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Parent Workshops

This year we will facilitate workshops on the area of ‘Supporting Parents to Support their children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing’. More information on these workshops and the date will be posted here soon. Stay tuned for further updates.

New Faces in St Clare’s

We welcomed lots of new pupils into our school last week. Check out some of the new faces in Junior Infants this year, on their first day of school, they’ve already got off to a busy start.



Best Attendance Winners 

Congratulations to Mr Smith’s 6th class who won best attendance for this school year and to the boys and girls below who got a certificate for full attendance for this school year, not missing one school day throughout the whole academic year








Bike Week 2019

To celebrate ‘National Bike Week’ Students from 3rd, 4th and 5th class enjoyed a cycling workshop provided by Cavan Sports Partnership. Have a look at some of the photos below!

Bake Sale

The student council organised a bake sale on the 30th May 2019 to raise funds for resources for our school.  The bake sale was a huge success raising over €1,000.  The student council sold raffle tickets on the day and the winner received a beautiful cake from Mason’s Apron. Thanks to all the parents for their continued support


Aistear Collection Week

We’re having an Aistear collection week again. See poster below for details. All support greatly appreciated








May Assembly Winners

Be sure to congratulate our May Assembly Winners!!










Visit to Principal’s Office

We love to call to Mr. Mc Cartin’s office to show him our good work. Here we have Ms. Cooney’s Junior Infants showing off their fabulous writing. 


Book Fair

We all got a chance to visit our Annual book fair in St. Clare’s. We enjoyed browsing through all the wonderful books and we purchased lots of brilliant books that we can wait to get stuck into!!!




May Procession

We held our annual May procession recently to honour Mary, the mother of Jesus. We made posters to honour Mary and we said decades of the Rosary, led by Fr. Kevin at the school and graveyard, before concluding at the church with the distribution of the certificates to our First Holy Communion and Confirmation recipients. We were delighted to continue this long standing tradition in St. Clare’s.




First Communion

On the 11th of May, 47 children from Second Class made their First Holy Communion. They were very busy preparing in the lead up. Mr Mc Cartin, Ms Mc Daid and Ms Connolly were very proud of all the fantastic boys and girls. Thank you to Fr Kevin for all his help and to Ms Murray who worked with the choir.







St Clare’s Musical Extravaganza!!!

St. Clare’s N.S. launched their School Musical “Once Upon a Time” in St. Joseph’s Hall on Friday 17th May. It was a roaring success with an outstanding turnout. Well done to all the boys and girls involved and to Ms Caroll, Ms Cooney and Ms Murray who worked tirelessly to bring the whole show together.








Be Active Programme

Be Active ran after Christmas for the children of 2nd class. Each class group had a 6 week slot and enjoyed an array of fun activities for 50 minutes after school every Wednesday. Check out our photos and see for yourself how much fun we had!!




Sports for Schools Athlete Visit

We were very lucky to welcome World Champion Athlete Caradh O’ Donovan and Sports for Schools Motivator Seamus to our school on April 3rd 2019.  Caradh showed us all of her Kickboxing and Karate skills.  She gave us an inspirational talk and even answered some of our questions! We participated in a fitness circuit with her and performed 4 exercises. It was tough going! We had so much fun and she inspired us to reach for the stars, work hard and use our talents!


March Assembly Winners

Check out below our superstar students for March!!!

Ulster Rugby Stars Train with St. Clare’s !

Recently three professional players from Ulster Rugby along with their coach and sponsorship manager visited our school and trained with our 4th class pupils. The pupils and their teacher Ms. Sullivan entered a competition on Northern Sound Radio to win a training session with Ulster Rugby and were announced winners!

Great excitement followed as the class geared up to meet the players. The training session was enjoyed by all but the autograph signing and question and answer session was an even bigger treat!

Check out the photos below to see a snap-shot of the day. 















St. Clare’s Rewards Positive Behaviour

Our new  Positive Behaviour Programme  was launched in January and the boys and girls have really responded to the new initiative.  This month we are working on greetings and saying hello to each other as we meet on the corridor or around the school building.  In February we worked on lining up.  Ms. Connolly’s class was awarded for their excellent behaviour with a pizza party on Friday last. They certainly enjoyed that! Keep up the good work everyone!!! 🙂






Seachtain Na Gaeilge

Ghlac páistí na scoile i ngníomhaíochtaí Seachtain na Gaeilge le déanaí.  St. Clare’s students took part in Seachtain na Gaeilge activities recently.  Here are some of them in action taking part in a Comórtas Peile (Football competition) and a Toraíocht Taisce (Treasure Hunt).



Spelling Bee Winner

Congratulations to Felix from Mr Smith’s 6th Class our Spelling Bee Winner!!


World Book Day

Each of us got to participate in buddy reading to mark World Book day. Here are some photos of 6th class buddy reading with 2nd class. We all enjoyed the chance to read for someone else. We also got to dress up as our favourite book characters to mark the day, check out our fabulous costumes below!!! 

Pancake Tuesday

We enjoyed some delicious pancakes with some tasty toppings on Pancake Tuesday!!!! Check out some photos of us enjoying our scrumptious pancakes.




Assembly Winners-February

We worked so hard for the month of February. Check out our assembly winners for this month who shone out in their classes.


St Clare’s Star

Best of luck to our very own Celebrity David Rubotham who is taking part in Ireland’s Got Talent as a member of the group ‘The Wee Daniels’. We look forward to watching David and cheering him on as he progresses through the competition. Good luck David!!!  For those of you who missed his recent claim to fame on ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’, be sure to check it out in the link below. David and his group will be sure to capture your heart and support having already received the support and well wishes of their Idol and muse Daniel O’Donnell.



Enrolment Week!!

Enrolment week this week in St. Clare’s. Check out all the information below



Grandparent’s Day

We recently celebrated Grandparent’s day in St. Clare’s and we welcomed a large number of grandparents to join us for this special day. We held a short prayer service in the hall accompanied by the choir and afterwards we got a chance to show our grandparents around our fantastic school and show off some of our amazing artwork. The grandparents got to see the different classrooms and meet the various teachers before being treated to some  wonderful refreshments provided by the Parent’s Association  in the staffroom.










January Assembly Winners

Congratulations to our Assembly Winners for January!!!


Christmas Throwback

Here’s a throwback to our wonderful Christmas Carol service that we held in December.  Thanks to Melinda Gold Photography for the wonderful photographs.



We recently took part in the Junior NBA programme. As part of this we had a number of training sessions with a coach from East Cavan Eagles. We then went to Virginia College to play matches against Virginia and Mullagh. After that fourteen pupils were selected to go to Tallagh to the National Basketball Arena to participate in a blitz. When we arrived at the Arena we started by playing a game where we had to try to score as many baskets as we could in 30 seconds. Later on in the day we played a game against a team from Limerick. We played a few more games to improve our skills before it was time to go home. Overall it was a great experience and we all enjoyed it.

By Tara and Ciara 

6th class

Marine Biologist Visits St. Clare’s

Checkout an account of the visit below 

A Visit From A Marine Biologist

On 28/11/2018 a Marine Biologist called Benny Joyce came to our school to teach us about the ocean and its contents. He brought lots of different sea shells and giant bones of whales, dolphins and sharks. He also brought microscopes and different types of plastics. First, he told us about the plastics. Benny explained how some plastics are biodegradable and some aren’t. Benny also explained to us about the damage caused by non-biodegradable plastics. Then he showed us some eco-friendly alternatives like a fork made of cereals or a seaweed cup. Next he brought us over to the bones. There were shark teeth, whale jaws, dolphin ribs and so much more! He even let us hold a few! Thirdly, he showed us all of the pretty shells. Benny told us about them and where he got them in great detail. It was fascinating! After that, he walked us over to the microscopes. In them was plankton and dolphin teeth. It looked amazing! Before we left we got to wander around and ask questions for about 10-15 minutes. Everybody loved it and it was very educational.

By Katie  & Ella 

In Ms. O’Growney’s  5th class





Santa’s Visit to St. Clare’s 2019

Santa managed to make a visit to our school before his busiest night of the year, he even managed to fit in a quick Q and A session with all the boys and girls in St. Clare’s. Check out the video of his arrival below!!



Santa was so impressed with the behaviour of all the boys and girls in St. Clare’s that he presented each class with a box of sweets.

December Assembly Winners




Friendship Week

Friendship Week 2018 took place in St. Clare’s N.S. from 12th – 16th November. It was an action packed week with pupils taking part in friendship building activities, games, songs and poems. The children also took part in a poster competition, where each child designed a poster promoting being a good friend.  The standard was very high and we had lots of fabulous entries. We ended the week with a Friendship Week Assembly where all the pupils and teachers sang our Friendship Week Theme Tune “I’ll Be There For You”. It was a lovely way to finish off a wonderful week of fun and positivity.

Student Council Elections

Here are some pictures of our recent Student Council Elections for 2018-2019!  Every candidate made a huge effort with their campaign and we really enjoyed listening to the speeches!  Congratulations to the 10 successful nominees!  

November Assembly Winners

Congratulations to our Assembly winners for this month. Keep up the good work!!

Halloween Disco

Check out the photos from our Halloween disco, It was a SPOOKTACULAR event!!!


Best of Luck to Castlerahan in the final!!

We all came out in our Castlerahan colours on Friday to  show our support  for our local club who will take part in the final on Sunday.







October Assembly

We got off to a flying start in our first term with the results being evident in our fantastic assembly winners for this month.  Well done to our October superstars and best attenders!!

Checkout the winners here!!




Maths Week 15th-19th October 2018

St. Clare’s students took part in Maths Week 2018 and enjoyed participating in various maths-related games and activities during the week.  Here are some photos of 6th Class and 1st class   students doing a Maths Trail around the school.











Well-Being Week 8th-12th October 2018

Our very first Wellbeing Week was a real success! From the 8th to12th October, we had a great week trying out new and fun activities to create and improve our mental wellbeing. The whole school practised mindfulness exercises in our classrooms each morning and spent a few minutes engaging in mindful colouring each afternoon. We created little ‘Rainbow Moments’ booklets which helped us notice the small positive moments each of us experience on a daily basis but often go unnoticed! We held a Kindness Day where we all made a great effort to offer kindness to someone else; focused on gratitude and developing a sense of appreciation of the good things we all have in our lives; explored our worries and strategies to deal with worrying thoughts; and shared our happy memories, placing them into a happy box afterwards. Our Wellbeing Week coincided with World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2018 and some of our senior classes tuned into a special mental health radio programme for primary school pupils on the day. Our week also included some mindful eating and ended with a mindful walk around the Nun’s Walk. It was a most beneficial week that really helped to calm our busy minds, refocus our attention on the present and recognise, accept and manage our emotions. There was a real sense of serenity around the school for the week which left us all feeling much more positive when it came to an end!


To coincide with World Mental Health Day, which takes place on Wednesday 10th October 2018, we will hold our very first Wellbeing Week from the 8th-12th October 2018. While we are all aware of the importance of looking after our physical health, our mental wellbeing is equally important, particularly in today’s fast-paced, rapidly changing world where children face a wide range of challenges which can have a significant impact on their emotional and psychological well-being.

By celebrating our very first Well-Being Week, we aim to support and improve each child’s social, emotional, physical and psychological wellbeing by introducing our pupils to a variety of strategies which, with practice, will help them to mind, nurture and become creators of their own mental wellness.  We have lots of fun and new activities planned for all children to try during the week. We hope we notice a positive difference in how we all feel by the end of the week!





St. Clare’s N.S. Summer Camp Fun

Our 2018 Summer Camp was packed with lots of fun and activities for our pupils.  We had so many different things to do each day  ranging from games, art and craft, sport, cooking and of course getting wet! Check out the photos below. Enjoy the rest of the Summer everyone!

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St. Clare’s N.S. ALL STARS for 2017/18

Everyday we come to school to try our best, to learn, have fun and be kind and caring to each other. Everyday we have classroom and school rules to follow. Everyday we try to be a really good friend.

Pictured below are our ALL STAR pupils for this school year 2017/18. Our ALL STAR awards were voted on by each class teacher and the pupils. Mr. Mc Cartin, Ms. Murphy and Ms. Cunningham presented the awards to our very happy group of ALL STAR pupils. Well done to Kevin, Emilia, Luiz, Roisin, Amy, Amaya, Sean, Nattapong, Jessica, Katie, Chloe, Joe, Marie-Louise, Hazel, Elisha, Jack, Emma, Katie and Samanta.

All Star Awards


100% Attendance for the School Year

A big congratulations to the pupils who received their attendance certificates at our end of year assembly. All the pupils pictured below came to school every single day and that is no easy task! Everyone in St. Clare’s N.S. is so proud of you and your effort. Hopefully more pupils will be joining you next year at the attendance awards. Ms. Mulveys’s 1st Class won the class attendance award with a score of 94.7% for annual attendance. The class will get a trip to Cavan in September to recognise their efforts!

I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice-Cream!

What else do you do during a heatwave only cool down with a yummy ice-cream! During our School Appreciation Day, our Principal, Mr. Mc Cartin, organised a visit from Greg and his ice-cream van! School Appreciation Day was all about saying “thank you” for everything we have! Mr. Mc Cartin decided that we all needed a treat, after all we all worked really hard, behaved really well and were always kind and helpful to each other and our teacher’s during the year. PS The ice-cream was yummy!

Goodbye to our 6th Class 2018

Primary Education ended for the pupils in 6th Class with an emotional Graduation Ceremony on Monday, 25th June. Family and friends joined us at the ceremony which included the final roll call, a prayer service led by Fr. Donohoe, speeches from Mr. Mc Cartin and Mr. Smith, entertainment provided by our graduating class and finally our balloon release, symbolising our hopes and dream or the future. Our dedicated Parents Association presented the graduating certificates and provided tea and refreshments for all present, including two fabulous chocolate cakes for our graduating classes! Many thanks to everyone who helped make the night such a success. On behalf of St. Clare’s N.S. we would like to wish our 46 graduating pupils of 2018 every success in the future.



Cookery Demonstration


2nd class were very lucky when a local star chef, Pauric White from the Forge Restaurant came in to cook up a storm with us. The children made vegetable soup, brown bread and omelettes. We took turns mixing, kneading and whisking and after we worked up our appetites, we tucked in. Thanks Pauric for a great mornings cooking!







School Appreciation Day

We had a school appreciation  day recently to celebrate the great staff and pupils we have and to acknowledge just how brilliant our school is. We held a whole school assembly where we were entertained by the wonderful school band and choir and after we listened to presentations by the Green School’s committee and our Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) students on how they achieved their third green flap and JEP flag. Following this we gathered in the front yard to raise our flags high for all to see. Checkout some of the photos and videos we took from that special day.


The raising of our Third Green Flag and JEP flag

Green Schools Flag

Our 3rd Green Flag


JEP Flag

Our JEP Flag

Our school choir and band with their rendition of ‘This is me’.




Junior Infant Open Afternoon



Aistear Collection Week




Bake Sale

We held a bake sale in the GP Hall last Thursday!!! Treats galore filled the hall and it was a roaring success. A huge thanks to all the students, teachers and parents that provided all the fabulous treats and went to so much effort to make it the success it was. A Huge thank you also to the student council who helped organise and run the event.



May Procession

We held our annual May procession on Wednesday this year, led  by Fr. Donohoe. Second class and 6th class changed into their beautiful First Communion and Confirmation outfits for one last time, before we proceeded to the church with our colourful banners in honour of Mary. We said decades of the rosary in the church and we were accompanied by the angelic voices of our school choir. We finished off with the presentation of the certificates to the First Communion and Confirmation classes. We were blessed with good weather on this memorable day as we continued on the tradition of our predecessors.









First Communion in St. Clare’s


Second Class celebrated the Sacrament of First Holy Community recently. The boys and girls along with their teachers and families descended on St. Joseph’s Church for the ceremony, which was led by Fr. Kevin Donohoe. The boys and girls all looked fantastic and the ceremony was beautiful with our school choir providing the music and singing. After the ceremony the pupils came back to school for refreshments provided by the Parents Association. Congratulations to the boys and girls and thanks to Melinda for the great photos!







May Assembly Winners

Tin Whistle Club

Tin Whistle Club has been running for 10 weeks with 3rd class.  Ms. McKenna has been leading the club every Tuesday after school.  The children have been learning the different notes on the tin whistle and putting this into practise playing some simple, well known tunes.  The children have really enjoyed the club and had fun learning a new skill.

April Assembly Winners


Seachtain Na Gaeilge

Seo pictiúirí eile ó Sheactain na Gaeilge.  Here are photos from Seachtain na Gaeilge which was celebrated here in St. Clare’s in March.  Check out our winners of Art and Bingo competitions, quizzes and for children who made a fabulous effort speaking Gaeilge during the week.  Also you’ll see the children enjoying the Lá Glas and the céili!

St. Clare’s students took part in different activities to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge.  They took part in a comórtas peile (football competition), tráth na gceist (quiz) and a toraíocht taisce (treasure hunt).  The children enjoyed these activities and got to practise their Gaeilge whilst taking part.