Thursday, April 27, 2017

School Note April 27th


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 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







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



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.