Thursday, June 14, 2018

School note June 14th


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.


Le dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons