Friday, October 19, 2018

Problem of the Day

Problem of the Day

Friday October 18th. 2018

 

Rang a haon agus a dó:

 

Name 2 shapes that cannot roll.

 

A farmer had 24 cows in his herd on Monday. He bought 12 more at the mart on Tuesday, sold 10 on Wednesday and bought 5 more on Thursday. When he came home from the mart on Friday, he had 40 cows. How many did he buy on Friday?

 

 

Rang a trí agus a ceathar

 

Peter had €40. He spent a quarter of his money on toys and €12 on DVD's. How much money had he left?

 

The score in the 1971 Munster Final was:

Limerick 4-16: Tipperary 3-18.

 

Which team won? By how many points?

How many goals and points were scored in total?

How many years ago was 1971? If John was 9 years old in 1971, what age is he now?

 

 

Rang a cúig agus a sé

 

Mark has 6 coins. One third of his coins are 10c coins. The value of the 10c coins is equal to 1/8 of the total value of all the coins. What coins has he? How much money has he in total?

 

An orange and 2 apples cost €1. An apple and 2 oranges cost 80c. How much does an apple cost? How much does an orange cost?

 

 

 

A football team won two games more than it lost. If it won 3/5 of all its games, how many games did it play?

Thursday, October 18, 2018

School Note October 18th

18-10-2018.

Dear parents,

                     It has been a busy week on a range of fronts.

                    On Monday, Lifetime Labs from Cork were in the school from 9.15 a.m. as part of our Maths Week programme. Their Mobile Maths Workshop went down really well with the children from 3rd to 6th classes. There were many challenging activities which captivated the children. This was just one of the many activities for Maths Week. The Problem of the Day is on the school website.  Many children have availed of the Manga High website. Maths games are going ahead in all classes from Junior Infants up.

                   Yesterday, sixty children from the school took part in the Cross Country County Championships in Limerick Racecourse. It was a lovely autumn day for such a healthy activity. Thanks to Mr Sheehy and Ms Hanly, team managers, and to the parents who attended and helped in so many ways.

                 Today, the girls football team played in the City Cumann na mBunscol Final in the Gaelic Grounds. All classes from Third to Sixth  attended to support the team and encourage our younger players to become involved in team sports. Ballybrown NS emerged victorious on a scoreline of 3-3 to 1-6. It was a thrilling game and both sides were a credit to their schools. Special thanks to Ms Quane and Ms Gibbons who were coaches to the team. Theri hard work was rewarded.

Mr Barry  coached our hurling team who are playing in the Ard Scoil Hurling Academy blitz at 1 p.m. on the grounds of Ard Scoil Rís.

            Parent teacher meetings will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. All families have received details of appointment times.

            The school is in use as a polling station on Friday October 26th so we close for midterm on Thursday 25th.

            There will be no Homework Club in operation next week due to Parent Teacher meetings.

            Community games draughts have started back upstairs in the Resource Centre on Wednesdays at 6 45pm for 1 hour - cost €2 per child or €5 per family 
Full training will be provided 

           Finally, I ask parents to ensure your child's name is on all coats and jackets. Our Lost Property section is expanding rapidly.

 

Gach dea- ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Problem of the Day Wednesday

Problem of the Day

 

                                                  Wednesday October 17th. 2018.

 

Rang a haon agus a dó

 

If a boy ate 6 grapes every morning, how many would he eat in a week?

 

A girl bought 3 apples for 20 cent each and 2 oranges for 30 cent each. She had 80 cent left. How much money had she when she entered the shop?

 

 

Third and Fourth Classes

 

A cup of tea costs €1. A latte costs €1.50. How much for two teas and two lattes? How much change would you have left if you started with €10.

Which is dearer 4 lattes or 5 teas?

 

 

Rang a Cúig agus a sé

 

75% of the children in Sixth Class have pets. 24 children have pets. How many children in the class?

Megan has 6 coins. One third of her coins are 10c coins. The value of the 10 cent coins is equal to 1/8 of the total value of all her coins. What coins has she?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Problem of the Day


Rang a cúig agus a sé


Three men have different weights. The heaviest person weighs 30 kg more than the middle person. 
The middle person weighs 50 kg more than the lightest person.
The total weight of the three people is 400 kg.
How much does each person weigh?
                                                                                                                                                                        Rang a trí agus a ceathar

How would you put 30 apples in 4 boxes so that each box contains an odd number of apples? (Is there more than one possible answer?)

                                                                                                                    Rang a haon agus a dó

What number comes next in these sequences?
2, 4, 6, 8, - ,-, -,

3, 6, 9, -,-,-,

20, 16, 12, -, -, -, 


Monday, October 15, 2018

Problem of the Day Monday

Problem of the Day

 

                                                  Monday October 15th. 2018.

 

Rang a haon agus a dó

 

Today is Monday October 15th.  2018. There are 7 days in a week.

 

What date was last Monday?

 

What date will next Monday be?

 

How many Mondays in October 2018?

 

 

 

 

 

Third and Fourth Classes

¼ of the animals on the farm are sheep. Half of the sheep have black faces. What fraction of the animals on the farm are black-faced sheep?

 

A farmer bought 7 bags of fertiliser for €42. How much would eleven bags cost?

 

Fifth & Sixth Classes

 

There are 210 marbles in a bag. There are twice as many blue marbles as red marbles. There are ten more yellow marbles than blue marbles.

How many marbles of each colour are in the bag?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

School note October 11th

 

11-10-2018

Dear parents,

                   All families have today received appointment times for parent teacher meetings on October 23rd and 24th. Please check your child's bag for this letter.

                  Our Under 13 girls football team has qualified for the City final of the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol competition which will take place in the Gaelic Grounds on Thursday October 18th. Throw-in time to be confirmed. Thanks to Ms Gibbons and Ms Quane for coaching the girls.

                   Over 60 children from the school will take part in the Limerick Cross -Country Championships in Limerick Racecourse on Wednesday October 17th at 11 a.m. Mr Sheehy and Mrs Hanly are team managers.

                Swimming lessons for children in Fourth Class begin after the midterm break with the first lesson on Wednesday November 7th. All the children in Fourth class received details  this week.  Parents will receive a text tomorrow re electronic payment. This method of payment is optional.   Swimming lessons for pupils in Third class take place after Christmas.

             Maths Week starts on  Saturday 13th Oct. We will be doing lots of school activities. Don't forget to check the website for the Problem of the Day. Classes from  1st -6th will be able to use Mangahigh for free for the week . They have the chance to earn points by playing lots of online Maths games. https://www.mangahigh.com/en/

There is also a Maths fair in  Mallow on Sunday 14th Oct. This is free to attend and is suitable for all ages.

http://www.mathsweek.ie/2018/event/munster-maths-and-science-family-fair/

As part of our Numeracy strategy, Ms Michelle Fitzpatrick from Professional Development Services for Teachers (PDST) visited the school on Monday last. She modelled classes at different levels throughout the school. Michelle conducted a workshop on the theme of Problem Solving for the teachers from 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

              Parents Association Recycling Day tomorrow  Friday October 12thPlease have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc at the school by 9.15 a.m.  on that morning. Thank you for continued support for this worthwhile fundraising event.

                        Parents are reminded that school will close for midterm on Thursday October 25th at 3 p.m. and reopen on Monday November 5th.

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

 

          Gach dea-ghuí,

           Joe Lyons

           Principal

 

 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

School note Thursday October 4th

4-10-2018

Dear Parents,

                     Fifth and Sixth classes began a year-long programme with Music Generation last Monday. Patrick O Brien is the musician in residence. The year's work will culminate in a performance in Thomond Park in June 2019.

                   Fifth class are receiving weekly lessons from John and Kieran of the Cycling Safety school.

                        MPCC Credit Union will return to school tomorrow October 5th and on the first Friday of every month.

                Please ensure that you inform the school of the reason for any absences. Notes were provided for this purpose at the beginning of the school year. The school has a statutory obligation to make a report to Tusla in the case of every child who is absent for twenty days or more in any school year. It is vital that you furnish the school with a reason for any absences. 

                Our Under 13 girls football team lost narrowly to An Mhodh Scoil yesterday. The girls will play in the semi final of the B competition next week. The Under 11 boys play St Nessan's NS today.

                     Parent teacher meetings are on Tuesday and Wednesday October 23rd and 24th. Parents will receive details of appointments next week.

 

            Parents are reminded that school will close for midterm on Thursday October 25th at 3 p.m. and reopen on Monday November 5th.

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

                                                                                                                 Parents Association News

             Change in Date - Please note due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to change the date of the Recycling Day to Friday October 12thPlease have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc at the school by 9.15 a.m.  on that morning. Thank you for continued support for this worthwhile fundraising event.

                 AGM - We had a great attendance at the Parents Association AGM last night. Thank you to Mr Lyons for the very informative presentation. All roles have been filled with the exception of the 1st class parent nominee - any 1st class parent interested in taking up this role please contact Susan MacNamara.

              

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

               

 

 

 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Gaelic Football fixtures


Friday September 28th: Under 11 challenge v Corpus Christi NS in Field at back of school. Throw in 1 p.m.

