St Clares Primary School

Education is for Life

October Note 3

 We would like to make all parents aware of the need for Cyber safety measures for your children . It has come to our attention that there are a number of pupils who appear to have unsupervised access to phones /tablets /internet. As we learned at the parent /pupil and teacher workshops last year ………..

  1.  Children must be monitored and supervised in relation to ALL internet activity at all times including phones /x box /playstation  tablets , laptops etc…
  2. Children should never have internet access in bedrooms and should not have screentime coming up to bedtimes.
  3. Cyber bullying is a fact of life and unsupervised children will be bullies /victims or observers .
  4. If your child’s phone ‘/device is locked and you do not have access then you need to take appropriate action.

We ask all parents to check your child’s device this weekend and to have a discussion with your child about internet safety and bullying in general.


Please refer to cyber Safety information on our website or WWW. WEBWISE.IE  for more information.


Work has commenced on the new pathway entrance and safety fencing from the Mc Dermott Tce. Side . Access is open via the existing footpath along the astro pitch . The new access way will be finished after Halloween Break.

Annual Parent Association School fancy Dress Halloween Disco takes place next Friday night . Details next week .

 Used clothes /shoes etc…  Bags can be left into the school hall or shelters up to Halloween break . Collection will be during Mid Term .

 Peace 4 – Cross Border Shared Learning Programme -1st to 4th classes had their trip to Donegal Adventure Centre this week to meet up with their new friends from Enniskillen Integrated. The programme involving both schools is based on  science , nature , computer programming and computational thinking.

 Well done to our boys and girls who played in the 7 a side schools final yesterday in Annaduff . The matches were played in awful conditions and a tribute to the children who played so well in the cold and wet .The girls were Kayla Rooney , Aine Mc Loughlin , Aine Mc Laughlin , Maggie Fergus , Orla Duignan , Sara Mc Gagh , Maeve mc Gagh and top players of the day Mary O Brien and Shauna Fallon. The boys were, Edward Mitchell , Ross Johnson , Ross Forde , Jack Kelly Shawn Sherdian , Jake Kelly and Ryan Gilligan and top players on the day Conor Galvin and  Conor Feehily .


Good luck to our 3rd/4th Class cross country teams in the  Connacht Finals.They are  Luke Farrell, Ronan Fox, Caolan Boylan Senan Kelly, James Hughes,Conall Maguire ,Mia Connolly, Gemma Farrell , Joolz O Reilly ,Lucy Boyle , Anabeth Drohan and Karen Mulvaney Kelly .


Good luck also to Martin Kunc who represents the school in the primary schools swimming championships in Athlone on Sunday.


6th Class parents will receive a letter regarding Foroige Drugs and Alcohol Programme and the Schools RSE completion this week ( Please check the school bags ) We ask all parents to use the letters as an opportunity to discuss the related issues with your child . There are always unanswered questions in relation to Relationships and sexuality which parents should address . Foroige and the Drugs and alcohol prevention programme are a useful resource for parents who wish to direct their child on a safe and healthy teenage track

All pupils have been given a Mangahigh password for access during  Mathsweek .

Parent Teacher meetings continue next week. All remaining meetings will take place on the week ending November 10th.


Our 5th and 6th classes class are engaged in an art and drama workshop with the artists from Manorhamilton Community Samhain  Festival . The Samhain Parade will take place on Monday October 30th with children assembling for costumes /masks at the Bee park Centre at 5:30pm and will involve the children in the classes who are available to attend. They have made their own masks and costumes and have participated in Drumming workshops .

The school is closed from Monday 30th to Friday Nov. 3rd and will reopen on Monday November 6th .

Glencar Manor County Final

St Clare’s are right behind the team for the match on Sunday, with a yellow and blue day at the school. The junior classes were particularly vocal in their support.

St Clare’s Junior Classes support our lads

sep. note 2

School assembly is from 9am to 9:20 each morning . Schools doors open at 9am . There is no supervision of children prior to this.

The school will be closed for an additional day – Wednesday 29 November for a Dept. of Education curriculum planning day. Please note this


Parents please note that the school bus parking space at the school gate needs to be kept clear for the school bus.

We would appreciate if the final book monies would be paid as soon as possible or an arrangement for payment made this week  .


Church –  Do this in memory – Programme of preparation for 1st Holy Communion Parents Meeting at 8pm tonight in the school hall with Fr. Oliver .Provisional date for Confirmation is Saturday May 5th. The ‘Be my Witness’ preparation programme will start in November .


Afterschool Options .

Manorhamilton Childcare have a morning and evening service which picks up and drops off children to school. Contact the Bee Park Centre for details .

Our afterschools sport,Music, drama and dance are all up and running this week Infants 1:45 to 2: 50) Other Classes 3 to 4 pm.

Monday and Friday-GAA Football Skills  James Glancy (0864082561)

Tuesday and Wed.–Fun,Soccer,table tennis James Mc D(0868820848)

Thursday Dance with Kathleen 0863956388

Friday –  Drama with Tori   0892158273

Wednesday – Trad. music with Lorraine 0868631785

Tues. and Wed. –Grade 1 to Advanced Piano with Sylvia 0862255361

Fridays – Beginners to grade 3 Piano with Rachel  0834134534

Book or get details directly from the provider.


Notes : Homework should be strictly according to maximum times as per homework policy and signed by parents , bags should be light , first break is fruit or veg. break for all and walking from church car park is advised where possible .


September 5th Note


A red VW Golf with a D registration has been reported to the office by concerned parents regarding dangerous driving on school grounds . We will refer this on to the Gardai and we ask the owner of the vehicle to refrain from driving onto the school grounds unless they do so with due consideration to those using Zebra Crossings and school roadway.

School Mass this Friday at 9:30 in the church . Children will go from school at 9:20. Parents and family members are welcome . Non Catholics will remain in the school with teacher supervision and should come to school as normal.

School Book money should be paid at this stage or an arrangement for payment made with Mr. Conlon . Thanks to everyone who paid online using our e payment system .

6th Class have a Geography / History field trip to Sligo Abbey and Carrowmore next Wednesday . Free to those on the book scheme . €8 for those who are not

Parents /guardians are reminded that they must make an appointment to meet the class teacher …please do not call in for a chat in the morning ….there are 29/30 children in each  room .


Homework journals should be signed by a parent /guardian to show YOU as parent are satisfied with the amount of work completed by your child at home . Times are as per homework policy ( see online ) or a copy available on request . You will be informed when the standard or quantity of homework varies from that done at school at parent teacher meetings later in the term or earlier if necessary .


Thanks again to everyone for making 1st break –Fruit /Veg break . we once again have 99% support from our parents .


Most afterschool activities are up and running  this week or next . Registration essential and information is available  ONLY from the service provider directly .

Afterschool Information September 2017

St Clare’s After School  Classes are starting this week or next week are as follows  .

Children attending afterschool  MUST be registered with the after-school provider before attending the session to give all details of phone numbers , medical details etc…

The afterschool services here in the school are provided by private individuals who are independently insured and child protection vetted . All arrangements for payment and collection etc… are between the parent / guardian and the service provider . 

Mondays : Football skills with James Glancy and Thomas McDonald 
Tuesdays : Football , Fun and fitness with James Mc Dowell and Stuart .

Wednesdays : Tin Whistle with Lorraine  and Piano with Sylvia . 

Thursdays : Dance Club with kathleen  ( Starts next week)

Fridays : Drama with Tori ( This may be in the Glens Center on occasions ) in the school hall normally ( NOT IN CLASSROOM ) and

Football with James Glancy . Please Note Friday football is weather dependent and will be outdoors all the time . It will be cancelled if weather is unsuitable .

Gardening and Tai Chi afterschools will start later in the month .

Manor Childcare organise both before and after-school childcare / child minding services and drop off  collect children from the school at normal school dismissal times . All enquiries to Manor Childcare in the Bee Park Center .

PLEASE NOTE : Children are not supervised by school staff either before or after official school hours . 

i.e.  9am to 2:55pm ( Monday to Thursday) 9am to 1:45 on Fridays . 

       Infant classes finish at 1:45 Monday to Thursday and 1:30 on Fridays .

The Board of Management take no responsibility for children on the school premises outside these times .

June 13th Note

Bike at School day Tomorrow Wednesday 14th . Parents are welcome to drop off their child’s bike at school or cycle to school with the child. We do not encourage children to cycle to school anymore as the roads are too dangerous but pupils can cycle to school with a parent or adult guardian. All cyclists at school  MUST have a high visability vest , a helmet and parental permission in their journal .

Those with bokes will be given basic bike safety training , cycle an obstacle course on school grounds and take part in some fun bike events . Pupils of all ages / all classes who can cycle can participate.


Kidz on the Run 3km walk /run which will take place in Milltown  woods ,Lurganboy  this  Thursday June 15th at 10am . We hope as many parents as possible will also join the walk /run . Volunteers who do not wish to participate in the actual run are needed to help out  


The End of Year School Mass takes place on next Friday June 16th in the church at 12midday. All the pupils attending church will go home directly or be collected from the church at 1pm approx. The mass will be a celebration of the school year led by our 6th class.


The Parents Association are running a Fun Fair day next Sunday with children’s entertainment, bouncing castles and bake sale etc… on Sunday.It runs from 2pm until 5pm and costs €10 per family .


This is national Bike week . The Manorhamilton Cycling Club have a fun family cycle on nSunday leaving the Bee park at 2:30 , over 9’s only and all cyclists must have helmet, high visability vests and be accompanied by an adult .


School Reports will be sent by e mail next Monday June 19th . Paper reports will be available from Wednesday 21st from the school hall . 


School Closes for Summer Holidays on Friday 23rd.Reopens for pupils on Wednesday August 30th.

Kidz on the Run 3km

The run/ walk will take place on this coming Thursday in Lurganboy forest at starting from 9:30. Parents and other family members welcome 

School Note 24 May

The school Open day takes place tomorrow , our 6th class go to the Comprehensive for the day and all the classes move on to the provisional teacher / classroom for next year . We also welcome our new infants for 2017/18 .

The South Donegal / North Leitrim Football League Finals take place on this Friday at 11am in Bundoran . Parents welcome . Our Boys A team and our Girls B teams are in the finals .

Congratulations to all our players who played the Friday league and thanks to James Glancy for his help with organising the league.

Chess Club runs this Thursday night at 7:30pm for the final club night of the year with Colm. This was a very successful year for the club and school in chess as all children from Sen. Inf to 6th learned to play and some of our more advanced players like Susan Aji ( U14), Gemma Mullholland ( u10 ) , Mark Mc Hugh and Eoin Rooney ( U 14)  Eoin Callinan ( u18) went on to play international matches and take national Junior places at National tournaments  .

Sixth Class School tour and trip to the Gaeltacht takes place on Monday next . The bus leaves the school at 9am for Glenveigh National Park . Those attending the week in the Gaeltacht remain in Anagary with Mrs Fox while the rest return with Mr. Dolan following a visit to Garten Adventure Centre and shopping in Letterkenny .

First Communion takes place on Saturday at 11am Good luck to all those receiving the sacraments . Choir in the church by 10:50 please . Congratulations to those from 6th class who were confirmed earlier this month .

Note March 14th


Following enquiries from parents and PA members there is a 4 week trial Morning Breakfast Club service available from Manorhamilton Childcare in the Bee Park Centre . Contact Siobhan by text  for details 0877378131.

Gaelic Football – We play Bundoran next Tuesday and Kinlough on March 31st . This is a full 15 a side all subs play half a game league .

 Soccer – 5 a side Event  next Wednesday in the Bee Park .We hope to have  have 2 boys teams and 1 girls team . This is a chance for your child to try a team sport if they have never done so before

Swimming continues for  2nd , 3rd , 5th and 6th next week . These lessons will be mainly funded by the PA sponsored walk on April 2nd. Thanks to all who have already sent in sponsorship cards today we have a total of €740 collected , the collection record to date is €96 collected by one family . With each lesson costing approximately €350 and each class allocated 4 lessons provisionally the programme total cost will be around €7000 in total. Therefore the efforts of the parents and children is vital for its continuation. Thanks especially to the parents who volunteer to help with supervision each week.

We have not given sponsorship cards to infant parents but we would be delighted if they would support the fundraiser by getting sponsors or by turning up on the day with friends and making a contribution.

Bag to School collection at the end of the month . Clothes bags can be dropped off at any time in the hall or shelters . We also thank those who made very valuable book and games donations for our libraries . If you are doing a Spring Clean we welcome any games /Books which will have use in any class . Bags Go home today with all children


Food Dudes Programme is finished for 3rd to 6th and will finish next week for all other classes . First Break is as always Fruit Break and thanks to all our parents who make it work



The school closes this Friday for St. Patrick’s Day .

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.

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