BALLYBROWN NS RECEIVES A WELCOME GIFT! : Ballybrown NS received a very pleasant surprise as children and pupils prepared for the Summer break. Lorraine Murphy, Chairperson of the School’s Parents Association, presented Principal Joe Lyons with a cheque for €2,100 towards the school’s investment in the Literacy Lift-Off programme. This was the second occasion in the current school year that the school received such a presentation from the Parents Association.
‘The school has decided to embark on Literacy Lift-Off, initially in Infant classes, and the Parents Association has shown their support in a very practical way,’ said Mr Lyons. ‘Literacy Lift Off is an intervention that gives children lots of opportunities to read books at their own level of competency and gradually lift the complexity of what they can do in both reading and writing. However, it is expensive. A set of books at each level costs €300 so this boost allows us to acquire six further levels straight away.’
Last December, the Parents Association contributed €1200 to school funds which enabled the school to purchase an educational set of Lego and also to host a workshop in Maths by a company called Lifetime Labs. This was part of the school’s ongoing commitment to the STEM (Science, Technological, Engineering, Mechanical) subjects. The fundraising was achieved through a very successful Cake Sale, recycling of unwanted clothes and a Colours Day.
‘Our Parents Association make a real and very valuable contribution to the quality of education we provide in the school’, continued Mr Lyons. ‘The investment in educational resources will reap a rich harvest in years to come.’