Wednesday October 3rd:  Under 13 Girls football v An Mhodh Scoil in  New Field in Clarina. Throw in 1 p.m.

Thursday October 4th: Under 11 boys v St Nessan's in Clarina. Throw in 1 p.m.

School note September 27th

25-9-2018

Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention. 

                     Parent -teacher meetings will take place on  Tuesday October 23rd and Wednesday October 24th from 3.15 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Parents will receive details of appointment times during the week of October 15th. As there is no class of more than 30 children in the school, it will be possible to meet all families during those times.

                          School will be closed on Friday October 26th, the date of the Presidential election. The school is in use as a polling station on that day.

                        On Tuesday, the boys and girls in Fifth and Sixth class visited the Hedge School in Newtown which will feature on  Nationwide on October 24th.

                         MPCC Credit Union will return to school on Friday October 5th.

                    Allianz Pupil Personal Insurance: If you wish to avail of this, tomorrow Friday September 28th. is the closing date.

 

NOTE:  Please read the note following this page for information concerning  e payments. These are optional. We are using this system to facilitate parents and to reduce the amount of cash and cheques stored in school.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

Parents Association

 

 Please note due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to change the date of the Recycling Day to Friday October 12th. All families received bags this week. Please have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc at the school by 9.15 a.m.  on that morning. Thank you for continued support for this worthwhile fundraising event.

                           You are cordially invited to attend the Parent's Association Annual General Meeting on Wednesday night next, 3rd October in the School Halla, at 8pm. 

The night will kick off with Mr Lyons giving his always informative annual Principal's summary on the school year, to include an update on building works at the school. Chairperson's Report will be then be given by Lorraine Murphy, and following this, you can find out how your money was spent when  Simon Goble will deliver his Treasurer's Report!

We will then seek nominations for Chair,  Secretary and a Class Rep from each class in the school to go on the Committee for 2018/19 School year.  Last year was the first year that we had Class Reps in the school and it was a fantastic success.  We have 189 families in the school so we need bodies at the meetings to make the PA as successful as possible. Typically, the PA meet 3-4 times a year and we would LOVE to get as many people involved as we can. 

Tea & Coffee will be served too, how can you stay away?? 



See you there,

Lorraine Murphy. 

(Outgoing Chair)


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INFORMATION re E Payments


Dear Parent/Guardian,

Our school is delighted to announce that we are rolling out the Aladdin ePayment system to parents/guardians of children in our school.  

Our school uses the Aladdin software service for administrative purposes and the ePayment system will give you access from an internet browser on your computer, phone or tablet to make secure payments to the school using your credit or debit card.  The purpose of the ePayment system is to facilitate the easier payment of school money collections for parent/guardians and to reduce the amount of cash and cheques being sent into our school in line with recent central bank directives.  

Aladdin uses state of the art security to safeguard information entered by you and the school and data is stored and processed in strict compliance with Irish data protection laws.

Going forward, when money is due for any school activity that is relevant to your children, you will receive a text message containing your payment access link.  Please do not forward this text/email or share this access link as this link is unique for your family only. The link will bring you to a parent payment page which will contain all payments requested for all siblings in a family.  There is only one link per family ensuring you have the option to pay all amounts due for all your children in one transaction. Once you have completed your payment, you will be issued with a reference number. You will also receive an email receipt which will contain details of the transaction and reference number. Please quote this reference number in any queries you may have as regards this payment with the school.

We hope that you will find the Aladdin ePayments facility useful and that it is a very successful system for all. The secretary or myself will welcome any feedback or questions you may have.

Yours sincerely,

 

Joe Lyons

Principal

 

 

 

 

                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                            

 

 

 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Football Fixtures next week

Under 13 Boys v Pallaskenry NS in Pallaskenry on Tuesday September 25th. Throw in 1.20 p.m.

Under 13 girls v St Paul's NS on Wednesday September 26th at 1 p.m. Venue to be confirmed

Under 11 boys have a bye next week

Thursday, September 20, 2018

School note September 20th

20-9-2018

Dear parents,

                     Today we had the first  Assembly of the school year, hosted by Fifth and Sixth class. The children  in Mr Barry and Ms Gibbons' classes sang, made presentations on local history and Hedge Schools and recited poems in English and as Gaeilge. The  school rules were revised :  Be Nice to everyone and  No Rough Play.

Children in Fifth and Sixth classes are looking forward to a ten week IT module with Whizzkids, a company providing an IT skills programme for primary school pupils.The programme will commence tomorrow and will run for ten weeks.

                        Date for your Diary: Limerick Primary Cross Country championships take place in Limerick Racecourse in Patrickswell on Wednesday October 17th, starting at 11 a.m.    

