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October 2018

Kindness in action

Mary McKeon representing the North West Simon community delivered a talk about homelessness and the current situation in the Sligo/Leitrim area. She spoke about the positive impact of volunteering and action projects at community level. Our first year students organised the collection of bags of clothes, homeware goods and accessories which are used to stock the Simon shop in Sligo. We thank Ms. Faughnan for facilitating the talk and the collection.

A walkiing History Trip

Ms Benson and Mr Hughes accompanied third year history students to prominent Dublin sites associated with the 1916 rebellion. They also spent time in Collins Barracks which features a special commemorative 1916 exhibition.

Poetry aloud

The late Seamus Heaney was a significant supporter of the Poetry aloud competition which held its local stage in the Mercy College Sligo. Third year student, Tarach ÓS., successfully progressed to the next round of the competition following his excellent presentation.

TED-Ed Club

Oireachtas Education offered the chance for 16 TY students in the country to join the TED-Ed club with the chance to give a TED talk live in the Mansion House. Training for public speaking willl be given at Leinster House and on-going support will be provided via video conferencing. Ava M. has progressed from being short-listed to participate in this unique opportunity to one of the finalists after the judges evaluated her video. In the video Ava's outlined her vision for Ireland in 2029 and her personal reflection on advances in technology and the challenge of climate change.

My Strandhill Bakery

Dimitar Dosev provided training in making Bulgarian Yeast Bread. TYs learned how to mix, prove, knead, plait and glaze on their way to make tasty batches of fresh Bulgarian bread. Dimitar also shared about being an entrepreneur and how his passion as a baker have enabled him to travel around the world with his skills.

Competition Updates

First years competed in a marketing competition for a new chocolate bar as part of their Business taster class. The assembly of Junk Kouture outfilts has now commenced based entirely on using recycled components. First year student, Susan S., will compete at the world chess championships. The girls first year Futsal team progress to the Connaught Final after emerging as winners at the Leitrim Soccer Futsal Competition held in Drumshanbo.


Shannon O'H. was awarded 7th place in the Connaught finals and progressed to the All-Ireland finals where she received the recognition of being the 10th best speaker in the country. Shannon also mentors the Junior Debate Team under the guidance of Ms. Faughnan.

September 2018

AIB Build a Bank Challenge

AIB's student officer, Eimear Kelly, gave a presentation to this year's TY students about the Build a Bank Competition. The students must complete the application form and interviews will take place for various roles within the new student bank.

Disability Equality Workshop

Katie and Yvonne from Adaptable Solutions hosted a programme of events during a workshop for TYs to explore aspects of disability in Ireland. The day included a quiz, a design challenge, communication games and wheelchair racing. The students aso began initial training in sign language and used their newly acquired skill to take part in a game of charades.

Home Economics

Past pupil, Neven Maguire, launched his latest book, Home Economics for LIfe, in Dublin. His former HE teacher, Ms Mairead McMorrow was in attendance at this special event. Neven is also ambassador for the Association of Home Economics Teachers in Ireland.
St. Clare's was also vsited by Dr Noriko Arai from Japan and her colleagues to engage in a comparitive study of different educational systems in HE education.

Staff Training

Staff completed Basic First Aid Training facilitated by Niall Clancy and Shane Connelly of First Response Safety training.

March 2018

Student honoured at Garda Youth Achievement Awards

Leaving certificate student, Jilliann B., received a Sligo/Leitrim Garda Youth Achievement award in the Glasshouse Hotel in recognition of her voluntary work in the community.
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Life Savers Bank Represent Leitrim at the AIB Build A Bank National Finals

The St Clare’s TY Build a Bank Team Lifesavers Bank have fought off tough competition from 135 schools to qualify for the national final. Our team is made up of six TY students Alva S., Jennifer M., Caoimhe McM., Laura F., Lorraine M. and Ella S. ‘Lifesavers Bank’ chosen specialism is backing the school’s theme of the year: ‘Active Bodies – Active Minds’. The ladies are attempting to raise funds to purchase an additional defibrillator which can be used by the school community and by groups who use the sporting facilities in St Clare’s. They are also helping train the whole school community in CPR. The bank opens every Thursday in the main hall with the help of the AIB student officer Eimear Kelly. Since launching their bank, they have organised a Christmas Fair for all of the school’s mini companies, a free Christmas raffle for customers of the Christmas fair, pancake days for non-exam students, and they are organising a stationery cycle and bag pack in the coming weeks. The have raised €625 for the make a wish foundation from the sale of Christmas cakes and are selling tattoos for the Irish Heart Foundation. The ladies would like to thank all the sponsors of prizes for the Christmas raffle and congratulate all the winners of prizes. Sponsors: Lock Up Alarms, Thornton's Butcher's, Manor Fashions, McManus Pharmacy, Mullin's, Gilbert's Pharmacy, SuperValu, Costcutters, Gurn's Milestone, Caz Cards. Winners: Kevin McD., Chloe D., Sarah R., Romai McM., Ms. McM., Sarah M., Mark McHugh, Ms. McP., Charlotte C.-H., Desmond M., Muireann D., Alanna M., Seán K. and David C.
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Sport news

Congratulations to Ms Nolan's Junior Girls who have qualified for the All Ireland final after playing St Dominics from Belfast in Clones with a score of 6-6 to 3-7. Hard luck to Ms Gallagher’s Junior girls soccer team who were defeated in the Connaught Final. Mr McDonald's under 15 boys team won their Connaught Semi FInal match against Kinvara in Merview, Galway with a final score of 4-0.
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Griffith College Business Competition

15 Transition Year Companies entered the Business Competition hosted by Griffith College and Clean B consisting of Caoimhe M., Caoimhe McM. and Aoife M. were shortlisted to the final 12 groups. The girls presented their Mini Company in front of the distinguished judges and an audience of over 400 teachers, parents and students from schools all over Ireland. Griffith College also hosted mini business lecturers to give students a taste of college life.
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PISA Study

As part of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) students from St. Clare's participated in a series of tests conducted in the school.

February 2018

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic schools week was marked with a special celebration in the Cathedral of St Patrick and Felim, Co Cavan. Some fourth and fifth year students, accompanied by Fr Sexton and Mr Martin attended the celebration where they were joined by students and staff from thirteen other schools in the diocese. Bishop O’Reilly presided at the ceremony. The students were then taken for refreshments to the pastoral centre at St Patrick’s college after the celebrations.

CPR – Train the Teacher

Ms Conaty and Ms Gallagher attended CPR training in Carrick on Shannon Education Centre on Thursday the 1st of February. This training was provided by the Irish Heart Foundation which was sponsored by Bank of Ireland. Ms Conaty and Ms Gallagher will commence training all students in CPR next week.

Junior Girls Progress to the Connaught Final

St Clare’s junior girls team came back from a ten point deficit in the Junior semi final against Ballyhaunis to secure their place in the final. With only ten minutes left on the clock it wasn’t looking good for the St. Clare’s girls, but they managed to dig deep and with pure grit and resilience they never gave up and went on to win by 3 points. They now play the Ursuline, Sligo in the Connaught final this weekend, time and venue to be confirmed. Best wishes to Ms Nolan and the team.

Build A Bank

Congratulations to the ‘Lifesavers Bank’ from St Clare’s who have qualified for the all Ireland finals of the Build a Bank Challenge on March 21st in the RDS, Dublin. Over 130 school bank teams took part in the competition with only 48 selected for the next round. The team consists of six Transition Year students Alva S., Ella S., Caoimhe McM., Lorraine M., Jennifer M. and Laura F. They were accompanied by their teacher Ms Gallagher who facilitates the Build A Bank Challenge within the school. The girls have been working hard over the last four months promoting the bank within the school, getting students to open accounts, promoting regular saving with exiting customers and registering students for phone and internet banking. The girls are also fundraising for a new defibrillator and promoting students to get trained in basic first aid, CPR and AED usage. The have qualified as community first responders and will help out on March the 4th at 2pm in the Bee Park at CPR training which is available to everyone. They are also raising funds for the Irish Heart Foundation and Make a Wish Foundation. Each week the team is assisted by Eimear Kelly who is the youth officer with AIB in Manorhamilton.

Under 15 Boys Soccer Quarter Final

Our u15 boys team played Enniscrone in the Connaught quarter final on Thursday the 22nd of February on the Sligo sports complex Astro pitch. The boys had an impressive 6-0 win. Eanna Clancy opened the scoring from close range and this was followed by a pair of goals from both Peter M. and Patrick M. The final goal came from a free kick from the edge of the box by Cathal O'Cl. Next up in the semi final will be the winners of Kinvara and Balla with both a date and then venue still to be confirmed. Good luck to Mr McD. and his team.


Mr. Hughes, Ms. Benson and Ms. Faughnan accompanied 5th and 6th year English students to the Helix theatre in Dublin for a production of 'Macbeth' by Cork based troupe 'Cyclone Rep'. This was a highly entertaining interpretation of Shakespeare's great work and students and teachers alike gained a lot from the presentation.


Over the past three months, staff and students have been working tirelessly to put together a production of the well-loved musical Annie. Originally based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie, the Broadway musical explores what it was like to be an orphan living in New York during the Great Depression. The musical delves into issues such as poverty and homelessness, as the precocious 11-year-old Annie attempts to escape her orphanage and search for her parents. Emily C. gives a powerful performance as Little Orphan Annie. Her emotional renditions of familiar songs such as Tomorrow and Maybe breathes new life into Annie, making her appear stronger, yet more fragile than ever before. Similarly, Gavan M.’s execution of wealthy business man Oliver Warbucks is one that won’t easily be forgotten. As he first walks on stage his heart appears to be made entirely of ice, bus as soon as he meets the young orphan, it quickly begins to melt. The remainder of the cast gives their all with each performance. One of the most memorable acts is that of Lauren R., playing the self-serving Miss Hannigan; the cruel woman who runs the orphanage. Her comedic performance of the song Little Girls will leave you awestruck. Other notable characters include Daddy Warbucks’ faithful secretary Grace Farrell (Kodi O’M.), Hannigan’s devious brother Rooster Hannigan (Matthew C.) and his tag-along girlfriend, Lily St. Regis (Tara F.). The Hannigans’ get rich quick scheme will have the audience hanging on the edge of their seats. This incredible production is made possible by the guidance of many including the director Treasa Nealen, musical director Mrs Sarah Beirne and producer Mr Hughes. Equally important are dance choreographers Breda McNulty, Jillian B.l, Ms Brennan and Ms NiDhonnacha set construction Mr Donohue and set design Ms McKeon.
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Tyndall Lecture

The Institute Of Physics (IoP) sponsored an event at Sligo IT featuring James Soper who is an internationally renowned science presenter. He is also an ex-professional circus performer and uses many of his juggling routines in his fast-paced and interactive show. Students were challenged and inspired to look deeper at every day observations and modern technology where physics can help to explain and apply phenomena in useful and resourceful ways. We thank Mr Hewston for organising this trip and to Ruben Lewis who demonstrated, to over 300 spectators, Galileo’s observation that all objects do fall at the same speed!

Junk Kouture

Since September, all Transition Years have worked in groups of 3 to collect, design and construct an outfit made entirely out of recyclable materials for the National BOI Competition Junk Kouture. With 18 entries from St.Clare's Comprehensive alone, the groups battled the elements to construct their wacky masterpieces, using skills of teamwork, textile, woodwork and engineering skills they had learnt from the Junior Cert Programme. At last, all is complete with the photo-shoots being a key highlight for students to express their unique themes. Some groups paired up with local businesses in the Sligo-Leitrim area to collect recyclable materials while some sourced some inspiration at home from the farm yard to their parents own businesses.
Congratulations to Avril C., Javotte H. and Rachel McP. whose entry for Junk Kouture has secured a place in the regional final. The entry title Celtic Couture is designed using rushes, old bed clothes, nets and leaves. Celtic Couture captures Ireland in an outfit! Using strong historic Irish figures such as Countess Markievicz as inspiration we produced a design that incorporates our Irish culture and in particular the strength of Celtic women. Their design and materials used depended on old Irish traditionally women’s life skills from the past like knitting, sewing and weaving. We depended greatly on nature where we sourced our leaves and rushes. Local shops also let us use their waste products for our design. “We wanted to get away from the fast fashion culture that is ever so present in the 21st century. We wanted to create a design that was special to us and unique. Our idea is especially relevant as 2018 is the year of Cultural Heritage in the EU.” Best wishes to the girls who take to the stage in the Helix in Dublin on Wednesday the 7th of March. The girls would like to thank everyone who helped in their online vote and to their teacher Ms Conaty and Ms O’Gara for all their help and guidance.

U15 Boys Soccer

St. Clare’s u15 boy’s soccer team played Ballinode on the Sligo IT Astro pitch on Tuesday 23rd January. The team won the game 4-2 with a pair of goals coming from both Eanna C. and Diarmuid G. The team now progress to the Connaught quarter final where they will play Enniscrone

Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition

Rebecca C. and Lorraine M. represented the school in the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition. At the start of November they submitted a video. This got them to the next stage and they attended Mullingar Park Hotel for an interview. Following further success at this stage they will be going to Coke Park in March. They girls are competing to win 5 Angus calves and this would go towards their LC Agricultural Science Project.

‘LifeSavers Bank’

Six Transition Year students Alva S., Ella S., Caoimhe McM., Lorraine M., Jennifer M. and Laura F. represented the school in the regional finals of the Build A Bank Challenge today in Athlone. The girls have been working hard over the last four months promoting the bank within the school, while also fundraising for a new defibrillator and promoting students to get trained in basic first aid, CPR and AED usage. We thank their teacher Ms Gallagher who facilitates the Build A Bank Challenge within the school.

Senior Ladies GAA

St. Clare’s Comprehensive have reached the Connaught Senior girls final for the second year in a row. Last year seen them crowned as champions of Senior D and in the coming weeks they will contest for the Senior C title. St. Clare’s took on St. Josephs from Foxford in the semi -final on Thursday 1st February in wet conditions. The girls went 1-2 down in the first five minutes but it was the shock they needed. Muireann D. got St.Clare’s scoring off to a start scoring 2-1 in quick succession. St. Clare’s took hold of the game from this point on and the Manorhamilton side lead for 8-4 to 1-4 at half time. A strong wind in the second half hampered scoring attempts for both teams but the St. Clare’s girls continued to dominate and at the final whistle the score read 11-6 to 1-6. St. Clare’s Comprehensive team: Chloe McP., Roising F., Aine McG., Mary Catherine F., Alannah M., Saoirse M., Cathleen V., Derbhile R. (1-1), Eadaoin C., Laura F., Emma McL. (1-0), Laoise C., Aoife McT. (1-1), Muireann D. (5 -2), Leah F.( 3-2), Mairead C., Clodagh McG., Dervla McM., Katie McM., Rachel McP.

Stay Safe Online Day

Paula Connellan, Digi Arrow with Bank of Ireland delivered talks to 4th and 5th year students on Wednesday the 31st of January. She emphasised how to stay safe online and talked to them about their social footprint and the dangers of posting online. Thank you to Catherine Murray the student officer with Bank of Ireland for organising this talk.

January 2018

Young Scientist Exhibition 2018

Congratulations to the four entries under the supervision of Ms McPhelim who represented our school at the National exhibition in the RDS. The students involved were Ella S., Eabha M.R., Aoife Mc L., Rachel Mc P., who entered in the Biological and Ecological section and Chris C., entered in the Technology section.
Ella's project is looking at heather heights in bogland found in North Leitrim and how it affects the population of the endangered species Red Grouse.
Aoife and Eabha sampled the local River Bonnet and investigated Algae growth as an indicator of pollution.
Rachel is looking at fracture patients and if there is a correlation with decreased Calcium levels.
Chris has designed an augmented reality app that will enhance subjects like history and science etc by bring them to life with 3D models which will bring the learner inside e.g the colosseum.

Public Speaking Success

Tara F., Alva S., Cadhla D. and Ebony H. took part in the regional finals of the Soroptimist public speaking competition. All girls performed to a very high standard and judges commented on their research, ability, passion, articulation and their motivation. Cadhla D. won overall and qualified for the Connacht finals and Alva S. was first runner-up.

RSA – Road Safety Education Service

Louise McGeever from the Road Safety Education Centre attended the school to give an engaging presentation to TY’s. She homed in on the importance of High Vis vests for pedestrians as they are the 2nd highest group of road users killed each year. They accounted for 20% of all road deaths from 1997 – 2011. Louise also spoke about correct seat belt usage and other factors that contribute to road fatalities. She showed students a wide variety of videos and they used beer goggles to see the effect of alcohol. This was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative day for all students. Thank you to Ms Maguire for organising this event.

Build A Bank

“LifeSavers Bank” will open their branch every Thursday in the Main hall from 12:30 -1. They remind all students to keep saving a few cents every week and for those who haven’t started it’s never too late to open an account with them. Competitions will be held for account holders and regular savers every term. Thank you to Eimear Kelly from AIB for facilitating the opening of the bank every week and to Ms Gallagher who facilitates the programme.

December 2017

Christmas at St. Clares

Leading up to the Christmas break students organised the decorating of their home-room doors, explored the world of jiving, participated in our annual school quiz and the Christmas service led by our choir. Thanks to all involved with these activities.

Jiving is Thriving at St. Clare's!

The Active Bodies, Active Minds group organised jiving lessons with AC Country Jiving. Each year group availed of an hour’s class and for the last class period over 500 students and teachers bunny hopped in unison in the school gym. A great days fun was had by all and the school would like to thank Colin and Annette from AC Country jiving.

TY Forensics Workshops

TY’s were treated to a Forensics workshop by science students from IT Sligo. Thank you to Ms McManus for organising this workshop and to Nicole O’Donnell, John Paul Kelly and Ryan Walden who travelled from IT Sligo to deliver the workshop.

Mentoring Programme

Our Mentor Programme has been running in the school since 1997 and is a well-established feature of school life at St. Clare’s Comprehensive with our Mentor group taking responsibility for various tasks and roles connected with the successful integration of our group of in-coming 1st Year students. The Mentor group organised a Movie Morning for all first years as a whole class bonding activity.

Sports Leadership Training

Twenty seven TY students undertook this three day course facilitated by James Mc Dowell to qualify as Sports Leaders. The award is designed to provide trained, knowledgeable and enthusiastic community based physical activity leaders. Leaders will be equipped to work in a wide range of locations including local clubs, community groups, workplaces, community centres and sports' clubs. Leaders will also aim to increase participation rates in physical activity in a variety of practical ways including: Encouraging a wide range of people, such as friends, colleagues and contacts to take up active leisure pursuits Applying their knowledge and skills to plan, organise and lead safe, enjoyable activity sessions with small groups and Assisting in the planning, organising and running of community sports days The intended outcome is that the trainee leader will be competent and confident in taking charge of a group for physical activity sessions. Specifically, the successful leader will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to plan organise and lead physical activity sessions within their own group setting. The training courses are organised at local level by Local Sports Partnership. At the start of the course, trainee leaders should be over 18 years and following the course, the successful leader will be able to: Understand their role as a leader and how they will apply it within their organisation Display an ability to plan and lead a fun physical activity session demonstrating leadership skills such as communication, observation and group management Demonstrate an ability to safely lead a group of up to 16 people

Run-A-Mile Awards

Back in November, first and second years took part in the annual Run a Mile Challenge. The event, sponsored by Irish Life health and Athletics Ireland is aimed at encouraging students to get active. The runners were timed and on Tuesday the 19th of December, students were presented with colour coded wristbands. It is a great achievement for all. And a special congratulations to our fastest first year, Tom H., who ran the mile in 5 minutes and 43 seconds.

