Thursday, February 25, 2016

School note February 25th

25-2-2016

Dear parents,

                    Well done to the Ballybrown NS team  of Josh O Reilly and  Ian Harty who took part in the Limerick Regional final of Robotics at Mungret College last Saturday and achieved a placing of 7th out of 20 participating teams. Thanks to Analog for organising a great event and to Ms Nolan for entering Ballybrown NS in the project.

           Today Fr Seán Harmon and Fiona Dineen from the Limerick Diocesan Office visited the school for their annual visit. Confirmation takes place on Tuesday April 12th and First Holy Communion on Saturday May 14th.

         On Tuesday last, all the children in Ms Gibbon's class took part in a soccer blitz in LIT. Three teams made up of boys and girls from the class took part and two contested the final. It was a long day but most enjoyable and worthwhile.

          Mr Lordan's class were due to complete a six-week programme of swimming lessons yesterday at the Leisure Centre in Askeaton. Unfortunately the pool was not available yesterday. However, it will be available next week. Mr Hodnett' s class completed a similar programme in November and December.

          School will be closed tomorrow as the school is in use as a polling station. Today, all the children from Third to Sixth Classes were given an opportunity to cast their vote in a General Election of our own. Children in Fifth and Sixth Classes counted the votes having first calculated the Total Valid Poll, Quota etc.

           Next Thursday, March 3rd. is World Book Day. As usual, the school will organise a number of events to encourage children to develop a love of  reading.

             Parents Association: A meeting of the Parents' Association will take place in the school on Thursday March 3rd at 8.00 p.m. All welcome.  They would also like to thank you for contribution to Colours Day - a total of €473 was raised.

              Internet Safety Training: The Parents Association have organised a course for parents to be run in the school on Tuesday March 8th at 7pm. The overall objective of the session is to provide parents with enough information and skills so that they will be able to engage in their child's online life. This programme looks at how children use the internet and will give a practical demonstration of the technologies and the websites young people are using. Parents will be introduced to strategies to help their children be responsible, effective and safer Internet users. This session also looks at cyber bullying.  All welcome.

            A reminder that all classes will be on school tour on Thursday June 16th. Details of destination, cost etc may be found on the school website.

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 


J. Lyons

Principal



 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

School note February 17th 2016

 

17-2-2016.

Dear parents,

                     Healthy Eating Week has proven to be a great success. Today, all 120 children from  Third to Sixth Classes took part in a Healthy Eating Quiz. The team of Alex Connole, Emer Conroy, Hazel Byrnes and William Collins were winners.

  Later today, Limerick footballer Peter Nash will visit the school to speak to children about the importance of a healthy diet and developing good habits in the area of nutrition. On Monday evening, Christine Gurnett, Senior Community Dietitian with HSE, spoke to parents about Healthy Eating. In the course of a very interesting evening, Christine spoke of  'Portion Distortion' i.e. children should not eat the same portion size as adults and also the trend for bigger portions and even  bigger plate sizes in recent times. She also stressed the need for children to have a minimum of 10 hours sleep per night, with younger children needing even more sleep. Yvonne Deegan also visited the school yesterday afternoon and children sampled a range of food. Ms Gibbons also organised colouring and Art competitions on the theme of Healthy Eating while there are displays on walls throughout the school on the same topic. Thanks to all the teachers and parents who combined to ensure the success of a most important initiative.

                   Yesterday, Mr Hodnett accompanied a team from the school to play in a ground hurling blitz in St Clement's College. The team had a most enjoyable day and won four out of the five matches they played. Thanks to former pupil Cian Hederman who assisted Mr Hodnett. Cian is studying Sports and Leisure in LIT and coaches hurling in the school every Wednesday.

            Second Class hosted our Monthly Assembly yesterday morning. They played tin whistle, sang, recited limericks they had composed and shared information about the 1916 Rising.

                 Next Tuesday, three mixed teams from the school will play in a soccer blitz in LIT.      

          School tours for every class will take place on Thursday June 16th. Details of itinerary, cost etc will be posted on the school website today. Time for children to start putting some Euro aside!

          This year alone, there are over fifty children seeking places in the school.  As mentioned last week, the Board of Management  has decided to apply for extra permanent accommodation to meet this demand for places in the school.  The Board is seeking additional classrooms, Special Needs rooms, medical room and meeting room. I would urge parents to bring this application to the attention of election candidates on the doorstep over the next fortnight.

                  Reminder: School is closed tomorrow Thursday 18th and Friday 19th February  for midterm and on Friday February 26th due to the General election.

Gach dea- ghuí,

 


J. Lyons

Principal

   

      

Monday, February 15, 2016

Healthy Eating Week

Healthy Eating Week February 15th, 16th and 17th.

MONDAY: Classes from Third to Sixth will carry out projects and put them on display in the Halla for other classes to visit.

3rd class: Rethink Your Drink

4th class: Sugar in cereals and cereal bars

5th class: Looking at salt in our diet

6th class: Looking at yoghurt etc

Colouring Competition for Infant classes

Art competition for classes from First to Sixth on theme of Healthy Eating

Eat Smart Move More! Activities to be carried out in class

7 p.m.  Christine Gurnett,Community Dietician with HSE will speak to parents at 7 p.m. Venue: Halla

TUESDAY: Food preparation in classes. Emphasis on lunchbox options


WEDNESDAY: Limerick Footballer Peter Nash will talk to 3rd to 6th classes on Healthy Eating for sport.

