NEWSLETTER 25th April 2017


Congratulations to Ms. Hayden and the children from 5th class on the fantastic work they have done as part of the Young Entrepreneur Programme.  They have produced a beautiful publication which began as an idea and progressed through all the business stages to where they are today.  Please read on…

5th class presents…. ‘A Taste pf Ballylinan’ – over the last 12 weeks, 5th class have  been taking part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme.  This has resulted in the first ever Ballylinan recipe book!  We have produced a receipe book that includes all our favourite recipes.  This book is conveniently divided into 3 distinct sections – main courses, desserts and healthy options.  The book will be on sale outside the office at 2pm and 3pm everyday from today, Tuesday 25th April.


Lessons begin for Ms. Goff’s Class from tomorrow (Wednesday) in Athy.


Graduation ceremony for 6th class will be held on Wednesday June 28th at 7.30 pm.


Monday May 1st:            Bank Holiday

Tuesday May 2nd:          Holiday

School re-opens on Wednesday May 3rd.

1ST CLASS:  Ireland Eye Study – Envelope attached.  Please return signed document to the school as soon as possible.


See flyer attached.


Thanks to Samantha Kirwan who introduced the programme to all classes in recent weeks.  It was great success and hopefully will be back in the future.  In the meantime it is available at Portlaoise Leisure Centre.


Course begins tomorrow night Wednesday 26th from 7 pm – 9 pm in the school. All welcome!


NEWSLETTER 4th April 2017

CONFIRMATION:  We wish Mrs. Connolly and her class well for Thursday and hope that the sun shines!  The candidates will not attend school on the day and the ceremony begins at 2pm.

CHOIR:  As it is a normal school day the choir will leave from the school at 1.15 and they will be back for collection between 3.15 and 3.30 pm.  School tracksuits please and perhaps some extra lunch.

Eye Health Study (children in 1st class):  Our school has been chosen to take part in a national eye health study.  The benefits to you include a free eye test for your child.  We would encourage all children in 1st class to participate, so please read the attached document.  Permission packs will be distributed after the Easter holidays. All 1st class children will receive an information letter today.

Easter Holidays: School closes this Friday (7th) at 12.30 and re-opens on Monday April 24th.  (infants available from 12.20).

SAFETY:  As this will be a very busy time please use the overflow car parking in the Junior Play area.

 RETIREMENT:  As you may know by now I plan to retire at the end of the school year.  I have many people to thank for a long and very happy career in Ballylinan and will hopefully have the opportunity to do that in the months ahead.

BOOK FAIR:  Well done to everyone who helped in any way with our recent book fair and “thank you” for your generosity!  €2,125.00 was spent purchasing books for children and this will mean up to €1,275 worth of books will be provided for the class libraries.

TIN WHISTLE:  No tin whistle this week.

HOMEWORK CLUB:  No Homework Club this Thursday 6th.


BALLYLINAN G.A.A. CLUB:  Juvenile Football Training (starts this Friday April 7th).

Friday – (6.45-7.45):

U6              (Boys and Girls)

U8              Boys

U 10           Boys

Monday – (6.30 – 7.30):

U8 & U10 Girls

(Gum shields required.  Available from Murphy’s).