Thursday, March 21, 2019

School note March 21st

 

 

 

 

21-3-2019

Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                     Over 50 boys and girls from 4th to 6th classes took part in an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records at LIT this morning by playing in the world's biggest hurling game.

                    Next Tuesday, March 26th,  the Under 13 Cumann na mBunscol season begins. Ballybrown NS will play a double header in Clarina v Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh. Hurling at 11.30 a.m. Camogie at 12.30 p.m.

                     The Limerick County Spelling Bee Final will take place next Thursday March 28th    in  JFK Memorial School, Ennis Rd, Limerick at 11a.m. Neal Buckley will represent Ballybrown NS.

                       This is the time of year for colds and flu. Some cases of Scarlet Fever have been reported to me among children in the school this week.

                         Dates for your Diary: First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday May 18th in Ballybrown Church at 11 a.m.

                           School will be closed on Thursday May 23rd as all teachers will attend Inservice on the Primary Language Curriculum on that day.  The school will be in use as a polling station for European Elections on Friday May 24th.

                           All classes will go on School tour on Thursday June 20th. Sports Day is scheduled for Friday June 21st, weather permitting.

                     A message re Daffodil Day: We are once again looking for Daffodils from your students for Daffodil Day. Fresh daffodils may be left at the school before 9.15 a.m. tomorrow. These will be sold at Hayes's Shop tomorrow Friday 22nd March.

Your support is greatly appreciated.  

                  

                 The next Parents Association meeting is on Wednesday the 27th March at 7.30 p.m. in the school hall. All are welcome to attend. 

The Parents Association have organised a bag packing day in Dunnes Stores in the Jetland Shopping Centre on Saturday 27th April from 10am to 4pm. Time slots are 10 -12pm/12-2pm/2-4pm We need your help to cover around 10 tills for a 2 hour slot during the day. Please phone or text Caroline Sheehan on 087-9276776 to let her know your availability. Your help would be very much appreciated. All funds raised go to school activities.

Gach dea- ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal    

Thursday, March 14, 2019

School note March 14th

Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

Congratulations to Ms Gibbons and her class whose project on Teachers and Cumann na mBunscol scooped First Prize at the Cornmarket Cumann na mBunscol Awards in Sligo last Friday night. This category was sponsored by the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) to mark the link between teachers and Cumann na mBunscol. The project highlighted teachers who have made their mark as players, coaches and GAA administrators.

                     Engineer Scott Ziglienski visited the school once again to conduct engineering workshops with all classes from First to Sixth last Friday.

                 "DO THIS IN MEMORY 2018-2019 Programme": Mass 5 is on this Saturday 16th March at 8 pm.  Children are asked to be in the church 10 church 10 minutes before Mass and please bring your candle.

               Healthy Eating: We are all are aware of the problems of childhood obesity and the implications in later life. We have been operating a very successful Healthy Eating policy in the school for many years now. It needs parental co-operation for success. Cereal bars, chocolate bars, even as 'treats' are not allowed. Fruit, sandwich, water are all a child needs. Nothing could be simpler, easier to prepare, healthier or cheaper. I urge all parents to put your child's health first.

                              Seachtain na Gaeilge: This is Seachtain na  Gaeilge. There are many activities taking place in the school. Parents can do your bit by  introducing simple phrases like 'Go raibh maith agat' and 'Fáilte romhat' to everyday speech.

                 Sr. Helen Culhane of the Children's Grief Centre has organised on conference on the theme of Children and Loss-  Supporting Children and Young People Affected by Loss Through Parental Separation, Divorce or Bereavement Venue: Millennium Theatre, Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish Park, Limerick Date & Time: Friday 14th June 2019, 9.30 am - 1.30pm Registration: 8.30 am - 9.30 am. Booking on www.eventbrite.ie

for further details, email: office@childrensgriefcentre.ie Tel: 0879851733

                  Parents Association:       The Parents Association are holding a Colours Day tomorrow Friday March 15th. The school has a long association with Special Olympics and the Association will make a contribution to Special Olympics from funds collected. Each child to contribute €2 please.  

                Parents Association has organised a bag packing day in Dunnes Stores in the Jetland Shopping Centre on Saturday27th April from 10am to 4pm. Time slots are 10 -12pm/12-2pm/2-4pm We need your help to cover around 10 tills for a 2 hour slot during the day. Please phone or text Caroline Sheehan on 087-9276776 to let her know your availability. Your help would be very much appreciated. All funds raised go to school activities.

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

School Note March 7th

7-3-2019

 

Dear parents,

                      Today is World Book Day. A range of activities is going ahead throughout the school.

                     Mr Barry has asked me to mention that the school is still seeking Aldi stickers. We have filled one poster and are well on the way to filling another.

 Ballybrown NS achieved  Third place in the Analog Robotics competition that took place last Saturday. Over thirty schools took part. The Ballybrown NS team consisted of Rory Murphy, Tommy Lynch and David Byrnes. Well done, boys.

                  Third and Fourth classes attended a Science Fair in UL yesterday as part of Engineers Week.

                      Ballybrown NS has been shortlisted for the Cornmarket Awards Cumann na mBunscol Awards. Ms Gibbons and her class entered a project on the theme of  'Teachers and Cumann na mBunscol'. These Awards are open to schools throughout Ireland and it is a great achievement to make it to the National Final. Ballybrown NS is active in promoting Gaelic Games on and off the field. This year's Awards will be held in Sligo tomorrow night.

                     The school is currently working towards renewing our Active School Flag. As part of the process we are requested to distribute a questionnaire to parents. We would appreciate greatly if you could follow the link below and fill out the short survey online.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V3XVN5V

                  Parents Association: The Parents Association are holding a Colours Day on Friday March 15th. The school has a long association with Special Olympics and the Association will make a contribution to Special Olympics from funds collected. More details next week.

                    Engineer Scott Ziglinski will visit the school tomorrow Friday 8th. Scott developed the company "Elementary Engineering" and travels to schools around the country to carry out a workshop on basic engineering skills. Children from First to Sixth class will take part  in the workshop which is very relevant to the STEM subjects. Cost €3 per child.

                     MPCC Credit Union will be in school tomorrow morning.

Ballybrown GAA: The  Juvenile Club will run an Easter Camp for girls and boys from u6 to u13 from Wednesday April 24 to Friday April 26., 10.30 to 1.30 each day. There will be more details soon. 

A message from Newtown Hedge School: On Monday March 18th, Hedge School Cottage is holding a Remembrance Walk to remember all our local community and family members that have passed away. On the day, we are having a memory wall so anyone that would like to put a picture or mortuary card on this please bring on the day.This is a sponsored walk so if we could ask for your support in taking a card to fill out it would be greatly appreciated. Cards are available at the school. We would ask for cards from the children be brought back by next Wednesday to the Community Centre and most important any child that fills a card please make sure they put their name on it as they will be entered into a separate raffle. Registration takes place on the day  at 1.30pm and walk departs at 2pm.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

School note February 28th

 

28-2-2019

Dear parents,

                    Progress on the building work on the school extension is excellent  with the weather greatly in our favour. A completion date of late July is promised. The Board of Management wishes to thank the members of the Community Alert who have helped with traffic and stewarding. They have been invaluable.

                     Tomorrow, the school will play in the INTO Mini Sevens in both hurling and camogie in Mungret GAA Grounds.

                     A team from Sixth Class consisting of Rory Murphy, David Byrnes and Tommy Lynch will represent the school in the Analog Devices Primary Schools Robotics competition on Saturday March 2nd. This team were winners of the activities organised during the workshop held in the school last week.

                  E payments are up and running again after a few technical hitches.

                    It has been brought to my attention that some children have become distressed by stories of the MOMO online game. Webwise provides excellent advice

https://www.webwise.ie/trending/top-10-tips-for-parents/

 Parents are advised to monitor your child's online activity closely.

MPCC Credit Union will visit the school on Friday March 8th.

                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,  the National Education Welfare Board. Parents are advised to be aware of this and to be mindful of their child's attendance record.

                                    Please check the school website www.ballybrownns.ie or follow us on Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news. 

           

Parents Association News: 

28th February – Steve Goode from the National Parents Association will hold an introductory talk on "How to support all aspects of setting up and running a Parents Association in your school"  tonight at 19.30. All parents are welcome to attend. 

1st March - Community Clothing Recycle event tomorrow Friday 1st March. Drop off time from 8.45am – 09.30 am at St Joseph's National School at the gate nearest to the Resource Centre. All clean clothing and paired shoes, suitable for re-use welcome. All monies raised from the event goes towards school activities and resources. 

