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

 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Event for families and chiuldren

West Limerick Resources is running a "Teddy and Rhyme Time" event for Limerick's Life Long Learning week. The event is taking place in the Red Door on Tuesday the 4th of April 2017 between 10m to 12 noon. The event is to promote the Nursery Rhyme Book. It is called a "Teddy and Rhyme Time Event" and is available to all families and children living in County Limerick aged between 0-6 year old children to attend with their families/ parents/ guardians etc. Children are asked to bring along there teddies for a teddy bear picnic, there will be arts and crafts and each family will get a free Nursery Rhyme Book. We would really appreciate it if you could tell your families about the event.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could share this information with any families you think might be interested in the event.

Thanks,
Niamh Keating
West Limerick Resources CLG. Established 1993. "Committed to the Community"
St Mary's Rd
West Limerick Resources CLG.
Family and Community Development Worker/ Community Development Outreach Worker
St Mary's Rd
Newcastle West
Co. Limerick
Telephone: 069 79113 Fax: 069 61870
Email: nkeating@wlr.ie
Website: www.wlr.ie
Company Registration number: 206973 CHY 11712

Thursday, March 23, 2017

School note March 23rd

23-3-2017

Dear parents,

                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                    On Tuesday, as part of our commitment to STEM subjects, all children from Junior Infants and Senior Infants took part in Lego workshops. Principles Covered include: Measuring, Problem Solving,  Prediction & Observation,  Early Science & Technology, Problem Solving, Communication. The children in First and Second classes, meanwhile, were  introduced to Robotics. This workshop provided activities that explore and investigate simple machines, programming,  designing, creating a working model, mathematics,  language, literacy and problem solving design briefs. I am grateful to the Parents Association  who have subsidised the cost of recent events in school.

              Yesterday, three teams from Ballybrown NS played in the FAI/Spar five a side soccer tournament in Corbally. Thank you to Kevin Conway and Colum McGrath who looked after the boys teams and Ms Gibbons who looked after the girls teams.

                   Best wishes to Kelley Dooley who will represent the school in the Limerick Final of Eason's Spelling Bee today in JFK school.

                 Parents Association: The next meeting of the Parents Association is on Wednesday March 29th at 8 p.m in the school Halla. All parents welcome.

                Recycling Day - The next Recycling day organised by the Parents Association  is tomorrow, Friday March 24th. Please have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc. in bags at the school by 9.15am in the morning.  All families have received bags. Thank you for your continued support for this worthwhile fundraising event.

                                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.

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

Great Limerick Run:  The UL Sport Children's Run for Fun at the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run 2017 will take place on Saturday the 29th of April. All of the runs are off road, starting at the GAA pitch beside the running track and finishing on the running track. Mums/dads/minders are welcome to join their children for the first two runs. The cost of entry is €15 per child. €5 of each entry fee will be donated to the participant's primary school. (3:00pm – Junior & Senior Infants – 1KM route, 3:45pm – First & Second Class – 1.5 KM route,4:30pm – Third & Fourth Class – 2 km route, 5:00pm – Fifth & Sixth Class – 2.5 km route).  Registration now open for those interested in participating.

Ballybrown Camogie: Training resumes on Monday 27th 6-7pm for U6, U8, U10 & U12's. 

New players always welcome. Registration can be completed on the night, (everyone must be registered before returning to training).

Please bring hurley, helmet, shin-guards and boots. 

For any queries please contact Pauline Gillane on 087 7758603.

 

                 

 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

School Note March 16th

16-3-2017.

Dear parents,

                   Seachtain na Gaeilge: This is Seachtain na  Gaeilge. There are many activities taking place in the school. Parents can do your bit by  introducing simple phrases like 'Go raibh maith agat', 'Dia Dhuit' 'Slán abhaile'  and 'Fáilte romhat' to everyday speech. Tá 'Lá Glas' ar siúl sa scoil inniu.

                    On Tuesday next March 21st, the school will be a hive of activity as we will host Lego workshops for children in Junior and Senior Infant classes as well as workshops in Robotics for children in First and Second classes.  Cost €2 per child. Thanks to the Parents Association for subsidising these very worthwhile events.

                    Last Friday, the children in Junior and Senior infants enjoyed a live performance by Corvenio's Circus. It was a great experience for them all.

                  Last Friday night, Ballybrown NS was  runner -up in the Best Large School category at the Cornmarket Cumann na mBunscol Awards in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. The winners were Drimnagh Castle CBS from Dublin. This nationwide award recognises schools for their promotion of Gaelic Games for boys and girls. It was a great achievement to be shortlisted for the award and recognises the commitment of the teachers who give so generously of their time.

                  Hurling helmets, in green and white with Ballybrown NS Crest, may be ordered from the school. Price is a very competitive €50 each. Please pay money to school Office. Closing date has been extended to next Monday March 20th.

              Parents Association: The next meeting of the Parents Association is on Wednesday March 29th at 8 p.m.

              Recycling Day - The next Recycling day organised by the Parents Association  is  Friday March 24th.  Please have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc. in bags at the school by 9.15am that morning.  All families have received bags. Thank you for your continued support for this worthwhile fundraising event.

 

 Gach dea- ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

                   Ballybrown Choir has started practising for St Patrick's Day and Easter.
New members would be very, very welcome. Anyone who loves to sing is invited to join the church choir. We practise every 
Tuesday at 8pm in the church. Come along and give it a try !

Community Games Cross Country event scheduled for Thursday March 23rd in Rathkeale has been re-scheduled to April 8th at 2 p.m. at same venue , Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale.

 

 

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

School note March 9th

9-3-2017

Dear parents,

                       On Tuesday, all classes from Third to Sixth took part in a Maths Workshop as part of  the school's involvement in Engineers Week. MathsWorks is a stimulating and fun introduction to Maths.  Lifetime Labs spent the day in the school. My thanks to the Parents Association for subsidising the cost of this activity.

                     Reminder: School will be closed on Wednesday March 15th as teachers are required to attend Inservice Training on the New Primary Language Curriculum on that day. School is closed on Friday March 17th, St Patrick's Day.

                    Recycling Day - The next Recycling day is    Friday March 24th.  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 next week. Thank you for your continued support for this worthwhile fundraising event.


                  Hurling helmets, in green and white,  with Ballybrown NS Crest may be ordered from the school. €50 each. Please pay money to school Office. Closing date Thursday March 16th.


                               Ballybrown NS is on a shortlist of three in the Best Large School category at the Cumann na mBunscol Awards to be held in Enniskillen tomorrow night, along with Drimnagh Castle CBS, from Dublin and Kilcoole NS, from Wicklow, the 2016 winners. No Limerick school has won this prestigious award. Fingers crossed!


                  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

 

       Our school is committed to encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle among all our pupils. Parents interested in the Great Limerick Run for children aged 4-12 are advised that this will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday April 29th. in UL. More information on www.greatlimerickrun.com  

      West Limerick Resources are holding a workshop  in Newcastle West on Monday 20th of March 2017, in conjunction with the ISPCC. The workshop is for parents, guardians and all interested individuals and will run from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.  The content of the workshop is on Children's Internet Safety. Pre- registration is essential. Just contact Niamh on 087 4477338. Please note that the workshop is available to all in the West Limerick area and not just those living in Newcastle West.


 Ballybrown Choir has started practising for St Patrick's Day and Easter.
New members would be very, very welcome. Anyone who loves to sing is invited to join the church choir. We practise every 
Tuesday at 8pm in the church. Come along and give it a try !

 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

School note March 2nd 2017

Dear parents,

                    Today is World Book Day and there are many activities going on in the school, including DEAR (Drop Everything And Read), Our School Story, children speaking about their favourite books and authors and a Book Blitz. I would encourage parents of younger children to read to your child as often as possible. It is a wonderful investment in your child's future.

                 Next week is Engineering Week. The school has arranged a visit from Maths Mobile Workshops for children from Third to Sixth Classes inclusive.

               Reminder:School will be closed on Wednesday March 15th as teachers are required to attend Inservice Training on the New Primary Language Curriculum on that day.

              Attendance: In the event of any pupil reaching a total of 20 days absence from school in a school year, the school is required by law to make a report to Tusla,  the National Education Welfare Board. Parents are advised to be aware of this and to be mindful of their child's attendance record. It is school policy to contact parents after a child has reached a total of 15 days absence so that parents are  conscious of their child's attendance record.

                         Parking: Please use the Resource Centre Car park or the Church grounds. Please do not park near the school gate. Children will have to walk in front of traffic if you do this. Safety is the top priority.             

                        Recycling Day - The next Recycling day in aid of the Parents Association is    Friday March 24th.  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 next week. Thank you for your continued support for this worthwhile fundraising event.

                  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