St Clares Primary School

Education is for Life

sep. note 2

School assembly is from 9am to 9:20 each morning . Schools doors open at 9am . There is no supervision of children prior to this.

The school will be closed for an additional day – Friday October 27th for a Dept. of Education curriculum planning day. Please note this


Parents please note that the school bus parking space at the school gate needs to be kept clear for the school bus.

We would appreciate if the final book monies would be paid as soon as possible or an arrangement for payment made this week  .


Church –  Do this in memory – Programme of preparation for 1st Holy Communion Parents Meeting at 8pm tonight in the school hall with Fr. Oliver .Provisional date for Confirmation is Saturday May 5th. The ‘Be my Witness’ preparation programme will start in November .


Afterschool Options .

Manorhamilton Childcare have a morning and evening service which picks up and drops off children to school. Contact the Bee Park Centre for details .

Our afterschools sport,Music, drama and dance are all up and running this week Infants 1:45 to 2: 50) Other Classes 3 to 4 pm.

Monday and Friday-GAA Football Skills  James Glancy (0864082561)

Tuesday and Wed.–Fun,Soccer,table tennis James Mc D(0868820848)

Thursday Dance with Kathleen 0863956388

Friday –  Drama with Tori   0892158273

Wednesday – Trad. music with Lorraine 0868631785

Tues. and Wed. –Grade 1 to Advanced Piano with Sylvia 0862255361

Fridays – Beginners to grade 3 Piano with Rachel  0834134534

Book or get details directly from the provider.


Notes : Homework should be strictly according to maximum times as per homework policy and signed by parents , bags should be light , first break is fruit or veg. break for all and walking from church car park is advised where possible .


September 5th Note


A red VW Golf with a D registration has been reported to the office by concerned parents regarding dangerous driving on school grounds . We will refer this on to the Gardai and we ask the owner of the vehicle to refrain from driving onto the school grounds unless they do so with due consideration to those using Zebra Crossings and school roadway.

School Mass this Friday at 9:30 in the church . Children will go from school at 9:20. Parents and family members are welcome . Non Catholics will remain in the school with teacher supervision and should come to school as normal.

School Book money should be paid at this stage or an arrangement for payment made with Mr. Conlon . Thanks to everyone who paid online using our e payment system .

6th Class have a Geography / History field trip to Sligo Abbey and Carrowmore next Wednesday . Free to those on the book scheme . €8 for those who are not

Parents /guardians are reminded that they must make an appointment to meet the class teacher …please do not call in for a chat in the morning ….there are 29/30 children in each  room .


Homework journals should be signed by a parent /guardian to show YOU as parent are satisfied with the amount of work completed by your child at home . Times are as per homework policy ( see online ) or a copy available on request . You will be informed when the standard or quantity of homework varies from that done at school at parent teacher meetings later in the term or earlier if necessary .


Thanks again to everyone for making 1st break –Fruit /Veg break . we once again have 99% support from our parents .


Most afterschool activities are up and running  this week or next . Registration essential and information is available  ONLY from the service provider directly .

Afterschool Information September 2017

St Clare’s After School  Classes are starting this week or next week are as follows  .

Children attending afterschool  MUST be registered with the after-school provider before attending the session to give all details of phone numbers , medical details etc…

The afterschool services here in the school are provided by private individuals who are independently insured and child protection vetted . All arrangements for payment and collection etc… are between the parent / guardian and the service provider . 

Mondays : Football skills with James Glancy and Thomas McDonald 
Tuesdays : Football , Fun and fitness with James Mc Dowell and Stuart .

Wednesdays : Tin Whistle with Lorraine  and Piano with Sylvia . 

Thursdays : Dance Club with kathleen  ( Starts next week)

Fridays : Drama with Tori ( This may be in the Glens Center on occasions ) in the school hall normally ( NOT IN CLASSROOM ) and

Football with James Glancy . Please Note Friday football is weather dependent and will be outdoors all the time . It will be cancelled if weather is unsuitable .

Gardening and Tai Chi afterschools will start later in the month .

Manor Childcare organise both before and after-school childcare / child minding services and drop off  collect children from the school at normal school dismissal times . All enquiries to Manor Childcare in the Bee Park Center .

PLEASE NOTE : Children are not supervised by school staff either before or after official school hours . 

i.e.  9am to 2:55pm ( Monday to Thursday) 9am to 1:45 on Fridays . 

       Infant classes finish at 1:45 Monday to Thursday and 1:30 on Fridays .

The Board of Management take no responsibility for children on the school premises outside these times .

Annual Report 2016/17

I would like to thank all our staff, pupils, parents, Board of Management, Parent Association and the local community for their support and cooperation over the past year.

Pupil’s reports were issued by e mail on Monday June 19th, written reports were available from Wednesday 21st .The reports inform our parents of their child’s educational development across all subject areas and report on the years behaviour and attendance from the class teachers perspective. We advise parents to use this report to inform themselves of the child’s strengths and areas of concern as our reports are intended to give a clear and honest appraisal of each pupil with a view to planning the future progress of each pupil individually.

Literacy and numeracy standards remain a high priority in the school and our reports try to indicate to parents the level of achievement reached. We use standardised National tests which give STEN scores or Reading /spelling ages .The STEN is a  rating  1 to 10, 10 being the best indicating your child is in the top 10% for their class in Ireland while 1 would indicate your child being in the lowest 10% for their age or class in the country.

The Bury, Junior Infant Test has a maximum score of 60. Some classes use literacy or Maths tests both scored out of 100. Senior Infants also have a MIST( Middle Infant Screening Test) test

Other subject area are reported using standard of achievement, participation /enjoyment levels and individual talent. P.E. takes sportsmanship into account, S.P.H.E. takes practical application of healthy eating and bullying awareness into account.

This year we allocated blocks of time to each of the SESE subject areas Science ( October ) , History ( January ) and Geography    ( May ). We had a really impressive and successful Science Day and History Museum Day in all the classes. All classes were taken on educational trips throughout the year .Through these outings the children get a real experience of Science, Maths, History and Geography.

Our Learning Support and special needs support team continue to plan and deliver individualised support for many pupils using both withdrawal and in classroom methods. Teamwork is a key feature in terms of the support delivered. Ongoing professional development by our teachers plays a huge role is ensuring all pupils get a high quality of teaching

Our school garden goes from strength to strength with the assistance of Chris Warbuton ( Parent 4th). This summer we hope to add  a number of features to add to its potential as an outdoor learning space.

Our choirs performed at all our church occasions. At Christmas this year we put a special focus on music as all classes learned the carols and Christmas favourites performing in the local community at Arus Brefni , The Health Board offices , Supervalue  and the farmers market. Singing is an important part of our culture and all our children can sing a good repertoire in either English or irish and most importantly love to sing and enjoy music.

All classes from 1stto 6th were again taken to swimming lessons. We are keen to continue with our target that every child leaves this school able to swim at a reasonably competent level. Many of our school tours in the senior classes are now water based which are now really popular with the majority of our children.

6th class this year were given the option of a week in the Gaeltacht. The idea is intended to foster a love of our language which is the focus of the school in relation to the teaching of Irish.

We participated in many art events including Sligo Feis Art Credit Union art and Manorhamilton Show competitions .We also hosted an exhibition of school art in the Sculpture Centre this year in February. The school public areas , hall and corridiors , have ever changing eye-catching art displays

The school has participated and promoted a wide range of activities both during and after school this year. Soccer, Gaelic football, hurling, Chess , dance, Cycling,  athletics, art, drama, rugby, tennis and table tennis were all made available to our pupils. Both girls and boys from 2nd to 6th  ( A total of 84 pupils) participated in football including the school Friday Football League and the 15 a side North Leitrim / South Donegal League . We took part in a number of athletic events including cross country and Indoor athletics. All our classes from 1st to 6th took part in the 3km /5km Kidz on the run which took place in the beautiful Milltown Woods this year . We had teams in the FAI 5 a side schools event including the Connacht Finals.

Our Chess players participated in events in Ballinasloe, Longford , Malahide and Sligo and these included National and international events .The Chess Club / Chess for Learning Programme finishes this year. Each child from Senior Infants to  to 6th class can now play chess . 2 pupils Susan Aji and Gemma Mullholland represented Ireland in the European Chess Championships this summer .

The school grounds, building and all weather pitch have been made available for all those promoting activities for children and is provided free of charge by the school so that activities can be accessed at a reasonable rate for our parents. Activities this year have included sports, drama , dance ,Tai Chi  traditional music, chess and piano. Our measure of success outside the academic areas is participation.

We strongly encourage parents to get their children involved in activities in the community outside of school time For children involvement in an activity with their peers is essential for social reasons, thus we promote involvement in clubs and activities in the community.

