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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!




Summer Newsletter

Girl’s Camogie Teams

Congratulations to our U11 and U13  camogie teams who recently put in an excellent performance at the camogie blitz in Cavan. Thanks to Ms. O Connell  and Ms. Smith for training the teams

Newly Trained Reading Recovery Teacher in St Clare’s

We are delighted that we have yet another Reading Recovery trained teacher in our school, which addition to Ms Mc Kelvey, means that we have two Reading Recovery teachers available at present in our school. Over the course of the year Ms Mc Govern received her Reading Recovery training which involved fortnightly trips to Monaghan Education Centre to observe live Reading Recovery lessons and teach two live lessons herself. She was enabled to teacher her live lessons with two children from St. Clare’s thanks to the support of two parents that willingly and generously volunteered to drive their children over to Monaghan Education Centre to participate. Ms Mc Govern was visited by her mentor Ms Healy frequently throughout the year who observed her lessons and provided her with constructive feedback, guidance and support to further enrich her training. Ms Mc Govern acquired some invaluable skills during the duration of the course which she will now bring to her future teaching of reading, as she is now a fully certified Reading Recovery teacher and received her certificate at the graduation day in Monaghan recently. Over the course of the year, Ms Mc Govern worked on a one to one basis with 7 children to deliver the Reading Recovery Programme, providing individually tailored and specific 30 minute lessons to these children. She is looking forward to the challenge of taking on some new children next year and working closely with them to enrich their reading skills, as she has done with the students she worked with this year, who made enormous strides in terms of their reading and writing ability. Ms Mc Govern will continue her professional development in this area next year by attending further Reading Recovery training days in Monaghan to ensure her skills are kept current and up to date. Below is a picture of the Graduation day for all the Reading Recovery trained teachers who received their training in Monaghan this year.




Junior Infant Open Afternoon


St. Clare’s N.S. will hold an Open Afternoon for our new Junior Infant pupils on Friday 16th June at 1:30pm. Our incoming pupils are welcome to join us, where they will meet their teachers and principal, get to view their classroom and meet all their new friends! Parents will be provided with an information pack and given an opportunity to ask any questions they may have about our school. We are looking forward to welcoming 54 new faces to St. Clare’s N.S. 



 May Procession

We  had our annual May Procession in St. Joseph’s church recently,  setting off from the school. The 6th class Confirmation recipients and First Communion recipients got to put on their finery from their special days once more and they were awarded with their certificates by their class teachers. Lots of parents and members of the school community came out to witness the procession.



May Assembly

Lights, Camera, Action!

St Joseph’s Hall Ballyjamesduff was packed to capacity on Friday 12th May when the pupils from 3rd-6th class showcased their dramatic and musical skills in our school production “Hoodwinked”.

The show followed the adventures of Robin Hood and his battle with the evil Sheriff, with plenty of humour and a little romance sprinkled in-between.

 The cast spent months in rehearsal assisted by Creative Director Ms Carroll, while the school Choir conducted by Mr. Mc Hugh added some beautiful music to the performance.

Many thanks to our Staff, Parents, Parents Association, St. Joseph’s Hall Committee, The Ballyjamesduff Sewing Club and all those who attended on the night, your support for these wonderful actors was greatly appreciated. We’re already looking forward to our next show which will be staged in 2018/19!








St. Clare’s N.S. Rewarding Positive Behaviour


All our pupils are working really hard at demonstrating and promoting positive behavior in our school. Each of our classes are working towards their target of “reaching the top of the ladder” with steps given out daily for good behavior.

Here we have Ms. Dolan Brady’s Class enjoying a trip to the playground and Mrs. Smith’s class enjoying a pizza party as part of our rewards programme. Keep up the good work boys and girls!













Presentation to CAPS


St Clare’s recently presented a cheque to CAPS.



St Clare’s Bake Sale

We held a bake sale on Thursday 6th April and it was a roaring success. Thank you to all the children, teachers and parents who contributed such amazing buns, cakes, biscuit and breads. We’d give the contestants on the Great Irish Bake off a run for their money, for sure!!


Easter Hamper Winners

The Parent’s Association organised some fantastic Easter hampers which were won by the very lucky Ann Hogan and Francis Davis


#BeActive Award Video

Check out this brilliant video  from Sport Ireland showcasing all our hard work for the  #BeActive Education Award. The #BeActive Education Award is a European wide award that puts the spotlight on an educational setting that can demonstrate concrete ways in which it encouraged its young people to be active.

The #BeActive Awards form part of the European Week of Sport and Sport Ireland, as National Coordinating Body for the week in Ireland, were delighted to nominate our school  for the award.

