Thursday, December 7, 2017

School note December 7th 2017

Dear parents,

                    West Midlands Theatre Company from Wolverhampton visited the school today to perform 'Dick Whittington' for First, Second, Third and Fourth Classes.  It was a great show with lots of audience participation and was enjoyed by all. I have already booked the company for a return visit in December 2018.

                    We were sad to see Ms Griffin leave Ballybrown NS yesterday having taught Second Class since the start of the current school year. However, we are delighted to welcome Ms Day back to Ballybrown NS after an absence of more than two years. Already, music and song are echoing from her classroom.

                      On next Thursday December 14th, Ms Gibbons has organised a Festive Run.  All children may wear Christmas jumpers, Santa hats etc. All classes in the school will take part with the proceeds going to Special Olympics Ireland. €2 per child is requested.   Participation in the Festive Run will gain entry to a lottery for a visit from the Special Olympics torch in 2018.

                    The school Christmas Carol Service will take place in Ballybrown Church on Thursday December 21st with two performances at 10 a.m. and 11.15 a.m.

 

The Parents Association has asked me to inform you that, as was the case for the last few years, they will donate a gift to the staff on behalf of all parents. Teachers do not expect a gift from children. If children would like to give something personal they could perhaps make their own card as a gift to their teacher.

A Christmas Eve Family Mass will be held on Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December at 5p.m. in Ballybrown Church. There will be a practice for this Mass for those who wish to participate in the church on Tuesday 19th December from 6.30-8pm. All children are welcome to the practice or just come on Christmas Eve. For any budding tin whistle players please bring whistles. All children welcome. 

 

Ballybrown GAA Juvenile Club are having a visit from Santa to the Clubhouse on Sunday 10th December at 2p.m.  Lots of fun and games planned, all children welcome. 

The school  Twitter account now has over 100 followers. This is an ideal way to get a flavour of what's happening in school or to learn about events that may be of interest. 

Please check the school website www.ballybrownns.ie or follow us on Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news.  

           

Gach dea- ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

School note November 30th

 30-11-2017

Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

This week, I have been informed of a couple of  cases of head lice in the school. It is advisable to deal with this as soon as possible. Your child may have caught head lice.  There is no reason for alarm - head lice have nothing to do with cleanliness, in fact head lice prefer clean to dirty hair.  Anyone can get head lice but it is particularly easy for young people to catch them as they spread by direct head -to -head contact.

               On a practical note, chidren with long hair should keep their hair in plaits or tied up rather than hanging loosely.

For information on dealing with this problem, see

http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/flu/A-Z/H/Head-lice/Treating-head-lice.html

 

             On a happier note, we were delighted to welcome Mossie Woulfe of Athletics Ireland to the school on Monday. Mossie was the bearer of good news; he informed us that Ballybrown NS had won the Best Girls Team category in the Cross -Country Sports at Limerick Racecourse. He presented the school with the Paddy O Connell Perpetual Trophy. He also presented medals to boys and girls whose team had been successful in their category.

                  Paul O Neill and Eva Toomey have won medals in the Manga High Maths Challenge. Paul and Eva earned more than 150 points each in this online Maths Challenge which is run throughout Ireland. Congratulations to both pupils on an outstanding achievement.

 Congratulations to Seán O Brien, Sixth Class, who was a member of the Limerick City primary Schools team that won the Sarsfield Cup Gaelic Football competition in the Gaelic Grounds on Tuesday night.

             Today, Pat Donnelly, Manager of the Limerick team who are 2017 All Ireland Under 21 hurling champions visited the school with the Munster and All Ireland trophies. Three of our former pupils were on the panel, Josh Adams, Cian Hederman and Luke Doran while Strength & Conditioning Coach Mikey Kiely also learned his hurling in Ballybrown NS from Mr Lordan.

           We are delighted to learn that Ms Ciara Griffin who is teaching Second Class in the absence of Ms Day has been chosen to front an Aldi advertising campaign to encourage children to live a healthy and active life along with Paul O Connell and Joe Schmidt. All are excellent role models for young people.

              All children will attend Mass on Friday December 8th. in St Joseph's Church, Ballybrown.

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

School note November 23rd

21-11-2017

Dear parents,

                      I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                      It is school policy to contact parents if their child bumps his/her head. In the case of minor bumps, the school will henceforth send a text to advise parents so that parents are aware of the incident. In the event of a more serious incident, the school will call the parent.

                     Lismore Primary Science conducted a workshop on 'The Guts of Digestion' for the children in Fifth and Sixth Classes on Monday as part of this school's programme for Science Week.

         Congratulations to Kathlyn O Hara and Aimee Halpin who both won prizes in the MPCC Credit Union Art Competition.

              Children are supervised from 9 a.m. each morning by Mrs Hodgins and myself. The school cannot be responsible for pupils arriving at school before 9 a.m.

                  Mossie Woulfe of Athletics Ireland will visit school on Tuesday November 28th at 11.30 a.m. to present team medals to successful competitors who took part in the Cross  Country Championships on October 25th.

                The turnover from the Book Fair amounted to €2518.80. I would like to express my appreciation of the time given so generously by the parents who helped run the Book Fair on Thursday and Friday last.

          Parents Association Newsletter will be distributed to all First in Families children in the coming days so keep an eye out for it in the schoolbags.

         Website: All information relating to the school, school calendar, booklists, etc  is on the website www.ballybrownns.ie . Check in on  Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news.

             The National Parents Council, in conjunction with St Patrick's Mental Health Services, invite all parents to a talk entitled 'Supporting Parents to Support their children's Mental Health and Well Being' in the South Court Hotel on Tuesday December 5th at 7.30 p.m.    Admission is free.      

 

 Gach dea-ghuí

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

School note November 16th

16-11-2017

Dear parents,

                       It has been another busy week in Ballybrown NS.

                        Yesterday, John Clancy of  Cycling Right presented certificates to Fifth Class who have completed a six-week cycling programme.

                      Last Friday, Tadhg O Shea from Twomey's Bakery paid a visit to the school. He had heard that Ms Keyes' class were bitterly disappointed when there was no fáinne in their Báirín Breac at Hallowe'en. Tadhg gave every child a báirín breac. The class sang the Báirín Breac song for Tadhg to say 'Go Raibh Maith agat' to him for his kind gesture.

            Dean and Cian, students in LIT Sports Department, began a four week programme of  Fundamental Movement Skills with Junior & Senior infants last Friday.

           Killian Gavin, hurling coach, began skills coaching  with Ms Griffin's and Mr Sheehy's classes last Friday afternoon.

            Ms Burke's class were delighted when Fear an phoist  Joe Kiely called to see them last Friday and talked about his work. We appreciate his generosity.

            Mr Eddie Cunningham, an engineer who works with Dell, visited Sixth Class as part of Junior Entrepreneur programme.

           Science Week: This is Science Week. A range of interesting activities are going on in classes throughout the school. Lismore Mobile Science Workshop will visit the school on Monday next November 20th. to provide a practical Science  workshop with 5th & 6th classes.  Cost €4 per child. Please give money to your class teacher.

         

          Book Fair: The Book Fair will take place today, Thursday November 16th.  and tomorrow Friday November 17th . Books will be available for viewing by all classes today.  Books on sale today between 2p.m. - 4p.m. and between  7.30pm and 9 pm, or tomorrow from 9a.m.-10 a.m. or from 2.pm. to 3.30pm.

              Congratulations to Seán O Brien, Emer Conroy and Jools Deegan who were selected to play on Limerick City football selections this week.

          The school is now taking applications for enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2018. There are already almost 50 applicants. Please contact the school office any day between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

                Our best wishes to Mr Keoghan who will be married tomorrow.

                Please remember to check the school website www.ballybrownns.ie or follow us on Twitter @BallybrownNS.

 

Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons

 

Principal

 

 

                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

School note November 9th

Dear parents,

                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                    Parents of children in Mr Lordan's class who were due to have parent -teacher meetings on Wednesday October 25th will have meetings on Wednesday next November 15th. All other classes have completed their meetings. As usual, there was almost 100% attendance.

                    Fourth class enjoyed the first of six swimming lessons in Askeaton Leisure Centre yesterday. It will be the turn of  Third class after Christmas holidays.

                    The children in Mr Sheehy's and Ms Griffin's classes will enjoy hurling lessons with a coach from Ballybrown GAA club tomorrow and each Friday until Christmas. Hurley and helmet needed, if possible.

                    All three Infant classes will take part in a PE module with  Sport and Leisure students from LIT each Friday morning for the remainder of this term.

                   Tomorrow, all children from Third to Sixth classes will attend UCH for a performance of 'Cork Pops'. All classes have been learning songs in readiness for the big day. Thanks to the Parents Association who have paid for the buses to UL.

                     Best wishes to Ms Griffin, Second Class teacher,  who plays for Munster v the Barbarians in Thomond Park tomorrow evening.

   Congratulations to Mr Sheehy  and his wife on the birth of their second child, a boy.

Colours Day- The Parents Association would like to thank the parents for their contribution to Colours Day on Friday October 21st.  €465 was collected on the day. 

Book Fair - The Book Fair will take place on Thursday November 16th and Friday November 17th this year. Books will be available for viewing by all classes on Thursday November 16th. The Parents Association are looking for volunteers with the Book Fair. If you are available to assist on Thursday Nov 16th between 2-4pm or between 7.30-9pm or on Friday November 17th between 9am-10am or from 2pm to 3.30pm, please text Susan MacNamara on 087-2257625.

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

 

Principal

Thursday, October 26, 2017

School note Thursday 26th October

Dear parents,

                      I wish to bring the following to your attention.

            Mr Lordan's brother, Conor, died in a workplace accident on Sunday last while helping to repair a roof which was damaged in the storm. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, children and family. Today's Parent-Teacher meetings have been postponed until Wednesday November 8th.  to allow teachers travel to West Cork for the removal.

            Yesterday, 75 children from this school took part in the Limerick Primary School Cross Country Championships in Limerick Racecourse.  Well done to all who took part. There were excellent performances from so many children. Special thanks to Mr Sheehy, Mr McCarthy and all the parents who assisted.

            Congratulations to Mr Barry  and his wife Sinéad (who taught in Ballybrown NS last school year) on the birth of their first child, a boy.

            Fifth Class children have completed a six-week programme with Cycling Safety School. It was very worthwhile.

            Fourth class begin a six-week swimming module on Wednesday November 8th in Askeaton Leisure Centre. Third Class will have swimming lessons after Christmas.

           Music: All children from 3rd to 6th classes will attend Cork Pops in UL Concert Hall on Friday November 10th. Tickets cost €10 each. The Parents Association are paying for the buses on the day. This is a very generous gesture.

            Colours DayThere will be a Colours Day in the school  tomorrowFriday October 27th, to coincide with the children getting dressed up for Halloween and the start of mid-term break. Suggested donation of €2 per child. All proceeds to the Parents Association. Home-made costumes are ideal. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Book Fair - The Book Fair will take place on Thursday November 16th and Friday November 17th this year. Books will be available for viewing by all classes on Thursday November 16th. The Parents Association are looking for volunteers with the Book Fair. If your are available to assist on Thursday Nov 16th between 2-4pm or between 7.30-9pm or on Friday November 17th between 9am-10am or from 2pm to 3.30pm, please text Susan MacNamara on 087-2257625.

Ballybrown/Clarina Community Games:Draughts have started back in the Resource Centre on Wednesday evenings from 6.45 to 7.45. All are welcome and training will be provided. The cost is €2.00 per person.

School will close tomorrow Friday at 3 p.m. for mid-term and reopen on Monday November 6th.

 Ballybrown Parish Choir: We would love to hear from new members,  if you are someone who enjoys singing then why not sing in our choir?     Rehearsals for Christmas now ongoing Tuesday nights 8 p.m. in the church – so it's a good time to join.  For further information please contact the Parish Office 061 353454


Gach dea-ghuí,


 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Parent teacher meetings

Parent-teacher meetings scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday October 26th, have been postponed. They will be held after midterm break. Date will be confirmed tomorrow

Friday, October 20, 2017

Problem of the Day Friday

Problem of the Day

Friday October 20th.

 

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?

 

 

Rang a trí agus a ceathar

 

Peter had €40. He spent a quarter of his money on toys and €12 on DVD's. How much money had he left?

 

The score in the 1971 Munster Final was:

Limerick 4-16: Tipperary 3-18.

 

Which team won? By how many points?

How many goals and points were scored in total?

How many years ago was 1971? If John was 9 years old in 1971, what age is he now?

 

 

Rang a cúig agus a sé

 

Mark has 6 coins. One third of his coins are 10c coins. The value of the 10c coins is equal to 1/8 of the total value of all the coins. What coins has he? How much money has he in total?

 

An orange and 2 apples cost €1. An apple and 2 oranges cost 80c. How much does an apple cost? How much does an orange cost?

 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

School note October 19th


Dear parents,

                    The school was fortunate to escape without any major problems in the aftermath of Hurricane Ophelia. Now, we brace ourselves for Storm Brian!

                   This is Maths Week. There is a range of activities going on at all class levels, including Maths trails, Maths Art, Target Boards, Numero, Problem of the Day etc. There are some excellent maths displays on the walls of the corridors. The Problem of the Day appears on the website www.ballybrownns.ie. All classes from First to Sixth are now registered with mangahigh.com. Children can take part online from home.

                       Cumann na mBunscol news: The Under 13 girls football team play Milford NS tomorrow Friday 20th in Rathbane at 1.20 p.m. in the semi final  of the City A competition.

                       Limerick Cross Country Championships take place in  the Racecourse in Patrickswell on Wednesday October 25th. Almost 80 boys and girls from the school will take part. All competitors have received a note today with details.

 

         Communion Committee – Please note for parents of children in Second Class  that the first Do This in Memory Mass will be held on Sunday October 22nd. Further details/pack will be distributed to the children early next week with all the relevant information.

                  Parent teacher meetings take place  on Wednesday and Thursday October 25th and 26th. There will not be any Homework Club on those days.

 

               The Parents Association AGM took place last night in the school. I would like to thank the Parents Association for all their work during the past school year. They have supported many activities such as Literacy Lift Off, Maths Workshops, Christmas quizzes etc.

 

            Parents are reminded that school will close for midterm on Friday October 27th at 3 p.m. and reopen on Monday November 6th.

Please remember to check the school website www.ballybrownns.ie or follow us on Twitter @BallybrownNS

 

Gach dea- ghuí,


J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

Problem of the Day Thursday

Problem of the Day

 

                                                  Thursday October 19th. 2017.

 

Rang a haon agus a dó

 

Write the following as numerals

 

Nine hundred and nine

 

Seven hundred and seventy

 

Seven hundred and seven

 

Three hundred and thirteen

 

 

 

Third and Fourth Classes

There are 31 days in October 2017. Today is Thursday October 19th.

How many Thursdays are there in this month?

How many Mondays are there in October 2017?

Which days of the week occur five times in October 2017?

 

 

 

Rang a cúig agus a sé

 

Dylan saved €40. His friend Alan has saved 70% of this amount. Their friend John saved 75% as much as Alan.

How much money has John saved?

 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Problem of the Day Wednesday October 18th

Problem of the Day

Wednesday

 

Rang a haon agus a dó:

 

(A)  Today's date is October 18th. John's birthday is next Wednesday. What date is his birthday?

 

      (B) Write five hundred and five as a numeral

 

 

Rang a trí agus a ceathar

 

(A)  The oldest printed book in China was made in 868 AD. How many years ago was that?

(B)     Ann started reading at 3.50. p.m. and stopped reading at 4.25 p.m. How long did she spend reading?

 

Rang a cúig agus a sé

 

(A)  What are the next two numbers in this sequence?

 

              7,5,9,4,11,3,….

 

(B)   Each letter stands for a number. Find the value of each letter.

(to help you, here's a clue: E=5, D=7 and R=8)

 

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

School open tomorrow

Ballybrown NS  will reopen tomorrow Wednesday October 18th.

 Please note Ladies Football semi final scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed.

Problem of the Day Tuesday

Problem of the Day

Tuesday October 17th.

Rang a haon & a dó

If today is Tuesday October 17th. , what day of the week will October 20th. be?

What date will next Tuesday be?
What date was last Tuesday?


Rang a trí agus a ceathar

Name 4 places that are between 1 km. and 10 km. from this school.



Rang a cúig & a sé

¾ of Mary's money is €24. How much money has Mary?

Monday, October 16, 2017

School closure

The Minister for Education Richard Bruton has announced that all schools will remain closed tomorrow, Tuesday October 17th.
School will reopen on Wednesday October 18th

Problem of the Day Monday October 16th

First & Second Class

John eats grapes for Fruit Break every school day. Last week, he  ate 3 grapes on Monday, 5 on Tuesday, 4 on Wednesday, 3 on Thursday. If he ate 20 in total last week, how many did he eat on Friday?

Third and Fourth Class

John eats grapes for Fruit Break every school day. Last week, he ate 24 grapes in total.  He  ate 3 grapes on Monday, 5 on Tuesday and  4 on Wednesday. If he ate the same number of grapes on Thursday and Friday,  how many did he eat on each of those days?

Fifth and Sixth Class:
Mary brought grapes and strawberries for fruit break last week. She ate 3 times as many grapes as strawberries. She ate 36 pieces of fruit in total. How many grapes did she eat? How many strawberries?


Sunday, October 15, 2017

School closure

Ballybrown NS will remain closed tomorrow October 16th on DES advice due to red storm alert. Open Tuesday 17th.   

Friday, October 13, 2017

Under 13 Girls Football

City A Girls Football Competition

Ballybrown NS V Milford NS in Old Christians GAA club on Wednesday  October 18th at 2.50 p.m. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

School Note October 12th



12-10-2017

Dear parents,

                                  Maths Week is from October 16th to 22nd. There will be a range of activities going on at all class levels, including Maths trails, Maths Art, Target Boards, Numero, Problem of the Day etc. There are some excellent maths displays on the walls of the corridors. The Problem of the Day appears on the website www.ballybrownns.ie. All classes from First to Sixth are now registered with mangahigh.com. Children can take part online from home.

                       Cumann na mBunscol news:       The boys under football 13 team lost narrowly to Milford NS in Clarina on Tuesday. We await the result of the Milford v Monaleen NS game played today.  Our Under 11 boys travel to  play Monaleen NS today. The Under 13 girls have a free week.

 

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

           Tomorrow Friday,  October 13th, is the National Day of Prayer for Children. 

                Please telephone the school if you wish to make an appointment to meet a teacher. Teachers cannot leave their class to meet parents who do not have an appointment.

                  Parent teacher meetings are on Wednesday and Thursday October 25th and 26th. Parents will receive details of appointments this week.

 

            Parents are reminded that school will close for midterm on Friday October 27th at 3 p.m. and reopen on Monday November 6th.

Please remember to check the school website www.ballybrownns.ie or follow us on Twitter @BallybrownNS

 

 Parents Association –

AGM -  The AGM of the Parents Association will be held on Wednesday October 18th at 8 p.m. in the school. I look forward to attending and addressing the meeting. All welcome. The Parents Association do wonderful work throughout the year. 

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

School note October 5th.

5-10-2017

Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.                   

                        Swimming lessons for children in Fourth Class begin after the midterm break with the first lesson on Wednesday November 8th. All the children in Fourth class received details  this week.  Lessons for pupils in Third class take place after Christmas.

                        Cumann na mBunscol: Well done to our girls' football team who lost narrowly to St Nessan's NS in Mungret yesterday. The team has improved with every game. The Under 11 boys entertain St Nessan's today. The Under 13 boys have a rest week with no fixtures.

                                           This week, representatives of three post primary schools have visited Ballybrown NS. All children have already  received a list of Open Nights as well as application forms. Closing date is Monday January 15th 2018.                                                  

                        Please remember that an absence note is required every time your child is absent. These are kept on file until the end of the school year. The school is obliged to make returns to Tusla  in respect of every child who misses 20 days or more in a school year.  A number of children are frequently late for school. Please try to ensure this does not happen.

                      City of Limerick Pipe Band visited the school today and performed for children in Fifth and Sixth classes. Several former pupils are now members of this band. If your child is interested in joining, registration goes ahead in Garryowen Rugby Club on Saturday October 7th at 11 a.m.

                     MPCC Credit Union will be in school tomorrow  October 6th as usual.

                    Thanks to all the families for their Art & Craft/Photocopying contributions.  If you have not yet paid this money, you can give it to  Rosemarie in the school office any day between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.. €35 per child or €60 family.    

                   Parents Association: There is a Recycling Day tomorrow Friday October 6th. All families received bags this week. Please have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc in bags at the school by 9.15a.m. that morning.

The AGM of the Parents Association will be held on Wednesday October 18th at 8 p.m. in the school. All welcome. The Parents Association do wonderful work throughout the year.  

Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons

Principal

 

Limerick Mental Health Week begins tomorrow Friday October 6th.  There will be a Family Fun Day on Saturday October 7th in Bedford Row from 12 noon to 4.30 p.m. Further information on  www.limerickmentalhealth.ie

Thursday, September 28, 2017

School note September 28th

28-9-2017

Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention. 

                     Parent -teacher meetings will take place on Wednesday October 25th and Thursday October 26th from 3.15p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Please note change of date. Parents will receive details of appointment times during the week of October 9th. As there is no class of more than 30 children in the school, it will be possible to meet all families during those times.

 

                    Yesterday's rain caused the postponement of our girls' football match v St Nessan's and classes with the Cycling Safety School. Both will be rescheduled with the girls' football fixed for Wednesday October 4th.

                        

          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 http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/az/H/Head-lice/       

 

          Whizzkids , the IT programme, is starting tomorrow Friday 29th for 5th & 6th class children in  the Resource Centre each Friday for the next ten weeks.

 

              Well done to our Under 13 hurlers who reached the final of the Ard Scoil Ris Academy blitz on Saturday morning. Thanks to Mr Lordan for attending and to the parents who gave great encouragement to the team on the day.

 

            Parents Association: There is a Recycling Day planned for Friday October 6th. All families received bags this week. Please have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc in bags at the school by 9.15a.m. that morning.

The AGM of the Parents Association will be held on Wednesday October 18th at 8 p.m. in the school. All welcome. The Parents Association do wonderful work throughout the year.  

           

MPCC Credit Union will not be in school tomorrow but will return on Friday October 6th as usual.

 

Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons

Principal

 

This Is Me Children's Workshop is a 10 week programme catering for two groups of age 5-8 and 9-11. It focuses on fun and creative activities to explore emotions and feelings in a fun way. Help develop coping skills to deal with stress and anxiety. Starting October 3rd in 11, Thomas Street. Contact Therese 087 7531979

Monday, September 25, 2017

Football fixtures week beginning Monday September 25th

Tuesday 26th: Under 13 Boys v St Nessan's NS, Mungret in New Field Clarina at 1.15 p.m.

Wednesday 27th: Under 13 girls v St Nessan's in   pitch at rear of St Nessan's school.  Throw-in 12 noon

Thursday 28th: Under 11 boys v Christ the King BNS, Caherdavin in Na Piarsaigh at 1.30 p.m.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

School note Thursday September 21st

21-9-2017.

Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                     Our Under 13 boys football team drew with Kildimo NS on Tuesday in a very exciting fixture. Our 13 girls football team made light of the rain to enjoy a victory over St Paul's NS yesterday in Mary I.

                      Children in Fifth and Sixth classes are looking forward to  a ten week IT module with Whizzkids, a company providing an  IT skills programme for primary school pupils. The programme will commence on Friday September 29th. and will run for ten weeks, ending on December 15th. 

                           Please check your child's Homework Diary every night, Monday to Thursday. It is a good idea to sign the Homework Diary and check that homework is being done properly.

 

                         Date for your Diary: Limerick Primary Cross Country championships take place in Limerick Racecourse in Patrickswell on Wednesday October 25th, starting at 11 a.m.

                       Children in Fifth and Sixth classes will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday March 21st at 1 p.m. in St Joseph's Church, Ballybrown.

                 Once again, I ask parents to 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. Please ensure minders, grandparents or others who are occasional visitors to the school are aware of these arrangements.

Safety of children is our only priority.

                       Website: All information relating to the school, school calendar, booklists, GAA fixtures etc  is on the website www.ballybrownns.ie   

                       Finally, I urge parents to ensure that your child's name is on all books, coats, fleeces etc.            

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

21 DAY COMMUNITY WALKING CHALLENGE STARTS Mon. SEPTEMBER 25th

The aim of the challenge is to go for a walk every day for 21 consecutive days and develop a walking habit. You can walk with us or on your own. We will provide you with a special record card to keep track of your walks and help you set up and maintain a regular walking schedule. There will be organised walks from the Community Resource Centre at 9.15am and 7.00pmMonday to Friday​ ​

Wear comfortable walking shoes and a Hi Vis top. (We will also have some Hi Vis tops available).  ​ ALL WELCOME​

 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

21 day Community Walking Challenge

21 DAY COMMUNITY WALKING CHALLENGE STARTS MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25th

In conjunction with Get Ireland Walking and the European Week of Sport, Ballybrown Community Council  are very excited to host our own 21 Day Walking Challenge.  Walking is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. The aim of the challenge is to go for a walk every day for 21 consecutive days and develop a walking habit. You can walk with us or on your own. We will provide you with a special record card to keep track of your walks and help you set up and maintain a regular walking schedule.

 

There will be organised walks from the Community Resource Centre at 9.15am and 7.00pm Monday to Friday

 

To join one of these group walks meet us at the Resource Centre. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a Hi Vis top. (We will also have some Hi Vis tops available). The route for the first week will be a 4km loop from the Community Centre to Clarina Village, Bricklodge and back by Kilkeedy. There will also be a shorter option. Walkers should find a pace and distance that suits them. All are welcome.

 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Cumann na mBunscol fixtures


Ballybrown NS Under 13 boys football  team play Kildimo  NS  at Kildimo GAA club  at  1.15 p.m. on Tuesday September 19th. Cost €3 per child to help cover cost of bus.



Ballybrown NS under 13 girls football team  play St Paul's  NS in Mary I pitch on Wednesday September 20th at 1 p.m. €3 per child to help towards coat of bus.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

School note September 14th

14-9-2017.

Dear parents,

                     Our school football teams have had a busy week. On Thursday, the Under 13 boys drew 3-6 apiece with Monaleen NS in the City Cumann na mBunscol league. Yesterday, the girls under 13 team defeated neighbours Patrickswell NS while our boys under 11 squad play Milford NS today. Thanks to all the teachers for giving of their time and expertise.

                   Fifth class were due to begin Cycling Safety lessons yesterday but the lessons were postponed due to weather. We hope for better conditions next week.

                   Each  Sixth Class  pupil today received all details relating to transfer to secondary school. Closing date for applications is January 15th. 2018. A list of Open Nights is also on display in the school foyer.

                    Fifth and Sixth class pupils will once again take part in Whizzkids, an  IT skills programme for Fifth and Sixth Class children. The programme will commence on Friday September 29th. and will run for ten weeks.  Children in those classes will receive details tomorrow.

                   Active School: Thanks to the wonders of technology, 5th class took part in a live workout with the body coach (Joe Wicks ) on Monday, without leaving their classroom!

                      Junior Infants are now well settled in school. From Monday September 18th, the school day for all Infant classes will end at 2 p.m.

                    Allianz Pupil Personal Insurance:  There are two types: school day cover (€6) or all-year-round (€9).  This is entirely voluntary but has proven very popular with parents in the past.  Should you decide to avail of this insurance, please hand monies to the School Office by Friday September 22nd.

                        Thanks to all the families for their Art & Craft/Photocopying contributions.  If you have not yet paid this money, you can give it to  Rosemarie in the school office any day between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. €35 per child or €60 family.

 

Le dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons.

Principal.

 

 

Parents Association News: There is a Recycling day planned for Friday October 6th.  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 next week or two.

 

Resource Centre News: IT kids code class commencing on Wednesday  20th Sept 3.10 to 4.10 pm cost is €70 for 12 weeks.

Dance Masters school of dance is doing a hip hop class starting this Sat 16th Sept at €6.00 a class 

 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Open Nights for Post Primary School

Limerick Area Post-Primary Schools  Common Application System 2018/19 Schedule of School Open Nights/Days 
Parents/Guardians of prospective first year students for the academic year 2018/19 are kindly invited to attend the Open Night/Day of the following schools;- 
   
 Ardscoil Mhuire (girls),  Corbally, Limerick. 
Tuesday 19/09/2017 at  7.00 p.m.  

 Ardscoil Rís (boys),  North Circular Road, Limerick. 
Monday 18/09/2017 at  7.30 p.m.  

 Castletroy College (co-ed),  Newtown, Castletroy, Co. Limerick 
For information on 2018/19 first  year admissions      please contact the school directly. 

 Coláiste Chiaráin (co-ed), Croom, Co. Limerick. Open Night Venue: South Court Hotel, Raheen 
Tuesday  03/10/2017   at  7.00 p.m.  

 Coláiste Mhichil (boys),  Sexton Street, Limerick. 
Tuesday 26/09/2017  at 7. 00 p.m.  

 Coláiste Nano Nagle (girls),  Sexton Street, Limerick. 
Thursday 28/09/2017  at 7.00 p.m.  

 Crescent College Comprehensive S.J. (co-ed),  Dooradoyle, Limerick. 
Wednesday 04/10/2017  at 7.00 p.m.  

 Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh (co-ed, All Irish),  Sir Harry's Mall, Limerick. 
Thursday 14/09/2017    at 7.00 p.m.  

 Laurel Hill Coláiste F.C.J.  (girls, All Irish),  South Circular Road, Limerick. 
Saturday 07/10/2017 at 10.00 a.m. 
 
 Laurel Hill Secondary School F.C.J. (girls),  South Circular Road, Limerick. 
Thursday 21/09/2017  at 7.00 p.m.  

 Limerick Educate Together Secondary School (co-ed), Castletroy, Co. Limerick. Open Night Venue:  Castletroy Park Hotel, Castletroy 
 
Thursday  05/10/2017  at  7.00 p.m. 
 
 Mungret Community College (co-ed),  Mungret, Co. Limerick. Open Night Venue: South Court Hotel, Raheen 
     Wednesday        11/10/201    at  7. 30 p.m. 
 
 St. Clement's College (boys),  South Circular Road, Limerick. 
Wednesday 27/09/2017    at 7.00 p.m.  

 St. Munchin's College (boys),  Corbally, Limerick. 
Wednesday 20/09/2017    at 7.30 p.m.  

 Salesian Secondary College (co-ed),  Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick. 
Tuesday 19/09/2017  at 7.30 p.m . 
 
 
 Villiers Secondary School (co-ed, Fee Charging),  North Circular Road, Limerick. 
Saturday         07/10/2017  at 11.00 a.m.