Thursday, January 18, 2018

School note Thursday 18th


Dear parents,

                    I wish to bring the following to your attention.


                   Child Protection: TUSLA Mandatory reporting. The Department of Education and Skills (DES) has published updated Child Protection guidelines. The procedures came into effect on December 11th 2017.

What are the key measures?

1.     Every registered teacher, as a Mandated Person, now has a statutory obligation to report child protection concerns over a defined threshold to the Child and Family Agency (Tusla). Such reports are known as mandated reports

2.     A requirement on mandated persons to assist Tusla in the assessment of child protection risk, if so requested.


What are the main statutory obligations of mandated persons?

To report to Tusla any knowledge, belief or reasonable grounds to suspect that a child has been harmed, is being harmed, or is at risk of being harmed, and to report any disclosures made by a child in relation to the above.  


                    Confirmation for the children in Fifth and Sixth classes will take place on Wednesday March 21st at 1 p.m. in Ballybrown Church.

                    First Holy Communion takes place on Saturday May 19th at 11 a.m.

                    The Limerick leg of the 2018 RDS Primary Science Fair takes place in Mary Immaculate College from Thursday 18 - Saturday 20  January 2018. Fifth class from Ballybrown NS has had a project accepted and the children in Ms Gibbon's class will attend tomorrow Friday 19th.  The full day out for primary school pupils, families and teachers, includes the RDS Primary Science Fair Limerick showcasing 4th-6th class primary school science-themed projects alongside an exciting educational entertainment programme including large scale science shows and interactive exhibits.

All tickets for today and tomorrow are sold out. If you  wish to attend on Saturday, tickets are available online at www.


               All children in the school enjoyed Folk Dancing with Larry and Ita Southard on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Larry is from North Carolina while Ita is a native of Grenagh in Cork. They were very happy with the response of the children and we look forward to a return visit in 2019.                                 

                                Clan Cluana Theatre Company will visit the school on Tuesday January 23rd to stage a performance of  ' Young Fionn MacCumhaill' for children from Third to Sixth Class inclusive. Cost €3 per child. Please give the money to your child's teacher.


Mr Lordan's class and Mrs Hodgins' class will begin a six-week series of hurling with coach Killian Gavin tomorrow Friday, weather permitting.

Gach dea-ghuí


J. Lyons