Thursday, May 28, 2015

School calendar 2015-2016

Calendar 2015 -2016

August: School reopens for pupils on Tuesday September 1st.

Midterm break: Monday 26th October to Friday 30th.

Close for Christmas holidays on Tuesday  December 22nd at 12.30 p.m.

Reopen Wednesday January 6th 2016


Midterm break: Thursday and Friday 18th and 19th February


Close for Easter break on Wednesday March 16th at 12:30 p.m.

Reopen Monday April 4th.


Closed Monday May 2nd.  Bank Holiday


Close Monday  June 6th. Bank Holiday

Close Tuesday June 7th  to Friday June 10th. inclusive


Close Thursday June 30th. 2016 for holiday at 12:30 p.m.


N.B. If school has to close for 3 or more days for frost or snow, it may be necessary to return to school for March 18th. 21st or 22nd.


School note May 28th


Dear parents,

                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                    Yesterday, Mrs Hodgins and Mary Conway, accompanied by Emer Conroy and Barry Twomey from the Green Schools Committee, travelled to Cork to accept the school's third Green Flag. This represents the culmination of two year's work in the area of Water Conservation. Well done to all involved.

                Today, our under 13 camogie team meet Milford NS in the final of the Limerick City Cumann na mBunscol competition. We wish them well.

              New Infants: Parents of all Junior Infants starting in September 2015 will be invited to meet the class teacher on Tuesday June 9th and Wednesday June 10th. All parents will be notified in writing next week.

              School tours: All classes are on school tour on Thursday June 11th. Please pay outstanding monies by tomorrow, Friday May 29th.

                The school has a small number of hurling helmets available, all Medium size, at a bargain price of €30 each. First come, first served.

                Yesterday, Munster rugby player Ciara Griffin, who is completing a Master's in Education,  finished a ten week stint with Mr Lordan's class. Ciara taught the skills of the game and also covered teamwork, discipline, healthy lifestyle and positive thinking. It was a most worthwhile experience.

              Another school year is almost at an end. The school calendar for next year is on the reverse side of this page. Please keep carefully.

             School will be closed all next week and reopen on Monday June 8th.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Arrangements for camogie final

Arrangements for Camogie Final


           The school's Under 13 camogie team has qualified for the City Cumann na mBunscol final which takes place in the Gaelic Grounds on Thursday May 28th at 12.50 p.m. This is a great occasion for the players and teachers involved and we are very proud of them. We would like to give the team as much support as possible. All children in classes from Third to Sixth classes will attend. The bus will leave school at 12 noon and we hope to be back at school by 2.30 p.m. at the latest. There is a nominal cost of €2. Players will travel to the match at an earlier time and have received a note to that effect.

Ballybrown Abú!

Please note the following message re supporters in the Gaelic Grounds

1. All substitutes and spectators are required to stay away from the official substitute seats at the front of the Mackey stand (The Large Green seats).


2. All teams, parents and supporters must enter the stadium by the Clareview entrance at the back of the stadium. This is  at the end of the Uncovered stand. There is a car park there that can accommodate all the buses. Spectators can then enter the Mackey Stand through this car park. No one will be admitted by the Ennis Road entrance and any bus that parks on the Ennis Road will be clamped.


3. All spectators must be seated in Mackey Stand.


4. Only teachers/ coach are allowed on the field during the games. Under no circumstances will parents be allowed access to the pitch.

6. All trophy presentations will be made in the Mackey Stand.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

School note May 21st



Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                     Last Saturday, children from Second class received their First Holy Communion. The day was the culmination of a year's work in preparing for the sacrament. A special word of gratitude to Ms Day, Fr Cussen,  Monsignor Lane, the parents involved and the children who sang in the choir.

                    School tours: School tours are on Thursday June 11th. Please have monies in by Friday May 29th. Please note that monies will not be refunded to children who drop out of school tour after that date.

                    Yesterday, 50 children from this school took part in the Limerick City Sports in UL. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day. To make it even more enjoyable, the school came in First Place in the Boys' Schools category. Cathal Cusack accepted the trophy on behalf of the school. Thanks to Pauline Lowe and Áine O Sullivan who acted as stewards for the day.

                   This week, news reached the school that we had finished in First Place overall in Limerick in Mathletes and that we had achieved the highest average score per pupil.  Aaron Waldron, Fourth Class, and Kate Cusack, Sixth Class, received medals for individual excellence to join Maeve Curtin, Fifth Class, who was Top Student in Limerick. Well done to all concerned.

          Today, at Assembly, winners in the Numero class leagues were presented with their prizes. Numero leagues were run from Second to Sixth class as part of the school's Numeracy strategy.  Mary Kate Leahy, Grace Noone, Seán Coughlan, Olivia Kearns and Luke O Connor were the class winners.

        Today,  the under 13 hurling team captained by Luke O Connor played  in the Olo Shield final, defeating Patrickswell NS by 2-5 to 1-2. Congratulations to all involved. The under 13 camogie team meet Milford NS in the City final next Thursday May 28th at 12.50 the Gaelic Grounds. All support welcome.

          61 children from Third and Fourth classes received their PAWS certs today. These were awarded following completion of a six week course in swimming and water safety in Askeaton Leisure Centre.

        Mr Sheehy's class hosted Assembly today and produced a very interesting presentation based on Food Dudes,  integrating it with a quiz on national flags.


 Parents Association: The next  Recycling day is on  Friday 12th  June 2015.  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.