27th April - There is a school bag packing day organised in Dunnes Stores in the Jetland Shopping Centre on the 27th April from 10am to 4pm. We need your help to cover around 10 tills for a 2 hour slot during the day. Would you please phone or text Caroline Sheehan on 087-9276776 to let her know your availability. Your help would be very much appreciated. All funds raised go to school activities.

An information session on transition from pre school to primary school takes place on Tuesday 5th March in the Woodlands House Hotel Adare at 7pm 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

School Note Feb 20th

20-2-2019

Dear parents,

                    Building work is due to commence tomorrow on the extension to the school. As conveyed in yesterday's note, from Monday February 25th, all  children will assemble in the Senior Yard each morning. Children are supervised from 9 a.m. to 9.15 a.m. each morning. Parents are requested not to bring children to school prior to 9 a.m. as the school will not be responsible for them. As all children will be assembling in the same yard, children will merely line up in readiness for school. This is not playtime.

                 We are fortunate that there is room for parking in the Church grounds and Resource Centre carparks. There are two buses and three minibus/taxis servicing the school each day and these must also be accommodated. The area directly in front of the school gate must be kept clear as clearly indicated by the yellow box. 

                It is vitally important that minders, grandparents etc are made aware of these arrangements and I ask parents to inform them of these new procedures.

               I know I can rely on your co operation for the duration of the work.

              Meanwhile, school life goes on. Yesterday,  Learn It personnel travelled from Cork to give a day long Robotics workshop to children in Sixth Class. This was a great opportunity. The children were divided into teams of three. Two teams qualified to represent the school in a Robotics event in Analog Devices on March 2nd.

             Mr Barry brought a team to play in a hurling blitz in St Clement's College yesterday. The boys did very well. Next week, the school will play in the INTO Mini Sevens in Mungret GAA grounds in hurling and camogie.

                Parents Association News: Dear Parents, a  meeting with Principal Joe Lyons in attendance, will be held on Tuesday 26th February at 8pm in the school hall to discuss forming a fundraising committee to help with raising the projected shortfall of €23K for the school playground. Your attendance would be greatly appreciated and your input would be very welcome. 

                          Thursday 28th February – Steve Goode from the National Parents Association will hold an introductory talk on how to support all aspects of setting up and running a Parents Association in the school on 28th February at 7.30 p.m. 

                      1st March - Community Clothing Recycle event on the 1st March drop off time from 8. 45am – 09.30 am at St Joseph's National School. All clean clothing and paired shoes, suitable for re-use welcome.. All monies raised from the event goes towards school activities and resources. 

          - There is a school bag packing day organised in Dunnes Stores in the Jetland Shopping Centre on Saturday 27th April from 10am to 4pm. We need your help to cover around 10 tills for a 2 hour slot during the day. Please phone or text Caroline Sheehan on 087-9276776 to let her know your availability. Your help would be very much appreciated. All funds raised go to school activities.

Gach dea-ghuí, 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

School note February 14th

14-2-2019

 

Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                      Work on the extension to the school is due to commence on Thursday February 21st and is expected to be completed by the end of July. The new classroom and two Special Education rooms will be ready for use when school reopens for the new school year. While work is ongoing, there will be no parking in the bus areas as the builders will be using this area for access. Traffic management and parking are just two items that will cause some temporary inconvenience.  A special note will issue next week on the topic of arrangements while building is ongoing.

                   The children in Third Class completed a six week series of swimming lessons yesterday in the Arena Sports Centre in Askeaton.

                   Ballybrown NS entered two teams in the City Cumann na mBunscol indoor blitz in Old Christians GAA club on Tuesday. One of our teams was narrowly beaten by JFK  in the semi final. Both teams played really well. Today, it is the turn of the girls as Ms Keyes and Ms Hayes accompany two camogie teams to the same venue.

            Reminder: School will close for midterm on Thursday and Friday February 21st and 22nd. Reopen on Monday February 25th.

              Parents Association:  There is a school bag packing day organised in Dunnes Stores in the Jetland Shopping Centre on the 27th April from 10am to 4pm.We need your help to cover around 10 tills for a 2 hour slot during the day. Would you please phone or text Caroline Sheehan on 087-9276776 to let her know your availability. Your help would be very much appreciated. All funds raised go to school activities.