Christmas Craft Fair

Mini company students from 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year held their Christmas Craft fair in the school gym on Thursday the 14th on December. It was a huge success with Santa even making an appearance. The fair was organised by “LifeSavers” the build a bank team who are raising funds to purchase a new defibrillator for the school and to provide training in CPR and AED usage to TY’s and the staff. All of the mini companies present donated 10% of their sales on the day to the make a wish foundation. The Bake a wish group also had iced homemade Christmas cakes, gingerbread men and short bread for sale for the Make a Wish Foundation which they made during their Home Economics classes. Karen from Fantasy Faces by Karen Kelly was also busy painting the faces of all our students. Thank you to the huge number of parents who attended the fairs to support the mini companies. We thank Brian Dolan from LEO for attending and judging the students. We look forward to the next stage of mini company in January where students prepare for their School’s Final and discover who will represent the school against other schools in the county.

NFTE International Business Plan Competition

Congratulations to the three mini companies who represented the school this year in the International Business Plan Competition organised by NFTE and Foroige. Eight teams qualified for the final with St Clare’s taking three of those spots. The teams travelled to Dublin on Tuesday the 12th of December to pitch their plans to a panel of judges unfortunately none of the St Clare’s Comprehensive School teams were successful this time around. Best wishes to Avril C. for her business idea EcoEdge, Javotte H. with her company Buzzy Books and Adam B. and Chris C. with their company New Dimension.
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November 2017

Comhairle Na Nóg AGM

Students and teachers from St Clare’s Comprehensive School attended the Comhairle Na Nóg AGM in the Bush Hotel in Carrick on Shannon on the 23rd of November. Leitrim Comhairles key topic for 2017 is a campaign against anti social behaviours and violence: ‘Use your brain not your fist’. They aim to encourage young people to be safe in their actions and not engage in fighting. Rosie Dolan spoke to the group about the loss of her son Andrew because of a violent unprovoked attack on a night out.

Make a Wish Foundation

This year the Transition Years chosen charity is the Make a Wish Foundation. This is a very worthy cause and seeks to help children aged 3 – 15 years. A team was established to promote the fundraising who have organised the baking and icing of Christmas cakes by all TY students and the baking of Christmas themed goods by other Home Economics students within the school. These goods will be on sale at the Christmas fair in the school . Thank you to Ms Conaty for organising the baking and the icing workshop by Hayley from Made By Me.

Run a Mile Challenge

Huge congratulations to all first and second years who took part in the annual Run a Mile Challenge held on the 16th of November 2017. The students were training in the weeks leading up to the event and their hard work paid off.

Science Week

Science week was celebrated nationwide by a huge range of activities to mark the official science week from 12 – 19th November. In Sligo IT the Sligo Science Festival, supported by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), ran a week-long programme of activities and events which aimed to make science more interesting and accessible to children and adults alike. With some of the highlights being The Science of Galelic Games with Dr Edwenia O’Malley & Dr Cathy McHugh and a Bionic Biography with Seonaid O’Murchadha. In St Clare’s the science department was very active in promoting STEM subjects and careers, while also organising science based workshops and decorating the school. As part of Science Week first year students attempted the 'bubble within a bubble within a bubble' challenge as they explored the nature of soap bubbles and surface tension. We thank Aleksandra Z. (TY), Rachel McP. (TY) and Mr Hewston for hosting this event. We also acknowledge the support of Science Foundation Ireland who supplied rulers and pencils for all participants. Two teams from St Clare’s took part in the ISTA Senior Science quiz in It Sligo on Thursday the 16th of November. They were fantastic ambassadors for the school on the night, thank you to Ms Cunningham and Ms McManus for accompanying the students.Science Week Winners Winners of best team name - The atomic bombshellz" - Mairead Mc G., Eilish V., Winnie S., Melissa R., Shane C. Overall winners of science week quiz Darragh M.l, Dylan McD., Stephen McD., Shane O'H.

Past Student News

Congratulations to Nicole S. who was recently awarded a scholarship to the value €1,000 from the Josie Martin Scholarship Fund for 2017/2018. The Scholarships are co-funded by the local Credit Union offices and Leitrim County Enterprise Fund in support of Leitrim students attending third level education. The Scholarships were formed in memory of the late Josie Martin who showing great vision in assisting the development of the Credit Union movement throughout Leitrim. Conor N. has been awarded a JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship toward his third level education. The awards ceremony took place at the University of Limerick where Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, TD, presented the awards and special guest at this year’s Awards Ceremony was Irish President, Michael D. Higgins.

7- aside tournament

Third year boys attended the John Williams 7-aside tournament in Leitrim GAA centre of excellence. It was a fantastic day out with six schools represented on the day. We were unfortunate to loose the final to a very strong Drumshanbo school that deserved their victory. We performed really well on the day with the stand out performer Rian Moffitt our keeper picking up a serious injury in the final. We wish him well in his recovery. The team were Adam P., Kevin H., Steven B., Jamie Mc L., Kevin Mc G., Keith K., Rian M., Jack F., Michael O C., Hugh C., Peter M., Patrick S., Darragh F., Darren G., Darragh M., David R., Aidan R.

St Clare's is to perform one of the world's best-loved musicals.

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a world-wide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written including "Tomorrow", "Maybe" and "Hard Knock Life". With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie (Emily C.) charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan (Lauren R. ). With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil plans with her brother Rooster (Matthew C.) and his wife Lily (Tara F.). She even befriends President Franklin Roosevelt (Jack O'C.). She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks (Gavin M.), his secretary Grace Farrell (Kodi O'M.), and a lovable mutt named Sandy (to be confirmed!) Annie is the perfect family-friendly musical and an ideal show for everyone. It will he held in the Bee Park from Thursday 8th—Saturday the 10th of February 2018.

Foundation Level GAA Coaching

TYs completed foundation GAA coaching course recently have linked up with St Clare’;s primary school to practice their skills. James M., Andrew R., Cian K., Leon H., Shannon Mc G. and Niamh B. Thanks to James Glancy (GDA Leitrim GAA) for working with the TYs.

TY Personal Development and Retreat Day - Youth Ministry Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo

On 8th November, TY students took part in an excellent day of personal development and spiritual retreat at Knock Shrine, organised by Ms. Fahey and Mr. Martin. The day was structured and run by Knock Youth Ministry and focused on personal development for young people as well as providing time and activities for reflection on personal direction. Student feedback on the day was excellent.

3A History Trip

Ms Benson’s 3A history class visited Strokestown House and Famine Museum. The students were taken on a professionally guided tour of this 18th century mansion with all its original furnishings and fabrics. This Georgian Mansion was the family home of the Mahon family from the late 17th century until 1979. Students saw the dining room, drawing room, bedrooms, school rooms, playrooms and the kitchen. The tour gave an intimate insight into the lives of the rich landlords in Ireland. Students also visited the Famine Museum where a comprehensive story of the progress of the famine is told through photographs, original letters, audio visual and replicas of a coffin ship and workhouse. This museum gave a fist hand account of the dreadful conditions for the poor in Ireland during the famine of 1845-1850. The final visit was to the Workhouse Attic Memorial in Carrick on Shannon, a professional guide spoke of the impact of the famine on Co. Leitrim and in particular about the dreaded workhouses. The dormitory of the workhouse is sensitively restored to its original state; it serves as a stark reminder of the conditions of the poor who had to sleep side by side in cold conditions on straw pallets. Students had a great day; they really enjoyed and appreciated the whole experience.

College Awareness Week

During College Awareness Week Ms Lynch organised a number of events for the school.

Maths Week

Maths Week is an all Ireland celebration of Maths and is in partnership with over 50 universities, institute of technology's, colleges, schools, museums, libraries, visitor centres and professional bodies-any group that values maths. Maths Week Ireland promotes awareness, appreciation and understanding of Maths through a wide variety of events and activities. The school was a hive of activity as it participated in national Maths Week. Students got involved in solving puzzles, looking at the logic in maths, entering a maths poster competition, seminars, worships, bingo and more importantly enjoying the fun side of maths. We would like to thank Ms McManus the maths coordinator for organising the events, Ms Brennan for organising and accompanying the students to the maths quiz, all the maths teachers in St Clare's for what was an exciting week.

Disability Equality Workshop

Last week the Transition Year students took part in a disability equality workshop which was ran by Katie Bourke along with Yvonne from Adaptable solutions. Both women have very different disabilities and both were there to shed light on life with disability and how to help someone who has one. There were many different aspects of the workshop which were enjoyable as they were informative.

Business Studies Quiz

The Business Department in St Clare’s are holding a Business Studies quiz in conjunction with Sligo IT for JC students in the school tomorrow night Thursday the 16th of November. Information has been sent out to all schools in Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal and Roscommon. Goodie bags provided by IT Sligo for all entrants and fantastic raffle prizes for teachers who enter teams.

Macbeth Workshop

On Thursday November 23rd, fifth and sixth year students enjoyed a performance and workshop of the play 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare performed by second year drama students of the I.T. Sligo under the direction of their tutor Declan Drohan. This is the fifth year the I.T. have collaborated with St. Clare's, performing plays that are on the Leaving Certificate curriculum. Thanks once again to Declan and his budding troupe of actors and all those at the Glen's Centre for making it an entertaining and enjoyable experience.

Young Scientist 2018

The students under the supervision of Ms McPhelim are very busy working on their young scientist entries. Four enteries will represent the school at the National exhibition in January. The students involved in Young Scientist are Ella S., Eabha M.-R., Aoife Mc L., Rachel Mc P., all entered in the Biological and Ecological section and Chris C. entered in the Technology section. Ella's project is looking at heather heights in bogland in North Leitrim and how it affects the population of the endangered species Red Grouse. Aoife and Eabha are looking at the local River Bonnet and investigating Algael growth as an indicator of pollution. Rachel is looking at fracture patients and if there is a correlation with decreased Calcium levels. Chris has designed an augmented reality app that will enhance subjects like history and science etc by bring them to life with 3D models which will bring the learner inside e.g the colosseum.

October 2017

School Mass

We came together as a whole school community to officially open our year and we celebrated mass together on Tuesday the 24th of October. The theme of the mass was where your treasure is there your heart will be and our wonderful music and readings reflected this. The mass was celebrated by Fr Sexton. The liturgy was greatly enhanced by the music of the school choir accompanied by Ms Beirne and musicians. Thank you to all the students and staff for their participation and every good wish and blessing for the year ahead. The head boy and girl took the opportunity to address the whole school community and Mr Irwin held a whole school assembly to congratulate students on the achievements over the last number of weeks.

Cystic Fibrosis

On Wednesday 25th of October, Caroline Heffernan, a CF Ireland Patient Advocate, from Cystic Fibrosis Ireland came from Galway to St. Clare's Comprehensive to provide students with an informative talk on Cystic Fibrosis. A huge thank you to Caroline for the most informative talk. As a token of thanks, 4C and the Student Council joined forces and organised a tea and hot chocolate fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis in the school on Thursday the 26h at break time. The student raised a total of €173 towards this worthy cause.

Debating Success ‘The Limits of my language are the limits of my world.’

On Saturday the 14th October, seven members of the debate team headed down to Galway to take part in the Connacht finals of the debating qualifiers. Lorraine A., Mairead C., Rachel C., Hannah J., Rosin McM., Shannon O H. and Amy B. all debated in three rounds of very complex debating. Their language, knowledge, skill, ability, diplomatic yet authoritative approach and most importantly their words were phenomenal! Out of the 78 pupils in Galway only 20 people could go through to compete in national finals in March. Although, all girls achieved a place in the top 30, again an in incredible result, the three going forward for national finals were Shannon O H., Lorraine A. and Amy B. Shannon O H. placed 7th best speaker on the day. Huge congratulations to all of the girls who represented St Clare's in Galway and we wish them every success in their future debates!

Our School is chosen to take part in New Digital Plan Framework

St Clare's Comprehensive School has been selected as one of the 20 Post Primary schools to participate in the trial of the new Digital Learning Framework for schools. The Framework provides a roadmap to help schools manage the transformation of teaching and learning as a result of new digital technologies. The framework will among other things: Help schools and individual teachers to plan how to upskill to realise the potential of digital technologies - Provide for internal and external evaluation of how digital technologies are being embedded across all aspects of school activity - Support planning in areas like literacy, numeracy and STEM which require a cross-curricular focus.Mr Hewston and Ms Gallagher represented the school at the launch of the Framework in Croke Park, where they worked with other schools and their PDST advisor Siobhan O’Sullivan. The Minister for Education Richard Bruton attended the event and made the closing address to all participants.

World of Work Presentations

On 18th October, our 5th Year Link Modules students enjoyed two extremely informative and worthwhile presentations on the World of Work, organised by Ms. Fahey (Link Modules Coordinator). Tracey Evans (H.R. Manager - M.C.I., Manorhamilton) and Caroline Ward (Caz Cards, Manorhamilton), offered students invaluable insights into the world of work and the expectations of employers in today's competitive jobs market. Tracey Evans presented on the importance of excellent CV, application form and cover letter, preparation and presentation, as well as good interview preparation and techniques. Caroline Ward spoke of the high expectations of employers in today's world of work, and how best students can prepare for entering the jobs market into the future.

Just one Life – Road Safety

On Thursday, 5th of October the TY’s accompanied by Ms Conaty, Ms Nolan and Ms Gallagher travelled to the Sligo Park Hotel to experience the ‘Just One Life’ – Road Safety Programme hosted by the Sligo Rotary Club. This was an action packed day with the objective of saving young drivers lives. It was done by demonstrating the common causes of accidents to 15-17 year old students in a practical manner which they could understand. In a hard hitting “no holds-barred” presentation students witnessed a series of shocking interactive videos and presentations. The Just One Life programme emphasised the stark realities and often-tragic results of inappropriate driving behaviours. They were presentations on the day from Garda, the fire Brigade, the ambulance service and Mr Fergal Hickey a consultant in Emergency medicine in the University Hospital Sligo. We also go to hear first hand from two accident victims and a victim’s family members.
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History Trip

On Thursday the 26th Oct, all first years visited the Ceide Fields in Mayo to learn about Neolithic life in ancient Ireland. Students were given a guided tour of a New Stone Age settlement and saw the remnants of farm walls constructed by their ancestors over five thousand years ago. They also got the opportunity to grind corn on an original quern stone found on the site. The good weather was an added bonus and revealed the stunning beauty of the Mayo coastline; all adding to a great day.

Probability Workshop during Maths Week 2017

On Monday the 9th of October the Maths Academy visited the school in conjunction with Maths Week 2017 to give a probability workshop. The Probability Workshop was an immersive experience which showed students the practical application of maths. It started with a talk on probability in the context of dice. Students came to understand the different combinations and how this leads to the odds of the bet. Students were taken through two games Craps (two dice) and Roulette (wheel and ball). The odds of each game were discovered by the students through questioning. Students were given chips and played each of the games to see how probability plays out in real life. At the end of the session students discussed the winners and losers. This experience aimed: • To give students a real life application of maths. • To understand probability. • Understand how a casino makes money from you even when you win. • To discourage gambling by showing students the odds of winning. Thanks to Ms McManus and Ms Gallagher for organising the workshop for senior students.
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St Clare’s Leitrim Futsol Champions

The 1st Year girls and boys teams competed in the FAI Leitrim futsal tournament which was held in Drumshambo on the 11th of October. The girl’s team was coached by senior student Saoirse C. while the boy’s team was coached by Mr. Mc Donald. Both teams reached the final with the girl’s team winning all 3 games and the boy’s team winning 1 and drawing 2. The girls won the final 2-0 and the boys won 2-1 after extra time. Both teams will now go on to represent Leitrim in the Connaught finals.

Team Hope Shoe Box Appeal

The TY YSI and the European studies classes are organising ‘team hope shoe box appeal’ for all the students and teachers to participate in. Over the last eighteen years Team Hope has delivered shoebox gifs to over three million children, to some of the remotest and poorest parts of the world. To children who think they’ve been forgotten. It is very simple we fill a shoebox with a range of simple Christmas gifts and Team Hope will deliver our shoebox right into a child’s hands – in hospitals, schools, shelters, churches, orphanages, community centres or family homes. The boxes should include the following Items for school – like a pen, pencil, copy book, paper, colouring book, felt pens, sharpener, eraser, solar calculator. Some hygiene items – toothbrush and toothpaste, soap (wrapped please), facecloth, hairbrush, comb. Small clothing items – a hat, scarf, gloves, socks or underwear. A treat – sunglasses, game, small Irish gift, a photo of yourself, sweets (must be in date until at least March 2018), make up, a small musical instrument, toys like a doll, a car, cuddly toy, skipping rope, yo-yo, a finger puppet.

Transition Years Trip to the West

On Monday the 2nd of October St Clare’s Transition Years travelled to Achill Island on a school trip for three days. The trip consisted of exciting water activities such as surfing, kayaking and coasteering. They also participated in the Gaisce 25km walk. They stayed in houses provided by Colaiste Acla. “The Bean an ti’s cooked for us and also made us feel very welcome”. Over the three days we had exceptional weather. We would like thank the teachers Mr Donohoe, Ms Brennan, Ms O’Gara and Ms Ni Donnacha who accompanied them on the trip.

NUIG Open Day

Ms Lynch travelled to NUI Galway on Friday the 6th of October with Leaving Certificate students. Open Days are the perfect opportunity for students to experience life at NUI Galway first hand. Leaving Certificate students get the opportunity to Come and talk to students and staff, explore the campus, check out the facilities and learn more about the programmes they are interested in. The main exhibition took place in the Bailey Allen hall with over 80 subject-specific stands was a great starting point, followed by a visit to the hands-on science workshops and interactives sessions in Engineering, IT systems, and Robotics. Tours of the campus ran throughout the day. Talks on the bonus CAO performance points scholarships (for students who excel in Sports or the Creative Arts) are always a highlight of the programme. New for 2017, the Open Day Programme included a range of Masterclasses, a series of specialised workshops on unique areas of study, employment or student life. The Masterclasses at the Open Days included a practical drama workshop, a masterclass on engineering in the future and a workshop to show students how they can fuel for success through good nutrition. A great day was had by all and special thanks to Ms Lynch for organising the trip and accompanying the students.
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U13 County Champions

What an absolute brilliant performance from this group of young men who came out on top in their u13 county final against St Marys, Carrick on Shannon. 1st years on the team were C McManus, M. Gilmartin, O. Gurn, T. Hughes, M. McHugh, C. Kavanagh, J. Gilhooly, J. Connoly, 2nd years P. Montgomery, D. Gilligan, B. McNulty, D. McDermott, G. Gilbride (Captain), E. Clancy, T. O’Snodaigh. Congrats to all the team and management.

September 2017

North West Hospice

This year’s Biggest Coffee Morning was fundraised by staff and students. The staff got to enjoy a selection of goodies including Ms Brennan’s macaroons, Ms Ni Donnacha’s brown bread and Ms Beirne’s lemon drizzle cakes. The students organised a non-uniform day as part of their fundraising and Bows and Bands Bowtique presented €235 from their profits as a mini-company.

