St Clares Primary School

Education is for Life

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

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.

Whole School Planning Day

Please make a careful note that the school will not be open on Tuesday 30 January, for a Whole School Planning Day. Alternative arrangements must be made.

December 13th Note

Christmas Activities arrangements:

All 1st to 6th class children go directly to the Bee Park centre both tomorrow Thursday  Friday morning 9am – 9:20am for a concert rehearsal.

On Thursday 14th 1st to 6th classes may after rehearsal in the Bee park visit the St Clare’s Comprehensive Craft Fair in the Gym. ( Weather permitting)

Friday December 15th : School Concert in the Bee park for 1st to 6th classes from 10:30 am till 12approx .Parents and family members are welcome to the performance.

3rd to 6th will be carol singing in Arus Brefni and the hospital next week .

Monday 18th : Red Bus Theatre perform a Christian Themed Christmas Puppet Show for all classes in the school hall. If you do NOT want your child to attend please notify us this week please.

Tuesday Dec. 19th: Sen. Inf. Show School Hall 10am. Wednesday Dec. 20th:Jun. Inf. Show School Hall 10am.

Friday 22nd: Christmas Holidays follow special visitor (We Hope) to the school from 10am.

We reopen on Monday January 8th

PLEASE NOTE in the frost and snow and icy mornings:              SAFETY FIRST…..in relation to school attendance and punctuality  

December Note 1

 

A selection from 5th and 6th will be carol singing in Supervalue this Wednesday night at 6pm to 6;30pm.

3rd to 6th will be carol singing in Arus Brefni and the hospital and the HSE offices next week .

To be allowed participate in these outings it is expected that the children have learned the words of the carols and christmas songs and show interest in taking part fully.For this reason this is the primary homework allocation each night for the pupils 1st to 6th.If you wish your child to participate please ensure they do so and help them if possible by listening to their songs /carols etc…

Chess Club continues every Thursday night  between 7pm and 9pm , open to all Sen. Inf to 16year olds , drop in /out, €2 per night. Parents required to assist with supervision rota . All club attendees this week will receive a Chesskids.com free gold membership for 2 months

Christmas Activities arrangements:

All 1st to 6th class children go directly to the Bee Park centre this Friday morning at 9am for a concert rehearsal. We will take Catholic children to 11;30 mass in the church.

Wednesday Dec.13th : Our 1st to 4th classes will attend the Learning network Panto in the Bee Park.

Thursday 14th : Rehearsal in the Bee park followed by a visit to St Clare’s Comprehensive Craft Fair in the Gym.

Friday December 15th : School Concert in the Bee park for 1st to 6th classes from 10:30 am till 12approx .Parents and family members Welcome

Monday 18th : Red Bus Theatre perform a Christian Themed Christmas Puppet Show for all classes in the school hall.If you do NOT want your child to attend please notify us this week please.

Tuesday Dec. 19th: Sen. Inf. Show School Hall 10am. Wednesday Dec. 20th:Jun. Inf. Show School Hall 10am.

Friday 22nd: Christmas Holidays follow special visitor (We Hope) to the school from 10am.

 

We reopen on Monday January 8th

 

PLEASE NOTE :       SAFETY FIRST…..

…applies to school attendance on mornings when there is snow /ice or slippy roads . When the roads are dangerous in your area note that normal punctuality for 9:20am attendance is not to be considered and children are welcome to arrive when you feel it is safe up to 11;15 on these mornings or –  keep the children at home if you consider it dangerous to travel on the roads or footpaths .

While we will try to keep our own grounds safe it is not guaranteed to be frost free and all parents /pupils should take due care on school grounds . The school will open once we have more than 50% of our staff available to attend and we will have consultation with Board and PA representatives if any decision to close the school is required . Appropriate footwear and clothes for snow /frost and ice is recommended .

Nov Note 3

Note : The school closure for planning day next week has been again cancelled and will take place in 2018

Our 1st to 4th classes enjoyed a shared learning day with Enniskillen Integrated P.S. this week. Photos are on the school blog. They will be in contact with these children throughout the year and share learning experiences in Science ICT and Maths. This is a Peace 4 funded project.

Our focus on Science this month continues with the Big Bear Planetarium coming to the school for all classes next Tuesday(Funded via school book scheme) . We will have our own Science Exhibition next Friday December 1st in the school hall .

Final Parent Teacher Meetings are taking place today with the exception of a small number which will take place next week. If you did not get an appointment or you need an additional meeting for any reason contact the office .

5th and 6th Classes continue to learn the repertoire for Peace Proms and those who opted to attend the event will go to Belfast on February 6th for a workshop and then back again to the Concert in Belfast on Sunday February 25th The parents of the children participating will receive an e mail offering tickets for the event which will be available from Ticketmaster. The children performing will not need tickets and will be transported to and from Belfast by bus from the school with the teachers supervising. If parents wish to go to the concert and avail of a bus they should notify the school asap but tickets must be purchased by the parents for themselves online at Ticketmaster.

Do this in Memory of Me mass next Sunday at 11:30 for those children in 2nd class preparing for 1st communion.

Well done to all our team members from 3rd and 4th class who participated in the Connacht Finals Cross Country last weekend .

Chess Club continues tonight between 7pm and 9pm , open to all Sen. Inf to 16year olds , drop in /out, €2 per night. Parents required to assist with supervision rota .

Christmas Activities arrangements :

Friday Dec. 8th : 9:30am mass in the church for Catholic pupils. Those who do not attend church attend school as usual , activity and supervision provided in the school.

Friday Dec.13th : our 1st to 3rd classes will attend the Learning network Panto in the Bee Park

Friday December 15th : School Concert in the Bee park for 1st to 6th classes from 10:30 am till 12approx .Parents and family members Welcome

Monday 18th : Red Bus Theatre perform a Christian Themed Christmas Puppet Show for all classes in the school hall .

Tuesday Dec. 19th: Sen. Inf. Show School Hall 10am. Wednesday Dec. 20th:Jun. Inf. Show School Hall 10am.

Friday 22nd: Christmas Holidays follow special visitor (We Hope) to the school from 10am .

 

Whole School Evaluation

The school had a WSE , Whole School Evaluation over a number days before and after the Halloween Break. 2 department of education inspectors carried out an in depth analysis of the schools performance in all areas

  • Pupils and parents feedback was gathered through a questionnaire and interviews with parent’s representatives and the pupils themselves .
  • The schools in school management team , the special needs team the Board and the principal were interviewed at depth.
  • Each classroom teacher was observed teaching a number of lessons and planning / preparation and classroom management evaluated .

The completed whole school report will be available in January and will be published online for everyone to read.

 

The report has been given to us in draft form orally by the inspectorate and as principal I am delighted to say that the WSE has recognised the very high levels of teaching, learning and management in the school .It is a very proud moment for all of our staff, Board of Management , parents and pupils to have the excellence of the school acknowledged by an outside objective body .

 

The staff greatly appreciated the words of thanks and appreciation given by our Board Chairperson Mr. Kieran Ryan and also those of Declan Drohan the Chairperson of the Parent association .

On behalf of myself as principal I would like to thank all the staff for the work they do every day on an ongoing basis to ensure the school is the best it can be for our pupils . We could not do this without the support of our parents and the wider community who always support us in every way possible .Thanks also to those who serve on the Board and the Parent Association Committee on a voluntary basis .

 

Thanks especially to the teachers whose professionalism and efforts make it all possible. We can all look forward to seeing the achievements of our school community acknowledged in published form. We will notify parents how to access the report when it is published online  .

 

Le Meas ,

 

John Conlon .

November Note 2

The new walkway and security fencing from Mc Dermott Terrace entrance is now completed and open to all.

Date of the PA AGM: Thursday, 23rd November 2017

Location: Bee Park – Time:   7-9 pm – Talk by Mark O’Callaghan Head of HSE Psychology Service on  “Self- Esteem and Young People“ Details from office@carrickedcentre.ie or telephone 0719620838.

9.15 pm – Parents Association A.G.M. at same venue.

The remaining 1st to 6th Parent Teacher meetings will take place next week with final meetings on on Thursday 23rd NOTE : Junior and Sen.Infant teachers will meet their parents in February.

Glencar Manor Football Academy :  U 7’s -6;30 to 7:30  , U9’s – 7:30 to 8:30 . Every Friday  

Fun Athletics in the Comprehensive Gym tonight Wednesday  for all ages 4 and up with North Leitrim Athletic Club .

Chess Club restarts tomorrow night in the school. All children/ teenagers aged 5 to u18’s are welcome .There will be  a parent rota for all parents to help out on allocated weeks. Club times 7 to 9pm , drop in drop out at any time to play games. Children from 1st ,2nd and 3rd are from 7 to 8pm only , older children up to 9pm .Cost €2 per child or €5 (MAX) per family per night .

There is a suggestion that we bring forward the school opening times in the morning ( Presently 9am) . Please let us know your views by e mail to stclaresschool@eircom.net or text your preferred opening time to the school mobile 083-8643942

or share your opinion  with a PA or B.O.M. parents representative

October Note 4

Well done to Martin Kunc who qualified for the all – Ireland school swimming championships  .

The new footpath and fencing from the Mc Dermott Tce entrance will be completed before the end of the Halloween break.We hope to begin the development of the waste area as a playspace also at this stage with a view to making a basketball court or mini pitch next year . All ideas welcome .

Church News – First Communion 26thMay. 

PA Halloween Disco

The Parent Association annual Halloween Disco will be held on Friday 27thOctober. Fancy Dress a must but no hand held extras for safety purposes. 7.00-8.00 pm for Infants to Second Class, 8.00-9.00 pm for Third to Sixth. Parents of Junior Classes are to remain in the hall. Parent Helpers welcomed, Contact Chris Boyle at 087-2938915. Children must be dropped at the school door and collected from the school door at the end by an adult. Price €3 per child. €5 per family.

Manorhamilton Community Samhain  Festival . The Samhain Parade will take place on Monday October 30th with children assembling for costumes /masks at the Sculpture  Centre at 5:30pm and will involve the children in the classes who are available to attend. They have made their own masks and costumes and have participated in Drumming workshops .

The school is closed from Monday 30th to Friday Nov. 3rd and will reopen on Monday November 6th.

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