St Clares Primary School

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School Note 25 January

Parents Association nominees for all classes are invited to a short meeting this Thursday night at 9pm in the school. The nominees will meet the principal and parent nominee on the Board of Management.

Priorities for the coming year will be discussed and planning for events will be discussed. A number of parents have asked to have their names removed from the committee list but are happy to be on call to assist in one off activities organised by the P.A. throughout the year. This will mean that the new committee have lots of assistance available when required.

Items for discussion may include Breakfast Club, school meals, swimming, community involvement, homework, inclusion etc…

Swimming started this week and with the support of the new P.A. and the availability of funds we hope to bring all children from 1st to 6th class.

The Afterschool clubs and activities provided here in the school are going from strength to strength. Support from the local GAA Club has enabled the running of a Friday League which started last Friday and will run until Easter. The league incorporates both Gaelic football and table tennis and therefore will not be weather dependent. It costs €40 for 12 weeks which can be paid in €5’s at any time to James Glancy. The Club has provided free coaching for all classes in the school this year.

The school will be delighted to support the Clubs new pitch fundraising effort The Cube. Any child participating in the Friday league are invited to nominate someone they would like to represent the school in the Cube.

We are delighted to have a Tennis Coach in the school for all classes tomorrow sponsored by the Manorhamilton Tennis Club.

We continue to work closely with the CCCchildrens Chess Club which runs in the school on Thursday nights 7:30 to 8:30 with professional chess coaching available from Colm O Mhuireagan. All children in the school from Senior Infants to 6th class can now play chess. They are welcome in the club which costs €2 per night the proceeds of which goes to our 6th class business and savings committee who manage the club. The Junior Chess Championships take place in the Clayton Sligo this year for the first time. A great chance to have your child try chess at a national level. Our chess standards are good enough to be competitive.

There are competitions for all ages from u8 up to u 19.  

Contact Colm 0870917395

Library Visits. The Classes visit the library on an ongoing basis throughout January/February. Please ensure your child has their Library Card with them in order to borrow books.

Sligo Feis Ceoil. The school will be preparing art and poetry for all the children. They will learn the poems they need in school, however it is up to the parents to enter their own child if they are interested in performing. Contact 0879602866 for details.

Dates : 17-19 April

School Closure A reminder the school is closed all day for Department of Education staff Training on Wednesday 1 February. No children in the school. A text went out to all families this afternoon.

Do This in Memory of Me preparation Mass takes place on Sunday 12 February in St Clare’s Church at 11.30 pm. The Confirmation programme for 6th class will begin before the end of February.

PA Nominees

Greg Rutkowski Eileen Gillen Karen Scott
Geogina Meehan Michelle Kelly Karl Dalton
Jackie Fox Tom Kelly Pat Kelly
Patricia Wilson Olga McNulty Olivia Mitchell
Justyna Baronska Chris Boyle Carmel Sheridan
Denise O’Reilly Majella Garraghan Maureen Kron
Mary Reynolds Sharon Thornton Jim Forde
Grainne Feehily Ciaran Sheridan Annette Johnston
Patricia McPadden Declan Drohan Claire McGauran
Danny Feehily Sharon O’Hagan Elizabeth Curtis
Anne Marie Farrell Kieran Treanor Mick O’Dwyer
Teresa Brown Martina Viglas Felim Gurn
Matthew Brown Maria Drummond Enda Hughes
Christina Loughlin Nicole Moreira  
Leon O’Brien    


January 10th , 2017 Note for Parents


Enrolment for September 2017 now open . Send Forms in ASAP

Parents Association

The parents Association will form a new committee for the coming year in the next weeks. Please forward nominations from your child’s class as a Parents Association representative. It is essential that all classes have someone to feedback ideas and present new issues so that the school remains effective and relevant. The parent Association members help out by

  1. Providing feedback to the school management and liaising with the principal on an ongoing basis on issues of concern.
  2. Helping to set the priorities for the school for the current year/s  g. sport /art / music etc..
  3. Helping organising school events for the pupils (e.g. Hallaween Discos , School sports day , school swimming , school walks/3km or 5km runs etc..)
  4. Helping to improve school facilities ( e.g. car parking / play areas / afterschool clubs / shelters etc…)
  5. Fundraising Efforts for non government funded initiatives like ICT , swimming etc…  


Please realise that without the great work by parent Association representatives in the past the facilities like the all weather playground , car park , shelters , swimming programme and IT facilities might not exist in your child’s school . Please nominate any 2 guardians



I would like to nominate _____________________and _________________ as Association members  for ____class .


Signed ____________________________.




>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> P.T.O.


Swimming Programme

We would like to start the school swimming programme again  for 1st to 6th classes if we have sufficient  parents support . The programme has been very successful and no child leaves our school without being able to swim at least a basic level.

As we receive no government funding for swimming we have always paid for the lessons from the excess school book monies paid by parents – topped up by parent association fundraising .

This year the excess book money was spent on updating ICT equipment for the classrooms ( Computers and tablets ) as no government monies have been provided for ICT for almost 10 years now .

We ask for your support in the following  ways .

  1. Please offer to volunteer as a supervisor on the swimming runs with the class teacher , one father and 1 mother required with each class .( Swimming would be Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:30 or 11:30 to 12:30 . Bus leaving at 10 , back at 12 or leave at 11 back at 1pm approx. )
  2. Support fundraising efforts to help pay for the programme. The funds we have decides the lessons we can provide for each class. Each lesson for a class costs approximately €400 (i.e. the cost of the bus plus the lessons ) We will work with the new parents Association Committee to help get the funds in place if parents wish it .


Louise Clara from the  Road Safety Promotions Office  visits the school today Wednesday and tomorrow Thursday to discuss Road Safety with the children. 

Session for adults– For Infant Parents/ Collectors there will be a brief presentation on Thursday at 1:20 pm before children are collected.

For 1st – 6th class parents/collectors it will be on Thursday at 2:20 pm


This month we focus on History . We invite any parent / guardian with an interest in history or traditional  skills /crafts / stories etc… to come to the school later in the month to talk to the pupils and pass on some stories / skills to them . We would especially like to hear from any one who might show  the children knitting / crochet / needlework /basket making /  traditional games like 25 / backgammon / bridge  etc…

Many skills and stories  will disappear and it is important that our children get a chance to experience them . Contact the school at 0719855703 or call into the office


Friday Football League starts Friday 20th from  1:45 to 3pm with help from James Glancy . This league will be combined with a team table tennis league run by Mr. Conlon and will run for 13 weeks up to Easter , regardless of weather .

It starts this Friday with team selection ( Teams of 7 players) .

The combined league ( children can do one or both as they wish ) will Cost €45         which can be paid as €5 instalments in the course of the period to Easter  to James or the school office .

Monies from the league will go towards the Glencar Manor CUBE fundraiser in February and also help fund school football and the Donegal North Leitrim league later in the year. James also provides football coaching to all classes on Thursdays.