May 2017

Student Enterprise Programme

Ciara K., Eimear G. and Orla McM. represented the County in the Intermediate category of the National Student Enterprise awards at Croke Park. Their company is Bows & Bands Bowtique and is facilitated by Miss. Gallagher.

New Jerseys

The ladies football team were presented with new GAA jerseys thanks to John Reynolds of John Reynolds Bus Company. The team are grateful for this sponsorship and so far the jerseys have been worn at two Connacht finals which yielded two titles!

Girls Active

The Girls Active group facilitated by Miss Bonar participated in cycling, boxercise, hoola-hooping, dance and Olympic-style handball at the Mayflower in Drumshanbo in a fun-filled day.

North Connacht Track and Field

Sligo I.T. was the venue for the North Connacht Track and Field. Despite very high temperatures Erin S., Darragh M., Sarah B., Caoimhe H. and Shannon O’H. will proceed to the Connacht finals in Athlone. Thanks to Miss. Carden for training the athletes.

Business Trips

Senior business students visited Merenda and were given a tour of the facility and a presentation by Ronan Haslett. In particular they learned of the challenges of Brexit for a local Irish company. Junior business students visited Tayto Park in Ashbourne to learn about the business of producing snack food by Largo Foods and the running of a theme park. Students gladly availed of the opportunity to sample both aspects of the business and thanks to Mr Ward and Miss Sweeney for organising these events.

Rang Mhic Dhiarmada

Students of Rang Mhic Dhiarmada visited the Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin with their SNAs. Afterwards they had a great time at the new wax museum.

Sci Fest

Sligo IT was once again the host for a local Sci Fest. Shannon O’H. and Lara M. received a highly commended award for their project ‘A habitat study of Juncaceae in North Leitrim. Chloe McP. and Shannon O. presented their project titled ‘An investigation into bio-security on farms’. Elisha H. and Wiktoria L. received a highly commended award for their project titled ‘A comparative study of eating habits of Irish Students versus students in other European countries and their possible links to obesity trends’. The students were also given a tour of the campus, STEM talks and lab demonstrations. We thank Miss. McPhelim for accompanying and preparing the students for this event. Mentor Training Since 1997 a Mentor Programme has been running at St. Clare’s. This year thirty four mentors were recruited and trained to help and promote the integration of the incoming first year into our school community.

LCVP news

As part of their portfolio preparations LCVP students participated in fundraising activities. They raised funds for Simon Community North West and the Heart Foundation. Speakers were also invited to the school from these organisations to inform students about their work locally and nationally. Students also organised and partook in enterprise visits to Masonite and the Arigna Mining Experience. LCVP students have also been involved in the Manorhamilton Tidy Towns Clean-Up Day in preparation for the annual judging process.

Prize Giving Ceremony May 23

Students of the Year: Aimee F., Yasmin C., Shane O’H., Wiktoria Z., Ciara K., Darren G., Leo D., Teresa R., Orla F., Jenifer M., Aoife McL., Rachel McD., Jason McP., Amy M., Kyle K., Ciara O’H., Amy D., Alfie C., Tara C., Jonathan H., Ian H.
Junior Student of the Year: Rachel McD.
Senior Student of the Year: Megan H.
Best Junior Certificate Results 2016: Jack O’C.
Senior Science Quiz 2016 National Final: Ciaran G., Conor N., Ava M.
Sci Fest Students: Shannon O’H., Elisha H., Lara M., Wiktoria L., Chloe McP., Shannon O.
Winner at Young Scientist: John K.
Build a Bank Challenge: Jack O’C., Luke M., Ciara L., Megan McD., Amanda E., Eimear K.
Mini Company Intermediate County Winners: Eimear G., Ciara K., Orla McM. and Aimee B., Joanne G. (2nd place)
ECDL Students of the Year: Ciara L. and Dualta M.
Music Student of the Year: Lughaidh A.
Outstanding contribution to Music at St. Clare’s: Nuala P-C.
Girls’ Active Participant of the Year: Kiera T.
1st Year Boys Gaelic Player of the Year: Cathal Óg O’C.
Junior Boys Gaelic Player of the Year: Jack O’C.
Senior Boys Gaelic Player of the Year: Michael L.
U-14 Girls Player of the Year: Hannah J.
Junior Girls Gaelic Player of the Year: Dearbhla R.
Senior Girls Gaelic Player of the Year: Aoife G.
1st Year Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Patrick M.
1st Year Boys Most Improved Player of the Year: Shane C.
Senior Boys Player of the Year Basketball: Kyle H.
Junior Boys Player of the Year Basketball: Dylan G.
Senior Girls Player of the Year Basketball: Ava F.
Junior Girls Player of the Year Basketball: Cathleen V.
2nd Year Boys Player of the Year Basketball: Michael O’C.
2nd Year Girls Player of the Year Basketball: Rachel C.
1st Year Boys Player of the Year Basketball: Barry McN.
1st Year Boys Player of the Year Basketball: Emily C.
Senior Athlete of the Year: Kyle H.
Junior Athlete of the Year: Sarah B.
Contribution to Sport in St. Clare’s: Muireann D.
All Ireland Scór Champions: Owen C. and Aoife F.
Academic Student of the Year: Emily C., Kacper M., Hugo F., Kate V., Eugene P., Ava M., Rachel C., Tommy S., Javotte H., Eabha M-R., Ciara L., Dualta M., Sylvia D., Shannon C., Aisling F., Ava M., Kerri R., Niamh McI.
Junior Academic Student of the Year: Ella S.
Senior Academic Student of the Year: Conor N.
Connacht Champions and All-Ireland Finalists: 1st Year Boys Soccer Team
Connacht Champions: Ladies Junior Team
Connacht Champions: Ladies Senior Team
Photos by Willie Donnellan

Track and Field Latest Results

St. Clare’s Comprehensive athletes competed in the Connacht finals of Track and Field events. Well done to the athletes who are now through to the All Ireland Finals. Sarah B. was placed 3rd and achieved a personal best in the Junior 1500m race, Darragh M. was placed 3rd in the hurdles (Junior), Erin S. was 3rd in the hurdles (Minor), Lara M. was placed 1st in the discus and 3rd in the shot putt (Junior) and Shannon O’H. was placed second in the shot putt (Intermediate). Best of luck to all of our athletes in the All-Ireland Schools Track and Field Event in Tullamore on 3rd June.

Track and Field News

St. Clare’s Comprehensive athletes triumphed at the North Connacht Track and Field event at I.T. Sligo on Tuesday 2nd May. The athletes were not deterred by the 19 degree celsius temperatures. The following students are through to the Connacht Finals in Athlone on the 18th May; E., Darragh M.l, Sarah B., Caoimhe H. and Shannon O’H. Well done to all of the athletes who took part and best of luck to the athletes in the Connacht finals.

April 2017

1st Year Boys are Connacht Champions

Our 1st year boys team under the mentorship of Mr McDonald and TY trainers have won the FAI Schools Connacht Cup. The final was played against Seamount College and was deadlocked at a scoreless draw after full-time thanks to great goal keeping by Shane C. and defending by Matthew C. In extra time teamwork by Cathal O’C., Eanna C. and Tarach O’S. gave a goal-scoring opportunity to Patrick M. which he successfully took to bring the Championship to St. Clare’s. The team also received a whole-school assembly in honour of their achievement.

Easter Egg Fun

Ms. Carden's Transition Year Event Management class organised an Easter Egg Hunt for 1st year students on the last day of the term before the Easter holidays. The students in the winning teams were presented with Easter Eggs and all of the students were given lots of goodies.

Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

LC Chemistry students were visited by three post graduate chemistry students form UL who were facilitating a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) programme to bring travel-sized spectrometry equipment into school laboratories as schools would not have such facilities. Students learned how much information about the identity and concentration of chemical substances is revealed by their interactions with infrared light. Under the guidance of Amrit, Dipali and Pauric they constructed a calibration curve and identified an unknown sample. We Thank the UL students for the workshop and for sharing their education pathways in Chemistry.

Extra Achievements

Megan L. achieved a bronze award in a badminton competition hosted by the Special Olympics. Muireann D. has been selected for the Girls’ under-15 International squad. Owen C. and Aoife F. will represent Connacht at the All Ireland Finals in Senior Scor. Aoibhe McG. is through to the freestyle swimming finals in the County Community Games.

St. Angela’s Academic Awards 2017

Congratulations to the following junior certificate students who were acknowledged by St. Angela’s College for their academic work in the following areas: Aoife McL. (Irish), Shannnon K. (Science), Yvonne D. (Mathematics), Tara F. (English) and Laura F. (Home Economics).

Another Final - Another Victory!

Mrs O’Rourke’s football team scooped another Connacht title. This time it was her senior team’s turn to shine. The final was played against Colaiste Einde (Galway) in Swinford. St. Clare’s came back from a 6 point deficit at half-time to win after a last-minute goal. The final score was 1-12 to 3-4. The team was captained by Ava F. and player of the match was Dearbhla R. Team members: Chloe McP., Hannah J., Emer C., Ava F., Rosin F., Mary B., Saoirse M., Eadaoin C., Aoife G., Chloe R., Dearbhla R., Orlaith K., Leah F., Aoife McT., Muireann D., Brennagh H., Tara McL., Kate J., Laoise C., Clare D., Mary F., Niamh McI., Emma McL., Emma McM., Laura F., Rachel McP., Cathleen V., Clodagh McG., Aisling F. The team are grateful to Mrs O’Rourke, Mr Ward and James Clancy for their help and encouragement throughout the year.

Build a Bank

TY students represented St. Clare’s with their ‘Bank without Borders’ presentation held at the Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan. Only 8 of the 32 entries at this level qualified and unfortunately our team did not get through but they enjoyed th experience and got to meet the legendary Colm Cooper. The Build a Bank entry is supported by Miss. Gallagher with Eimear Kelly, student officer with our local AIB. Promotional materials were provided by Caz Cards and ties were provided by EJ’s Menswear. Thank you to all our loyal customers who supported the ‘Bank without Borders’ team. Donnacha D. won a tablet as a regular saver with the bank.

March 2017

TY trip to Dublin

TY students recently attended an informative trip to Butlers Chocolate Factory where they experienced a Movie, a Museum and a Gallery all based around the theme of Chocolate. Their chocolate experience ended with the opportunity to create their own unique chocolate novelty. Later that evening they supported the school’s entry in Junk Kouture in the Helix.

Junk Kouture

Our successful Junk Kouture entry did not make it past the Western Final which was held in the Helix Theatre DCU. The dress was made by Clara H., Emer K. and Amy M. This competition involved many skills and talents from our school including staff members Miss Gallagher, Miss Nolan, Miss White, Miss Conaty, Miss Bonar and Miss O’Gara. We thank Ava M. for making a dance routine for Amy and Deirdre McGuinness from Zig and Zag Hair Salon for designing Amy’s hairstyle. We thank all who helped along the way including those who participated in the online votingh and Bernie McGauran and members of the Marina chapter of BNI.

Enterprise Awards

Miss. Gallagher accompanied our mini-company groups to Carrick-on-Shannon for the annual Student Enterprise Awards Competition in the Bush Hotel. St. Clare’s was the overall winner in the Intermediate Category with “Bows and Bands” and they also were the runners up in this category with “Phone Bling” (Aimee B. and Joanne G.). Orla McM, Ciara K. and Eimear G. will now compete at the National Finals which will be held in the Croke Park Conference Centre.

TY Science Careers Event

TY students along with Miss McManus and Mr Hewston attended the first 'Careers in Science-Not Just White Lab Coats' seminar held at the Clayton Hotel in Sligo. The event included a number of talks given by employees of local companies (Abbvie and Smith-Nephew) who explained how their career pathways led them to work in different aspects of the chemical industry. The students also participated in workshops given by current science IT studentsThe event was co-ordinated by Dr Yvonne Lang who is a past pupil of the school and is currently an assistant lecturer at IT Sligo.  

Cross Country All Ireland Finals

Well done to all of the athletes who participated in the Cross Country All Ireland Finals in Mallusk, Belfast on Saturday 11th March. The students were accompanied by their coach Ms. Carden and many of their dedicated parents. They showed great tenacity and persistence despite the tough conditions. The competition was fierce and despite losing running shoes along the arduous course, the minor girls continued until the end! In the minor category; Ashling C., Erin S. and Isabel S. Minor Boys, Evan B. Junior Girls; Sarah B. and Rachel C. Senior Boys - Kyle H.

Connacht Junior C Football Champions

Mrs O’Rourke’s Junior Girls team beat Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiarain in Swinford with a decisive score of 12-12 to 1-5. The winning team are: Chloe McP., Clodagh McG., Hannah J., Cathleen V., Alannah M., Shauna L., Laura F., Dearbhla R. (2-3), Emma McL. (0-1), Emma McM (2-0), Leah Fox (2-5), Rachel C., Rachel McP., Mairead C (0-1), Muireann D. (6-2), Alva S., Emily C., Dearvla McM., Elain McM., Katie McM., Amy F., Shannon K. and Mary B.-S. Leah F. was awarded Player of the Match.

TY events

TYs participated in a 2-day law module given by barrister James T. Fahy from Galway. Students were given a valuable insight into this career along with the opportunity to enact a courtroom trial given a fictitious case. Twenty of our TY students undertook a coaching assessment with Declan Bree (Leitrim Sports Partnership) and James McDowell (Course Mentor). TYs also undertook a valuable day learning First Aid and CPR skills.

Enterprise Week

As part of Enterprise Week the school Miss Carden organised a visit by the entrepreneur David McGowan of ‘Quirky Nights Glamping’. Mr McGowan’s achieved local, national and international fame with his success in transporting a decommissioned Boeing 767 airplane from Shannon airport to a green field site in Enniscrone Co. Sligo. He encouraged students to work hard to follow their dreams and he is looking forward to establishing a business to provide holiday accommodation in planes, trains and automobiles.

February 2017

AIB Bulid a Bank Challenge

Our TY students successfully launched “Banking without Borders” with the help of Eimear Kelly from our local AIB branch.

Careers in Medicine

Kate J., Amy D., Ava F. and Ava M. attended a very informative presentation held in the University Hospital Sligo by the medical faculty based in NUI Galway. This talk gave an overview of what to expect from a career in medicine. TY student Jack K. represented St. Clare’s at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland MyHealth TY Programme. During an intensive week of lectures and workshops he experienced aspects of medical training and career opportunities in this area.

Road Safety Education

On Monday the 6th of February Louise Geever from the Road Safety Education Centre attended the school. She gave a full day of presentations to all year groups. She emphasised the importance of High Visibility vests for pedestrians as they are the 2nd highest group of road users killed each year. They accounted for 20% of all road deaths from 1997 – 2011. Louise also spoke about correct seat belt usage and other factors that contribute to road fatalities. She showed students a wide variety of videos and they tried out beer goggles to see the effect of alcohol on coordination. This was a very informative day for all students. Thank you to Ms Maguire for organising this event.

CSPE students in Criminal Court

On Thursday 9th February Ms. Carden accompanied a group of second year Civic Social and Political Education (C.S.P.E.) students to the Criminal Courts in Sligo. They watched the court in action and were enthralled by some of the cases before Judge Kilrane. During proceedings the students watched various cases; assault, drug offences, road traffic offences and theft. The Judge requested that one of the accused speak directly to the students, the accused told the students that he had made a huge mistake and he advised them not to be as ‘stupid’ as him. He informed them, that his actions had a very negative impact on his family. The students found the trip very interesting and educational. They will write their Junior Certificate Action Project (worth 60%) based on the trip.

LCVP Enterprise Visit

A group of Leaving Certificate L.C.V.P students attended a community enterprise talk at The Sculpture Centre in Manorhamilton on Wednesday 1st February. The Director Sean O'Reilly delivered a very informative talk about the centre and he specifically focused on aspects of community enterprises covered on the L.C.V.P. course; funding, benefits and the differences between community and business enterprises. The students were given a guided tour of the centre after the talk. Thank you to Ms. Fahey who organised the trip and the L.C.V.P. teachers who took the students; Ms. Sweeney, Ms. Carden and Ms. Carty. A big thank you to the staff at the Sculpture Centre who delivered a very informative presentation which will be benefit the students in their Leaving Certificate examination in May.

Science Lecture at SligoIT

Fifth year students studying Chemistry or Physics attended an event in SligoIT about the ‘Father of Chemistry’, Robert Boyle who was born in Ireland in 1627. He progressed alchemy, which was prevalent at the time, into a scientific study and advanced our understanding of elements beyond those of the ancient Greek philosophers. His discoveries included the measurement of the weight of the air, the behaviour of gases under pressure and the characteristics of vacuums. The lecture was presented in a novel format as it was performed by Eoin Gill as Robert Boyle and Sheila Donegan as his sister Lady Ranelagh. Both were dressed in costumes of the time as they recounted their scientific achievements. The presenters are part of a STEM Outreach Centre at Waterford Institute of Technology. The students and Mr Hewston enjoyed the interesting blend of history, science and demonstrations.

January 2017

Catholic Schools' Week

Catholic schools' week celebration took place on Tuesday 31st Jan in St Aidan's Church, Butlersbridge. It was celebrated by Bishop O'Reilly the Bishop of Kilmore. St Clare’s was represented by Mr Martin's 2A religion class and Fr Sexton, our school chaplain. The theme for 2017 was "Learning with Pope Francis to Care for our Common Home," and the focus for the Kilmore Diocese was taking care of the environment. A copper beech tree was presented to a student from each school and will be planted in the school grounds. The day was a huge success and there was a large crowd present representing most schools in the diocese. Refreshments were served afterwards in the pastoral centre in Cavan.

Music trip to NCH

Miss McHugh accompanied LC music students to the National Concert Hall for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture performed by the RTE National Symphony Orchestra.

Cross Country Athletics

On Thursday 26th January a group of athletes travelled to Calry in Sligo with Ms. Carden, in order to compete in the North Connacht Regional Cross Country Athletics. The conditions were tough with strong crosswinds, icy temperatures and soft ground underfoot. However, this didn’t deter the St. Clare’s Comprehensive athletes, who are all through to the Connacht Finals on Tuesday 7th February. In the minor girls category; Erin S. (8th) was in peak condition, Emily C. (24th), Ashling C. (27th) and Isabel S. (55th) were very impressive on their first outing at the schools cross country event. All of the athletes are through as a team with the top three placed to count. In the minor boys category; Patrick M. (2nd) narrowly missed out on 1st place, having misjudged his opponent. There was fantastic running from all of the minor boys; Evan B. (6th), Eanna C. (19th), Hugo F. (29th) Darragh M. and Fionn F. The minor boys are through as a team with the top four placed to count. In the junior girls category Sarah Brady demonstrated her natural talent when placed 4th and Rachel C. was hot on her heels in 6th place. In the senior category Kyle H. came 7th after retaining his starting position all the way around the undulating 5,000 metre course.

Change-It Week

A special school assembly was called to hear a talk by a past pupil, Neven Maguire. Neven recalled his own personal story as a student of Home Economics and his subsequent experiences around European kitchens under award-winning chefs where through hard word, determination and passion he honed his professional skills. He talked about the importance of family, his locality and the values that he admires in his staff. Neven shared how he became a television chef and his work as an author of many cook books. We are grateful for his inspirational talk and for awarding prizes in our mindfulness colouring competition as part of our ‘Change-It Week’ led by our senior prefects.

Young Scientist 2017

Three projects mentored by Miss. McPhelim from the school progressed to the final of the 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2017. The projects were: A study of how attendance at school affects overall grades (John K.), A habitat study of Juncacea in North Leitrim (Shannon O’H. & Lara M.) and an Investiagtion into the difference in food choices made between 1st and 6th Year students (Elisha H. & Wictoria L.). The judges awarded 3rd place to John K. in the Social and Behavioural Science section and a display award to Shannon O’H. and Lara M. in the Biological and Ecological Section. Our first year students visited the Exhibition to support our entries and to think about ideas for future projects.

December 2016

Christmas at St. Clare's

Preparations are well underway for Christmas trees to be included in the Manorhamilton Christmas Tree Festival, mini-company product day and the decorating of the main hall.
December Issue of School Newsletter

Shoe Box Appeal

TY Young Social Innovators and the TY European studies class organised a Team Hope Shoebox Appeal to bring gifts to children in distant and poor areas in the world.

Business Quiz

St. Clare's hosted a Business Quiz organised by the Business Department and senior students. The Quiz was attended by secondary schools in the area.

November 2016

Funky Fundraiser

The Leaving Certificate L.C.V.P. students organised a funky shoe and non-uniform day in aid of the Sligo Cancer Support Services.  On Wednesday 30th November, Maureen Durcan spoke to the students about the invaluable services offered to cancer patients and their families. The students presented a cheque for €736.90.

St. Angela's College Link

Senior students attended a Study Skills Seminar facilitated at St. Angela's College.

Maths Week Winners

Congratulations to the following students who won awards during maths week. Jack Kelly won the Irish Maths Olympiad. Luke M. won the Maths Prism. Mangahigh.com winners were Megan B. C., Kate V., and Wiktoria Z. 1st Year winners for the Maths Treasure hunt were Alex D., Siobhan F., Eimear F. and Erica G. 2near maths hunt winners were Frank L., Peter M., Jamie Mc L. and Chloe Mc P. 

Science Week 2016

As part of Science Week 2016 transition year students hosted a science demonstration event for all first year students. Students tried out activities involving balancing, mixing, combusting and observing. They also explored the unusual properties of a non-Newtonian fluid called oobleck. We thank Science Foundation Ireland for supplying Science Week rulers and pencils for this event.

October 2016

Céide Fields Visit

First years visited the Céide Fields in Co. Mayo. This is the site of a prehistoric settlement.  Pupils were given a guided tour of the site and learned how the people lived and farmed in Neolithic times.  They also gained insight into the excavation by archaeologists.

Maths Week 2016

As part of national Maths Week first year students were invited to Sligo IT to an entertaining maths lecture given by Andrew Jeffrey.

Junior Match Report

St.Clare's Junior Boys faced Colaiste Muire Ballymote in Ballymote on Monday October 10th. Which was a very tight affair as both sides were very good but were both of the same standards. From the start Ballymote took of the far better side as St.Clare's had a very slow start to a great game. St.Clare's are very strong in the middle of the field with Shane W. who had another brilliant game and James M. who is a very promising young footballer. Ballymote were in their stride as they had a great lead of 8 points going in at halftime but Mr Ward's team talk must head got something into St.Clare's Junior Boys as they came out in the second half a completely different team and a much better side they were in the first half. St.Clare's backline started to work a lot better as they didn't let Ballymote in to score much and they drove on and pushed for success and success is what they got as they put in great effort especially Shane W., James M. in the midfield Gavan M., Mark McG., Kevin McD. and Dermot F. in the forwards and Jack O'C. in the backline with Nathan McM. One man who also had a great game was Diarmuid K. as he bagged himself a great goal. This was very positive from St.Clare's as they came back from a heavy scoreline to win themselves the game with a final scoreline of St.Clare's 7-13 Colaiste Muire Ballymote 5-13. Well Done to the boys. They face Boyle in their next game.

Senior Match Report

St.Clare's Senior boys faced Mohill C.C in Mohill on Friday 14th of October. St.Clare's struggled the whole way throughout the match as they missed 3 key players in Ruairi S., Stephen K. and Peter P. These losses meant that St.Clare's wouldn't be as strong in the middle of the field. Mohill dominated most of the game as they found the target with most of their shots as for St.Clare's they struggled to find the target as they had a lot of wides which if had of been scores could of turned this game around into their favour. Christopher J. captained St.Clare's on the day as he made a great save but was unlucky as his back-line didn't react to clear the ball before the full forward capitalized with a strike off the ground into the bottom left corner. St.Clare's weren't very strong in the middle as Adam C. and Shane F. struggled to get much of the ball but when they did they sent it to the forwards. Mark McG. and Donnacha D. had a excellent game up their as they did everything they could do to get St.Clare's back on level terms. St.Clare's went in at half-time 6 points down and came out in the second half determined to win this match. They kept pushing as Kyle H. and Michael L. possibly the best two players on the field started troubling the Mohill backline which was a very solid backline as they pressured St.Clare's to hit a lot of wides. Although they gave it there all they came out on a scoreline of St.Clare's 2-9 Mohill 3-14 they can keep positive as they played very well, St.Clare's next game they face Castlerea C.S.

September 2016

Bin IT!

On Thursday 29th September the BIN IT! Roadshow visited the school and presented the show to all 1st and 2nd year students. The BIN IT! Roadshow is an award winning educational roadshow designed to tackle the impact of unnecessary littering and helps students to understand why it is so important to take personal responsibility for correct litter disposal. One way to counteract littering is to change behaviour and the aim of this interactive roadshow was to do just that. The roadshow raises awareness on the environmental cost and social issues surrounding discarded litter, particularly chewing gum litter. It also supports the Junior Certificate C.S.P.E. curriculum, as well as encouraging student co-operation, interest and participation. Well done to Ms. Carden's Transition Year students who organised the event.

Rule a Mile Challenge

Our 1st and 2nd year students completed the Glo Health Run a Mile Challenge. This is an initiative by Athletics Ireland to encourage fitness in schools. Over 180 students completed the mile challenge and each finisher will be given a coloured wristband which indicates their finish times. Well done to Ms. Carden's Transition Year students who assisted in the organisation of the event.

May 2016

Successsful Fundraising

Class 4B Transition Years and Class 5B together with their teachers Ms. Carden and Ms. Mc Cawley raised €1402.80 for the Sligo branch of the Irish Kidney Association through various activities in the school over the course of the year. A big thank you to everyone who supported them.
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April 2016

LCVP Visits

On Thursday 14th April, the 5th Year L.C.V.P. students undertook an Enterprise trip to Belleek Pottery in Fermanagh and The Organic Centre in Rossinver with their teachers Ms. Carty, Ms. Sweeney and Ms. Carden. Miss Fahey helped organise the visits and students will complete a report based on them as part of their Link Modules portfolio.


A group of junior and senior athletes had a very successful day at the annual IT Sligo Athletics Event. The athletes won numerous track and field event and retained the Martin Sheridan Perpetual Cup for the third year in a row. Pictured with their coach Ms. Carden.
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Visit to Hamilton's Castle

On Wed April 20th class 2B visited Hamilton's Castle. We recently completed a project on The Plantation of Leitrim and learned all about the role of Sir Frederick Hamilton, the founding father of the town. The proprietors of the castle, Tony and Maura Daley gave us a detailed tour and we all found it most informative. We learned what daily life was like inside the walls and the how the garrison coped with being under siege. We also learned about the impact Hamilton had on shaping the history of our area.

Our 7th School Run 2016

The 7th annual 10K and 5K run/walk sponsored by Rooney's Supervalu, Manorhamilton took place on Sunday 17th April, 2016 at 12.30 pm. The route was AAI measured and chip-timing was facilitated by Core Timing. Finisher medals were presented to all participants in both events. As usual there was music, face-painting for the kids and a bouncy castle sponsored by Manor Marquees in the school gym. Thank you to all the volunteers who are assisting the Race Committee in the organisation of the event. Well done to J. Hanlon (Class 1C) who won the poster competition. and P. Mawn (Class 4C) who won the video competition. Pre-registration was hosted in Supervalu, Manorhamilton.
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English Trip to Sligo

Ms. Walsh and Ms. Carden took the third year higher level English students to Sligo on Tuesday 5th April. Firstly, they visited W.B. Yeats' grave  in Drumcliff. This was followed by a talk in The Yeats Memorial Buidling in Sligo. The talk was delivered by Martin Enright, the President of the Yeats Society. It was very informative and interesting. Mr. Enright spoke at length about the areas of importance in Sligo and Leitrim, to the poet Yeats.  After the talk, the students went to The Merchant of Venice Sessions at The Hawkswell Theatre Sligo, a production delivered by Cyclone Rep.

March 2016

Wheelchair Basketball Experience

Our Transition Year students took part in a very successful Wheelchair Basketball Experience event held in Sligo I.T.

February 2016

Our General Election 2016 Results...

On Friday 26th February, the students of St. Clare's Comprehensive went to the polls for a mock General Election. The election was organised by 4B Transition Year students with the assistance of their teacher Ms. Carden. The main hall was set up as a Polling Station with two polling booths. The students compiled a Register of Electors and polling cards for all staff and students. Ballot papers were distributed to all of the students who expressed an interest in voting. After all of the votes were cast, the arduous task of counting began using Proportional Representation. There were 378 valid votes and 8 spoiled votes. After 15 counts, the results were as follows; 1. Martin Kenny (Sinn Fein) 31% 2. Nigel Gallagher (Independent) 26% 3. Tony McLoughlin (Fine Gael) 25% and 4. Marc McSharry (Fianna Fail) 18% of the vote.

Hamlet at the Helix

On Wednesday 3rd February, Ms. Carden and the 5th year higher level English students travelled to Dublin to watch a production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet by Second Age Theatre Company at The Helix. The students are studying the play for their Leaving Certificate. It was an excellent production by the renowned theatre company.
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Of Mice and Men

On Thursday 11th February, Mr. Hughes, Ms. Carden and Ms. Hassett took the Transition Year students to the Backstage Theatre in Longford to watch an adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel 'Of Mice and Men.' The students read the novel as part of their English course. Of Mice and Men is a fascinating story focusing on issues of isolation and prejudice.

CSI St Clare's Comprehensive

Senior science students and TY students took part in a 'Case of Conspiracy?' which is an Australian Science engagement programme which involves students using the scientific method to objectively review and analyse evidence in a crime scene. Students used a combination of digital evidence, fingerprint impressions, trace evidence, DNA, ballistics, blood analysis and arson evidence to try and solve this crime mystery. At the end they also got a chance to act-out the moments leading up to this case.

Junior Certificate Students visit St. Angela's College

As part of the Schools Access Programme at St. Angela's College their trainee science teachers hosted a practical revision session where they demonstrated activities from the Junior Certificate Science course. Students enjoyed this valuable learning and revision opportunity and the lunch provided by the college.

January 2016

 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Two TY students, Sylvia D. and Stephen K., represented St. Clare's with their project 'Cow manure briquettes vs. non-renewable briquettes' at the 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

December 2015

Christmas at St. Clare's

All the school home rooms got a Christmas makeover as part of a competition organised by the student council.
St. Clare's Comprehensive entered two trees at the Manorhamilton Christmas Tree Festival. One entry was from the Art department and the resource class and the second was a Chemistree by class 3B.
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December Newsletter

November 2015

Shakespeare Live!

The English teachers took a group of 5th years and the 3rd year higher level students to the Shakespeare Live for Schools. The performance in The Glens Centre was an abridged version of the Shakespearean play King Lear, for secondary school students. It was performed by The IT Sligo Performing Arts Students, followed by an interactive workshop with Declan Drohan, lecturer IT Sligo. The performance was a unique re-enactment of some of the important scenes from the play. The students were accompanied by Mr. Hughes, Ms. Carden, Ms. Hassett, Ms. McDonald and Ms. Gillespie.

School Ambassadors

Keri Mc D. and Tara F. were the school ambassadors at the recent St. Angela's College Graduation Day. The students were invited to represent the continuing strong linkage which the Access Schools Programme has with St. Clare's Comprehensive.

Science Week 2015

Science Week 2015 was led by Transition Year students who designed posters and hosted a demonstration workshop for first year students. First year students also visited a repitle and insects show at the local library. Senior science students (James J., Emily W. and Aoife C.) represented the school at the Irish Science Teachers Association Annual Quiz and following their success they will proceed to represent the region at the national final inTrinity College Dublin.

A special visitor

As part of 'College Awareness Week' Johnny Cooper, the All-Ireland medal winning member of the Dublin Team came to visit the schools in his role as Ambassador for DCU to speak to our students about college applications, DCU and in particular Sports Scholarships. Our Senior boys and girls gaelic players were delighted to see him and have their photo taken with him. They were very impressed with his easy manner and humility about his own achievements. The talk was organised by Ms Lynch.

September 2015

History Trip

Second year students learned about life during Famine times and the experience of Irish emigrants to America during an educational trip to the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh.

May 2015

Chinese TY Module

TY students partook in an innovative Chinese Transition Year module including the YCT1 Chinese examination which they sat on Saturday 30th May 2015.

Run A Mile Challenge

On Monday 18th May,the third annual Glo Health Run a Mile Challenge took place on the athletic track. Over 250 students took part and many of the students achieved fantastic times. Kyle H. achieved the fastest time, in an impressive 4.59, closely followed by Vincent S. 5.04, and Jack K. 5.18. The fastest girls were as follows; Emma McL. 6.34, Jennifer M., 6.36, Aoife G. 6.42. The Transition Year students assisted Ms. Carden and Ms. Griffin in the organisation of the event and the recording of finish times. The Student Council organised ice-cream sales for charity. The Athletics Association of Ireland provided coloured wristbands for each of the finishers.

Third level Taster

On Thursday 14th May, Transition Year students attended Institute of Technology, Sligo for a Course Taster Day. This event was organised by the T.Y. Co-Ordinator in conjunction with the Career Guidance Counsellor and I.T. Sligo. Students attended interesting lectures across various departments throughout the day.

Visit to Bord Gais Energy Theatre

On Tuesday 5th May Ms. Carden's Higher Level English students went to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre to watch a production of To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harper Lee classic which they studied for their Junior Certificate.

CSPE Mock Referendum

On Tuesday 12th May, Class 2C organised a Mock Referendum under the guidance of their teacher Ms. Carden. This was a project was undertaken as part of Civic Social and Political Education.  They set up the Polling Station, printed ballot papers, organised a register containing all of the students’ names, some of the students recorded the Tally Count when voting commenced. Students from all classes voted throughout the day on the Same Sex Marriage Referendum and The Age of the Presidential Candidates Referendum. The results were as follows; Same Sex Marriage Referendum: Yes 59%, No 41%, Age of The Presidential Candidates Referendum: Yes 55%, No 45%.
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School Extension

On May 1st 2015 the school extension was oficially opened by Tony McLoughlin TD and blessed by Bishop Leo O'Reilly.

April 2015

Chef Adrian

Students of Home Economics in St.Clares were delighted to welcome celebrity chef and Cavan native Adrian Martin for a cookery demonstration today. Adrian prepared a homemade chicken curry, 5 spiced duck with creamy cabbage, crispi potato rosti and beef tacos! He also provided us with detailed information on Craft butchers and value cuts! Thank you to Adrian from all the students and the Home Economics department in St.Clare's for a memorable day.

March 2015

Hawkswell Theatre

On Wednesday 25th March, Ms. Walsh and Ms. Carden took the Junior Certificate, Higher Level English students to The Merchant of Venice Session at the Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo. The Merchant of Venice Session was an entertaining and informative synthesis of analysis and performance which assisted the Junior Certificate students in their understanding of the Merchant of Venice. This performance was a synopsis of Shakespeare's famous play and it was an entertaining scholarly review which clarified the main themes and topics as well as providing an opportunity for discussion.

I.T. Sligo Sports Event

St. Clare's Comprehensive athletes retained the Martin Sheridan Perpetual Trophy for the second year in a row. The athletes notched up impressive points across various track and field events.

Fantastic Turnout for St Clare’s Comprehensive 10K/5K Run

On Sunday 22nd March, over 250 people participated in the 6th annual St. Clare’s Comprehensive 10K and 5K Run/Walk. A full listing of results and finish times are available on www.precisiontiming.net. A course record was set by Richard O Gorman (Sligo AC) in an incredible time of 32:53 and first female home was Maria Magee 46:07. The winner of the 5K run was Declan Martin (Sligo AC) in a fantastic time of 17:57 and the first female home was Chloe Rooney, in an excellent time of 22:26. The Race Committee, Ms. Carden, Mrs. O’Rourke and Mr. Ward would like to thank Rooney’s Supervalu, Manorhamilton, who were the official sponsor of the run. Thank you to the staff who assisted with the run, the students who volunteered and participated, the parents and the Parent’s Council, the Caretaker Sean Keaney, the Order of Malta, Gazza who provided the music, Gary O'Hagan of Manor Marquee and Party Hire who provided the bouncing castle. Thank you to Katie S. 5th year who designed the poster to promote the run, Jack C. 6th year and Michael C. who directed and produced the promotional video which was used to advertise the event on social media. This year, the money will be used for the restoration and development of the athletic track.

ISPCA Fundraising and Visit

Fifty Transition Year students went on a tour to the ISPCA National Animal Centre. The group had fundraised €540 for the charity through a fun teachers versus students football match. The students were shown the different horses and donkeys in the equine centre and also had a tour of the cattery where one lucky student got to name the ISPCA's latest addition. Shane Fowley suggested the name Giuseppe for the ginger cat and the ISPCA staff were delighted with the original suggestion. The highlight of the tour was a visit to the kennels where the students got to meet dogs of all shapes and sizes. Their hearts melted when they got to meet a friendly litter of husky puppies. They had a thoroughly enjoyable day.

February 2015

Art Exhibition

A variety of student artwork and crafts featured at an exhibition hosted at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre Manorhamilton.

Pancake Fundraiser

TY students raised €260 during a Pancake Fundraiser for Rory Gallagher's Wish to Walk Foundation.
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January 2015

International Business Competition

Three entrepeneurs represented St. Clare's under the guidance of their enterprise teacher, Miss. Gallagher, at a national competition hosted by Foróige in Dublin. Michael C. (Studybud) created an app for Junior Cert students to help them with their French revision. Chris C. (Chess Nuts) produced chess sets made with novel pieces represented by various combinations of nuts and bolts. Clara H. (Look 2 Cook) made a cook book where all the recipes are shown using pictures to help people with reading difficulties. Clara's product won the competition and she will travel To New York City to receive her award at the NFTE Global Showcase in Gotham Hall.

Young Scientist's Exhibition 2015

Kieran G. represented St. Clare's with his thorough investigation into Developing a Portable Multi-Fuel Thermoelectric Phone Charger. Emer C., Niamh McI. and Aoife F. received a Presentation Award for Investigating the different sequences, patterns and key changes in popular music and how they inpact on the success of the song.

Fun Run 2015

Our 6th annual Fun Run is now accepting applications online for the 5k and 10k event. (Sunday, 22 March 2015)

December 2014

December issue of school newsletter

Elected Students 2014/2015

Mentors Senior Prefects Student Council

Christmas Fair 2014

St. Clare’s hosted this year’s Christmas Fair for two days at the Bee Park Community Centre. Over thirty stands were present with junior and TY mini-companies displaying their latest products and inventions.

The Squeazy story continues...

Matthew H., Luke S. and Fergus M. have teamed up with another Student Enterprise winner, Jonathan White (Patrician High School Carrickmacross) to create the Squeazy App which reached the top 50 section in the arcade category of the Apple App Store and trended in the top 10 apps in the Google Play store.
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November 2014

Bin It Road show

The Bin It Road show was delivered to all 1st and 2nd Year C.S.P.E. students on Wednesday 19th November, 2014. The Road Show educates students about the importance of correct disposal of waste – especially chewing gum, in a fun and innovative way. Thank you to Stephen O'Riordan and Rachael Beaney, who delivered an entertaining show. Pictured are second year students Jack O'C., Amanda E., Emer K. and Gavan M.
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Grease! Our School Musical

All the efforts of students and staff were met with great reviews and sell-out performances for our latest school musical - Grease! We wish to thank all our sponsors and acknowledge the positive support received from the community for this production.
Promotion graphic designed by Katie S.

October 2014

Career Guidance News

A new component of Career Guidance required senior students to undertake volunteer placements within the community. Placements were organised by the students and undertaken outside school hours.  Students volunteered in various organisations such as; Splodar Theatre Company, Irish Water Safety, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, The Carer’s Association, St. Phelim’s Nursing Home, Foroige, Calry Parish Church, The Model, Sligo and S.U.P. for All.

As a component of this module, students invited Trina Curneen from Foróige to the school to speak about the invaluable work they undertake within the local community.


September 2014

Naughton Scholarship Award 2014

Congratulations to Eoin Killalea who has been awarded this year's Naughton Scholarship award at Trinity College Dublin. Past recipients include Ciara McCaffrey and Óisín Parkinson-Coombs, all past-pupils of St. Clare's Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton and all presently studying in the fields of Science, Maths and Engineering at TCD. 

New link between St. Clares's staff room and Leitrim Senior GAA

Congratulations to Mr Ward who has been appointed as Leitrim manager of the Leitrim senior and U21 football teams for 2015.

Students receive Seán Lemass Award

Matthew H., Fergus M. and Luke S. received the Seán Lemass award in recognition of the success of their TY mini-company Squeazy from the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. This formal presentation took place in the Department of Education & Skills in Marlborough Street.
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May 2014

Students Honoured at St. Angela's College

Alfie C., Aoife F., Nicole S., Mikhail K. and Aoibhinn H. were presented with certificates as part of St. Angela's Schools Access Programme with St. Clare's Comprehensive.
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April 2014

Connacht Schools Athletics Association Regional Track and Field Event at Sligo IT

The following students have qualified for the Connacht finals, which will take place on Thursday 15th May at Athlone IT.
Junior boys - Vincent S. 5th 1500 metres.
Junior girls - Eadaoin C. 4th 200 metres, Mary B. - 3rd 1500 metres, Chloe R. 5th 1500 metres.
Inter Ava M. - 3rd 1500 metres.
Junior Girls Relay Team - 4th overall: Eadaoin C., Mary B., Saoirse M., & Chloe R.
Senior Girls Denise C. 5th in the Long Jump.
Senior Boys Cian R. 3rd 800 metres. Senior Boys Relay Team - 2nd; Cian R., Sean K., Brian S. and Gary F.

Annual I.T. Sligo Track and Field Event

St. Clare's Comprehensive teams notched up impressive points scores, winning the trophy in 1st place and also coming 3rd, out of 18 teams. The students were presented with the Martin Sheridan Perpetual Trophy and medals. This event was very well organised by Kerry Larkin and the Bachelor of Business Recreation and Leisure students.
Team 1: Denise C. (Captain), Mary B., Ava M., Alan Mc S., Jack C., and Brian S.
Team 2: Sean K. (Captain), Gary F., Cian R., Niamh Mc I., Cathleen V., and Aine Mc.G.
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Special Olympics

A non-uniform day was held on Thursday 10th April, 2014 in aid of Special Olympics Connacht. The total raised was €630, all of which went directly to the charity. Special Olympics Connaught provides year round sports training and competition for over 1,400 adults and children with intellectual disabilities in Galway, Leitrim Longford, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath. Over 30 sports competitions and development days are held annually in 13 Olympic type sports. Thank you to class 4C who helped Ms. Carden collect the money and to all the students who supported the fundraising event.

ISPCA visit

TY students and several junior students from St. Clare's Comprehensive visited the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Kenagh, Co. Longford on April 9th. The students were given an educational tour of the facility and got to meet some of the 150 rescued animals in their care. The school made a €420 donation to the charity which the students and staff raised by hosting a charity basketball match and collecting donations. These funds will be used to help the ISCPA continue their rescue and rehabilitation work. The students even got a sneak preview of TV3's Animal A & E which was being filmed on the grounds on the day.

Irish Kidney Association

On Friday 4th April 2014, the students from class 4C volunteered to fundraise for The Irish Kidney Association during Organ Donor Awareness Week. The students raised a total of €1083.07, through the sale of the Forget-Me-Not flowers and pens. Thank you to the people of Manorhamilton who donated to this worthy charity.

School Run 2014

On Sunday 6th April, 2014, a large number of athletes attended the 5th annual St. Clare’s Comprehensive 10K or 5K Run/Walk in Manorhamilton. Undeterred by the April showers, seasoned athletes stood side by side with novice runners and braced themselves for the challenge that lay ahead. Pat’s Country Roadshow provided music to entertain the assembled crowd on Ross Lane. Right on cue, the sun shone brightly as the race commenced. The veterans were guaranteed a professional event, the route was AAI measured and certified. The route is predominantly flat and provided the perfect opportunity for a PB. The event was chip-timed by Precision Timing and a full listing of results is available on www.precisiontiming.net First home in the 10K was Craig Brennan in an impressive time of 37:04 and first female home was Patricia McCosker 41:40, both from North Sligo AC. The students of St. Clare’s Comprehensive were out in force in the 5K event, the winner was Vincent Sweeney in a fantastic time of 19:57 and the first girl home was Orlaith Kelly in a time of 23:52. The event organisers, Shane Ward, Sandra Carden and Dympna O’Rourke would like to thank Rooney’s Supervalu, Manorhamilton, the official sponsor of the event. In addition, they are grateful to the Principal Mr. John Irwin, Deputy Principal Ms. Ceola Mc Gowan, the staff and students of St. Clare’s Comprehensive, the parents and members of the local community who supported the run in any capacity. Thank you to the members of An Garda Siochana who were on traffic control along the route. They would like to express their sincere gratitude to all the volunteers who were on hand to feed the weary athletes, the countless stewards who ensured the safety of participants along the route. Thank you to the volunteers who managed the water stations and provided much needed hydration to the participants. Thank you to the past pupils who offered their services as face painters for the kids. Thank you to Gary O’Hagan, Manor Marquee and Party Hire who provided a bouncing castle for kids. Thank you to Sean Keaney, who was working tirelessly in the background in the weeks preceding the event. Hope to see everyone back again in 2015 for the 6th 10K/5K event, a date for your diary - Sunday 22nd March 2015.
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Enterprise Awards Final 2014

St. Clares' Comprehensive represented the county at Junior and Intermediate level after successes at Leitrim County Enterprise Board level. The national final was hosted at the Croke Park Conference Suite and included those who had made it through the initial rounds which had 17,000 students from 370 schools participating.
Blissful Bites (Tara McL., Kate J. and Aisling O'C.) are a luxury chocolatier company who design, produce and package exquisite chocolates and they won best display in their category. Bored Games (Ciara L., Clara H.) produce creative, reusable, customised activity game packs for children and they came overall second in their category.
Ms. Gallagher mentors mini-companies where students learn important business and life-skills. Mini-companies are judged on areas including: business planning, market research, sales & marketing, financial management and innovation
Last year's overall national winner Squeazy were also invited back as special guests and they set up a Squeazy Zone with a prize on the Skyline sponsored by Croke Park.


Backstage tour of iRadio

Three TY students from St Clare's Comprehensive School recently went on a V.I.P. tour of IRadio's studios in Athlone. The students: Ciara McG., Aine L. and Daithi C. won a media competition ran by Greenes Shoes in order to claim this fantastic prize. The students got the opportunity to see live recordings at the station, to see how adverts are created and to meet the stations D.J's such as Fergal D'arcy, Steven Cooper and Oonagh O'Carroll.
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February 2014

Film Festival

St. Clare's was represented by Jack C. and Michael C. at the First Cut Youth Film Festival in Youghal, Co. Cork. The school entry Bounce! was in the top 5% of entries in the schools section. Another short film, Marine litter through the eyes of a child, produced by Jack, Michael and Katie L. was well received by the Marliesco European Competition and University College Cork.

TY Media Studies

As part of the Transition Year Media Studies module students travelled with Miss. Gillespie to Kairos Communications Media Production and Training Studios in Maynooth to participate in a one day Television Production Course. This intensive hands-on course covered all the elements of television programme making. Students got to write, act in and direct their own magazine style television programme. They also got to take on technical roles such as camera work, vision mixing and sound engineering. The course gave students a great insight into what it is like to work in the world of media.

Science at St. Angela's College

Third year students visited St. Angela's College, Sligo to review junior certificate experiments with the college's trainee science teachers.

January 2014

BT Young Scientist

This year the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition celebrated its 50th anniversary and St. Clare’s were represented by Niamh G. and Niamh F. who were Highly Commended in the Senior Social and Behavioural Sciences Section with a project entitled “Is the new project maths curriculum benefiting student’s overall problem solving and analytical skills?”

December 2013

Career Event

The Careers Department and the students of fourth year organised an evening featuring individuals who gave an insight into their personal career pathways. The event included presentations given by : Fionuala McLoughlin, Nurse, Sligo General Hospital, Dave Cummins, Garda, Manorhamilton Garda Station, Michael Dolan, Primary teacher, St. Clare's, Owen Tully, Defence Forces, Dana Vasiloaica, lecturer in Computing, Sligo IT, Dr. Prakash Shrestha, GP, Manorhamilton Health Centre, Ronan Hasslett Business/Entrepreneur Merenda Ltd., Manorhamilton and Gráinne McHugh, Music undergraduate, NUI Maynooth.
Refreshments afterwards were sponsored by Squeazy.

Christmas Fair 2013

Our Transition Year, Smart Bank, hosted the first Christmas Fair at St. Clare's featuring mini-companies from first, second and TY groups under the guidance of enterprise teacher Miss. Gallagher. The event was supported by the local and school community throughout the day.

November 2013

John Paul II Awards

Emma C., Aoife K., Oisin McD., Rionach N. and Chloe L. received their Pope John Paul II Gold awards in Cavan from Bishop Leo O'Reilly.

European Youth Parliament

Naoise C., Susan McG., James J. and Laura C. represented St. Clare's Comprehensive at the European Youth Parliament Conference held in Galway.

September 2013

School Extension Opens

Our long-awaited school extension is completed. It accommodates four additional classrooms including a music room and a resource room.

State Examination Results

Well done to all students who achieved their goals in the 2013 State Examinations. Particular mention to Oisín P.C. who received the Naughton Scholarship and to Colm C. who received the J.P. McManus Scholarship based on their exceptional Leaving Certificate results.
James J. and Blaíthín F. also achieved excellent results in the Junior Certificate Examination.


May 2013

Prize Giving Day

Academic Student of the Year Awards:
Junior Students
1A - Kate J., 1B - Fiona C., 1C - Shauna C., 1D - Aisling F.
2A - Conor N., 2B - Michael C., 2C - Aisha C., 2D - Emer C.
3A - Emily W., 3B - Blaíthín F., 3C - Niamh F.

Transition Year Students
TY1 -Jack C., TY2 - Brian S.

Senior Students
4A - Emma C., 4B - Liadh B., 4C - Rioghnach K.
5A - Colm C., 5B - Niall McL., 5C - Oisín P.C.

Junior Student of the Year - James J.
Senior Student of the Year - Oisín P.C.

Student of the Year Awards:
Junior Students
1A - Eoghan M., 1B - John K., 1C - Lughaidh A., 1D - Ava F.
2A - Aoife R., 2B - Michael C., 2C - Peter P., 2D - Nuala P.C.
3A - Leesa F., 3B - Shona McM., 3C - James J.

Transition Year Students
TY1 - Niamh G., TY2 - John S.

Senior Students
4A - Colin McD., 4B - Kevin K., 4C - Hannah F.
5A - Michelle F., 5B - Denise McD., 5C - Lauren McM.

Junior Academic Student of the Year - Shona McM.
Senior Academic Student of the Year - Michelle F.

Sporting Awards

1st Year Boys Gaelic Footballer of the Year: Cian K.
Under 14 Girls Gaelic Footballer of the Year: Niamh McS.
2nd Year Gaelic Footballer of the Year: Noah H.
Junior Girls Player of the Year: Naomi McM.
Junior Boys Player of the Year: Gary F.
Senior Girls Gaelic Player of the Year: Niamh F.
Senior Boys Gaelic Player of the Year: Niall Mc L.
1st Year Boys Futsal Player of the Year: Stephen K.
Football Managers: Alan McS., Donall F., Fergus M.
Under 16 Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Oisín D.
Senior Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Colm C.
Senior Girls Soccer Player of the Year: Liadh B.
1st Year Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Andrew L.
2nd Year Basketball Player of the Year: Kyle H.
Under 16 Basketball Player of the Year: Alan McS.
Under 19 Basketball Player of the Year: Fionn R.
1st Year Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Ava F.
2nd Year Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Linda D.
Under 16 Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Alanna G.
Under 19 Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Christina K.
1st Year Spikeball Player of the Year: Jordan K., Orlaith K.
2nd Year Spikeball Player of the Year: Ruairi S., Aoife F.
Girls Volleyball Player of the Year: Aoife McP.
AVIVA Mile Challenge: Colm C. (05:08), Oisín P.C. (05:09), Kevin McG. (05:10)
AVIVA Mile Challenge: Mary B. (05:52), Liadh B. (06:27), Sadbh C. (06.27)
10k Team Winners (AVG 00:49:08) Colm C., Gary F., Robert C., Denise C., Peter P.
Connacht Track & Field Winners: Mary B. (2nd 1500 metres), Gary F. (1st 200 metres), Liadh B. (1st 100 metres)
Athlete of the Year: Mary B.
County Representatives: Aisling O'H., Ava F., Caroline C., Aoife McT., Saoirse M., Eadaoin C., Ethan C., Peter P., Robert C., Ruairí S., Damon B., Martin F., Jack B., Michael L., Oisín K., Eoghan K., Ryan L., Christopher F., Diarmiud F., Kieran McP., Bertie C., Stephan L., Stephen McP., Jonas D., Patrick McT., Ben G., Ryan McV., Noah H.
Runners up in Under 19 Soccer Competition: Edel McL., Naomi McM., Liadh B., Eimear F., Rebecca R., Niamh F., Ailbhe C., Sadbh C., Caolin C., Louise C., Gemma T., Aisling O'H., Sinead F., Niamh McS., Katie McD., Síle K., Aoife F., Ava M., Tara F., Emer C.

Additional Awards

Girls Active Person of the Year : Louise McG.
Staff Dodgeball Champion : Miss Brennan
Best Junior Certificate Results 2013 : Rioghnach K.
ECDL Student of the Year : Brendán McD.
Outstanding achievement in Music : Blaíthín F.
Outstanding contribution to music in St. Clare's : Sarah K.
Junior Young Scientist of the Year : Michael C.
Senior Young Scientist of the Year : Brian S., Brendán McD.
Senior Science Quiz Award : Aoife C., Blaíthín F., James J., Nevile McD., Marie McM., Gearóid F.
Junior Science Quiz Award : Fionn R., Colm C., Oisín P.C., Eoghan O'N., Clíodhna O'R., Donal C.
Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics and Science : Brendán McD., Brian S.
Business Quiz Team : Marie McM., Aoife M., Leesa F., Sinead McG., Nevile McD., Oisín McD., Mark G., Clare C.
NUI Galway Commended Business Results : Sarah C., Emma C., Rioghnach K.
Achievement in Enterprise Award : Luke S., Matthew H., Fergus M.
Best Business Report : Sarah C., Katie M., Eimear C.
Best Sustainability Award : Glen B., Ryan O'H., John S., Ann-Marie M.
Junior Woodwork Student of the Year : Ian H.
Best School Attendance : Krystina K.
Special Contribution to St. Clares's Comprehensive School : Amy G.
Healthy Promoting Schools Programme : Mr Padraig Morgan, Mrs Margaret Connolly (BoM), Mr Martin Johnston (Parent), Mrs Clodagh Sheridan (Parent), Niall McL., Sarah K., Ríonach N., Aoife C., Niamh McS., Cian F., Miss O'Driscoll, Miss Lynch

April 2013

Athletics Event

A group of students with their athletics coach, Ms. Carden, attended a Regional Track and Field Event organised by the Sports and Recreation Department in Sligo IT. Liadh B. won the 100m sprint and the Senior team came 2nd overall.
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Greenhat Project

Eleven students attended the Intergenerational Concluding Conference of the Greenhat cross border project on the theme of 'Experiences of the Troubles' which took place in the Lough Allen hotel.
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Fundraising for the Irish Kidney Association

Miss Carden's LCVP class 4C collected money on the streets of Manorhamilton, for the Irish Kidney Association. They raised €1029.85, through the sales of forget-me-not flowers, pens and other items, provided by the IKA. They would like to thank all of the people who donated to the fundraising. The awareness of the valuable work of this charity was raised by a talk given by Michael Mc Hugh, Chairman of Sligo Branch of the Irish Kidney Association and Marie Fowley, committee member. These guest speakers delivered inspiring talks and shared their personal stories about organ donation. They also provided information about the use of funding within the organisation and the ongoing importance of organ donation.
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School Run 2013

Thanks to all who participated and helped out at our fourth annual school run which included chip timing at this year's event.
10 k Results
4 k Results
Photos 2013


March 2013

School 10 km run/walk 2013

The annual school 10 km was offically launched by Ballinamore's Olympic race walker, Colin Griffin after he delivered a motivational talk to senior students. The event will be co-ordinated by Mr S. Ward, Miss D. Boylan and Miss S. Carden. The main sponsor is SuperValu Manorhamilton. This year's event will also include an A.A.I. measured route, personalised chip-timing, Pat's Country Roadshow and activities for children. Further information available at www.runireland.com

Penalties Settle Score at Senior Soccer Final

St Clare's Comprehensive School Senior Soccer Team 2012-2013 are Connacht A2 Runners up after a match at Milbush, Castlebar. Full Time Score 1-1 (Penalties 7-8). St. Clare’s U-19 Senior Soccer team at the match were Sean K., Yann T., Jack B., Steven McP., Luke S., Mark T., Conor H., Richard H., Cian R., Robbie C., Conor D., Bertie C., Gary F., Colm C. (Capt), Oisin P-C., Patrick W. and Darren M. The squad for this year's campaign also include Mathew H., Donall F., Niall McM., Kevin R., Alan McS. and Niall G. St Clare’s dominated this game for long periods but couldn’t get the ball in the net. Ballyhaunis came into the game after 10 minutes enjoying a good period and hit a wonder strike from 30 yard to go one up. Then St. Clare’s Patrick W. hit the post with a set piece free kick. The second half started as the first ended with St. Clare's building momentum. With 10 minutes on the clock St Clare’s increased the intensity and were rewarded with a goal from the calmness in midfield by Bertie C. The last few minutes and extra time were exciting again with St. Clare’s camped in Ballyhaunis half. The game ended 1-1. Brave men stood up and struck penalties but Ballyhaunis matched the task and after sudden death St. Clare’s lost out 8-7. Hard Luck to all involved. This was a mammoth effort by all and an enjoyable season under the guidance of Mr Ward.

