Thursday, September 19, 2019

School note September 19th

19-9-2019

Dear parents,

                    Today we had the first  Assembly of the school year. The children  in Mr Barry's class made a presentation on places of historical interest in Ballybrown. Mrs Barry's class recited a poem.   The  school rules were revised :  Be Nice to everyone and  No Rough Play.  Ms Keyes and the Green Schools Committee spoke about Recycling. The Active Schools Committee also made a presentation.

                  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.

                        Date for your Diary: Limerick Primary Cross Country championships take place in Limerick Racecourse in Patrickswell on Wednesday October 16th, starting at 11 a.m.

                   Today, Our Under 11 football team play Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh in Clarina. Yesterday, the school's under 13 girls football team travelled to play Milford NS. Mrs Walsh and Mrs Costelloe were very proud of the girls who lost narrowly in a high- scoring game.

                    Today, the children in Fifth and Sixth classes will take advantage of the fine weather and go blackberry picking in the local area.

                Rugby training with Matt Browne from Munster Rugby starts on Monday for the children in Fifth and Sixth Classes.

                All families have 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 Sep 27th.

Active Schools News: The Active  School committee are running a competition to kick-start another active year in Ballybrown NS. We want children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class to bring in photographs of themselves taking part in some physical activity outside of school. A number of winners will be chosen to go on a mystery tour next week! Photographs can be brought to your child's class teacher or emailed to katiewalsh@ballybrownns.ie by Monday. Best of Luck!

         Eamon Andrews, photographer, will be in school on Monday. Please ensure you have dropped in forms by Monday if you want photos.

A message from the Parents Association: The Parents Association AGM will take place on Tuesday 24th September at 8pm in  St Josephs NS, Ballybrown.  All parents welcome to attend and hopefully see you there.

Creative Drama classes start back tomorrow in the Community Centre
at 3 pm. A few places still  available. Contact Carol on 087 8171814.

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

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Football games this week

Under 13 boys   Tuesday September 17th: Ballybrown NS v Christ the King BNS Caherdavin in Clarina. Throw in 1.15 p.m.

Under 13 girls   Wednesday September 18th. Milford NS v Ballybrown  NS  in Milford NS school pitch. Throw in 1 p.m.

UNder 11 boys      Thursday: September 19th: Ballybrown NS v Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh in Clarina. Throw in 12.30 p.m.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

School note September 12th

12-9-2019.

 Dear parents,

                      The school has been fortunate to take delivery of two computers courtesy of Regeneron. Thanks to Nigel Woods  for his help. It is greatly appreciated.

                    Fifth class pupils have commenced a six week programme of Cycling Safety Lessons with John and Kieran of Cycle Right.

                     Steve Ryan of  Music Generation visited Ballybrown NS yesterday for the first lessons of his year long module with the children in Fifth and Sixth classes.  Music Generation culminates in a concert  for all schools involved in the initiative in June 2010 in Thomond Park.

                      The children in Fifth and Sixth classes are looking forward to  Whizzkids, the IT and Coding classes which commence on Friday September 20th. If any family hasn't paid for Whizzkids or Music Generation, I would appreciate if you would do so at your earliest convenience.

                   The Cumann na mBunscol season has begun. This week, Ballybrown NS Under 13 boys played Gaelscoil an Ráithín on Tuesday and the Under 13 girls football team played St Nessan's yesterday. Today, Mr Sheehy and Mr Tuohy will travel to Monaleen for the opening game of the Under 11 season.

                The Parents Association met on Tuesday night in the school. The AGM will take place on Tuesday September 24th.

                 Due to a number of  very late withdrawals, the school needs to enrol at least two more children before the DES deadline date of September 30th.  Otherwise, we will lose a class teacher at Halloween and classes will have to be reorganised.  If you are aware of any families who have recently moved into the area or any four-five year olds who may not have started school yet, please contact the school as soon as possible.

Le dea- ghuí,


J. Lyons

Principal 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Football Fixtures September & October 2019

Boys Under 13 B

Tuesday 10th September Group 2 Round 1

 

Ballybrown NS V Gaelscoil an Ráithín at 12.30 p.m.

