St Clares Primary School

Education is for Life

School Annual Report 2012/13

School Annual Report 2012/13

                       I would like to thank all our staff, pupils, parents, Board of Management Members and the local community for their support and co-operation throughout the last school year. The 26 pupils from 6th class move on to St. Clare’s Comprehensive school this September.  We wish them the best of luck.  We welcome 36 new enrolments for the next school year, 28 Junior Infants and the remainder in various classes throughout the school. This brings our projected enrolment for 2012/13 to 225 , our highest ever .

I would like to say a special word of thanks to Margaret Considine who leaves the school staff after dedicated service for 10 years . Margaret has been made redundant due to cuts in the school special needs provision . We wish her every success in her future career,

The school end of year reports were  issued on the 24th  of June.  The report should clearly inform parents of their child’s educational development, behaviour and attendance throughout the school year.Once again our testing confirmed that our  standards in the key areas of literacy and numeracy are above the national average in all classes and rising each year.  This is a tribute to the teaching staff and assistants who work so hard on a daily basis and also constantly update their professional skills through voluntary ongoing training and education in their own time. It is also a tribute to the support of our parents/ guardians .

The reports for classes  1st to 6th indicate each child’s level of reading performance in the national context displaying a  STEN SCORE . 1st to 6th Classes will also have a sten Score for Maths indicating the pupils standard in maths in the national context The sten is a  rating  1 to 10 , 10 being the best indicating your child is in the top 10% for their age and class in Ireland while 1 would indicate your child being in the lowest 10% in the country in terms of performance on the tests. Infant Teachers use standard tests appropriate to this level in compiling their reports .

 Spelling  tests will show spelling age which you can compare to your childs actual age . Scores are based on class work taught during the year and are calculated using 3 factors , standard  , participation /enjoyment and individual talent. P.E. takes sportsmanship into account ,S.P.H.E. takes practical application of health eating and bullying into account , swimming is based on supervised activity in the pool and safety awareness . If you need any clarification please do not hesitate to call the school. The test results will provide the academic backdrop for the individual parent teacher meeting which will take place in October . If you would like to meet your child’s teacher or the principal before then to discuss or clarify the report please make an appointment through the school office.

 As part of  our effort to encourage community involvement  the school has participated and  promoted a wide range of activities both during and after school.   Cycling , gardening  gaelic football, hurling, soccer, art, drama, C.P.R. training , debating ,quizzes ,hockey ,rugby , tennis , drug and alcohol prevention and table tennis . We have this year developed a most beautiful school garden .Both girls and boys teams reached the schools finals in Cumann na mBunscoil competitions and Cross Country running . We had a wonderful choir for both sacraments and  three school masses .Our 6th class debating team reached the North West Regional finals which was a great achievement in the first year of participation. Our 5th class team won the credit Union Quiz . 4th class athletes reached the county finals in indoor athletics . The pupils from the school won many of the top prizes in the Feis Shligigh Competitions.We had a full house for the Christmas show in the Bee park. Every child in the school was brought on an outing to the beach this year . The parent Association had a very successful 5km walk for all followed by a bouncy castle treat for participants .The football parents organised a lovely B-B-Q following the finals .

The main measure of success  is participation .We strongly encourage parents to get their children involved in activities in the community outside school time .We will continue to be guided by consultation with the Parent Association with regard to the promotion of activities, assisting involvement, participation and good health for all pupils. We will continue to encourage ,  reward and facilitate participation at every opportunity .I would like to especially mention Mr. Dolan , Mr Ward ,Mrs Conlon , Ms. Kelly and Eugene Clancy for their voluntary work with the school teams . Also Sarah Land ,Chris Warbuton and the 5th and 6th classes for the development of the garden

First break has been firmly established in the school as fruit break.  There is a clear connection between educational success, good behaviour and diet.  This is a vital part of the schools policy in encouraging good behaviour and promoting high standards of health and educational standards.

A special word of thanks to all the Parents and Guardians who have put in such a huge effort to help in so many aspects of school life. This year thanks to the support of parents and the community we have an all weather floodlit playground facility . I would like to specially acknowledge the work of those on the Parent Association , staff , local business and the Glencar Manorhamilton Hurling Club who worked with us in developing the facility . 

Thanks to Fr. Oliver, Sr. Kathleen and the parent volunteer teams who have worked closely with us all year in preparation of 2nd and 6th classes for the sacraments .Thanks to Austin for his assistance with the development of music throughout the school and to Mrs Fox for her work with the choirs .