Thursday, February 25, 2016

School note February 25th


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