Friday, June 19, 2020

School news June 19th

Dear parents,

                          Next week will be the final week of a school year unlike any other. Ballybrown NS has designated next week as Active Week. Mrs Katie Walsh is coordinating the week's activities. Mrs Walsh has designed a programme of activities for each day of the week. All details will be available on Class Dojo from Monday morning. 

Mrs Walsh recommends: 

  • PE with Joe Wicks (Body Coach) every morning at 9 a.m. – On his YouTube channel
  • Try to be as active as possible this week. Keep a diary recording all the activities you do each day.
  • Stay tuned to Class Dojo… there may be some surprise videos uploaded with challenges for you to do this week!

This week, all families have been notified of class and teacher details for the next school year. I have been in touch with St Senan's Education Office today and schools are still not in a position to advertise vacant posts and fill vacancies. This is very unsatisfactory but out of our control.

All children in the school have received End of Year Reports this week also. Parents of children from First to Sixth classes collected books, copies etc this week on Monday and Tuesday. My thanks to Ms Hayes,Deputy Principal, who coordinated this 

                 Wednesday June 24th was the date we had pencilled in for the Sixth class graduation.The traditional Graduation Ceremony cannot now take place. However, the Sixth Class teachers have enlisted the IT skills of Mrs Costelloe to produce a Remote Graduation online. Parents will receive a link on Wednesday and all families with a child in Sixth Class will be able to view the Graduation Video. The Graduation Ceremony is always a very special event but, unfortunately,  Covid 19 has put paid to many events over the past 14 weeks. For many families whose youngest child is in Sixth Class, this week marks the end  of a long association with this school. I would like to wish all families well and I know that the 38 children who graduate next week will do themselves and their families proud in secondary school. 
            At the other end of the spectrum, we welcome 38 Junior infants to the school in September. The school was unable to hold the customary information meetings for parents of new infants but all parents have been contacted and received all the  information they need. 

          Next week will see the publication of the 15th Ballybrown NS yearbook with 88 full colour pages chronicling a busy, if unprecedented, year in the school. The yearbook will be available in local shops from Tuesday and from the school. 

             I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

Gach dea-ghuí