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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.


February Assembly Winners

Check out our Assembly winners for February 


World Book Day

“We celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 8th March 2018.  As part of the day, the student council organised lots of different activities for the children.
– All children came to school dressed as their favourite book character.  We had a great range of book characters and all costumes were fantastic.
– All classes took part in an art competition drawing their favourite book character or their favourite scene from a book.
– They also organised buddy reading where the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes went into the younger classes and read a book with them.
The whole day was a great success and the children really enjoyed it”.
Have a look at some of the photographs from the day.

Fr Tully’s Farewell Ceremony

Last Friday we had a farewell ceremony for Fr Tully to acknowledge the huge contribution he has made to St. Clare’s N.S. over the last 5 years. The ceremony was attended by his mother and brother and involved a short prayer service that was assisted by the choir and pupils of St. Clare’s. Presentations were made to Fr Tully by the pupils, staff and Parent’s Association and refreshments were  also provided afterwards by the Parent’s Association. The day was a great success filled with lots of song and laughter and we wish Fr Tully all the best in his new parish and new school, he will be sadly missed.





Mighty Mouth Programme

Our Senior Infant & 3rd Classes recently took part in the HSE Mighty Mouth Programme and are pictured here receiving their certificates from Maureen who is a dental specialist with the HSE.





Enrolment week will take place in our school from Monday 19th February – Friday 23rd February 2018



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Camogie Blitz

5th and 6th Class girls took part in a Camogie Blitz in Kilinkere Leisure Centre over several weekends during the months of January and February. They did extremely well and had great fun competing. Both Ms. Smith and Ms. Fitzpatrick coach the girls after school and they are very proud of them!  




St Clare’s N.S. Gives Big!!!!


Following recent fundraising by our pupils and our school choir we were delighted to present the proceeds to three very deserving charities. Our student Council was on hand to present cheques to the the Nationals Children’s Ambulance Service and the Peter Mc Verry Trust. Our School Choir did some singing recently and they presented a cheque to the Ballyjamesduff Branch of St. Vincent De Paul. In total our students raised €1000 for the three charities. Many thanks to Louise Daly and Shawn Crafford who attended the presentation to represent the Bumbleance National Children’s Ambulance and Grainne Callaghan who represented St. Vincent De Paul Ballyjamesduff. A big thanks to all our families who contributed to our fundraising and a special mention to Mr and Mrs Skelly for allowing our choir to perform outside their shop as part of our collection. 

Gymnastics  in St. Clare’s

 Our new and exciting gymnastic programme was launched this term in our school. Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 3rd Class are currently enjoying the gymnastic experience! Our coaches are working the pupils really hard and who knows we may have a future olympian from our school.

Catholic Schools Week 2018

Using the theme of Family we celebrated Catholic School Week in St. Clare’s N.S. recently.
We  acknowledged Grandparents, made crosses for St. Brigid’s Day and had a whole school prayer service on Friday led by Fr. Donohoe. The week allowed us to focus on our ethos and what it means to be a catholic school.

Grandparents Day 2018

On Wednesday 31st January, St. Clare’s N.S. opened its doors and welcomed over 130 Grandparents for “Grandparents Day 2018”. Organised in conjunction with Catholic Schools week, the day was a huge success and enjoyed by our entire school community. The day began with a word of welcome from Mr. Mc Cartin, followed by a prayer service involving staff, pupils and grandparents. Our School Choir added some beautiful melodies to the service. Afterwards our corridors and classrooms were packed to capacity as eager grandchildren brought their grandparents on a tour of our school. The day concluded with some refreshments provided by our Parents Association. Many thanks to all those who made the day so enjoyable, to the grandparents who attended, the staff, the PA and the pupils, it was lovely to hear all the positive feedback from all those who attended



January Assembly Winners

Congratulations to all our Assembly winners for January!!!





Maths Stations in Junior Infants and 3rd Class

Our Junior Infants and 3rd Class are really enjoying their maths stations. Maths stations started in January with Junior Infants working on Ready Set Go Maths and 3rd Class stretching their mathematical knowledge working on number, tables, and shape.




