Thursday, September 26, 2019

School note September 26th


Dear  parents,

                      I wish to remind you that  children are supervised from 9 a.m. each morning.  The school cannot be responsible for pupils arriving at school before 9 a.m.

                  Please note that the school will be closed on Wednesday  December 11th 2019 to enable teachers to attend Inservice training on the new Primary Language Curriculum.

                 Confirmation will take place for children in Fifth and Sixth classes on Tuesday, February 18th 2020 at 10.30 a.m.

                First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday May 16th, 2020 at 11 a.m. in Ballybrown Church.

                 Active School: Last week, Mrs Walsh invited children to submit photos of themselves partaking in Active Homework. She received  a wonderful variety of photos. Yesterday, 15 lucky children visited Milano's restaurant and learned the art of pizza making.

Today, basketball star Thomas Walsh of Limerick Lions club visited the school and took all Second class pupils for a coaching session.

                  Well done to the Under 13 girls football team who recorded a win over an Mhodh Scoil yesterday. The boys Under 11 team play JFK today. The Under 13 boys play Kildimo NS tomorrow.

                   The AGM of the Parents Association took place in the school last Tuesday night. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing officers Dermot Gleeson, Creena O Connor Kelly and Simon Goble for their work on behalf of the school and for their unfailing courtesy. There have always been very positive relations between the school and the Parents Association. I look forward to working with the new Committee.

Website: All information relating to the school, school calendar, booklists, etc  is on the website . Check in on  Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news.


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

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons



Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Football Fixtures

Under 11 boys football v JFK in Clarina on Thursday September 26th at 1 p.m.

Under 13 boys  football V Kildimo NS in Clarina on Friday 27th at 1 p.m.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

School note September 19th


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 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





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


 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


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






  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

          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