We had our very last Roots of Empathy visit today.  Baby Daragh loved his home made birthday cake by one of the children.  We got to meet his Daddy Stephen and ask him lots of questions.  He showed us his new tricks- clapping his hands and crawling!

We had our last Mathletics session today.  We learned the high jump and multiplication.  Some of our jumps were really high and as always we did great teamwork! Some of us will be doing the Mathletics summer camp because we love it so much!

Some of the 3rd class children auditioned for St John’s Got Talent today.  The judges gave them high praise and 2 of our acts go through to the grand final.  We can’t wait for the whole school to see how brilliant our Baton Twirler and Six Super Stars are!

We had our 2nd week of Mathletics.  We worked on place value and the theme of throwing.   We learned all about the shotput throw.  We had to throw beanbags in to hoops that had thousands, hundreds, tens and units.  It was so much fun!

We started Mathletics today.  We were learning all about the clock and digital time using the strand athletics from the PE curriculum.  We may not have got all the questions right but our team work was excellent according to the teachers!

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I am writing to you with information on a pop-up style uniform shop that we’re in the process of organising in hopes that you may pass on this information to the parents of your current students before the end of school term.

Last year we were inundated with requests from local parents for second-hand uniforms for all of the local schools, primary and secondary.

There was a lot of running around and gathering/collecting of items and in order to try to alleviate the pressures of last year for all local parents we have organised this appeal to benefit those who may be struggling in our community.

No child should go without.

We are asking for donations of all kinds of uniform items that may be finished with at the end of this school year.

This includes: Skirts, trousers, jumpers, tracksuits, school shoes, shirts, airtex, runners and school bags.

There will be a box left outside at the Project centre in Ballybrack midweek mornings for anyone who wishes to donate items, or if needed they can contact me directly on loughlinsaira@gmail.com in order to arrange collection of the items.

All items will be washed, pressed and put onto hangers in which we will then host a shop at the project centre in August (date to be confirmed) where parents can come and take whatever they may need, free of charge, no questions asked.

Any left over uniform items from the event will be donated accordingly back to each relevant school for use as spares for students.


Please note that this is a completely cost free non-profit project.


Thank you in advance for helping us to help the parents and school-going children of the Ballybrack community.

Administration Team

Ma’s Of Ballybrack