Thursday, March 21, 2013

School note March 21st 2013


Dear parents,

                    Today, the children in Ms Day’s Class stage three performances of ‘Strictly Fairytale Line Dancing.’ I have seen the effort that has gone into this and cannot speak highly enough of everybody who has been involved. Experiences such as this live forever in a child’s memory and are a treasured part of their schooldays.

                    As we reach the end of another school term, please ensure that you inform the school of the reason for any absences. Notes were provided for this purpose at the beginning of the school year. The school has a statutory obligation to make a report to the National Education Welfare Board in the case of every child who is absent for twenty days or more in any school year. It is vital that you furnish the school with a reason for any absences.

              Please note that school closes for Easter tomorrow, Friday March 22nd. at 12.30 p.m. Please collect children promptly.

Parents Association News: The next Rag and Phone day is set for Friday 12th April.  Bags will be given out to all families on Monday 8th April, which is the first day back from the Easter break.  Please could all parents bear this mind, and start collecting any unwanted clothes and shoes etc and also Mobile Phones to be ready for that week.  Many thanks in advance for your support.

Ballybrown GAA Juvenile Club :  U6, U8 and U10 hurling training resumes on Friday 22ndMarch at 5:45pm in Clarina. All players must wear a helmet and shinguards. New players welcome.

Ballybrown/ Clarina Community Games: Under 10 Gaelic Football (mixed). Training for the girls will take place in the GAA Hall tomorrow Friday 22nd. March at 5.45 p.m. At least one mother/ adult female to be in attendance.


Gach dea-ghuí,




 J. Lyons





Thursday, March 14, 2013

School Note March 14th 2013


Dear Parents,

                      Last week was Book Week. A range of activities took place throughout the school. Next week is Seachtain na Gaeilge. To launch the week, a group of traditional musicians will visit the school tomorrow afternoon.

            Well done to Eoin Corby, Fifth Class, who represented Ballybrown National School in swimming, qualifying in First place at Munster Championships. Eoin then went forward to the Irish Schools Championships in Galway last weekend, taking part in two events, 50m freestyle and 100m Individual Medley. Competing against top swimmers from all four provinces, Eoin finished in First place, winning  gold in both. A wonderful achievement.

         Tomorrow, Ms Gibbons bids us farewell, having joined the staff in January 2012. She has been an excellent teacher in both Fifth and Fourth classes and a valued member of staff. We are all very sorry to see her go, none more so than the children in her care. Mrs Mulroe will return to school on Tuesday next and we are looking forward to welcoming her back.

        I would like to thank the Parents Association who recently presented the school with a cheque for €400 to buy Science equipment for the senior classes.

         This year Limerick plays host to Féile na nGael, the annual festival of hurling. Ballybrown GAA club will be very busy with Féile. Tomorrow, Friday March 15th., is Jersey Day. Children are free to wear a GAA jersey to school. €1 per child is suggested. All money goes to Ballybrown Juvenile Club.

    On Tuesday, the school took part in the INTO /Mini Sevens hurling blitz in the all-weather pitch in UL. Tomorrow, it is the turn of the girls who play in the camogie blitz.

            Please note that school closes for Easter on Friday March 22nd. at 12.30 p.m.

Gach dea-ghuí,



J. Lyons



Thursday, March 7, 2013

School Note March 7th. 2013


Dear parents

                   I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                   Conor O Neill from Fifth Class will today represent Ballybrown NS in the local heat of the RTE 2/Eason’s Spelling Bee competition. Well done to Conor for all his hard work.

                    This week is Book Week and today is World Book Day.

                  The next meeting of the school’s Parents Association is on Monday next March 11th at 8.30 p.m. in the Halla.

                     The children in Junior and Senior Infants are going to a performance of The Gruffalo in UL on Friday. Excitement is mounting. Today, the boys and girls in Sixth Class visited Copsewood  College in Pallaskenry for a performance of their school musical, Wiz, which stars many of our former pupils. 23 children from this school will attend Copsewood College next September.

                  Last week, Mary Corby and Damien O Brien of the Ballybrown/Clarina Community Games visited the school to present medals to children who won prizes in Art and Handwriting. Training for Rounders takes place on Mondays at 3:10pm in Breska Rovers soccer field.

 Gach dea-ghuí,



J. Lyons