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Clarecastle National School Internet and Technology Agreement

On Thursday 13th September, Clarecastle National School launched its Internet and Technology Agreement.  Parents and local public representatives filled the school hall in support of the initiative.  CNS has high hopes for dialogue and action both within our community and hopefully nationally on this incredibly important issue of students’ use of technology. 

The Internet and Technology Use Agreement has been drawn up by students, teachers, parents and the Board of Management of Clarecastle National School over the past number of months with the guidance and assistance of Dr Maureen Griffin, Forensic Psychologist and Director of MGMS Training Ltd.  It provides guidelines on best practice on the use of technology by children in the home and gives parents resources that will help monitor and secure their child’s use of technology.  Children and their parents have been invited to sign up to this agreement on how technology will be used by pupils in the school. The aim of this is to ensure that children embrace technology in a safe, age appropriate environment while leaving time for other important behaviours essential for their health and well-being.  Click on the links below to view the Clarecastle National School Internet and Technology Agreement. 







Thank you so much Parents Association!!!

There is huge credit due to the fantastic work and fundraising that the Parent’s Association has done this year. Over €16,000 has been donated towards our STEM initiative and with that we are able to purchase 18 ipads, 18 lego We Do 2.0 kits, 12 sphero with mats. 12 beebots and accessories. This will all be launched in September with the help of Wriggle (authorised apple reseller). The Wriggle Roadcaster will be coming to our school on the 21st of September where the children will be able to board the bus and see some robotics in action!

Every class will now be engaging in coding, designing,  problem solving and critical thinking thanks to this massive investment from the Parents Association.

The Parents Association has also funded Active Schools Week with activities such as Yoga, Zumba and transport for orienteering along with much more.

Sincere thanks and gratitude to the parents that have made all of this possible!

Wellbeing Week – 14th – 18th May 2018

Wellbeing week ran from  May 14th to May 18th 2018 with great success.  Children engaged in friendship day where they participated in random acts of kindness. yoga, Movement for Life, Crazy Hair Day and active only homework. These were all part of this week to promote student health and wellbeing.

There was nearly 600 euro raised through Crazy Hair Day! This was a fundraiser run by the Students Council for themselves. The Students Council will look at all the ideas submitted from the children throughout the school and decide on the most appropriate one to spend the money on!

A huge thank you to the Parents Association for funding the Yoga with Rosie McMahon.

We also had Food Dudes and National Walk to School Week as part of the Green Schools Initiative.

Sincere thanks to Kieran Ryan …Move4life….who introduced the whole school to Movement for Life. We hope to see more of Kieran in the new school year.

We would like to thank Ian Dinan and Gerard Backes for planting peas and onions with Senior Infants in the community garden. We even learned how to make a pot out of a used toilet roll holder!!!

And of course a big thank you to parents for the continued support.


National Technology Week

As part of our STEM school initiative for 2018 Clarecastle N..S. engaged with National Technology week 2018.  Junior classes learned how to code with beebots!  Our 3rd, 4th and 5th classes were very lucky to have some FANTASTIC visits from our very generous parents, Peter Gorman, Peter Duffy, Tomasz Kantecki, Paul Ellingstad and Mary Nugent. A sincere thank you to all of these parents for taking the time to visit us. The children thoroughly enjoyed every visit! The children learned about coding, Scratch, the wonderful world of technology and even project management! 

We invited the children to bring in some technological devices to show to their classmates and we got some interesting drones, remote control cars and robots..with a very special visit from DASH the robot….Thanks to Emma Gorman and all the boys and girls who brought in a device.

Again this is all about opening the children’s minds to the world of STEM!

Thank you to everyone involved for making this a very successful week!



Bonnie comes out tops!

Bonnie Dwyer represented Clarecastle NS in the Final of the Primary Schools Poetry Competition held in the Clare Education Centre on Thursday 26th April.  From the hundreds that were short listed to attend the final, Bonnie was chosen from Clarecastle NS.   She did herself and the school proud in the finals and won the Middle Primary section! Congratulations and well done Bonnie – what an achievement!

Seinn na nOg

The third Seinn na nOg concert took place in Ennis Cathedral on Tuesday 24th April.  Clarecastle NS’s Trad Group joined musicians from a number of other schools for an evening of Irish traditional music, song and dance. It was a wonderful evening, thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Engineers Week 2018.

Engineers Week ran in the school from February 24th to March the 2nd 2018 and despite some interference from Storm Ophelia it was a huge success!

Children became engineers for the week and imagined planned and designed projects such as .. a rocket launcher, amazing triangles, Newton’s cradle, Rapunzel’s Tower, marble runs and magnetic race tracks. This is part of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) initiative for 2018.

We had some fantastic visits from five very generous parents who  work in the field of STEM so a big thankyou to Dennis Geers, Ruairi Breen, Fiona McGonnell, Joe Doyle and David McParland. The children thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful presentations and it opened their minds to the world of STEM.  

