St Clares Primary School

Education is for Life

Archive for November, 2017

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 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 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