TY Get up and Go

TY Get Up and Go is a national enterprise competion open to transition year students. Team bro-yo won a sustainability award for their product and team Squeazy won awards for their product quality, innovation, accounts and will be invited to a national final event.

Griffith College Business Enterprise Competition

On the 14th March three mini-company teams with their teacher Miss. Gallagher went to compete at the inaugural GCD student enterprise competition. The competing teams were: Handie Handbags, Hoods ‘N’ Tees and Squeazy. Team Squeazy won this event which is part of Griffith College's ‘schools week’ to promote its Business Courses to post primary students.
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February 2013

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

After many weeks and months of hard work and rehearsals our production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat receives excellent reviews and achieves sell-out performances.

Student Leitrim Enterprise Board Competiton 2013

On Wednesday March 6th over 100 students from the seven Secondary Schools from around the county attended the annual Enterprise Board Competition in the Bush Hotel Carrick-on-Shannon. Handie handbags won the award for Senior Best Business Report and Squeazy won the overall competion which allows the team to proceed to the national finals to be held at the Croke Park conference centre.

Head Boy Honoured

Niall McL. received a Sligo/Leitrim District Garda Youth Award following his nomination for his proactive role in St. Clare's health promoting programme of resilience - 'Bounce'. This initative is promoted by Superintendent Michael Clancy and the Credit Union.

New Learning Links

Mr Gilmartin's Design and Communication class were involved with a live link with an interactive lecture on robotics lecture delivered by staff at Sligo IT. Despite a few technical difficulties students got a glimpse of how a valuable learning link could be established between educational sectors without leaving the comfort of the classroom!
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January 2013

Transition Year Mini Companies

Transition Year Mini companies are producing a wide array of goods and services this year. Products include yo-yos, customised hoodies and T-shirts, Cartesian divers and a range of handbag contents to allow plain sailing through airport security. Under the guidance of Ms. Gallagher TY students have produced, sold and entered local and national competitions.

BT Young Scientist 2013

This year a number of entries were successful in reaching the exhibition stage of the Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2012. The projects were 1) The shock absorbing properties of a combination of cornstarch and water by Niamh G. and Naoise C. 2) An investigation of how the outer atmosphere of the sun is far hotter than the sun's surface by James J., Declan B., Robbie C. 3) Does age affect driving skill? by Sean K., Fearghal R., David H. and 4) Investigation into the use of UV in a fridge to reduce food spoilage by Brian S., Brendán McD. After the judging stages the projects by Sean K., Fearghal R., David H. Niamh G., and Naoise C. were given the status of Highly Commended projects. The project on the solar investigation by James J., Declan B. & Robbie C. received a presentation award.

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Build a Bank

The AIB Build a Bank competition has been launched by transition year students following formal interviews for the various roles. The succesful candidates are Fergus M. (bank manager), Matthew H. (assistant manager), John S. & Aisling McG. (tellers), Sarah  C.(auditor), Niamh G.(sales & marketing executive). They have branded their bank 'The Banter Bank'. We thank local AIB staff for their ongoing support and mentoring with this group.

Junior Certificate Awards

Emma G., Sarah C., and Rionach K. received special certificates at NUIG in recognition of their 'A' grade achieved at higher level Business in their Junior Certificate Examinations.

TY Charity Project

TY students promoted an awareness for the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) and raised €827. We thank all those who supported the collection points for this worthy cause.


November 2012

Local champions visit St. Clare's

Airtricity League Champions 2012, Sligo Rovers visited with the Airtricity League Cup on Friday 23rd November. The school was red and white for the day, with students showing their support for the team by wearing the club colours. A Sligo Rovers flag flew from the flagpole and 4th year Art students prepared a placard to welcome the players. Club secretary Keith O'Dwyer, league top scorer Danny North and Ryan Connolly were greeted with a rapturous applause. The players were happy to answer the student's questions.

C.S.P.E. class visits Áras an Uachtárain

On Wednesday 14th November, Ms. Carden and Class 3C, C.S.P.E. visited Áras an Uachtárain for an Ambassador’s Credential Ceremony. The Ambassador of Austria, H.E. Mr. Thomas Nader, the Ambassador of Costa Rica, H.E. Mrs. Pilar Saborio de Rocafort and the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Mr. Mustafa Mujezinovic, presented their credentials to President Michael D. Higgins. This was followed by the President greeting all of the students. The school were given a tour of Áras and Uachtárain and an opportunity to ask questions. Students will undertake the task of completing their Action Project based on the trip.

Kerry legend visits St. Clare's

St. Clare's was honoured by a visit from the legendary Kerry footballer, Colm 'Gooch' Cooper. Colm encouraged students and shared some of the finer skills involved in Gaelic football. We thank Mr Ward and AIB for organising this special opportunity.

On the Run...

Over 2.5 days, from Monday 22nd– Wednesday 24th November, 433 students, 7 teachers and 4 Leitrim G.A.A. players took part in the Aviva Run a Mile Challenge on the athletics track. There was great excitement over the last few weeks, as students trained twice weekly on the athletics track. Many students started running for the first time, while the more experienced athletes trained hard in order to achieve a personal best. The Run a Mile Challenge week began with a presentation about healthy eating and the importance of sleep, nutrition, leisure and fun, for overall health and wellbeing. This was followed by a motivational video. On Monday and Tuesday each class group participated in the event. On Wednesday morning the elite runners raced against some local G.A.A. players; Paddy Maguire, Adrian Croal, Mary Poniard and Rhona McSharry. The St. Clare’s students performed very well; there was a photo finish amongst the boys with Bertie C. and Oisin PC. crossing the finish line in an impressive time of 4.57, followed by Colm C. 5.08 and Kevin McG. 5.10. The girls were equally impressive with first year student Mary B. completing the challenge in an amazing time of 5.52, followed by Louise M. 6.25, Liadh B. 6.27 and Sadhbh C. 6.27. Amongst the teachers impressive times were recorded for Mr. Ward, Ms. Carden, Ms. Brennan, Mr. Hewston, Ms. McGowan, Ms. Cunningham and Ms. Lynch. Well done to everyone who took part and to the Transition Years who helped in the running of the event. Each competitor was presented with a different coloured wristband from Athletics Association Ireland, with different colours representing the finish time.

Poetry Competition

Congratulations to James J. and his teacher Miss Benson who took home first place in the under 15 school poetry section in the Allingham Arms festival.
Read James's poem here

Science at St. Clare's

This year a record five science projects have been accepted for the 2013 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Miss McPhelim is helping the students prepare for the exhibition in Dublin. TY students held two lunchtime science demonstration events in the main hall and Mr Hewston did some science week demonstrations for first year students. Miss McManus and Miss Cunningham organised our representatives at the Irish Science Teachers' Association Senior Science Quiz hosted at ITSligo.
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Comhairle na nÓg

St Clare's was well represented at recent events by Jack C., Naoise C., Sarah C., Niamh G., Susie McG., Conor O'H. Local events included an AGM held in Carrick-on-Shannon and a national showcase event in Croke Park during which they were addressed by the Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny.

Senior Prefects & Student Council

After intense lobbying and excellent presentations our new Head Girl is Sarah K. and Head Boy is Niall McL. Our new Senior Prefects are Lauren McM., Lisa H., Niall K. and Fionn R. Twelve members of the new student council attended the 'Alive to Thrive' Youth Mental Health Conference with Ms. McGowan. As a follow up they will be involved in a county Young Mental Health initiative funded by Peace III.

October 2012

Halloween Party

TY students organised an end of term Halloween event in the school gym as part of a TY fundraiser. Students dressed up for the disco and there was a range of great spot prizes on offer. We thank DJ Kevin 'Muscles' McG. who provided a lively mix of music throughout.
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Cooking Competition

Junior Cert. student Jared T. won Chef of the Year at Killegar international Mushroom festival 2012. He gave an outstanding presentation and culinary performance during this competition. Jared won one week's work experience with Neven Maguire at MacNean House Restaurant, Blacklion.

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May 2012

Irish Kidney Association

Ms. Carden's 4th Year L.C.V.P. collected €955.73 for the Irish Kidney Association during Organ Donor Awareness week. The Chairman of the Sligo Branch Michael McHugh and Liz Gilligan were very grateful when they collected the cheque.

Letter Writing Competition

Congratulations to Oisin P.C. who won a letter writing competition entitled "Dear Mr. Kenny" and also to Michelle F. who reached the final shortlist with a highly regarded entry. This competition was hosted by St. Angela's College Sligo.
Read Oisin's winning letter here.

Sports Day 2012

St. Clare's held a whole-school Sports Day which included races, pillow fights, class events and individual challenges. Miss Bonar and senior students helped organise this very successful event which included plenty of sunshine!
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Prize Giving Day

Student of the Year Awards:
Junior Students
1A - Megan H., 1B - Aoibhinn H., 1C - Paula S., 1D - Alan J.
2A - Matthew G., 2B - Shonagh McM., 2C - Emma McG.
3A - Helen W., 3B - Jessica H., 3C - Erin McM.

Transition Year Students
TY1 - Liadh B., TY2 - Emmet F.

Senior Students
4A - Michelle F., 4B - Aoife H., 4C - Andrew R.
5A - Allanah O'C., 5B - Claire O'B., 5C - Robert B.

Junior Student of the Year - Matthew H.
Senior Student of the Year - Sinead McC.

Academic Student of the Year Awards:
Junior Students
1A - Conor N., 1B - Michael C., 1C - Aisha C., 1D - Nuala P.C.
2A - Robbie C., 2B - Blaithin F., 2C - James J.
3A - Yasmin McD., 3B - 3C - Emma C.

Transition Year Students
TY1 - Rionach N., TY2 - Danielle P.

Senior Students
4A - Caoimhe C., 4B - Niall McL., 4C - Oisin P.C.
5A - Eimear F., 5B - Mark C., 5C - Joseph M.

Junior Academic Student of the Year - Brian S.
Senior Academic Student of the Year - Joice C.

Sporting Awards

Basketball First year girls: Nuals P.C.
Basketball First year boys: Noah H.
Basketball Second year girls: Sinead McG.
Basketball Second year boys: Kieran McP.
Basketball Under 16 girls: Tara S.
Basketball Under 16 boys: Adam H.
Basketball Under 19 girls: Chloe G.
Basketball Under 19 boys: Jack C.
Athlete of the year: Lousie M.
10 k first male student: Cian R.
10 k first female student: Louise M.
Soccer Senior player: Patrick W.
Soccer first year player: Conor McN.
Under 14 Girls Gaelic: Rebecca R.
Junior Girls Gaelic: Niamh Feely
Senior Girls Gaelic: Joice C.
First year Boys Gaelic: Darragh R.
Second year Boys Gaelic: Jack B.
Junior Boys Gaelic: Niall McL.
Senior Boys Gaelic: Enda F.
Special Sporting Award (sponsored by AIB): Rory McD.

TY Certificates

Department of Education & Skills Participation
Badminton Ireland
Gael Linn
Martial Arts
School of Motoring
Choose Safety
Safefood for life

GAISCE Bronze Awards : Rionach N., Jordan McH., Laura McC., Mark McD., Justin D., Danielle P., Bertie C., Ailbhe C.

Additional Awards

Senior Pharma Science Quiz Regional Finals: Cathal D., Isabella M., Joseph M., David K., Eimear F., Eoin R.
Junior Pharma Science Quiz Regional Finals: Sarah C., Matthew H., Naoise C., Denise C., Jack C., Carl W., Brendan MacD., Brian S., Niamh G.
Third place finalists in Pharma Science Quiz: Brendan MacD., Brian S., Niamh G.
Creative Writers: Caoimhe C. (competition hosted by Brainfood.ie) , Oisin P.C. (competition hosted by St. Angela's College)
Best Junior Certificate Results: Sadhbh C.
AIB award for Junior Certificate Business: Rionach N.
Achievement in Literature: Caoimhe C., Oisin P.C.
St. Angela's Student Awards: Megan H., Jessica H., Fiona G., Niall McM., Aisling McG.
Achievement in Sport: Eoin K.
Contribution to Mathematics at St. Clare's: David K.
Contribution to Irish at St. Clare's: Joice C.
DebatingTeam: Robbie C., James J., Niamh F., Cliodhna R., Oisin P.C., Joice C.
Sci Fest: Clares D., Linda D.
Outstanding achievement in music: B. Farrell
Outstanding contribution to music at St. Clare's: K. Vesey, E. Rock
Garda Siochana Youth Award: Sarah R.
ECDL student of the Year: Danielle P.
New 2012/2013 mentors: Caoimhe C., Donal C., Oisin P.C., Jacinta D., Emma F., Michelle F., Amy G., Aoife H., Lisa H., Shannon H., Sarah-Ann K., Sabrina K., Niall K., Rachel M., Donna McG., Eithne McL., Niall McL., Katie McM., Lauren McM., Arlene McM., Cliodhna R., Jennifer R., Fionn R., Yann T.
Girls Active: Mary K. Krystina K., Cliodhna R., Sinead F., Amy R., Aimee O'C., Hannah S., Laura C.
Best School Attendance: Niamh McI., Ruairi S., Kyle V., Matthew M., Aoife R., Marie McM., Hannah S., James J., Shonagh McM., Sean K., Fergus M., Luke S., Emma C., Owen M., Rionach N., Donal C., Krystina K, Oisin P.C., Stephen R., Rachel M., David K., Joseph M., Sorcha G., Cathal O'D.
Special Contribution to St. Clares's Comprehensive School: Patrick W.
Prize Day Photographs


Walk in my Shoes...

Staff and Students supported the first Walk in my Shoes campaign by wearing sandals, crocs, wellies and funky shoes. Its purpose is to raise awareness of mental health issues, challenge the stigma attached to mental illness and to provide services. Miss McGowan co-ordinated our local event which raised €720.00 towards St. Patrick's Hospital Foundation.

Junior Science Quiz

Three teams represented St. Clare's at a Junior Science Quiz hosted in Sligo IT. Miss McManus and Miss Cunningham helped prepare the teams. Team 1 - Niamh G., Brendan McD., Brian S. Team 2 - Naoise C., Denise C., Carl W. Team 3 Jack C., Sarah C., Matthew H. Team 1 achieved an overall third place finish.

Nesting Wagtails

A pair of wagtail birds buillt a nest in the school glasshouse and a few weeks later the fledglings flew away.

April 2012

CSPE 2012

Students from 3B with Mr Greene and Mr McMorrow visited the Chinese Embassy in Dublin as part of their CSPE project work. This was the first time that students from any school in Ireland have been received by the embassy. It was a memorable opportunity to share and compare information along with cultural, dining and sporting interests.
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Fun Run 2012

St. Clare's Comprehensive hosted its third annual 10k Race sponsored by Supervalu, Manorhamilton on Sunday 22nd April. Almost 300 runners and walkers took part. Well done to all of the participants who took part in the race. The winner, for the third consecutive year was Neil Faulkner in a very impressive time of 34:51. In 2nd place, Seamus Somers in 35:14, 3rd place Rory Connor 39:24, 4th place P.J. Gillespie 39:50 and 5th place Paul McGrath 40:18. The first woman home was Monica Henry in a fantastic time of 43:50. In 2nd place Lorraine Hosey 45:33, 3rd place Ingrid Foley 50:00, 4th place Mary Durkan 50:20 and 5th place Lucia Barrett 51:09. The first boy home in the 4k was Vincent Sweeney in a fantastic time of 17:12. The first girl home was Rebecca Rooney in a suitably impressive time of 18:22.
The Race Committee, Ms. Carden, Mr. Ward and Ms. Boylan would like to welcome on board our new sponsors this year; Supervalu in Manorhamilton and thank them for their support. We would also like to thank Mr. Irwin, Ms. McGowan and all of the teachers, parents, members of the Parent's Council and students who came out on the day to take part in the event or who volunteered on the day, this is what made the event the success it was. Thank you to all those who collected sponsorship, all funds raised will be used to fund the sports department. A special thank you to Miss. Sweeney, Miss. McManus, our caretaker Sean and secretary Ailish Farrell, for their hard work in the organisation of the event. We are already looking forward to hosting this event in 2013!
Race Results
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March 2012

Healthy Schools Scheme 2012

The Healthy Schools Scheme views health as including physical, social and emotional well-being. A healthy school seeks to make school life a positive experience for all who learn, teach and work there. It strives to build health into all aspects of life in school and the community. The concept is not a goal to be achieved but rather a process that reacts to the evolving changes and challenges of school life. Miss O'Driscoll and Miss Lynch helped organise a SELF week in St. Clare's which focused on the importance of sleeping, eating, leisure and fun. Enjoy our photo collection of this special week.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge (SnaG) promotes the Irish language during a two week festival held at the beginning of March every year culminating with St. Patrick's Day. This year St. Clare's held a number of events including céilí mór, tráth na gceist, díospóireachtaí, cómortas póstaer agus seisiúin cheoil.

Bailiúchán Grianghraf

Fourth Years Climb Mountains!

A number of fourth year students successfully climbed Croagh Patrick and trekked through Benwiskin during recent outings.
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St Clare's students also compete at recent athletics events.

February 2012

Competition winner in Mr Hughes' English class

Caoimhe C. was one of thousands of students who entered a fantasy writing competition promoted in the school by Mr. Hughes and sponsored by Brainfood.ie. Caoimhe's entry, 'The Skin I live in', achieved a top 5 result and Caoimhe was invited to a special awards and exhibition ceremony hosted in the Hugh Lane gallery.

December 2011

School Table Quiz and Carol Service

Thanks to all who supported and participated in the annual Christmas School Table Quiz and Carol Service.

St Vincent de Paul & The ISPCC

Fifth Year Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme students successfully arranged and managed the collection of non-perishable foods towards the ongoing work of the Society of St Vincent de Paul.
TY students raised €700 as part of a local fundraising initiative towards the work of the ISPCC.

November 2011

Cooking with Nevan!

MacNean House in Blacklion was the venue to launch 'Take away Food'. Jared T. and Shannon H. cooked alongside Nevan Maguire to promote this national competition.

Inaugural First Year Welcoming Ceremony

A special evening took place to celebrate our first year students at St. Clare's Comprehensive. They have settled very well in to their new school and have already made positive contributions to our school community.
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Our School's Got Talent Leitrim Finalists

This year's Leitrim final was hosted in the Landmark Hotel and sponsored by Supermacs as part of their promotion of the Irish Special Olympics team. St. Clare's provided a number of entries and on the night two performances were successful in making it through to the next round which will be the Connacht final in the Royal Theatre in Castlebar. Rebecca M. and 'Dix Amies' will have the honour of representing our school at this competition.

