Thursday, September 27, 2018

Gaelic Football fixtures

Friday September 28th: Under 11 challenge v Corpus Christi NS in Field at back of school. Throw in 1 p.m.

Wednesday October 3rd:  Under 13 Girls football v An Mhodh Scoil in  New Field in Clarina. Throw in 1 p.m.

Thursday October 4th: Under 11 boys v St Nessan's in Clarina. Throw in 1 p.m.

School note September 27th


Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention. 

                     Parent -teacher meetings will take place on  Tuesday October 23rd and Wednesday October 24th from 3.15 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Parents will receive details of appointment times during the week of October 15th. As there is no class of more than 30 children in the school, it will be possible to meet all families during those times.

                          School will be closed on Friday October 26th, the date of the Presidential election. The school is in use as a polling station on that day.

                        On Tuesday, the boys and girls in Fifth and Sixth class visited the Hedge School in Newtown which will feature on  Nationwide on October 24th.

                         MPCC Credit Union will return to school on Friday October 5th.

                    Allianz Pupil Personal Insurance: If you wish to avail of this, tomorrow Friday September 28th. is the closing date.


NOTE:  Please read the note following this page for information concerning  e payments. These are optional. We are using this system to facilitate parents and to reduce the amount of cash and cheques stored in school.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons



Parents Association


 Please note due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to change the date of the Recycling Day to Friday October 12th. All families received bags this week. 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.

                           You are cordially invited to attend the Parent's Association Annual General Meeting on Wednesday night next, 3rd October in the School Halla, at 8pm. 

The night will kick off with Mr Lyons giving his always informative annual Principal's summary on the school year, to include an update on building works at the school. Chairperson's Report will be then be given by Lorraine Murphy, and following this, you can find out how your money was spent when  Simon Goble will deliver his Treasurer's Report!

We will then seek nominations for Chair,  Secretary and a Class Rep from each class in the school to go on the Committee for 2018/19 School year.  Last year was the first year that we had Class Reps in the school and it was a fantastic success.  We have 189 families in the school so we need bodies at the meetings to make the PA as successful as possible. Typically, the PA meet 3-4 times a year and we would LOVE to get as many people involved as we can. 

Tea & Coffee will be served too, how can you stay away?? 

See you there,

Lorraine Murphy. 

(Outgoing Chair)



Dear Parent/Guardian,

Our school is delighted to announce that we are rolling out the Aladdin ePayment system to parents/guardians of children in our school.  

Our school uses the Aladdin software service for administrative purposes and the ePayment system will give you access from an internet browser on your computer, phone or tablet to make secure payments to the school using your credit or debit card.  The purpose of the ePayment system is to facilitate the easier payment of school money collections for parent/guardians and to reduce the amount of cash and cheques being sent into our school in line with recent central bank directives.  

Aladdin uses state of the art security to safeguard information entered by you and the school and data is stored and processed in strict compliance with Irish data protection laws.

Going forward, when money is due for any school activity that is relevant to your children, you will receive a text message containing your payment access link.  Please do not forward this text/email or share this access link as this link is unique for your family only. The link will bring you to a parent payment page which will contain all payments requested for all siblings in a family.  There is only one link per family ensuring you have the option to pay all amounts due for all your children in one transaction. Once you have completed your payment, you will be issued with a reference number. You will also receive an email receipt which will contain details of the transaction and reference number. Please quote this reference number in any queries you may have as regards this payment with the school.

We hope that you will find the Aladdin ePayments facility useful and that it is a very successful system for all. The secretary or myself will welcome any feedback or questions you may have.

Yours sincerely,


Joe Lyons

















Friday, September 21, 2018

Football Fixtures next week

Under 13 Boys v Pallaskenry NS in Pallaskenry on Tuesday September 25th. Throw in 1.20 p.m.

Under 13 girls v St Paul's NS on Wednesday September 26th at 1 p.m. Venue to be confirmed

Under 11 boys have a bye next week

Thursday, September 20, 2018

School note September 20th


Dear parents,

                     Today we had the first  Assembly of the school year, hosted by Fifth and Sixth class. The children  in Mr Barry and Ms Gibbons' classes sang, made presentations on local history and Hedge Schools and recited poems in English and as Gaeilge. The  school rules were revised :  Be Nice to everyone and  No Rough Play.

Children in Fifth and Sixth classes are looking forward to a ten week IT module with Whizzkids, a company providing an IT skills programme for primary school pupils.The programme will commence tomorrow and will run for ten weeks.

                        Date for your Diary: Limerick Primary Cross Country championships take place in Limerick Racecourse in Patrickswell on Wednesday October 17th, starting at 11 a.m.    

           First Holy Communion in 2019 will take place in Ballybrown Church on Saturday May 18th at 11 a.m.

            Once again, I ask parents to avail of the parking area available in the Resource Centre and in the Church grounds.  Please keep the Staff parking area and the bus areas free.  Please do not obstruct traffic or park in the yellow box at the gate.  Please ensure minders, grandparents or others who are occasional visitors to the school are aware of these arrangements. Safety of children is our only priority.  

               It is a good idea to sign the Homework Diary and check that homework is being done properly. Please check your child's Homework Diary every night, Monday to Thursday.      


                Parents Association News: A clothes Recycling Day will take place on Friday October 5th. All families will receives bags in the coming weeks. 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.

             The AGM of the Parents Association will take place on Wednesday 3rd October at 8pm in the School Halla. The school principal  will also be presenting his annual school summary report at this meeting. The Parents Association would be grateful if as many parents as possible could attend, in particular parents who are new to the school. All welcome.  

Parent and toddler group commencing at Community Centre Tues 25th Sept from 10am to 11.30pm 

Finally, I urge parents to ensure that your child's name is on all books, coats, fleeces etc.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons




Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Astronomy classes

Astronomy for Beginners

with Tony O'Hanlon - Shannonside Astronomy Club

Classes suitable from age 10yrs to Adults.
Tony brings the Universe to Clarina with his workshops of visually stunning talks on Astronomy – Planets, Constellations & Celestial objects.
Saturday afternoons 2-4pm
12 weeks- Beginning Sept 22nd to Dec 15th
Adults €60. U18 - Concession €30
Venue: Ballybrown/Clarina Community Resource Centre
Weather permitting there will be night-time observing to learn Constellations and see wondrous Celestial objects through Binoculars & Telescopes.
For further information contact Phil Ryan – 087-2350561

Monday, September 17, 2018

Gaelic Football News

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Fixtures for this week

Ballybrown NS Under 13 football team play Christ the King BNS in the  New Field in Ballybrown  on Tuesday September 18th at 1.30 p.m.  Gumshield mandatory for all players.

Ballybrown NS Under 13 girls football  team play An Mhodh Scoil in the new field in Clarina on Wednesday September 19th. Throw in 1 p.m.  Gumshields are  mandatory.

Ballybrown NS Under 11 football team play  St Nessan's NS in the new field in Ballybrown on Thursday September 20th at 1.30 p.m.  Gumshield mandatory for all players.



Thursday, September 13, 2018

School note Thursday September 13th


Dear Parents

                    Today, we hosted a visit of the Liam McCarthy Cup, back on Shannonside after a 45 year absence. It is almost a month since the All-Ireland final but the joy remains unabated. Seán Finn also attended as did members of Ballybrown GAA Club.

                   On Tuesday, members of the Hedge School Committee visited the school to speak to Fifth and Sixth Classes about the Hedge School in Newtown. Such a project brings history to life for all of us. A cameraman was in attendance and we look forward to seeing the completed programme on Nationwide in October. Special thanks to Jim O Farrell who liases with the school on a regular basis.

                 All families today received forms for Allianz Pupil Personal Insurance.  There are two types: school day cover (€6) or all-year-round (€9).  This is entirely voluntary but has proven very popular with parents in the past.  Should you decide to avail of this insurance, please hand monies to the School Office by Friday September 28th.


Children are supervised from 9 a.m. each morning.  The school cannot be responsible for pupils arriving at school before 9 a.m.

Communication:  Check your child's homework journal for notes from the class teacher.  Please check the school website or follow us on Twitter @Ballybrown NS to keep yourself informed on school news.


School teams: The Cumann na mBunscol season starts this week.  Ballybrown NS will field boys and girls teams in the Limerick City Gaelic Football leagues.  We are fortunate to have such generous teachers who give of their time so freely.

Parents Association:  A clothes Recycling Day will take place on Friday October 5th. All families will receives bags in the coming weeks. 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.

Children's Mindfulness: classes for ages 5 to 12 years will be restarting the last week in September; Information night for parents / guardians on the 17th of Sept @ 7p.m. in 11 Thomas St. All welcome.  text Therese 0877531979 to confirm your attendance.

Enrolments for Creative Drama classes will take place in the Community Centre on this coming Friday September 14th at 3.p.m.

Further information from  Carol on 0878171814

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons





Thursday, September 6, 2018

School Note September 6th 2018


Dear parents,

                        As we look forward to the year ahead, I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                           All children in the school will attend Mass in Ballybrown Church tomorrow Friday at 9.30 a.m. for the start of the school year. Children may need a coat in the event of rain.

                        Meetings with teachers: All meetings with teachers are strictly by appointment only.  Please telephone the School office to make an appointment.  If you have a concern about your child, speak to the class teacher as a first step.

                        Homework: Start as you mean to continue,  Check your child's homework diary every night.  Do not sign off on homework unless you are happy it has been completed satisfactorily.

            Healthy Eating: We are very proud of our Healthy eating policy. Fruit, sandwich and water or milk are all a child needs.  Fruit Break every day at 10 a.m.

                        Lost property:  Already, our Lost Property section is swelling.  Please ensure your child's name is on every item of clothing.

            Thanks to all the families for their Art & Craft/Photocopying contributions.  If you have not yet paid this money, you can give it to  Rosemarie in the school office any day between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.. €35 per child or €60 family.

                     Lego: Do you have Lego at home that is no longer needed? Mrs Fitzgerald would be delighted to take it off your hands as it would be of great use in Junior Infants. Please drop anything you have to the Office.

                      Request for Books: If anyone has the following books lying around at home,  the school would be very grateful to accept them:   3rd to 6th class Bun go Barr, Mathemagic, Reading Zone, Windows on the World Geography and History.


The Liam McCarthy cup will be coming to Ballybrown GAA club tomorrow  Friday 7th of September at 6.30 pm. All are welcome. Also, under 6 hurling training also resumes this Friday  at 5.45 p.m.  All new players are welcome.

                   Resource Centre: Community centre programme of events enrolment night takes place Thursday 6th Sept 7.30 to 9pm.

                   Mini rugby for boys and girls of all ages at Old Crescent every Sunday morning from 10 -11 a.m. Contact Anthony on (087) 2214140 for details. 


Le dea-ghuí, 

J. Lyons.