Thursday, December 21, 2017

School note December 21st

21-12-2017

Dear parents,

                     It has been a busy week as carols and laughter fill the air.

                      Today, all 285 children in the school took part in our Nativity pageant.  I am grateful to all the teachers  and staff who worked so hard to make this possible. Thanks to you, the  parents, for your help with costumes etc.  Thanks also to Fr Cussen and Pat Gallagher for facilitating us in every way.

                    On Monday, Music Generation came to Ballybrown NS and performed a live musical accompaniment to a screening of the film of 'The Snowman'. It was a great experience and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

                    Yesterday, Sixth class staged two performances of 'The Grinch Who Stole Christmas'. All classes in the school enjoyed the show.  A special word thanks to Mr Barry for taking on this project at such a busy time of year.

                   Third class will begin swimming lessons on Wednesday January 10th.

                    The children in Fifth and Sixth classes have completed a ten week block of ICT classes with Whizzkids learning about coding, HTML and Sketch Up.

                  As we approach the end of term, we are sad to say goodbye to Ms Burke who has been teaching here while Mrs Fitzgerald was on maternity leave. Kim has been a great asset to this school  and will be missed by pupils and colleagues alike.

              Reminder that there is a Christmas Eve Family Mass on Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December at 5pm in Ballybrown Church. All children welcome.

            Parents Association: The Ballybrown NS Parents' Association is holding its next meeting on Thursday the 11th January at 8 pm. The Parents Association plays an important role in raising any concerns that parents may have and raises funds for the benefit of the school. They would be grateful if as many parents as possible could attend, in particular parents who are new to the school. All welcome.                  

                    School will close for Christmas holiday tomorrow, Friday December 22nd, at 12.30 p.m. Parents of children in Junior and Senior Infants are asked to collect children at 12.10 p.m. to reduce traffic congestion. School will reopen on Monday January 8th at 9.15 a.m.

                      A message from Ms Day: The school is in need of costumes for future productions. It would be greatly appreciated if children could bring in any costumes/ dress up items or props that they do not use anymore to the drop off point beside Rosemarie's office this Friday morning.  Thanking you all in advance.                

                   GOAL MILE: This Christmas, join us in going the extra mile for GOAL to help support the most vulnerable in our world. Bring along family, friends and neighbours to run, jog or walk the GOAL Mile ​at the Ballybrown/Clarina​

 ​Community Resource Centre on ​Christmas Day at 12 noon.The GOAL Mile is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, it's all about having fun and giving back this Christmas!

We look forward to seeing you there!

  On behalf of the Board of Management and staff of the school, I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas. I look forward to seeing you all in 2018.

Nollaig shona daoibh go léir.

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

School note December 14th

 

 

14-12-2017

Dear parents,

                     The  school Christmas Carol Service takes place in Ballybrown Church on Thursday 21st December at 10 a.m. for parents of children from Junior infants to Second Class  and 11.15 a.m. for parents of children from Third to Sixth classes. Every child from Junior Infants to Sixth is taking part. Each child needs a Santa hat.

                    The Children in Sixth class are busy rehearsing for 'The Grinch who Stole Christmas' which they will stage on Wednesday next in the Halla. Props and sets are being painted as I speak.

                   On Monday December 18th, the school will play host to two showings of the film 'The Snowman', based on the children's story by Raymond Briggs. The musicians of Music Generation Limerick City will provide a live soundtrack to the classic film. Cost is €1 per child. Please give money to your child's teacher.

                   All the boys and girls in Junior and Senior Infants are looking forward to their visit to LIT tomorrow morning to see a performance of  'Rudolph Saves Christmas'. I am sure they will have a day to remember.

                 Ms Gibbons has organised a Festive Run to take place today, weather permitting.   Participation in the Festive Run will gain entry to a lottery for a visit from the Special Olympics torch in 2018.

               School will close for Christmas holiday on Friday December 22nd at 12.30 p.m. Parents of children in Junior and Senior Infants are asked to collect children at 12.10 p.m. to reduce traffic congestion.

            The Parents Association has asked me to inform you that, as was the case for the last few years, they will donate a gift to the staff on behalf of all parents. Teachers do not expect a gift from children. If children would like to give something personal they could perhaps make their own card as a gift to their teacher.

           Heartfelt sympathy from all in the school community to the McNamara family on the death of Jean, mother of Abbie. The Parents  Association has made a donation to Milford Hospice.

          Community Council  News: The annual Christmas Fair will be held on Sunday December 17th at the Community Resource Centre. Doors open 10.45am. There will be lots on offer. Cake Sale with home made Christmas Cakes and Plum Puddings, Christmas Flower Arrangements and Logs, Firewood and Kindling, Kids Corner with Face Painting and Nail Bar, Raffle for Sumptuous Festive Hamper and lots of spot prizes. Children's Christmas Art Competition  prize winners will be announced.

 *Donations of cakes and buns from our gifted bakers would be greatly appreciated.

 

  Gach dea-ghuí, 

J. Lyons

Principal

Thursday, December 7, 2017

School note December 7th 2017

Dear parents,

                    West Midlands Theatre Company from Wolverhampton visited the school today to perform 'Dick Whittington' for First, Second, Third and Fourth Classes.  It was a great show with lots of audience participation and was enjoyed by all. I have already booked the company for a return visit in December 2018.

                    We were sad to see Ms Griffin leave Ballybrown NS yesterday having taught Second Class since the start of the current school year. However, we are delighted to welcome Ms Day back to Ballybrown NS after an absence of more than two years. Already, music and song are echoing from her classroom.

                      On next Thursday December 14th, Ms Gibbons has organised a Festive Run.  All children may wear Christmas jumpers, Santa hats etc. All classes in the school will take part with the proceeds going to Special Olympics Ireland. €2 per child is requested.   Participation in the Festive Run will gain entry to a lottery for a visit from the Special Olympics torch in 2018.

                    The school Christmas Carol Service will take place in Ballybrown Church on Thursday December 21st with two performances at 10 a.m. and 11.15 a.m.

 

The Parents Association has asked me to inform you that, as was the case for the last few years, they will donate a gift to the staff on behalf of all parents. Teachers do not expect a gift from children. If children would like to give something personal they could perhaps make their own card as a gift to their teacher.

A Christmas Eve Family Mass will be held on Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December at 5p.m. in Ballybrown Church. There will be a practice for this Mass for those who wish to participate in the church on Tuesday 19th December from 6.30-8pm. All children are welcome to the practice or just come on Christmas Eve. For any budding tin whistle players please bring whistles. All children welcome. 

 

Ballybrown GAA Juvenile Club are having a visit from Santa to the Clubhouse on Sunday 10th December at 2p.m.  Lots of fun and games planned, all children welcome. 

The school  Twitter account now has over 100 followers. This is an ideal way to get a flavour of what's happening in school or to learn about events that may be of interest. 

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