Our school ethos encourages and values child participation over winning and we count successes in numbers participating rather and overall enjoyment rather than in trophies won. The real benefits for school, child or  parent is the fun and enjoyment experienced, the friends made, the skills learned and the health benefits attached.

We are a Catholic school and we cater for children of all faiths and none and approximately 20 % of our pupils are non-Catholic. We make provision for non-Catholic children during religion time or during catholic events. Religion teaching is timetabled before or after the 12:30 break or last 30 minutes in the evening so parents, if they so wish can remove their child from the school for this period . Otherwise alternate activity during religion time in the classroom is facilitated and parents are welcome to send in an activity for the religion time. The teachers teach the Catholic Grow in Love programme and Fr. Oliver, Sr.Kathleen and parent volunteer teams do most of the work preparing the Catholic children for the sacraments outside of school time . Sr. Kathleen who assisted in the parish Be My Witness and the Do this in Memory of Me preparation programmes is retiring this year and we would like to thank her for the work she has done over many years and wish her the best in her retirement . We had mass during school time on 3 occasions to mark the beginning and end of the school year and also on Dec.8th

We had a very enjoyable End of year Dragons Den event with 6th class. Throughout the year the class took part in a savings scheme organised by the pupils themselves. In the Den the oral skills and practical maths ability were combined to great effect. Their end of year debate ‘Primary School Days are the best days of your Life’ was also a great reflection of the confidence and abilities promoted through the school.

Prevention of bullying and the promotion of wellness and positive mental health for pupils and staff continues to be a major challenge .We continue to believe that prevention and early effective intervention is the key to success in this area. Our No Blame policy in relation to Bullying is extremely important and we encourage all pupils, parents and staff to understand and respect this approach. Building resilience is also essential. We ran a very successful Social Media Awareness and Cyber Bullying information workshop for all staff, children and parents 3rd to 6th early in the school year.

First break has been firmly established in the school as fruit break.  This is a vital part of our Health promoting Schools policy in promoting healthy lifestyles. We ran the Food Dude programme this year as well introducing the pupils to new tastes and hopefully new ideas for parents for fruit break next year .

School Year for 2017/18  . The teachers and classes for next year are as follows. Please note these are provisional and may change in September if circumstances change.

Class Teachers

Junior Infs.  Ms. Roisin Jenkins.    Senior Infs.   Ms. Claire Gibbons .

1st Class Mr Padraig Ward.  2nd Class Mrs Fidelma Fox      

3rd Class Ms.Aisling Gordon  4th Class  Ms Claire Sheerin

5th Class   Ms Mc Dermott   6th  Class  Mr. Michael Dolan

Learning Support and Special Needs Support Team –

We have an ethos of inclusion in St. Clare’s, for all children including children with special educational needs. Guided by the special education teachers, we provide individual educational programmes for our S.N. pupils. Our highly qualified team of special education teachers provide in-class support in literacy and numeracy. We implement innovative team-teaching strategies which benefit all our pupils. Our teachers engage in continuous professional development and collaborate to produce successful outcomes for all our pupils.

Maeve Conlon ( Special needs Coordinator) ,Ms Irene Kerrigan , Ms. Stephanie Kelly. Assistants are Roisin Kelly  Geraldine Kivlehan and Tracy Stewart (Infant Day ).

Book Purchase SchemeThe school book scheme operates as in previous years.  All pupils pay €100 .This covers the costs throughout the year including all books, insurance, tests, art supplies and photocopying and school trips.

We are online at  and we have adopted the online school management Aladdin system for all communications both text and e mail. Our website and blog pages are regularly updated. Through these we communicate all policy information and general news, photos and information of interest for all staff, parents and pupils. E-mail and e payments are now the most popular means of communicating with the school and we encourage our parents to use both . Paper option is also available.

We reopen for pupils on Wednesday August 30th .New Infants will go home at 12 for the first 3 days. PLEASE NOTE that changes may be required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures. Where contingency arrangements are required the BOM may reduce the length of the Easter break by remaining open up to Wednesday March 28th 2018 or may extend the school year until June 30th 2018.

We open for pupils on Wednesday 30 August. We will close from Monday 30 October to Fri.3rd November. At Christmas we close from Friday 22nd December, which will be the final day of the school term to Friday 5 January. We will re-open on Monday 8 January. At February mid-term the school will close on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February 2018. For Easter Break we will close on Friday 23rd March, which will be the final day of the school term. We will re-open on Monday 9 April. We close on Friday 22 June 2018.

As part of the summer Works Scheme the school hall and a number of classrooms were re roofed . The school was completely repainted internally this summer. Work will take place also this September on the pedestrian entrance and walkway from Mc Dermott terrace which we hope to have suitable for buggies etc. We also hope to develop the garden and waste ground area to extend the  play-space for our 230 pupils .

The 27 pupils from 6th class move on to St Clare’s Comprehensive . We wish them the best of luck. We reopen for pupils and welcome 29 new enrolments on Wednesday August 30th . All afterschool activities will commence on Monday September 4th with Registration on Thursday August 31st at 1pm .Early in the next school year we intend to review policies on homework, school tours and any other policy or procedures brought to our attention via the parent nominees on the board.

Our thanks to the Board of Management members who give of their time voluntarily for the benefit of the children parents and community . Kieran Ryan ( Chairperson ), Fr. Oliver Kelly ( Bishops Nominee),Sinead Connolly and  Liam Gilligan ( Parents) , Stephanie Kelly  ( Teacher),Ann Gilligan and Maria Lynch(Community) .

Our sincere thanks to all our parents who have been so supportive throughout the 2016/17 year, A special word of thanks to the Parents Association Committee members Declan Drohan , Greg Ruteksvi ,Chris Boyle , Denise O Reilly , Georgina Meehan  and Jackie Fox and also all of the class parent nominees. We look forward to another successful year working together in 2017/18.Mrs O Neill retires this year and we thank her for her contribution to the school over many years. We wish her a health and happiness in her retirement .

We welcome a new member of staff Aisling Gordon and welcome back Ms Claire Gibbons for another year .  We look forward to another successful year ahead for all pupils , staff parents and community .

Yours Sincerely,


John Conlon (School Principal) August 28th , 2017.

June 13th Note

Bike at School day Tomorrow Wednesday 14th . Parents are welcome to drop off their child’s bike at school or cycle to school with the child. We do not encourage children to cycle to school anymore as the roads are too dangerous but pupils can cycle to school with a parent or adult guardian. All cyclists at school  MUST have a high visability vest , a helmet and parental permission in their journal .

Those with bokes will be given basic bike safety training , cycle an obstacle course on school grounds and take part in some fun bike events . Pupils of all ages / all classes who can cycle can participate.


Kidz on the Run 3km walk /run which will take place in Milltown  woods ,Lurganboy  this  Thursday June 15th at 10am . We hope as many parents as possible will also join the walk /run . Volunteers who do not wish to participate in the actual run are needed to help out  


The End of Year School Mass takes place on next Friday June 16th in the church at 12midday. All the pupils attending church will go home directly or be collected from the church at 1pm approx. The mass will be a celebration of the school year led by our 6th class.


The Parents Association are running a Fun Fair day next Sunday with children’s entertainment, bouncing castles and bake sale etc… on Sunday.It runs from 2pm until 5pm and costs €10 per family .


This is national Bike week . The Manorhamilton Cycling Club have a fun family cycle on nSunday leaving the Bee park at 2:30 , over 9’s only and all cyclists must have helmet, high visability vests and be accompanied by an adult .


School Reports will be sent by e mail next Monday June 19th . Paper reports will be available from Wednesday 21st from the school hall . 


School Closes for Summer Holidays on Friday 23rd.Reopens for pupils on Wednesday August 30th.

Kidz on the Run 3km

The run/ walk will take place on this coming Thursday in Lurganboy forest at starting from 9:30. Parents and other family members welcome 

School Note 24 May

The school Open day takes place tomorrow , our 6th class go to the Comprehensive for the day and all the classes move on to the provisional teacher / classroom for next year . We also welcome our new infants for 2017/18 .

The South Donegal / North Leitrim Football League Finals take place on this Friday at 11am in Bundoran . Parents welcome . Our Boys A team and our Girls B teams are in the finals .

Congratulations to all our players who played the Friday league and thanks to James Glancy for his help with organising the league.

Chess Club runs this Thursday night at 7:30pm for the final club night of the year with Colm. This was a very successful year for the club and school in chess as all children from Sen. Inf to 6th learned to play and some of our more advanced players like Susan Aji ( U14), Gemma Mullholland ( u10 ) , Mark Mc Hugh and Eoin Rooney ( U 14)  Eoin Callinan ( u18) went on to play international matches and take national Junior places at National tournaments  .

Sixth Class School tour and trip to the Gaeltacht takes place on Monday next . The bus leaves the school at 9am for Glenveigh National Park . Those attending the week in the Gaeltacht remain in Anagary with Mrs Fox while the rest return with Mr. Dolan following a visit to Garten Adventure Centre and shopping in Letterkenny .

First Communion takes place on Saturday at 11am Good luck to all those receiving the sacraments . Choir in the church by 10:50 please . Congratulations to those from 6th class who were confirmed earlier this month .

Provisional calendar for 2017-18

This is the provisional calendar for next year.  In addition, on all Bank Holidays the school will be closed.

Provisional School Calendar 2017-18

We open to children on Wednesday 30 August

October mid-term break

All schools will close from Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November inclusive. 

Christmas Break

All schools will close from Monday 25 December, which will be the final day of the school term to Friday 5 January.  All schools will re-open on Monday 8 January

February mid-term break

All primary schools will close on Thursday 15 February and Friday 16 February 2018. 

Easter Break

All schools will close on Monday 26 March, which will be the final day of the school term to Friday 6 April. All schools will re-open on Monday 9 April

Summer Break

We close on Friday 22 June 2018.

Note March 14th


Following enquiries from parents and PA members there is a 4 week trial Morning Breakfast Club service available from Manorhamilton Childcare in the Bee Park Centre . Contact Siobhan by text  for details 0877378131.

Gaelic Football – We play Bundoran next Tuesday and Kinlough on March 31st . This is a full 15 a side all subs play half a game league .

 Soccer – 5 a side Event  next Wednesday in the Bee Park .We hope to have  have 2 boys teams and 1 girls team . This is a chance for your child to try a team sport if they have never done so before

Swimming continues for  2nd , 3rd , 5th and 6th next week . These lessons will be mainly funded by the PA sponsored walk on April 2nd. Thanks to all who have already sent in sponsorship cards today we have a total of €740 collected , the collection record to date is €96 collected by one family . With each lesson costing approximately €350 and each class allocated 4 lessons provisionally the programme total cost will be around €7000 in total. Therefore the efforts of the parents and children is vital for its continuation. Thanks especially to the parents who volunteer to help with supervision each week.

We have not given sponsorship cards to infant parents but we would be delighted if they would support the fundraiser by getting sponsors or by turning up on the day with friends and making a contribution.

Bag to School collection at the end of the month . Clothes bags can be dropped off at any time in the hall or shelters . We also thank those who made very valuable book and games donations for our libraries . If you are doing a Spring Clean we welcome any games /Books which will have use in any class . Bags Go home today with all children


Food Dudes Programme is finished for 3rd to 6th and will finish next week for all other classes . First Break is as always Fruit Break and thanks to all our parents who make it work



The school closes this Friday for St. Patrick’s Day .

Information Note Feb 20th

Swimming tomorrow February 21st for 3rd/4th class group 2 who missed their 1st swim session , bus leaves at 10  . 1st class swimming also starts tomorrow bus leaves at 11..


Be My Witness Confirmation Workshops start tomorrow Tuesday night Feb. 21st  for those in 6th class requesting Confirmation.


Food Dudes Programme starts on Tuesday February 28th . For 2 weeks the pupils will be given a selection of fruit and vegetable samples to taste each day. It will not be necessary to send fruit for fruit break for this week as they will be given a sample for tasting each fruit break from Tuesday 28th.


Indoor Athletics on Wednesday for 3rd and 6th classes. Sports gear , runners MUST be worn by all participants . This is an event which involves every child in the classes .


There is NO CHESS this Thursday night . On March 3rd we travel to Newtownforbes to try to retain the Brian Collum Perpetual trophy which we won for the 1st time last year . Selection for the Community Games Chess Teams u13 and u 15 also coming up at 6pm on Thursday week March 2nd .

Congratulation to our former pupil and Chess Club Assistant Coach who won the All Ireland Bunratty Chess Tournament at the weekend


Stay and Play : Well done to the 8 parents who did the chess introduction training last Thursday night . We will run another session for parents if there are enough names. It is simple , fun and useful if your child plays. Contact a PA member if interested.


Dancing after school now finished this week . Next week dancing  is replaced by the Gardening Club with Chris 0872259095 Tai Chi training (Tuesdays ) with Roisin 087 8367524 .Call for details .


The school closes for midterm this Thursday and Friday.

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