St Clares Primary School

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School Annual Report 2014/15

School Annual Report 2014/15

I would like to thank all our staff, pupils, parents, Board of Management, Parent Association and the local business community for their support this year. The 29 pupils from 6th class move on to secondary school this September. We wish them the best of luck. We welcome 30 new enrolments for the next school year, starting 1 September.

Pupils’s reports were issued on Wednesday 17 June. The report should clearly inform parents of their child’s educational development, behaviour and attendance.

Our testing confirms our excellent standards in both literacy and numeracy which are our main focus in the school . The reports for classes 1st to 6th will inform parents of their child’s level of reading performance in the national context giving a STEN . 1st to 6th Classes will also have a STEN score for Maths indicating the pupils standard in maths. The STEN is a rating 1 to 10 , 10 being the best indicating your child is in the top 10% for their class in Ireland while 1 would indicate your child being in the lowest 10% in the country.

It is important to note that this year we have used a different standardised test to previous years . With the change in test format and content parents should expect a lower STEN score than in the previous years. A drop of approximately 1 or 2 STEN points can be expected in the senior classes. The Bury , Junior Infant Test has a maximum score of 60 . Senior Infants have a literacy test and a Maths test both scored out of 100%. Senior Infants also have a MIST test , there is an explanatory note with your report.

Spelling tests will give a spelling age which you can compare to your child’s actual age. Other subject area reports are based on class work taught during the year and are reported using 3 factors, standard of achievement, 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.

Each class were taken on 2 educational trips this school year including Glencar Waterfall , Sligo Abbey , Parkes Castle , Drumcliffe, walking tour of Sligo Mullaghmore Beach , Cavan Burren , Lurganboy forest , Wind Farms , Ballyshannon Power station , Garrison and Rossinver Organic Centre . Through these outings the children get a real experience of Science , History and Geography . This year we were delighted to receive the National Primary Science and Maths award for excellence in this area of teaching and learning .

All classes from 2nd to 6th were taken to swimming lessons. 6th class this year were taken to the Gaeltacht in Gweedore for a week . This initiative was intended to foster a love of our language which is the focus of the school in relation to the teaching of Irish..Reports provide parents with a standardised test score for Gaeilge.

If you need any clarification please do not hesitate to call the school .If you would like to meet your child’s teacher or the principal before the summer or in late August before school restarts in September to discuss or clarify the report please make an appointment through the school office.

The school has participated and promoted a wide range of activities both during and after school this year. Cookery , Cycling , gardening Gaelic football, hurling, athletics , art, drama , debating , quizzes , rugby , tennis , foroige and table tennis were all made available to our pupils .

Both girls and boys teams won their final in the North Leitrim /South Donegal League . We have moved to this 15 a side + 5 playing substitutes format from the existing Cumann na mBunscoil league as it provides a better opportunity to involve a greater number of pupils and a better platform to encourage our children to play football . In tandem with this we have run our own school football league since February this year . 12 teams and a total of 98 pupils from 2nd to 6th class have played this development league. All teams are captained by a 6th class pupil. This I believe is the best way for our school to promote our national game and to support the local club who provide an excellent coaching and competitive structure at all age levels in both hurling , camogie and both boys and girls football . I would like to thank Thomas Keenan GAA school promotion officer and the GAA coach Stuart Gilbride for their help throughout the year .

We took part in a number of athletic competitions including County and Connacht cross country competitions, Pentathlon (Run /swim/fencing) , 5km / 3km run /walk and Biathlon(run /cycle ) event. I sincerely thank Tom Kelly and the North Leitrim Athletic Club for all their support and work with the school. A special word of thanks to James Mc Dowell who prepared our classes for the 3km / 5km run.

Rugby continues to develop and our teams travelled to Carrick rugby club this year and won their competition. Cycle training has continued on the school grounds . We strive to provide a wide range of activities so suit all pupils. Thus we took part in -The primary school debating competition, The Credit Union Quiz and our new big initiative for this year was the Chess Club .

Each child from 3rd to 6th class has been taught to play chess both as a means of enjoyment, making friends and of improving learning . The classes have played against schools in Belfast, Greece, Sligo and Blarney and we hope to build and develop this over the next 2 years . We ran 2 major tournaments and attended one in Belfast. We hold the All Ireland Schools Cup and hope to defend it next year. The Chess Club runs each Thursday night with our thanks to resident coach and chess expert Colm O Mhuireagan .

Fr. Oliver, Sr. Kathleen and parent volunteer teams helped the class teachers prepare the Catholic children in 2nd and 6th classes for the sacraments . Mrs Fox and our piano teacher Sylvia Sharron prepared the choir for our 1st Holy Communion day.

We had a very enjoyable Christmas Musical in the Glens Centre and a record number of shows in the Glens and the school hall giving all children a chance to show musical and drama talent.

The school garden continues to develop with the help of Chris Warbuton and Sarah Land and this year we planted a tree for every child in the school around our boundary.

Our measure of success outside the academic areas 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 ,Mrs Conlon , Ms. Kelly and Eugene Clancy for their voluntary work with the school teams .

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. Cookery lessons are part of this learning process and many of our classes learned to cook or make healthy snacks this year including making fruit smoothies , vegetable soup , scones and buns , making healthy pizza and sandwiches.

School Year for 2014/15 .

The teachers and classes for next year are as follows. Please note these are provisional and may change in September if circumstances change .

Class Teachers Junior Infants Ms. Claire Sheerin .

Senior Infants Ms.Stephanie Kelly.

First Class Mrs Fidelma Fox

Second Class Mr Padraig Ward .

Third Class Ms. Martina O Neill

Fourth Class ( To be Appointed )

Fifth Class Mss Mc Dermott

Sixth Class Mr. Michael Dolan

Learning Support and Special Needs Support Team . L.S.R.T. teachers – Ms. Irene Kerrigan, Ms. Maeve Conlon, Ms. Roisin Jenkins/Ms Nicole O Hara ( Job-sharing ) S.N.A. – Mairead Thornton , Roisin Kelly and one to be appointed .

Book Purchase Scheme: The school book scheme will go ahead as in previous years. All class booklists are again priced at €100 this year. Any / All surplus monies from the book purchase scheme are used to subsidise school curricular activity in Swimming , S.E.S.E . (Bus Trips), drama, music or P.E. If you purchase your own books then payment will be required during the school year for educational trips , swimming etc.. . The booklist includes a €40 charge for photocopying, Art Supplies, classroom storage baskets, pupil whiteboards and markers , bus outings, Ziplock folders and Personal Accident Insurance for school activities . All payments by Cash or Cheques must be made payable to St. Clare’s Primary School. A minimum payment of €50 per pupil must be made by September 4th this year . Arrangements for payment of the balance can be made by appointment.

Our website which contains all the essential policy information and general news, photos and information of interest for all parents and pupils is online at www.stclaresprimary.scoilnet.ie