Thursday, March 22, 2018

School note March 22nd



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




Thursday, March 15, 2018

School note March 15th 2018


Dear parents,

                    Dr Richard Egan, National Educational Psychological Service visited school on Monday afternoon  to speak to teachers  about dyslexia  and difficulties in literacy. It was a very worthwhile event.

                  On Tuesday, teams from Ballybrown NS took part in the INTO Mini Sevens blitzes in Old Christians GAA  club. The boys won the City hurling title and now advance to the county finals in Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale on April 18th. The camogie team played very well and are looking forward to the season ahead.

                  Lá Glas againn ar scoil inniu. Children are allowed to wear green and requested to assist a former pupil.  Fintan O Sullivan, who was a pupil in the school, is travelling to India with classmates from Ard Scoil Rís to work as a volunteer in an orphanage.  Fintan spoke to classes and showed a DVD about the orphanage in Kolkata.

                     The Board of Management recently completed its Child Safeguarding Statement which replaces the Child Protection policy previously required.  The Statement is on the school website.                   

                The children in Fifth and Sixth classes will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Leahy on Wednesday March 21st at 1 p.m. in Ballybrown Church.  A huge amount of preparation has gone into this very special occasion.

             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 school before 9.15 a.m. on that day.

          School will be closed tomorrow March 16th. Teachers are required to attend Inservice on Language Curriculum. Monday March 19th is a Public Holiday and school will be closed on that day. School closes for Easter on Friday March 23rd at 12.30 p.m.

           Parents Association: "A huge thank you to all parents who did a clear out last week - we had a tremendous response to Recycling Day.  Final figures to be confirmed.  A date for your diaries - April 23rd -  Anti- Cyber Bullying/Stay Safe on the Internet Workshop for Senior Students and evening talk for ALL Parents in the school.  More info after Easter." 


Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons





Thursday, March 8, 2018

School note March 8th


Dear parents,

                   Reminder:  All teachers are required to attend Inservice Training on the proposed new Primary Language  Friday March 16th. Consequently, school will be closed for pupils on that day. 

                   Confirmation: Confirmation is less than two weeks away. Preparations are in full swing. Tonight, all  children in Confirmation classes, and their parents, are invited to attend a talk by Sr. Patricia Coughlan in Ballybrown Church at 7 p.m.

                     Today, all children from Junior infants to Second Class enjoyed a Lego workshop with Learn It.  This was paid for by the Parents Association. It is part of the school's commitment to STEM activities. Last week, all children in Fifth and Sixth class took part in Robotics. We are fortunate that Mr Seamus Barry, Sixth Class teacher, is a trained Robotics instructor.

                      Poet Paul McNamara visited Fifth and Sixth classes today and conducted poetry workshops in each class. This was part of our programme for Book Week which fell victim to the snows of last week.

                    On the sporting front, the girls reached the City final of the Indoor camogie tournament. The school also took part in the City Indoor hurling tournament, reaching the semi final stage. Yesterday, our Under 13 hurling team played Lisnagry NS in a challenge match.

                   Junior Achievement: A big Thank You to Rob Geary, who has visited Ms Neville's class over the last two weeks as part of the Junior Achievement programme. The children really enjoyed his visit and learned so much, proving it's never too young to start! Rob will be back next week to deliver the final lesson.


Parents Association:  A clothes Recycling Day will take place tomorrow Friday March 9th. All families have received bags in school. 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.


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

 Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons




Mindfulness For Parents: Workshop. Starting Wed 28th of March 10 a.m. – 12 (5 week programme)    For more info contact: Therese O Connell 0877531979.





Sunday, March 4, 2018

School reopening tomorrow

Ballybrown NS will reopen tomorrow Monday March 5th at 9.15 a.m.