Thursday, April 10, 2014

School note April 10th.

Dear parents,

                     We’ve had a busy time in Ballybrown NS as the term draws to a close. On Monday, writer Danielle Allison visited the school as part of the Writer in Schools scheme. Danielle travelled from Athlone and entertained the children in Junioe Infants, Senior Infants and First classes with her storytelling talents. It was a very worthwhile experience.

                 Yesterday, the pupils in both Sixth Classes travelled to the ESB station in Ardnacrusha. They really enjoyed what was a most interesting visit. Tomorrow, Fifth Class are guests of Shannon Foynes Port Company. The trip will include a visit to the Maritime Museum, a tour of the port and a visit to the Oil Spill Response Warehouse. My thanks to Evelyn Adams, who organised the entire event. We are very lucky to receive such an invitation.

                   Today, the children in Ms Day’s Class staged three performances of ‘Blunderland.’ 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.

                  This week in the City Cumann na mBunscol leagues,  Ballybrown NS defeated Milford NS in  hurling.

                    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 April 11th. at 12.30 p.m. Please collect children promptly.

                School will be closed on Friday May 23rd as the school is used as a polling station for the local elections.

Parents Association news: The Parents Association is organising a recycling day in the second week of next term. We don't have a date confirmed yet but if anyone is spring cleaning over the Easter holidays then please keep all the clothes ready for our next collection.

              Finally, I wish to extend my sympathy to Mrs Hodgins on the death of her mother, who passed away last night. May she rest in peace.


Gach dea ghuí,