Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Class arrangements School year 2017-2018

School reopens for pupils on Thursday August 31st. at 9.15 a.m.

Class Arrangements 2017-2018

 

 

 Junior  & Senior Infants:

 

Class A: Ms Keyes                                                                      

Class B:  Mrs Fitzgerald 

Class C:  Ms Phoebe Neville

 

Mrs Fitzgerald is on Maternity Leave until January. The teacher in the interim will be Ms Kim Burke.                                                          

          

 

                                             

First Class: Mrs Hodgins                                                                                                  

Second Class: Ms Day

 

Ms Day is on Maternity Leave until December. The teacher in the interim will be Ms Ciara Griffin.                                                                

          

 

First & Second (combined): Mr Sheehy                                                     

 

 

Third Class: Mr Lordan                                                                

 

Fourth Class:  Mrs Ivess                                               

 

Third & Fourth (combined): Mr Fergal Keoghan

 

Fifth Class:   Ms Gibbons                                                          

 

Sixth Class:   Mr Séamus Barry                                                             

 

 

 

Special Education Needs: Ms Sheila Hayes, Mrs Bríd Millar, Ms Gormlaith Joyce, Mrs Maeve Hanly.

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Maths Ideas for July & August

Ballybrown NS received an Award from Science Foundation Ireland recently. As we prepare for the Summer holidays, here are some items of interest

With the School year coming to an end for all, we wish all our readers well over the summer months.
Hopefully you will have some relaxing time ahead and perhaps a little travel. As you go, do remember that Maths is everywhere for us to see and enjoy as you attend street festivals, theatres, concerts, museums etc. over the weeks ahead. Below we have a list of places and events to take in over the Summer as you may be travelling about.

Doubtless many will find themselves travelling with children. Keep them entertained and develop their maths with I Spy activities designed by Pam Buchanan – read below for details.
We also have our usual anchor piece by Douglas Buchanan who looks at how parent's motivation influences student's academic outcomes and Douglas also provides his monthly puzzles.
Colm Mulcahy's latest Blog : The Atlas of Irish Mathematics: Donegal 
will appear on Maths Ireland website tonight.  
We look forward to linking up with you again in September as we launch another exciting Maths Week.  Schools can expect to receive our posters early in September and we hope they will spark student involvement in what with your help will be a bigger and better Maths Week than ever before. We will start posting events on the website in September and remember you can attend events, participate in online events or organise your own events.

News: We don't need to teach Computer Science and Coding in our schools
This at least is the opinion of Simon Lewis primary school principal and former IT professional in arecent article on the Journal.ie. Simon is a long time advisor to Maths Week and was the instigator of Maths Week Targetboards. His arguments are based on experience and reality on the ground in schools and the article is well worth a read and reflection.  
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Things to do on your Summer Holidays

STEM EVENTS and PLACES TO VISIT
Northern Ireland
W5 at the OdysseyBelfast - the only interactive science centre on the island of Ireland. Great for kids
Armagh Planetarium Ireland's first STEM Centre. Planetarium shows and interactive exhibitions 
For LEGO fans: Bricklive Belfast August 3- 6th  
For Aeronautics fans: Airfield Open day 23rd July
National Museums Northern Ireland have plenty to interest the visitor at Ulster Museum,  Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and Ulster American Folkpark

Republic of Ireland
Ardnacrusha Dam: ESB are inviting schools and the public to visit Ireland's largest hydroelectric scheme from 1st of July -31st of August
There are Heritage Sites in every region and the OPW are offering all children under the age of 12 free entry into all Heritage sites run by the OPW commencing July 1st

 Cork: Our friends at Blackrock Castle Observatory and Lifetimelab  will have exhibitions and workshops relating to maths, science and engineering

 Discovery centres: 
There are visitor centres all around that have a STEM aspect. Check out list of Discovery Centres to find one near you. We hope to be working with many Discovery Centres in the coming year to develop maths activities. 

 And if you're crossing the water:
The London Science Museum is ever popular with all ages and  has a new maths gallery. 
National Museum of Scotland  http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/whats-on/summer-holiday/


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Activities 
STEM Festivals:

The Maths Week team will be a part of the STEMZone at Ireland's largest street theatre festival in Waterford:  Spraoi and SprÓg Waterford Aug 4th – 6th

The Festival of Curiosity Dublin 2017 - The Festival of Curiosity where art meets science, technology and design. July 20 – July 23


100 day Summer Challenge - keep your maths skills sharp with this daily free challenge. Weve been doing them everyday and they are quite challenging, but great variation in them. Aimed at post-primary pupils, teachers and others for the summer. See details here.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

School Holiday arrangements

         School will close tomorrow Friday June 30th.  at 12.30 p.m. sharp. 

Junior and Senior Infant classes will be collected at 12.10 p.m.  tomorrow to alleviate the traffic situation. 

 School will  re-open for all pupils on  Thursday August 31st.

Have a lovely Summer!

School note June 29th

29-6-2017.
Dear parents,
                    We have reached the end of another school year. On Monday, 38 Sixth class pupils graduated after eight years in the school. Thanks to Ms Gibbons, Mrs Barry and Ms Mulcahy for the work they put into the Graduation Ceremony.                                            
                            All pupils have received their end of year reports and book lists. Classes for next school year have been allocated  using age and gender balance as the criteria. No child will be in a class of more than 30 pupils while most classes have 24-26 children.
Two year-long temporary posts will be filled in July and details of the new appointments will be posted on the school website www.ballybrownns.ie. as soon as the interview process is complete.
               The school's  endeavours in the area of Science were rewarded when the school received the Science Foundation Ireland Award. This was the culmination of a year's of work at all class levels.  
             Yesterday, we held our  Fun Sports Day. It was originally scheduled for last week but weather put paid to those plans.
                The Great Ballybrown Run to help defray costs of buses to matches etc raised €3,092.40. Thanks to Niamh O Brien, Evelyn Adams, Marian McGregor and everybody who helped on the day. Your generosity is appreciated.
               On Monday, Liam Lenihan, Leas Cathaoirleach of Comhairle na Mumhan, visited the school to present medals to our under 13 hurling players who won the Olo Cup and the Mayor's Cup. It was a very pleasant end to a memorable year.
            The Book Rental Scheme offered by the school has met with a good response. A huge amount of work goes into collecting books returned at the end of June, re-covering and labelling them for use the following year. I am grateful to Mrs Millar for taking on the task of coordinating the Book Rental Scheme.  
           The 2017 school magazine is now available. With 72 pages in full colour it is great value at  €3 per copy or two copies for €5.
             Today, the school is reverberating to the sounds of Kids Disco. Thanks to the school's Parents' Association for organising this most enjoyable event.
         School will close tomorrow Friday at 12.30 p.m. sharp and re-open on Thursday August 31st. Junior and Senior Infant classes will be collected at 12.10 p.m.  tomorrow to alleviate the traffic situation. On behalf of the staff and Board of Management of the school,  I hope you all enjoy the summer break and I look forward to seeing you  in the new school year.
Gach dea -ghuí,

J. Lyons
Principal

Tennis For Kids
CIAC Tennis Club coaches introduced 1st to 4th class to Tennis last week. We are a friendly open club based in Rosbrien, near Young Munster RFC. If your child would like to give Tennis a go this summer click here for more information www.bryanstewarttennis.com/summer-camps-limerick

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

School note June 21st

21-6-2017

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. 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.  Special thanks to Ms Gibbons, Active Week coordinator. On Friday, we will have the School Fun Sports Day.                                                                  Today, all children take part in 'Walk on Wednesday'. Infant classes walked to Breska Rovers pitch. First and Second classes walked to Kilkeedy Cemetery, Third and Fourth walked to Carrig Castle while Fifth and Sixth classes walked to The Sailor's Haggard. We were fortunate that many parents joined the walk to ensure the safety of all concerned. In the afternoon, there is a hurling/camogie match involving the boys and girls of Sixth class.

                       On Friday, our Under 13 hurling team play a Limerick City combination in the 2017 Mayor's Cup Final in the Gaelic Grounds. Throw-in 1 p.m.

                          All classes from First to Sixth go on School Tour tomorrow. Please ensure your child is at school in time. Tour details on www.ballybrownns.ie. All children are asked to stay in the schoolyard as on a normal school morning until their teacher brings them to the bus. No spending money needed. Sunhats and plenty of water strongly recommended.  No mobile phones, cameras, or any IT devices allowed. This decision was agreed at Board of Management level. If any bus is delayed, the school will send a text to parents.

 

                      On Tuesday 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.

                      Report Cards: If you have not submitted your envelopes yet, please ensure that each envelope has a €1 stamp. Many envelopes have a  72 cent stamp which is no longer sufficient.   

                     Parents Association: The Parents Association will hold a meeting at 8 p.m. in the school tomorrow Thursday June 22nd. All welcome.                  

                     Please note that school will close for the summer holidays on Friday 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

Principal

 

                 

 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

School Note June 15th

                                                                                             15-6-2017

Dear parents,

                        All classes go on School Tour next Thursday June 22nd. Please ensure your child is at school in time. Please see the note on school tours at the bottom of this page

Junior and Senior Infants: Leaving at 9:20 a.m, back at 1:30 pm.

1st and 2nd classes: Leaving at 8:30 am, back at 3:30 pm.

3rd and 4th classes: Leaving at 8:00 am, back at 4:30 pm.

5th and 6th classes: Leaving at 8:00 am, back at 5:00 pm.

Tour details are on www.ballybrownns.ie.

                       Yesterday, the boys Under 13 hurling team played in the Limerick Leader Cup in Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale. Despite our best efforts, we lost to Doon CBS who went on to win the title for the third year in a row. However, Ballybrown never stopped trying and battled to the end. Today, Ms O Shaughnessy and Mr Keoghan bring two teams to  Manor Fields in Adare to play in a Girls Football Blitz.

                   Active Week: We are delighted to announce that Ballybrown NS will celebrate Active Week from June 19th-23rd . Details on the back of this page.

                Book Rental: Tomorrow is the last day for payment if you wish to avail of the Book Rental scheme for next school year.

              Credit Union:  Tomorrow is the last day of Credit Union for this school year. Thanks to MPCC for providing this valuable service.

             The boys and girls in Sixth Class are working on the 2017 school magazine. If you wish to purchase an advertisement in this publication for a bargain price of €25, please contact the school office.

               End of year School Reports will issue to all families.  Please supply the school with a stamped addressed envelope, minimum DL size (22cm x 11 cm) as soon as possible. Separate envelopes required for each pupil.

             Graduation: The parents association are looking for a few volunteers to help out with the graduation teas/coffees on Tuesday 27th at 1.30pm for approx one hour. Please contact Susan MacNamara on 087-2257625.

               Do This in Memory (2nd Class) - The final Do This in Memory Mass for 2nd class takes place this coming Sunday morning at 10am.

Homework Club: There will no Homework Club for the remainder of term.

           The Thursday Club are hosting a Cake Sale in the Community Resource Centre on Sunday June 18 at 10.45am. All support welcome and greatly appreciated. 

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Active Week

 

Children will participate in a variety of activities throughout the week including orienteering, obstacle courses, rounders and tennis.

On Wednesday 21st, all students from Junior Infants to sixth class will partake in a walk from the school to the surrounding locality. We would appreciate any parent volunteers to help on this date to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable trip. We hope to leave the school at approximately 11.20 am. If you are available at this time please let Rosemarie know as soon as possible. Children will need high visibility jackets for the walk. If you have these jackets at home please bring them to school as we only have a limited supply. Also, don't forget your raincoats!

 Each night children will receive Active Homework which they can complete at home on their own or with family and friends. Please encourage as much physical activity as possible during this week.

 Remember to wear school tracksuit / shorts and comfy shoes for the week and prepare to be very active! We also recommend bringing some extra drinking water to school for the week. Thank you for your support in advance. 

 

 

School Tours

 

All classes go on School Tour  next Thursday June 22nd. Please ensure your child is at school in time. Tour details are on www.ballybrownns.ie. All children are asked to stay in the schoolyard as on a normal school morning until their teacher brings them to the bus. No spending money needed. Sunhats, sunblock and plenty of water strongly recommended.  No mobile phones, cameras, or any IT devices allowed. This decision was agreed at Board of Management level.  Every year, valuable items are lost or left behind on buses, in dressing rooms or other areas. The school is also acutely conscious of the issue of Cyberbullying. No exceptions will be made in this regard.  If there is any delay on the return journey, the school will text parents. I am sure everybody will have a great day.  The children from this school can always be relied upon to represent the school impeccably, no matter the occasion.

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

School Note June 1st. 2017

Dear parents,

                    We have reached the final term of the school year. It promises to be a busy time. As this school year draws to an end, it is time to look ahead to next year. The school calendar for 2017-2018 has been posted on the school website. Children return to school on August 31st

                Today, we had the first public reading of our School Story for 2017. This was one of the activities for Book  Week. Every class and every class teacher contributed to the story.

               School Tours: All classes go on school tour on Thursday June 22nd. If you haven't paid for your child's tour yet, please do so as soon as possible as we need to finalise numbers for buses, etc

             On Monday, Ballybrown NS won the Olo Cup hurling competition for the first time since 2014, defeating Kildimo NS at the Gaelic Grounds. It was a memorable occasion and the school enjoyed great support from the entire community. All the children who attended behaved impeccably and it was a day that will be remembered for years. Thanks to Tom and Evelyn O Brien who provided much appreciated refreshments for the players. The victory was just reward for all the hard work and dedication of the entire panel of players and their trainers Mr Lordan and Mr Sheehy.

  The camogie team appeared in the City Final also but Milford NS proved too strong. Nevertheless, the future is bright. Ms Keyes and Ms Hayes have done great work with these girls.

          School will be closed all of next week. Enjoy the break.

Parents Association News:

We were pleased to invite two representatives from Milford Hospice yesterday to the school for the presentation of a cheque for €300 from the Purple Colours Day - thank you to all who generously contributed.

 

There are two National Parents Council courses running in the coming weeks - An Information Session for Parents on "Anti-Bullying" (Thursday 8th June in The Strand Hotel, Limerick) and also a "Shaping the Future" conference to be held in Dublin (Saturday June 10th) - both events are free of charge to parents - further details are on the school notice board in the front porch of the school.  Admission for both events is free.

 

Gach dea -ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal


The River Maigue Rowing Club are holding their annual regatta this Sunday 04th June at 2 pm at De Bucket Bar and restaurant.Please come along for what promises to be a great day for all, with exciting racing, fantastic spot prizes & BBQ. Followed by music from Double Trouble, all welcome!

          

 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

School note May 25th

25-5-2017.

Dear parents,

                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                         Ballybrown NS  under 13 camogie team will attempt to retain the Limerick City Cumann na mBunscol title in the Gaelic Grounds at 10.45 a.m. next Monday v  Milford NS.  The boys Under 13 hurling team will attempt to win the Olo Cup for the first time since 2014 when they meet Kildimo NS at 12.20 p.m. on the same day.  Thanks to all the team trainers who put so much time and effort into coaching our school teams.

                All classes will be on school tour on Thursday June 22nd.  All teachers will be on tour that day also so the school will be closed.  If possible, all tour monies should be in by Wednesday May 31st as the school has to confirm numbers with bus companies and the various venues that classes will visit.

               School Sports Day is the following day Friday June 23rd, weather permitting.

               On Monday last, we were fortunate that three musicians visited the school to perform traditional music for all classes during the course of the day.  Many children involved with the local Comhaltas group joined Cian, Dale and Aisling in providing wonderful entertainment.  Thanks to Cora Harty for arranging this visit.

                 As we approach the end of another school year, please ensure that you inform the school of the reason for any absences.  Notes were provided for this purpose at the beginning of the school year.  The school has a statutory obligation to make a report to Túsla in the case of every child who is absent for twenty days or more in any school year.  It is vital that you furnish the school with a reason for any absences.             

           Parents Association News:

            Colours Day (Purple) - This was a huge success with €600.80 collected on the day. Thank you to all who wore purple on the day in memory of our dear friend and fellow parent Margaret. We appreciate all your support for such a worthy cause - €300 will be donated to Milford with the balance for the Parents Association fund supporting school items.

            First Communion: Just to say a word of thanks to the 1st class parents who volunteered for the teas/coffees in the community centre after the Communion Mass.


    Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal            

             

 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

School note May 18th

Dear parents,

                      Last Saturday, 40 children from Ballybrown NS received their First Holy Communion. It was a beautiful day, a wonderful occasion and a credit to everybody involved. Thanks to all teachers, school staff and parents   who contributed to a wonderful occasion. Over 100 boys and girls gave up their Saturday morning to sing in the choir. Thanks also to Fr Cussen and his team in St Joseph's Church for their unfailing courtesy. 

    Science: Ms Gibbons received news today that Ballybrown NS has achieved    a Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Award.  This was based on evidence presented on Science activities going on in all classes throughout the school over the past year. Special thanks to Ms Gibbons for coordinating the work and compiling the submission.

              Well done to all the children, 50 in all, who took part in the Limerick City Sports at UL yesterday.  Thanks to Mr Sheehy, Mr Keoghan and Mary Conway who looked after the team and to all the children. As usual, their behaviour was excellent. It was great that so many parents attended to support the team.

              Best wishes to our under 13 camogie team who are in the City Cumann na mBunscol semi final tomorrow. Throw in 12 noon. The boys played holders Milford NS today in the Olo Cup semi final and won by 2-5 to 1-1.  Our opponents in the final are Kildimo NS.  

 Hurling coaching with Killian Gavin and Peter Nash resumes tomorrow Friday for boys and girls in Mr Sheehy's class.

                      All classes will be on school tour on Thursday June 22nd. All details are on the school website www.ballybrownns.ie.  It would be appreciated if tour monies could be submitted by Wednesday May 31st. Each pupil pays tour money to his/her own class teacher..        

                                       We have recently enjoyed a spell of very fine weather.  Pupils may wear plain navy shorts to school if they wish. No denim, stripes or logos. PLEASE write your child's name on all fleeces, polo shirts etc!!!

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal.

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Parents Association: Colours Day with a difference

To honour the memory of our friend and fellow parent, Margaret Fitzgerald, RIP, and in support of the wonderful work done by Milford Hospice, the Parents Association would like all pupils (& staff) to wear something purple, ie socks, a hair clip, T  shirt etc tomorrow Friday, May 19th for Colours Day. A suggested donation of €2 would be most welcome. All monies raised will be divided equally between the Parents Association and Milford Hospice

 

BALLYBROWN/CLARINA COMMUNITY GAMES: Sports Evening

The Ballybrown/Clarina sports evening will take place in the Community Field this Friday 19th May at 6.30 pm.There will be events for all on the night. The cost is €3.00 per child. This is always a great evening so we would like to see as many of you as possible come along and take part.

Please check out our Facebook page for further details.

https://www.facebook.com/ballybrownclarinacommunitygames/

 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

School Note May 11th

Dear parents, 

                 It has been another busy week here in Ballybrown NS. Preparations are almost complete for First Holy Communion which takes place on Saturday in Ballybrown Church at 11 a.m..  The Art work on display is a credit to all the boys and girls who have worked so hard for this special day. Thanks to all teachers and staff for their efforts and to Fr Cussen who takes a great interest in the school.

            On Wednesday, May 17th, 50 children from Ballybrown NS will take part in Limerick City Sports in UL.

            The school's Under 13 hurling and camogie teams have qualified for the semi finals of the Limerick City Cumann na mBunscol leagues.  The hurling semi final is fixed for Thursday at 10:00 am.  The camogie semi final will take place on Friday 19th at 12 noon. Both games in Monaleen GAA club.  Yesterday, the school was victorious in the Hurling blitz run by Salesian Secondary School in Pallaskenry, defeating Shauntrade NS in the final. Today, a team consisting of Barry Adams, Diarmuid Collins and Michael Gavin won the City Hurling Skills Competition held in Mungret GAA club.

            All classes will be on school tour on Thursday June 22nd. All details are on the school website www.ballybrownns.ie.  It would be appreciated if tour monies could be submitted by Wednesday May 31st. Each pupil pays tour money to his/her own class teacher.

                  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

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Colours Day with a difference

To honour the memory of our friend and fellow parent, Margaret Fitzgerald, RIP, and in support of the wonderful work done by Milford Hospice, the Parents Association would like all pupils (& staff) to wear something purple, ie socks, a hair clip, T  shirt etc on Friday, May 19th for Colours Day. A suggested donation of €2 would be most welcome. All monies raised will be divided equally between the Parents Association and Milford Hospice. 

BALLYBROWN/CLARINA COMMUNITY GAMES

Community Games All Irelands

Well done to all 16 children that travelled to represent Limerick in the All Irelands in Dublin last weekend. They all had a fabulous time and the experience will live in their minds forever. Thanks for all the support they got from the community.

 

Sports Evening

The Ballybrown/Clarina sports evening will take place in the Community Field on Friday 19th May at 6.30 pm.

There will be events for all on the night. The cost is €3.00 per child. This is always a great evening so we would like to see as many of you as possible come along and take part.

Please check out our Facebook page for further details.

https://www.facebook.com/ballybrownclarinacommunitygames/

 

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

School note May 4th 2017

Dear parents,

                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                    The school's under 13 hurling team maintained their good run when defeating Kildimo NS by 2-9 to 3-2 on Tuesday. The under 13 camogie team  were defeated by Milford NS, having won their first two games. Both teams have qualified for the semi final stage of the City Cumann na mBunscol competitions. Thanks to all the teachers who look after teams year in, year out.

                     Preparations are well underway for First Holy Communion which takes place on Saturday May 13th at 11a.m.  in Ballybrown Church

                      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.     

           We are currently enjoying a spell of very fine weather.  Pupils may wear plain navy shorts to school if they wish. No denim, stripes or logos. Please ensure your child's name is on fleeces, cardigans etc. Our Lost Property section has filled up since we returned to school last Monday.

             All classes will be on school tour on Thursday June 22nd. All details are on the school website www.ballybrownns.ie.  It would be appreciated if tour monies could be submitted by Wednesday May 31st. Each pupil pays tour money to his/her own class teacher.

                    The school will operate a Book Rental scheme again this year. This scheme operates from Third to Sixth classes. Workbooks cannot be re used. If you have clean books in good condition with all pages intact, the school will buy them from you.Further details to follow next week.

                  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

 

Community Council News: TEA MORNING in aid of ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF IRELAND in  BALLYBROWN/CLARINA COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRE on SUNDAY MAY 7th @ 10.45am

 

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

School Note April 27th

27-4-2017

Dear parents,

                     We have reached the final term of the school year. It promises to be a very busy time.

                     School Tours: All classes will go on school tour on Thursday June 22nd. All teachers will be on tour that day. In order to give parents time to plan ahead, it is school policy to give parents as much advance notice as possible.

 

Junior & Senior Infants: Stonehall Farm, Price €16.00

1st & 2nd Class: Crag Caves/Crazy Cave Attractions, Price €22.00

3rd & 4th Class: Tralee Wetlands Centre/Aqua Dome, Price €32.00

5th & 6th Class: Nevsail, Kilkee, Price €50.00

It would be appreciated if tour monies could be submitted by Wednesday May 31st. Each pupil pays tour money to his/her own class teacher.

Graduation:  Sixth Class Graduation is on Tuesday June 27th at 1.30 p.m. in the school.

Limerick City Sports are on Wednesday May 17th in UL.

Our school Sports Fun Day will take place on  Friday June 23rd.

On Tuesday, the school under 13 hurling team defeated St Nessan's in the first game of the 2017 Olo Cup.  Yesterday, the under 13 camogie team pipped our neighbours Patrickswell NSin the City Cumann na mBunscol league. Tomorrow, the camogie team play Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoighe in Monaleen GAA grounds.

Tomorrow, hurling coach Killian Gavin will take Mr Sheehy's class for a  skills session.

Yesterday, the school played in the second round of the FAI /Spar  5-a-side soccer blitz in Corbally, winning two games and losing a third by 3-2. Special thanks to team coaches Kevin Conway and Colum McGrath.

Tomorrow, Engineer Scott Ziglinski will visit the school as part of our commitment to STEM subjects. He will work with classes from 3rd to 6th inclusive.

Parking: Please use the Resource Centre car park or the Church car park. Parents should not use the staff parking area or the bus area.

Uniforms: As the weather improves, children are likely to take of fleeces and jumpers when they are in the playground. Please ensure your child's name is on all items of clothing.

Medication:  If your child needs to use an inhaler, or take any medicine,  at school, please inform the school of this. Written instructions are required.

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

Finally, I would like to welcome Mr Fergal Keoghan  to the staff. He replaces Mrs Hanly who is on Maternity Leave for the remainder of this school year.

           

Gach dea- ghuí

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

School note April 6th

Dear parents,

                    We have reached the end of another school term. It has been a busy time on so many different fronts. Today, the boys under 13 hurling team played in the county final of the INTO Mini Sevens in Rathkeale. Thanks to Mr Lordan for all the time and effort he has put into coaching the team.  On Tuesday, Ballybrown NS accepted an invitation to play in a Girls Football blitz for 3rd and 4th class pupils, organised by Richard Bowles of the PE Department in Mary I. It was a most enjoyable day.

                Yesterday, the Grand Final of 'Table Toppers' took place.  Three children from each class from First to Sixth qualified for the Grand Final which took place on the stage in the Halla in front of an enthusiastic audience. After a superb competition with a very high standard of answering, Barry Adams from Sixth Class emerged as overall winner. Well done, Barry. Thanks to Mr Lordan who organised the event, Ms Keyes who asked the questions and Mr Sheehy who acted as timekeeper.

                Second Class pupils are taking part in an initiative called 'Second Class Helping Others'. These boys and girls have decided to help people less fortunate than themselves. This Friday, the pupils of Second Class will not have to wear their school uniform.  They will make a donation to Trócaire, €2.00 suggested.  The Trócaire collection box will be one of the gifts at the First Holy Communion Mass on May 13th.

                Today, the pupils in 5th and 6th classes organised a Bake Sale. All proceeds to Edel Quinn, a former pupil, who is travelling to Bangalore in India to work in an orphanage this summer. Edel visited the classes this week to talk about her visit to India, accompanied by an excellent slideshow. Thanks to everybody who contributed.

                School closes tomorrow at 12.30 p.m. for the Easter break.  Parents in Infant classes are asked to collect their children at 12.10 p.m. to alleviate traffic problems.  School reopens after Easter  on Monday April 24th at 9.15 a.m.

               Wishing you all a lovely Easter.

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

BALLYBROWN/CLARINA COMMUNITY GAMES: Cross Country will take place this coming Saturday 8th April at 2pm in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale. Could all children entered please be there no later than 1.30 so that we can give them their numbers, singlets and warm them up.

Rounders – Boys and Girls U13 – There will be NO rounders training over the Easter Holidays, training will resume on Monday 24th April after school at 3.15pm in the Community Field. All are welcome.

Draughts – We would like to say well done to our Draughts U12 teams who after a number of years being runners up finally became Munster Champion last weekend and will go onto represent Limerick in the All Ireland Finals in May. Well done to Katie O'Mahony, Paul O'Neill, Paul O'Brien, Gerry Moroney, Neal Buckley, James McCarthy & Barry Toomey.

 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

School note March 30th

Dear parents,

                      Today, we hosted a group of French students who are on an Exchange visit with Salesian College in Pallaskenry. They spent a very enjoyable hour with 5th and 6th classes.

                      On the sporting front, Ms Gibbons and Kevin Conway continued on winning ways when the school won the mixed soccer blitz held in LIT on Tuesday. 

                      Today, our school play in the City Finals of the INTO Mini Sevens in both hurling and camogie. I would appeal to parents who are willing to provide transport to school matches to contact the school if they are willing to be Garda Vetted. Under Child Protection guidelines in place since the start of the year, the school has been obliged to hire buses for all sporting events and this is expensive for parents. However, it is a considerable drain on school resources also.

             Reminder: School will close for Easter on Friday April 7th at 12.30 p.m. and reopen on Monday April 24th.

                           Attendance: In the event of any pupil reaching a total of twenty days absence from school in a school year, the school is  required by law to make a report to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. Parents are advised to be aware of this and to be mindful of their child's attendance record. Please contact the school if your child is absent. A note in the Homework Journal will suffice.

 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                 

 

SPRING FAIR : The annual Spring Fair will be held on Sunday April 2nd  at the  Ballybrown/Clarina Community Resource Centre after 10 o'clock mass. Prizes for the Children's Art  Competition will be presented. As usual we are looking for support from all our fabulous bakers, young and old. In addition to the usual Cake Sale and Raffle, there will be Hot Dogs, Popcorn Treats, Flower Arrangements, Vegetable and Plant Stalls, Kids Corner with Face Painting, Preloved Costume Jewellery Stall. Complimentary Refreshments will be served. 

 

Ballybrown GAA: TRAINING will recommence tomorrow FRIDAY 31 MARCH from 5.45 to 6.45 for U6, U8 and U10. All children must have their own helmet, hurl and shin guards.(U6 children must be in school or aged 5)  You must be registered on that date to play OR train. you will be able to register in the hall from 5.30. Child: €20.00 Family: €60.00 - 2 adults and 2 children (U16) Extra Children: €10.00 each