Thursday, January 26, 2017

School note January 26th


Dear parents,

                     Next week is Catholic Schools Week. Fr Cussen will visit the school on Monday for a prayer service to begin the week.   There will be other activities during the week.

                  This week,  teachers have put up Maths Displays on the corridors of the school. There are very eyecatching displays to be seen.  See them on our Twitter page @Ballybrown NS.

                     Tomorrow night, Friday 27th of January, a number of teams from the school will take part in the local heat of the Credit Union Quiz. The boys and girls have met every day during lunchtime and have worked hard. I wish them well. The quiz is in Mungret GAA club at 7.30 p.m.

                   On Tuesday next January 31st, Clan Cluana Theatre Company will perform   ' The Story of Diarmuid agus Grainne'  for all children in classes from Third to Sixth inclusive. This is a lovely way for children to learn about Irish myths and legends.

                Head Lice: Head Lice are a common problem in any environment where children assemble.This school is no exception.For information on dealing with this problem, see

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons



Ballybrown/Clarina Community Games

Art Competition

We are holding our ART COMPETITION on Saturday 28th January in the Ballybrown Resource Centre from 4 to 6pm. The theme will be 'Any Community Games Activity. Please bring along whatever colouring materials you want to use. Paper will be provided. There is a small charge of €1.00 per person.

Swimming Competition

Thanks to all those that contacted us entering their child in the A & B swimming competitions. The B competition will be held on Sunday 5th February in Askeaton Pool from 4pm, the A competition will be held in Askeaton pool on Sunday 5th March at 4pm. If you have any queries please contact Pauline Lowe on 087 8365545



Thursday, January 19, 2017

School Note January 19th 2017

Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                    MPCC Credit Union return to school tomorrow Friday January 20th.                

                    On Monday, John Clancy  presented Cycling Safety certificates and high visibility jackets to all Third Class pupils. Third class are also enjoying swimming lessons every Wednesday in Askeaton Leisure Centre.

              Enrolment: The school is now accepting enrolment applications for school year 2017-2018. Closing date is  3 p.m. tomorrow Friday January 20th. Please contact the school if you have not already done so.

                Meetings with teachers: Parents are reminded that you must contact the school to make an appointment if you wish to meet your child's teacher. Teachers will not meet parents without an appointment.

             Transport to school matches: Under Child Protection guidelines, parents who are willing to provide transport to school matches must be Garda Vetted and provide the school with a copy of their insurance documents. If there are any parents who are willing and available, please contact the school immediately. Otherwise, we will have to hire buses for all sporting events which is expensive or we may have to curtail our involvement in sport which would be regrettable.

                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 Túsla, 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 or follow us on Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news.  


Gach dea ghuí,

J. Lyons





Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Closing date for applications for Junior Infants for school year 2017-2018 is Friday January 20th at 3 p.m. Contact the School Office on 061 353276 for further details.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Literacy Lift Off


Dear Parent(s),

Ms Keyes's class will be commencing Literacy Lift Off Monday 16th January 2017.

Literacy Lift Off is a daily Literacy initiative where four Resource teachers work in collaboration with Ms. Keyes  for four weeks in five rotating sessions on a range of literacy activities. The initiative will run from Monday to Thursday.  The activities include

       Re-reading familiar books to build fluency and confidence

       Being introduced to and attempting to read a new book

       Composing and writing their own messages

       Exploring how words work using magnetic letters and whiteboards.


We ask you to support us with this initiative by

       making sure that your child attends school every day if possible.

       showing an interest in your child's reading and encouraging him/her to read the books they bring home each day.

       asking them questions about the story and characters.

       asking them to be a word detective and find certain words, help them with tricky words etc

       listening to your child read their sentence in their writing book/sheet.


It is essential that your child's folder is returned every day as the book will be needed at one of the stations the next day.

We expect that this homework should only take a maximum of 5 to 10 minutes. It is really important that your child feels that they have your support as this is something they will be doing daily and will want you to share in their success.

Your support in this is very much appreciated.

Special thanks must go to the Parents Association for their generous contribution towards the cost of the books.

Yours sincerely,


The Literacy Lift Off Team



Thursday, January 12, 2017

School note January 12th 2017


Dear parents,

                   I would like to welcome all pupils, staff and parents back to school after the Christmas break.

                   Fourth Class pupils completed  a six-week programme of swimming lessons in Askeaton Leisure Centre in the run up to Christmas.  Third Class began swimming lessons yesterday  and these will continue until February 15th . This is a great opportunity for all pupils to learn a lifelong skill.

                    This school is now accepting enrolment applications for school year 2017-2018. Closing date is  3 p.m. on Friday January 20th. Letters to parents of prospective Junior Infants were posted on Monday. Please contact the school if you have not already done so.

                      Monday January 16th is the closing date for application for post primary school. Parents are reminded to send their completed application form to their first choice school.

             School Closure: This school will be closed on Wednesday March 15th as all teachers will be attending Inservice on the proposed new Primary Language Curriculum.

                     I wish to remind parents that school begins at 9.15 a.m. and children are supervised from 9 a.m. each morning. The school cannot be responsible for children who arrive at school prior to 9 a.m. Please inform childminders, creche operators of this.     

                 As we begin 2017, 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.

Safety of children is our only priority. 

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


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


Gach dea- ghuí,


J. Lyons



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Enrolment 2017-2018

Ballybrown NS is now accepting enrolment applications for school year 2017-2018. Closing date 3 p.m. on Friday January 20th. Contact the school on 061 353276 for further details.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Transfer to post primary school

Reminder to parents of children in Sixth class

Common Application System forms
All completed Common Application System forms are to be returned to the Principal at the Number 1 School of choice by 12.30pm on Monday, 16th January 2017.