Thursday, April 23, 2015

School note April 23rd

Dear parents,

                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                 Today, Second Class made their First Confession in St Joseph's Church. First Holy Communion takes place on Saturday May 16th at 11 a.m. Thanks to Ms Day, Fr. Cussen and the parents involved for all the work that has gone into this special year.

                On the sporting field, Ballybrown NS camogie team had a great victory over St Nessan's NS in Mungret yesterday. Our school finished runners-up in the county final of the INTO Mini Sevens in hurling yesterday. Tomorrow, our under 11 hurlers meet Patrickswell NS in the non-competitive league while our under 13 hurlers play Monaleen NS in the Olo Cup.

             Maeve Curtin, a pupil in Fifth class, achieved First Place at the Mathletes Munster Championships at CIT last Saturday. The challenges included written problems and online activities. Maeve has now qualified for the All Ireland Finals to be held in DCU on May 2nd.  A wonderful achievement. We are all proud of Maeve.

               Lauren Fitzpatrick, Sixth Class, won the Freestyle Dance title at the Eurodance Championships in England last weekend. Well done, Lauren.

             All classes take part in Wassa Wassa African Drumming Workshops on Monday and Tuesday next. This is a very popular and enjoyable opportunity for the children. €2 per child. Please give the money to your class teacher.

          Food Dudes started on Tuesday and is proving very popular. Today the children received sugarsnap peas and apples. Thanks to Mr Sheehy for organising the distribution of all the fruit and vegetables (and rewards!) over the three weeks.

        This week, Fifth Class visited Woodlands House, Hotel, Adare for the Showcase day as part of Junior Entrepreneur. They had a most enjoyable day and had a chance to look at the entries from other schools!

       Attendance: In the event of any pupil reaching a total of 20 days absence from school in a school year, the school is required by law to make a report to the National Education Welfare Board. Parents are advised to be aware of this and to be mindful of their child's attendance record. I have already submitted a number of such reports during this school year.

                    Already, Lost Property contains a number of school uniform fleeces. Please ensure your child's name is on every item of clothing.

Please note that the school  is being used as a polling station on Friday May 22nd.

                 Parents Association: A meeting of the Parents' Association will take place in the school next Monday April 27th at 8.30 p.m. All welcome.


Gach dea-ghuí,



J. Lyons