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Parent Newsletter Monday June 26th

Parent  Newsletter   Monday June 26th

  • Eid Mubarak to all our muslim families, I hope you have a lovely celebration with friends and family.
  • Medicines  Any parent who has  given the school important medicines for  their children must collect these from the class-teacher/Fintan  on or before this Friday  ( June 30th). On return to school ( Wednesday August  30th) you can then redistribute them to the new class-teacher ensuring that they are in-date and appropriate to your child’s requirements along with a  written -note setting out in detail the need for the medicine and any details with regard to  its usage.
  • School Closing: The school closes for the Summer Holidays  this Friday ( June 30th) at 12noon sharp.
  • Summer Camps There are a few places left in the school’s Summer  Camps ( June 3rd to 14th  one week or two, 10am to 1pm), please contact Elaine or the school office urgently  if you’d like to sign up.
  • 2017/18 School reopens after the Summer Holidays on Wednesday August 30th at 8.40am.  If for any reason, your child will not be returning on that specific date , please let Fintan (Principal) or Lorraine ( secretary) know before this Friday  ( June 30th)  ( please see overleaf for a calendar for the 2017/18 school year.
  • 6th Class Graduation: Our 6th Class Graduation will take place on Tuesday  June 30th at 11am ( until 12noon). Parents and close family  are invited. We ask that  younger siblings,  who are in the school,  be left in their classrooms as we wish for this event to be about the  graduation-candidates themselves.  There will be light refreshments afterward and the opportunity for  plenty of photographs.  The 6th class children can depart the school  either after the ceremony ( only  if  with family) or at 2.20pm . There is no school for 6th class for the remainder of  the week.
  • Monies Due  Huge thanks to all the parents who have settled their accounts for monies required  for all children returning to us  for the 2017/18 school year.  We ask that those parents  have received an  invoice for the outstanding amounts  to please settle this on or before Friday June 30th, or to talk with Fintan ( Principal), if you have not done already re your payment plan.
  • Pupil Progress Report You should all have received your children’s end-of-year Pupil Progress Report ( distributed from the school on Friday June 16th), if you did not receive this please contact the school urgently.
  • Merryn Last Friday, we had the pleasure of opening a new school-yard space, Merryn’s Bench and Mosaic, in memory of dear Merryn. Please take the time to have a look at this space and to give a moment of your time to her memory.
  • Teacher for next year? The allocation of teachers,  SNAs and rooms  for the 2017/18 school year will be made known to the children at 11.45am this Friday, and simultaneously posted to the school website  It will not be possible to do this in full, as there is still a teacher-recruitment drive to be undertaken for over the month of July and , also, the DES has yet to let us know our allocation of SNAs  for the coming year. But, as these  developments unfold the school website will be updated.
  • Thank You  Finally,  I would like to thank you as parents, on my own behalf and on behalf of the teachers, SNAs and secretaries, for you courtesy and support throughout the year. It has been a memorable year with numerous highlights  and successes. We have seen the children flourish  and make great academic , social and emotional   Your positive support to myself as Principal and to the teachers, SNAs and secretaries is very valued. We look forward to  2017/18 and another great year of teaching and learning. Have a lovely holiday, and above all keep safe!!!

Get Active Week Family Quiz


Get Active Week Table Quiz

To win a family ticket  to the Cinema, please answer these questions associated with Get Active Week ( June 12th to 16th)  and complete the tie-breaker. Please return the completed page to your child’s class teacher  on or before Friday morning June 16th.

  • Our school athletes were very very successful in the recent Cumann namBunscoil Track and Field Championships in Santry; what is the name of the athletics stadium in Santry,  named after an Athletics  Promoter,  in which this event took place? ______________________
  • Which famous Balbriggan cyclist, kincknamed the ‘Balbriggan Flier’, won the World Amateur Cycling championships in Copenhagen in 1896? ______________________________
  • Balbriggan man Tommy Caffrey, holds the most international caps for representing Ireland in any sport…. what sport is this?_____________________________________________
  • Who is the playing field and stadium/clubhouse of Balbriggan Cricket Club named after? ________________________________________________________________
  • Our Sports day on Wednesday 14th June will take place under the shadow of  the magnificent  Bremore Castle; the original Bremore  Castle ( rebuilt in 1783) dates back to what century? _________________________________________________________
  • Which Balbriggan Sports Club have this as their mission statement:

The intention of the Balbriggan    XXXXXXXXX    is to get people together for the health, social and motivational benefits of running in a group. There are no membership fees – the club is non-profit and is run totally on a voluntary basis. We are an inclusive club and our members are representative of the diversity of Balbriggan and we have runners from all parts of this community and well as surrounding communities. We are registered as a club with the Fingal Sports Council. Contact: 0863107158_____________________________________________________________

  • What is the name of the Balbriggan Basketball Club who operate from the Flemington Community Centre?____________________________________________________
  • Slieve Gullion Forest Park, soaked in Irish mythology , where our Infant classes will be visiting as part of Get Active Week , see is in which Irish County?____________________________
  • Larissa, the coach from O’Dwyer’s GAA Club who comes to the school every week, is herself an Irish international player in which sport?  __________________________________
  • The school’s Summer Camps, full of sporting , art and drama activities takes place in the school this year  from Monday July  3rd to which date? ( contact Elaine) ______________

Tie breaker: How many families/individuals will sign up and participate in our Parent Association Fundraiser  for all of the children in the school, including yours!,  at 12.30 pm on Sunday June 18th  ( 8euro per family, 5 euro per individual) meeting  at McDonalds , please lend your support________________________________________________________________________

Get Active Week

GET ACTIVE WEEK 2017 is here!

Get Active Week is always one of the highlights of the year, for both the children and teachers.  We strive to create a physically educated and physically active school community.  Regular exercise plays such an important role in maintaining a healthy body and mind.  We want to try and build good exercise habits and create positive attitudes towards and interest in physical activities.

There are lots of the old favourites back on the timetable this year – DP Gym, The Olympics, GAA Blitz, The Euros in Donnycarney, Balbriggan Cricket Club visit, Trip to Malahide Castle, Slieve Gullion Trip and Swimming.

We are also introducing lots of new activities this year – Laser Run, Tug O War, Ultimate Frisbee, Samba Dancing, Pitch n Putt, Nutritional Talks, Flag Football, Bodyweight exercises, Circuits and so many more!

We are so lucky to have so many staff members with interests in various sports…we have uncovered lots of secret talents!  Who knew that we had a karate sensei, Irish team baseball player, majorette, football coach, professional dancer and former gymnast on staff???

We are also delighted to invite in many outside sporting associations and instructors to hold workshops with the children.  This will provide the children (and teachers!) with the opportunity to try many new physical activities and hopefully find a new sporting interest!

Sports Day will take place on Wednesday 14th June at O’Dwyer’s All-Weather ground (beside Bremore Castle) and parents are welcome to attend.  All classes will participate in athletic races and various activities on the All-Weather pitches.  The Junior races (Junior Infants to 2nd Class) will take place between 10:00 and 11:00. The Senior races (3rd Class to 6th Class) will take place between 11:30 and 12:30.

You will find a list of some of the activities that your child’s class has timetabled overleaf.

There is also a Family Quiz attached.  Please return the completed sheet by Friday 16th June to be in with a chance to win a fabulous prize.


Junior Infants A trip to Slieve Gullion where they will explore the Giant’s Lair and play in the Adventure Playpark, The Olympics, tennis, take part in a Flash Mob, rugby, Gaelic football, hurling, orienteering, DP Gym, Mindfulness, Samba Dancing, Parachute Games, Gaelic football
Senior Infants A trip to Slieve Gullion where they will explore the Giant’s Lair and play in the Adventure Playpark, The Olympics, tennis, take part in a Flash Mob, rugby, Gaelic football, hurling, orienteering, take part in a Flash Mob, DP Gym, Mindfulness, Samba Dancing, Parachute Games, Gaelic football,
1st Class The Olympics, Gaelic football, take part in a Flash Mob, Mindfulness, Unihoc, DP Gym, Irish Dancing, Basketball, Samba Dancing, Parachute Games, Ultimate Frisbee, Majorettes, Hurling
2nd Class Ultimate Frisbee, Tug O War, The Olympics, Gaelic football, Baseball, take part in a Flash Mob, DP Gym, Mindfulness, Irish Dancing, circuits, Samba Dancing, Laser Run, Group Yard Games, baseball
3rd Class Pitch n Putt, Swimming in Sportslink Santry, Laser Run, Gaelic football, Baseball, take part in a Flash Mob, Table tennis, Circuits , Orienteering, Frisbee Golf, Nutritional Talks, Baseball, Irish Dancing, Kickboxing
4th Class Pitch n Putt, Laser Run, Gaelic football, Baseball, GAA Blitz, play cricket on a proper cricket ground, take part in a Flash Mob, Table tennis, Circuits, Rugby, Rounders, karate, kickboxing
5th Class Laser Run, Flag Football, Euros 2017, GAA Blitz, play cricket on a proper cricket ground, take part in a Flash Mob, bodyweight exercises, table tennis, rugby, 2km run/walk, nutritional talks, kickboxing, Ultimate Frisbee
6th Class Laser Run, Flag Football, Euros 2017, GAA Blitz, play cricket on a proper cricket ground, take part in a Flash Mob, bodyweight exercises, rugby, Athletics, Nutritional talk, Kickboxing, Ultimate Frisbee


Hope you all have a SUPER Get Active Week 2017!

Newsletter April 24th

Parent newsletter Monday April 24th

1 Monies due

It si now the time of year when we ask that 140euro for each child who will be returning to us for the 2017/18 school year is paid. Here is a breakdown of the 140euro. We thank you all in advance of  for your co-operation in this regard.



Cost of expendable texts ( expendable workbooks)                                                                        €40.00

Levy for “loaned” texts (reading books, non-expendable workbooks)                                    €35.00

Supplementary Insurance to cover normal school day plus after school activities                               €8.00

School services (photocopying, correspondence with parents, Affiliation to ET)                 €30.00

Art and Craft resources (expendable art and craft material)                                                         €27.00



Total  €140.00




  • Please pay directly to the school office where a receipt will be issued.


  • If sending the money to the school with your child, please ensure to put it in a sealed envelope with the amount, the child’s name and the child’s teacher’s name marked clearly on the envelope so that we can issue a receipt.


  • Please pay on or before Friday June 2nd



2 Community Week

Next week, Tuesday  May 2nd to 5th,  is the school’s first ever Community Week. In this week the children will be undertaking a task  in the classroom where they will be seeking to enhance the rights and experiences of others in their community through their own active-citizenship , participation and advocacy. We will send home a detailed list later in the week  outlining exactly what task each class is undertaking.


3 Public Holiday

Just a quick reminder that Monday May 1st is a public holiday and the school is closed.


4 2017/18 school year

If your child is not returning for the 2017/18 school year, or if there’s any possibility that your child may not be returning, please let Fintan ( Principal) know immediately so that he can put this into his calulations/decision-making for  allocating places to new children  for the coming year. We have extensive Waiting Lists for each class in the school, and a lot of anxious parents are  awaiting a decision from the school as to whether they can be accomodated. So , please, have this conversation with Fintan at your earliest possible  convenience in the strictest confidence, even if you are not sure.


Friday Awards Winners Jan 27th 2017

Photos of this week’s award winners, and lots more on twitter , follow us on  @balbrigganetns

Senior Assembly: Neda, JackM, CiaraOB, LucyMG, AlmaA, DanielA, JesseM, JohnO, HuzaifahJ

Middle Assembly: Zuhra, Raymond, Eve, Manaal, Yaseen, AlexC, HamadO

Junior Assembly: Grantas, Jonathan, Olivia, ConorG, AyoobE, AliH, Kuba, Sophie, Zeyad, BobbyF, Ella, Alexandra, Mia, EricI, Kai, Phoebe, RossMcIB