Today, all children in the school took part in our Nativity pageant. Both performances played to full houses. Well done to all the teachers who made such an undertaking possible. Thanks to you, the parents, for your help with costume etc. I am grateful to Fr Cussen and Pat Gallagher for making the church available and for facilitating us in every way. Needless to say, the children were wonderful. It was an occasion that will live long in the memory.
Yesterday afternoon, all children in Third and Fourth class enjoyed our Christmas General Knowledge Table Quiz. Thanks to the Parents Association for sponsoring prizes. At the end of ten rounds, two teams were tied on 47 points out of 60 with two more on 46 points. After a tie break, the team of Neal Buckley, Aoibhe O Keeffe, Emma Keogh and James Smith emerged victorious. It was a great afternoon and the standard of answering was exceptional. Today, the children of Fifth and Sixth classes tested their knowledge. Follow us on Twitter @Ballybrown NS for results .
Stop Press: The winners of the 5th and 6th class quiz this afternoon with an excellent score of 57 out of 60 were the team of Emer Conroy, Jools Deegan, Martina Scanlon, Hazel Walsh and Grace Noone.
Garda Vetting: Parents who are willing to be Garda Vetted for the purpose of providing transport to school matches are asked to contact the school as soon as possible.
Holiday arrangements: School closes tomorrow December 22nd. at 12.30 p.m. Parents of children in Junior and Senior infants are asked to collect those children at 12.10 p.m. to alleviate the parking problems that could arise. School re opens on Monday January 9th. 2017 at 9.15 a.m.
On behalf of the Board of Management and staff of the school, I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas. I look forward to seeing you all in 2017.
Nollaig shona daoibh go léir.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL : Thanks to all the children and staff of Ballybrown School who participated in the Christmas Art Competition. As always the standard of entries was very impressive and the stockings decorated the hall beautifully for the Christmas Fair. Congratulations to the winners: Aishling Murphy, Hana Tsang, Hazel Walsh, Ruby Deegan, Alex Smith, Holly Rose Carey, Joey O'Brien, Annabell Perill, Isabelle Maher Smith, Oran Cantillon Mann, Aine McCormack and Grace Browne. Also, a word of thanks to all who attended the Fair and those who donated cakes, spot prizes etc. It was a lovely community occasion while at the same time raising funds to help clear the debt on the building. We look forward to another enjoyable busy year in 2017.
GOAL MILE: Once again the Goal Mile will take place in Ballybrown on Christmas Day. Starting at the Community Resource Centre at 12 noon, all you have to do is to turn up on the day, walk, run or crawl the Mile and make a donation to GOAL. The GOAL Mile is a great opportunity to do something practical for the poorest of the poor this Christmas. Help us to make this the best GOAL MILE ever in Ballybrown.
A Children's/Family Mass will be held on Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December at 5pm. in Ballybrown Church.