Thursday, November 30, 2017

School note November 30th


Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

This week, I have been informed of a couple of  cases of head lice in the school. It is advisable to deal with this as soon as possible. Your child may have caught head lice.  There is no reason for alarm - head lice have nothing to do with cleanliness, in fact head lice prefer clean to dirty hair.  Anyone can get head lice but it is particularly easy for young people to catch them as they spread by direct head -to -head contact.

               On a practical note, chidren with long hair should keep their hair in plaits or tied up rather than hanging loosely.

For information on dealing with this problem, see


             On a happier note, we were delighted to welcome Mossie Woulfe of Athletics Ireland to the school on Monday. Mossie was the bearer of good news; he informed us that Ballybrown NS had won the Best Girls Team category in the Cross -Country Sports at Limerick Racecourse. He presented the school with the Paddy O Connell Perpetual Trophy. He also presented medals to boys and girls whose team had been successful in their category.

                  Paul O Neill and Eva Toomey have won medals in the Manga High Maths Challenge. Paul and Eva earned more than 150 points each in this online Maths Challenge which is run throughout Ireland. Congratulations to both pupils on an outstanding achievement.

 Congratulations to Seán O Brien, Sixth Class, who was a member of the Limerick City primary Schools team that won the Sarsfield Cup Gaelic Football competition in the Gaelic Grounds on Tuesday night.

             Today, Pat Donnelly, Manager of the Limerick team who are 2017 All Ireland Under 21 hurling champions visited the school with the Munster and All Ireland trophies. Three of our former pupils were on the panel, Josh Adams, Cian Hederman and Luke Doran while Strength & Conditioning Coach Mikey Kiely also learned his hurling in Ballybrown NS from Mr Lordan.

           We are delighted to learn that Ms Ciara Griffin who is teaching Second Class in the absence of Ms Day has been chosen to front an Aldi advertising campaign to encourage children to live a healthy and active life along with Paul O Connell and Joe Schmidt. All are excellent role models for young people.

              All children will attend Mass on Friday December 8th. in St Joseph's Church, Ballybrown.

Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons




Thursday, November 23, 2017

School note November 23rd


Dear parents,

                      I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                      It is school policy to contact parents if their child bumps his/her head. In the case of minor bumps, the school will henceforth send a text to advise parents so that parents are aware of the incident. In the event of a more serious incident, the school will call the parent.

                     Lismore Primary Science conducted a workshop on 'The Guts of Digestion' for the children in Fifth and Sixth Classes on Monday as part of this school's programme for Science Week.

         Congratulations to Kathlyn O Hara and Aimee Halpin who both won prizes in the MPCC Credit Union Art Competition.

              Children are supervised from 9 a.m. each morning by Mrs Hodgins and myself. The school cannot be responsible for pupils arriving at school before 9 a.m.

                  Mossie Woulfe of Athletics Ireland will visit school on Tuesday November 28th at 11.30 a.m. to present team medals to successful competitors who took part in the Cross  Country Championships on October 25th.

                The turnover from the Book Fair amounted to €2518.80. I would like to express my appreciation of the time given so generously by the parents who helped run the Book Fair on Thursday and Friday last.

          Parents Association Newsletter will be distributed to all First in Families children in the coming days so keep an eye out for it in the schoolbags.

         Website: All information relating to the school, school calendar, booklists, etc  is on the website . Check in on  Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news.

             The National Parents Council, in conjunction with St Patrick's Mental Health Services, invite all parents to a talk entitled 'Supporting Parents to Support their children's Mental Health and Well Being' in the South Court Hotel on Tuesday December 5th at 7.30 p.m.    Admission is free.      


 Gach dea-ghuí


J. Lyons




Thursday, November 16, 2017

School note November 16th


Dear parents,

                       It has been another busy week in Ballybrown NS.

                        Yesterday, John Clancy of  Cycling Right presented certificates to Fifth Class who have completed a six-week cycling programme.

                      Last Friday, Tadhg O Shea from Twomey's Bakery paid a visit to the school. He had heard that Ms Keyes' class were bitterly disappointed when there was no fáinne in their Báirín Breac at Hallowe'en. Tadhg gave every child a báirín breac. The class sang the Báirín Breac song for Tadhg to say 'Go Raibh Maith agat' to him for his kind gesture.

            Dean and Cian, students in LIT Sports Department, began a four week programme of  Fundamental Movement Skills with Junior & Senior infants last Friday.

           Killian Gavin, hurling coach, began skills coaching  with Ms Griffin's and Mr Sheehy's classes last Friday afternoon.

            Ms Burke's class were delighted when Fear an phoist  Joe Kiely called to see them last Friday and talked about his work. We appreciate his generosity.

            Mr Eddie Cunningham, an engineer who works with Dell, visited Sixth Class as part of Junior Entrepreneur programme.

           Science Week: This is Science Week. A range of interesting activities are going on in classes throughout the school. Lismore Mobile Science Workshop will visit the school on Monday next November 20th. to provide a practical Science  workshop with 5th & 6th classes.  Cost €4 per child. Please give money to your class teacher.


          Book Fair: The Book Fair will take place today, Thursday November 16th.  and tomorrow Friday November 17th . Books will be available for viewing by all classes today.  Books on sale today between 2p.m. - 4p.m. and between  7.30pm and 9 pm, or tomorrow from 9a.m.-10 a.m. or from to 3.30pm.

              Congratulations to Seán O Brien, Emer Conroy and Jools Deegan who were selected to play on Limerick City football selections this week.

          The school is now taking applications for enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2018. There are already almost 50 applicants. Please contact the school office any day between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

                Our best wishes to Mr Keoghan who will be married tomorrow.

                Please remember to check the school website or follow us on Twitter @BallybrownNS.


Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons



















Thursday, November 9, 2017

School note November 9th

Dear parents,

                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                    Parents of children in Mr Lordan's class who were due to have parent -teacher meetings on Wednesday October 25th will have meetings on Wednesday next November 15th. All other classes have completed their meetings. As usual, there was almost 100% attendance.

                    Fourth class enjoyed the first of six swimming lessons in Askeaton Leisure Centre yesterday. It will be the turn of  Third class after Christmas holidays.

                    The children in Mr Sheehy's and Ms Griffin's classes will enjoy hurling lessons with a coach from Ballybrown GAA club tomorrow and each Friday until Christmas. Hurley and helmet needed, if possible.

                    All three Infant classes will take part in a PE module with  Sport and Leisure students from LIT each Friday morning for the remainder of this term.

                   Tomorrow, all children from Third to Sixth classes will attend UCH for a performance of 'Cork Pops'. All classes have been learning songs in readiness for the big day. Thanks to the Parents Association who have paid for the buses to UL.

                     Best wishes to Ms Griffin, Second Class teacher,  who plays for Munster v the Barbarians in Thomond Park tomorrow evening.

   Congratulations to Mr Sheehy  and his wife on the birth of their second child, a boy.

Colours Day- The Parents Association would like to thank the parents for their contribution to Colours Day on Friday October 21st.  €465 was collected on the day. 

Book Fair - The Book Fair will take place on Thursday November 16th and Friday November 17th this year. Books will be available for viewing by all classes on Thursday November 16th. The Parents Association are looking for volunteers with the Book Fair. If you are available to assist on Thursday Nov 16th between 2-4pm or between 7.30-9pm or on Friday November 17th between 9am-10am or from 2pm to 3.30pm, please text Susan MacNamara on 087-2257625.


Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons