St Clares Primary School

Education is for Life

March Note 1

Chess Events : The Brian Collum event in Newtownforbes on this Friday March 9th . ( leaving at 8:30 / return 5pm approx. ) with a stop at Supermacs Carrick on Shannon on route home .Team selection in the morning and only those with written/e mail permission will be put on a team.Prizes on the day include a trip to Tayto Park and €500 class prize . We are the current holders of the Brian Collum Cup which we hold for the past 2 years. Good Luck to all participants. Training session as well as Community Games Team selection this Thursday night from 7pm in the school.

Our 1st and 2nd classes met their cross border friends from Enniskillen Integrated primary yesterday in Florenscourt for a biodiversity workshop 3rd and 4th will be visit their partner classes from Enniskillen Integrated next Tuesday 13th March. 

Child Safeguarding ; Following Monday’s Child Protection training for staff the revised school safeguarding document including risk assessment is now on the schools notice board for parents and has been sent to the P.A. and B.O.M. members for consideration .It will be posted on the blog.

Among the recommendations are that pupils must have mobile phones or internet devices powered off at all times during school events including outings and trips away from school . This will be in effect from THIS Friday.

P.A. sponsored walk cards will be issued shortly and proceeds going towards the new facilities being put in place at the moment. Parents /guardians will need to ensure that cards are returned to the school as ALL CARDS MUST BE ACCOUNTED FOR without exception .

Weather Warnings and School closure questions answered

As temperatures drop this week  we may have  snow falls  and  frosty/slippery roads in the morning or snow covered roads we advise parents;

  1. Safety should be the only /  main concern NOT getting children to school for 9:15 or at all if they consider it unsafe for them to travel to school .
  2. The school will nearly always remain open even in frosty or snowy conditions BUT parents should make their decision to get children to school based on their safety.
  3. We will close if 50% of staff are unable to attend or if the representative committee approved by the board decide on closure . This committee has one parent , one staff rep. and a BOM rep .
  4. There is no problem about being late on mornings where these conditions apply and children may come to school up to 11am .
  5. We cannot guarantee that school grounds, car park, footpaths, etc.,… will be cleared completely so again parents should walk or drive with due care on school grounds. 
  6. Please ensure suitable footwear (boots/wellingtons) with best grips etc., are worn on these days .
  7. If there is snow the children will be allowed play in the snow if they have a gloves, spare boots, etc.

School News feb 25th 2018

The school will be closed on NEXT Monday March 5th for Mandatory School whole staff Child Protection Training. The children will have no school on this day.


World Book day €1.50 book token goes home with all children today

Congratulations to our winners in Feis Art Competition- Ellah Goodall and Molly Gilligan in 1st , James Hughes in 4th Musfira Tariq 5th and Susan Aji in 6th . Award giving tonight in the Sligo Park Hotel at 6:30pm.


Thursday Chess Club continues with Community Games Team selection on Thursday March 8th , Clayton Hotel Blitz Competition Sunday March 18th . Community Games County Finals March 23rd.

Friday March 9th– Brian Collum Chess Team event in Newtownforbes. Any pupil from 3rd to 6th may attend. Bus leaves the school at 8:30am and returns at approximately 5pm.We will have a stop for food at Supermacs Carrick on Shannon on the way home . The day will cost €5  per pupil ( Not including food). Those interested should return the slip below with €5 before this Friday. Permission can be by return e mail either for those online.


I would like my child ________________in ____class to attend the Chess Team Event in Newtownforbes on Friday March 9th – €5 enclosed

Signed _____________________________.

Supermarket Roleplay

During the month of January Junior Infants were busy setting up and running their own supermarket. They built supermarkets from various types of blocks, drew and paint fruit and vegetables, cut and pasted food they would like on their shopping list, played with item found in the supermarket in the sand and of course had great fun role playing being a customer and shop keeper in our supermarket.

Feb 1st Note


School Enrolment for September is open and junior infant places are filling up (2 places remain). Please send in request for enrolment forms as soon as possible

January was Focus on History month here in the school.