           First Holy Communion in 2019 will take place in Ballybrown Church on Saturday May 18th at 11 a.m.

            Once again, I ask parents to avail of the parking area available in the Resource Centre and in the Church grounds.  Please keep the Staff parking area and the bus areas free.  Please do not obstruct traffic or park in the yellow box at the gate.  Please ensure minders, grandparents or others who are occasional visitors to the school are aware of these arrangements. Safety of children is our only priority.  

               It is a good idea to sign the Homework Diary and check that homework is being done properly. Please check your child's Homework Diary every night, Monday to Thursday.      

           

                Parents Association News: A clothes Recycling Day will take place on Friday October 5th. All families will receives bags in the coming weeks. Please have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc at the school by 9.15 a.m.  on that morning. Thank you for continued support for this worthwhile fundraising event.

             The AGM of the Parents Association will take place on Wednesday 3rd October at 8pm in the School Halla. The school principal  will also be presenting his annual school summary report at this meeting. The Parents Association would be grateful if as many parents as possible could attend, in particular parents who are new to the school. All welcome.  

Parent and toddler group commencing at Community Centre Tues 25th Sept from 10am to 11.30pm 

Finally, I urge parents to ensure that your child's name is on all books, coats, fleeces etc.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Astronomy classes

Astronomy for Beginners

with Tony O'Hanlon - Shannonside Astronomy Club

Classes suitable from age 10yrs to Adults.
Tony brings the Universe to Clarina with his workshops of visually stunning talks on Astronomy – Planets, Constellations & Celestial objects.
Saturday afternoons 2-4pm
12 weeks- Beginning Sept 22nd to Dec 15th
Adults €60. U18 - Concession €30
Venue: Ballybrown/Clarina Community Resource Centre
Weather permitting there will be night-time observing to learn Constellations and see wondrous Celestial objects through Binoculars & Telescopes.
For further information contact Phil Ryan – 087-2350561

Monday, September 17, 2018

Gaelic Football News

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Fixtures for this week

Ballybrown NS Under 13 football team play Christ the King BNS in the  New Field in Ballybrown  on Tuesday September 18th at 1.30 p.m.  Gumshield mandatory for all players.


Ballybrown NS Under 13 girls football  team play An Mhodh Scoil in the new field in Clarina on Wednesday September 19th. Throw in 1 p.m.  Gumshields are  mandatory.


Ballybrown NS Under 11 football team play  St Nessan's NS in the new field in Ballybrown on Thursday September 20th at 1.30 p.m.  Gumshield mandatory for all players.

 

 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

School note Thursday September 13th

13-9-2018.

Dear Parents

                    Today, we hosted a visit of the Liam McCarthy Cup, back on Shannonside after a 45 year absence. It is almost a month since the All-Ireland final but the joy remains unabated. Seán Finn also attended as did members of Ballybrown GAA Club.

                   On Tuesday, members of the Hedge School Committee visited the school to speak to Fifth and Sixth Classes about the Hedge School in Newtown. Such a project brings history to life for all of us. A cameraman was in attendance and we look forward to seeing the completed programme on Nationwide in October. Special thanks to Jim O Farrell who liases with the school on a regular basis.

                 All families today received forms for Allianz Pupil Personal Insurance.  There are two types: school day cover (€6) or all-year-round (€9).  This is entirely voluntary but has proven very popular with parents in the past.  Should you decide to avail of this insurance, please hand monies to the School Office by Friday September 28th.

 

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

Communication:  Check your child's homework journal for notes from the class teacher.  Please check the school website www.ballybrownns.ie or follow us on Twitter @Ballybrown NS to keep yourself informed on school news.

 

School teams: The Cumann na mBunscol season starts this week.  Ballybrown NS will field boys and girls teams in the Limerick City Gaelic Football leagues.  We are fortunate to have such generous teachers who give of their time so freely.

Parents Association:  A clothes Recycling Day will take place on Friday October 5th. All families will receives bags in the coming weeks. Please have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc at the school by 9.15 a.m.  on that morning. Thank you for continued support for this worthwhile fundraising event.

Children's Mindfulness: classes for ages 5 to 12 years will be restarting the last week in September; Information night for parents / guardians on the 17th of Sept @ 7p.m. in 11 Thomas St. All welcome.  text Therese 0877531979 to confirm your attendance.

Enrolments for Creative Drama classes will take place in the Community Centre on this coming Friday September 14th at 3.p.m.

Further information from  Carol on 0878171814

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

School Note September 6th 2018

6-9-2018

Dear parents,

                        As we look forward to the year ahead, I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                           All children in the school will attend Mass in Ballybrown Church tomorrow Friday at 9.30 a.m. for the start of the school year. Children may need a coat in the event of rain.

                        Meetings with teachers: All meetings with teachers are strictly by appointment only.  Please telephone the School office to make an appointment.  If you have a concern about your child, speak to the class teacher as a first step.

                        Homework: Start as you mean to continue,  Check your child's homework diary every night.  Do not sign off on homework unless you are happy it has been completed satisfactorily.

            Healthy Eating: We are very proud of our Healthy eating policy. Fruit, sandwich and water or milk are all a child needs.  Fruit Break every day at 10 a.m.

                        Lost property:  Already, our Lost Property section is swelling.  Please ensure your child's name is on every item of clothing.

            Thanks to all the families for their Art & Craft/Photocopying contributions.  If you have not yet paid this money, you can give it to  Rosemarie in the school office any day between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.. €35 per child or €60 family.

                     Lego: Do you have Lego at home that is no longer needed? Mrs Fitzgerald would be delighted to take it off your hands as it would be of great use in Junior Infants. Please drop anything you have to the Office.

                      Request for Books: If anyone has the following books lying around at home,  the school would be very grateful to accept them:   3rd to 6th class Bun go Barr, Mathemagic, Reading Zone, Windows on the World Geography and History.

 

The Liam McCarthy cup will be coming to Ballybrown GAA club tomorrow  Friday 7th of September at 6.30 pm. All are welcome. Also, under 6 hurling training also resumes this Friday  at 5.45 p.m.  All new players are welcome.

                   Resource Centre: Community centre programme of events enrolment night takes place Thursday 6th Sept 7.30 to 9pm.

                   Mini rugby for boys and girls of all ages at Old Crescent every Sunday morning from 10 -11 a.m. Contact Anthony on (087) 2214140 for details. 

 

Le dea-ghuí, 

J. Lyons.

Principal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

School note Thursday August 30th

30-8-2018.

Dear parents,

                   I would like to extend best wishes to you all for the coming school year.

                   Today, 31 children enjoyed their first day at school. I look forward to getting to know them all over the coming weeks. I would also like to welcome new faces to the staff of the  school. Ms Ciara Quane replaces Mr Lordan who has retired. Ms Quane is teaching Third Class. Mr John Tuohy is teaching 2nd class. Ms Day is on Maternity Leave. Ms Mairead Wallace has joined the  Special Education team. Ms Joyce is on Maternity Leave. Ms Amey Davis will teach here three mornings per week and is shared with Athlacca NS. Mrs Mulroe returns to the school and is jobsharing with Mrs Hanly.

Please note the following:

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

                Sign -in and out: Child Protection is always a priority. Any adult taking a child out of school or bring a child back to school during the school day must sign the book at Reception.

              Parking: I would appreciate if parents used the Resource Centre and Church grounds car parks. Children should not walk through the staff car park. They should enter via the gate nearest to the Resource Centre. Safety of children is paramount.  Please do not park in Staff parking areas or in Bus berths.

          I would like to express my gratitude to all the families who have already paid Art & Craft/Photocopying contributions. Please hand in monies to Rosemarie in the school office any day between 9a.m. and 2p.m. €35 per child or €60 per family.

                      If your child is absent, please fill in an Absence note to be given to the class teacher on your child's return to school.

                  Homework Club will commence on Monday September 3rd for children from 3rd to 6th class. Homework club will run from 3pm to 4.10pm. If you have any queries please email bbhomeworkclub@gmail.com

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

                Literacy & Numeracy:   Each family  in the school from Senior Infants up has received a note today giving information about additional supports in Literacy and Numeracy. Please check your child's schoolbag.                  

 

 Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

School calendar for 2018-2019

Calendar 2018-2019

 

School reopens for pupils on Thursday August 30th. 2018

Midterm break: Monday 29th October to Friday November 2nd inclusive.

Close for Christmas holidays on Friday  December 21st at 12.30 p.m.

Reopen Monday January 7th 2019

 

Midterm break: Thursday and Friday 21st  and 22nd February

 

March 17th. St Patrick's Day is a Sunday

 

Monday March 18th is a Bank Holiday. School closed

 

Close for Easter break on Friday April 12th  at 12.30 p.m.

Reopen Monday April 29th

 

Closed Monday May  6th.  Bank Holiday

 

Closed Monday  June 3rd. Bank Holiday

 

Closed Tuesday June 4th  to Friday June 7th. inclusive

 

Closed Friday June 28th. 2019 for holidays at 12.30 p.m.

 

N.B. If school has to close for 3 or more days for frost or snow, it may be necessary to return to school to make up time.