St Clares Primary School

Education is for Life

Supermarket Roleplay

During the month of January Junior Infants were busy setting up and running their own supermarket. They built supermarkets from various types of blocks, drew and paint fruit and vegetables, cut and pasted food they would like on their shopping list, played with item found in the supermarket in the sand and of course had great fun role playing being a customer and shop keeper in our supermarket.

Feb 1st Note

 

School Enrolment for September is open and junior infant places are filling up (2 places remain). Please send in request for enrolment forms as soon as possible

January was Focus on History month here in the school.

As part of the development of awareness of citizenship / democracy we had the Student council elections in which all classes participated .Those elected were -President : Ryan Gilligan    Vice President: Aine Mc Loughlin ….Council members : Roisin Yilmaz, Rebecca Mc Gauren , Mary Farry and  Ross Forde .The council will meet every month to ensure pupil ideas and concerns are taken into account in school procedures and policy .

Infants had a grandparents day where many grandparents came in to play games and tell stories to the children.

1st and 5th make St. Brigid Crosses today Feb. 1st.

We would like to invite grandparents to come in again to older classes to help pass on their skills and stories e.g Playing card games like 25, Knitting or craft skills Grandparents/Parents -Please let us know if you are able  to do this at any stage this term .

Many classes had projects or displays from a period in History and we put on an exhibition in The sculpture centre with miniature battle scenes and artefacts and anti-war posters etc..

School Outings: Our Pupils are given opportunities to participate in various activities many of these involve after school / out of school time and thus are opt in. If your child has not opted into anything take note – in case your child is opting out of everything and losing out on opportunities , social and educational without your knowledge .

The following are coming up over the next weeks  :

Peace Proms Concert rehearsal in Belfast was open to all pupils in 5th and 6th Rehearsal next Tuesday February 6th in Queens University Belfast . The Bus will leave the school at 8:30 am SHARP on Tuesday next, returns at 6pm approx.

The concert is on Sunday February 26th also in Belfast. There are a few bus spaces remaining for parents attending (Parents are not required to attend as Mr. Conlon, Mrs Fox and Ms. Mc Dermott will take the children on that Sunday.

Inter School Sports Participation ;

Pupils from 3rd to 6th are also given the opportunity to participate in sports team events , Donegal /North Leitrim Large school gaelic Football League , inter school soccer 11 a side games and inter school Basketball matches . To opt in for this the pupils should attend training during break times and after school on Tuesdays. This will be general sports training , fitness , ball skills and team drills .Teams will be selected from those who opt in.

Chess Events : There are a number of chess events and competitions coming up including The Brian Collum event in Newtownforbes on Friday March 9th . Those who attend Thursday nights chess club will get 1st option on this trip ( leaving at 8:30 / return 6pm.

Feiseanna : There are a number of Feiseanna in Sligo from March on entries close for some events on Feb. 9th. Check online Feis Shligigh / Feis Ceoil) for pupils to take part in recitation /drama /art /comhra etc…We would encourage parents to enter and we will prepare all children for the Feis Ceoil primary school poetry recitation primary school event . ( Poems given out this week )

The events take place evenings /weekends and over the Easter holiday period .

Whole Class / In school Trips and outings include ….

Whole Classes- Chess Checkmates day in the Bee Park on March 2nd

1st and 2nd classes travel to Enniskillen Integrated primary on Tuesday 13th. 3rd and 4th will be visited by their partner classes from Enniskillen Integrated on the same day. 

5th and 6th Class attend the Comprehensive Musical ‘Annie’ next Wednesday in the Bee Park.

5th visit Kathleen’s Falls Power Station ( Feb 13th )

Library visits ( monthly ) all classes .

January Note 3

The school is closed for pupils on the Tuesday of NEXT week January 30th for Dept. of Ed. Staff training . pupils have no school on that day.

Next Parent Association  meeting is tomorrow  Tuesday 23rd January, at the earlier time of 8pm (in the school in the room of 6th class). All members of the committee are asked to attend .
New members are welcome anytime .

Peace Proms choir practice takes place in Belfast on February 6th . If any parents of choir members wish to travel to Belfast for the day please contact the school office . Rehearsal takes place in Queens University and we also visit the  Ulster Museum on this day. 

The concert takes place on Sunday February 25th in Belfast , Parents who wish to travel on the bus should book a seat asap . Those travelling by car with their child should let us know also asap.

Chess event in Newtownforbes , The Brian Collum memorial takes place on March 9th and we will bring a bus with teams from the school on the day . Those from 3rd to 6th who attend chess club will be given 1st option for this outing . Chess Club continues on Thursdays at 7pm to 9pm . We are the current holders of both the Leitrim and the Overall Briam Collum Trophies .

Reminder : All school absences with reason for absence should be recorded in your childs Journal ( at the back ) and signed by a parent before return to school . The school MUST be notified by phone or e mail when a child is absent for 3 consecutive days . Remember absence from school on a regular basis or lateness regularlyin the mornings seriously effects your child’s ability to learn and keep up with class work and can be viewed as child neglect if it continues on a regular basis . 

We report all absences of 20 days+ to the Welfare Board which is a legal requirement . Letters will issue this week to parents whose children have already missed 15 or more days to allow parents be aware of the absences building up for the child which they might be unaware of .

School Council and School Student presidential election takes place this Friday . We have a parents constituency and voting will take place on Friday from 9:20am until 11am This is part of our Living History month which includes a history focus in all classes. Infants have a Grandparents day on Friday also so please let us know if you are free to call in and be a part of our History focus . Thanks to those parents who already volunteered .

January Note 2

Remember ….When there is snow /ice or frost you should use your own judgement in relation to safety regarding school attendance. We will always be open unless a text is issued but roll call is not taken on these days until 11:15 Please ensure we have your correct mobile phone and e mail details.  

When there is snow or frost take it slowly on the school grounds ….there is no late on mornings where there is snow or frost and no sign in. All pupils enter via the 3rd /4th class entrance on these days.

Can I please request that parents DO NOT use the staff car park to drop off or pick up children at any time.. Use the School parents car park and drop off area or walk from the Church car park with your child.

On SNOW days when the pupils are at school 1st to 6th pupils will be allowed out to play in the snow only if they have waterproof boots and a change of shoes.

REMINDER: THE SCHOOL IS CLOSED FOR PUPILS ON TUESDAY JANUARY 30TH FOR A DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION STAFF TRAINING DAY .

Enrolment for September 2018 is open but there are very few places(5) remaining for new junior infant pupils. Please advise your friends,neighbours and family members to submit a form as soon as possible.

January ’18 Note 1

We ask all parents not to send children to school with flu symptoms to prevent the spread of infection throughout the school community.

School Enrolment for September is open and junior infant places are filling up (12 places remain). Please send in request for enrolment forms as soon as possible and please let your friends /family and neighbours be aware that forms are being accepted especially newcomers to the town.

Please note that the school will be closed on Tuesday January 30th for a Dept. Of Education training day for staff. Pupils will have no school on this day.

1st and 2nd classes travel to Enniskillen Integrated primary next Tuesday. Bus leaves at 9am.

3rd and 4th will be visited by their partner classes from Enniskillen Integrated on the same day. 

January is Focus on History month here in the school. All classes will be exploring various aspects of local and national history over the next 2 weeks and finishing with a History day on January 26th which will include the election of a School Pupil president and pupil’s council. We invite anyone with stories from the past / items / clothes or costumes of historical interest or a special interest in History to call in and speak to the classes. Grandparents especially welcome – please contact Mr. Conlon 9855703.

There is a Peace Proms Concert rehearsal in Belfast, for all pupils in 5th and 6th classes participating on February 6th.Rehearsal takes place in Queens University. Choir members will visit the Ulster museum before the rehearsal. 

Christmas class shows: Videos are now available via the links on our school blog :

Thanks to everyone who supported the Christmas Draw. We hope to have the mini basketball court in place before the end of the month.

Christmas Raffle Winners

Many congratulations to two Ava’s in winning this year’s Christmas Draw, Ava Rose Gregory-Furey from 2nd Class, and Ava McManus, from 4th. Each took home a voucher for €50.00. Our thanks to Rooney’s Supervalu for their sponsorship of the prize’s, a voucher in Supervalu, and another in The Loft. And thank you to the PA in helping sell tickets at all of the various Christmas events over the past couple of weeks, and all of our families for supporting the Draw. A tally will be announced as soon as we’ve collated the final figures.
Have a great Christmas and New Year.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Orla Mawn (5th Class) and Mary Farry (6th Class) who won medals for a fantastic performance on Manga High, during their Maths Week Challenge. Manga High is a world wide online maths challenge which the school has participated in for a number of years. It has children from over 5,000 schools participating, completing some 4 trillion questions. We usually give all the children in the school a chance to participate, sometimes with the older children helping the younger ones complete some simple challenges. Well done to both girls.

Whole School Planning Day

Please make a careful note that the school will not be open on Tuesday 30 January, for a Whole School Planning Day. Alternative arrangements must be made.

December 13th Note

Christmas Activities arrangements:

All 1st to 6th class children go directly to the Bee Park centre both tomorrow Thursday  Friday morning 9am – 9:20am for a concert rehearsal.

On Thursday 14th 1st to 6th classes may after rehearsal in the Bee park visit the St Clare’s Comprehensive Craft Fair in the Gym. ( Weather permitting)

Friday December 15th : School Concert in the Bee park for 1st to 6th classes from 10:30 am till 12approx .Parents and family members are welcome to the performance.

3rd to 6th will be carol singing in Arus Brefni and the hospital next week .

Monday 18th : Red Bus Theatre perform a Christian Themed Christmas Puppet Show for all classes in the school hall. If you do NOT want your child to attend please notify us this week please.

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.

We reopen on Monday January 8th

PLEASE NOTE in the frost and snow and icy mornings:              SAFETY FIRST…..in relation to school attendance and punctuality  

December Note 1

 

A selection from 5th and 6th will be carol singing in Supervalue this Wednesday night at 6pm to 6;30pm.

3rd to 6th will be carol singing in Arus Brefni and the hospital and the HSE offices next week .

To be allowed participate in these outings it is expected that the children have learned the words of the carols and christmas songs and show interest in taking part fully.For this reason this is the primary homework allocation each night for the pupils 1st to 6th.If you wish your child to participate please ensure they do so and help them if possible by listening to their songs /carols etc…

Chess Club continues every Thursday night  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 . All club attendees this week will receive a Chesskids.com free gold membership for 2 months

Christmas Activities arrangements:

All 1st to 6th class children go directly to the Bee Park centre this Friday morning at 9am for a concert rehearsal. We will take Catholic children to 11;30 mass in the church.

Wednesday Dec.13th : Our 1st to 4th classes will attend the Learning network Panto in the Bee Park.

Thursday 14th : Rehearsal in the Bee park followed by a visit to St Clare’s Comprehensive Craft Fair in the Gym.

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.If you do NOT want your child to attend please notify us this week please.

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.

 

We reopen on Monday January 8th

 

PLEASE NOTE :       SAFETY FIRST…..

…applies to school attendance on mornings when there is snow /ice or slippy roads . When the roads are dangerous in your area note that normal punctuality for 9:20am attendance is not to be considered and children are welcome to arrive when you feel it is safe up to 11;15 on these mornings or –  keep the children at home if you consider it dangerous to travel on the roads or footpaths .

While we will try to keep our own grounds safe it is not guaranteed to be frost free and all parents /pupils should take due care on school grounds . The school will open once we have more than 50% of our staff available to attend and we will have consultation with Board and PA representatives if any decision to close the school is required . Appropriate footwear and clothes for snow /frost and ice is recommended .

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