Saint Joseph’s National School

Ballybrown, Clarina, Co. Limerick.

Roll No: 19272O

Saint Joseph’s National School Ballybrown opened in 1976 when Tervoe Boys’ National School, Tervoe Girls’ National School and Lurriga National School were amalgamated.  The current enrolment is approximately 300 children.  The school has eleven mainstream classes.  There are four Special Educational Needs posts based in the school.

The school is fortunate to have enthusiastic, dedicated teachers on staff who are committed to enhancing the lives of the pupils in any way we can.

Literacy Lift Off was introduced in Easter 2016 in Infant Classes and has helped raise already high literacy standards even higher.

Saint Joseph’s Ballybrown National School received a Discover Science and Maths Award in 2016 in recognition of its excellence in STEM subjects.  In 2018, the children in Sixth Class took part in Junior Entrepreneur while Junior Infants took part in Junior Achievement.

The school has been fortunate to be successful in acquiring the services of an Artist-in-Residence on two occasions in recent years.  Such was the success of the artist working with designated classes that the Board decided to extend the scheme to all classes, paid for out of school funds.

The school has availed of the Visiting Author scheme run by Poetry Ireland and authors and storytellers such as Róisín Meaney and Gabriel Fitzmaurice have visited the school to conduct workshops and perform readings.  Children from the school have figured among the prizewinners in the Cuisle poetry Festival.

The school has a rich sporting tradition. The Olo Cup, the premier hurling competition in Limerick City Primary schools, was won by Saint Joseph’s Ballybrown National School in 2017 and 2018 while the school has been successful in Camogie, Gaelic Football, Ladies’ Football, Rounders and Soccer.  The school won the Best Girls’ School category at Limerick Cross-Country Championships in November 2017.

Active Week, which takes place in the third week of June, is a highlight of our sporting calendar.  Each day begins with Wake Up Shake Up and a range of activities including Zumba, Walking Buses, Walk On Wednesday and all manner of sporting activities are organised.  Children have Active Homework to do each night.  A non-competitive Fun Sports Day takes place on the Thursday while Active Week concludes with a Teachers v. Sixth Class Rounders game.

The school sees itself as being at the heart of the community.  We are fortunate to be located beside the Resource Centre and the school avails of its facilities for Information Technology classes with Whizzkids.  Events such as Graduation, Grandparents’ Day, Catholic Schools Week, Healthy Eating Week are celebrated by the entire community as the school welcomes people from the locality.  We are fortunate to have Fr. Michael Cussen as our school chaplain and he works closely with the school in preparing for First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

How can I enrol my child in Saint Joseph’s Ballybrown National School?

Call to the school any day between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm.  Alternatively, you may contact the school on 061-353276 or by email at principal@ballybrownns.ie

In mid-January of each year, the school contacts all parents who have expressed an interest in enrolling their child in the school and invites them to submit an application to enrol. The enrolment process is usually finalised by the end of February.

Staying in Touch:  Please check the school website www.ballybrownns.ie or follow us on Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news.

Sheila Hayes

Principal

Patrickswell National School

Patrickswell, Co. Limerick

Roll No: 17738B

Beannachtaí agus fáilte go Scoil Náisiúnta Tobar Phádraig.

Welcome to Patrickswell National School.  We are a school of approximately 130 pupils and our aim is to provide a fun and caring learning environment so that the children can develop at their own pace. In 2022, we were assigned DEIS Rural status.  We aim to develop every aspect of the child so that they leave our school equipped with the skills needed for secondary school and daily life.

As well as teaching all curricular areas, we offer the children many different activities including:

  • STEM initiatives – we have been awarded various SFI Discovering Science and Mathematics awards in 2018/2019/2020/2021/2022.
  • Robotics – Since 2021, the school has been partaking in the VEX Robotics competition which is run by Dell.
  • Accelerated Reader Initiative – this is up and running in the school for the past two years. This initiative encourages children to read at their reading level on graded readers and monitors the child’s comprehension of the book by asking questions digitally when they are finished. The children are able to analyse the results and this motivates them to read as much as possible.
  • Aistear – Learning through play is an essential part of our teaching from Junior Infants to Second Class.
  • ASD (Autism) Classes – We will be opening our first ASD class in September 2024 and have been sanctioned to open a second class in the near future. This will be a great resource for the local community.
  • Student Council: We have a very active student council and have elections for positions every year.  In previous years, the children have come up with some brilliant ideas and have raised funds towards implementing some of these ideas, for example, new chairs for all classrooms and Buddy Benches for the yard.
  • Patrickswell Community Playschool and After School Group is situated on the grounds of the school. This service provides a breakfast club (8.00am – 9.20am), infant hour (2.00pm – 3.00pm) homework hour (3.00pm – 4.00pm) and an after school club between the hours of 3.00pm and 6.00pm.  These are great services to be available for busy families and also makes the transition from pre-school to Junior Infants a lot easier as the children in the pre-school recognise the staff and the environment of the Primary School.
  • GAA – all children in the school receive coaching from a Limerick GAA Games Development Officer and the school enters teams in hurling, camogie, Gaelic football and ladies football at both under-11 and under-13 levels. We have had many successes over the years in these competitions and have helped develop the talents of the last three Hurlers of the Year award winners, Cian Lynch, Diarmuid Byrnes and Aaron Gillane, who are all past pupils of the school.
  • DEIS – as a DEIS school, all children in the school receive a free hot meal every day. This service is provided at present by The Lunch Bag.  We are also invited to take part in initiatives that the Department are trying to implement in schools.  We also have to keep a close eye on the attendance of all the pupils in the school and have strategies in place to improve this area.   Our DEIS plan has been in place since 2023 and has encouraged the staff to analyse what goes on in the school in much greater detail.  This helps us highlight our weaknesses, address them and make improvements.
  • Music Generation – The children are receiving music and singing lessons weekly with Music Generation and are really enjoying it.
  • Languages – Spanish Lessons are provided to Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class through Languages Connect each year.
  • Links with local organisations – Tidy Towns, GAA Club, Soccer Club, new Community Centre. We also partake in many events that are organised by the local parish and Fr. Cussen, who is a frequent visitor to the school.
  • Picker Pals and Team Limerick Clean-Up – We are involved with Picker Pals since 2018, this initiative encourages children to keep their environment clean. We also are annual participants in the Team Limerick Clean-Up initiative.

Please follow us on Twitter: @patrickswellns and Instagram: @patrickswellns to see the many events and activities that take place in our school.  Our website can be found at www.patrickswellns.ie  Patrickswell Parents Association also have a Facebook page.

Feel free to contact Karen in the school office at 061-355057 or by email at info@patrickswellns.com

David Bulfin  

Principal

Monday to Friday: 9.20am to 3.00pm.  Lunch 1.00 to 1.30pm.