Gach dea-ghuí,



J. Lyons




Thursday, May 14, 2015

School note May 14th 2015


Dear parents,

                    As we near the end of the school year, I received word today that the school has achieved First Place in Limerick in the Mathletes online challenge and First Place for average score per student. These are superb achievements and I commend all the children and their teachers on this success.

                 Book Rental: All children  from Second to Fifth classes have received a letter regarding the Book Rental Scheme for next school year. Seven books may be rented for €30, a fraction of the cost of buying them. The scheme will operate for children in Third to Sixth class only. A Book Rental system is not practical for the junior classes as so many of the books are workbooks and cannot be re-used.

                   The school will collect Book Rental fees this week only, i.e from Monday May 11th to Friday May 15th. All monies in by tomorrow.

                   The school will buy Bun Go Barr, Mathemagic and Reading Zone books for €15 in total next week, from May 18th to 20th inclusive if families are willing to sell those books.  All details are on the school website                 Special thanks to Mrs Dillon, who is coordinating this scheme.

                 First Holy Communion takes place on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. It is vital that choir members attend. A lot of hard work has gone into making this day special.

           Limerick City Sports take place in UL next Wednesday May 20th. Our own School Sports Fun Day will take place on Thursday June 18th. weather permitting.

               Congratulations to Aidan O Connor, Luke O Connor and Keith Punch who played on the Limerick City hurling team in the Mackey Cup which took place on Tuesday. Nicole Griffin and Cliodhna Hall played with the City camogie team in the Neville Cup yesterday.

           Tuesday May 19th is Wear Your County Colours Day, an initiative to herald the start of summer and the GAA Championships. Children are invited to wear a GAA jersey to school or any green jersey. There is no money involved. Limerick play Clare in the Munster Senior hurling Championship in Thurles on Sunday May 24th and   we are delighted that Ballybrown NS will be well represented as Cliodhna Hall and Keith Punch have been chosen to play in the Primary Game at halftime.

 School tours are on June 11th. for all classes. All details on the school website. Please pay your child's teacher.

 A reminder that school is closed on Friday May 22nd as the school is used as a polling station.


Gach dea ghuí,



J. Lyons



Friday, May 8, 2015

Book Rental

Book Rental 2015-2016




Dear Parents


We are delighted to announce that Ballybrown N.S. will continue to operate our book rental scheme for the coming year. We have received extremely positive feedback from parents to date regarding the scheme.


The main aim of the scheme is and always will be to reduce the costs for parents of purchasing textbooks. The fee for the upcoming year 2015/2016 will be €30.


The books available from the school on the book rental scheme are


Bun go Barr                                                    


Windows on the world history            

Class Novel

Windows on the world geography                   

Reading zone

Alive O book (not workbook)


Parents must choose to rent all 7 books or none. It is not practical to mix and match.


We will collect book rental fees from May 11th to May 15th only. Please send the required payment in a sealed envelope with this completed, signed form and the child's name and class written on the outside of the envelope.


All books will be ready in your child's classroom when school re-opens in Sept 2015


In order to reduce costs, the school would like to purchase some of your children's books. We are offering €15 in total for Bun go Barr, Mathemagic and Reading Zone book/s.


If you would like to sell these books please bring them to your class teacher on May 18th /19th/20th ONLY, where you will receive payment for them. Your child will retain these books until the end of term, when the teacher will then collect them.





J. Lyons







Thursday, May 7, 2015

School note May 7th. 2015











Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                     Last week,  all children  from Second to Sixth classes received a letter regarding the Book Rental Scheme for next school year. Seven books may be rented for €30, a fraction of the cost of buying them. A Book Rental system is not practical for the junior classes as so many of the books are workbooks and cannot be re-used.

                   The school will collect Book Rental fees next week only, i.e from Monday May 11th to Friday May 15th.

                   The school will buy Bun Go Barr, Mathemagic and Reading Zone books for €15 in total the following week, from May 18th to 20th inclusive.

                 All details are on the school website

               Special thanks to Mrs Dillon, who is coordinating this scheme.

               Well done to all the children from this school who took part in the Great Limerick Run last weekend. The school is committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle and every opportunity is used to encourage children to develop good habits that will stand to them for life.

                 Congratulations to Nicole Griffin, Cliodhna Hall, Luke O Connor, Keith Punch and Aidan O Connor who have been selected on the Limerick City teams who play in the Mackey Cup and Neville Cup next week. Aidan has also been chosen to play in the INTO Mini Sevens in Croke Park on All Ireland semi final day in August. Well done, Aidan.

                The school has a limited number of hurling helmets, all Medium size, for sale at €30. Only while stocks last.

                On Tuesday, six French students paid a visit to Sixth Class as part of a student exchange involving Copsewood College in Pallaskenry.

               Congratulations to Maeve Curtin who qualified for the All Ireland finals of the Khan Academy/ Mathletes challenge which was held in Dublin last weekend.   This was an outstanding achievement. 

Gach dea-ghuí,



J. Lyons






Our Sports evening will take place next Tuesday 12th May in Breska Soccer Field. Registration will take place at 6.30pm and event will start at 7pm sharp. We will have events for all children from U5,U7,U8,U10,U12,U14,U16 and also adults races. The first 3 in each event can go forward to represent us in the County Finals which will be held in Mungret on the 20th & 21st of June. The cost is €3.00 per child.

We would love to see as many children as possible come along for an evening of fun.