Thursday, January 25, 2018

School note January 25th



Dear parents,

                     Approximately 40 children have absent from school each day this week. At today's Assembly, we spoke about the importance of good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of infection, with an emphasis on handwashing.

                    Mr Sheehy's class hosted the Assembly and we learned about Inventors and we also found out about the Gregorian Calendar. The class recited poems in English and as gaeilge.

                      Clan Cluana Theatre Company  staged a performance of 'Young Fionn Mac Cumhaill' for children from Third to Sixth Class on Tuesday. As ever, Michael Langton and his team  provided an  excellent show.

                    Tomorrow, Friday 26th, Ruth Marshall, storyteller, author and  heritage specialist with Heritage Ireland  will visit Third and  Fourth classes to tell stories, talk about folklore and traditions, bring songs and poetry, and include some seasonally appropriate craft - making St Bridget's Crosses. €2 per child. Please give money to Class Teacher.


                Ms Gibbons' class had a great day at the RDS Science Fair last Friday. Their project 'Does Physical Activity Help Memory?' attracted lots of attention. The plaque they received is on display in school.

              Catholic Schools Week begins on Sunday January 28th. Fr Cussen will visit school on Tuesday morning January 30th for a Prayer Service to start the week.


Ten teams will represent Ballybrown NS in the MPCC Credit Union Quiz in Mungret GAA Club tomorrow night. We had huge interest in the quiz this year but were restricted to an entry of 10 teams. Well done to all the children who have prepared so diligently.

                     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.


Date for your Diary: There is a Recycling Day planned for Friday March 9th. All families will receive bags in the coming weeks. Please have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc in bags at the school by 9.15a.m. that morning.


 Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons