St Clares Primary School

Education is for Life

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.

Note – 13 December

Well done to the Chess teams who did so well in Dublin at the Mike Germaine Chess Team Event .  This is another strong performance following the top placings in the Chess for All event in Ballinasloe last week . Well done also to the 5th and 2nd classes who played Sligo School Project and St. Aidens Ballintrillick on Friday last in the Checkmates Competition . 

The Children’s Cookery Book organised by the  Parent association is still available . We ask every household to support this fundraiser . Books can be purchased online or by sending €15 to the office in an envelope marked Cook Book . The book will be sent home with the child

 This Friday we have a dress up for Christmas / Christmas Jumper day in aid of the Children’s hospital in Crumlin. We ask families to make a contribution to the charity on this day.


Carol singing for classes 1st to 6th continues this week and next The different classes will sing in the HSE Offices this Wednesday , the farmers market on Friday , Our Lady’s Hospital Monday and in Arus Brefni on Tuesday  .


The Infant classes will put on a little Christmas show for parents /Guardians next Tuesday at 1pm .

All parents are welcome to come visit the school before Christmas to see the room decorations  and the art work done by the classes this year .

A School Children’s Carol Service will take place in the Church on Wednesday December 21st at 7pm to 7:40. This will involve all children 1st to 6th class whose parents would like them involved .


The school will close for Christmas on Thursday December 22nd at 1pm . Children can be collected by parents /guardians any time following the visit of Santa that day. Please send  5 Euro per child or a maximum of 10 Euro per family in a sealed envelope marked Parent Association.  Eight parents/guardians are also requested to assist on the day . Contact PA chairman Bernie at 087-7774111 or PA treasurer Joe at 086-6017826.


School Note 1 December

The Parent Association Family Cook Book is available. As this is the only fundraiser planned for this Christmas they ask that each household purchase 1 or more of the books. It is a nice Christmas present stocking filler and gives a nice selection of different tastes among our community.

The book can be paid for online and will be sent home with your child. Otherwise they can be purchased from the office €15 each, or is available in local shops around town.

 Christmas Arrangements.

Carol Singing: The pupils are invited to go carol singing at the following venues

7 December – Supervalu (Evening), 14 December – HSE Building

Dates to be decided – Arus Brefni, Our Lady’s Hospital. All classes 2nd to 6th will be given an opportunity to have the experience.

8 December School Mass for this Catholic Holy day of obligation. All Catholic children (only) will attend 11:30am mass on this day. The school will also be decorated for Christmas on this day.

16 December – Christmas Jumper/Dress up day. All staff, parents and pupils are asked to put on the Christmas jumper or other Christmas wear on the day in support of our Lady’s Childrens Hospital in Crumlin. A contribution of €2 is recommended from everyone on this.

Infant Classes will have a small Christmas Show for parents in the school hall on Tuesday 20 December.

21 December – Red Bus Theatre will present a Christmas Show for all classes. Called ‘The Night Show ‘, the show explains the meaning of Christmas from a Christian perspective.

21 December A School Christmas Carol Service will take place in the Church at 7-7:45pm involving all children 1st to 6th classes.

22 December (Thursday) – Santa will visit the school between 10am and 12.30pm (we hope) and following the visit parents are welcome to collect their child. School closes at 1pm.

Chess Club. Any parent who wishes to have their child attend the Mike Germaine Chess Team Event in Dublin on Sunday December 11th should let Colm know at Chess Club tonight. A bus will run if there are enough interested. If parents wished to avail of the bus to Dublin for the day shopping then let us know.

Reminder. Please park properly in the school car park and try to ensure your child always wears a hi-viz vest at this time of the year. We have a visitor from the RSA coming to the school on 11 January to talk to the children, and their parents about Road Safety.

Internet Safety – Cyber-bullying Parent Information

Please download, and print, if necessary, and refer regularly, to this important information booklet on Internet Safety

School Note 23 November

Cyber Bullying. Thank you to the huge crowd who attended the workshop this week. Notes from the workshop will be published on the blog shortly. Print them out or save them, and refer regularly to the advice they give.

Those who could not attend should contact Mr Conlon for advice this week. Note. No complaints regarding cyberbullying will be dealt with by the school.

Follow up exercises for 3rd to 6th classes were send home to be signed by parents. Please take note and continue to keep track of your child online.

P.A. Cook Book is now available to purchase. Price €15. A perfect Christmas present for family and friends. Almost every child in the school contributed and there are some great new things to try out. We have made it available over our e-payments facility. Books purchased will be sent home with your child within a day or two.

It will also be on sale in local shops throughout the town. Please support this P.A. fundraiser which is the only one for the school this Christmas. It would be great if at least 1 book per household was purchased.

Parents Association AGM will take place on Tuesday 29 November at 9.00 pm. The PA does invaluable work for the school throughout the year and they really appreciate the support of all the parents. One parent from each family is encouraged to attend the AGM. Parents from the junior infant group are especially invited to nominate members to the Parent Association.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Thursday 8 December. Holy Day of Obligation. The Catholic children will be attending mass at 11.30 pm in St Clare’s Church. Parents, Grandparents and Guardians are invited to join us. Provision will be made for our non-Catholic children to remain at school.

RSE programme for 6th Class starts this week.

Christmas Jumper Day. This year the school is participating in a fundraiser for Crumlin Children’s Hospital Christmas. Christmas Jumper Day, to raise awareness and funds for the work they do. Everyone, pupils, parents and teachers, are invited to wear their Christmas Jumper for the day and donate €2 to CMRF.

Red Bus Theatre. Our annual visit of the Red Bus Theatre Company will take place on Wednesday 21 December. Always a great show to bring home the message of Christmas in a very amusing and child friendly way. Funded from the school book scheme. Thanks to all for payment

Christmas Carol Service. The school will be participating in the Christmas Carol Service in St Clare’s Church on Wednesday 21 December. We hope Parents, Grandparents and Guardians can join us. The Carol Singers will also be singing at other venues around the town over Christmas. Keep an eye out for them and join in. HSE Head Office Building on 14 December.

Chess Club continues every Thursday night with Colm. €2 per night and coaching is provided by Colm O Mhuireagan. The club did very well in the competition last Sunday in Ballinasloe, with some cash prize winners. Congratulations to Mark McHugh who came third, Maggie Fergus who won the girls competition, and Owen Callinan, a past pupil who won the overall event. Next event is taking place on December 11 in Dublin. Details being finalised, but a bus will be organised if enough interest.

If any parents would like to avail of a day’s Christmas Shopping in Dublin they could avail of a Manorhamilton Dublin bus on the day. Give your name in to Colm or Mr Conlon .

Cold/Frosty Weather. Whilst this weather continues please read our guidance notes on the school blog and stay safe.

Christmas Holidays. The school closes for Christmas on the Thursday 22nd, before Christmas and we reopen on January 9th.

Apologies to anyone who received a text message they were not expecting about owing money.  This is a link to the PA Cook Book to purchase online.



UWAGA: Są to zarówno kwestie ochrony prawnej i dziecka związane z pozostawionej bez nadzoru lub słabo nadzorowane korzystanie z Internetu.
Mając to na uwadze, zapraszamy wszystkich rodziców / opiekunów do uczestnictwa nasze informacje na temat wykorzystania nocy dzieci z dzisiaj Internet i media społecznościowe Jest to istotny temat dla każdego rodzica, aby zapoznać się dookoła.
Wszystkie dzieci do 3 do 6 mieli warsztaty na ten temat dziś z samego trenera .He szkoli personel To popołudnie.
Pytamy każdego gospodarstwa domowego od 3 do 6, aby wysłać co najmniej jedną wieczorem przedstawiciela. Dyskusja rozpocznie się o godzinie 7pm SHARP. Zaloguj rolkę jak wprowadzić taką musimy poinformować Centrum Edukacji o tych, którzy uczestniczyli.