 

Kildimo V Scoil Chríost Rí

 

 

Tuesday 17th September Group 2 Round 2 Gaelscoil an Ráithín V Kildimo

 Scoil Chríost Rí V Ballybrown

 

Tuesday 24th September Group 2 Round 3

 

 Ballybrown NS V Kildimo NS

 Scoil Chríost Rí V Gaelscoil an Ráithín

 

 

Boys Under 11 competitive

15 mins a side, 11 players a side

Winner of Group 1 plays runner up Group 2

Winner of Group 2 plays runner up Group 1

 ***All league games to be played before October 5th***

 

Thursday 12th September Group 1

Round 1 Gaelscoil C.a.T V JFK

 Monaleen  NS V Ballybrown NS at 1.30 p.m.

 

Thursday 19th September Group 1Round 2

 

JFK V Monaleen

 Ballybrown V Gaelscoil C.a.T

 

Thursday 26th September Group 1 Round 3

 

Ballybrown V JFK

Monaleen V Gaelscoil C.a.T

 

 

Girls Under 13 A and B

15 mins a side, 12 players a side

'A' semi final 1; Winner of Group 1 plays runner up Group 2

'A' semi final 2; Winner of Group 2 plays runner up Group 1

'B' semi final 1; 3rd Place Group 1 plays 4th Place Group 2

'B' semi final 2; 3rd Place Group 2 plays 4th Place Group 1 ***All league fixtures to be played before 5th October***

Group 1                                               Group 2

Monaleen                                        St. Nessans

Corpus Christi                                 An Mhodhscoil

St Pauls                                            Milford

Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh          Ballybrown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 11th September Group 2 Round 1

 

Ballybrown NS V St. Nessans      at 1.15p.m.

 An Mhodhscoil V Milford

 

 

Wednesday 18th September Group 2 Round 2

 

 St. Nessans V An Mhodhscoil

 

Milford  NS V Ballybrown NS

 

 

Wednesday 25th September Group 2 Round 3

 

Milford V St. Nessans                             

An Mhodhscoil V Ballybrown NS

 

 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

School note September 5th

    

 

 

 

5-9-2019

  Dear parents,                 

                       Mr Barry's class are collecting Aldi Rugby tokens again this year. Please hand in tokens to the School Office if you have any.

             The Cumann na mBunscol Gaelic Football season will start shortly. All children, boys and girls, are required to wear a mouthguard /gumshield when playing Gaelic Football. This applies to all training sessions also. Children without a mouthguard will not be allowed to play or train. This is a legal requirement and Allianz, the school insurers have stated that the wearing of gumshields is compulsory.

All boys and girls playing in these competitions received Code of Conduct forms. Please sign and return to the team coach. We are fortunate to have so many teachers willing to give of their time after school.  

           Music Generation will visit the school every Wednesday morning to work with children in 5th & 6th classes. John Clancy  will return to the school for Cycling Safety lessons with 5th class next week.

          Mindfulness Classes for children will be starting in Ballybrown Resource Centre on Saturday 21st September. For more information contact Therese on 0877531979.

          The Parents Association will hold a meeting on Tuesday 10th September at 7.30 p.m. in the School Hall. We hope you can attend and would welcome new members. We hope that you will agree that the Parents' Association is an active positive force in Ballybrown National School.  We would like all parents to contribute their views, their experiences and their talents to making the school years of our sons and daughters the happiest and most fruitful they can be. Perhaps you will identify some ways in which you can get active! We would ask every parent to be involved. There may be one or two events per year that you could help out with. If you have a skill or talent and a little time to spare, please let the committee know. We constantly seek new activities to enhance school life. We send notes home with children with information on upcoming events. Please keep an eye out for these and volunteer to help out with activities. To contact please email creena@seakel.ie

          Rugby returns to Copsewood Gaels RFC Sunday the 8th of September at 10:00. Boys and Girls from 5 to 12 years are welcome. New members are also welcome to come and give it try it for a few weeks. Copsewood are based in Salesian Secondary School Pallaskenry. See Facebook for further details.

            Carol Phelan runs after school Creative Drama classes in the Resource Centre for pupils of this school. Registration in the Resource Centre between 7.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. tonight. Contact Carol on 087 8171814.

 

Gach dea-ghuí,  

J. Lyons 

Principal                                                      

Thursday, August 29, 2019

School note August 29th

 

 

 

                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                29-8-2019

Dear parents,

                   A new school year has dawned. Almost 50 new pupils have joined us this year, in Junior Infants or other classes. We are delighted that building work finished in time for the new school year.  The new classroom, two Resource rooms and disabled toilet are a great addition to the school.

                  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.

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

                        Healthy Eating: We are very proud of our Healthy eating policy. Fruit, sandwich, 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.

