Thursday, February 23, 2012

School note February 23rd 2012

23-2-2012.
Dear parents,
                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.
It has come to my attention that a number of pupils are being dropped at school long before starting time. Please remember children are not supervised before 9 a.m. Teachers in school before 9 a.m. are preparing work for the day ahead and not responsible for children in the playground.
Well done to all the children who entered the 'Design a Character' competition organised as part of our Green School efforts. The current module is Energy. The overall winner was Ian Downes. Runners-up were Eoghan Waters, Josh Moloney, Lauren O Gorman, Cian Hall and Seán Healy. Thank you to all the parents who took the Green Schools pledge on www.greenschoolsireland.org. Our Green Schools Committee is busy doing energy audits and trying to find ways of saving energy.
As the sporting season gets under way, I wish to inform parents that a limited number of helmets for hurling may be purchased at the subsidised price of €50. Please order as soon as possible. All helmets are green and white and emblazoned with the words 'Ballybrown NS'.
Tomorrow, Ms. Mc Carthy retires after almost 16 years in this school. A Mass will take place in the Halla at 11.15 a.m. Ms Mc Carthy has made a major contribution to this school over many years as a class teacher and latterly in her role as Special Education Needs teacher. She has worked with Mrs Hodgins on the Green Schools project. She has been of inestimable assistance to Mrs Dillon in bringing her talents to the Christmas pageant and the First Holy Communion ceremony. In the curricular area, Ms. McCarthy took responsibility for the whole school English plan and brought it successfully to fruition. We wish her well in her retirement. She will be sorely missed.
Gach dea-ghuí

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J. Lyons
Principal


Thursday, February 9, 2012

School note Feb 9th. 2012

Dear parents,
                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.
Yesterday, we had a visit from Kerry football hero Colm 'Gooch'Cooper. Colm spoke to all classes and answered questions put to him by Sophie Daly and Seán Gormley. He spoke about Healthy Eating and advised children to get lots of rest. He visited Sixth Class for an hour and discussed a wide range of topics. Seán Healy and Orla Curtin presented him with a hurley specially crafted by Ed Shanahan as a souvenir of his visit. I would like to thank Mrs Mulroe who arranged this very special occasion.
               Second Class will be embarking on  the Junior Achievement scheme organised in conjunction with Bank of Ireland This will run for five weeks.
              Well done to the three teams who represented the school so well in the MPCC Credit Union Quiz last weekend. A special word of thanks to Mrs Dillon for her work in preparing the teams.
             Last week, the school took delivery of a stage that will be used for events such as Drama activities, graduations etc. Thanks to the Parents Association who contributed €500 towards the cost of this most useful asset.
              As part of our Green Schools activities, families are asked to take the Green Schools Pledge. The green Schools Committee has met several times and saving energy is this year's theme. You can access the Pledge on http://www.greenschoolsireland.org/_fileupload/energy%20resources/energy%20pledge.pdf
 The Parents Association will meet on Monday next February 13th at 8.30 p.m. All welcome.
Gach dea-ghuí

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J. Lyons
Principal


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