Thursday, February 26, 2015

Our Water Saving Tips

Our Water Saving Tips


1   Turn off the tap while you brush.

Turn it on only to rinse with a cup of water.


2   Use less water in your bath.

Every 1cm of water you don't put in the bath saves 10 litres.


3   Use a tub or bucket to wash the dog or car.

Turn on the hose only to rinse.


4. Sweep footpaths and driveways instead of washing them.


5.  Listen for leaking taps and turn off drips.


6. Take a short shower.


7 Rinse your mouth with water from a cup instead of leaving the tap running.


8   Use a brush or sponge for scrubbing when washing up instead of a stream of water from the tap.


School note February 26th 2015


Dear parents,

                    Last Wednesday, we held a very successful Fancy Dress on the theme of Water. There were some remarkably creative and imaginative outfits. Well done to all. Next week, the school will host a visit from the Green School adjudicator as we hope to be awarded our third Green Flag. The theme for this flag is Water Conservation. Visitors to the school have remarked on the eyecatching posters on the windows at the front of the school, which point out how we can reduce our water consumption. The Green School Committee has asked me to bring these tips to your attention and they are printed on the reverse side of this note and on the school website. This is a whole school effort, involving every class and co-ordinated by Mrs Hodgins.

            Health Promoting School: All classes are taking daily exercise. For the next four weeks, pupils in Third and Fifth will  benefit from extra PE lessons, courtesy of students from Mary Immaculate College who are specialising in Physical Education. I am grateful to Richard Bowles, Head of the college's P.E. Department  for his help. Kevin O Connell continues his weekly visits for hurling coaching and general fitness. Kevin has worked with Second and Third classes for six-week modules. He will move on to Fourth class  next week.

        On Tuesday next, March 3rd. the children of 5th and 6th classes will visit Limerick Racecourse at guests of Horse Racing Ireland to learn about the racing industry. They will meet a jockey and a trainer and enjoy a tour of the Racecourse.

     Heritage in Schools: On Monday, Pat Broderick, a thatcher from West Limerick, visited Second and Third classes as part of Heritage in Schools scheme. He spent a full day working with the children. It was a fascinating insight into an age long gone.

    Thursday March 5th is World Book Day. Please encourage your child to read at every opportunity.

  Choral Festival: Next Friday March 6th., the school will take part in the Limerick Schools Choral Festival in the Redemptorist Church. All classes from Second to Sixth inclusive have been preparing since Christmas under the direction of Ms Day and Ms O Connor. This is a great opportunity for all involved.  Cost of bus €4 per person.


    Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

School note February 18th


Dear parents,

                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                    Today, the Green School Fancy Dress goes ahead in the school as all children take part in a most enjoyable and worthwhile activity. The theme is Water as we aim to achieve our third Green Flag. The School visit to assess our entry takes place in March.  Imagination and creativity are evident everywhere as raindrops compete with washing machines and bubbles. Judging by the number of plumbers to be seen, it would appear to be a popular career choice.  As I speak, classes are rehearsing an original rap as they prepare to display their efforts. Well done to Mrs Hodgins, Green School Coordinator, and everybody who is involved today.

               On Monday, Aidan O Mahony, multi All- Ireland winning footballer from Kerry brought the Sam Maguire Cup to the school. Aidan spoke of the value of healthy eating, exercise, lifestyle and of friendships made through involvement in sport with the people you grow up with.  He also posed patiently for photos with every class in the school. We are most grateful to John O Mahony for organising the visit.

           Ms O Shaughnessy and Ms O Connor accompanied Sixth Class on a trip to the ESB station in Ardnacrusha yesterday. It was a very interesting experience enjoyed by all. The class wrote excellent accounts of their visit on their return to school. The management in Ardnacrusha were most complimentary about the behaviour and interest shown by our pupils.

        Literacy & Numeracy: Fourth, Fifth and Sixth classes are taking part in Mathletes. MATHletes Challenge is a free tournament to transform how we learn and teach maths in Ireland with Khan Academy. The 4-month Challenge develops students' confidence and competence in maths using Khan Academy, the global leader in free online learning. Students and Schools from 4th class to 5th year (ROI) & Primary 6 to Year 13 (NI) are eligible. Maeve Curtin, in Fifth class, is the overall leader in Fifth class for all of Ireland!

    Third Class have embarked on a Paired Reading project which is proving very popular  and successful.

           The Cumann na mBunscol playing season commences in March. All players involved in hurling and camogie must have their own helmet. Shinguards are strongly advised.  I appreciate the time given voluntarily outside school hours by teachers.

          School is closed tomorrow and Friday for mid term break.       

Gach dea ghuí,



J. Lyons




Thursday, February 12, 2015

School note February 12th.


Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

It has come to my attention that a number of pupils are being dropped at school long before starting time. Please remember children are not supervised before 9 a.m. Teachers in school before 9 a.m. are preparing work for the day ahead and cannot be responsible for children in the playground.

                   Midterm: Parents are reminded that school will be closed on Thursday and Friday February 19th and 20th.

                    First Holy Communion: A meeting for parents of children in the First Holy Communion Class will take place in the Resource Centre on Monday February 16th at 8.30 p.m.

                   Wassa Wassa African Drumming Company has cancelled the workshop scheduled for today and tomorrow. It is hoped to re-schedule for a later date. Any monies paid have been returned.

                Green School: A Fancy Dress on the theme of water will take place on Wednesday February 18th. Prizes for the best entry made from recycled material in each class.

                  Swimming: Third class yesterday completed a six week programme of swimming lessons at Askeaton Leisure Centre. Well done to all who took part. A special word of thanks to Mrs. Therese Kiely who accompanied the class each week along with Mr. Hodnett.

                Community Games - Our talent competition will take place this coming Sunday 15th February in Ballybrown GAA club starting at 5pm. Children can take part in Singing, Recitation, Music,Dance, Drama/Comedy. Age categories from U11 to U16. Check out our Facebook page for full details. All welcome.                  

              Dyspraxia Ireland Limerick Support Group:   This is a newly formed voluntary association, which aims to provide useful information, practical support and advice to parents of children with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder & Dyspraxia. We are meeting  on Tuesday, 17thFebruary 2015 at 7.30 - 9.00pm in Christ Church, Central Buildings, O Connell St near The White House pub. Special guest speaker will be Aisling Kelliher of The Sunflower Clinic who specialise providing Occupational Therapy solutions to children using Sensory Integration as a specific framework with a primary focus on Sensory Processing Disorders, Dyspraxia and DCD.

           Important visitor: Aidan O Mahony, full back on the Kerry football team, will bring Sam Maguire to Ballybrown NS on Monday next at 11.15 a.m.


Gach dea-ghuí,



J. Lyons




Thursday, February 5, 2015

Health Promoting School news

What's happening with Health Promoting Schools?


In addition to regular PE classes, here's a taste of what's going on.


Junior and Senior  Infants are running three laps of the big yard every day after sos.


First class are running four laps of the Big Yard, and, after a short rest, run another two laps!


2nd class are running laps of the basketball court every day. Currently we are at 7 laps

3rd class are running for five to ten minutes every day, completing busy breaks activities on wet and icy days and swimming  every 
Wednesday in Askeaton Leisure Centre.


4th class are running for 10 minutes each day.


5th class are running for 16 minutes each day.


 6th class are running every day Monday to Friday- we started off with running for 5 minutes and now have increased to 8 minutes, this week. Next week we will be running for 9 minutes. We are also doing shuttle runs at the end of the sessions on Monday and Wednesday


School note February 5th. 2015

Dear parents,

                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.                 

                  Maths Displays: Visitors to the school this week have admired the Maths Displays to be seen throughout the school. As part of our Numeracy strategy, each class has created a visual example of a topic they are studying in class. Adding machines, capacity, fractions, cardinal numbers and bar graphs are just some of the eye-catching displays to be seen. Well done to all involved.

                 Thanks to Ed Shanahan of Shanahan Hurleys who was guest speaker in Fifth Class last Thursday as part of the Junior Entrepreneur programme. Ed spoke of the challenges of running your own business. It was a most worthwhile experience and we are grateful to Ed for taking time from his busy schedule.

                Health Promoting Schools: . All classes are currently running every day in an effort to improve aerobic fitness. To find out what each class is doing, check the school website

The UL Sports Kids Run at the Great Limerick Run will take place on Saturday May 2nd. Entry fee €12 per child, of which €5 is donated to the school. Further details

                  Green School News: This year the school is working towards our third Green Flag. The theme is "Water". We will be holding a "Water Action Day" on Wednesday 18th February. Along with other activities there will be a fancy dress competition with a "Water" theme. There will be prizes for the best costumes made from recycled materials.

              Team Limerick Clean UP (TLC) takes place on Good Friday April 3rd. Children from Third to Sixth classes have today received registration forms with all necessary information.

             African Drumming Workshop: The school will host Wassa Wassa African Drumming workshops on Thursday and Friday February 12th. and 13th. All classes will participate. Cost €2 per child.

             MPCC Table quiz: Thirteen teams from this school, comprising 52 children in total, took part in the MPCCC Credit Union quiz last Friday night. Well done to all.

             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 welcome - please bring a copy of birth cert.


Gach dea-ghuí,



J. Lyons