Thursday, December 17, 2020

School note December 17th


Dear parents,

                    West Midlands Theatre from Wolverhampton visit Ballybrown NS each year in early December to stage a pantomime. It is invariably a joyous occasion. Covid 19 has prevented them from joining us this year but children from First to Fourth Classes   were able to enjoy an online performance of 'Cinderella' this week.

            Congratulations to Ms Hayes, Deputy Principal, who received an award in  the
ESB Networks 'Thank You Teachers' campaign. Ms Hayes was nominated by a pupil in Ballybrown NS for her work during these unprecedented times. Well deserved recognition for our incoming Principal who coordinated the preparations for reopening of school in September.

                Christmas GOAL mile goes virtual: In line with public health guidelines it is not possible to stage the usual GOAL mile in Ballybrown as has been traditional on Christmas Day for the last few years. This year's run will be a virtual event   and families are invited to walk  a mile for GOAL between Dec 20th and 26th and post photos to the Ballybrown GOAL Mile Facebook page where there is a link to a donation site if people wish to contribute.


Arrangements for Tuesday 22nd: School will close for Christmas holidays on Tuesday December 22nd.

 Parents of children in Junior and Senior Infants are asked to collect children at 12.10 p.m. to reduce traffic congestion.

There will be staggered for all other classes as per usual.

1st to 6th classes:

12.20 p.m. Mrs Barry, Mrs Ivess, Mr Sheehy's classes will exit.


12.25 p.m.  Mr Barry, Mrs Walsh, Ms Stapleton's classes will exit


12.30 p.m.  Mr Tuohy, Ms Walsh and Ms Stokes's classes will exit.

            School will reopen on Wednesday January 6th. 2021 at the usual times.

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

            Slán:      This is the final Thursday note that I will write. It is hard to believe that 15 years have passed since I first came to work in this school. I can truthfully say that I have enjoyed those years. It is a privilege to lead any school. It is a blessing to work in a school with hard-working dedicated staff, children who want to learn and enjoy their time in school and parents who are supportive and co-operative. The backing of the Board of Management, the school's Parents Association and the  wider community are all invaluable. As we saw this year, the world may change dramatically   in a few weeks, but children are the same and it is gratifying to play a part, however small,  in shaping their lives. I will leave with a host of wonderful memories, knowing that the school is in capable hands under the guidance of Ms Sheila Hayes.

            On behalf of the Board of Management and staff of the school, I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas.

Nollaig shona daoibh go léir.  


Le dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons