Thursday, January 28, 2016

School note January 28th 2016

28-1-2016.

Dear parents,

                    On Tuesday, Clan Cluana Theatre Company performed 'Deirdre of the Sorrows' for all children in classes from Second to Sixth inclusive. This is a lovely way for children to learn about Irish myths and legends.

                    Cian Hederman is currently coaching all the boys and girls in First Class as they learn the basics of hurling and have fun at the same time. Coaching is each Wednesday morning for a six week block. Games Development Administrator Peter Nash has been assisting Cian for the first two sessions.

                         Eileen Cunningham of the Road Safety Authority visited all classes in the school on Monday to make a presentation on Road Safety. She imparted simple, common sense directions and gave out stickers and other tokens which made her very popular indeed. She was anxious to get the message across that children under 150 cm  in height need a booster seat and should sit in the back.

                       On Monday evening, the staff took part in a workshop on the use of i pads in school. The school has purchased seven i pads and we are currently studying  best educational practice in this area.

                      The winners of the Healthiest Lunchbox in each class were chosen on Tuesday. Ms Gibbons had a tough task as judge. All details on the school website.

                         This week all teachers have put up Maths Displays on the corridors of the school. There are very eyecatching displays to be seen.

                      Good luck to all 44 children who represent the school in the MPCC Credit Union quiz in Mungret GAA club tomorrow night.

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Healthy Lunchbox Winners

This week, Ms Gibbons coordinated the Healthy Lunchbox Day. After much scrutiny of the mouth-watering lunches enjoyed by the children in this school, the winners were announced. They will be uploaded to the Operation Transformation website.
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> CLASS Winner
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> Mrs Fitzgerald's class: George Roberts
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> Ms Keyes Amelia Shields
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> Mrs Hodgins: Cillian Dillon
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> Ms Stack: Ella O Keeffe
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> First class: Oscar Goodwin
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> Second class: Aoibhe O Keeffe
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> Third class: Robert Shields
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> Fourth class: Barry Toomey
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> Fifth class: Alicja Nalaskowska
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> Sixth class: Eoin Collins
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> Well done to everybody.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

School note January 21st 2016

21-1-2016

Dear parents,          

                     Next week is Catholic Schools Week. A wide range of activities will take place in classes throughout the school. Confirmation takes place on April 12th. First Holy Communion is on May 14th. Thanks to the Committee of parents of children in Second Class who are involved in the Do This In Memory programme.

                    Ballybrown NS is a Health Promoting School. Our Healthy Eating Policy is a great success. The RTE programme Operation Transformation has recently announced the launch of Operation Healthy Lunchbox for primary schools. Next Tuesday  January 26th is the day when we will be trying to find the healthiest lunches in the school. Photos of the winning lunchboxes will be uploaded onto the programme's website.

                Thanks to Analog Devices for their recent donation to school funds.

               Clan Cluana Theatre Company visit the school on Tuesday January 26th to stage a performance of 'Deirdre of the Sorrows' for children from Second to Sixth Class inclusive. Cost €3 per child.

                 Eileen Cunningham from the Road Safety Association will visit all classes in the school on Monday next January 25th to raise awareness of Road Safety.  

                Almost 20 children have had to leave school early due to illness this week, some before 10 a.m. I would appeal to parents not to send children to school if they are unwell.

             Yesterday, five teachers from this school attended training from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for 'Literacy Lift Off' in Limerick Education Centre. This was the first of several workshops held to upskill teachers. Ballybrown NS will begin this programme after Easter in an attempt to further improve literacy levels, initially in  Infant classes. 

            Fourth Class had the first of six swimming classes yesterday in Askeaton Leisure Centre.

          Attendance: In the event of any pupil reaching a total of twenty 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.

           The school's broadband service is quite unreliable. Last week it was not possible to send the Thursday bulletin by e mail. Parents are advised that this bulletin is posted weekly on the school website www.ballybrownns.ie

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

            

 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

School note Thursday January 14th. 2016

 

14-1-2016.

Dear parents,

                     Today, the children in Sixth Class enjoyed a daylong workshop with Colman and Paul from Colmac Robotics. This is part of the school's endeavours in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)  subjects.  The class was divided into teams who were all given tasks to perform. The winning team from the class will go on to take part in the regional final in February. Thanks to Analog Devices who sponsor this activity.  I am grateful to Class Teacher Helen

Nolan who organised this activity. Only ten schools in the Mid West area were selected to take part.

                 Fourth Class pupils  start a six-week programme of swimming lessons in Askeaton Leisure Centre next Wednesday January 20th. This is a great opportunity for all pupils to learn a lifelong skill.

                The closing date to have your child's name on the Enrolment List for Junior Infants in September 2016 is tomorrow Friday January 15th. at 3 p.m. Please contact the school if you have not already done so. Letters to parents of prospective Junior Infants were posted last week.

                Once again, parents of children in Sixth Class are reminded that the closing date for application for secondary school is next Monday January 18th. Applications received after this date will be deemed invalid. Please contact your secondary school of choice immediately if you have not submitted an application.

                Clan Cluana Theatre Company visit the school on Tuesday January 26th to stage a performance of 'Deirdre of the Sorrows' for children from Second to Sixth Class inclusive. Cost €3 per child.

              Parents are reminded that you must contact the school to make an appointment if you wish to meet your child's teacher. Teachers will not meet parents without an appointment.

             

           

Gach dea ghuí,


J. Lyons

Principal 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

School note January 7th 2015

Dear parents,

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

                             Third Class pupils completed  a six-week programme of swimming lessons in Askeaton Leisure Centre in the run up to Christmas.  Fourth Class begin swimming lessons on Wednesday January 20th. and running until February 24th inclusive. This is a great opportunity for all pupils to learn a lifelong skill.

                      The closing date to have your child's name on the Enrolment List for Junior Infants in September 2015 is Friday January 15th. at 3 p.m. Please contact the school if you have not already done so. Letters to parents of prospective Junior Infants were posted today.

                     Parents of children in Sixth Class are reminded that the closing date for application for secondary school is Monday January 18th. Applications received after this date will be deemed invalid.

                      I wish to remind parents that school begins at 9.15 a.m. and children are supervised from 9 a.m. each morning. The school cannot be responsible for children who arrive at school prior to 9 a.m. Please inform childminders, creche operators of this.

               Congratulations to Mrs Ivess on the birth yesterday of a baby girl.

                 As we begin 2016, 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.

Safety of children is our only priority.           

       

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

Gach dea ghuí, 


J. Lyons

Principal