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

                     Parking: I would appreciate if parents used the Resource Centre and Church grounds car parks. Children should not walk through the staff car park. They should enter via the gate nearest to the Resource Centre. Safety of children is paramount.  Please do not park in Staff parking areas or in Bus berths. I wish to place on record my appreciation of the work of the Community Alert team who have assisted with traffic management this week.                          

                I would like to express my gratitude 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 9a.m. and 2p.m. €40 per child or €70 per family. Parents may pay by e payments if that is more  convenient.

               Library Books:  The school is seeking books suitable for 11-13 year olds for the library in Mrs Barry's room. If you are decluttering and have clean books at home, please drop them to Mrs Barry or to the Office.

                 Rugby:  On Sunday, September 1st, Old Crescent will offer mini rugby for girls for the first time. Contact Nicola English  on 086 8109692 for details. 

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal    

Monday, July 15, 2019

Teacher appointments

Following interviews for the vacant teaching positions, the Board of Management is pleased to announce that Mrs Sinéad Barry and Mr John Tuohy have been appointed to the staff for the new school year. Mrs Barry has been appointed to teach 5th & 6th classes. Mrs Barry taught in Ballybrown NS in 2016-2017. Mr John Tuohy has been appointed to teach First and Second Classes. Mr Tuohy taught Second class from August 208 to May 24th 2019.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

School note June 27th

27-6-2019

Dear parents,

                    We have reached the end of another school year. Yesterday, 23 Sixth class pupils graduated. Thanks to Mr Barry, Ms Gibbons, Ms Day and all staff who assisted with the Graduation Ceremony.   Special thanks to Fr Mike for his help. Thanks also to the members of the Parents Association who provided refreshments for all the guests.

                All pupils have received  end of year reports and book lists. Classes for next school year have been allocated. Please turn overleaf for calendar for school year 2019-2020.

                  Active Week which ran all through last week was organised by Ms Gibbons and was a huge success once again.

                     Mr Barry's class left the school at 7.30 a.m. this morning to visit Croke Park at the invitation of GAA President John Horan.

          Bus Transport: Bus Éireann have asked me to remind parents of children availing of Bus Transport that payment for next school year is due by July 26th.               

                         On Tuesday, we held a special assembly in honour of Mrs Hodgins. All classes performed. Tomorrow, Mrs Hodgins will  leave the school, having taught generations of Ballybrown families. We will all miss her.

                   The Book Rental Scheme offered by the school has met with a good response. A huge amount of work goes into collecting books returned at the end of June, re-covering and labelling them for use the following year. I am grateful to Mrs Millar for taking on the task of coordinating the Book Rental Scheme.  

           The 2019 school magazine is now available. With 72 pages in full colour, it is great value at  €4 per copy or three copies for €10.

             Today, the school is reverberating to the sounds of Kids Disco. Thanks to the school's Parents' Association for organising this most enjoyable event. A lovely way to end the year and enjoyed thoroughly by all the children.

            Best wishes to Ms Quane and Ms Gibbons who are both getting married in the weeks ahead.

         School will close tomorrow Friday at 12.30 p.m. sharp and re-open Wednesday August 28th. Junior and Senior Infant classes will be collected at 12.10 p.m.  tomorrow to alleviate the traffic situation. On behalf of the staff and Board of Management of the school,  I hope you all enjoy the summer break and I look forward to seeing you  in the new school year.

Gach dea -ghuí, 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

Friday, June 21, 2019

School note June 21st

21-6-2019

Dear parents,

                    When we return to school after the summer, a familiar face will be absent. Mrs Hodgins has decided to retire at the end of this school year. Margaret has seen many changes in the school over the past 38 years. Everybody in the school wishes her health and happiness in the next phase of her life.

                   Today is Sports Day. There is a wide range of sporting pursuits, culminating in a  widely- anticipated Rounders game between Staff and Sixth Class.   This week is Active Week and there are activities every day.  This involves a huge amount of organisation and I appreciate the effort that all the teachers make to ensure the day is enjoyable for all.  Special thanks to Ms Gibbons, Active Week coordinator.   

                     On Wednesday, we held our annual Fundraising Run which helps to meet the cost of providing buses during the school year to sporting events and other occasions. Special thanks to Niamh O Brien who arranges sponsorship cards etc. Niamh and Freddie did trojan work  looking after runners and  providing drinks.

                     On  Wednesday next, June 26th., the Sixth Class Graduation will take place. Fr Cussen will say a special Mass at 1.30 p.m. which will be followed by the Graduation Ceremony to celebrate the end of primary education for these pupils.

                        Ballybrown NS yearbook: The 2019 yearbook is currently on sale. With 72 full-colour pages, it is an ideal souvenir of a busy year. €4 per copy or 3 for €10

                      Report Cards: If you have not submitted your envelopes yet, please ensure that each envelope has a €1 stamp. Separate envelopes for each child.

                     Lost Property: Our Lost Property bin is overflowing with jackets, hats etc. Parents are welcome to check for missing items.

                     Please note that school will close for the summer holidays on Friday June 28th. at 12.30 p.m. It would be appreciated if all children were collected promptly. In order to alleviate traffic problems, children in Infant classes may be collected at 12.10 p.m.                   

                   "Do This in Memory 2018 - 2019 programme": Mass 8 - Sunday 23rd June 2019 at 10a.m. Children are asked to be in the church 10 minutes before Mass. Please bring your candle.

                  Parents Association News: Graduation ceremony is taking place on the 26th June at 1.30 p.m. in the school hall, would any parents from 5th class be available to help with serving of Teas/Coffee. Please email  creena@seakel.ie or phone/SMS 0872961007 if available.

             An end of year kids disco will take place in the school on the 27th June for children from Juniors to 5th class with some 6th class students helping on the day. Always proves to be a fun morning of music and dance. €2 contribution required on the day.

          The Parents Association are looking for volunteers for academic year 2019/2020 for all three roles of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Each role is for a 12 month period. Please email creena@seakel.ie or phone 087 2961007 if interested.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Active Week 2019

Dear Parents,

                       Ballybrown NS will celebrate Active Week from June 17th-21st 2019. Children will participate in a variety of activities throughout the week including golf, martial arts, circuits and lots more!

 

On Monday 17th June,  Our new Active Schools Walkway will be launched in the school field. Children from 2nd to 4th class will have an opportunity to take part in a golfing session in the afternoon and the younger classes will partake in some fun and exciting relay races.

 

On Tuesday 18th June, all students from Junior Infants to sixth class will take part in a walk from the school to the surrounding locality. We would appreciate any parent volunteers to help on this date to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable trip. Juniors and seniors will leave the school at 9.30, 1st/2nd will leave at 9.45, 3rd-6th leave at 10.00.  If you are available at this time to walk with your child's class please let Rosemarie know as soon as possible. Children will need high visibility jackets for the walk.

 

On Tuesday afternoon the children in 5th and 6th class will be putting their Martial Arts skills to the test with a taster session led by Pat Forde.

 

On Wednesday 19th,  we will have our walking school bus. This will commence from the community GAA field at 9am. We would request that the parents of the children in the infant classes be accompanied by an adult. All welcome, and remember your high visibility jackets!

 

Niamh O Brien has very generously organised a sponsored run to raise funds for the school. This will also take place on Tuesday. Any sponsorship cards should be returned to school as soon as possible.

 

On Wednesday we will have a 'Sports Star' fancy dress. Children can dress up as their favourite sports people. 
Also on Wednesday, Martin Sheehan from School Fitness Ireland will visit each class in the school for a 30 minute fitness session. This comes at a cost of €2  per child. Please pay this directly to the class teacher as soon as possible.

 

On Thursday 20th all classes will be on school tour.

 

On Friday 21st, the school will hold its Annual Sport's Day. In the afternoon children from 6th class will take on the staff in a rounders match!

 

Each night children will receive Active Homework which they can complete at home on their own or with family and friends. Please encourage as much physical activity as possible during this week.

 

It is essential to wear school tracksuit / shorts and runners for the week. Bring a raincoat and suncream each day, prepare for all eventualities!  Thank you in advance for your support.

 

 

 

School note Thursday June 13th

13-6-2019.

Dear parents,

                      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.

                    Yesterday saw the culmination of a year's work, and enjoyment, as the 60 children in Fifth and Sixth classes took part in the Music Generation Summit in Thomond Park. Patrick was an excellent tutor and his visits every Monday sparked great interest in music in so many children.

                     Today, Mr Barry's class enjoyed a guided tour of Adare Manor followed by some delicious refreshments. We are very grateful to  Deirdre Shanahan and the Management  of Adare Manor for this wonderful opportunity. We enjoyed a tour of the grounds and visited the cinema, Tack Room, and Ballroom. In the afternoon, the class continued with a visit to the Ballygowan plant in Newcastle West.

               Active Week: Next week is Active Week. All details on the school website.

               School tours: Details of all school tours are on the website.

                    The 2019 school magazine is almost ready to go to print. If you wish to purchase an advertisement in this publication for a bargain price of €25, please contact the school office as soon as possible.

                  Community Games News: Training will take place in the school field on Tuesday & Thursday next week from 3-4pm. for all those who qualified for the Limerick county finals in Mungret on Saturday and Sunday 22nd & 23rd of June.

                   

            Parents Association News:  The next Parents Association meeting will be held tonight Thursday 13th June at 7.30 p.m. in the school hall.  All are welcome to attend.  

Volunteers required to help with Active Week which begins on the 17th of June, parents are needed as stewards for school walk(s), probably on Tuesday 18th (To be confirmed). Please email creena@seakel.ie or phone/SMS 087 2961007 if available. 

Graduation ceremony is taking place on the 26th June at 1.30 p.m. in the school hall, Would any parents from 5th class be available to help with serving of teas/Coffee? Please email  creena@seakel.ie or phone/SMS 087 2961007 if available. 

An end of year kids disco will take place in the school on Thursday 27th June for children from Juniors to 5th class with some 6thclass students helping on the day. Always proves to be a fun morning of music and dance. €2 contribution required on the day. 

The Parents Association are looking for volunteers for academic year 2019/2020 for all three roles of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Each role is for a 12 month period. Please email creena@seakel.ie or phone 087 2961007 if interested.

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

Gach dea-ghuí, 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

 

School Tours June 20th

Tours

Thursday 20th June, 2019.

 

Junior and Senior Infants

Stonehall Farm

Leaving school at 9:15 a.m.

Back at the school at 1:30 p.m.

 

1st  Class

Adventure World, UL

Leaving school at 9:10 a.m

Back at the school at 4:15  p.m.

 

2nd Class

Killarney National Park

Leaving school at 8:20 a.m.

Back at the school at 4:30 p.m.

 

3rd Class and 4th Class

Tralee Bay Wetlands

Leaving school at 8:20 a.m.

Back at the school at 4:15 p.m.

 

5th Class and 6th Class

Nevsail Watersports, Kilkee

Leaving school at 8:05 a.m.

Back at the school at 4:45  p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday, May 30, 2019

School newsletter May 30th

Dear parents, 

                   Reminder:  School will be  closed from Tuesday June 4th to Friday June 7th and will reopen on Monday June 10th.  

                                 The boys and girls in Sixth Class are working on the 2019 school magazine. If you wish to purchase an advertisement in this publication for a bargain price of €25, please contact the school office.

                  Sarah O Sullivan and Robert Kearney, both Sixth Class pupils in this school, travel to Páirc Ui Rinn on Saturday night to line out in Limerick colours in the Munster GAA  Primary Game football competition. Well done to both on their selection.       Robert Kearney, Tommy Lynch, Mark Doolan and James Smith were members of the Limerick City hurling selection that defeated Olo Cup winners Milford NS in the final of the Mayor's Cup today. Congratulations to all four.

                Today, Ms Áine O Riordan left the school after a lengthy spell teaching First Class. We will miss her cheerful demeanour and her commitment to the children in her care. We are delighted that Mrs Hodgins will return to school tomorrow.

Parents Association News:  A special thanks to all parents who helped with the 1st Holy Communion Day celebrations. Your help was very welcome and appreciated. 

The next Parents Association meeting will be held on Thursday 13th June at 7.30pm in the school hall.  All are welcome to attend. 

Volunteers required to help with Active week which begins on the 17th of June, parents are needed as stewards for school walk(s), probably on Tuesday 18th (To be confirmed). Please email creena@seakel.ie or phone/SMS 087 2961007 if available. 

Graduation ceremony is taking place on the 26th June at 1.30 p.m. in the school hall, would any parents from 5th class be available to help with serving of teas/Coffee. Please email  creena@seakel.ie or phone/SMS 087 2961007 if available.

                    An end of year kids disco will take place in the school on the 27th June for children from Juniors to 5th class with some 6thclass students helping on the day. Always proves to be a fun morning of music and dance. €2 contribution required on the day.

The Parents Association are looking for volunteers for academic year 2019/2020 for all three roles of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Each role is for a 12 month period. Please email creena@seakel.ie or phone 087 2961007 if interested.

Ballybrown/Clarina Community Games: Our annual sports evening is on Wednesday 12th June in Ballybrown Community Field. Registration is from 6 p.m. with events starting at 6.30 pm sharp.

 

  Gach dea-ghuí,

 

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

School note May 22nd

22-5-2019

Dear parents,

                     The sun shone brightly and everybody had a lovely day at First Holy Communion last Saturday in Ballybrown Church.   Thanks to all teachers and staff for their efforts in preparing the children and for providing such delightful music and artwork. Thanks also to Fr. Cussen, Fr Fitzgibbon and Fr Leo. Over 90 children gave up their Saturday morning to sing in the Choir. Thanks to each and every one of them.

We are also grateful to the Parents Association and to the parents of children in First Class who provided refreshments in the Resource Centre after the ceremony.

                       Mr Tuohy says 'Slán' to Second Class today after a very enjoyable spell as their teacher. We hope to see him again. Ms Day  returns from maternity leave on Monday.

                   Reminder: School will be closed tomorrow 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 and local elections on Friday May 24th.               

                        Denise Smith from Food Dudes   visited school today to present a certificate to Mr Sheehy  and to discuss plans for the continuation of the programme into the next academic year. Mr Sheehy once again coordinated the distribution of food to various classes.

                School Tours: I once again request that all monies be paid by Thursday May 30th. as the school needs to confirm numbers with the various venues

              Rachel Reidy has been in contact to say that the Colours Day last Friday raised €375 towards her trip to Uganda.

               We have recently enjoyed a spell of very fine weather.  Pupils may wear plain navy shorts to school if they wish. No denim, stripes or logos. PLEASE write your child's name on all fleeces, polo shirts etc!!!  I strongly advise parents to ensure your child has adequate protection from the sun at this time of year. 

              The Parents Association are looking for volunteers for academic year 2019/2020 for all three roles of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Each role is for a 12 month period. Please email creena@seakel.ie or phone 087 2961007 if interested or if you know of anyone that is interested. 

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

                  Homework Club will finish next Thursday May 30th for this school year.

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

 

J. Lyons

Principal.

  

Thursday, May 16, 2019

School note May 16th

 

16-5-2019

Dear parents,

                      City Sports. Best wishes to all the children, 50 in all, who took part in the Limerick City Sports at UL today.  The boys team won the Best School in our category.  Thanks to Ms Gibbons and Ms Wallace for looking after the team, to Gillian Cuneen who acted as a steward and to all the parents who attended to lend support. As ever, the children did us,and you, proud.

                     Our Under 13 camogie team finished the season on Tuesday when they lost to Patrickswell NS in the City semi-final. Beidh lá eile againn. Thanks to Ms Hayes and Ms Keyes for coaching the team again this season.

                         Former pupil Rachel Reidy visited the school last Friday and spoke to children in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes. Rachel is travelling to Uganda to work with Nurture Africa. This is an  Irish-founded, non-profit organisation. The charity provides support to the community in relation to education, healthcare and child protection. They provide the opportunity for children to reach their full potential so they can work towards building a brighter future for themselves. The school will hold a Colours Day tomorrow Friday 17th to help Rachel on her way. Green would be an ideal colour as Limerick begin their Championship hurling campaign this weekend.

                  Pokemon cards:  Pokemon cards are very popular but they have proved to be the cause of arguments and misunderstandings. Please do not allow your child to bring Pokemon cards to school. Cards will be confiscated and returned at the end of term.        

                  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 and local elections on Friday May 24th.

                   School tours take place on Thursday June 20th. Many parents have chosen to use the e payment option. All monies to be paid by the end of May as the school needs to confirm numbers with the various venues.

                    First Holy Communion is on Saturday May 18th at 11 a.m. All members of the Choir are requested to be in the Church by 10.45 a.m. If any member of the choir cannot attend on the day, please inform Mr Tuohy, Mr Sheehy or myself tomorrow.

                     The Parents Association are looking for volunteers for academic year 2019/2020 for all three roles of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Each role is for a 12 month period. Please email creena@seakel.ie or phone 087 2961007 if interested or if you know of anyone that is interested. 

 

We have recently enjoyed a spell of very fine weather.  Pupils may wear plain navy shorts to school if they wish. No denim, stripes or logos. PLEASE write your child's name on all fleeces, polo shirts etc!!!

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal.