Thursday, December 19, 2013

School note December 19th 2013


Dear parents,    

                     Today, we staged two performances of the Christmas Carol Service and Nativity play in Ballybrown Church. Every child in the school was involved. We are fortunate to have so many talented and capable teachers to coordinate such a worthwhile event. Thanks to Fr Cussen for making the Church available at all times.

            A Table Quiz for pupils in 4th , 5th, and Sixth classes took place yesterday and was greatly enjoyed by all involved.. Over 100 children took part. The winning team consisted of Harry Hannan, Ben Adams, Conor O Neill and Mark Mullally Thank you to the Parents Association for providing prizes.

            Best wishes to Mrs Ivess and Ms O Connor who start Maternity Leave in January. Ms Katie Gibbons will fill in for Mrs Ivess while Ms Maeve Fehilly will fill in for Mrs O Connor.

            The Goal Mile takes place on Christmas Day at 11.30 a.m. starting at the Resource Centre. All welcome on the day to walk/ run.

        Art Classes for primary school pupils will commence in the Resource Centre in January. Contact Sharon Le Gear at (087) 9112902 or if you are interested. Fliers available in the school office.


School will close for all pupils tomorrow Friday at 12.30 p.m. and reopen on Monday January 6th. 2014.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very peaceful Christmas.

Gach dea-ghuí,




J. Lyons




Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Carol Service 2013

Christmas Carol Service

Dear Parents,
                     In order to accommodate as many parents as possible, there will be two performances of our Christmas Carol Service in St Joseph's Church, Ballybrown on Thursday December 19th.
                 Performances at 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

School note December 12th. 2013


Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                      The children in Fifth Class yesterday completed a six week course in Swimming at Askeaton Leisure Centre. It was worthwhile and enjoyable. I would like to thank Mrs Mary Kelly who accompanied the class each week for her generosity with her time. The children in Fourth Class will start a similar programme on January 8th. 2014.

                   The children in Sixth Class last Friday completed a ten week programme in IT called Whizzkids. The feedback has been excellent and I have already booked the company for next September. The final session focussed on cyberbullying. It is vital for parents to be aware of the dangers of unsupervised access to the internet.

                    A Christmas Carol Service will take place in Ballybrown Church on Thursday December 19th. at 12.30 p.m. All classes, from Junior Infants to Sixth, will be involved. Each child needs a Santa hat, if possible. Try your nearest Euro shop! Parents are welcome but remember that space is limited. Thanks to all the teachers who are involved in preparations for this celebration of Christmas.                 

                  There will be a Table Quiz for all pupils in 4th , 5th, and Sixth classes next Wednesday afternoon. Thank you to the Parents Association for providing prizes.

                 Confessions will be heard in the school next Monday December 16th. for children from 3rd to 6th classes

                 I am keenly 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.

               Any children who are members of the Children's Choir in Ballybrown are asked to be in Church on Sunday next  at least 15 minutes prior to 10 o clock Mass.

            Santa will be arriving at Ballybrown GAA Club on Sunday 15th December 2013 at 2pm.   Admission €5 per child (Family rates available). 


  Gach dea ghuí,



J. Lyons





Thursday, December 5, 2013

Developing Oral for parents


Developing Oral Language with your child

Top Ten Tips for Parents/Guardians


Infants – 1st Class

2nd and 4th Class

5th and 6th Class

·        Listen to what your child is saying/trying to say and respond to contributions

·        Make and maintain eye contact while talking with your child

·        Explain the meaning to words

·        Talk through activities

·        Talk through everyday experiences

·        Involve your child in discussions/plans

·        Ask/Answer questions

·        Teach your child nursery rhymes/songs/poems/raps

·        Develop your child's receptive language by asking him/her to follow simple instructions

·        Assist your child to express ideas in an orderly fluent way

·        Read to your child each night

·        Set aside 10-15 minutes to discuss the day's happenings

·        Encourage your child to express and justify opinions

·        Involve your child in adult conversation when appropriate

·        Talk about the child's favourite T.V. programme

·        Play language games which focus on words i.e. Scrabble, crosswords

·        Encourage your child to talk about experiences with a wide range of people; peers, relations, other adults

·        Listen carefully and clarify meaning 'do you mean/or is this what you mean?'

·        Encourage your child to give reasons for decisions

·        Encourage your child to listen courteously to opinions of others

·        Talk about school topics and assignments

·        Encourage your child to develop a positive attitude to speaking/listening

·        Discuss your child's schoolwork successes/concerns/interests.

·        Respect your child's opinions and feelings

·        Involve your child in adult conversations, when appropriate

·        Help your child to extend his range of words in specialised subjects

·        Encourage your child to listen and respond courteously to others

·        Watch and discuss T.V. news/current affairs programmes together

·        Assist your child to locate information in local library, internet

·        Talk about school topics and assignments

·        Play commercial games that focus on word building




School note December 5th. 2013


Dear parents,

                    Today, we had our last School Assembly of 2013. Prizes were presented to the winners of the Numero leagues in all classes from Second to Sixth inclusive. This is part of our Numeracy strategy, making Maths enjoyable. Children in various classes have also been playing a variety of Maths games. I am grateful to all the teachers who have sourced these activities and put them into practice.

                Fourth Class hosted the December Assembly. They explained the concept of Gravity by conducting some experiments. The class also treated us to their version of the haka with accompanying chants as gaeilge.

                 As part of our ongoing Literacy review,   we have identified Oral Language as an area on which to focus. Improving your child's competence in speaking and listening is of vital importance. The child of today may not enjoy the same opportunities for speaking and conversing as children of previous generations. Playstation, DVD etc have, in many cases, replaced interaction with other children and with adults. To give guidance to parents, you will find Tips for Improving Oral Language on the school website. I am sure you will find them useful and practical.

             The school choir has been hard at work preparing for the Christmas Carol Service which will take place in Ballybrown Church on Thursday December 19th. at 12.30 p.m. All classes, from Junior Infants to Sixth, will be involved. Each child needs a Santa hat, if possible. Try your nearest Euro shop! Parents are welcome but remember that space is limited.

            Thank you to all parents who attended parent-teacher meetings last week and to the teachers who put a lot of work into preparation for these meetings. If for some reason, you were not in a position to attend, please contact the school as soon as possible.

                Mollie Locke, who is in Second Class,travelled to Neptune Stadium in Cork to compete in the All Ireland Gymnastics finals last weekend. Having qualified from her region, she and three other qualifiers formed a team to represent the Mid West Region. They battled against stiff competition and succeeded in getting third place in the national finals.

Santa will be arriving at Ballybrown GAA Club on Sunday 15th December 2013 at 2pm.   Admission €5 per child (Family rates available).  Photo with Santa & a treat.

  Gach dea ghuí,




J. Lyons




Thursday, November 28, 2013

School Note November 28th. 2013


Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                     The Vigil Mass at 8 p.m. on Saturday night, November 30th. will include an Enrolment Ceremony for the children in the Confirmation classes and their families. Children stay with their families.

                    It has come to my attention that some children appear to be doing their homework on the bus on the way home from school. It is the responsibility of parents to check your child's homework each night from Monday to Thursday. All homework journals should be signed every night. Your child gets one chance at primary school. It is important that he/she develops good habits.

                  In the event of a child being absent for a total of 20 days in a school year, the school must pass the information to the National Educational Welfare Board. An Educational Welfare Officer may then contact parents to discuss the matter further. It is school policy that parents should contact the school in the event of all absences. A simple note will suffice. Absence notes are provided at the beginning of each year.

                The school's Lost Property section is growing. If your child has lost a jacket or other item of clothing, please check the Lost Property beside the school office. Every item of clothing should have a name tag on it.

Gach dea ghuí

J. Lyons

Thursday, November 21, 2013

School note November 21st 2013


Dear Parents,

                    Parent- teacher meetings take place on Wednesday and Thursday 27th. and 28th. of November from 3.15 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.                


                The Book Fair was a great success last week. I wish to thank the members of the Parents Association who gave generously of their time both during school hours and at night. Total sales in the Book Fair amounted to €2067.80. The school received books to the value of €1240.68.

                 Sport: Well done to Barry O Connor and Dara Punch who played on the Limerick City team in the Sarsfield Cup final under lights at the Gaelic Grounds on Tuesday.

                Confirmation: An enrolment ceremony for children in the Confirmation classes will take place at Mass in Ballybrown Church on Saturday November 30th. at 8 p.m.

Children's Choir:  On Saturday the 23rd of November, Mass at 8pm will include the children who will receive their First Holy Communion next May and who are participating in the 8 months programme known as "Do This in Memory".  In conjunction with the Masses for the programme, Noreen Cusack and Marguerite Quinn are hoping to have a children's choir and would like as many children as possible to attend.  In order to keep rehearsals simple, choir practice will be held in the church before Mass at 7.15pm on Saturday the 23rd. Enquiries to 085-8595866.

Community Games: The Art Competition was held yesterday in the Community Centre and fantastic works of art were completed by the 49 children that turn up. Well done to you all. Results will be announced towards the end of November.

If there is anybody that could not attend yesterday and would like to take part we can offer them a quite corner of the Community Centre while draughts is on  tonight from 7-8pm. This competition is open to Boys/Girls  from U8's – U16's. Draughts is on as normal in the Community Centre on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm, all welcome.

A notice of current events and up coming events is on display in the Community Centre.

Gach dea ghuí,



J. Lyons







Thursday, November 14, 2013

School note November 14th. 2013


Dear parents,

                       As you are already aware, parent teacher meetings will take place over two afternoons, Wednesday November 27th. and Thursday November 28th.  between 3.15 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. You will receive appointment times in the post in the next few days.

                     2014 is around the corner. Fr. Cussen informs me that First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday May 24th. while Bishop Leahy will visit Ballybrown Church for Confirmation on Thursday April 3rd at 1 p.m.

                  The annual Book Fair is running in the school today and tomorrow. The school receives a commission on total sales.Books may be bought between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. or 7.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. today or. between 9 and 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. tomorrow Friday. Thanks to the parents who have volunteered to lend a hand. If you are free to help, please let Claire Shields know.

Best wishes to Barry O Connor,  Dara Punch, Kate Healy, Jade Gillane and Ciara O Connell who play on the Limerick City football teams in the Cumann na mBunscol inter divisional competitions in UL today..

BALLYBROWN/CLARINA COMMUNITY GAMES: Community games Art Competition will take place in the Community Centre on Wednesday 20th November from 3-5pm. This competition is open to Boys/Girls  from U8's – U16's. A4 paper will be provided but children must bring  whatever  colouring media  and accessories they want to do the competition with (crayons,markers,paints,charcoal etc.) No visual aids or pictures will be allowed. Draughts is on as normal in the Community Centre on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm, all welcome.        A notice of current events and up coming events is on display in the Community Centre.

Gach dea ghui,



J. Lyons



Thursday, November 7, 2013


Dear parents,

                    Today, at Assembly, the boys Under 13 football panel were presented with their medals following their victory over KIldimo NS in the final in the Gaelic Grounds. Special thanks to Mr Lordan and all the teachers involved with the team.

                    This week, almost 60 children from Third to Sixth Classes ran in the Limerick Cross Country Championships in Rathkeale.  A special thanks to Teacher Katie Gibbons and to Peter White for their help on the day. Mossie Woulfe from Athletics Ireland visited the school to present medals to the members of the successful teams.

              It has come to my attention that a number of children are dropped at school at an early hour. I wish to remind parents that the school cannot accept responsibility for children who are at school before 9 a.m.

               Parent teacher meetings will take place on Wednesday 27th. &  Thursday 28th. of November from 3.15 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. All families will receive written confirmation of meeting arrangements. I earnestly request parents to meet teachers on these dates in order to avoid disruption to classes.

           The Parents Association are looking for volunteers with the Book Fair.  If you are available to assist on Thursday 14th November, between 2pm - 4pm or 7.30pm and 9.30pm, or on Friday 15th between 9am-10am  or 2pm to 3.30pm, please contact Claire Shields at 061 353346 or 085 7846255.  

Ballybrown Clarina Community Games: Reminder that Draughts resumes in Ballybrown Community Centre tonight  Thursday 7th November from 7-8pm.  New members are always welcome, come along and try the game as see if you like it.Draughts is  open to Boys and Girls and we hope to have teams for U10,U12 & U14.

Gach dea ghui,



J. Lyons




Thursday, October 24, 2013


Well done to all involved with the Ballybrown NS Under 13 boys football team who brought the McInerney Cup to Ballybrown today, defeating Kildimo NS in the Gaelic Gounds.

School note October 24th. 2013



Dear parents,

                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                     The school's Halloween fancy dress party will go ahead tomorrow October 25th. Sixth Class decorated the Halla today.  As a Green School, home-made costumes made from Recycled Material are recommended.

                      Third Class pupils have just finished a 6 week programme with John Clancy of Cycling Safety Ireland. Every child in the class is now able to cycle and has received training in road safety. This is an excellent programme and we are lucky to have Mr Clancy's expertise at our disposal.

                         Swimming classes for Fifth Class in Askeaton Leisure Centre will start on Wednesday November 6th for a six-week block.

                          The Recycling Day in aid of the Parents Association will go ahead tomorrow, Friday October 25th. Clothes, shoes etc to be dropped inside the front gate by 9.30 a.m. No phones or duvets, please. If it is raining tomorrow, please bring bags to Reception.

                             It is a very busy time of year on the sporting front. Today, the Under 13 boys football team had a great victory in the City Final v Kildimo NS. Well done to all teachers and players on a great achievement. On Tuesday November 5th, over 50 children will take part in the Limerick Cross Country Championships in Rathkeale.

                               Ballybrown GAA are seeking entries for the 2013 Scór na nÓg competitions in rince fóirne, rince seit, instrumental music, question time, recitation /storytelling. Interested?  Contact Evelyn Adams 087 2211804 before Nov 4th.

                      School will reopen after midterm break on Monday November 4th.

Gach dea ghui,



J. Lyons


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Under 13 football final

Ballybrown NS play Kildimo NS in the Gaelic Grounds on Thursday October 24th. at 10 a.m. in the Limerick City Cumann na mBunscol Under 13 boys football final. Please note change of venue.

There will be a bus to bring all children from 4th. 5th and 6th classes to support the team. The bus will leave at 9.30 a.m.

In order to defray the cost of the bus, a €3 donation per child is requested. Pupils return to school straight after the match. It is expected that we will be back at school by 11.30 a.m. Supporters are free to wear green and white for this occasion.

Please contact the school as soon as possible if your child is not travelling to the match as we need to finalise numbers.

J. Lyons



Monday, October 21, 2013

Under 13 football Final

The Cumann na mBunscol Under 13 B football final will now take place on Thursday October 24th. in UL all weather facility at 10 a.m.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Problem of the Day Friday



Problem of the Day


                                                  Friday October 18th. 2013.


Rang a haon agus a dó


Fill in the next 3 numbers in the sequence

3, 6, 9, -, -, -,


2, 5, 8, -,-,-,


20, 40, 60, -, -, -,


1, 3, 5, -,-,-,


Third and Fourth Classes


If December 1st, 2013 falls on a Sunday, on which day of the week will these days fall?

Christmas Day 2013?

St Stephen's Day 2013?

New Year's Day 2014?

We return to school on the first Monday of 2014. What date is that?


Rang a cúig agus a sé


There are three brothers in the Jones family. Their names are Bobby, John and Michael.  Bobby is the heaviest. John is the lightest. Bobby weighs 30 kg. more than Michael. Michael weighs 50 kg more than John.

Find the weight of each man.


Jim and Jack have €12 in total. Jim has three times as much as Jack.

How much money has each boy?


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Problem of the Day Thursday



Problem of the Day


                                                  Thursday October 17th. 2013.


Rang a haon agus a dó


There are 9 rabbits in a petshop. The owner has 36 carrots. He shares them equally. How many carrots does each rabbit get?

If he counted all the rabbits’ ears and all their legs, and added them together, what answer will he get?


Third and Fourth Classes


Would you be more likely to buy a kilogram of sausages or a kilometre of sausages? Why?

One tenth of a number is 20. What is half the number?


Rang a cúig agus a sé


4/7 of the children in a school are boys. If there are 280 boys, how many girls are there? How many pupils in the school?


School note October 17th 2013


Dear parents,

                   I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                   Confirmation of pupils in 5th.and 6th classes will take place in Ballybrown Church on Thursday April 3rd 2014. at 1 p.m.

The Minister for Education has decided not to increase the pupil teacher ratio. This is good news for schools like Ballybrown NS where classes are already large. I would like to express my gratitude to all parents who made representations to local T.D's., either by letter, email or attending clinics. There are already over 50 children on the list of applicants for a place in the Junior Infants class in 2014.

                 On Monday and Tuesday, we had a visit from Exploration Dome Planetarium. All classes enjoyed the experience as Martin Conroy and his staff put on different shows to cater for all age groups. The reaction from all classes, pupils and teachers, was overwhelmingly positive. Martin made a point of remarking how interested the children were in the planetarium and praising all classes for their excellent behaviour. Such feedback is always welcome.

                 This is Maths Week and classes are involved in a range of activities, including Manga High, Maths games, Numero, Problem of the Day etc. The Problem of the Day is on the website

              Congratulations to our under 13 boys football team who have reached the City final. Today, the Under 13 girls team play in their semi- final v Milford NS. All finals are scheduled for Wednesday 23rd October in the Gaelic Grounds.

                On Friday, October 25th., the Parents Association has organised a Recycling Day. Bring unwanted clothes, sheets, towels, handbags etc. No phones or duvets, please. Please leave bags by the main gate on Friday morning.  All items will be collected by 10 a.m.

        Please see overleaf for some Community announcements.


Gach dea-ghuí



J. Lyons













The National Parents Council has organised an anti- Bullying programme for parents of primary and post-primary children.. The Limerick session takes place in the South Court Hotel, Raheen next Monday October 7.30 p.m. and lasts for two hours. Booking online at


Community Games: Our annual Halloween Party will take place on Thurs Oct 31st at Ballybrown GAA clubhouse from 7-9.30 pm for all Primary School and preschool children . Tickets on sale in school on Fri @ 5 euro. Ghoulish fun for all with games and prizes and a chance to dress up in Halloween costumes. All welcome.

Ballybrown GAA Juvenile & Camogie Clubs Fundraiser :  Social Night organised for Friday 1st November in the GAA Clubhouse, 8:30pm 'til late. Bring your own Food & Drink & we'll provide the entertainment – Tables of 8 = €100.  Music by Night Owls

For tickets & further information please contact :

Dave Dooley 087-6391983 / Denis Healy 085-1029936 / Majella Byrnes 087 6789433 / Evelyn Adams 087 2211804


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Problem of the Day Wednesday October 16th. 2013

Problem of the Day


                                                  Wednesday October 16th. 2013.


Rang a haon agus a dó


If a boy ate 6 grapes every morning, how many would he eat in a week?


A girl bought 3 apples for 20 cent each and 2 oranges for 30 cent each. She had 80 cent left. How much money had she when she entered the shop?



Third and Fourth Classes


A cup of tea costs €1. A latte costs €1.50. How much for two teas and two lattes? How much change would you have left if you started with €10.

Which is dearer 4 lattes or 5 teas?



Rang a cúig agus a sé


75% of the children in Sixth Class have pets. 24 children have pets. How many children in the class?

Megan has 6 coins. One third of her coins are 10c coins. The value of the 10 cent coins is equal to 1/8 of the total value of all her coins. What coins has she?








Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Problem of the Day Tuesday October 15th.

Problem of the Day


                                                  Tuesday October 15th. 2013.


Rang a haon agus a dó


Write the following as numerals


Nine hundred and nine


Seven hundred and seventy


Seven hundred and seven


Three hundred and thirteen




Third and Fourth Classes

There are 31 days in October 2013. Today is Tuesday October 15th.

How many Tuesdays are there in this month?

How many Mondays are there in October 2013?

Which days of the week occur five times in October 2013?




Rang a cúig agus a sé


Dylan saved €40. His friend Alan has saved 70% of this amount. Their friend John saved 75% as much as Alan.

How much money has John saved?








Monday, October 14, 2013

Problem of the Day Monday October 14th.2013





Problem of the Day


                                                  Monday October 14th. 2013.


Rang a haon agus a dó


Eamon de Valera was born on October 14th. 1882.


What age would he be if he were alive today?


He was Taoiseach from 1932 to 1948. For how many years was he Taoiseach?


He was President from 1959 until he retired 14 years later. In which year did he retire?




Third to Sixth Classes


There are 210 marbles in a bag. There are twice as many blue marbles as red marbles. There are ten more yellow marbles than blue marbles.

How many marbles of each colour are in the bag?


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mobile Planetarium visit to Ballybrown NS


Dear parents,

                    Next week this school will host a visit from the Exploration Dome, a mobile Planetarium where children can learn about the Solar System. It will be based in the school for two days, Monday & Tuesday October 14th and 15th. There is a special reduced price available to schools for the month of October.  Cost per child is €3. Please give the money to your child's class teacher.

                    A visit by Exploration Dome counts as a "Step2: Invite a Science Speaker to your school" for the Award of Science & Maths Excellence with Discover Primary Science & Maths.

                Further information is available on

J. Lyons



Thursday, September 26, 2013

School Note September 26th 2013


Dear parents,

                     Today, all the children and staff of the school attended Mass for the start of the school year in Ballybrown Church. This was a special occasion as it was the last occasion that Fr O Connor will fulfil this duty. Fr Muiris has been a great friend to the school in his six years in Ballybrown both as a priest and as a member of the Board of Management. Ms Day prepared the choir and they added to a special occasion. Well done to all of them.

                   Thanks to the parents who attended the meeting on Class Size in the South Court last Monday. If the pupil teacher ratio is raised by two per class teacher, this school will lose at least one, if not two teachers, at a time of record enrolment. I urge parents to contact TD's to get the message across that this is unacceptable.

                           Please check your child's Homework Diary every night, Monday to Thursday. It is a good idea to sign the Homework Diary and check that homework is being done properly.

                                       I would like to express my gratitude to all the families for their Art & Craft/Photocopying contributions. All monies are spent on Art & Craft materials used in class and to defray the cost of photocopying. . If you have not yet paid this money, you can give it to Rosemarie in the school office any day between 9a.m. and 2p.m.

              Even at this early stage of the school year, the Lost Property section is growing. Please ensure your child's name is on all jackets and uniform tops.

              Credit Union for all classes will resume tomorrow morning in school

                   N.B. This school will be closed on Friday October 4th as it is in use as a polling station for the referendums on that day.

Gach dea ghuí,



J. Lyons


Thursday, September 19, 2013

School Note September 19th. 2013


Dear parents,

                      I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                       There are now more children attending this school than ever before. In total, 270 children pass through the gate every morning. There is plentiful parking in the Church grounds as well as in the Resource Centre Car Park provided that parents do not delay unduly when bringing their children to school. Parents who linger in the school grounds are taking up valuable parking spaces. In the case of younger children, there is no need for parents to linger in the playground. Both play areas are supervised every morning from 9.a.m.  Please respect the need for Bus, Disabled and Staff parking.

               On the sporting front, our boys' and girls' Under 13 football teams have completed two rounds of the Cumann na mBunscol football competitions. Thanks to all the teachers who give so generously of their time.

            Next Monday,September 23rd.  a meeting on the subject of Class Size will take place in the South Court Hotel, Raheen to highlight the effects of a proposed increase in the pupil-teacher ratio. Schools such as ours with growing enrolment are particularly at risk of losing one or more teachers. I urge parents to attend and /or take up the issue with our local TD's.

               All children will attend a special Mass for the opening of the school year in St Joseph's Church on Thursday next September 26th. at 10 a.m.

               I would like to express my gratitude to all the families for their Art & Craft/Photocopying contributions. If you have not yet paid this money, you can give it to Rosemarie in the school office any day between 9a.m. and 2p.m.

           Seán Kelly, MEP, has contacted the school to publicise  a Cyber-Bullying Forum that he will be hosting in Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Limerick on Friday September 27th, in order to raise awareness of online bullying.             

              Finally, it is school policy to put relevant information about all school-related activities, including sports fixtures, on the school website Please check the website regularly.


Gach dea-ghuí,



J. Lyons





Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Letter re Class Size campaign

 Dear parents,

                    The Minister for Education has stated that he intends to make savings of €100 million in the Education Budget this year. The most likely option is to increase class size. If the pupil/teacher ratio is increased by even one per class teacher, Ballybrown NS will lose a classroom teacher. This is an appalling prospect at a time when the school enrolment is at an all-time high. .An increase of three to the pupil teacher ratio will result in a loss of two teaching posts.    An alliance of Management bodies, parents and teachers has been formed for the purpose of lobbying and organising against any such proposed changes to the schedule. (See overleaf).

  The issue was discussed at the Board of Management and Parents Association meetings in this school this week.

What can we do? A campaign is currently under way throughout the country.

The Campaign consists of 3 parts:

(a)   Lobby of TDs by email: this can be done by parents, Boards of Management and teachers:  below are the email addresses of the TDs in our constituency: Let your TD  know how you feel about the prospect of larger, multi grade classes.


 (b)       On   Monday next,  23rd September at 8.00p.m. there will be a meeting in the South Court Hotel , Raheen to which all local TDs will be invited.  This meeting will have five speakers who will speak briefly on the implications of any change to the staffing schedule. This meeting will serve Limerick City and County and it is essential that every school community is represented there.  A large turnout is vital.


(c) Each family has received a postcard to send to a TD in this area to make your feelings known. The school will have more available next week


(d) Would you be prepared to lobby local government TD's in this constituency to make your feelings known? The Limerick city area has the second largest class sizes in the country due to population surge in the last few years. It is hoped that a group consisting of members of the Board of Management, Parents Association and teachers would meet local TD's to put our concerns across. Please contact the school if you are available.

 This is a vital issue for the school and your children





J. Lyons



Thursday, September 12, 2013

School Note September 12th 2013



Dear parents,

                    Yesterday, the boys and girls in Third Class began classes in Cycling Safety with Mr. John Clancy of Cycling Safety Ireland.

                    Tomorrow, Friday, the Sixth Class pupils will begin a ten- week ICT course in the Resource Centre run by a company called Whizzkids.

                     You may be aware that cuts of €100 million to Education provision are forecast in the Budget next month. The pupil teacher ratio is expected to be targetted. Any increase could result in a loss of a teacher, with the knock-on effect on class sizes etc. All families are asked to contact your local TD to make your views known. Each family in this school will be issued with a postcard to send to a TD in the constituency. A meeting to raise awareness on the issue will take place in the South Court Hotel on Monday September 23rd. at 8 p.m. Further details next week.

                    If your child has scored at or above the 90th percentile (Sten 9 or 10) in Standardised tests, you may be interested in the Centre for Talented Youth which runs classes in venues throughout Ireland including Limerick. Please paste this link into your browser:


                  Ballybrown GAA Juvenile Club Annual Duck Race will take place on Sunday 15th Sept at 2:30pm at De Bucket. Fun for all the family including Bingo / Bouncy Castles / Penalty Shoot Outs / Dunk the Hurler / BBQ / Music & the main event, The Duck Race – 1st Prize €150, 2nd  €100 & 3rd€50.  All welcome.


                The AGM of the school's Parents' Association will take place on Monday next September 16th. at 8.30 p.m..  in the school. All parents are welcome to attend.

               If you wish to avail of the Allianz Personal insurance scheme for pupils, the closing date is tomorrow, Friday 13th. of September.


Gach dea-ghuí,



J. Lyons





Thursday, September 5, 2013

School note September 5th. 2013


Dear parents,

                   I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                The Cumann na mBunscol Gaelic Football season will start shortly. All children, boys and girls, are required to wear a mouthguard /gumshield when playing Gaelic Football. This applies to all training sessions also. Children without a mouthguard will not be allowed to play or train. This is a legal requirement and Allianz, the school insurers have stated that the wearing of gumshields is compulsory.                                                               The final date to avail of Allianz Pupil Personal Insurance is Friday September 13th. Monies to Rosemarie in the School Office. This scheme is entirely optional.

              I would like to advise parents of children in Infant classes that, from September 23rd., all external doors will be locked from 9.15 a.m. until 1.55 p.m. when they will be opened to allow parents/ minders to collect children in Infant classes.

              I would like to express my gratitude to all the families for their Art & Craft/Photocopying contributions. If you have not yet paid this money, you can give it to Rosemarie in the school office any day between 9a.m. and 2p.m. €35 per child or €60 per family

        Parking: I would appreciate if parents used the Resource Centre and Church grounds car parks. Children should not walk through the staff car park. They should enter via the gate nearest to the resource Centre. Safety of children is paramount.

            The school has some hurleys  for sale. .   Price:   26' : €6:  28':€8 ,      30': €10,  32': €12



Gach dea-ghuí,



J. Lyons






Friday, August 30, 2013

School Note August 30th 2013


Dear parents,                      

                   I would like to welcome all pupils back to school. A special céad míle fáilte to the boys and girls in Junior Infants who are just starting school and to other pupils who have joined through the school. Welcome also to new teachers Ms. Cathy O Connor who is working in Learning Support/ Resource and Mr Stephen Hodnett who is teaching Fourth Class while Mrs Hanly is on maternity leave.

                All families today received forms for Allianz Pupil Personal Insurance. There are two types: school day cover or all-year-round. This is entirely voluntary but has proven very popular with parents in the past. Should you decide to avail of this insurance, please hand monies to the School Office by Friday September 13th.

Please note the following:

             * The school will be used as a polling station for the Referendum on Friday October 4th. There will be no classes on that day.

             * Car parking is available in the Resource Centre and the church grounds, Please keep the bus parking, staff parking and disabled parking areas free.

             * Parents new to the school are advised that entry to the school is via the front door only. All other doors are centrally locked during school hours. Your co-operation is appreciated

           * All pupils line up in the yard each morning. Pupils do not enter school building before 9.15 a.m. unless it is raining. Children are supervised each morning from 9 a.m. Pupils arriving prior to 9 a.m. do so at their own risk.

          * If you need to meet with any of the teaching staff, please contact the school to make an appointment. If you have concerns about your child, please arrange to meet the class teacher as the first step.

         * Our Healthy Eating policy has been extremely successful. Thank you for your continued co-operation

          * If your child is absent, please fill in an Absence note to be given to the class teacher on your child's return to school.

           * Please ensure that the school has up to date contact details for phone, Text a Parent and e mail.

           * Please check the school website for relevant information.






J. Lyons