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Creative Schools Week

We have been exploring our creative side here in St Clare’s through online workshops in creative  writing and song writing, drawing and film making to name a few as well as in school workshops on drama and music.  Here are some snapshots of our creative workshops!





Sports Day

We were blessed with the weather for our sports day and enjoyed lots of  thrilling activities from races to obstacle courses to games of football, to tug of war and lots more fun and games.



Fun day in St Clare’s

We had a fabulous day bouncing around St Clare’s, from Spiderman to Gladiator and everything in between and candy floss for all to top it all off!! We tried our hand at being surgeons on the operating table and took a few penalty shoot outs to test our skills!




Clothing Collection

Please see the poster below for details about our clothing collection.

clothes collection



Sporting Activities in St. Clare’s

We have been busy improving our GAA and Gymnastics skills here in St Clare’s thanks to our wonderful coaches.




Spring Newsletter

spring newsletter






April Assembly Winners






Enrolment Week at St Clare’s

St. Clare’s N.S. Ballyjamesduff will hold our Enrolment Week for the 2021/22 school year from 8th-12th March.


We will be accepting applications for Junior Infants-6th Class.  Please call to the school office between 9:30am-3pm to collect your enrolment pack or call on  0498544908 or email



February Assembly Winners 

Big congratulations to our February Assembly Winners below

It’s Beginning to look alot like Christmas!!!!



November Assembly Winners!!



 Wellbeing Week 2020

From the 16th to 20th November, we had a very positive week focusing on activities we can use to protect and improve our mental wellbeing. While this has been an annual event for a number of years in our school, in the extraordinarily difficult times in which we all now find ourselves, we felt it was more important than ever to shine the spotlight on mental health this year.

The week began with promoting an attitude of gratitude, drawing attention to the little things in our lives that we can be thankful for. We displayed them in our classrooms and corridors as a reminder of how fortunate we are with the many good things we have in our lives!



We focused on the feeling of happiness, remembering times when we were at our happiest and added those memories to our class happy boxes. We also explored what we can do to fill our own buckets of happiness, as well as spreading happiness to others.


On Wednesday, we held Kindness Day, where staff and pupils alike engaged in random acts of kindness towards each other. Some classes even exchanged bookmarks, cards and friendship notes. Receiving kindness is lovely but we realised that giving kindness to others is even more rewarding!


It was particularly important to look at how we manage worry and anxiety too as we are all experiencing those feelings at the moment. We thought about some of the worries that we have at present and added those to our class worry boxes. We listened to stories and discussed what we can do when our worries grow or become overwhelming and explored the different strategies we can use to best manage our anxieties.

Some of the strategies we practised during the week to protect and enhance our mental wellbeing included creating ‘Rainbow Moments’ booklets in which we recorded our rainbow moments, the small positive ‘feel-good’ moments each of us experience on a daily basis but that often go unnoticed!


We also practised being mindful, engaging in mindfulness and visualisation exercises, mindful eating, mindful colouring and even mindful walking!


For an uplifting end to the week, we held a colour day where our pupils and staff dressed in brightly-coloured clothing not alone to add a welcome touch of cheeriness in these difficult times but as a reminder of the natural rainbow of emotions that colour all of our lives.


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 wonderfully warm, positive and serene atmosphere around the school for the week which left us all feeling enriched by the time it came to an end!

Maths Week

We engaged in a number of maths games and math trails for maths week!

Halloween 2020


School Reports collection Friday 19th June 2020

Please see below information  on the collection of school Reports

Report Collection Letter

Please see  Booklists and Calendar Tabs on this website for Updated Calendar and booklist for next academic year 2020/21


Following Yesterday’s announcement that all schools will remain closed until after the Easter Holidays, the staff of St. Clare’s N.S. are currently organising some additional work and activities to help keep our wonderful pupils engaged and active.

These will be uploaded to our website as soon as we have everything compiled. The work is only a guide in an effort for school and home to try and keep some normality in the children/pupils’ lives.

The most important message for the pupils is that things will improve and get better, we will be back at school soon with our friends and teachers.

To kick start, we will post some activities on our social media pages, that we have noticed online. You may have already seen them or used them. Hopefully they will be of some use to you.

Let’s keep a healthy mind and stay positive. Stay safe everyone and we will be in touch in the coming days.

Mr. Mc Cartin

Please see below list of work/activities/links for each class level,in addition to a document of home learning activities, which has lots of nice fun ideas for learning at home. Click on the relevant class level links (highlighted in yellow) to access PDF documents of class work. 

Home learning Activities for all

Home Learning Activities


Junior Infants/The Orchard

Weeks 16th-27th March 

Junior Infant and The Orchard Programme of Work  

Week 30th March-3rd April

Junior Infants Plan of work 

Orchard Only

Week 30th March-3rd April

Orchard School Closure 

Senior Infants

Weeks 16th-27th March 

Senior Infants Plan of Work 

Senior Infants Tricky Words Full Lists 1 – 6

Week 30th March-3rd April

Senior Infants Plan of Work


First Class

Weeks 16th-27th March 

1st Class Work

Week 30th March-3rd April

First Class plan of work


Second Class

Weeks 16th-27th March 

2nd Class Work 

Week 30th March-3rd April

Second Class Plan of work


Third Class

Weeks 16th-27th March 

3rd Class Work    

Week 30th March-3rd April

Third Class Plan of work

Fourth Class

Weeks 16th-27th March 

4th Class Work during closure  

Week 30th March-3rd April

Fourth Class plan of work


Fifth Class

Weeks 16th-27th March 

5th Class Plan of Work  

Week 30th March-3rd April

5th Class Plan of Work for School Closure Week 3- 30th March to 3rd April

Sixth Class

Weeks 16th-27th March 

6th Class Work 

Week 30th March-3rd April

6th Class Work 30th March – April 3rd













February Assembly Winners

Checkout our assembly winners for February!!!!


Student Council Updates

The Student Council organised the annual Christmas Carol Concert.  It was a great night and thank you to everyone involved.  The classes sang brilliantly and it really got us into the festive spirit!


The St. Clare’s Student Council is elected in October of each year.  Each class nominate 2 candidates who then participate in a debate in front of the entire school!  Based on this debate, the classes then vote for their preferred candidates and 11 children are selected to form the St. Clare’s Student Council.  The children meet once a month to discuss various issues in the school and organise school events such as the annual Christmas Carol Concert, St Clare’s World Book Day Poster Competition, St. Clare’s Bake Sale and Buddy Bench for senior yard.

Whole School Evaluation

St. Clare’s recently had a Whole School Evaluation and here is a summary of the findings from it.

January Assembly Winners 

Congratulations to our January assembly winners who got 2020 off to a brilliant start!!






Games Club

We have  been enjoying a new club here in St. Clare’s, our Games club.  It takes place every Wednesday at lunch time and it’s an opportunity for us to develop our social skills, learn how to play new games and to have fun! 

Enrolment Week

Enrolment week is happening next week. Check out the posters for further information below

Lift Off to Literacy

First class have been involved with stations in Literacy, with Lift off to Literacy having just finished in both First classes. We look forward to moving into Senior Infants now. We introduced a tablet station this year to Lift Off and all the boys and children are loving the new station. Checkout some photos from Lift off in First Class.

Carol Service

We held our Annual Carol Service in St. Joseph’s church and we raised the roof with hymns and songs from each class group along with our choir and Club Na Gaeilge. We also had some lovely Christmas greetings from our EAL students.

Visit from the North Pole

We were very  lucky to have Santa take time out of his busy schedule to pay us a visit the last day of school before Christmas. Santa’s Reindeers and elves were busy making final preparations for Christmas Eve so Mr Mc Cartin stepped in as a helpful elf to assist Santa in giving out sweets to all the boys and girls.