Irish Christmas Tree Growers Poetry Winner

Well done to Cian Mc Phillips who took first place in the Irish Christmas Tree Growers poetry competition  with his poem ‘A Real Irish Christmas Tree’. Here he is with his sister Sarah, his Teacher Ms Sullivan and Mr Mc Cartin.


Santa’s Visit to St Clare’s

The boys and girls of St. Clare’s were lucky enough to receive a special visit from Santa himself just before they finished up for Christmas. Below is a clip of Santa’s entrance!


 Carol Service

Checkout the photos of this year’s Carol Service where we were not only treated to beautiful singing by each class but we also enjoyed a re-enactment of the Nativity scene by Junior Infants

Nativity Play

Ms O’ Growney’s Fifth class put on a nativity play on the day of the holidays and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all who watched it.


St. Clare’s FM

Some of our  students recently broadcast their own radio station over the school’s intercom with the help of Mr O’ Connor. The kids created their own questions to ask their parents about Christmas at home and they made short conversations out of the answers plus a few gags thrown in for good measure! Have a listen to the show below!!!





It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!!!




Tug Of War Champions

The Bumbleance buzzes around St. Clare’s!!!!


We were lucky enough to have the Bumbleance visit us recently in St. Clare’s. Each of the classes got to have a look around the Bumbleance. Check out below what 4th class wrote about the visit!!


Donation to St Clare’s

Many thanks to Jeanette Murray who recently donated her winnings from the Cavan Public Participation Network Poetry Competition to our school. Jeanette’s poem focussed on the environment and recycling. Her donation was greatly appreciated.

Snow in the Fun!!

We took full advantage of our recent snowfall in Ballyjamesduff. Lots of snow balls were thrown!!!

Gaelic Football Coaching

5th Class have had a great time learning the skills needed to be a great Gaelic footballer this December – are we looking at some future All-Ireland winners?!”


Rugby Blitz

5th and 6th class had a great time learning all about tag rugby when a coach visited our school from Virginia Rugby Club. A lucky few also got to compete in a tournament in Virginia and done really well…we can’t wait to TRY it again!”

December Assembly Winners



New P.E Equipment for St. Clare’s 


Thanks to the fantastic fundraising efforts of last year’s hardworking Student Council, we have been able to make a substantial investment in much-needed P.E. equipment for our school. While the taste of last April’s bake sale treats has been long forgotten, the money raised on that day has made a terrific contribution to our delivery of the P.E. curriculum. Staff and pupils compiled their P.E. equipment wish list and we were delighted to be able to make many of those wishes come true-the wide selection of equipment purchased includes new javelins, beanbags, footballs, training bibs, rugby balls, a Unihoc set, foam balls, soft-toss discs, scooter boards, a tag rugby set, plastic balls, a bowling set, two parachutes and a new pair of Samba goalposts as well! A huge thanks to everyone who supported our Bake Sale in April-we are incredibly grateful to you all. Pictured above with our brand new P.E. resources are the pupils who served on last year’s Student Council so commendably, the ever-enthusiastic members of our Active School Committee who continue to make our school a more active place to be and some of our senior P.E. monitors who ensure that all our P.E. resources are well-maintained throughout the year. We can’t wait to start using our new equipment and we are now looking forward to our action-packed, fun-filled P.E. lessons even more than we usually do!

West Midland Theatre Company

West Midland Theatre Company presented two shows in St. Clare’s N.S. recently. The shows were a nice treat for our wonderful boys and girls and was a welcome break from the work in the classroom!!


Donation by Parent’s Association

Following the AGM of the Parents Association the committee made a donation of €10,000.00 to our school. Pictured presenting the cheque to Mr. Mc Cartin are members of the PA Committee. The donation will be used to update the computers  in our computer room which will benefit all our pupils. This donation is possible because of the support all our parents give the PA with their fundraising efforts. Everyone in St. Clare’s N.S. are really appreciative of the support!

Ms Flood Clarke’s Retirement

After 31.5 years service to our school and pupils, Ms. Elizabeth Flood Clarke retired from the teaching staff of St. Clare’s N.S. Elizabeth and her family joined our staff and pupils and parents in St. Joseph’s Church for a celebration mass followed by entertainment and refreshments and presentations in St. Clare’s N.S. We wish Ms. Flood Clarke every health and happiness in her retirement.

Slan agus Beannacht Ms. Flood Clarke





Zombie Walk

We had our Zombie walk on Friday 27th October. Many ghouls, ghosts and other frightful creatures were spotted walking around St. Clare’s that day. The walk was a great success and the children really enjoyed it and  we were accompanied by some parents along the way. Our very own Tinkerwell put a silence spell on  everyone just before we left  and then we marched off on our spooky journey. It was a spooktacular event!!!!



October Assembly Winners




Maths Week in St. Clare’s


St. Clare’s N.S took part in Maths week from 16th – 20th October.  As well as lots of fun activities inside their classrooms, the students got an opportunity to go outside and solve various Maths problems around the school grounds.  Here’s some photos of both 5th classes doing their Maths trail.





Good Luck to Castlerahan!!!!

Best wishes to our local club Castlerahan who take on Cavan Gaels on Sunday. The boys and girls of St. Clare’s came out in full force  today in their Castlerahan colours to show their support for their local team. Chanting and cheering for the Castlerahan club could be heard echoed around every yard during break time.  Good luck Castlerahan!!!



St. Clare’s N.S. Summer Camp

From games, sport, art and craft, cooking and even getting soaked, the St. Clare’s N.S. Summer Camp 2017 was a great success with loads of fun and activities for everyone! Check out the photos below to see all the fun we had!!








Ice-Cream time at St. Clare’s

Because we all worked so hard during the school year, Mr. Mc Cartin promised us a surprise before we got our Summer Holidays! We were delighted when he told us on the intercom that he had organised an ice cream van and it was parked in our front yard!! All the classes took turns to go up and get their very own 99 complete with strawberry sauce! The ice cream was yummy!


100% Attendance at St. Clare’s N.S.

Congratulations to the following pupils who received 100% attendance during the school year 2016/17. The pupils were present in school every day and received a certificate and acknowledgement at our end of school year assembly for their efforts.

Here is St. Clare’s N.S. we realise the importance of school attendance and celebrate monthly the classes who have the best attendance. Check out the photos below of the pupils from each class level who achieved the attendance award.


6th Class Graduation

The end of the school year is always filled with excitement, summer holidays, sunshine, playing with friends, going on holidays or trips away. The list is endless, however it is also a time for reflection and saying goodbye and that is what our 6th class pupils did at their graduation ceremony in June.  The pupils said farewell to St. Clare’s N.S. and looked towards the new phase in their lives, secondary school. The ceremony was led by Fr. Tully followed by speeches from Mr. Mc Cartin, Ms. O Connell and Mr. Smith. The Parents Association presented certificates to the 6th class pupils and made presentations to their teachers. Photographic slideshows showing the pupils journey in St. Clare’s were shown and the classes provided some fantastic entertainment to the appreciative crowd of parents, teachers and friends. Refreshments were provided by the PA with a graduation cake and goodies for the pupils. The ceremony ended with the release of 58 white balloons carrying the pupils hopes and wishes for the future! We wish them every success in secondary school and the next phase of their lives.




School Tour Season 2017



From pet farms to water-sports with plenty of mud, climbing, action and fun, our pupils had a great time on their respective school tours. 

Junior Infants visited Killinkere Pet Farm, Senior Infants bowled and played in Mullingar, 1st class explored Newgrange Pet Farm while 2nd class had a great day on the lakes in Rathbeggan. 

Our senior pupils also experienced plenty of activity with 3rd class going to the Crystal Maze, 4th class Funtasia Waterpark, 5th class Lough Crew Adventure Centre and 6th Class Bay Sports. Check out a selection of photographs below to see the fun our pupils had. 




Sports Day 2017

We held our sports day on Wednesday 19th June, taking part in lots of different sporting activities throughout the day like races, tug of war, obstacle courses, penalty shoot-outs, Gaelic, parachute games  and much more. Everyone had a brilliant day and we were blessed with the weather. Check out some photos from our day below!!










Project Time in 6th Class

Our 6th Class pupils created some wonderful SESE projects recently. Ms. O Connell’s class used space and spacecraft as their theme, while Mr. Smith’s class took on the challenge of bridges! All our pupils enjoyed the demonstrations and learned loads from the classes too!