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