Science Week Events 2011

Ms McManus organised first year students to meet with Christine Campbell for an entertaining and educational series of science demonstrations performed at Manorhamilton branch library. Many first years students volunteered with activities- ranging from donating a large blood sample(!) to burning a single crisp and observing its high energy content.
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The school was well represented at the annual ISTA Science Quiz, generously sponsored by PharmaChemical Ireland. Unfortunately, our students narrowly missed out on the final which will be hosted at TCD with guest quiz presenter, Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin.
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October 2011

CSPE Mock Presidential Election

AS part of their CSPE Junior Certifiicate Action Projects the students of St. Clare’s participated in a Mock Presidential Election on 27th October 2011.  The election was organised by Class 3C with the assistance of their teacher Ms. Carden.  Polling booths were set up in the main hall and each student was given a voting card containing the photographs of the 7 Presidential nominees.  There was an overall turnout of 86% of the student population.  The votes were counted using Proportional Representation. The results were as follows: 
In first place, Sean Gallagher with 41% of first preference votes.  On the final count he was the winner with 63% of the overall votes.  In second place Michael D. Higgins with 20% of the first preference votes.  On the final count he had 37% of the overall votes. In third place Martin McGuinness, with 18% of first preference votes.  He was eliminated on the 6th count.  In fourth place was David Norris, with 11% of the first preference votes.  He was eliminated on the 5th count.  In fifth placed was Gay Mitchell, with 5% of the first preference votes.  He was eliminated on the 4th count. In sixth place was Mary Davis with 3% of the first preference votes.  She was eliminated on the 5th count. In seventh place was Dana Rosemary Scallon, with 2% of the first preference votes.  She was eliminated on the 2nd count.

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Election data

Election of Student Council

Following a hectic day of voting and implementation of proportional representation by the previous student council the new members to this important position were elected.
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Election of Head Girl and Head Boy

Congratulations to Shannan F. & Barry B. on their successful campaigning and subsequent election to these important roles within our school. They will also have the help of our senior prefects Eimear F., Sinead McC. , Brendan B. and Joseph M.

Mentors 2011/2012

This year's mentors are:
1A- Jason B., Darren E., Ian McM., Joanne F., Zoë  F. Charlotte L., Claire O'B., Sarah S.
1B- Barry B., Cormac F., Cathal O'H., Sheena F., Chloe G., Sinead McC., Alanna O'C., Rose S.
1C- Brendan B., David K., Joice C., Eimear F., Sorcha G., Charlene McG., Sarah R.
1D- Joseph M., Shannan F., Orlaith F., Roisin I., Karina McP., Nicole S.

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September 2011

GAA and Basketball Training

A big thank you to Tommy Smith from Armagh who hosted a GAA training session with some of our senior students.
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Chemistry Competition

Well done to Niall McG. who won a class set of thermochromic (heat sensitive) Periodic Tables from a competition ran by Chem 13 News,, which is a Canadian based teacher resource publication.

May 2011

Prize Giving Day

Student of the Year Awards:
Junior Students
1A - David F., 1B - Áine L, 1C - Niamh McD.
2A - Aoife B., 2B - Jessica H., 2C - Aishling McG.
3A - Elaine D., 3B - Katie McM., 3C - Darren M., 3D - Gavin O'H.

Transition Year Students
TY1 - Patrick W., TY2 - Sarah Ann K.

Senior Students
4A - Alanna O'C., 4B - Sorcha G., 4C - David K.
5A - Ciara McC., 5B - Fiona E., 5C - Aishling C.

Junior Student of the Year - Emmet F.
Senior Student of the Year - Ciara McC.

Academic Student of the Year Awards:
Junior Students
1A - Robbie C., 1B - Blaithín F., 1C - James J.
2A - Helen W., 2B - Ríona K., 2C - Jack C.
3A - Ríonach N., 3B - Roisín McL., 3C - Aashay S., 3D - Caoimhe C.

Transition Year Students
TY1 - Niall McL., TY2 - Eoghan O'N.

Senior Students
4A - Joice C., 4B - Orlaith F., 4C - Joseph M.
5A - Holly B., 5B - Aishling F., 5C - Eimear C.

Junior Academic Student of the Year - Caoimhe C.
Senior Academic Student of the Year - Aishling F.

Sporting Awards
First Year Boys Gaelic player of the year - Fergal R.
Second Year Boys Gaelic player of the year - Ryan K.
Juvenile Boys Gaelic player of the year - Enda F.
Junior Boys Gaelic player of the year - James R.
Senior Boys Gaelic player of the year - Cian McM.
Senior Boys Soccer player of the year - David B.
U-16 Boys Soccer player of the year - Colm C.
Best male athlete - Martin F.
First Year Boys basketball - Robbie C.
Second Year Boys basketball - Adam H.
Cadette Boys basketball - Aashay S.
Senior Boys basketball - Niall W.
Senior Boys volleyball - Naill W.
Junior Boys volleyball - Niall McL.

U-14 Girls Gaelic player of the year - Jemma T.
Junior Girls Gaelic player of the year - Denise McD.
Senior Girls Gaelic player of the year - Aoife M.
U-16 Girls Soccer player of the year - Emer F.
Best female athlete - Katie McD.
First Year Girls basketball - Rebecca R.
Second Year Girls basketball - Aishling O'H.
Cadette Girls basketball - Ailbhe C.
Senior Girls basketball - Aoife M.
Senior Girls Volleyball player of the year - Aisling C

Additional Awards

'Our School has Got Talent' award to Sarah K.
Outstanding contribution to school community to Gráinne McH.
Connacht Schools Soccer Squad - David B.
Irish Panel member - Ailbhe C.
Connacht Schools Team -Roisín F.
Irish Show Jumping Team - Graham G.
All-Ireland Scór - Bronagh R., Brendan B.
All-Ireland Safe Food Video winner - Eoghan O'N.
Anti-Bullying Competition - Sinead McG., Ríonach N., Adam H., Gemma T.
Excellent contribution to sport - Louise M., Michael F.
Young Scientist Awards - Emma D., Lisa H.
Sci-Fest Awards - Fionn R., Patrick W., Oisín P-C.
SCRATCH Awards - David K., Joseph M.
Outstanding contribution during six years at St. Clare's - Yuri U.
Outstanding contribution to the resource department - Mark and Marian
DCU crystal growing competition - Joanne F., Yuliya U., Stephen C.
Best Attendance Awards - Martin F., James J., Katie McD., Niamh McD., Emma McG., Marie McM., Shonagh McM., Cathal R., Erin McM., Fearghal R., Stasis V., Martin M., Ryan R., Anthony S., Eithne McL., Stephen R., David K., Joseph M., Steven McM., James R., Paul R.
GAISCE awards
ECDL certificates

Crystal Growing Competition

Well done to Joanne F., Yuliya U. and Stephen C. who have been highly commended in the 2011 DCU Chemistry Crytal Growing Competition. They have each received a One For All voucher for their skill and patience in the task of growing a crystal of hydrated potassium aluminium sulfate.

More SCRATCH Success

Fourth year students, David K. and Joseph M., attended the national SCRATCH finals held at IT Tallaght where they were awarded second place in the senior national competition. SCRATCH is a block based computer language which promotes logical and problem solving skills to manipulate graphics called sprites based on event-driven programming. For the competition David and Joseph had to create and present a computer game Monster Mania which they devised.
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TY Fundraising Event

The Transition Year students and their teacher, Ms. Carden, raised €1,006.00 for the Irish Kidney Association.  They collected on the streets of Manorhamilton during Donor Awareness Week where they received fantastic support.  A big thank you to all those who helped to raise vital funds for this worthy organisation.
Presentation of cheque to IKA

April 2011

Fun Run/Walk

Thanks to all who ran, walked and especially to those who provided much-needed refreshments and encouragement throughout the day.
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10 km Results
4 km Results
10 km medal winners

International Year of Chemistry

2011 has been designated the International Year of Chemistry by IUPAC, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. It encourages chemical societies, academies, and educational institutions worldwide to host local, regional and national events. Dublin City University has taken the initiative to hold a national alum crystal growing competition. Fourth year chemistry students produced a set of 25 impressive crystals but these were whittled down to two after the scrutiny of fifth year students. The two crystal teams forwarded to represent the school were J. Feeney, Y. Urzhumova, S. Corrigan, D. Kelly and J. Mercier.

March 2011

Céilí 2011

Teachers from our Irish and Music department organised a céilí as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge 2011. Many thanks to students and staff who made this an enjoyable event.

"Growing Artists"

Art students from the school had a special opportunity to display their work for a week in the professional setting of the Leitrim Sculpture Centre located on the New Line Manorhamilton.

TYs on Tour

This year's TY programme included a visit to the city of London, which will host the eagerly anticipated 2012 Summer Olympics.

February 2011

CSPE students visit the Dáil

Civic, Social and Political Education students from class 3B got the opportunity to visit the Dáil and the Seanad accompanied by Miss Sweeney and Mr McMorrow. The day also included a guided tour of Leinster House. The students appreciated the work of Mr Eamonn Scanlon TD (Sligo/North Leitrim) for his help in making this a valuable and memorable activity for their coursework.


After many hard weeks and months of rehearsals our production of OLIVER! was greeted by sell-out performances during its run in the Bee Park Community Centre.


January 2011


A number of students were successful at the Regional stages of the Connacht Schools Cross-Country Championship in Sligo Racecourse on Thursday 27th January 2011. They will now progress to the Connacht final in Galway. Martin F. came an impressive 6th in the Minor category, Robert B. came 12th in the Inter Boys category. Katie McD. came 12th in the Minor girls category. Oisin P. C., Colm C., Fionn R. and Rebecca R. are all through to the Connacht finals in Galway on 8th February. Other athletes that put in a good performance on the day were Jared T., David H., Conor O’H., Oisin McD., Alan McS. and Ben G.

Local Career Event

A very successful Career Event was held in St. Clare’s Comprehensive on Wednesday 26th January 2011. There were a number of speakers from a range of different career sectors, who spoke about their occupation to a packed audience. They informed senior students from Transition Year, 4th and 5th year about the entry routes into careers, skills relevant to their jobs, training and progression. They also imparted invaluable guidance for students wishing to progress into their area. There were representatives from the following careers; Primary School Teaching, Law, Accountancy, Business, Voluntary and Banking Sector, Nursing, Gardai Síochána, Sport and Fitness and Childcare. A number of past pupils also spoke to the students, offering invaluable tips as they progress into Third Level or training. Refreshments were served for everyone after the event and this allowed students to mingle with the speakers. Ms. Carden and the Transition Years would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to support the event.

BT Young Scientist 2011 and Technology Exhibition

Five students well represented St. Clare's at the 2011 BT Young Scientist Exhibition hosted at the RDS. Fionn R., Oisín P. C. & Patrick W. presented a project investigating the perfect pour and Emma D. and Lisa H. investigated teenage thoughts on alcohol with a wide-ranging web-based survey. More...

December 2010

Our senior prefects

This year's senior prefects are: Daniel McM., Aoife M., Holly B. and Kelly G.

First year students decorate main hall

Thanks to the work of some of our first year students the main hall is ready for Christmas.

October 2010

SciFest 2010 success at INTEL Ireland

Zoë F., Orlaith F. and Shannon F. presented their award winning project on an improved method for the safe distribution of sweets from a pic 'n' mix facility at the innovation Open Lab in INTEL. During the day they explained the project to Conor Lenihan TD, Minister for Science, Technology, Innovation and Natural Resources. The event also launched SciFest 2011 with the theme 'A Celebration of Excellence in Science and Maths.'

Science Week 2010

Megan D., Edel H., Áine V., Steven McM., Ashling F. and Bríd R. represented the school at the regional final of the Irish Science Teachers' Association Science Quiz. The event is generously sponsored by PharmaChemical Ireland and we thank Miss. Cunningham and Miss. McManus for organising our school teams.

September 2010

Election of Head Girl and Head Boy

Congratulations to Ashling F. and Andrew G. on their successful election to these important roles.

New Gym floor

Our new gym floor is completed with markings to support a range of sporting activities.

May 2010

New mentors announced

Our new first years will be mentored by volunteers from our fifth year students.

Prize Giving Day

Junior Students of the Year Results:
1A - Klaudia J.,1B - Matthew H., 1C - Aisling McG.
2A - Emmet F., 2B - Kevin McG., 2C - Jason G., 2D - Hannah F.
3A - Donna McG., 3B - Krystina K., 3C - Sinead McC. 3D - Stephen R.

Junior Student of the Year - Patrick W.

Senior Students of the Year Results:
TY1 - Alannah O'C., TY2 -Sorcha G.
4A - Ciara McC., 4B - Kelly G., 4C - Aisling R.
5A - Olivia G, 5B - Sarah McG., 5C - Cian D.

Senior Student of the Year - Karen C.

Junior Academic Students of the Year Results:
1A - Aoife B., 1B - Rioghnach K., 1C - Jack C.
2A - Rionach N., 2B - Roisin McL., 2C - Rachel M., 2D - Caoimhe C.
3A - Colm C., 3B - Michelle F., 3C - Niall McL. 3D - Oisin P.C.

Junior Academic Student of the Year - Eimear F.

Senior Academic Students of the Year Results:
TY1 - Joseph M., TY2 - Zoë F.
4A - Holly B., 4B - Aoife M., 4C - Steven McM.
5A - Mark C., 5B - Darragh McN., 5C - Sineád G.

Senior Student of the Year - Claire R.

Charity Fundraising

Members of our student council orgainsed a non-uniform day which raised €720.50 towards Haiti. LCVP students from class 4C raised €385 on behalf of the Irish Kidney Association and TY students raised €1050 for the Irish Heart Foundation. We thank Mr David Muldoon who visited the school to promote the Irish Heart Foundation.
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Principal honoured

At our Grad Mass 2010 the school principal, Mr John Irwin, was honoured by senior prefects in recognition for his first ten years as principal of the school. During this time he has sought excellence in all aspects of education at St. Clare's.
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SciFest success

The national co-ordinator of Sci-Fest, Sheila Porter, presented Shannan F., Orlaith F. and Zoë F. as the winning Sci-Fest 2010 entry at Sligo IT with their innovative Pick 'n' Mix sweet dispenser to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination. They will now proceed to a national competition to be held at INTEL in the autumn.

TY Students Strike bronze

A number of TY students received their bronze GAISCE award at a ceremony held at the Radisson Hotel, Sligo. The presentations were made be the well known television presenter Dearbhla Walsh.

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TY Students SCRATCH Success

Eoin R. and David K. enter a competiton using the SCRATCH programming language. SCRATCH is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, Nokia, Iomega and MIT Media Lab research consortia. The winnning school entry may be accessed here.

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More SCRATCH Success

Eoin R. and David K. went on to represent the school at the national finals in Tallaght and came away with overall third placing and a couple of netbooks for their programming efforts.
The latest 2.0 version of the game Space Wars can be accessed here.

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Third year students awarded at a special event...

On Friday 7th May seven third year students received awards as part of the St. Angela's College Access Schools Programme. The awards were announced as follows:
Mathematics: Kieran K.
Science: Clíodhna R.
Gaeilge: Michelle F.
English: Melissa McS.
Home Economics: Eimear F.
Essay Competition ('Dear Mr. Cowen...'): Niamh K.
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April 2010

Four point victory secures Connacht Final

St. Clare's secured victory in the U-16 Connacht Final against Scoil Mhuire Strokestown.The final score was 2-13 to 4-3. We thank all supporters and family members who attended this memorable final. Mr Ward's team for the match was Christopher W., Brendan B., Killian McG., Cian McM., Dylan McW., Aaron O'H., Enda F., Michael F., Patrick L., Connor McC., Ronan F., Naill B., James R., Niall W., Nevin O'D. & Ronan McG.
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Successful Quiz team

Miss Cunningham's Quiz team had a great run of victories over Carrick-on-Shannon's Community school, Mohill Secondary school and Ballymahon Vocational school but were defeated by the Presentation College in Athenry. The Quiz team is represented by Conor D., Clíodhna R., Bríd R. and David K.
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St. Clare's 10k run/walk

On April 25th over 200 participants took part in the St. Clare's fun run/walk to help raise much-needed funds fo rthe school's gym floor. We thank all those who took part in the race, all those who helped in a voluntary capacity to ensure the race ran safely and to all who provided refreshments during and after the event.
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Official 10k results
Official 4k results

March 2010

Céilí organised as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge 2010 VIDEO

TY students visit Paris

St. Clare's students respond to Haiti disaster

First year and TY students raised €4,340 towards GOAL's Haiti earthquake appeal. During a presentation Mr Ronan Scully (regional manager GOAL) accepted the cheque and thanked students for all their efforts. Jack C. was recognised for outstanding ticket sales. We thank Mr Martin, Ms. Moran and Ms. McGowan for promoting this worthy fundraiser.
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Enterprising TY students

Our enterprising TY students were well represented at the Leitrim County Final of the Student Enterprise Awards Programme. This competition seeks to encourage students to set up their own mini-businesses with an awareness of product ideas, market research, poduction, sales, management skills and report writing. The Swap Shop Company managed by Brendan B., Niall W. and David B. was recognised as the overall runner up at the senior level of this competition. Mr Ward mentored the TY students for this Enterprise Programme.

TY students at Model EU Council

Transition year students Eoin R., Cormac F. and Alannah O'C. attended Dublin Castle along with representatives from 29 other schools to discuss the resolution "All EU Member States should convert 20% of private cars to electricity by 2020". This event was opened by the Minister for European Affairs, Mr D. Roche T.D., and chaired by Mr Ruairí Quinn T.D. Highlights from the day may be viewed on www.euireland.tv


LCVP students visit the Arigna Mining Experience

As part of their leaving certificate vocational programme students from class 4B visited the Arigna Mining Experience to gather first-hand information to aid the compilation of a summary report as part of their portfolios. After the tour Mr Colm Keane, the manager, gave the students an opportunity to answer questions which they composed. Tadhg F. and Kelly G. successfully facilitated this session.
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Parents' Association Table Quiz

Mr Frank Fox and members of St. Clare's Parents' Association undertook the organisation of a table quiz to aid funding towards the replacement of the school gym floor. We thank parents, students, staff , past-pupils and friends of the school who supported this event. We are also grateful to local sponsors who contributed spot prizes and vouchers which added to the atmosphere on the night.
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January 2010

BT Young Scientist 2010 and Technology Exhibition

St. Clare's were well represented at the exhibition by Zoë F., Orlaith F., Shannon F. with a project investigating the Antibacterial hazards of Pick 'N' Mix displays. An entry which examined the Investigation of the insect repellant properties of cedar wood based products by Fionn R., Oisín P.C. and Kieran M. was higly commended by the judges in their category.


January 2009

BT Young Scientist 2009 and Technology Exhibition

Nine students: Kevin V., Gary C., Shane McI., Niall C., Barry B., Robert B., Zoe F., Orlaith F. and Shannan F. participated in the BT Young Scientist competition. The projects included :'A study of seismic activity' (Chemical, Physics and Mathematical Sciences - Junior Category), 'Does involvement in sport affect lung capacity?' (Biological and Ecological - Junior Category), 'How do Irish dancers compare to Gaelic footballers in overall physical fitness' (Biological and Ecological - Intermediate Category).

February 2009

Bin Your Gum!

Eimear C., Niamh K., Siobhan McS., Roisín K., and Sara McG. helped boost the 'Bin Your Gum' litter campaign in the Carrick-on-Shannon Cineplex. The students presented their Eco-UNESCO award winning short film to students from Mohill and Carrick-on-Shannon as part of the on-going campaign to dispose of chewing gum responsibly. Leitrim County Council is participating in the Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) as part of a joint initiative between the Department of Environment and the Food & Drink Industry Ireland.

March 2009

Impressive Results

Cliodna R., Joanne F., Paul K. and David K. competed in round 2 of the Thomas Crosbie Holdings All-Ireland school quizs hosted at the Glasshouse hotel Sligo. A tight battle between St. Clare's and Sligo Grammar was only resolved in the final question round with Sligo Grammar winning by a 2 margin in an epic 68 to 66 final score.

Zoe F., Orlaith F., and Shannan F. receive the regional Bank of Ireland junior group award in recognition of their impressive scientific study which compared fitness levels of Irish dancers and Gaelic footballers. An award ceremony was held in the Radisson Hotel and the students were accompanied by their science teacher Miss McPhelim and career guidance counsellor Miss Lynch.

Credit Union Poster Competition Success

Aisling R. achieves first place at an event held at the Bush Hotel with her Credit Union poster.


April 2009

C.S.P.E. in Action

Our 3rd year C.S.P.E. class completed an action project on displacement. This project was promoted following a talk when class 3B invited Mr J. Smith, Trocaire representative, who informed them of the realities of displacement in countries such as Somalia and Kenya. 83% of displaced people remain within their country's borders and 17% cross borders. Students were made aware of the difficulties that face asylum seekers and the status of a refugee. Following on from the visit Mr Ward's class arranged to meet with Eamonn McCann, a celebrated social right activist, who resides in Derry. The class met Mr McCann in the Bogside Community Centre who shared his work and his anti-war activities. Mr McCann emphasised the worldwide nature of campaigns for Human Rights.

May 2009

Prize Giving Day

Junior Students of the Year Results:
1A - Emmet F.,1B - Anthony S., 1C - Siobhan McN., 1D - Hannah F.
2A - Barry B., 2B - Michelle F., 2C - Claire O'B., 2D - Patrick W.
3A - Sorcha G., 3B - Alanna O'C., 3C - Paul R.

Junior Student of the Year - Isabella M.

Senior Students of the Year Results:
TY1 - Kelly G., TY2 - Eimear C.
4A - Mark C., 4B - Michelle O'H., Sarah McG., 4C - Sinead G.
5A - Niamh F., 5B - Eithne E., 5C - Caroline S.

Senior Student of the Year - Orla McH.

Junior Academic Students of the Year Results:
1A - Rionach N.,1B - Edel McL., 1C - Rachel M., 1D - Caroline C.
2A - Donal C., 2B - Michelle F., Eimear F., 2C - Karina McP., Emma F., 2D -Cliodhna R.
3A - Bronadh R., 3B - Shannon F., 3C - David K., Aisling F..

Junior Academic Student of the Year - Joseph M.

Senior Academic Students of the Year Results:
TY1 - Brid R., TY2 -Grainne McH.
4A - Olivia G., 4B - Claire R., 4C - Sinead G.
5A - Carla R., 5B - Lydia McW., 5C - Seamus McG.

Senior Student of the Year - Niamh F.

Best Junior Certificate Results 2008 - Claire R.

Best Attendance & Punctuality - Rachel M., Stephan R., Joseph M., Sara McG., Keith T., Seamus McG,
Achievement of Excellence at St. Clare's Comprehensive 2009 - Grainne McH.
Dáil na nÓg 2009 representatives - Dara D-l.,Niamh F.
Contributor to the Arts - Roisín K., John McL.

GAA County Representatives:
Leitrim U-15 - Robert B, Ronan McG., Brendan B., James R., Niall B., Kevin V., Gary C. Shane C.
Leitrim U-16 - Killian McG., Ronan F., Nevin O'D., Andrew G., Patrick L., Cian McM.
Leitrim Minor - Aaron H., Ryan B.
Cavan Minor - Patrick O'H, Conor McC.
Leitrim Minor Girls - Michelle O'H., Roisín K.
Leitrim U-14 - Ailbhe C., Emer F., Niamh F., Lauren McM., Emma O'H.
Leitrim U-16 - Aisling C., Roisín F., Áine V., Olivia McG.

Sci-Fest Awards:
Junior Life Sciences: Kieran M., Fionn R.
Senior Life Sciences: Sinead F., Seannagh G., Laura McG.

Thomas Crosbie Quiz Team:
Paul K., Cliodhna R., Michelle F., Joanne F., David K.

Concern Quiz Team:
Bríd R., Paul K., Devyn R., Mark C., Ciara McC., David K.

Google Art Competition:
Hannah F.

Texaco Art Competition:
Marian S.

Resource Class Award in recognition of Art Work in school canteen area:
Aisling R., Marian S., Mark McL., Mary K.

Players of the Year Awards:
Senior Boys' Gaelic - Brian F.
Junior Boys' Gaelic - Gary G.
Senior Boys' Soccer - Aaron H.
U-16 Boys' Soccer - Dylan McW.
First Year Girls' Soccer - Ailbhe C.
U-14 Girls' Soccer - Lauren McM.
Senior Girls' Gaelic - Deirdre McD.
Junior Girls' Gaelic - Olivia McG.
First Year Girls' Gaelic - Eimear F.
Athlete of the year - Robert B.
First Year Boys' Basketball - Stephen McP.
Second Year Boys' Basketball - Rory McD.
U-16 Boys' Basketball - Manus H.
U-19 Boys' Basketball - Keith W.
Cadet Girls' Basketball - Aisling C.
U-14 Boy's Soccer - Patrick W.
First year Boys' Gaelic - Cian R.
Juvenile Boy's Gaelic - Aaron O'H.
Cadet Volleyball - Fergal McM.
Senior Volleyball - Aaron McD.

All-Ireland Semi-finalists Cadet Volleyball: Fergal McM., Niall H., Keith T., Killian McG., Nevin O'D., Niall W., Mark McG., Darragh McN.,
Rory McL., Brendan B., John McL., Tommy McM., Rory McD., Mark F., Gearóid McM., Daire C., Caolán McD., Caoimhin O'C.

All-Ireland Finalists Senioir Volleyball: Aaron H., Aaron McD., James O'B., Brian F., Stephen M., Shane S., Mark F., Daire C., Caolán McD.,
Joseph G., Caoimhin O'C., Michael F., Fergal McM., Niall H., Keith T., Killian McG.


October 2009

Election of Head Boy and Head Girl

Congratulations to Fergal McM. and Olivia G. on the success of their election to these important roles at St. Clare's.

Mr Gilmartin's students achieves national success

Well done to Lisa C. who achieved the highest result in Ireland in relation to her performance at the first leaving certificate examination in Design & Communication Graphics. This syllabus replaces the older Technical Graphics syllabus and reflects the current IT skill-set required in this area.

Election of Head Boy and Head Girl

Congratulations to Fergal McM. and Olivia G. on their success of their election to these important roles at St. Clare's.

Halloween Special at St. Clare's

Students organised an event to start to raise funding to replace the concrete based gym flooring with a more suitable surface. A lot of effort was made by staff and students and they were rewarded with spot-prizes by LC mentor students: E. O'Donnell and Melissa McD. The event included an impromtu appearance from 'Westlife' who are normally found in the staff room! We are grateful to Ross E. who provided non-stop music , i104 FM and all local businesses who donated prizes.

Science Week 2009

As part of Science Week 2009 Miss D. McManus and Miss Cuningham organised a very successful science quiz for junior certificate students. It was both an enjoyable event and an excellent revision opportunity for our students. Following eight rounds of six questions the placings were as follows:

1st Place: G. Golden (1C), E. Forde (2C), M. Monaghan (2C), E. Flanagan (3C)
2nd Place: A. Harte (1B), K. McDermott (2B), N. Mcloughlin (3B)
3rd Place: C.Greene (1A), R. McLouglin (2B), A. Maloney (3B), P. Woulfe (3D).

November 2009

Comhairle na nÓg Liatroma

Cllr. Thomas Mulligan announced Dara D., Niamh F., Bronagh R. and Shannon F. as successful candidates as part of the new 22 members on the Comhairle na nÓg Liatroma committee. These students will represent the voice of young people in county Leitrim. Training has included workshops in relation to ASBOs and a review of local facilities for young people in the area.


January 2008

BT Young Scientist 2008 and Technology Exhibition

Twelve students: Kevin V., Gary C., Shane McI., Jeremy B., Orlaith F., Zoe F., Shannon F., Claire R., Claire B., Michelle O'H., Amy H., Seanagh G. participated in the BT Young Scientist competition. The projects included :'Irish Dancing & Physical Fitness Development', 'Do people prefer products with longer or shorter names?', 'Do you know about Ecoscan?', 'Advantages & Disadvantages of Cooperative Learning' and 'Earthworms and different soil types.'


March 2008


All-Ireland Volleyball Cadette B title after beating St. Mary's Ballisodare in the third set 25-19

Team Aaron H. (captain), James O'B., Aaron McD., Shane S., Stephen M., Niall H., Fergal McM., Caoimhin O'C., Mark F., Caolan McD., Keith T., Gary G.


Cliondhna R., Joanne F., Paul K. and David K. competed in round 2 of the Thomas Crosbie Holdings Quiz which was hosted by the Sligo Weekender and held at the Glasshouse Hotel Sligo. St. Clare's narrowly lost in the final round with a 68 - 66 score against Sligo Grammar School.

April 2008

Pat the Baker Connacht Schools Ladies Junior C Group 2 Semi-Final- St. Clare's CS 1-11; Carrigallen VS 1-9

Extra time was needed to separate these two teams to each a place in this Connacht Final
Team Patricia G., Aisling C., Lisa K., Niamh K., Olivia McG., Bronadh R., Emer McD., Annette F., Karen C.(0-1), Emer McD., Annette F., Karen C.(0-1), Chloe G., Roisin F.(0-8,5f), Shannon H.(1-2), Roisin K., Orla McH., Aoife M., subs. Megan N., Sharon McN., Sarah McG.

Connacht Schools Ladies Group 2 Semi-Final- St. Clare's CS 5-11; Castlerea CS 1-10

St. Clare's reach their first ever Connacht School Ladies Senior Group 2 Final in Kiltubrid against Castlerea Community School.
Team Patricia G.,Lisa K., Clare C., Karen C., Sharon McN., Bronagh R., Olivia McG., Aisling K.(1-0), Deirdre McD., Siobhan F.(0-9,1f), Annette F., Mary-Alice M., Roisin F.(2-1), Mary P.(1-1), Niamh K., subs. Shannon H., Orla McH.


May 2008

Connacht Schools Ladies Group 2 Final- St. Clare's 4-19; Salerno 6-8

Team Patricia G., Aisling C., Lisa K., Niamh K., Olivia McG., Karen C.(0-1), Emer McD.(0-2), Annette F.(0-1), Sharon McN.(0-2), Bronagh R.(0-1), Roisin F.(1-8), Shannon H.(0-3), Roisin K., Orlagh McH.(0-1), Aoife M.(1-0), sub. Megan N.(2-0)


Michelle O'H., Claire R., Claire B. represent school at the inaugural SciFest at Sligo IT with their project 'Investigation of co-operative learning'

Green Schools

School wins award in the Junior Waste category at the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards ceremony in the Mansion House Dublin. The locally produced dvd 'You can do it; we can't do it alone' was produced to increase the public's litter awareness and was shown before all films at the local mobile cinema. The students team included Eimear C., Roisin K., Sarah McG., Jessie F., Niamh K. and Siobhan McS. Ms. McDonald co-ordinated the team as part of the Green Schools initiative.
Students gave a presentation on litter and waste management to pupils in St. Clare's national schools. As a follow up the national school pupils took part in a poster and poetry competition on litter. The winners were selected by students from our school and prizes were sponsored by Leitrim County Council to promote this valuable link.

Prize Giving Day

Young Scientist award winners: Orlaith F., Zoe F. and Shannon F.
Junior & Senior Girls GAA Connacht Champions
2nd Year football: Connacht league & Championship winners
1st Year Player of the year: Stephen R.
Most improved Player: Kevin V.
Juvenile Boys Gaelic football Player of the year: Caolan McD.
Senior Boys Gaelic football Player of the year: Adrian C.
Quiz Team: Conor B., David K., Brid R.
Senior Prefects: Fiona McC., Conor B.
Senior Student of the Year: Aisling C.
Senior Academic Awards: Seamus McG., Carla R., Lydia McW., Maeve O'N., Ciaran C.
Junior Academic Awards: Karina McP., Barry B., Mark C., Joseph M., David K., Eimear F., Cliodhna R.,
Kelly G., Kate G., Bronadh R., Aoife M.
Senior Student of the year: Deirdre D.
Junior Student of the year: Fiona E.
Athlete of the Year: Mary-Alice M.
Volleyball Players of the year: Aaron McD., Steven M., Adrian C.
Soccer players of the year: Dermot H., Niall W.
Senior Boys Basketball: Nevin O'D., Niall W., Francis K., Kevin C.
Junior Boys Basketball: Rory McD., Enda F.
Girls Basketball: Danielle McS., Aisling F., Aisling C., Niamh K., Sarah K., Rhona McS., Shauna F., Mary-Alice M.


September 2008

The Transition Year group of 08/09 commenced with the largest ever number of students. They visited Donegal adventure Centre for two nights and three days with Ms Mc Phelim and Ms Kelly . The activities included surfing, cliff jumping, Jacob's ladder, balance beams, and abseiling. The course also enabled students to develop enterprise skills, leadership skills and interpersonal skills.
This year's TY timetable includes classes and modules in Irish, English, mathematics, geography, history, biology, chemistry, physics, agricultural science, business, economics, technical graphics, art, home economics and French. Other areas include car maintenance, mini-company, enterprise, politics, ecdl, music, philosophy, crafts, PE, Spanish, career guidance and participation in the President's Gaisce Award.

October 2008

On Friday the 24th of October Eamon Scanlon (Fianna Fail TD) visited our school. He gave an insight of what it is like to work in the Dail. He also expressed views on the changes to the budget allocations for the educational sector. TY students have commenced the AIB Build A Bank Challenge. The executives are Brid R. (bank manager), Megan D. (assistant manager), Holly B. (sales & marketing executive), Grainne McH.(auditor), Aisling C. (teller) and Michael H. (teller). 

December 2008

Our senior volleyball team : James O'B. (captain), Aaron H., Brian F., Fergal Mc M., Niall H., Killian McG., Caolan McD., Shane S., Steven M., Aaron McD., Keith T., Niall W., Joseph G., and Daire C. claimed the ALL-IRELAND SCHOOLS SENIOR B VOLLEYBALL award in a final against Mary Immaculate, Lisdoonvarna (25-21, 25-22). The team and coach Mr Kelly received a special reception from students and staff to honour this achievement.

Sell-out performances and very positive reviews for the school performance of the musical The Wizard of Oz.

Under 14s soccer proceed to final after successful soccer blitz in Carrick on Shannon.

January 2007

BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

St. Clare's was well represented by Annette F., Carla R., Sam B., Shauna C., Hannah B., Mairead V. along with their teacher Ms. McPhelim at the Young Scientist Exhibition held in the RDS. Annette received second place in the intermediate level of the Social and Behavioural section on her study of the school's healthy eating policy. Carla achieved third place in the intermediate level of the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical section with her cd to complement teaching mathematical theorems. Shauna, Hannah, Mairead and Sam also received special recommendations for their projects.

March 2007

Fundraising for Africa

€ 7500 raised for a special needs school for children in the Masaai community in Nairobi, Kenya. The money was raised during a basketball blitz and a hair raising experience during which Mr Cassells lost his beard which he carefully tended since 1977!
Mr Irwin, Mr. Kelly, Mr Ward and Mr Hughes bravely undertook to have their legs waxed under the supervision of the entire school for this very worthwhile cause.


April 2007

Green Schools film

Students have recently created, directed, edited and directed their first short film with the help from Maria Gibbons of Community Media Training Centre and the youth environmental charity ECO-UNESCO. Sponsorship was provided by Leitrim County Council and the Department of the Environment.

May 2007

Prize Giving Day

Students of the Year: Niall R., David G., Aoife M., Conan R., Seamus McG., Karen C., Fiona E., Annette F., Mark H., Lisa F., Grace F., Deirdre D., Aisling F., Nicole S., Sian S., Paul D.
An Gaisce President's award bronze medal: Aisling C., Jessica J., Aisling McM., Aisling K., Cianna F., Michelle C., Grace F., Joseph H., Deirdre D., Michelle H., Linda T., Annette F., David McD., Lydia McW., Carla R., Orlaith H., Ann K., Devyn R.
Academic Students of the Year: Liam D., Darragh McN., David K., Hannah B., Linda McM., Aine V., Monica D., Devyn R., David K., Mark C., Edel D., Aisling C., Emer McD., Niamh F., Niamh O'N., Aoife O'Reilly, Joseph M., Zubin S., Fran R.
Art competition winners: Sean C., Aisling R.
Overall Junior Academic Student of the Year: H. Boles
Overall Senior Academic Student of the Year: Linda McM.
Athlete of the Year: Mary-Alice M.
Basketball players of the Year: Susanne K., Orla F., Bronagh R., Roisin F., Manus H., Jason McG., Steven M.
Girls Soccer players of the Year:Linda T., Siobhan F., Olivia McG.
Boys Soccer players of the Year: Niall C., Nevan O'D., Gary G.
Girls Gaelic players of the Year: Karen C., Aisling K., Roisin F.
Boys Gaelic players of the Year: Liam B., Ciaran B., Michael F., John McL.
Volleyball players of the Year: Patrick M., Sean McM.
2007 Chess winners: Jamie G., Philip C., Sam B.

September 2007

The Mountbeliarde Cattle Society of Ireland

Colin G., John O'B. ,Sean McM. second prize and Klara McG., Natasha McD. third prize at the National Ploughing Championship in Tullamore on their entries on 'The role of the Montbeliarde breed in Irish Agriculture.' Mr Greene's agricultural science students returned with personal prizes of portable dvd players and digital cameras. The prizes for the school included two new desktop pcs for the lab. The Montbeliarde breed are renowned for their higher protein milk and an excellent protein to fat ratio.

November 2007

Science Week

As part of National Science Week students received two guests: Dr Mary McCaffrey and Mr Walter Rohr. Dr McCaffrey, a past pupil, and now associate professor of biochemistry at UCC who encouraged students with the ongoing breakthroughs and challenges that await students studying in these areas. Mr Rohr travelled from the US and was based in Sligo during science week as he gave entertaining science demonstrations to students and the general public.


December 2007

Letirim County Council Environmental Competition

Sorcha G. wins Leitrim County Council's Environmental Competition with a photograph showing a local bottle bank in action. Sorcha received a new digital camera and her winning photograph appears in the Green School in Leitrim Calendar 2008.

November 2006


Students raised €9,840 for Concern during a fancy dress disco held in the sports hall. Former student and OceanFM DJ, Francis Boylan, kept the show going with a popular choice of music and revealing the winners of lsponsored spot prizes. Over €1,000 worth of spot prizes were collected by the TYs who are very grateful to the following for their support: Mullin's Gala petrol station, Centra, Bredin's newsagent, Gilbert's pharmacy, Manor chemists, Spar, McManus pharmacy, John Gilligan butchers, Aroma Pizza, Seamus Keenan butchers, Thorton's butchers, BOI, Mountain View Chinese Restaurant, Manorhamilton Credit Union, Footprint footware, AIB, Manor fashions, Mace, Killasnett Co-Op, Granary, Simply flowers, McPartland Oils, Fox's hardware, McCormack Fuels and the Tuck In restaurant. Paul K., Ciaran D., Ciaran C., Dean McG., Declan R. raised €430 for a soccer blitz as part on the fundraising action and additional funding was raised by students participating in the 24 hour sponsored fast.








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