Newsletter 24th November 2023

Newsletter 24th November

Cumann na mBunscol Final: Congratulations to our boys team who were victorious in their Shield Final V The Heath in O’Moore Park yesterday. The boys represented our school exceptionally, both on and off the field. Well done boys, we are very proud of you.

Thank you to our football coaches Mrs Donnelly, Ms Lacey, Mr Sweeney & Mr Curry and to all the teachers “back at base” who go over and above to facilitate our participation in Cuman ns mBunscol. Thank you also to Ballylinan GAA, who work with many of our players throughout the year at club level. Finally, thank you to all the supporters who travelled to O’Moore Park yesterday. Your presence was greatly appreciated.

Nut Allergies: Please be mindful that we have children with serious allergies to nuts in our school. We ask you as parents and guardians to be particularly vigilant and please do not send nuts of any kind to school.

Parent Association AGM: Thank you to all who attended Monday’s AGM. It is fantastic to see so many of you interested in strengthening the relationship between home and school. Thank you to Mary McCann who has accepted the role of chairperson for the year ahead. Eva Julian will take on the role of secretary and Alison Walsh and Sarah Owens will share the role of treasurer.

Ballylinan National School Christmas Food Appeal: Our Annual Food Appeal takes place next week on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th November.

We completely understand the pressure on families at this time of year. If you are in a position to contribute, we would ask you to choose from the food items listed below. We would particularly like to see the children themselves contributing towards the appeal. This could be achieved through the use of pocket money or by helping to choose or shop for the items.

This year, our donations will be used by the transition year students in Ardscoil na Tríonóide in Athy, in conjunction with St Vincent de Paul, to make hampers for families in need, in the Athy and surrounding areas.

If you or a family you know would benefit from a hamper this year, please contact your local St Vincent de Paul branch or Ms Goff – in confidence.

Junior & Senior Infants: Pasta/Noodles/Rice

First & Second Class: Biscuits /Teabags/Coffee

Third & Fourth Class: Tinned food eg beans/peas/soup

Fifth & Sixth Class: Cereals/Porridge/Treats – selection boxes/boxes of sweets

Thank you for your continued support of our school.

Newsletter 15th November

Newsletter 15th November

Peace Proms: 4th, 5th and 6th classes travel to SETU in Waterford tomorrow, Thursday to participate in the Peace Proms workshop. Buses depart the school at 10am and estimated return time is 4:15pm. Classes have been busy practising all week and we’re really looking forward to the concert in March.

Board of Management: Thanks to so many of you who took the time to nominate and vote for candidates in our recent BOM elections. Thank you to all the parents who agreed to go forward, it is fantastic to have so many willing to give their time in support of our school. Aisling Kelly and PJ Leonard were successful on this occasion.

Chicken Pox: We have been advised of two cases of Chicken Pox in the junior end of the school. Please be vigilant.

Parent / Teacher Meetings: Will take place on the afternoons of Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd November. Parents / guardians who have not yet booked their slot are asked to do as soon as possible via the Aladdin App.

Cumann na mBunscol: Our boys team play their Shield Final V The Heath at 3pm on Thursday 23rd November at O’Moore Park. More details to follow.

Parent Association AGM: Will take place at 7:30pm on Monday November 20th. I am a firm believer in the importance of building positive relationships between school and home and the Parent Association is the ideal structure through which we can achieve this. I appreciate how busy family life can be but I encourage all families to consider attending this meeting and I look forward to seeing you there.

Christmas Carol Service:  Our school Christmas Carol Service will take place on Tuesday 12th December at St Anne’s Church Ballylinan. Children from Junior and Senior infants will also take part this year. There will be no Junior and Senior Infant Nativity Performance this year. It will take place every second year moving forward. More details on the Carol Service to follow.

Thank you for your continued support of our school.