Stowarzyszenie Rodziców Book wprowadzenia: Dziękujemy wszystkim, którzy wysłał w recepturach do książki kucharskiej szkoły na początku tego miesiąca. Książka została opublikowana i gotowa i zostanie uruchomiona dzisiaj przez P.A. po powyższej rozmowie. Kopie będą dostępne do nabycia od dzisiaj. Przekąski serwowane będą dziś o uruchomieniu
Rodzice również uwaga
 Jeżeli temperatura spada i mamy mroźne / śliskie drogi rano lub ośnieżonych drogach możemy doradzić rodzicom
1. Bezpieczeństwo powinno być ich głównym problemem NIE uzyskanie dzieci do szkoły na 9:15.
2. Szkoła będzie prawie zawsze pozostają otwarte nawet w mroźne i śnieżne warunkach, ale rodzice powinni podjąć decyzję, aby uzyskać dzieci do szkoły w oparciu o ich bezpieczeństwo.
3. Nie ma problemu o spóźnienie na poranki, gdzie stosuje się te warunki, a dzieci mogą przyjść do szkoły do 11 rano.
4. Nie możemy zagwarantować, że tereny szkolne, parkingu, chodników itd ... zostaną usunięte całkowicie więc znowu rodzice powinni chodzić lub jeździć z zachowaniem należytej staranności na terenie szkoły
5. Należy zapewnić odpowiednie obuwie (buty / kalosze), przy czym najlepsze uchwyty itp .. są zużyte.
6. Jeśli jest śnieg dzieci będą mogły grać w śniegu, czy mają rękawice zapasowe buty itp ...

6-te class Program RSE Edukacja rozpoczyna w tym tygodniu.
pieniądze szkoły książki tytułu może być wypłacona w trybie online lub w zamkniętej kopercie do biura.

Cyberbullying Information Night / Book Launch and Weather arrangements

NOTE : There are both legal and child protection issues related to unsupervised or poorly supervised internet use .

With this in mind we invite ALL parents / guardians to attend our information night on children’s use of the internet and social media tonight  This is an essential topic for every parent to inform themselves about .

All children 3rd to 6th have had a workshop on the topic today with the same trainer .He trains staff this afternoon .

We ask EVERY household from 3rd to 6th to send at least one  representative tonight. The talk will start at 7pm SHARP . Please sign the roll as you enter as we must inform the Education Centre of those who attended .


Parents Association Book Launch: Thanks to everyone who sent in the recipes for the school cookery book earlier this month . The book is published and ready and will be launched tonight by the P.A. after the above talk . Copies will be available to purchase from tonight. Refreshments will be served tonight at the launch

Parents also Note

 If temperatures drop and we have frosty / slippy roads in the morning or snow covered roads we advise parents

  1. Safety should be their main concern NOT getting children to school for 9:15.
  2. The school will nearly always remain open even in frosty or snowy conditions BUT parents should make their decision to get children to school based on their safety .
  3. There is no problem about being late on mornings where these conditions apply and children may come to school up to 11am .
  4. We cannot guarantee that school grounds , carpark , footpaths etc… will be cleared completely so again parents should walk or drive with due care on school grounds
  5. Please ensure suitable footwear ( boots / wellingtons ) with best grips etc.. are worn .
  6. If there is snow the children will be allowed play in the snow if they have a gloves , spare boots etc…


6th class RSE Education programme starts this week .

School BOOK monies due can be paid either online or in a sealed envelope to the office .

School Note 15 November

Monday Night next – November 21st at 7pm – Cyber Bullying and the Dangers associated with misuse of social media -Jeremy Padgen.

The dangers of unsupervised internet access will be the topic of next Monday Nights Workshop for Parents /Guardians in the school hall at 7pm. We ask all parents from 4th to 6th classes to send one representative from the household.

We get regular complaints from parents regarding online bullying. Most children have access to internet with phones, x-box, tablets or computers. You may think supervised but it may not be as wi-fi and internet access is widely available. This is a topic parents need to be aware of and requires full community awareness.

This is Science week and all classes are exploring different areas of Science throughout the week. On Friday we will have a mini Science exhibition in the School Hall from 12:30 pm to 1:30pm.

3rd, 4th and 5th attend a Science meets Art workshop in the library tomorrow Wednesday. 2nd and 6th look scientifically at the great outdoors and other classes look closely at Light, Electricity, material properties and construction.

Science expertise very welcome this week – Please contact the school if you have anything to offer.

6th Class Tai Chi continues every Tuesday as the class learn secrets of balance and focusing the mind.

There are Tai Chi Classes open to parents every Tuesday evening in the school hall with Roisin. Call 0878367524 for details.

The School Dentist came to the school today and examined the teeth of 2nd, 4th and 6th classes. A good opportunity to revisit the topic of taking care of teeth with your child, brushing regularly, avoiding sugary drinks/juices, an apple a day etc..

6th class continue with Drug and Alcohol Danger Awareness programme on Mondays straight after school.

RSE programme starts next week for 6th class.

Road safety :

As the mornings and evenings are getting darker and the weather can be wet thus leaving visibility poor we are asking parents who drive onto the school grounds to follow the parking and set down routines.

DO NOT leave your car blocking others in the car park. Park in a space where one is available, wait in the set down area or at the sign at the entrance to the car park or better still walk from the church car park with your child whenever possible.

When walking encourage your child to wear a high visibility vest especially if not wearing light coloured coat. We have given every child a high visibility vest or armband as an awareness programme.

DO NOT park illegally at the school gate … remember there are traffic cameras at the school entrance and if you cause an accident you will be open to prosecutio .

Unfortunately we no longer encourage our children to cycle to school as we DO NOT consider it safe.

All classes have again taught the children the correct use of the Zebra Crossings, walking to school is a great option for our children and we ensure bags are light ….but they must be reminded of the safety rules regularly.

If the weather deteriorates and we get snow or frost the normal rules apply. The Roll will not be called until later to allow people travel to school safely and parents decide themselves based on their own judgement whether the roads are safe to travel on or not. The school will normally be open BUT care should be taken regarding footpaths and driveway.

Keep your Child active for the winter and give them the opportunity to socialise in a fun and healthy way

Afterschool Activies continue for our pupils every day straight after school GAA, Soccer, Tag Rugby, Fitness, Piano, Tin Whistle, Drama or Table tennis. Contact the provider (Phone numbers on the blog) for details and payment …not the school office.

North Leitrim Athletics Club               Tom 0861728543 .

GAA Academy                                    Dominick 0868511410

Girls/Boys Soccer u8/u10/ u12 / u14

Tennis Coaching                              Mary        0872290136

Choir  Tuesday nights –                     Kathleen 0863956388

Foroige Thursday nights                     Christine   0872479374

Dancing   Choice of schools -Kathleen O Hagan or Clare Mc Morrow

Chess Club continues every Thursday night with Colm. €2 per night and coaching is provided by Colm O Mhuireagan.

There is a Chess Competition this Sunday suitable for beginners and improvers in Ballinasloe .If you would like your child to try the event please contact put a note in the journal. Cost of + Entry and bus will be €15 approx. and the players should bring a snack and some pocket money. The Bus leaves from the school at 9am.

School Note 9 November

Remember the school doors open at 9am each morning. Children on the school grounds before 9 and after 3pm (2pm on Fridays) are not the responsibility of the Board of Management.

Children attend After-school classes after agreement with the provider and are the providers responsibility and attend only with parental permission.


School Dentist – Will visit 2nd, 4th and 6th on Tuesday 15 November. Permission cards are being sent home, and should be returned to the office, completed, by Thursday.


Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation   – Fr Oliver will hear Catholic children’s Confessions on this Thursday 10th November during Religion Time and /or Lunch Break. If you are a Catholic parent but do not want your child to receive the sacrament at school please let us know. Otherwise please discuss the sacrament with your child and go over the ritual, the preparation and the act of sorrow with them tonight.


Cyber Bullying – A workshop will be held to discuss all aspects of cyber-bullying, internet safety, for parents to learn how to properly protect and monitor their children’s online activities on Monday 21st November from 7.00 pm until 9.00 pm. One parent from each family in 4th, 5th and 6th are requested to attend.

Guitar lessons – If anyone is interested in their children learning the Guitar, lessons may be made available on Friday’s after school. Please phone the school to confirm your interest.

Chess Club every Thursday Night with Colm at 7:30 to 8:30. Coaching available and beginners welcome. Team competition coming up on11 December in Dublin. Please let Colm know this Thursday if you would like your child to participate.

After School Table Tennis starts this Friday 1:45 to 2:45 for those interested €2 per day.

Gardening is finished until the Spring.


Road safety: All classes have done a road safety lesson this week. We ask ALL pupils to wear a high visibility jacket to school tomorrow if they have one at home. We have some but not enough for everyone. Awareness is the objective …

Science Week NEXT WEEK. If any parent has a science skill to share with any class they will be welcome to come in …just let us know. As part of Science Week Sligo IT have a Science Fair on Saturday 13 November from 12.00 – 5.00 pm. Always good.

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