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.

 

 


School note June 28th

28-6-2018

Dear parents,

                    We have reached the end of another school year. Yesterday, 28 Sixth class pupils graduated. Thanks to Mr Barry, Ms Day and all staff who assisted with the Graduation Ceremony.   Special thanks to Fr Mike for his help once again.

                All pupils have received  end of year reports and book lists. Classes for next school year have been allocated. No child will be in a class of more than 30 pupils.  The   calendar for school year 2018-2019 is posted on the website today.

                  I am delighted to announce that Mr Keoghan and Ms Neville will be with us again next year. Ms Day and Ms Joyce will be on maternity leave from September  and will be replaced by Mr John Tuohy and Ms Mairead Wallace, respectively.

                Active Week culminated in a Rounders game between Sixth Class and the Teachers. Teachers won, thus ensuring Mr Lordan bowed out on a winning note.

                     On Monday, we presented medals to our under 13 hurling players who won the Olo Cup and our successful camogie team. Ballybrown GAA club made a presentation to Mr Lordan to mark his contribution to Gaelic Games in the school over many years.

                         On Tuesday, we held a special assembly in honour of Mr Lordan. All classes performed. Infant classes performed a Haka Gaelach while Sixth class recited 'Scaffolding' a poem by Seamus Heaney, a favourite poet of Mr Lordan.

                       Tomorrow, all pupils will attend Mass in Ballybrown Church to celebrate Mr Lordan's immense contribution to the school over almost four decades. Parents, former pupils and the wider community are welcome to attend as we say goodbye to a devoted colleague and friend.

            The Book Rental Scheme offered by the school has met with a good response. A huge amount of work goes into collecting books returned at the end of June, re-covering and labelling them for use the following year. I am grateful to Mrs Millar for taking on the task of coordinating the Book Rental Scheme.  

           The 2018 school magazine is now available. With 68 pages in full colour it is great value at  €4 per copy or three copies for €10.

             Today, the school is reverberating to the sounds of Kids Disco. Thanks to the school's Parents' Association for organising this most enjoyable event.

         School will close tomorrow Friday at 12.30 p.m. sharp and re-open Thursday August 30th . Junior and Senior Infant classes will be collected at 12.10 p.m.  tomorrow to alleviate the traffic situation. On behalf of the staff and Board of Management of the school,  I hope you all enjoy the summer break and I look forward to seeing you  in the new school year.

Gach dea -ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

Breska Rovers FC are looking for expression of interest for the underage girls soccer teams. If you think your daughter would be interested in playing soccer could you please text Melissa on 0857128886 (Breska Girls Coach) with your child's Name and age.  New soccer season commencing in September.
Many Thanks Breska Rovers.


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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

School note June 20th 2018

Dear parents,

                     We are approaching the end of a busy year in Ballybrown NS. This week is Active Week and there are activities every day. This involves a huge amount of organisation and I appreciate the effort that all the teachers make to ensure the day is enjoyable for all.  Special thanks to Ms Gibbons, Active Week coordinator.           Today, all children took part in 'Walk on Wednesday'. Infant classes walked to Breska Rovers pitch. First and Second classes walked to St James Well, Third and Fourth walked to the Grotto in Cooper Hill while Fifth and Sixth classes walked to The Sailor's Haggard. We were fortunate that many parents joined the walk to ensure the safety of all concerned.

                     Yesterday, we held our annual Fundraising Run which helps to meet the cost of providing buses during the school year to sporting events and other occasions. Special thanks to Niamh O Brien who arranges sponsorship cards etc. Niamh and Marian McGregor did trojan work  looking after runners and  providing drinks.

                       All classes go on School Tour tomorrow. Please ensure your child is at school in time. Tour details on www.ballybrownns.ie. All children are asked to stay in the schoolyard as on a normal school morning until their teacher brings them to the bus. No spending money needed. Sunhats and plenty of water strongly recommended.  No mobile phones, cameras, or any IT devices allowed. This decision was agreed at Board of Management level.

                    On Friday, we will have the School Fun Sports Day.  In the afternoon, there is a Rounders match involving the boys and girls of Sixth Class v  Teachers.

                    On  Wednesday next, June 27th., the Sixth Class Graduation will take place. Fr Cussen will say a special Mass at 1.30 p.m. which will be followed by the Graduation Ceremony to celebrate the end of primary education for these pupils.

