St Clares Primary School

Education is for Life

Archive for February, 2017

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.

February 15th News

The key to success at school , in education and life generally is the positive involvement of parents / guardians with the children in the learning process . The activities listed below give parents the chance to get involved in small ways for their child’s benefit .

History Month comes to a close this week with a wide range of objects sent to school giving the pupils a chance to look at history in a different interesting way .Thanks to our parents for sending in the valuables. Worth discussing at home . All should be returned promptly so please ensure you get them back safely. 

Drop off and Stay at Chess Club for all ages 5 to 19 continues on Thursday nights with Colm in the school. Note all children Senior Infants to 6th can now play chess to a level .We ask the parents /guardians  this Thursday night to stay and meet the other parents after they drop off their child , have a cup of tea / coffee and learn see the benefits of chess as an activity for their child and as a  family activity . New players always welcome to the club where professional coaching is provided .Community Games Chess and Junior Chess Championships Team selection also underway soon.

Ruth Smith is starting a new term of Irish conversation classes (mornings and evenings). She has been running conversation classes for a number of years in Manorhamilton. Parents / guardians should call 085-8016550 or a PA member for details.

Feis Shligigh poetry has been learned by the pupils in all classes Jun Inf to 6th. This is aimed at parents / guardians who would like to give their child an opportunity to experience the Feis. This simple competition for those who do not attend S& D classes .

 The 1st school Football match takes place Monday next against Bundoran  in the Bee Park . Teams will be picked on Friday. Teams will involve players who train and are involved in the Friday League .The school football is participation focussed NOT competition focussed . We would ask parents to understand that enjoyment and participation in any sport is a lot more important than medals or trophies . Over competitiveness puts children off sport and leads to the exclusion of many from sports involvement.


Leitrim Indoor Athletics Event takes place for 3rd and 6th classes next Wednesday in the Comprehensive school. All children in the classes participate in the event sports wear essential . Athletic Training continues for all ages at the comprehensive .


The Parents Association Annual 5km sponsored walk takes place on Sunday April 2nd . Sponsorship Cards will be distributed shortly This is the main swimming fundraiser and will determine the amount of swimming lessons allocated to the classes so please support the event .

Swimming was cancelled this week for 3rd and 4th classes due to the Swimming Instructor manager being unwell They will get their additional lesson later in the term .Parents are advised to get the children into a pool for practice on what they have learned

5th and 6th start in March . Their lessons will be mainly lane swimming and we ask parents to try to ensure they have at least 1 or 2 swim sessions as a practice before the lessons start  . Public hours are available in Sligo Sports Complex and Ballyshannon Pool .

1st  class start their swimming sessions start next week on Tuesday. Parents who can accompany the classes for supervision please contact the office today . 2nd class start on Feb 29th after midterm

Advanced lane swimming fitness sessions are also available – for anyone who might be interested contact the office-phone or e mail

Do This in Memory of Me – Enrolment Mass for 2nd class receiving the sacraments on Sunday next  . Be My Witness Confirmation Workshops start next Tuesday night Feb. 21st  for those in 6th class requesting Confirmation .Further Information from Fr. Oliver .


Food Dudes Programme starts on Monday February 28th . For 2 weeks the pupils will be given a selection of fruit and vegetable samples to taste each day . This is the chance to expand the taste buds and get children hooked on healthy eating for life . We will ask parents to support the programme at home and use this opportunity to develop a healthy lifestyle choice.

Operation Transformation 10@10

As you are aware the school and a number of parents participated in this event last Friday.  Their exploits are up on Youtube.  Search ‘st Clare’s 10@10’, and you’ll get a long list of clips taken by our 5th class students.

February 8th Note 2017

Enrolment for September 2017 open only until March 1st Very few remaining spaces in any of our classes. Advise any relation, neighbour or anyone moving into the area that you are aware of please.

History Month comes to a close next week and we ask the children to bring in interesting items from sheds /attics or old photographs from the region that are of historical interest for a class museum display next week . We hope to exhibit a selection in the Sculpture Centre in 2 weeks time for parents to visit .

Thanks to Aodh Flynn , Margaret Connolly and Bernie Mc Gurrin who came in to talk to the children about times past If anyone parent or Grandparent would like to come in in the next few days we would be delighted … just 30 minutes at a time that suits you to answer the children’s questions about when you were young , your school days , games , etc…would be really appreciated . Call 9855703 .


Safety and Hygiene . We ask parents /guardians to revisit the whole area of toilet etiquette with their child. We allow children free access to toilets and issues have arisen in relation to the cleanliness of some toilets after use . Regular checks are now carried out and it would be better to avoid the embarrassment of YOUR child being unable to leave the toilet in suitable condition for the next user.


Tennis Coaching available on Sundays at the Tennis Courts . Professional coaching and a great opportunity for children of all ages  Call Mary for information and details at 0872290136 .

Chess Club continues every Thursday night with matches and coaching Colm is delighted to welcome the beginners from Infants and 1st / 2nd class who now can also play chess. Irish Junior chess Championships in Sligo April 7th to 9th is a once off opportunity for your child to participate in this level of event with categories including beginner , u8 to u19 .Group entry rates are much lower than individual entry Contact the school office or Colm for details  .

The annual PA school walk will take place provisionally on Sunday April 2nd . We hope this will raise enough funds for the swimming programme. Thanks to everyone who sent in the €5 to allow it be started.Swimming…finishes for 3rd and 4th next Tuesday. Hopefully following the walk we will have finances a refresher later in the year . 1st and 2nd class start the following week.

5th and 6th classes also start on Wednesdays in March and parents should try  to arrange  a practice session or 2 before their lessons start as they will be lane swimming this year . Public hours in Sligo Sports Complex every night 8 to 10 or Saturdays 3 to 4pm .


Please send in any books , annuals , magazines , full jigsaws etc… that your child has outgrown into the school . We will put them to good use . Also we have a used clothes collection coming up and bags can be left in the school hall at any stage if you have a bag ready .


After school dancing finishes at midterm in February as Kathleen goes on Maternity leave. The gardening club and Tai Chi will operate in the same time slots . 6th class have already done Tai Chi and this is an opportunity for them to continue with the art which is very helpful for concentration and discipline as well as fitness. Parents should consider both these activities and their value for their own child as  mindfulness activities .


A number of parents have expressed interest in a morning club as they need to drop children off early as they need to be at work for 8:30 or 9am . The Board takes NO responsibility for children before 9 but would be happy to consider the school facilities being made available as in the after school clubs .

Please Note the Board does not request any payment for the use of the school facilities / classrooms / astro etc..for the afterschool clubs and services as it is a service being offered to our parents at a reasonable rate .

Infant Parent Teacher meeting will take place over the next 2 weeks. Please keep your appointment time ar call the school to rearrange.


We try to encourage the 3rd to 6thclasses to run each day at school and keep reasonably fit and healthy. There are approximately 20 children now who tell us they cannot run …most genuinely. Please send in a note or e mail to Mr Conlon or call 9855703 if your child cannot run for some reason and we have not already been informed of it.

School Note 2 February

New PA Officers

After a successful first meeting, and thank you to everyone who attended, and we look forward to your ongoing support, the officers for the forthcoming term were elected.

Chairperson: Declan Drohan (086-8526987)

Vice Chairperson: Greg Rutkovski (086-8355757)

Secretary: Christiane Boyle (087-2938915)

Vice Secretary: Denise O’Reilly (089-4109780)

Treasurer: Georgina Meehan (085-7110950)

Vice Treasurer: Jackie Fox (086-3306342)

Credit Union Quiz. Congratulations to our 5th and 6th class teams who came second and third in their respective categories.  A close fought competition with all of our neighbouring schools, last Saturday.  Eoin Rooney, Jack Connolly, Mark McHugh and Enya McDonald, and Oisin Fox, Elizabeth Kron, Evan Farry and Sadhbh Drummond, and Susan Aji, Rebecca McGauran, Conor Feehily, Ryan Gilligan and Mary O’Brien, Conor Galvin, Shaun Sheridan and Ross Johnston.  Well done all who participated.

Glencar Manorhamilton GAA Kube Competition on Saturday in St Clare’s Comprehensive. Come along and support our Mr Conlon for our school, and so many others you’ll know, Mr Dolan, James Glancy, Stuart Gilbride Jones, Enda Hughes, Barry Loughlin, Mary McLoughlin, Clive Beattie, and siblings past and present.  The programme begins promptly at 7.30 pm.  Doors open at 7.00 pm  Entry is €10.  A valuable fund raiser for the club towards the development of their new pitch.

Tennis. All of our children enjoyed a taster session here in the school last week (see this week’s Observer). Children’s lessons start this Sunday in the Tennis Club if anyone is interested in learning more.

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.

The Junior Chess Championships take place in the Clayton Sligo this year for the first time on the 7-9 April. A great chance to have your child try chess at a national level. Our chess standards are good enough to be competitive. It would be great to see some U8 and U10 entries from the school. Contact Colm 0870917395