April WOW Day 5/4/17

As the Easter holidays are drawing near we had an Easter themed WOW day! Children walked to school in their lovely Bunny Ears, Easter Bonnets and Masks! A great start to the school day. Thank you to all who participated!

Wow Day

Our next Wow day will be taking place this Wednesday on 5th April. Looking to forward to seeing you all there!




Autism Awareness Day

We went blue for Autism Awareness day which was 2nd April.


March Assembly 


Check out our assembly winners for March!!!



St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Despite the rain we had a strong representation of pupils from our Student Council, Active School and Green Schools Committee take part in the Ballyjamesduff St. Patrick’s Day Parade, where they represented our school with pride and enthusiasm. Many thanks to the Parents Association who helped coordinate the pupils on the day. 



The Great St. Clare’s Bake Off

Mrs Flood Clarke’s class recently put their baking skills to the test with “Seachtain na Gaeilge” inspired treats. The boys and girls had great fun creating their green goodies and even better fun eating them! 




Pancake Tuesday  was a Flipping success!!!

Pancake Tuesday was a big hit in St. Clare’s N.S. recently with the smell of eggs, flour, lemon, chocolate sauce, butter, jam, ice cream and much more filling our corridors! Here we have Ms. Carroll’s 4th class and Ms Murphy’s 3rd class enjoying their creations in their classroom aka their Michelin Star restaurant!! Third class tried out lots of different toppings on their pancakes!!





Gaelic Football skills

Junior infants and senior infants received Gaelic coaching skills for six weeks. They thoroughly enjoyed it and we could definitely spot some potential GAA stars in the making. Here are  some of the junior infants taking part in the coaching sessions.



Defibrillator and First Response Training

Following the purchase of a Defibrillator by our Parents Association, training was provided by the Civil Defence to our staff and members of the Parents Association on how to use the equipment. The training was extremely beneficial and allowed the staff an opportunity to up-skill in the area of First Response. Thanks to the Parents Association who organised the training. 








Operation Transformation’s 10@10

All the classes in St. Clare’s were busy on Friday the 10th February at ten o’clock doing the Operation Transformation 10@10. They all put their fitness to the test along with their teachers. Check us out in action below!!!

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Surprise Visitor

The staff enjoyed a surprise visit from the INTO president Rosena Jordan recently. We were delighted to have her call in for a brief visit.



Catholic School’s Week

We held a prayer service on Friday 3rd February to celebrate and mark Catholic school’s week. Children from various classes did prayers of the faithful and we all joined  in song to mark the special week. Fr Tully blessed the children’s throats after the prayer service.


January Assembly Winners


Pen Licence for Ms. Sullivan’s Class

If you want to observe good hand writing in St. Clare’s N.S. you should call into Ms. Sullivan’s Classroom, all 30 pupils in the classroom were recently awarded their pen licence! Mr. Mc Cartin was on hand to present the certificates to the pupils. Well done everyone!





Sacramental Enrolment Mass

Congratulations to the pupils in 2nd and 6th class who took part in the Ceremony of Light Sacramental Enrolment Mass on Wednesday 25th January in St. Joseph’s Church. Thanks to their teachers Ms. Smith, Mr. Mc Cormack, Ms. O Connell and Mr. Smith along with Fr. Tully who prepared the pupils.


RTE fame for St. Clare’s N.S

On Friday 18th January, excitement was high around St. Clare’s N.S. A production team from RTE’s Operation Transformation, along with a film crew and presenter Kathryn Thomas arrived at our school for a full days recording. Operation Transformation were very interested in learning how we recently won our European Award for the most active school in Europe and so followed us on a typical “active day”  around our school. Check out these great photographs from the day and see us on the show at:







Sacramental Enrolment Mass 

Sacramental Enrolment Mass for the pupils receiving the Sacraments will be held in St. Joseph’s Church on Wednesday 25th January at 7:30pm.

Parent Evenings


 Our Active School Film: Fame for all in St. Clare’s N.S.

After a hectic day of filming on 14th December 2016, the final footage of our Active School in action has been uploaded to the National Active School website to guide and inspire other schools who wish to take on the challenge of becoming an Active School.

It was a great privilege to be invited to make such a contribution to this Department of Education initiative and we are delighted with the final product. Sincere thanks to all who were involved. It makes us incredibly proud of every single member of our school community-well done one and all!

We would invite you to view this video footage by clicking on the link below-it is well worth a look.

Christmas at St. Clare’s N.S.

We had a wonderful Christmas here in St. Clare’s N.S. Peronalised Christmas cards, schools calendars, Christmas plays, our annual Christmas Carol Service, a Santa Dash and of course a visit from the North Pole! Check out some photos below! 



December Assembly Winners!!!