                      Report Cards: If you have not submitted your envelopes yet, please ensure that each envelope has a €1 stamp.

                     Please note that school will close for the summer holidays on Friday June 29th. at 12.30 p.m. It would be appreciated if all children were collected promptly. In order to alleviate traffic problems, children in Infant classes may be collected at 12.10 p.m.


Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

Little Steps pre-school are running summer camps as follows:Week 1: 3-6 years 2nd-6th July. week 2: 5-7years 9th-13th July.      Week 2: 3-6years 9th-12th July.  Time 9am-1pm

                

 


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Active Week 2018

Dear Parents, 

We are delighted to announce that Ballybrown NS will celebrate Active Week from June 18th-22nd. Children will participate in a variety of activities throughout the week including tennis, obstacle courses, circuits and lots more!

 

On Monday 18th June, Martin Sheehan from School Fitness Ireland will visit each class in the school for a 30 minute fitness session. This comes at a cost of 1 euro per child, please pay this directly to the class teacher as soon as possible.

 

On Tuesday 19th June, we will have our first ever walking school bus. This will commence from the community GAA field at 9am. We would request that the parents of the children in the infant classes be accompanied by an adult. All welcome, and remember your high visibility jackets!If you have these jackets at home please bring them to school as we only have a limited supply.

 

Tuesday will also be "Sports Star Day", children can choose to dress as their favourite sports star for the day in school.

 

Niamh O Brien has very generously organised a sposonred run to raise funds for the school. This will also take place on Tuesday. Any sponsorship cards should be returned to school as soon as possible.

 

On Wednesday 17th, all students from Junior Infants to sixth class will partake in a walk from the school to the surrounding locality. We would appreciate any parent volunteers to help on this date to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable trip. Juniors and seniors will leave the school at 9.45, 1st/2nd will leave at 9.30, 3rd/4th leave at 10.00 and 5th/6th leave at 10.15.  If you are available at this time please let Rosemarie know as soon as possible. Children will need high visibility jackets for the walk.

 

On Wednesday afternoon Bryan Stewart will visit the children from 1st-6th class to teach them some skills in tennis.

 

On Thursday 21st all classes will be on school tour.

 

On Friday 22nd, the school will hold its Non-Competitive Sport's Day. In the afternoon children will partake in a Zumba class.

 

Each night children will receive Active Homework which they can complete at home on their own or with family and friends. Don't worry if the weather is bad, the children can get active by hoovering, sweeping or doing other household chores! Please encourage as much physical activity as possible during this week.

 

It is essential to wear school tracksuit / shorts and runners for the week. Bring a raincoat and suncream each day, prepare for all eventualities! 

Thank you in advance for your support.

 

 Katie Gibbons

Active Week Coordinator

      


School note June 14th

14-6-2018

Dear parents,

                   Monday June 11th. will long be remembered by the school community as we welcomed the Special Olympic Torch to Ballybrown NS. We were delighted that so many local Special Olympic athletes  attended as did athletes from West Limerick and Lisnagry. The City of Limerick Pipe Band led the procession from the Church to the school as the children from Little Steps waved their flags and torches. I am grateful to sports stars Declan Hannon, Paudie O Connor and Ciara Griffin who all gave so generously of their time to attend. The entire staff of the school worked tirelessly to ensure the day was a success as did the children whose behaviour was impeccable. We are indebted to the members of the Community Council and an Garda Síochána who  helped to ensure that everything ran smoothly.

                    The school's under 13 hurling team represented Limerick City in  the Limerick Leader Cup yesterday.  Victory over West champions Mahoonagh NS in the semi final saw Ballybrown NS meet holders Doon CBS in the final. Doon  retained their title by 2-6 to 1-3. 2018 was a great year for our hurling team, winning the Olo Cup for a 7th time. The team play in the Mayor's Cup today in the Gaelic Grounds.

                    Yesterday was a day tinged with sadness as Mr Lordan took charge of a school team for the penultimate time. Barry has decided to retire from his teaching post after almost 37 years in this school. His retirement leaves a void, not just in the sporting arena but in so many aspects of school life.  Ballybrown NS is losing a devoted and dedicated teacher who has always put the welfare of his pupils first.                      

                     Yesterday, 30  students of Ballybrown N.S. visited the  'Ardnacrusha Experience' at the newly refurbished visitors' centre. The Ardnacrusha Experience  tells the story of the power of electricity and its transformative impact on Irish life.

                     The boys and girls in Sixth Class are working on the 2018 school magazine. If you wish to purchase an advertisement in this publication for a bargain price of €25, please contact the school office.

               End of year School Reports will issue to all families before the end of term.  Please supply the school with a stamped addressed envelope, minimum DL size (22cm x 11 cm) as soon as possible. Separate envelopes required for each pupil.

                 Next week is Active Week and Ms Gibbons has planned a full programme of events.  Please see overleaf for the schedule of events.

                 Fógra: Homework Club finishes today  and will resume in September.

               

Community News: Community Celebration. Saturday June 16th, in  Ballybrown/Clarina Resource Centre 2 to 5 pm. Meet the neighbours. Barbeque, music, games.

 

BALLYBROWN/CLARINA COMMUNITY GAMES :Training for all children that qualified from our recent sports evening to represent Ballybrown/Clarina in the Limerick finals will be held in Ballybrown NS next Tuesday 19th June from 3-4pm. We would like if all children could attend.

Limerick finals are on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of June in Mungret GAA Pitch, we would hope to have the timetable of events next week. Please check out our Facebook page for further details.

https://www.facebook.com/ballybrownclarinacommunitygames/

 

Le dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 


Thursday, May 31, 2018

School note May 31st

Dear parents, 

                      The Special Olympics Ireland Games take place in Dublin from June 14th- 17th. The Special Olympics Torch will visit this school on Monday June 11th. The torch is expected to arrive at 1.35p.m. and they hope to leave at 2.15 pm.  The Torch will be carried by members of the Special Olympics teams from Ballybrown church to the school. People from the community are invited to line the road to the school to cheer on the athletes. This promises to be a memorable occasion not just for this school but for the entire community.

As the event runs until 2.15 p.m., children in Infant classes will go home at 2.30 p.m. on that day. 

                   Reminder:  School is  closed from Tuesday June 5th to Friday June 8th and reopens on Monday June 11th.  

                                 The boys and girls in Sixth Class are working on the 2018 school magazine. If you wish to purchase an advertisement in this publication for a bargain price of €25, please contact the school office.

               End of year School Reports will issue to all families before the end of term.  Please supply the school with a stamped addressed envelope, minimum DL size (22cm x 11 cm) as soon as possible. Separate envelopes required for each pupil.

                Parents Association news: Colours Day (Purple) - Thank you to all who wore purple on the day and for your generous contributions. We appreciate all your support for such a worthy cause - half of monies collected will be donated to Milford with the balance for the Parents Association fund supporting school items.

               First Communion: Just to say a word of thanks to the parents who volunteered for the teas/coffees in the community centre after the Communion Mass.

Community News: Community Celebration. Saturday June 16th, in  Ballybrown/Clarina Resource Centre 2 to 5 pm. Meet the neighbours. Barbeque, music, games.

                 We have recently enjoyed a spell of very fine weather.  Pupils may wear plain navy shorts to school if they wish. No denim, stripes or logos. PLEASE write your child's name on all fleeces, polo shirts etc!!!

           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

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday, May 24, 2018

School Note May 24th

Dear parents, 

                      The sun shone brightly and everything went perfectly at First Holy Communion last Saturday in Ballybrown Church.   Thanks to all teachers and staff for their efforts and to Fr. Cussen, Fr Fitzgibbon and Monsignor Lane. Unfortunately, Ms Day was unable to attend due to illness but she was delighted to hear everything went so well. A special thanks to Mrs Rosaleen Donovan who stepped in at short notice as Choir Mistress and did a superb job. Over 90 children give up their Saturday morning to sing in the Choir. Thanks to each and every one of them.

                    Ballybrown NS will be a stopover for the Special Olympics Torch on Monday June 11th. This is a very special occasion for the school community.                  

            The school's Under 13 hurling and camogie teams made their own piece of history in the Gaelic Grounds on Tuesday. The boys retained the Olo Cup when they defeated neighbours St Nessan's by 2-7 to 1-5.  Ballybrown NS girls won the Under 13 B Camogie title, defeating An Mhodh Scoil.  All children who played were a credit to the school, their families and themselves. We are fortunate to have coaches such as Ms Hayes, Ms Keyes, Mr Lordan and Mr Barry to share their expertise and give so generously of their time. A special thanks to the supporters who attended.