As part of the development of awareness of citizenship / democracy we had the Student council elections in which all classes participated .Those elected were -President : Ryan Gilligan    Vice President: Aine Mc Loughlin ….Council members : Roisin Yilmaz, Rebecca Mc Gauren , Mary Farry and  Ross Forde .The council will meet every month to ensure pupil ideas and concerns are taken into account in school procedures and policy .

Infants had a grandparents day where many grandparents came in to play games and tell stories to the children.

1st and 5th make St. Brigid Crosses today Feb. 1st.

We would like to invite grandparents to come in again to older classes to help pass on their skills and stories e.g Playing card games like 25, Knitting or craft skills Grandparents/Parents -Please let us know if you are able  to do this at any stage this term .

Many classes had projects or displays from a period in History and we put on an exhibition in The sculpture centre with miniature battle scenes and artefacts and anti-war posters etc..

School Outings: Our Pupils are given opportunities to participate in various activities many of these involve after school / out of school time and thus are opt in. If your child has not opted into anything take note – in case your child is opting out of everything and losing out on opportunities , social and educational without your knowledge .

The following are coming up over the next weeks  :

Peace Proms Concert rehearsal in Belfast was open to all pupils in 5th and 6th Rehearsal next Tuesday February 6th in Queens University Belfast . The Bus will leave the school at 8:30 am SHARP on Tuesday next, returns at 6pm approx.

The concert is on Sunday February 26th also in Belfast. There are a few bus spaces remaining for parents attending (Parents are not required to attend as Mr. Conlon, Mrs Fox and Ms. Mc Dermott will take the children on that Sunday.

Inter School Sports Participation ;

Pupils from 3rd to 6th are also given the opportunity to participate in sports team events , Donegal /North Leitrim Large school gaelic Football League , inter school soccer 11 a side games and inter school Basketball matches . To opt in for this the pupils should attend training during break times and after school on Tuesdays. This will be general sports training , fitness , ball skills and team drills .Teams will be selected from those who opt in.

Chess Events : There are a number of chess events and competitions coming up including The Brian Collum event in Newtownforbes on Friday March 9th . Those who attend Thursday nights chess club will get 1st option on this trip ( leaving at 8:30 / return 6pm.

Feiseanna : There are a number of Feiseanna in Sligo from March on entries close for some events on Feb. 9th. Check online Feis Shligigh / Feis Ceoil) for pupils to take part in recitation /drama /art /comhra etc…We would encourage parents to enter and we will prepare all children for the Feis Ceoil primary school poetry recitation primary school event . ( Poems given out this week )

The events take place evenings /weekends and over the Easter holiday period .

Whole Class / In school Trips and outings include ….

Whole Classes- Chess Checkmates day in the Bee Park on March 2nd

1st and 2nd classes travel to Enniskillen Integrated primary on Tuesday 13th. 3rd and 4th will be visited by their partner classes from Enniskillen Integrated on the same day. 

5th and 6th Class attend the Comprehensive Musical ‘Annie’ next Wednesday in the Bee Park.

5th visit Kathleen’s Falls Power Station ( Feb 13th )

Library visits ( monthly ) all classes .

January Note 3

The school is closed for pupils on the Tuesday of NEXT week January 30th for Dept. of Ed. Staff training . pupils have no school on that day.

Next Parent Association  meeting is tomorrow  Tuesday 23rd January, at the earlier time of 8pm (in the school in the room of 6th class). All members of the committee are asked to attend .
New members are welcome anytime .

Peace Proms choir practice takes place in Belfast on February 6th . If any parents of choir members wish to travel to Belfast for the day please contact the school office . Rehearsal takes place in Queens University and we also visit the  Ulster Museum on this day. 

The concert takes place on Sunday February 25th in Belfast , Parents who wish to travel on the bus should book a seat asap . Those travelling by car with their child should let us know also asap.

Chess event in Newtownforbes , The Brian Collum memorial takes place on March 9th and we will bring a bus with teams from the school on the day . Those from 3rd to 6th who attend chess club will be given 1st option for this outing . Chess Club continues on Thursdays at 7pm to 9pm . We are the current holders of both the Leitrim and the Overall Briam Collum Trophies .

Reminder : All school absences with reason for absence should be recorded in your childs Journal ( at the back ) and signed by a parent before return to school . The school MUST be notified by phone or e mail when a child is absent for 3 consecutive days . Remember absence from school on a regular basis or lateness regularlyin the mornings seriously effects your child’s ability to learn and keep up with class work and can be viewed as child neglect if it continues on a regular basis . 

We report all absences of 20 days+ to the Welfare Board which is a legal requirement . Letters will issue this week to parents whose children have already missed 15 or more days to allow parents be aware of the absences building up for the child which they might be unaware of .

School Council and School Student presidential election takes place this Friday . We have a parents constituency and voting will take place on Friday from 9:20am until 11am This is part of our Living History month which includes a history focus in all classes. Infants have a Grandparents day on Friday also so please let us know if you are free to call in and be a part of our History focus . Thanks to those parents who already volunteered .

January Note 2

Remember ….When there is snow /ice or frost you should use your own judgement in relation to safety regarding school attendance. We will always be open unless a text is issued but roll call is not taken on these days until 11:15 Please ensure we have your correct mobile phone and e mail details.  

When there is snow or frost take it slowly on the school grounds ….there is no late on mornings where there is snow or frost and no sign in. All pupils enter via the 3rd /4th class entrance on these days.

Can I please request that parents DO NOT use the staff car park to drop off or pick up children at any time.. Use the School parents car park and drop off area or walk from the Church car park with your child.

On SNOW days when the pupils are at school 1st to 6th pupils will be allowed out to play in the snow only if they have waterproof boots and a change of shoes.


Enrolment for September 2018 is open but there are very few places(5) remaining for new junior infant pupils. Please advise your friends,neighbours and family members to submit a form as soon as possible.

January ’18 Note 1

We ask all parents not to send children to school with flu symptoms to prevent the spread of infection throughout the school community.

School Enrolment for September is open and junior infant places are filling up (12 places remain). Please send in request for enrolment forms as soon as possible and please let your friends /family and neighbours be aware that forms are being accepted especially newcomers to the town.

Please note that the school will be closed on Tuesday January 30th for a Dept. Of Education training day for staff. Pupils will have no school on this day.

1st and 2nd classes travel to Enniskillen Integrated primary next Tuesday. Bus leaves at 9am.

3rd and 4th will be visited by their partner classes from Enniskillen Integrated on the same day. 

January is Focus on History month here in the school. All classes will be exploring various aspects of local and national history over the next 2 weeks and finishing with a History day on January 26th which will include the election of a School Pupil president and pupil’s council. We invite anyone with stories from the past / items / clothes or costumes of historical interest or a special interest in History to call in and speak to the classes. Grandparents especially welcome – please contact Mr. Conlon 9855703.

There is a Peace Proms Concert rehearsal in Belfast, for all pupils in 5th and 6th classes participating on February 6th.Rehearsal takes place in Queens University. Choir members will visit the Ulster museum before the rehearsal. 

Christmas class shows: Videos are now available via the links on our school blog :

Thanks to everyone who supported the Christmas Draw. We hope to have the mini basketball court in place before the end of the month.

Christmas Raffle Winners

Many congratulations to two Ava’s in winning this year’s Christmas Draw, Ava Rose Gregory-Furey from 2nd Class, and Ava McManus, from 4th. Each took home a voucher for €50.00. Our thanks to Rooney’s Supervalu for their sponsorship of the prize’s, a voucher in Supervalu, and another in The Loft. And thank you to the PA in helping sell tickets at all of the various Christmas events over the past couple of weeks, and all of our families for supporting the Draw. A tally will be announced as soon as we’ve collated the final figures.
Have a great Christmas and New Year.


Congratulations to Orla Mawn (5th Class) and Mary Farry (6th Class) who won medals for a fantastic performance on Manga High, during their Maths Week Challenge. Manga High is a world wide online maths challenge which the school has participated in for a number of years. It has children from over 5,000 schools participating, completing some 4 trillion questions. We usually give all the children in the school a chance to participate, sometimes with the older children helping the younger ones complete some simple challenges. Well done to both girls.

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