Thursday, June 23, 2016

School note June 23rd 2016





Dear parents,

                     We are approaching the end of a busy year in Ballybrown NS. This week is Active Week and there are activities every day. Yesterday, we had the School Fun Sports Day. This involves a huge amount of organisation and I appreciate the effort that all the teachers make to ensure the day is enjoyable for all. In the afternoon, our Third and Fourth class boys played Kildimo NS in a hurling game. Thanks to Cian Hedermann and Killian Gavin who acted as referees and mentors.  The children who were not involved in the hurling took part in a Zumba class which was extremely enjoyable.

                     On Tuesday, all children took part in 'Walk A Mile with a Smile'. Infant classes and First Class walked to Breska Rovers pitch. Second, Third and Fourth classes walked to Kilkeedy Cemetery while Fifth and Sixth classes walked to Carrig. We were fortunate that so many parents joined the walk to ensure the safety of all concerned. In the afternoon, there was a hurling/camogie match involving the boys and girls of Sixth class.               

                   Last week was Friendship Week and all classes took part in activities to encourage friendship and kindness.

                   On Monday next, June 27th., the Sixth Class Graduation will take place. Fr Cussen will say a special Mass at 1.30 p.m. which will be followed by the Graduation Ceremony to celebrate the end of primary education for these boys and girls. We will also say farewell to Sixth Class teacher Ms Nolan who returns to her school in Dublin. Mr Hodnett, who has been with us in a temporary capacity for almost three years, has secured a permanent position in Newcastle West. Ms O Connor will not be on staff in this school in the next school year so it is a time of change. We will be sorry to lose such devoted and accomplished teachers who are all wonderful colleagues.

                     In September, we will have our largest number of children on roll since the school first opened. The teachers of Infant classes would appreciate if you could provide any of the following: jigsaws, cars, trucks, dolls, Lego,  clothes for dressing up, toys for imaginative play e.g. Post Office, garage, farm, kitchen etc. Please drop them into the school next week if possible.

                           Please note that school will close for the summer holidays on Thursday June 30th. at 12.30 p.m. It would be appreciated if all children were collected promptly. In order to alleviate traffic problems, children in Infant classes may be collected at 12.10 p.m.

Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons