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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!


Moo Crew Competition Winners

Congratulations to the boys and girls in 4th class who participated in the Moo Crew Competition to promote the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity. They won one of two county prizes, awarded nationally, for the standard of their entries. The children received a €100 sports voucher and they have chosen to use this towards a new set of basketballs with a carrier bag, for the school. Well done to the children who took part in this great initiative.

Trad Group takes part in Fleadh Nua 2017

In beautiful sunshine, Clarecastle NS’s Trad Group entertained tourists and locals playing a few tunes in Ennis yesterday, Sunday 28th May, as part of Fleadh Nua. 

Cycle Right

Fifth class pupils are taking part in the Cycle Right programme to learn how to cycle safely on our roads.  Pupils are enjoying the lessons so far and will no doubt benefit from the sound advice and tips that they receive. 

Yoga starts

Clarecastle National School’s Parents Association is funding a series of sessions of yoga for all the children from second class to sixth class.  The first day was yesterday and there were lots of happy faces after their half an hour of stretching, relaxation and learning about the origins of yoga. 

First Holy Communion – Saturday 6th May

Congratulations to our second class pupils who celebrated the sacrament of First Holy Communion last Saturday!

School choir in Navan – 3rd May 2017

Our school choir took part in the Navan Choral Festival on 3rd May.  They did the school proud and learned a lot from the whole experience.  A great day was had by all!

Seinn na N-Óg Concert – Ennis Cathedral 30 March 2017

The Clarecastle Trad Group and their teacher Ms McGeown took part in the second annual Seinn na N-Óg concert in Ennis Cathedral last night.  After weeks of practice, they played a whole series of tunes alongside their counterparts from a range of other schools from across the County as well as a number of professional musicians.    It was a most entertaining evening both for the children themselves and the audience and a fantastic showcase of the great musical talent we have in County Clare.

Joe Searson, Diocesan Advisor for the Killaloe Diocese and Traditional Musician,  Karen Vaughan Primary School Teacher, Traditional Musician and  Part-time Music Lecturer at Mary Immaculate College are passionate advocates for traditional Irish music for young   children and believe in the power of music to enrich children’s lives and spiritual well  being. They have put together a very rich, stimulating yet simple program of music for the Seinn na N-Óg project.



Department of Education and Skills Circular 0009/2017 outlines the standardised closures for schools from the 17/18 school year to the 19/20 school year. The details of same as issued by the department are available through the link below.

                                             Standaridsed School Closures 17-18 to 19-20


School Choir Wins Limerick Choral Festival

On Friday March 3rd the school choir competed in the Limerick Choral Festival and won 1st place for the second year in a row. Well done to all the boys and girls for their tremendous performance.  Take a look at the Choir page for more photos and to read about the Peace Proms Concert in which the children participated on Sunday March 5th. 


Travel Challenge 2017

The Green School’s Committee organised our recent Travel Challenge. They encouraged everyone to walk to school or to ‘Park and Stride’ from Clarecastle Church. Over 180 children walked to school on Friday 17th February. Well done to all the boys and girls who took part. Keep it up everyone!!



Operation Transformation: 10@10!

On Friday February 10th the boys and girls took part in the Operation Transformation 10 @ 10 initiative which encouraged school children across the country to get active for 10 minutes at 10am! Take a look at Clarecastle NS getting active!



Peace Proms 2017

In preparation for the Peace Proms Concert, which will take place on March 5th, the children had a rehearsal in UL Arena with 25 other schools. For pictures of the event please check out the choir page. Here’s a little sneak preview of part of the Disney medley recorded by the organisers at the rehearsal! 






 Link to Accelerated Reader below.