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