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Please see latest information regarding the reopening of our school on 26th August on the Covid 19 info tab here on the website






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!!




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!!