Thursday, January 29, 2015

School note January 29th 2015

29-1-2015

Dear parents,

                   Last Thursday night, approximately 40 parents attended a meeting to learn how Ballybrown NS can become a Health Promoting School. Ms Mairead Kelly, from the Health Promoting Section of HSE spoke on how we can encourage healthy lifestyle among our children. Katie Gibbons, Fifth class teacher, has agreed to co ordinate the project. A special word of thanks to Yvonne Deegan who provided delicious (and healthy!) treats on the night. On a personal note, I was delighted to meet so many parents who want to be involved in supporting the work of the school. I urge parents to become involved in the many positive activities of the Parents Association.

                  On Friday, Fifth class, under the guidance of Ms Gibbons, took part in Ballybrown's version of 'Dragon's Den'. The children are participating in the Junior Entrepreneur programme. Various business ideas were presented and assessed. The children explained their business plans. The team of judges consisted of Ms Hayes, Ms Shirley Byrnes and myself. We were delighted that Shirley was willing to give the school the benefit of her business acumen. Today, Ed Shanahan, of Shanahan Hurleys, will join the class to share his knowledge and experience.

                  Dr. Áine O Sullivan visited the school on Tuesday and met the Junior infant classes. We are grateful to Áine for taking time from her busy schedule. All the children enjoyed her visit and shared their experiences with her!

                 It is important that children be in time for school in the morning. Please try to ensure that all children are in the playground by 9.15 a.m. Both playgrounds are supervised each morning from 9 a.m.

              Clan Cluana Theatre Company staged a production of the story of Oisín i dTír na nOg on Tuesday. It was enjoyed by classes from Second to Sixth.

             

Ballybrown Camogie: Registration will take place on Friday 6th February 8pm-9.30pm in Ballybrown Clubhouse. €30 per child , €55 per family U18, €50 per adult. New players always welcome - please bring a copy of birth cert. Also any adults wishing to get involved as coach , mentor or on our club committee are welcome.
Any queries please contact Pauline Gillane , Secretary (087) 775 8603.

Computer Classes For All in Ballybrown /Clarina Resource Centre

Classes start Monday 2nd February.Beginners  / Intermediate  /  Advanced

Morning : 10.00am – 12.00noon:Afternoon : 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Evening : 7.00pm – 9.00pm.Registration Fee to cover entire course only €20

Enquiries and booking : Aundrea 061 353140 / Maura 087 2565443

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

_______________

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

School note Jan 22nd 2015

22-1-2015.

Dear parents,

                    Ms Mairead Kelly, from the Health Promoting Section of HSE will visit the school tonight to explain how Ballybrown NS can become a Health Promoting School. Brief meeting at 8.30 p.m. in Ms Gibbons' room. Light refreshments served. All parents /guardians welcome.

                 The deadline for return of applications for the Junior Infant class in September 2015 is 3 p.m. tomorrow Friday January 23rd.

               All children in the school received a note explaining the Primary Online Database which is being set up by the DES. If you still haven't returned the form, please do so as soon as possible.

           Next week is Catholic Schools Week. A wide range of activities will take place in classes throughout the school.

             A word of advice from the Green School Committee: In the current cold weather, the Committee advise all parents to ensure your water pipes are lagged and to check for leaks. Water is precious!

        Parking: Parents are requested to park in the Church Grounds or in the Resource Centre grounds. Please do not block exits or park in the Staff parking area.            

Ballybrown Camogie Registration will take place on Friday 6th February 8pm-9.30pm in Ballybrown Clubhouse. €30 per child , €55 per family U18, €50 per adult. New players always welcome - please bring a copy of birth cert.
Also any adults wishing to get involved as coach , mentor or on our club committee are welcome.
Any queries please contact Pauline Gillane , Secretary (087) 775 8603.

 

 DCD (Developmental Co Ordination Disorder)  Limerick . We are holding a parent support group ( how to improve handwriting ) on Saturday 28th February at 2 pm in the Millennium hall Raheen church . If you think this may benefit any of your pupils . 

Please feel free to check out DCD Limerick on Facebook for further details.

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

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J. Lyons

Principal

Monday, January 19, 2015

Meeting for parents

Dear Parent/Guardian,

With the support of the Health Service Executive (HSE), our school has made a commitment to develop as a Health Promoting School (HPS).

A (HPS) is about giving school an extra special focus on health.  It encourages teachers, students and parents/guardians to look at how health and wellbeing can be built upon within the school.As a parent/guardian we would encourage you to get involved and support our Health Promotion work. 

To get this initiative off the ground, a meeting will now take place on Thursday January 22nd. at 8.30 p.m. in the school. Ms Mairead Kelly, Health Promotion Officer for the Limerick area will attend.

We hope you can attend.


Joe Lyons                                                           Katie Gibbons 

______________________                            _______________________

(Principal)                                                       (HPS Coordinator)

 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

School closure due to adverse weather forecast.

Due to Level red weather warning and advice from DES, Ballybrown NS will be CLOSED tomorrow Thursday January 15th. in the interest of Health and Safety. See you all Friday.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Bus service

Gerard O Shea of O Shea Coaches, Kilfinny, has contacted the school to say that he is prepared to operate a bus service at 2 p.m. for Infants and also at 3 p.m. This service was heretofore offered by Tom O Brien and his family. O Shea's have indicated they will do this for a two week trial period initially.
The school has no role in the operation of this service.
 Contact Gerard O Shea for details on 087 2408024

J. Lyons (Principal)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

School note January 8th. 2015

 

8-1-2015.

Dear parents,

                                I would like to welcome all pupils, staff and parents back to school after the Christmas break.

                             Third Class pupils have just started a six-week programme of swimming lessons in Askeaton Leisure Centre. This is a great opportunity for all pupils to learn a lifelong skill.

                             Wassa Wassa Workshops are established providers of arts workshops and performances across the education and arts sectors. Wassa Wassa  will visit Ballybrown NS next week. All classes will enjoy a dance workshop by an expert facilitator on either Monday 12th. or Tuesday 13th. of January. Classes will last for 50 minutes to an hour. The cost is €2 per child. Please give the  money to your child's teacher. Thanks to Mrs Dillon who organised this most worthwhile activity.

                      The closing date to have your child's name on the Enrolment List for Junior Infants in September 2015 is Friday January 23rd. at 3 p.m. Please contact the school if you have not already done so. Letters to parents of prospective Junior Infants were posted on Tuesday.

                                    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.'

 

            The area of children's health and encouraging healthy lifestyle is of vital importance to both parents and the school. Ballybrown NS has decided to become a Health Promoting School. Ms Katie Gibbons, 5th. class teacher, has kindly agreed to co ordinate this initiative.  As a parent we would encourage you to get involved and support our Health Promotion work. A  meeting will take place on Thursday January 15th at 8.30 p.m. in the school. Ms Mairead Kelly, Health Promotion Officer for the Limerick area will attend to advise on how best to proceed.

            As we begin 2015, I ask parents to avail of the parking area available in the Resource Centre and in the Church grounds. Please keep the Staff parking area and the bus areas free. Please do not obstruct traffic or park in the yellow box at the gate.

       

 Finally, I urge parents to ensure that your child's name is on all books, coats, fleeces etc.            

Gach dea ghuí,

 

________________

J. Lyons

Principal

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Health Promoting Schools.....get involved!

7-1-2014

Dear Parent/Guardian,

With the support of the Health Service Executive (HSE), our school has made a commitment to develop as a Health Promoting School (HPS).

A (HPS) is about giving school an extra special focus on health.  It encourages teachers, students and parents/guardians to look at how health and wellbeing can be built upon within the school.

This means that we will be consulting with and involving students, staff and parents/guardians to explore what makes a school a healthy place in which to work, study and visit.

This will mean something different for each school; for example some schools have introduced nutrition policies, involved students in promoting mental health, introduced increased levels of physical activity or  developed school wildlife gardens.

Children and young people spend a lot of time in school and it is an important influence in their lives.  The evidence shows schools are much more effective in what they do and what they can achieve when their parents/guardians are supportive and involved. 

As a parent/guardian we would encourage you to get involved and support our Health Promotion work. 

To get this initiative off the ground, a meeting will take place on Thursday January 15th at 8.30 p.m. in the school. Ms Mairead Kelly, Health Promotion Officer for the Limerick area will attend.

We hope you can attend.

 

Kind regards,

 

Joe Lyons                                                      Katie Gibbons

______________________                            _______________________

(Principal)                                                       (HPS Coordinator)

 

 

Health Promoting School........ Get involved!

7-1-2014

Dear Parent/Guardian,

With the support of the Health Service Executive (HSE), our school has made a commitment to develop as a Health Promoting School (HPS).

A (HPS) is about giving school an extra special focus on health.  It encourages teachers, students and parents/guardians to look at how health and wellbeing can be built upon within the school.

This means that we will be consulting with and involving students, staff and parents/guardians to explore what makes a school a healthy place in which to work, study and visit.

This will mean something different for each school; for example some schools have introduced nutrition policies, involved students in promoting mental health, introduced increased levels of physical activity or  developed school wildlife gardens.

Children and young people spend a lot of time in school and it is an important influence in their lives.  The evidence shows schools are much more effective in what they do and what they can achieve when their parents/guardians are supportive and involved. 

As a parent/guardian we would encourage you to get involved and support our Health Promotion work. 

To get this initiative off the ground, a meeting will take place on Thursday January 15th at 8.30 p.m. in the school. Ms Mairead Kelly, Health Promotion Officer for the Limerick area will attend.

We hope you can attend.

 

Kind regards,


 Joe Lyons                                                       Katie Gibbons

______________________                            _______________________

(Principal)                                                       (HPS Coordinator)