               5th and 6th class students will hold a Bake Sale next Thursday 31st May to raise funds for Bóthar. Bóthar is an Irish charity that enables families and communities worldwide to overcome hunger and poverty. The children in 5th and 6th class recently had a visit from a representative of the charity to explain the excellent work that they do in poor countries around the world. Every child in the school will have an opportunity to visit the bake sale in the Halla next Thursday. All proceeds from the bake sale will go to Bóthar. 

             We are currently enjoying a spell of very fine weather.  Pupils may wear plain navy shorts to school if they wish. No denim, stripes or logos. Please ensure your child's name is on fleeces, cardigans etc.                                             

              Reminder: The school is in use as a polling station tomorrow Friday.  School is also closed from Monday June 4th to Friday June 8th.          

            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

 

 


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Parents Association: Colours Day

               Parents Association: Colours Day All of us know somebody who has availed of the excellent services provided by Milford Hospice.  Sadly our own school community has lost two young mothers in recent years.  To honour their memory, the Parents Association would again like to run a Colours Day on Thursday 24th May.  If everyone (pupils & staff) can wear something purple  (a sock, Hair clip, Tshirt etc,) that would be great but the suggested donation of €2 is what really matters and last year we were delighted to present Milford Hospice with €300.  Monies collected are divided equally between the Hospice and the Parents Association. Thank you all for your continued support.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Hurling and Camogie Finals tomorrow

Ballybrown NS play in the City Cumann na mBunscol Under 13 hurling and camogie finals in the Gaelic Grounds tomorrow Tuesday   May 22nd. This is a great achievement for the players and their teachers who have prepared them for the GAA season.  Throw-in is at 1.55 p.m. for the camogie final. The Olo Cup hurling final is timed to start at 3 p.m. All players will go to the game on the team bus. However, players will not be back in school in time for the usual school bus at 3 p.m. McElligott's  have a smaller bus available for the return journey. Children are free to go home with their parents provided they inform the teachers in charge of the team.  €3 per child towards the cost of the bus.

 


Thursday, May 17, 2018

School note May 17th

Dear parents, 

                      Preparations are almost complete for First Holy Communion which takes place on Saturday in Ballybrown Church at 11 a.m.  The Art work on display is a credit to all the boys and girls who have worked so hard for this special day. Thanks to all teachers and staff for their efforts and to Fr. Cussen who takes a great interest in the school.

                       The school received great news this week when Ms Gibbons was informed that Ballybrown NS will be a stopover for the Special Olympics Torch on Monday June 11th. This is a very special occasion for the school community.                  

            The school's Under 13 hurling and camogie teams have qualified for the semi finals of the Limerick City Cumann na mBunscol leagues. The camogie semi-final takes place today at 12.30 p.m. while the hurling semi final goes ahead at 1.30 p.m.  Both games in Old Christians GAA club.

                     Best wishes to Emer Conroy, Rang a Sé,  who will line out for Limerick in the Primary Game camogie match  played at half-time of the Limerick v Tipperary game in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday            

            Ms Gibbons' Fifth class are participating in research by Mary Immaculate College into a new framework for teaching Physical Education at primary level. Yesterday, Ms Chloe Beattie visited the school. She was very impressed with the skills, fitness and team ethic of the children.

               Parents Association: Colours Day All of us know somebody who has availed of the excellent services provided by Milford Hospice.  Sadly our own school community has lost two young mothers in recent years.  To honour their memory, the Parents Association would again like to run a Colours Day on Thursday 24th May.  If everyone (pupils & staff) can wear something purple  (a sock, Hair clip, Tshirt etc,) that would be great but the suggested donation of €2 is what really matters and last year we were delighted to present Milford Hospice with €300.  Monies collected are divided equally between the Hospice and the Parents Association. Thank you all for your continued support.

                     Spring Clean: The Green Schools Committee coordinated a Spring Clean in the school and its environs today as part of the An Taisce Spring Clean.

                         Reminder: School will close at 12.30 p.m. on Thursday May 24th to allow teachers take part in Inservice on Child Protection. The school is being used as a polling station on Friday May 25th.           

            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

 

 


Thursday, May 10, 2018

School note May 10th

 

10-5-2018

Dear parents,

                        There are a little over 30 days remaining in this school year. Teachers are continuing with the programme of work set out for the year. It is vital that children carry on working diligently until the end of term. Please continue to monitor your child's homework and sign homework journals.

                Attendance: In the event of any pupil reaching a total of 20 days absence from school in a school year, the school is required by law to make a report to Tusla,  the National Education Welfare Board. Parents are advised to be aware of this and to be mindful of their child's attendance record. It is school policy to contact parents after a child has reached a total of 15 days absence so that parents are  conscious of their child's attendance record.  

              Parking: Please use the Resource Centre Car park or the Church grounds. Please do not park near the school gate. Children will have to walk in front of traffic if you do this. Safety is the top priority.    Please advise minders and others who collect children of this. 

           This week, Matt from Munster Rugby visited the school to teach the skills of Tag Rugby to the children in Third and Fourth classes.

           Best wishes to the school's Under 13 hurling team who play Kildimo NS in the semi final of the Olo Cup on Monday 14th in Old Christians GAA club.  The under 13 camogie team play Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh in Old Christians   on Thursday 17th May.                                                                                                                                  

          The Parents Association are still looking for volunteers from First Class to help with refreshments after the First Holy Communion on May 19th. Please text Susan MacNamara on 087 2257625 if you are available.

        Junior Entrepreneur: Mr Barry's class would like to thank Shirley Coughlan and Yvonne Deegan for visiting school last week to work with Sixth class as part of the Junior Entrepreneur programme.

         School Tours: All classes are on school tour on Thursday June 21st. All monies to be paid to your child's teacher by Thursday May 24th in order to confirm numbers. 

           Reminder: School will close at 12.30 p.m. on Thursday May 24th to allow teachers take part in Inservice on Child Protection. The school is being used as a polling station on Friday May 25th.              

                  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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday, May 3, 2018

School note May 3rd


 

3-5-2018

Dear parents,

                   I wish to bring the following to your attention.                   

                 First Holy Communion:  Preparations are well underway for First Holy Communion.  The choir will be practising on a daily basis. It is vital that all children in the choir turn up on the day. First Holy Communion takes place on Saturday May 19th at 11 a.m.  In order to alleviate overcrowding, the ceremony is streamed to the Resource Centre. 

             All classes will be on school tour on Thursday June 21st. Many children have already paid for their school tour. If your child is not going on tour, please let the school know as we need to confirm numbers as soon as possible.

              Well done to Paul O Neill, Peter Kiely and Barry Toomey, all members of the Limerick City hurling squad who played in the Mackey Cup in the Gaelic Grounds on Tuesday. City were narrowly defeated in the final after extra time.  Best of luck to Emer Conroy and Sarah O Sullivan who line out for the City in the Neville Cup camogie competition.  

           Parents Association:   There was a good turnout at the Parents Association Meeting last Tuesday where the following topics were discussed - 
1. Feedback on Ger Brick workshop (School & Parents ) 2. Building works update (Ms. Hayes)   3. Policy when children are sick or injured at school  4.  Kidisco - end of term    5. Colours day for Milford Hospice  6. Update from School (Ms Hayes) 7. Reaction to proposals re all weather area around pitch/extendable roof from last meeting  8. Resignation of Chair & Secretary. 9. AOB (including BusyBodies programme and Communion)

The Parents Association are also looking for volunteers from First Class to provide refreshments after the First Holy Communion on May 19th.  If those who have already volunteered can please reconfirm with Lorraine 087/3139005.

Fantastic result from the last Recycling Day, thank you to everyone.

             Reminder:  School will be in use as a polling station on Friday May 25th. School will end for all pupils at 12.30 p.m. on Thursday May 24th as teachers will be attending Inservice on Child Protection.

 

Gach dea- ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

BALLYBROWN/CLARINA COMMUNITY GAMES:

Our Sports Evening is on this Friday 4th May in the Ballybrown Community Field.

Registrations will take place on the evening from 5.30pm with events to start at 6.00 pm sharp. We will have sprint events, middle distance events and field events.

The cost is €4.00 per child of €10.00 per family. This is always a great evening so we would like to see as many of you as possible come along and take part. 

Please check out our Facebook page for further details.

https://www.facebook.com/ballybrownclarinacommunitygames/

 


Thursday, April 26, 2018

School Note April 26th

26-4-2018

Dear parents,

                     It has been a busy week on the playing fields. Ballybrown NS defeated Milford NS in the Olo Cup on Tuesday while the school's under 13 camogie team lost to neighbours Patrickswell NS by a single point yesterday. Today, the school team is playing in the county final of the Spar/FAI Soccer blitz while 16 girls from Third and Fourth classes are heading to Adare to play in a Girls Football, fun, non-competitive blitz. Ewan Gee of Munster Rugby started Tag Rugby with Third and Fourth classes on Tuesday.              

                 Today is Poetry Day in Ireland and each class in the school has chosen a poem for the occasion. Some classes have even composed poems and are compiling an anthology while guest readers are visiting classes to read their favourite poem.

                Family Mass Reminder :  There will be a Family Mass in Ballybrown Church on Sunday 29th of April at 10a.m. All welcome.  For more information, please contact Julianne McCormack @ 087-9478123.

              Parents Association: The Ballybrown NS Parents' Association is holding its next meeting on Tuesday the 1st May at 8 pm.  They would be grateful if as many parents as possible could attend, in particular parents who are new to the school. Those who are nominated as Class Reps are reminded to attend.  All welcome.

                Internet Safety Workshop : Ger Brick attended the school on Monday to provide Internet Safety/Cyberbullying Workshops to 4th-6th class and also to parents that evening. This was very well attended and there was very positive feedback from the day/night. Ger has kindly shared his presentation for all parents to view - details will be found on the school website.  Please contact the school to receive the password and username if you wish to access the presentation. Please ensure that the information is used for your own personal use and the information contained is not to be distributed or published to social media.

            As the weather improves, the Lost Property section swells with jumpers, jackets, fleeces etc. Please ensure your child's name is on all items of school uniform. Children may wear navy shorts. No denims! No logos.

          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.

            

Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons

Principal

 



     

 


Thursday, April 19, 2018

School note April 19th 2018

19-4-2018

Dear parents,

                     Last week, all classes received details of school tours. All classes go on tour on Thursday June 21st. You received the details in advance so that families can budget, especially families with more than one child in school. I am conscious of the demands parents face all through the school year.

                     First Holy Communion is just a month away. It takes place on Saturday May 19th at 11 a.m. in Ballybrown Church.

                    School will be closed on Friday May 25th as it is in use as a polling station for the Referendum on that day.

                       Today, we enjoyed the first reading of our School Story for 2018. All classes contributed to this story during Book Week. Ask your child about it!

                      Ballybrown NS represented Limerick City in the county final of the INTO Mini Sevens hurling competition in Mick Neville Park, yesterday. Ballybrown NS defeated South champions Scoil Dean Cussen and West champions Mahoonagh NS but lost to Doon CBS in the last game. Our team did us proud. Thanks to Mr Lordan for training the team.

                   The Parents Association has organised a guest speaker to attend the school. This will take place on next Monday 23rd April. Our guest speaker Ger Brick will be delivering a 90 minute Anti-Cyberbullying/Internet Safety Workshop to pupils of 4th class to 6th class during school hours. A letter of parental consent has already been distributed to the relevant parents. He will also provide a Parent Information Evening at 7 pm that evening in the School Halla. Parents of ALL  pupils in the school are invited to attend. The talk incorporates video, guidelines, practical demonstrations and discussion, providing parents with practical non-technical information and guidance for keeping their children and families safe online. Light refreshments will be served also.

Family Mass:

There will be a Family Mass in Ballybrown Church on Sunday 29th of April at 10a.m. We will have a practice for this Mass on Wednesday 25th April in the Church from 5.50-7.00pm. All welcome.  For more information, please contact Julianne McCormack @ 087-9478123.

 

Gach dea- ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

BALLYBROWN/CLARINA COMMUNITY GAMES:

Rounders

Training is starting back again for our rounders team, tonight 19th April at 6.00 pm in Breska soccer field. All are welcome to attend and full training will be provided. We have had great success in rounders down through the year and kids have had great enjoyment playing rounders so bring them along and let them try it out.

Sports Evening: A provisional date of Friday 4th May has been set for the Ballybrown/Clarina sports evening. Venue to be confirmed at a later date.

Registrations will take place on the evening from 5.30pm with events to start at 6.00 pm sharp.

There will be events for all on the night. The cost is €4.00 per child. This is always a great evening so we would like to see as many of you as possible come along and take part.

Please check out our Facebook page for further details. https://www.facebook.com/ballybrownclarinacommunitygames/

 

 


Thursday, April 12, 2018

School note April 12th 2018


12-4-2018

Dear parents,

                   The final term of the school year is upon us. It has been very busy since we returned to school.

                    Yesterday, Mrs Ivess and Ms Gibbons accompanied a team of girls to play in a Gaelic Football Blitz in Mary I where they were coached by PE students. It was a most enjoyable day.

                  Our under 13 camogie team played St Nessan's in the first game of the Cumann na mBunscol leagues. On Tuesday, our Under 13 boys team travelled to St Nessan's NS. Unfortunately, both games ended in defeat  ach beidh lá eile againn.

                  The school's Under 13 soccer team has qualified for the county final stage of the Spar/FAI Soccer tournament. Thanks especially to Kevin Conway and Mr Keoghan for looking after the team.

                    Yesterday, Stephen, an Athletics coach with Limerick Sports Partnership, visited the school to provide running classes for First and Second classes. Ballybrown NS places a great emphasis in encouraging children to try as many sports as possible and to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

                      Tomorrow, engineer Scott Zieglinski presents a STEM  workshop for all children in classes from First to Sixth.

                    Best wishes to Seánna O Connor Kelly who represents the school in the county final stage of the Eason's Spelling Bee today.

                    Congratulations to Gerry Moroney who was crowned Table Topper champion for 2018 on the day we closed for Easter holidays.

                     I have noticed a certain laxity in school uniforms since we returned to school. Navy track bottoms are recommended. No stripes or logos, please.

                 The Parents Association have organised a guest speaker to attend the school. This will take place on Monday 23rd April. Our guest speaker Ger Brick will be delivering a 90 minute Anti-Cyberbullying/Internet Safety Workshop to pupils of 4th class to 6th class during school hours. A letter of parental consent will be sent home with the pupils early next week.

He will also provide a Parent Information Evening at 7.00pm that evening in the School Halla. Parents of ALL  pupils in the school are invited to attend. The talk incorporates video, guidelines, practical demonstrations and discussion, providing parents with practical non-technical information and guidance for keeping their children and families safe online. Light refreshments will be served also.

Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons

Principal

 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

School note March 22nd

22-3-2018

 

Dear parents,

                     Yesterday, 52 boys and girls received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Brendan Leahy in St. Joseph's Church here in Ballybrown. Events such as Confirmation are a team effort and  I am extremely grateful to all involved, especially the class teachers, Mr. Barry and Ms Gibbons, and all  teachers  and staff who have been helpful in every way.  Ms. Day has done superb work with the Choir. Thanks to Fr Cussen and all involved with our local parish who are so cooperative.  I am grateful once again to the school's Parents Association who provided refreshments. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.

                       Fintan O'Sullivan has been in touch to express his appreciation to the school for allowing him to use a school Colours Day for fundraising for his India Immersion Project. The total amount collected was €608.22 euro. The funds go directly to the children and various projects in India that he will be visiting. Fintan visited all classes in the school and spoke to them about the purpose of his visit.

                      Spelling Bee: Congratulations to Seánna O Connor Kelly who is our school Spelling Bee Champion  for 2018. Seánna will represent the school in the county final after Easter. Go néirí leat, Seánna.

                       Our sympathies to Deputy Principal Ms Hayes on the death of her mother. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí.

                       Mrs Hanly returns to school on April 9th  after maternity leave. Mr Donagh McCarthy has been with us since last September. He leaves the school tomorrow. We are very sorry to see him go. He has been a great asset to the school.

                       Easter Holidays: School will close at 12.30 p.m. tomorrow for Easter and will reopen on Monday April 9th.                       

                     Tomorrow Friday March 23rd is  Daffodil Day. Daffodils will be on sale in Hayes Shop in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Fresh daffodils may be left at the school before 9.15 a.m. on that day.

              Ballybrown/Clarina Community Resource Centre are holding their Spring Fair and Cake Sale on Sunday 25th March. Children's Spring Art Competition prizes will be awarded. Doors open at 10.45a.m. Your support would be appreciated.

Ballybrown GAA: . Our U6s will start back hurling training on the pitch in BALLYBROWN on FRIDAY30th March @5.45pm. All players MUST be registered before playing and we can accept annual registrations on the night. Please remember to bring hurley/helmet/shinguards. All new players welcome.
We will also be holding an Easter Hurling camp for 3 days, 4th/5th & 6th April in Ballybrown 10.30am to 1.30pm, cost €30 for first child, €20 for second and €10 per child thereafter. Registration at 10am on the 4th April. ALL players must be registered before playing.

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal