The Board of Management wishes to inform the school community that the annual review of the school’s Child Protection Policy was completed at a meeting held last night (Sept. 25th). The review was conducted in accordance with the check list set out in Appendix 2 of the Department’s “Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools”.
We have received a number of reports from parents about children using bicycles and flickers in a careless and dangerous manner, especially after school as they go down the hill. Please remind children travelling to school unsupervised, of the need to keep the rules of the road and other safety rules such as wearing a cycling helmet, etc.
A reminder to motorists that if you are leaving your car to accompany your child into school in the morning please DO NOT park in the “drop off zone” area around the front of the school. This is causing a dangerous situation as children try to make their way through parked cars. The chains are in place to protect pedestrians as they cross. Please do not park in front of the chains at any time.
G.A.A. – U16 BOYS COUNTY FINAL:
The very best of luck to Ballylinan under 16 boys who are in the County B Final tomorrow in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise at 1.30 pm. Your support would be very much appreciated!!
Fr. Brian began his visits to the classes this morning and will continue until Friday. Children from 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th classes will attend Mass at the church tomorrow morning (Thursday) at 10am.
A reminder for parents of 1st Communion and Confirmation classes that a meeting dealing with “faith and family” will be held in the Sports Hall at the school tomorrow Thursday September 18th at 8pm. The meeting is not confined to these classes and all are welcome.
The season is up and running! The boys have played two matches so far and although no success to report there is great hope for the future as the performances have been very impressive. The girls had an excellent win in Killenard last Thursday and no match this week. Well done to all concerned.
Thanks to Eamonn Baldwin who has offered to run the marathon on behalf of the school. The Parents Council is supporting this venture and sponsorship cards will be available shortly. The funds raised will go towards the development of additional land at the back of the school for sports activities.
PARENT COUNCIL NEWS:
Election of Officers for 2014/2015:
Chairperson: Margaret Walsh
Secretary: Isobel Brady
Treasurer: Mary Moore
We would like to thank Deirdre Murphy for all her work with Parent Council over the last few years in the school.
Thanks to those who attended the AGM last Thursday September 11th in the school and for your fundraising suggestions. A big thank you to those who have offered to help out at various functions to be held in the school throughout the year.
BALLYLINAN LADIES G.A.A. CLUB are ordering pink jerseys if you would like to place an order. Cost: €21.00 which includes jersey and shorts and name and number on the back. Contact: Sabrina – 087 2777280.
IRISH SHURIKEN JUTSU FEDERATION Grand Master Daniel Rooney would like to welcome all his students back after their summer holidays and wish them all the best in the coming school year. New students and past students are always welcome. Training is from 6.15pm to 8.15pm, Thursdays in St. Anne’s Hall, Ballylinan.
Thanks to all who have paid and a reminder that the money is now due. Apart from personal insurance the money is used to purchase art materials, report books, assessment tests, etc. The book rental is used to provide the books for the scheme and is a considerable saving to parents.
CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL:
Competitions begin next week for boys and girls. Boys will play on Tuesdays and girls on Thursdays.
Last year for the first time all classes attended swimming lessons in either Athy or Portlaoise. It was a great success and will continue this year. Lessons for 5th and 6th classes start this week.
HOMEWORK CLUB: (see note attached)
Ballylinan Ladies U12’s are in The League A Final this Saturday @ 3.30 pm in Rathleague (new Portlaoise pitch). Wishing them the very best of luck. Your support would be appreciated!
SCHOOL CLOSURES 2014 / 2015
Oct 27th – Oct 31st Mid-Term.
(inclusive) Mon – Fri
Dec 22nd – Jan 5th Christmas Holidays
(inclusive) (school closes Friday Dec 19th at 12.30 p.m.,
re-opens Mon Jan 5th)
Feb 19th & Feb 20th Mid-Term
March 16th (Monday) Holiday
March 17th (Tuesday) St. Patrick’s Day
March 30th – April 10th Easter Holidays
(inclusive) Mon – Fri (school closes Friday, March 27th at 12.30, re-opens Monday April 13th)
May 4th (Monday) Public Holiday
May 5th (Tuesday) Holiday
May 29th (Friday) Holiday
June 1st (Monday) Public Holiday
June 2nd (Tuesday) Holiday
Summer Holidays School closes Friday June 26th at