St Clares Primary School

Education is for Life

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.

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