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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.



December Assembly Winners



Letters for Santa

We posted letters to Santa to thank him for all the presents we received last year.


Friendship Week Poster Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our Friendship poster competition for Friendship week.



November Assembly Winners



All the boys and girls here in St Clare’s put a huge effort into dressing up for their Halloween disco!! Some of the costumes were rather frightening!!!






October Assembly Winners


Aistear has started in Junior and Senior Infants. Check out our latest Fire Station theme!!



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.

Gaelic Coach

First class have been improving their gaelic skills thanks to their coach Jack.







Student Council Election

We had our student council election on October 23rd this year. We had a very lively debate and it was a close contest. Congratulations to the incoming student council members for 2019/2020. Thank you to the outgoing student council for all your hard work over the year.








Jiving Classes

Sixth class have started jiving this term. Be sure to check out their killer moves.


Cycling Workshops

Fifth class have been spinning around St. Clare’s thanks to the cycling workshops they have been attending this term. Next stop Tour de France!!!



September Assembly Winners

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!!