Quiz on theme of Healthy Eating

Thursday, February 11, 2016

School Note February 11th. 2016

 

11-2-2016.

Dear parents,

                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                    Ms Gibbons will  accompany a team from the school to take part in a Debating competition with Scoil Chríost Rí in Caherdavin tomorrow. This is yet another way for children to develop new skills and interests.

                    Safer Internet Day was on Tuesday last. Various classes explored the topic of good, safe online practice. I have arranged for a Community Garda to visit the school to speak to the children on this subject.

                   The Board of Management of the school met last night. This year alone, there are over fifty children seeking places in the school.  The Board has decided to apply for extra permanent accommodation to meet this demand for places in the school.  I would urge parents to bring this application to the attention of election candidates on the doorstep over the next fortnight.

                Next week we will celebrate a "Healthy Eating Week" in the school. We will be looking at the salt and sugar content in some everyday foods and our evidence will be on display in the school corridors. We will be doing quizzes, art competitions and lots more exciting activities. On Monday 15th February, Christine Gurnett (HSE Community Dietician) will speak to parents at 7 p.m. in the school hall, in relation to making healthy food choices. This is sure to be a very informative event and I would encourage everyone to attend. On Wednesday 17th, Peter Nash (Limerick Senior Footballer) will speak to children from 3rd to 6th class on the importance of staying active and enjoying a balanced diet. Children will also be preparing healthy foods in school. If your child has any food allergies, it is vital that this is brought to the attention of the school before next Monday. In advance of Healthy Eating Week, Mr Sheehy's class made pancakes on Tuesday.

          On Tuesday next, February 16th, a team from Fifth Class will take part in a ground hurling blitz in St. Clement's College. Hurling training for the under 13 team will take place on Mondays and Thursdays after school.

         Assembly next Tuesday will be hosted by Second Class who will be using the recently acquired i Pads as part of their presentation.

            A Colours Day in aid of the school's  Parents Association will take place on  Wednesday February 17th. €2 per child suggested contribution.

           Reminder: School is closed on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th February  for midterm and on Friday February 26th due to the General election.

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

Thursday, February 4, 2016

School Note February 4th 2015

Dear Parents,

                     Yesterday was Grandparents' Day. The teachers of the Infant classes organised a ceremony to celebrate this event as part of Catholic Schools Week. Over 60 grandparents (and great-grandparents!) attended and were very proud as the children sang, read and recited Prayers of the Faithful. The children had coloured pictures of their grandparents and these were on display on the wall for all to admire. There were refreshments afterwards. It was a lovely occasion for the school community.   Thanks to Fr Cussen, Rosemarie and all the teachers involved.

                    Next Tuesday, February 9th. ,  is Safer Internet Day. The dangers presented by social media are known to us all. Check out www.saferinternetday.ie

                  Well done to all our quiz teams who took part in the MPCC Credit Union Quiz last Friday night. In the under 11 section, the team consisting of Harry Noone, Grace Noone, Emer Conroy and  Hazel Walsh was placed third.

                 Please note that school will be closed for midterm on Thursday and Friday February 18th and 19th. The school is required as a polling station on the day of the General Election. Friday February 26th and will be closed for classes.

                 The school is currently experiencing difficulties with our broadband service.  Some parents say they have not received the Thursday note on occasion. This bulletin is posted on the website www.ballybrownns.ie every week.

Ballybrown GAA Juvenile Club: Registration on Friday February 19th from 7.30  to 9 p.m. Adult membership: €50. Family of four (2 adults & 2 children €60). €5 per child thereafter First child €20. Second child €10.

Ballybrown Camogie Registration Night is  also on Friday 19th of February @ 7.30-9 pm in the Clubhouse. €30 for one child U18, €50 for two U18, €60 for three or more U18 (from same family). €50 for adult players (over 18).€5 Non Playing Social Member. You must be a member to vote in AGM. All new U18 players must bring copy of their birth certificate. New members welcome. Any queries contact Pauline 087-7758603.

Ballybrown/Clarina Community Games:

Art Competition – the Limerick County Art Competition will be held in Mungret GAA hall next Sunday 7th February from 10-1pm. The Children going onto represent Ballybrown all received a note earlier in the week.

Handwriting Competition – This was held in the school during the week. Thanks to all that took part, the handwriting standard in Ballybrown is very high. The winners of this competition will receive a note on Friday, the County Finals for Handwriting will also be held in Mungret GAA hall next Sunday 7th February from 10-11am.

Talent Competition – This year due to time constraints we are unable to hold the local Talent competition, we will however try to enter as many children as possible that would like to enter this competition. Please contact Pauline Lowe on 0878365545. Full list of events are on the Ballybrown Facebook page.

 

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ballybrown Camogie Club

Ballybrown Camogie Registration Night 2016
Friday 19th of February @ 7.30-9 pm in the Clubhouse
€30 for one child U18, €50 for two U18, €60 for three or more U18 (from same family)
€50 for adult players (over 18)
€5 Non Playing Social Member
You must be a member to vote in AGM.
All new U18 players must bring copy of their birth certificate.
New Members are always welcome.
Any queries contact Pauline 087-7758603