Something very exciting is that we had our first SKYPING session with the children in Ashley River Elementary School, Charleston South Carolina, U.S.A.

Our Students Council got together in the library and asked lots of questions and also showed some of the wonderful work they did during Engineer’s Week.

Ashley River has engaged with STEM since 2011 and it has now become STEAM where the Arts are integrated into the subject areas. They are holding a STEAMFEST in their school in May and have invited us to SKYPE with them again to share their experience.

A big thank you also to the Clare people for coming to our school to take some photographs of the children in action!

Of course it would not have been possible without the co-operation of parents( who sent in all the wonderful recycable materials), staff and children!

This is only the start of our exciting journey with STEM/STEAM!


Feile na hInse 2018

Congratulations to Rebecca Brigdale, Aoibhinn Cullen, Sarah Gorman, Roisin Halpin, Alannah Hayes, Ellen McEnery, Emma Ruddle, Rachel Russell and Caoimhe Parry – the children in 5th and 6th Class that took part in the group singing competition in Feile na hInse on 6th March.  They sang and played beautifully and came first place in their competition.  Well done to the group and thank you to Ms O’Gorman for all her hard work in preparing the group for the Feile. 

Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment and Statement

At its meeting of 5th March 2018, the Board of Management ratified a Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment and Child Safeguarding Statement for Clarecastle National School.  To view the Child Safeguarding document, please click on the link below. 

Child Safeguarding Statement – March 2018

An hour with Matt Griffin  21/11/2017

Today the 6th class children went  to Ennis library to meet our local author Matt Griffin.  Born in County Meath, Matt now writes and illustrates in Clarecastle.  He describes himself as being a dark illustrator, so even when he tries his best to draw friendly and happy drawings they usually turn out creepy and evil.  He told us that he was absolutely obsessed with drawing and sketching from a young age, and that usually he could think up whole stories just from one illustration. He read us an excerpt from a book he has written and illustrated, called “A Cage of Roots”, and told us about the following books in the series “Storm Weaver” and “The Spiral Path”.  You could tell he was quite passionate about his work.  Then, he drew a picture for us, while we pitched in ideas for the eyes, nose, mouth, ears and chin.  We settled on the name Pa JingleBob  for our character.  We had to either jot down what was on the board Matt was drawing on or create our own Pa JingleBob illustration. Pa’s story is a sad one, as he is so ugly wherever he goes people take an immediate disliking to him, and throw things at him, which only ruins his appearance further.  Various objects embedded into his flesh consist of a chicken bone in his ear, an ice-cream in the other, a knife stuck in his uni-brow, a hurley in his moustache, an arrow in his triangular eye, and a dagger stuck into his cheek.  Some of Pa’s other characteristics include jagged teeth, a double chin, thick moustache, eye-patch, half chewed ear, gnarled nose and spots spread all over his face.  It is clear from his illustrations that Matt is a talented guy.  Afterwards he signed a few autographs and we left with our spirits lifted.  We are all dying to read his books after that day!

Aron, 6th Class


Intel Mini Scientist Exhibition 2017

Pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th Classes have been busy over the last number of weeks preparing science projects for the Intel Mini Scientist Exhibition which took place in the school today.  Eight judges came from Intel in Shannon to chat to students about their projects.  There was a huge variety of ideas from chemical reactions to studies as to what creates power, what floats, how electricity works, how to make a rainbow, how the solar system works and many more.  Well done to all pupils who took part – your hard work was worthwhile!!


Schools Cross Country Finals

Four of our pupils represented our school in the Schools Clare Cross Country Finals yesterday in Lees Road.  Toby, Hayley, Aimee and Cian all gave it their very best and ran extremely well.  Two medals were brought back to school for the over 10 girls and over 10 boys races.  Well done and congratulations to all!


Cash for Clobber  – Monday 6th -Friday 10th November

The Parent’s Association has set the date for its next Cash for Clobber event which will commence after the midterm – details below.  Thank you to all who contributed to last year’s successful event which resulted in our school winning the national prize for the thrid year in a row.  All proceeds goes towards worthwhile additional resourves, events and projects within the school which benefit all our children!  Thank you for your support!

East Clare Schools Cross Country Competition 2017-18

A number of children from Clarecastle NS had a great day in Lees Road on Thursday 14th September as they took part in the 2017/18 East Clare Schools Cross-Country running competition. The atmosphere was fantastic and each of the competitors who ran for our school did themselves and Clarecastle NS proud – well done to all our runners!!

Four of those that took part received medals and will progress to the All Clare competition in Lees Road on 15th November 2017. Aimee Barrett came 5th in girls over 10 competition, Cian O’Dell came 3rd in boys over 10, Hayley Barrett came 4th in the girls under 10 and Toby Akinnagbe came 6th in the boys under 8 race. Congratulations girls and boys!















Booklists 2017-2018

Booklists for September 2017 are available on the individual Class Blogs on the website.  

Wishing everyone a very safe, relaxing and happy summer holiday!




 Link to Accelerated Reader below.