Thursday, January 17, 2019

School note January 17th

Dear parents,
                   News reached school on Tuesday of the death of Tiny, mother of Riyana, Second Class and wife of Cyril. Our sincere sympathy to all her family and friends on this sad occasion. Mass in Patrickswell Church today at 4 p.m. Reposing in Patrickswell Church until 7 p.m. tonight.
                  Jim O Farrell has informed me  that 'Nationwide'  on RTE One will feature Ballybrown and the Hedge School in Newtown  on Monday January 21st.
                   Is your child starting school in 2019? The closing date for Application forms is  3 p.m. tomorrow Friday January 18th.
                  Morning Supervision: Mrs Hodgins is currently on sick leave. Mrs Millar, Assistant Principal, is supervising the Junior Yard each morning from 9 a.m. to 9.15 a.m.
                  Safety of children: Children should never walk through the teachers' car park, even if accompanied by an adult. All classes exit via the gate near the Resource Centre except for children using the school bus service. It would be appreciated if parents did not use the teachers' car park.                 
                   Parents Association: The Minister has extended closing date for the consultation period on the proposed changes to the exemption from Irish until Thursday the 17th of January.  To complete the survey please click this link

Drama classes will resume in the Community Centre on Friday 18th January.  For more information,Contact Carol on 0878171814.
 Breska Rovers Underage Registration night for the 2019 season will take place Jan 28th at 7pm to 8:30pm in the Community resource centre. Open to children over the age of 4. Registration fees will stay the same. New players always welcome.
Ballybrown GAA: Underage Registration night for the 2019 season will take place  on Friday Jan 25th from 7p.m. to 8:30pm in the clubhouse. New players always welcome. 
Ballybrown/Clarina Community Games – Upcoming events:
Draughts  We have our first competition this coming Saturday evening at 5pm in Ballybrown Resource Centre. Good luck to our U10 team, our 2 u12 teams and our U14 team.
Art Competition is being held on 26th January with venue to be confirmed. Can you please let us know if your child is interested in taking part.
Hand Writing is being held on 26th January with venue to be confirmed. Can you please let us know if your child is interested in taking part.
 Swimming B Competition Sunday 3rd February 2019 – Askeaton Pool from 4-6pm
Swimming A competition Sunday 3rd March 2019 – Askeaton Pool from 4-6pm
Talent – closing date for entries is 13th of February.
Contact Pauline on (087) 8365545 or Aine on (086) 2070889 if you have any interest in the above events. Check out our facebook page for more details

Le dea-ghuí,
J. Lyons

Thursday, January 10, 2019

School note January 10th 2019


Dear parents,

                     All children from Junior Infants to Fourth class began a five week programme of gymnastics with  School Fitness Ireland on Tuesday.

                     The boys and girls in Third class began a six week programme of swimming lessons in Askeaton Leisure Centre yesterday.

            Seasonal  advice: The HSE has issued advice for parents on preventing the spread of influenza and infectious diseases in schools. 

The advice re chicken pox is : To prevent spreading the infection, keep children off nursery or school until all their spots have crusted over. Chickenpox is infectious from 1 to 2 days before the rash starts, until all the blisters have crusted over (usually 5 to 6 days after the start of the rash) .

  In brief:  If your child is sick, he/she should not be at school!            

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. Parents are advised to be aware of this and to be mindful of their child's attendance record.


Parents Association News: NPC has been asked by the Minister for Education and Skills to make a submission on the future direction of policy and practice in relation to the granting of exemptions from the study of Irish in primary and post primary schools.
The Minister has launched a consultation paper on this issue.
NPC has compiled a brief survey to get the views of parents on the key changes proposed, based on the questions asked by the Minister regarding the proposed changes.
To complete the survey please click this link 

Please complete a separate survey for each child. The survey will close at 10 a.m. on Friday the 11th of January.

The next Parents Association meeting will take place on Wednesday 16th January at 19.30 in the school hall.  All parents are welcome to attend. We are always looking for new ideas and suggestions so your input would be very welcome.


Mindfulness, Self-awareness classes to help and support children 5 - 12 years, who may be feeling anxious, lacking in self- confidence, self esteem. Teaching them tools and techniques that they can use daily to build resilience and confidence. Classes starting end of January in 11 Thomas St. For more information contact Therese 087 7531979.


Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons