Thursday, October 27, 2016

School Note October 27th


Dear parents,

                     As you are all aware, the school applied last March for an additional teacher under the Developing School Category. However, on September 30th., the school enrolment was not sufficient to retain the teacher. The Board of Management decided to appeal this decision and I have been informed that the Appeal was unsuccessful. Consequently, the teaching post has been suppressed. Mr. McMahon will leave the school tomorrow. We are all sorry to lose such a hardworking, dedicated teacher. On behalf of the Board of Management,  I would like to thank all the parents who contacted politicians to explain the merits of our case.

                      On Tuesday, Ms Siobhán Doherty conducted an information session for parents on the topic of Shared Reading. There was a good attendance. It was another example of the contribution the Parents Association makes to the school.

                         Today, our Under 13 football team lost to Monaleen NS in the replayed City final by a single point. The teams finished level after extra time following Tuesday's final in the Gaelic Grounds. Well done to all. Thanks to Mr Sheehy and Mr Lordan, team coaches.  Beidh lá eile againn.

                  Halloween festivities  will be in full swing tomorrow. School ends at the  usual time. Next week will be midterm. School will reopen on Monday November 7th.



J. Lyons


HALLOWEEN FAIR : The annual Halloween Fair will take place in the Community Resource Centre on Sunday October 30. Doors open at 10.45am. Stalls will include Cake Sale, Hot Dogs, Milk Shakes, Crafts, Popcorn Treats, Raffle, Face Painting, Flower Arrangements, Firewood and Kindling, Nail Bar, Vegetables, Preloved Costume Jewellery and more. Children's Halloween Art Competition prizes will be presented. Fun for all the family! If you have cakes etc for the fair please drop them to the centre on Saturday from 10am to 1.00pm  or 2.00pm to 3.00pm or from 9.30am on Sunday. Thank you.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Under 13 A football Final

Ballybrown NS V Monaleen NS at the Gaelic Grounds

Tuesday October 25th.

Throw-in 12 noon

Best wishes to and all players and team coaches Mr Lordan and Mr Sheehy .

Football Final tomorrow

Cumann na mBunscol   Limerick City.


Re:  Finals on Tuesday 25th October 2016.

Under 13 A Boys Football


§       The committee of the Limerick Gaelic Grounds has requested that all supporters and parents stay off the playing field in the Gaelic Grounds at the finals tomorrow. 

§       Only team mentors on the field with the teams.

§       Supporters and parents to be seated in the stand.

§       The Gaelic Grounds is required again on Saturday and Sunday next for Munster club games involving Limerick clubs.

§       Your co-operation would be appreciated.



§       All presentation of trophies will take place in the covered stand at the red seats, immediately after the games.

§       No presentations on the field.

§       Once again your co-operation would be appreciated.


Thanking you for your assistance and co-operation.



J. Lyons


Thursday, October 20, 2016

School Note October 20th

Dear parents,

                     This is Maths Week. The Problem of the Day is on the school website. A range of Maths activities are going on throughout the school. Classes are involved in the online Maths activity  Manga High.

                    Author Patricia Forde and Louise Donlon, Director of the Lime Tree Theatre, visited the school on Tuesday. Patricia conducted a workshop with Fourth class and read from her books for all classes from First to Fourth.

                    Tomorrow, the children in 1st and 2nd classes will visit the Lime Tree Theatre for a performance of 'The Far Field', a musical world of fairytales and folklore.

                      Gardaí Daryl Tubridy and Niamh Briggs visited the school this week to speak to the children in 5th & 6th classes about Halloween and the dangers of fireworks. They also spoke about Safety on the Road.

                    Well done to our under 13 boys football team who have qualified for the City A final v Monaleen N.S.. It will be played in the Gaelic Grounds on Tuesday 25th. Throw in is at 12.30 p.m. All children from 3rd to 6th classes will attend.

                        Excitement is mounting as the County Hurling Final approaches. We are very proud of the fact that every player on the Ballybrown panel is a former pupil of the school while a number of the Patrickswell panel also attended Ballybrown NS!  The 'Limerick Leader' visited the school yesterday to capture the colour and excitement as the big day draws near.

                       Parents Association News: Tomorrow, Friday, there will be a Colours Day as  the Big Match  draws closer. €2 per child if possible. All proceeds to the Parents Association.

                      On Tuesday October 25th at 8 p.m., the Parents Association has organised a Shared Reading Workshop. It will be conducted by Siobhán Doherty who has great expertise in this area. It will be of special interest to parents of children from Junior Infants to Third Class. Admission is free. It should last about one hour.

J. Lyons



Healthy Eating: Yvonne Deegan has been  running a KIDS COOKING CLUB in the Resource Centre on one Friday each month. The children have thoroughly enjoyed it. Generally it's healthier options e.g. sugar free muffins, granola, health bars, smoothies etc. Yvonne is willing to run some more of these over the mid term if there is sufficient interest from parents.

The dates Yvonne has suggested are:

Wednesday Nov 2  11am - 1pm for ages 5-7 and   2.30 - 4.30pm for ages 8 - 12

ALSO Nov 18  3.15-5.15p.m. PIZZA MAKING

Dec 9th:     3.15-5.15 p.m.  EDIBLE CHRISTMAS GIFTS

€20 per child per lesson. Family discount applies if more than one child.

Parents can message/call Yvonne 086 8531578 or



Problem of the Day Thursday

John is 19 years old and his sister Mary is one year old.

In how many years will John be: 

(A) 7 times as old as Mary?

(B) 4 times as old as Mary?

(C) twice as old as Mary?


Rang a haon agus a dó:


Name 2 shapes that cannot roll.


A farmer had 24 cows in his herd on Monday. He bought 12 more at the mart on Tuesday, sold 10 on Wednesday and bought 5 more on Thursday. When he came home from the mart on Friday, he had 40 cows. How many did he buy on Friday?


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Problem of the Day Wednesday

I have 3 digits. My ones digit is 3 times as large as my tens digit.

My hundreds digit is twice as large as my tens digit.
I am greater than 500.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Problem of the Day

                                                             Problem of the Day 
                                                               Monday October 17th

A snail is at the bottom of a 12 metre well. Each hour he climbs 3 metres and slips back 2 metres. How long does it take him to reach the top of the well?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Maths Week

The Munster Maths and Science Family Fair is being held on Sunday 16th October, in the Mallow GAA Complex @ Carrigoon.  It has become the largest Maths and Science Fair in Munster,  with almost  4,000 people attending in 2015.  

We are on the countdown to this years fair and would like to remind you, your fellow teachers and students of this big event.  

This year will feature exhibits from industry, academia, research and schools both primary and secondary.  Some of the exhibitors include - Blackrock Castle Observatory, Institute of Physics, Blizzard Entertainment, Clever Mind Toys, Nimbus Research Centre, Drive4 Zero, Designer Minds, Irish Army and the Irish Air Core .... and many more. 

There is something for all the family and admission is FREE.   

Facebook link -
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Check out the TV of last years event  on


Sunday 16th October 11AM TO 5PM

IN Mallow GAA Complex, Carrigoon

Fun for all the family 



School note October 13th

Dear parents,

                      We begin this week by saying  'Thank You' to  Newtown Water Scheme who presented the school with a cheque for €500 at a ceremony at the Sailor's Haggard on Sunday morning last.

            Maths Week is from October 16th to 23rd. There will be a range of activities going on at all class levels.

                        On Monday, Sr. Rose Miriam and Fiona Dineen from the Limerick Diocesan Office paid an introductory visit to the school.  They spent time in each of the classes with children for First Holy Communion in 2017. Sr. Rose Miriam is based in the Dominican Residence in Pery Square and will visit all classes in the school later in the school year. Tomorrow Friday, 14 October, is the National Day of Prayer for Children. 

            Communion Committee – Please note for Second Class Parents that the first Do this in Memory Mass will be held on Saturday 22nd at 8pm. Further details/pack will be distributed to the children early next week with all the relevant information


Parents Association –

AGM - The Parents Association AGM took place last night – it was a very successful meeting with an informative presentation presented by Mr. Lyons. Thank you to all parents that attended.

Recycling Day - There is a Recycling day planned for tomorrow morning Friday October 14th.  Please have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc. in bags at the school by 9.15am.  Thank you for your continued support for this worthwhile fundraising event.

Shared Reading - A Shared Reading evening has been organised for Tuesday October 25th at 8pm. This will be facilitated by Siobhan O'Doherty and will be of particular interest for parents of children in Junior Infants – Second Class.  

Ballybrown/Clarina Community Games: Draughts will commence in the Resource Centre on Thursday 19th October from 7.00 to 8.00 pm. Full training will be provided. Children from 7 can attend. The cost is €1.00 per child. We had great numbers last year so we hope this will be the same this year.

GIRL GUIDES : Ballybrown Girl Guide unit has reopened. We have places available for girls aged 10 to 15. Our weekly meetings where the girls get involved in team activities, fun games and crafts are on Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 7.30pm in Ballybrown Community Centre. If you are interested in joining or want more information please contact Gillian, 0857633442 or Marguerite, 0879075288

Gach dea ghuí,

J. Lyons



Thursday, October 6, 2016

School note October 6th


Dear Parents,

                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                    Last Saturday, Ballybrown NS were victorious at the Ard Scoil Rís hurling Academy blitz. Michael Gavin was named Player of the Tournament. It was our first victory in this event. Thanks to all parents who attended on the day and especially to Mr Lordan who has coached these players through the years.

                     The boys and girls play their last round of group matches in Under 13 football next week.

             Head Lice: Head Lice are a common problem in any environment where children assemble. It is advisable to deal with this as soon as possible.

For information on dealing with this problem, see


           Parents Association:  The AGM of the Parents Association will be held on Wednesday October 12th at 8 p.m. in the school. All welcome. The Parents Association do wonderful work throughout the year.

                   There is a Recycling day planned for Friday October 14th.  Please have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc in bags at the school by 9.15am that morning. All families will receive bags in the coming days.         

Gach dea-ghuí,

 J. Lyons



Community Council news: The first anniversary of the opening of the Sailors Haggard in Newtown, Clarina is to be marked by a Gathering on Sunday October 9th after 10am Mass. All are welcome to come along for the unveiling of the latest addition to the site which will be followed by an open air Coffee Morning. All proceeds from the event are being donated to the Resource Centre Building Fund.