BALLYBROWN NS RECEIVES A WELCOME GIFT! : Ballybrown NS received a very pleasant surprise as children and pupils prepared for the Summer break. Lorraine Murphy, Chairperson of the School’s Parents Association, presented Principal Joe Lyons with a cheque for €2,100 towards the school’s investment in the Literacy Lift-Off programme. This was the second occasion in the current school year that the school received such a presentation from the Parents Association.
‘The school has decided to embark on Literacy Lift-Off, initially in Infant classes, and the Parents Association has shown their support in a very practical way,’ said Mr Lyons. ‘Literacy Lift Off is an intervention that gives children lots of opportunities to read books at their own level of competency and gradually lift the complexity of what they can do in both reading and writing. However, it is expensive. A set of books at each level costs €300 so this boost allows us to acquire six further levels straight away.’
Last December, the Parents Association contributed €1200 to school funds which enabled the school to purchase an educational set of Lego and also to host a workshop in Maths by a company called Lifetime Labs. This was part of the school’s ongoing commitment to the STEM (Science, Technological, Engineering, Mechanical) subjects. The fundraising was achieved through a very successful Cake Sale, recycling of unwanted clothes and a Colours Day.
‘Our Parents Association make a real and very valuable contribution to the quality of education we provide in the school’, continued Mr Lyons. ‘The investment in educational resources will reap a rich harvest in years to come.’
BALLYBROWN NS YEARBOOK: The Ballybrown NS Yearbook, which chronicles the events of the past year, is on sale now in Hayes’s in Tervoe and Centra in Clarina. €3 each.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION : The First Holy Communion Ceremony for pupils attending Patrickswell and Ballybrown National Schools will take place on Saturday May 14 at 11.00am. This is not just a special family day but a celebration day for the parish and all are welcome.
BALLYBROWN SCHOOL PARENTS ASSOCIATION CAKE SALE SUNDAY MAY 15 : The Parents Association will host a Cake Sale in the Resource Centre on Sunday May 15 after 10am mass to support the new Literacy for Life Program in Ballybrown School. This program is part of a national strategy to improve literacy standards among children. As part of the cake sale we are also running a “Bake Off” competition for 3rd to 6th class for all budding bakers. Finally there will be a raffle to close out what is sure to be an enjoyable morning. Light refreshments will be served. Your support would be greatly appreciated so get those baking bowls out!
‘Ballybrown NS Parents Association are holding a
Cake Sale and Raffle Sunday 15th Of May after
10am mass in the Community Centre.
Many of the cakes will be made by budding bakers
from 3rd to 6th class as part of “bake off” competition.
All proceeds will be used to support the new Literacy
for Life Program in Ballybrown School. Your support
would be greatly appreciated.
CONFIRMATION: Congratulations to the pupils of both Ballybrown and Patrickswell Schools who received the sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday April 12. It is a special day…not just for our young people but for all of us to renew the gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
BALLYBROWN SCHOOL NEWS: Limerick footballer Peter Nash visited Ballybrown NS to present medals to the members of the boys Under 13 team that won the Limerick City Cumann na mBunscol title in October. Peter spoke about the value of working hard, enjoying all sports, perseverance, giving of your best and the importance of Healthy Eating. He is an excellent role model for our young players. A special word of thanks to Mr Lordan and Mr Hodnett for the time and effort they put into coaching the team.
BALLYBROWN N.S. NEWS: Officers of Ballybrown NS Parents Association paid a visit to the school last week to present a cheque for €1220 to Principal Joe Lyons and Deputy Principal Sheila Hayes. ‘The money will be put to good use,’ said Joe. ‘We have purchased a very special Educational set of Lego which be enjoyed by children for years to come. We have also used the money to pay for bus trips for Junior and Senior Infants classes to see a production of “Cinderella” in the Lime Tree Theatre while children from First to Fourth classes visited the Concert Hall in UL to attend a performance by the Cork Pops Orchestra.’
‘Children love to attend live performances’, said Ms Hayes, ‘but the cost of a bus in addition to tickets for the event can be expensive for parents. The Parents Association in the school has been very supportive for many years.’
The Parents Association also organised teams of parents to coordinate sales when the Annual Book Fair took place last Thursday and Friday, thus allowing children and parents to do some early Christmas shopping while also adding to the school’s store of books.
THIRD CLASS PUPILS ARE CYCLISTS SUPREME! : The boys and girls of Third Class in Ballybrown National School have just finished a 6 week training course with the Cycling Safety School. The course instructor was John Clancy who has been providing the course to children in schools all over Munster. Every Wednesday, the boys and girls of Mr Hodnett’s class learnt the principles of good road behaviour as well as basic cycling skills. As soon as Mr Clancy arrived with his van, it was time to don the high visibility jackets and cycling helmets. Last Wednesday Mr Clancy paid a special visit to the school to present each boy and girl with a personal Cycling Safety certificate and a high visibility jacket. Photo attached John Clancy, teacher Stephen Hodnett and 3rd class Ballybrown NS