Community Clothing Recycle event on the 1st March drop off time at 8.45 am at St Joseph's National School. All clean clothing and paired shoes, suitable for re-use welcome. All monies raised from the event goes towards school activities and resources.

Gach dea-ghuí, 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

School news February 7th 2019

 

 

 

 

 

7-2-2019

Dear parents,

                     Yesterday, the children in Junior & Senior Infants enjoyed a trip to the Ballybrown NS Restaurant as part of Aistear. The Halla was transformed into a dining room with flowers on each table. Children studied the menu before making their choices and ordering from the waiting staff, Ms Keyes, Ms Fitzgerald, Mary and Ceara. Chef Ms Neville ensured all diners were catered for while Mr Costelloe on saxophone  provided the mood music.

                    Indoor hurling takes place in Old Christians on Tuesday Feb 12th while Indoor camogie  is in the same venue on Thursday 14th.                

                    Over 80 grandparents enjoyed Grandparents' Day in school last Thursday. Many travelled long distances to attend. Special thanks to Ms Gibbons and Mr Barry for planning a lovely event that spanned the generations.

Community Fundraiser: Tiny Sebastian and her family who moved to the Parish from India 7 years ago died unexpectedly  last month.  Tiny was a nurse, wife to Cyril and mother to Riyana aged 8 and Riyon aged 4. A fundraiser is being held by the community of Patrickswell/Ballybrown to help the family with funeral costs of repatriating the body back to India and to express our support to them at this traumatic time.  As part of the ongoing Community Fundraiser envelopes are now available through out the parish for donations and can be returned to any of the boxes at the back of the Churches, Parish Office, Resource Centres and School Office. A coffee morning will also take place after the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday next 10th February.

Ballybrown Church Choir:   Rehearsals for Saint Patrick's Day/Easter beginning next Tuesday 12th February  at 8 pm in the church.  We welcome new singers at any time.  If you enjoy singing, why not sing with us?  For further information please contact Rosaleen Donovan 061 353600 / 087 2267647.

Children's Grief Centre are hosting a conference: 'Children and Loss' on Friday 14th June, 2019 in The Millennium Theatre, Limerick Institute of Technology.  The Children's Grief Centre is a support service for school-aged children and young people affected by loss through death, separation and divorce. 'We would be delighted if you could join us on the day and in doing so help us to spread the message about our important work.'  The conference fee is €50 per attendee, which includes refreshments and a light lunch. Registration for the conference and workshops is through  Eventbrite.ie

 

Parents Association News: Dear Parents, As part of the school extension there is a new play area being built but unfortunately there is a shortfall of €23K to make it a soft surface play area which helps prevent accidents and protects against injuries. We are holding a meeting at 7.30 p.m. in the school hall on Wednesday 13th February 2019.  Your attendance would be greatly appreciated and your input would be very welcome.

 

Ballybrown Camogie Club: registration for u 8s, 10s, 12s & 13s tomorrow Friday Feb 8th from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. in Ballybrown GAA Clubhouse.

Credit Union returns to school tomorrow Friday February 8th.

 

Gach dea-ghuí, 

J. Lyons

Principal    

Friday, February 1, 2019

Children's Grief Centre

To celebrate our 10th anniversary we at the Children's Grief Centre are delighted to be hosting our first conference: 'Children and Loss' on Friday 14th June, 2019 in The Millennium Theatre, Limerick Institute of Technology.



The Children's Grief Centre is a support service for school-aged children and young people affected by loss through death, separation and divorce.


We would be delighted if you could join us on the day and in doing so help us to spread the message about our important work. The conference fee is €50 per attendee, which includes refreshments and a light lunch.

Registration for the conference and workshops is through Eventbrite.ie

Registration will open on Thursday 31st January, 2019.


The following are our two keynote speakers.



· Dr Elizabeth Nixon will discuss 'Current research on the effects of parental separation on children: What hurts and what helps.'



· The title of Daniel McConnell's talk is 'Can you hear me now? - Why is it important for children dealing with grief to be heard.'


We would be very grateful if you could display our attached poster. If you require further information, please feel free to contact us by phone or email.





Helen Culhane

Director

CHILDREN'S GRIEF CENTRE


Westbourne

Ashbourne Avenue

South Circular Road

Limerick

061 224627 087 9851733

www.childrensgriefcentre.ie

Thursday, January 31, 2019

School note January 31st

31-1-2019

Dear parents,

                         Today has been another busy day in the life of the school. The children in Fifth and Sixth classes invited their grandparents to visit as part of Catholic Schools Week. Mr Barry and Ms Gibbons have been busy ensuring a real Ballybrown welcome for these important guests. Great credit is due to the boys and girls who worked so hard to ensure everything went without a hitch on Grandparents Day.

                        Communication: I am a firm believer in the importance of good communication. Parents are reminded that the class teacher is the first person you contact if you have concerns about your child. Rosemarie will make an appointment for you to meet the teacher. Teachers will do everything to put your mind at ease. Parent and teacher working together for the benefit of the pupils is the ideal situation.               

                        Parking:  At the end of the school day, children exit by the gate nearest the Resource Centre. I appeal to parents not to ask their children to walk through the Staff Car Park.   In bad weather, small children running through the car park is very dangerous. There is plenty of parking space in the Resource Centre and at the Church. If you park between the school and Hayes's shop, please collect your child at the main gate in front of Reception. Grandparents who collect children need to be aware of this.

                             Mr Keoghan's class hosted the January Assembly today. They sang, recited poetry in both English and as Gaeilge  and told us all about Italy. The hard work and practice paid off and they did themselves proud.

                         Quiz: Seven quiz teams from Ballybrown NS will represent the school in the MPCC Table Quiz in Mungret GAA club tomorrow night. They have been preparing diligently. Last week, one of our teams finished in fourth place in the county final of the Community Games Quiz.

                   Ballybrown GAA club: u 8s,10s and 12s will return to training on Friday February 8th in UL. We will train in the new McGuire pitches and ball walls, the cost per child is fifteen euro for six weeks. There will be more details from the management teams soon.

Thanks to everyone who attended  our registration night last Friday , the second and last juvenile registration night will take place next Monday 8 to 9 in the clubhouse.

Gach dea- ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Schhol note Friday January 25th

25-1-2019

Dear parents,

                      Due to electrical problems, we have been without access to computers and internet since Wednesday. Thankfully, the problem is now resolved. 

                       We had an unexpected visitor to school on Wednesday when Julie from Gas Networks Ireland arrived to reveal that Mathew Collins and Mark Doolan were winners of a nation-wide poster competition on the dangers of Carbon Monoxide.The competition was run in partnership with Junior Achievement. The prize was an ipad for the school. Well done to Matthew and Mark.

 

The Hedge School in Newtown featured on Nationwide on RTE last Monday. There was a great reaction to the appearance of Fifth and Sixth class pupils and teachers.

                The school entered two quiz teams in the Community Games West Limerick quiz on Thursday January 17th. 47 teams took part and the Ballybrown NS teams finished in First and Third places. A great achievement.

                 The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) are currently reviewing the Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) curriculum for both primary and post primary schools in Ireland. As part of that review , they have compiled a survey in order to gather parents' views and would appreciate it if you could complete this survey. The closing date for this survey is the 27th of January 2019. To complete this survey please click this linkhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Review_of_RSE_Curriculum

 

Mungret St Paul's ladies footballers: underage training will resume tomorrow
Saturday 26th January 11am- The Village Pitch, Mungret.

 Sporting Limerick rounders team based in Ballybrown:  We are having a table Quiz in Ballybrown GAA clubhouse Friday 1st February at 8.30pm.  

Ballybrown/Clarina Community Games – Upcoming events

Draughts  We have our first competition last week. Our U14 team our 2 under 12 teams and 1 under 10 team qualified for the next round. Our other U10 team were in a three-way tie so they will have to play again next week.

Art Competition The date for this completion has changed to Saturday 16th February with venue to be confirmed.Please note that children have to bring whatever colours they plan on using in the competition with them, paper will be provided

Hand Writing The date for this completion has changed to Saturday 16th February with venue to be confirmed

 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

Gach dea-ghuí, 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

School note January 17th




17-1-2019
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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Exemption_from_the_study_of_Irish

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 https://www.facebook.com/ballybrownclarinacommunitygames/?ref=bookmarks

Le dea-ghuí,
J. Lyons
Principal    

Thursday, January 10, 2019

School note January 10th 2019

10-1-2019

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.  

http://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/influenza/seasonalinfluenza/guidance/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 linkhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Exemption_from_the_study_of_Irish 

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

Principal