Thursday, December 18, 2014

School note December 18th 2014

18-12-2014

Dear parents,                   

                    On Tuesday, Ballybrown Church was packed for the Christmas Carol Service. All 268 children in the school took part in the two performances. A special thanks to Ms Day and Ms O Connor who prepared the choir and all staff in the school.

                  Swimming: Fourth class children yesterday completed a six-week block of swimming lessons in Askeaton Leisure Centre. A special Thank You to Mrs Therese Kiely who accompanied Mr Lordan to all the lessons. Her generosity is greatly appreciated.

Third class will commence swimming lessons on January 7th.

                      Request for singers: It would be appreciated if any children who are free on Sunday would attend  Mass at 10 a.m. This is part of  the  'Do This In Memory' programme for the class who are making their First Holy Communion in 2015.

 

                     Ballybrown Juvenile club: Santa will be at the Clubhouse on Sunday December 21st at 3 p.m. Special guest Elsa from Frozen, the Movie. All welcome.

                      Holiday arrangements: School closes tomorrow Friday December 19th. at 12.30 p.m. and re opens on Monday January 5th. at 9.15 a.m.

Parents of children in Junior and Senior infants are asked to collect those children at 12.10 p.m. tomorrow to alleviate the parking problems that could arise.

  On behalf of the Board of Management and staff of the school, I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas. I look forward to seeing you all in 2015.

Nollaig shona daoibh go léir.

 

________________

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

School note December 18th.

18-12-2014

Dear parents,                   

                    On Tuesday, Ballybrown Church was packed for the Christmas Carol Service. All 268 children in the school took part in the two performances. A special thanks to Ms Day and Ms O Connor who prepared the choir and all staff in the school.

                  Swimming: Fourth class children yesterday completed a six-week block of swimming lessons in Askeaton Leisure Centre. A special Thank You to Mrs Therese Kiely who accompanied Mr Lordan to all the lessons. Her generosity is greatly appreciated.   Third class will commence swimming lessons on January 7th.

                      Request for singers: It would be appreciated if any children who are free on Sunday would attend  Mass at 10 a.m. This is part of  the  'Do This In Memory' programme for the class who are making their First Holy Communion in 2015.

                     Ballybrown Juvenile club: Santa will be at the Clubhouse on Sunday December 21st at 3 p.m. Special guest Elsa from Frozen, the Movie. All welcome.

                      Holiday arrangements: School closes tomorrow Friday December 19th. at 12.30 p.m. and re opens on Monday January 5th. at 9.15 a.m.

 

                 Parents of children in Junior and Senior Infants are asked to collect those children at 12.10 p.m. tomorrow to alleviate the parking problems that could arise.

 

              On behalf of the Board of Management and staff of the school, I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas. I look forward to seeing you all in 2015.

 

Nollaig shona daoibh go léir.

 

________

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

School note December 11th

11-12-2014

Dear parents,                   

                    Last Thursday, 130 children from Third to Sixth classes took part in  the Hallelujah Chorus in Citywest, just outside Dublin. It was a wonderful experience, enjoyed by all. Three buses left the school at 11 a.m. and returned shortly before midnight. The children sang songs from a CD which every family had received. Boyband  Hometown as well as the group Seo Linn were among the performers. 2000 children from schools all over Ireland took part. I am grateful to all the teachers who travelled to Citywest and especially to Ms Day and Ms O Connor who prepared the choir.

              Next Tuesday,  December 16th., the school will stage a Christmas Carol Service in St. Joseph's Church. There will be two performances, one at 10 a.m. and another at 11.30 a.m. As space is limited, I suggest that parents of children from Junior Infants to Second class inclusive might attend at 10 a.m. and parents of children from 3rd. to 6th. class might attend at 11.30 a.m.

                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.

            Parents Association: The Ballybrown NS Parents' Association is holding its next meeting tonight Thursday December 11th. at 8.30pm. in the school. There are a number of committee positions vacant which they hope could be filled pre-Christmas. The Parents' Association plays an important role in raising any concerns that parents may have and raises funds for the benefit of the school.  They would be grateful if as many parents as possible could attend; in particular  parents who are new to the school.

        Resource Centre news: Christmas Fair on Sunday December 14th. in Ballybrown/Clarina Resource Centre at 10.45a.m.

Cake Sale incl. Christmas cakes, puddings mince pies etc. Special Guest Mrs Claus

Christmas Candles, Decorations, Floral Arrangements, Mini Farmers Market,

Children's Corner with Colouring & Face-painting,   School Choir Performance

Raffle, Christmas Card Competition Prize-giving, Complimentary Refreshments

All proceeds in aid of Resource Centre.

    Ballybrown Juvenile club: Santa will be at the Clubhouse on Sunday December 21st at 3 p.m. Special guest Elsa from Frozen the Movie. All welcome.

     Holiday arrangements: School closes on Friday December 19th. at 12.30 p.m.

Parents of children in Junior and Senior infants are asked to collect those children at 12.10 p.m. to alleviate the parking problems that could arise.

 

Yours,

 

_____________

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

 

               

 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

School Note December 4th.

                   4-12-2014.                                                                                     

Dear parents,

                    Today, over 130 children from the school, accompanied by their teachers, set off for Citywest to take part in the Hallelujah Chorus. All the weeks of practice have been worthwhile. I would like to thank Ms O Connor and Ms Day and all the teachers who have given so generously of their time and their talents.  It is a once in a lifetime oportunity.

                   All children will attend 10 a.m. Mass in Ballybrown Church on Monday December 8th., the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

                   Parent teacher meetings: 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.

During the course of parent-teacher meetings, some parents expressed a desire for their child to repeat a class. Under Department of Education rules governing this issue, Circular 19/2011 makes reference to Circular 32/03 concerning retention of children in same class-

Section 2.3 states: 'Under the Department's policy, children should only be allowed to repeat a year for educational reasons and in exceptional circumstances.'

         Drama: West Midlands Theatre from Wolverhampton staged 'Sinbad the Jolly Sailor' for classes from First to Fourth on Tuesday.

 

Parents Association: The Ballybrown NS Parents' Association is holding its next meeting on Thursday the 11th of December at 8.30pm. There are a number of committee positions vacant which they hope could be filled pre-Christmas. The Parents' Association plays an important role in raising any concerns that parents may have and raises funds for the benefit of the school.  They would be grateful if as many parents as possible could attend; in particular  parents who are new to the school.

 

Community Games:Art Competition – this competition will take place on FRIDAY 12th December in Ballybrown Resource Centre 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. Kids get practising!

Handwriting – we would like to thank Mr Lyons for agreeing to hold this competition in the school during December. This year another age category had been added. Competition is open to Boys & Girls U10's & U12's. Here is a link to the community games website if you would like details and the rules on this competition. http://www.communitygames.ie/handwriting.html 

Draughts - is up and running on Wednesdays nights from 6.45 to 7.45pm in the Community Centre. 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

___________________

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

School note November 27th. 2014

Dear parents,

                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                    There is just a week to go to the performance of the 'Hallelujah Chorus' in Citywest and it's all systems go for the big day. Over 130 children will enjoy the opportunity to perform at this unique event. It promises to be a great experience for all involved.

                    On Tuesday, we had a visit from Limerick ladies footballers Paula Godfrey and Caroline Hickey and Cork All Ireland winning footballer Sarah Harrington to mark the first-ever victory for  Ballybrown NS in the City girls football competitions. The three players also presented medals to the boys under 13 football team, runners up in the City leagues and to our three prizewinning teams at the County Cross country finals. Fiona, Caroline and Ciara are ideal role models as they spoke of the friendships they have made through sport.

               The boys and girls in Junior Infants enjoyed a special treat this week when Garda Frank O Sullivan visited to speak to them about the role of the Garda. We are very grateful to Frank for taking the time out of his busy schedule.

             Last Friday, the pupils in Fifth and Sixth classes finished a ten week course in ICT with Whizzkids. The final lesson was on the topic of internet safety. Parents need to be very vigilant in this area of modern life.

            Please note that  Friday January 23rd.. is the closing date for applications to be enrolled in Junior Infants in 2014-2015.

           The Christmas Carol Service will take place on Tuesday December 16th in Ballybrown Church. More details closer to the date.

                Ballybrown GAA: Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive in Ballybrown GAA club on Sunday December 21st. at 3 p.m.

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

______________

Joe Lyons

Principal

Thursday, November 20, 2014

School note November 20th. 2014

Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                     The Book Fair was a great success. Thanks to all the parents who helped out on the sales front on Thursday and Friday. Takings amounted to €2,195. The school commission is 60% credit in books which comes to €1,317. All class teachers will be able to choose approximately €130 worth of books from the catalogue for their class library.

                   Preparations for 'Hallelujah Chorus' in Citywest on December 2nd are ongoing. Parents are reminded that all monies due must be paid by tomorrow. Further details closer to the date.

                   Parent- teacher meetings take place on Wednesday and Thursday 26th. and 27th.  of November from 3.15 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.                               

                    Vaccinations for Junior Infants will take place in the school Halla on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

                  On Monday last, Fr Seán Harmon and Ms Fiona Dineen, Diocesan Religious Examiners,  visited all classes in the school. They were both extremely happy with the work going on in the school.

               Enrolment 2015: Closing date for application for enrolment in Ballybrown National School for 2015-2016 is 3 p.m. on Friday January 23rd. 2015. There are already over 50 names on the list of applicants for enrolment.

               TIDY TOWNS: The pre-Christmas clean up is scheduled for Saturday November 22nd. Volunteers to meet at Clarina Cross at 12 noon. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  

             Parking: As the weather deteriorates, it is important for parents to be conscious at all times of safety in the vicinity of the school. I wish to highlight particularly children crossing from the Car Park to the school entrance. Nobody should park in that area at any time.

 

Gach dea -ghuí,

 

______________

J. Lyons

Principal

 

School note November 20th. 2014

20-11-2014.

Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                     The Book Fair was a great success. Thanks to all the parents who helped out on the sales front on Thursday and Friday. Takings amounted to €2,195. The school commission is 60% credit in books which comes to €1,317. All class teachers will be able to choose approximately €130 worth of books from the catalogue for their class library.

                   Preparations for 'Hallelujah Chorus' in Citywest on December 2nd are ongoing. Parents are reminded that all monies due must be paid by tomorrow. Further details closer to the date.

                   Parent- teacher meetings take place on Wednesday and Thursday 26th. and 27th.  of November from 3.15 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.                               

                    Vaccinations for Junior Infants will take place in the school Halla on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

                  On Monday last, Fr Seán Harmon and Ms Fiona Dineen, Diocesan Religious Examiners,  visited all classes in the school. They were both extremely happy with the work going on in the school.

               Enrolment 2015: Closing date for application for enrolment in Ballybrown National School for 2015-2016 is 3 p.m. on Friday January 23rd. 2015. There are already over 50 names on the list of applicants for enrolment.

               TIDY TOWNS: The pre-Christmas clean up is scheduled for Saturday November 22nd. Volunteers to meet at Clarina Cross at 12 noon. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  

             Parking: As the weather deteriorates, it is important for parents to be conscious at all times of safety in the vicinity of the school. I wish to highlight particularly children crossing from the Car Park to the school entrance. Nobody should park in that area at any time.

 

Gach dea -ghuí,

 

______________

J. Lyons

Principal

 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

School note November 13th

Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                     On Monday last, Mairead Kelly, Health Promotion officer with the HSE, met with all staff and made a presentation. Ballybrown NS is going to become a Health Promoting School. The main area of activity we will tackle is exercise and promoting an active lifestyle. After Christmas,  a committee will be formed and we will be looking for parents to become involved. The school already has a very successful Healthy Eating policy and will continue to promote healthy eating.

                On the theme of exercise: Fourth Class began swimming lessons in Askeaton Leisure Centre yesterday.

                Third Class and Sixth class have enjoyed PE classes with Third year students from Mary Immaculate College who are pursuing PE as a specialised area of interest. Thanks to Richard Bowles of the PE Department for giving us  this opportunity.

               Best wishes to Aoife O Connor, Keith Punch and Eoghan Kelly who represent Limerick City in the Interdivisional Gaelic Football Cumann na mBunscol competitions in UL today.         

 

                Preparations for the Hallelujah Chorus in Citywest, Dublin on December 4th. are in full swing. Approximately 135 children from this school will take part.

                Parent teacher meetings take place on Wednesday and Thursday November 26th and 27th. from 3.15 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. All parents will receive notification of their appointments in the post on Monday.

                 Do we have your up-to-date contact details? If you change residence or your mobile phone number, please inform the school as soon as possible.

              The Book Fair is up and running. Thanks to Claire Shields for co ordinating the rota of parents. Books may be purchased today from 2-4 p.m. and tonight from  7.30pm to 9.30pm, or tomorrow Friday 14th between 9am-10am  or  from 2pm to 3.30pm.

            Ballybrown Community Council: 2015 calendars are on sale in the school Office. €5 each.

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

____________

J. Lyons

Principal

Thursday, November 6, 2014

School note November 6th. 2014

Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                    Yesterday, 55 children from this school took part in the Limerick Cross Country Sports in Rathkeale. It was a most enjoyable experience for all who took part. Ballybrown NS won the Girls Under 9 team category  and was placed second in the Boys Under 10 category.  I am grateful to all the parents who attended and helped in so many ways.

                   Parent teacher meetings will take place on Wednesday and Thursday November 26th and 27th between 3.15 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. It is hoped to confirm appointments by the end of next week.  All parents will receive written confirmation of appointments. With 175 families in the school, scheduling meetings for 270 children over two days is a formidable task. Your co- operation is greatly appreciated.

    Swimming classes for children in Fourth Class start on Wednesday next November 12th. in Askeaton Leisure Centre.

                            The Parents Association are looking for volunteers with the Book Fair.  If you are available to assist on Thursday 13th November, between 2pm - 4pm or between  7.30pm and 9.30pm, or on Friday 14th between 9am-10am  or  from 2pm to 3.30pm, please text Claire Shields at 085 7846255.  

                           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. All children are supervised in the playground from 9 a.m. on morning when the weather is dry and in their classrooms on wet mornings.

          Well done to Alicja Nalaskowska and Emily Buckley, prizewinners in the MPCC Credit Union Art Competition.

 

Gach dea ghuí,

 

______________

J. Lyons

Principal

      

 

 

                      

School note November 6th. 2014

6-11-2014.

Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                    Yesterday, 55 children from this school took part in the Limerick Cross Country Sports in Rathkeale. It was a most enjoyable experience for all who took part. Ballybrown NS won the Girls Under 9 team category  and was placed second in the Boys Under 10 category.  I am grateful to all the parents who attended and helped in so many ways.

                   Parent teacher meetings will take place on Wednesday and Thursday November 26th and 27th between 3.15 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. It is hoped to confirm appointments by the end of next week.  All parents will receive written confirmation of appointments. With 175 families in the school, scheduling meetings for 270 children over two days is a formidable task. Your co- operation is greatly appreciated.

    Swimming classes for children in Fourth Class start on Wednesday next November 12th. in Askeaton Leisure Centre.

                            The Parents Association are looking for volunteers with the Book Fair.  If you are available to assist on Thursday 13th November, between 2pm - 4pm or between  7.30pm and 9.30pm, or on Friday 14th between 9am-10am  or  from 2pm to 3.30pm, please text Claire Shields at 085 7846255.  

                           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. All children are supervised in the playground from 9 a.m. on morning when the weather is dry and in their classrooms on wet mornings.

          Well done to Alicja Nalaskowska and Emily Buckley, prizewinners in the MPCC Credit Union Art Competition.

 

Gach dea ghuí,

 

______________

J. Lyons

Principal

      

 

 

                      

Thursday, October 23, 2014

School note October 23rd 2014

23-10-2014.

 

Dear Parents,

                     Well done to all involved with our boys' and girls' football teams who played in the City Cumann na mBunscol finals at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday.

The girls' team under the guidance of Mrs Mulroe, Ms O Connor and Mrs Hanly  won the school's first ever title in ladies' football in a dramatic finish. The boys were defeated by St Paul's but played their hearts outs. Thanks to Mr Lordan and Mr Hodnett for all their work during the season.

                Parent teacher meetings will take place on Wednesday and Thursday November 26th and 27th between 3.15 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. The school will contact you closer to the date to confirm appointments.

          School closes tomorrow for mid term and reopens on Monday November 3rd.

The school's Halloween fancy dress party will go ahead tomorrow October 24th. Sixth Class decorated the Halla today.  As a Green School, home-made costumes made from Recycled Material are recommended.

                         Swimming classes for Fourth Class in Askeaton Leisure Centre will start on Wednesday November 12th for a six-week block.       

Ballybrown Juvenile GAA club: Halloween Disco and Fancy Dress Friday October 31st. Children up to Second class 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Under 14's 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

€5 per child

Community Council:November Fair on Sunday 2nd November starting at 10.45am in Community Resource Centre.Cake Sale, Mini Farmer's Market, Bric a Brac, Children's Books and Toys, Face Painting, Raffle, Complimentary Refreshments, Halloween Mask Competition Prize Giving.

Wanted​ in aid of Resource Centre: Almost new or unused Bric a brac, Children's Books ​and Toy. Please drop to the Resource Centre from Tues. 28th to Fri. 31st Oct. between 9.00am and 12.30pm​

 

Gach dea ghuí,

 

______________

 

Joe Lyons

Principal

Friday, October 17, 2014

Problem of the Day Friday October 16th

Problem of the Day

Friday October 17th. 2014

 

Rang a haon agus a dó:

 

Name 2 shapes that cannot roll.

 

A farmer had 24 cows in his herd on Monday. He bought 12 more at the mart on Tuesday, sold 10 on Wednesday and bought 5 more on Thursday. When he came home from the mart on Friday, he had 40 cows. How many did he buy on Friday?

 

 

Rang a trí agus a ceathar

 

Peter had €40. He spent a quarter of his money on toys and €12 on DVD's. How much money had he left?

 

The score in the 1971 Munster Final was:

Limerick 4-16: Tipperary 3-18.

 

Which team won? By how many points?

How many goals and points were scored in total?

How many years ago was 1971? If John was 9 years old in 1971, what age is he now?

 

 

Rang a cúig agus a sé

 

Mark has 6 coins. One third of his coins are 10c coins. The value of the 10c coins is equal to 1/8 of the total value of all the coins. What coins has he? How much money has he in total?

 

An orange and 2 apples cost €1. An apple and 2 oranges cost 80c. How much does an apple cost? How much does an orange cost?

 

 

 

A football team won two games more than it lost. If it won 3/5 of all its games, how many games did it play?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Correction to Problem of the Day

Problem Number 1 for Rang a Trí agus a Ceathar should read:


How would you put 30 apples in 4 boxes so that each box contains an odd number of apples?

School note October 16th 2014

16-10-2014

Dear parents,

                   This week is Maths Week. A wide range of activities is going on in the school. Please check the website for the Problem of the Day.

                    The school's Under 13 football teams have reached the semi final of the City Cumann na mBunscol leagues. The boys play Kildimo NS today while the girls under 13 team play St Paul's tomorrow. Both matches in UL.

                   Both 2nd class and 5th class will be holding a cake sale on Thursday 23rd.  October to raise funds for  Oranjekloof Primary School in Hout Bay, South Africa. All proceeds will go directly to the school. All donations of cakes and buns welcome. There will also be a stationery drop off point in the Halla on the day to deposit any kind of school- related stationery, e.g copies, pencils. Please support us.

                 The Halloween Fancy Dress and Disco will take place in school on Friday 24th. Home-made, original costumes please.

               All families received Code of Conduct notes recently. Please read these with your children and sign the last page before returning the signed page to the school.

               Fr. Cussen has reminded me that the Do This in Memory Mass for children in Second Class will be celebrated on Sunday October 19th at 10.00am.  First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday May 16th at 11 a.m.              

                 Parents Association: There is a Recycling day planned for tomorrow Friday 17th.  October 2014.  Please have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc in bags at the school by 9.15am that morning.  No phones or duvets, please. Please leave bags by the main gate on Friday morning.  All items will be collected by 9.15 a.m. The Parents Association would really appreciate some volunteers to help with the bags from 8.45 a.m. Please contact Breda Mc Carthy on 087 7988475 if you can spare thirty minutes in a very worthwhile cause. Many thanks in advance for your help.

Ballybrown/Clarina Community Games have started back at DRAUGHTS every Wednesday evening starting at 7pm in the Resource Centre, there is a small charge of €1 per child. It is open to all boys and girls and we hope to have teams in U10's, U12's & U14's. Training will be provided. The kids love it so bring them along.

              Ballybrown GAA: The Parish League takes place on Saturday October 18th. starting with the O Grady Cup (Under 12) at 1 p.m. Under 6 match at 2 p.m. At 2.45 p.m. Under 8 and Under 10 matches.

Gach dea-ghuí,

____________

J. Lyons

Principal

 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Problem of the Day Wednesday

 

 

 

Problem of the Day

 

Wednesday October 15th.

 

Rang a haon & a dó

 

What is the only month with three letters in its name?

 

October is the 10th month. What is the 9th. month?  Name the 3rd month of the year.

What month has the least number of days?

How many months have 31 days?

 

 

Rang a trí agus a ceathar

 

Name 4 places that are between 1 km. and 10 km. from this school.

 

How long would it take you to travel from Clarina to Dublin by car? (Estimate only)

 

Estimate how many books are in the Library in your classroom.

 

 

Rang a cúig & a sé

 

1.   ¾ of Mary's money is €24. How much money has Mary?

 

2.   Mary spent ¾ of her money. She has €24 left. How much money had she in the beginning?

 

3.  James has €96.

 

What is 75% of  his money?

 

What is 37.5 % of his money?  What is 0.625% of his money?

 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Problem of the Day Tuesday October 14th.

 

 

 

 

 

Problem of the Day Tuesday October 14th.

 

 

 

 

Rang a hAon agus a Dó

 

Fill in the missing numbers: 12, 16, 20, -, -,

 

40, 37, 34, 31, -, -,

 

 

Rang a Trí agus Rang a Ceathar

 

Today is Tuesday October 14th.

What date was last Tuesday?

What date is next Tuesday?

 

How many Tuesdays in October 2014?

What date was last Friday?

How many Fridays in October 2014?

How many Thursdays in October 2014?

 

On what day of the week will November 1st.2014 fall?

 

Rang a Cúig agus Rang a Sé

 

If €1 is worth £ 0.60 UK

 

How many Euro would you need to buy £30 UK?

 

 

A snail is at the bottom of a 12 metre well. Each hour he climbs three metres and slips back 2 metres. How long does it take for the snail to reach the top of the well?

 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Problem of the Day Monday October 13th 2014

Rang a haon agus a dó

 

There are 14 boys and 15 girls in a class. How many children are in the class? If 2 of the boys and 3 of the girls were absent, how many children would be at school?

 

Third and Fourth Classes

 

One tenth of a number is 5. What is half the number?

Today is October 13th. 2014. John was twelve years old on last Friday. What is his date of birth?

 

Rang a cúig agus a sé

 

4/7 of the children in a school are boys. If there are 140 boys, how many girls are there? How many pupils in the school?

 

 

Find out what number each letter (0 to 9) represents

                                                          AAA

                                                        +BBA

                                                        10 0 0

 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

School note October 9th.2014

9-10-2014

Dear parents,

                                      Next week is Maths Week and classes are involved in a range of activities, including Maths trails, Maths Art, Target Boards, Numero, Problem of the Day etc. The Problem of the Day will appear on the website www.ballybrownns.ie

 

Last Saturday, a team from this school took part in the Ard Scoil Ris hurling Blitz. It was a long day but an enjoyable and successful one. Ballybrown NS won the Shield, defeating Clonlara NS in the final. Thanks to Mr. Lordan and all the parents who gave of their time.

Both 2nd class and 5th class will be holding a cake sale on Thursday 23rd.  October to raise funds for  Oranjekloof Primary School in Hout Bay, South Africa. All proceeds will go directly to the school. All donations of cakes and buns welcome. There will also be a stationery drop off point in the Halla on the day to deposit any kind of school- related stationery, e.g copies, pencils. Please support us.

 

All families received Code of Conduct notes yesterday. Please read these with your children and sign the last page before returning the signed page to the school. Our motto in regard to good behaviour is summed up in four words: Be Nice To Everyone.

 

Parents Association: There is a Recycling day planned for Friday 17th.  October 2014.  Please have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc in bags at the school by 9.15am that morning.  No phones or duvets, please. Please leave bags by the main gate on Friday morning.  All items will be collected by 9.15 a.m. The Parents Association would really appreciate some volunteers to help with the bags from 8.45 a.m. Please contact Breda Mc Carthy on 087 7988475 if you can spare thirty minutes in a very worthwhile cause. Many thanks in advance for your help.

 

A fundraising event in aid of Little Steps Montessori will take place in De Bucket on Saturday October 11th at 8.30 p.m. Monies raised will go towards the purchase of an outdoor climbing frame.

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

_____________

 

J.Lyons

Principal

 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Additional item for school note

Comhaltas

Comhaltas classes have now returned to the Community centre, on Tuesdays from 3.15, there are a number of places remaining in the Concertina and Irish Dancing classes.  Due to demand we have also scheduled an additional beginners guitar class for 4.45 on Tuesdays, this is a group class with a maximum of 8 students per class and there are a small number of places remaining.  For more information please contact Liam on 086 3152729 or email Castletroy@comhaltas.net.

 

 

School note October 3rd.

Dear parents,

                    As the Indian Summer recedes, parking has become more of an issue once again. Few schools in Limerick have as much parking available as we have. However, we have had a number of dangerous incidents lately. Parents must abide by the parking regulations, even on wet days. Please bring these to the attention of grandparents, minders and anybody who drops off or collects children.

                      Every week, the school is involved in Cumann na mBunscol GAA activities on at least four evenings a week. The school is also playing in the Ard Scoil Rís hurling tournament tomorrow Saturday. I would like to thank all the teachers involved for their interest and commitment and also the parents who provide transport each week.

        Please remember that an absence note is required every time your child is absent. These are kept on file until the end of the school year. The school has to make returns to the National Education Welfare Board in respect of every child who misses 20 days or more in a school year.

             Ballybrown Bord na nÓg: City final of Scór na nÓg 2014 will take place on Friday 14th November.  If you are interested in taking part in Rince Foirne / Rince Seit / Instrumental Music / Recitation or Storytelling /Ballad Group / Solo Singing or Table Quiz, please contact Evelyn Adams on 087-2211804.

All participants must be under 17 years.  Further details on Ballybrown GAA & Camogie websites.

Parents Association: There is a Recycling day planned for Friday 17th  October 2014.  Please have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc in bags at the school by 9.15am that morning.  Many thanks in advance for your help.

A fundraising event in aid of Little Steps Montessori will take place in De Bucket on Saturday October 11th at 8.30 p.m. Monies raised will go towards the purchase of an outdoor climbing frame.

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

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J.Lyons

Principal

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GAA matches this week

Cumann na mBunscol Luimnigh matches this week

 

Wednesday October 1st.

 

Girls football v Gaelscoil an Ráithín in Mungret at 1 p.m. Leave school at 12.40 p.m.

 

Under 13 boys football v St Patrick’s BNS in St Patrick’s GAA club in Rhebogue at 1.45 p.m. Leave school at 1.15 p.m.

 

 

Thursday October 2nd:

 

Under 11 boys football v Our Lady Queen of Peace NS in Old Christians GAA club, Rathbane at 1.30 p.m. Leave school at 1.10 p.m.

 

 

Friday October 3rd.

 

Under 11 boys football v Patrickswell NS in School field, Ballybrown at 2 p.m.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Report on Numeracy work undertaken as part of our School Improvement Plan

Sept.'14-Numeracy Report: End of Year 2 of our 3 Year Numeracy Strategy

 

At the end of Year 1 we prioritised the following : Problem Solving, Tables and Mental Maths, development of a maths-rich environment, implementation of a paired maths game project, review of Drumcondra Test of Early Numeracy, supplementary maths programmes, provision of maths websites to parents.

 

·    Standardised Testing Results: At the end of Year 1 the school average percentage correct score for Solving Word Problems was 52%. At the end of Year 2 this has risen to 56%. This means we have already achieved our 3 year target in our School Improvement Plan. In fact, the average score  in each skill area and each strand area has increased. The largest gain was in the strand area of Data. This rose by 6% to 67%. The smallest gain was in the Strand area of Measure which rose by 2% to 62%.

 

· A dedicated Dropbox Numeracy folder was set up. Ms. Hayes attended all relevant Numeracy meetings and seminars. All ideas and resources were shared in the Dropbox folder.

 

·       Tables and Mental Maths: We introduced the Ballard Westwood Timed Tables test in classes from 1st -6th. A  successful 'Table Toppers' competition was organised from 1st -6th class. All teachers used the first ten minutes of each Maths lesson for Tables and Mental Maths work. Numero was played from 2nd-6th and a 'Numero' league was organised. New Software ('Flying High' and 'The Great Maths Challenge') was purchased and is in use in classrooms and L.S rooms.

 

·   'Mata sa Ranga' :Both Mr. Sheehy and Ms. Day were trained in this. Great use was made of the methodologies and resources in their classes.

 

·   'Mata le Chéile' a paired maths game project for Senior Infants and their parents was used in the last term. This drew many positive comments from parents and the children greatly enjoyed it.

 

·   The school took part in lots of Maths week activities last October. One of the highlights was the daily problem from Mr. Lyons.

 

·   The full version of 'Manga High'( an online games based Maths project) was available during Maths week. An account for all  children from 3rd -6th class was created. A limited free version was available after Maths Week and some children continued to use it.

 

·   Khan Academy was used by some of the Senior classes to great success.

 

·   The Junior Infant teachers successfully ran a Maths games station teaching initiative with some of the Learning Support teachers.

·   The Junior infant teachers adopted a more concrete, hands on approach to the teaching of Maths. This is based on the 'Ready, Set, Go, Maths 'programme.

 

·   Posters showing the agreed Problem Solving strategy to be used and also the RUDE strategy were created and displayed in each classroom.

 

·   'Brainsnack' problem solving cards continued to be used in classes from 3rd-6th

 

·   Senior classes took part in 'Mathletes'-the world wide challenge for 5th and 6th classes. One of our 6th class girls made it to the final 500 in Munster. The school achieved a reward for its high scores.

 

·   Teachers supplied a list of suitable websites for use by parents at home to support their children. This is to be found on the school website.

 

·   4th Class also trialled a Station teaching model involving the class teacher and two L.S teachers. An emphasis was placed on problem solving and mental maths/tables. This was very much enjoyed by both children and adults. It has been extended to 3rd class this year.

 

·   The Drumcondra Test of Early Numeracy was reviewed by the Senior Infant Teacher and L.S teacher. It was decided to use it again. Children were picked up for Learning Support in 1st class based on its results and teacher observation.

 

·   A particular week was dedicated to Maths displays and these were created for the school corridors.

 

 

 

 

Literacy report for the school community

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Joseph's N.S.

Ballybrown

Clarina

Co-Limerick

19272O

 

 

 

 

 

 

School self-evaluation summary report for school community

 

 

 

 

Evaluation period: June 2013 to June 2014

 

Report issue date: September 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary School Self-Evaluation Report

 

 

1. Introduction

Our school has its own context.  There are 15 teachers and 271 pupils in the school.  We have a number of programmes operating in the school including Shared Reading, Peer Tutoring, Buddy Reading and also Early Intervention for Infants. Our attendance levels are excellent. Our pupils' behaviour is excellent .For more information on how we intend to improve our pupils' learning, please see our website / newsletter. 

 

1.1        The focus of the evaluation

 

We undertook a school self-evaluation of teaching and learning during the year. We evaluated Literacy.  We chose this because we felt that our pupils could improve their learning outcomes in this area. 

 

This report summarises the strengths that were identified and the areas that have been prioritised for improvement.

 

2. Summary of school self-evaluation findings

 

We collected information from parents, pupils and teachers in preparing this report.  We looked at how well our pupils were doing in Literacy. We also looked at our Standardised \test results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.1 We found that our school has strengths in the following areas:

 

Strengths

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·      49.8% of pupils are performing above the national  average compared with 25% nationally.

·      The school's average score in the Drumcondra Primary Reading Test is 110.4 which is well ahead  of the national average of 100.

·      76% of Infants liked reading.72% of pupils surveyed in the middle classes liked reading while 74% of the senior pupils did so.

·      89% of parents surveyed reported that their children enjoyed reading and 94% thought their children were succeeding at reading. 62% said their children enjoyed writing stories and 77% enjoyed learning spellings.

·      Teachers report that they use a variety of teaching approaches in the teaching of Literacy.

·      Early Intervention to support children with difficulties is in place.

·      There is a library of reading books in each classroom.

·      Shared Reading is used from Junior Infants to 2nd class.

·      A Peer Tutoring reading project takes place in 3rd class.

·      Buddy reading takes place in 1st and 6th classes.

 

 

We know these are our strengths because of the information yielded from surveys of parents teachers, children and also from test results.

 

 

 

2.2 We have decided to prioritise the following areas for development:

  

 

Areas for development

·      Comprehension

·      Oral Language Development

·      Writing