Parents Association has asked me to inform you that, as was the case for the last few years, they will donate a gift to the staff on behalf of all parents. Teachers do not expect a gift from children. If children would like to give something personal they could perhaps make their own card as a gift to their teacher. If you would like to make a donation to charity, there will be a collection for the Fr Gerry Daly Fund in the church on Monday night.
In order to help parents to plan ahead, I have uploaded a list of monies needed between now and June 2012. This covers such areas as school tours, swimming, Music in the Classroom.
I would like to express my appreciation of the work of the Parents Association throughout the year. On Monday next, the Parents Association are taking part in bagpacking in Tesco in Dooradoyle from 9.15 a.m.
All pupils will attend Mass at 10 a.m. in Ballybrown Church on Thursday 22nd to mark Mrs Allen's retirement. Parents are most welcome to attend this Mass. Afterwards, children return to school. After morning sos, there will be a ceremony in the Halla. Unfortunately, space is extremely limited. Pupils from Fourth to Sixth will attend.
The new Board of Management met for the first time last night. There are challenging times ahead.
School will end for all pupils at 12.30 p.m. on Thursday next, December 22nd.