Thursday, April 28, 2016

School note April 28th

Dear parents,

                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                    On Tuesday, all classes from Third to Sixth took part in workshops provided by Maths Lab, who travelled from Cork. The children moved from station to station to pit their wits at a range of activities. As part of our ongoing Numeracy strategy, it was a most worthwhile and enjoyable event.

                Also on the topic of Numeracy, Numero leagues have been running this week in classes from Second to Sixth inclusive.

                   Congratulations to the school's camogie team, winners of the County title in the INTO Mini Sevens in UL yesterday. Having overcome South champions Bruree NS ands West champions Gaelscoil Ó Dóghair from Newcastle West, the outcome rested on the final game with Doon Girls N.S. Playing into the teeth of a gale in the second half, Ballybrown NS emerged as winners by 2-1 to 1-0. Well done to captain Alex Connole  and her team. Special thanks to Ms Hayes and Ms Keyes whose work on the training pitch was rewarded.

                 School transport: Tomorrow, Friday April 29th., is the closing date for applications for school transport for school year 2016-2017.   Applications may be made online at

                 School is closed on Monday May 2nd due to the Bank Holiday.

                Parking:  I would like to thank all parents who 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.        

        Parents Association news:Communion - 2nd class make their First Holy Communion on Saturday May 14th at 11am.  Light refreshments are served in the community centre after and the Parents Association are looking for volunteers to help out from approx. 11.30-1pm.  Please contact Susan MacNamara on 087 2257625 if available.

                                Cake Sale - The Parents Association will host a Cake Sale on Sunday May 15th after 10am Mass to support the new Literacy Lift Off Program in Ballybrown School. This program is part of a national strategy to improve literacy standards among children.  As part of the cake sale we are also running a "Bake Off" competition for 3rd to 6th class for all budding bakers – details will be provided to the relevant classes early next week. Finally there will be a raffle to close out what is sure to be an enjoyable morning. Light refreshments will be served also. Your support would be greatly appreciated so get those baking bowls out!

Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons