Newsletter 24th May 2024

Newsletter 24th May 2024

One week to go….. Thank you to all who have signed up for our school lotto to date. There is less than one week to go to our first draw. Those who register before Thursday May 30th will be entered into a draw for some fabulous local spot prizes.  In addition, our provider has a nationwide draw, in which you could win tickets to Taylor Swift, Coldplay or a Holiday Voucher. Sign up here

Aladdin: Please ensure that your payments on Aladdin are up to date.

School Lunches: Bradbury’s have advised that they have removed the Roast Ham Dinner from their menu. Two additional options will be available after the bank holiday weekend.

Wedding Bells: It’s a big day for Mr. Curry. Best wishes to the happy couple. While Mr Curry is absent on marriage leave, Ms Cunningham teach all of 2nd class, Mrs Moriarty will teach third and Ms Hogan will teach fourth.

School Tracksuits: Tracksuits for 2024/2025 school year are now available to order. Tracksuits must be ordered and paid for by June 21st, via this link.

Important dates:

 June Bank Holiday Weekend: School is closed on Mon 3rd June & Tue 4th June.

Local & European Elections: School is closed on Friday 7th June.

Staff Meeting / Admin Day: School closes at 12:30 (12:20 for infants) on Thursday 20th June .

Infant induction: Takes place on June 13th at 1:30pm. School is open as normal.

6th Class Graduation: Takes place on Wednesday 26th June at 7:30pm.

Summer break: School closes at 12:30 (12:20 for infants) on Friday 28th June.



Thank you for your support in all that we do.

Newsletter 3rd May 2024

Newsletter 3rd May 2024

School Closure: The school reopens on Monday 13th May.

School Lotto: We are delighted to announce the launch of our school lotto. The monies raised through the lotto will go directly towards improving the school facilities and resources. We hope that the weekly option of just €2.50 for one line, or €5 for three lines, will allow everybody to contribute via the following link. It would be fantastic if you could invite aunties, uncles, grandparents etc to support our weekly School Lotto. They might just be a lucky winner. Thank you

 St. Abban’s Athletic Club Student Games: Congratulations and thank you, to all who represented our school at the St. Abban’s AC student games on Friday last.

First Holy Communion:  Congratulations to our second-class pupils who celebrated their First Holy Communion on Saturday morning. It was a really wonderful occasion. Thank you to Ms Cunningham & Mrs Moriarty for all their work in preparation for the day. Thank you also to Mrs Connolly and her wonderful choir who really added to the ceremony and to all who joined us on the day.

Classy Kidz: Classy Kids are now enrolling for September – there are a limited number of places available for ECCE. Call Ann 089 2161320

School Tours: It’s that time of year again and we are busy preparing for the end of year tours. The tour is always the highlight of the school year and eagerly anticipated by our pupils. We appreciate that this is an expensive time for families, particularly where there is more than one child in a family. It is no surprise that the increasing cost and limited availability of buses has had a knock-on effect on the cost of our tours. With this in mind, payments have been activated on Aladdin to afford you the opportunity to pay in instalments so as to spread the cost of tours over the coming weeks.

Headlice: There have been a number of reports of headlice in the junior classes. Please be vigilant.

Hurling / Camogie: Our 5th & 6th class boys and girls have enjoyed some hurling and camogie recently and have been fortunate to have some extra skills coaching with Frank and Peter.

Thank you for your support in all that we do. Enjoy the break!

Newsletter 17th April 2024

Dance Workshop: Thank you to Isobel Brady from Shooting Stars Stage School Athy for volunteering her time for our dance workshop on Monday last. Thank you for your generous support of the event, a fantastic day was had by all.

Chicken pox: We have been advised of several cases of chicken pox across the school. Follow the link for information from the HSE.

Rainbows: Athy Community Family Resource Centre have advised of their intention to run the Rainbows programme in the near future.  Rainbows is a free, voluntary service for children and young people experiencing loss following bereavement and parental separation.

Rainbows is a programme run by trained volunteers, it is not a professional counselling or therapy service.

If this is something that might interest your family, you may log your interest via this link. You may contact the centre on 059 8632899 or for more information.

Lego afterschool workshop: There was very positive feedback from yesterday’s afterschool Lego Club arranged by our Parents Association. There are a just a few places available for the remaining sessions. Contact Kealan for more information.

County Photos: The deadline for placing your order to avail of free delivery to the school has been extended to Monday 22nd April. Orders placed after this date will be subject to a delivery charge.

St. Abban’s Athletics Club Student Games: The St. Abban’s AC student games take place on Friday 26th April at 5pm. This is always a fantastic event and a great opportunity for local children to “dip their toes” in the world of athletics. More details here.

First Holy Communion:  Takes place on Saturday 27th April at 11am in St. Anne’s Church.

Instagram: Keep up to date with our Instagram account @ballylinanns

Board of Management: The BOM held a meeting on Monday 8th April. Please see the “agreed report” on the BOM section of our webpage.

Lost Property: An old phone was found in the school hall after the school book fair. Contact the school for more information.

Aviva Stadium Visit: Our 6th class had an early start this morning and had a fantastic day at the Aldi Play Rugby National Festival at the Aviva Stadium today. Well done to supporters and players alike.

Newsletter 22nd March 2024

Dance Workshop: Isobel Brady from Shooting Stars in Athy has volunteered to run a dance workshop for all our children on Monday next 15th April, in support of the Oskars Fundraising drive for the new walking track at Ballylinan GAA. The children will learn a new dance routine throughout the day and perform for parents on the school yard at 1:50pm and 2:50pm Monday. There is no specific charge for the workshop but parents are invited to send a donation to the school if possible. It promises to be a great occasion. Children can wear school tracksuits on the day.

FAI Five aside soccer: Congratulations to our girls five a side soccer team who reached the final at Wednesday’s fixture in Killeshin. They girls played with unbelievable spirit and determination and were fantastic ambassadors for our school.

Hot School Meals: There was great excitement when our first delivery arrived on Monday last. It is anticipated that children will try the various options over the coming weeks and will then be in a position to make an informed choice as to their preferred meals going forward.

We really appreciate your support in encouraging your children to try the various options available and to recognise the value of eating a healthy balanced diet.

If you encounter any difficulties with ordering please contact Bradbury’s directly. Children will still require a small healthy snack for little break and a drink.

Aviva Stadium: Sixth class have been offered an amazing opportunity to visit the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday 17th April. Details in separate communication to parents.

Swimming: Swimming begins for junior infants on Tuesday April 23rd & senior infants on Wednesday April 24th. More information to follow from class teachers.

Autism Class: Our autism class is now accepting applications for enrolment for September 2024. Children seeking enrolment must have a diagnosis of autism and a recommendation to be educated specifically in an autism class. See our Admission Policy for further details. Applications can be made via our website

Lego afterschool workshop: There was a significant interest in next Tuesday’s afterschool club. If you have already submitted an expression of interest, please check your email today for further communication form Bricks4Kidz.

County Photos: A gentle reminder to place your order.

GAA Training: U7’s football training and Go Games for 2024 has commenced and all boys and girls are very welcome to take part. Parents are also welcome to be involved in any capacity. For further details please contact PJ Leonard 0871857556 or Mary Kealy 0876347967

Upcoming school closures: May 6th to May 10th – May bank holiday

School calendar: The 2024 / 2025 school calendar will issue shortly.

Thank you for your continued support of all that we do.