Thursday, February 16, 2017

School note February 16th


Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                    Ms Keyes' class has just finished a four week module of 'Literacy Lift Off'. This is a very successful project and several of the teachers have undertaken training in their own time to ensure the best outcomes. Ms Dwane's class are next to take part and then it will be the turn of Mrs Ivess's class. The class teachers and four Special Education teachers work with the class each morning.

                  Yesterday, the children in Third Class completed a six- week swimming programme in Askeaton Leisure Centre. It is heartening to see the progress that they have made in a short spell of time.

              On Tuesday, the school took part in an Indoor Hurling Blitz in Old Christians GAA Club in Rathbane. Today, it is the turn of the girls. The school  played in the City Cumann na mBunscol Indoor Camogie blitz today.

           I would ask any parents who are willing to drive children to school matches to contact the school for information on Garda Vetting etc. Unless a sufficient number of parents are available to drive to games, the school will have to use buses for all sporting fixtures. The school cannot continue to subsidise travel to matches indefinitely.

                Each Monday for the past two weeks, a group of Sports Science students from LIT has been organising coaching in soccer skills for the boys and girls in Fifth and Sixth classes. The winning team in this week's tournament will represent the school at a blitz in LIT in March.

                Last Friday, Ms Gibbons and Mrs Barry organised a Fashion Show as gaeilge in the Halla. It was a great success. On the same day, the children in Fifth and 6th classes were presented with their certificates for Whizzkids, a ten week ICT programme which ran in the first term.

                  Also  on Friday, every child in the school took part in 10@10, to promote physical activity among primary school pupils.

               I wish to remind parents that school will close for mid term break on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th of February. The school will also be closed on Wednesday March 15th as the teachers  will be attending Inservice.


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


Gach dea- ghuí,

J. Lyons