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A warm St. Clare’s welcome to all our newcomer pupils this year!

In the final days of August, our school extended a warm St. Clare’s welcome to seventy new pupils from junior infants to sixth class. Among our new pupils this year are thirty-three newcomer children from a diversity of international backgrounds including Poland, Latvia, Spain, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Moldova, Brazil, Botswana, Nigeria and China. With our pupil population now hailing from not alone these countries but Thailand, Afghanistan, Portugal, South Africa, Belarus, The Philippines, Pakistan, Malta, the Ukraine and the United Kingdom, St. Clare’s really is a multicultural, multi-lingual, diverse and inclusive school!
While many of our international pupils are now fluent English speakers, some of our newer pupils will attend English language classes which, this year, will be taken by Ms. Cunningham and Mr. Crudden. See pictures of our two groups of English Language class pupils below!





Station Teaching in St Clare’s

Our SET teachers have been very busy and  have gotten off the year to a brilliant start with maths stations in 2nd class and English stations in 6th class, for this term. All the children are loving the variety of the stations and have been making great progress with their English and maths skills. Checkout some of the work that has been done in the maths stations below.


Lift Off to Literacy

First class have also been involved with stations in Literacy, with Lift off to Literacy kicking off in Ms Brady’s room for this term. The children loved getting a new book to read each day and loved  participating in the  daily writing and word word activities. All the teachers involved were very impressed with the progress all the boys and girls have made since starting Lift Off. Lift Off to Literacy will move to Ms Dolan’s First class after Halloween.



Reading Recovery

Ms Mc Govern is doing Reading Recovery again this year, with four pupils from First class. The children  doing Reading Recovery go out every day for 30 minute lessons where they do letter work, write a short story and read a new book and some familiar books each day. The children have been working so hard for this term and our making great progress so far.



Literacy and Well-being 

During well- being week, all the pupils in St. Clare’s engaged in mindfulness sessions each morning, mindfulness exercises were broadcasted through the intercom each day. One child who goes out to Ms Mc Kelvey’s room really enjoyed the Mindfulness sessions and wrote about it in her writing activity. Check out her story on mindfulness below.