Scríobh Leabhar 2020

Scríobh Leabhar 2020

Unfortunately, we will have to defer 'Scríobh Leabhar 2020'.  We will try to facilitate this when schools return. 

Tionscnamh – Scríobh Leabhar as Gaeilge

To help us process Scríobh Leabhar 2020 we ask each teacher interested to complete the online registration form by clicking here.  Each class must be entered separately. 

Tugtar cuireadh duit a bheith páirteach sa tionscnamh SCRÍOBH LEABHAR atá á reáchtáil ag Foras na Gaeilge i gcomhpháirt le hIonad Oideachais an Chlair.

Is í aidhm na scéime seo ná páistí a spreagadh chun tabhairt faoi leabhair Ghaeilge a scríobh.

Timeframe for Scríobh Leabhar 2020

6th December 2019  Register intent to participate in the project before 5pm
POSTPONED            All books to be returned to Clare Education Centre by 5pm
POSTPONED            Presentation Evening at Clare Education Centre 

Creative Clusters

Creative Clusters 

Spraoi le Chéile biodiversity app launched

A Creative Cluster, involving three Ennis primary schools, culminated on Friday with the launch of a biodiversity app, Cairde an Dúlra, which was developed by David and Colm Forde.

The app features artwork by children from St Anne’s School, Knockanean National School and Ennis CBS Primary, all of whom participated in the Creative Cluster, a two-year project that operated under the banner, Spraoi le Chéile. Biologist and environmental consultant,  Éanna Ní Lamhna, was the special guest at the launch in John O’Sullivan Park, Lees Road, Ennis.

Artist, Ana Colomer, was the cluster facilitator for the project, which operated under the wing of the Clare Education Centre and their director, Ray McInerney.

Ana explained that the biodiversity app has an orienteering theme and encourages children to learn about animals and trees.

“It has two levels, which makes it inclusive and open to all. There are 10 locations on the app and on each location, the children have to enter a code to unlock the games. They have to complete all 10 locations to win. There is an aspect of physical exercise and movement, going from one spot to the next to complete the challenges,” she explained.

David Forde said that himself and his brother, Colm, really enjoyed creating the biodiversity app.

“Our challenge was to make an app that got children moving and learning about biodiversity. In designing the app, we made sure to make it really easy to use, so that a junior infant could play it and at the same time a sixth-class pupil would enjoy it and learn from it too. The app is loaded with images and questions that the children produced and this is such a great addition to the app,” he said.

Ray McInerney, director of Clare Education Centre, said that the work of the pupils and staff of St Anne’s, Ennis CBS and Knockanean schools was “an outstanding example” of how Creative Clusters can promote new ways of working and collaboration between schools through the medium of the arts.

“This project has provided an opportunity for staff and pupils across the three schools to experiment, innovate and collaborate on a creative learning project. The Spraoi le Chéíle cluster enthusiastically embraced this project and creatively sought to create opportunities for young people to connect, communicate and interact though creative learning. It is even more laudable that this project achieved so much, despite the restrictions of Covid-19. The Creative Clusters project has sown the seed for innovation and creativity in participant schools and the work of the Spraoi le Chéile cluster epitomises the possibilities of collaboration and creativity. The management committee of Clare Education Centre are delighted to be associated with Creative Clusters and warmly congratulate the pupils, teachers and project team of the Spraoi le Chéile cluster,” Mr McInerney added.

Another key aspect of Spraoi le Chéile was a Forest School, which was held at John O’Sullivan Park over an eight-week period, while a visual art module was also a central component of the project.

A number of teachers from the participating schools, including Michelle O'Halloran, St Anne’s Ennis; Donna Lyttle, Ennis CBS Primary and Amy Mc Ennis, Knockanean National School, were effusive in their praise of the programme. All three were among the teachers from their respective schools who helped to run Spraoi le Chéile, under the direction of Ms Colomers.

“When we completed our Creative Cluster training two years ago, the key message I brought away was that this is all about developing children’s creativity and imagination. This is exactly what this project did. What began as a collaborative cluster about making connections with other schools through art turned into an amazing creative experience for everyone involved,” Ms O’Halloran said.

“Our experience together brought us on a journey through the arts, where the children enjoyed a series of trips to the local theatre for an art exhibition, live theatre, puppetry and prop-making workshops, to our present venture learning about the biodiversity of our native woodlands. Covid has unfortunately put an end to meeting up but the children have still been fortunate enough to spend the past eight weeks attending the Happy Out Forest School with Veronica and Gráinne in Lees Road in Ennis. Overall, the two years have nurtured a relationship between the three schools, which will hopefully continue into the future,” Ms McEnnis stated.

Meanwhile, Ms Lyttle said that a collaborative approach was central to the success of Spraoi le Chéile.

“Throughout the year, the children took part in Forest School and art workshops. These workshops developed the children’s knowledge and skills to allow them to create the artwork and questions that populate the biodiversity app. It enables the whole school community to learn about biodiversity, all the way from Junior Infants to sixth class. The more children learn about their locality and the natural world around them, the more likely they will feel responsibility for it in the future.”

Creative Cluster


Spraoilecheile-Creative Schools Cluster 2020 

This Creative School Cluster consists of three Primary schools from Ennis, Co. Clare. St Anne's School, CBS Primary and Knockanen School. The schools have come together to experiment, innovate and collaborate on the design, implementation and evaluation of our creative learning project. We hope to develop the creativity of the learners and teachers and to overcome our learning challenges as a cluster. We will do this by drawing on our own skills and experiences and also on those within the wider community.

Some special memories from their time together - view video HERE


Creative Clusters 2019

Creative Clusters is a pilot initiative of the Department of Education and Skills which is funded through the Schools Excellence Fund as part of the Creative Ireland Programme.  Over 75 schools throughout Ireland participated in the project, including 11 schools from Co Clare. The purpose of the initiative is to demonstrate how creative practices can support clusters of schools to work together to address common learning challenges. It aims to promote new ways of working and collaboration between schools and to provide an opportunity for schools to experiment, innovate and collaborate on the design, implementation and evaluation of a creative learning project. 

The eleven primary schools from Clare presented their projects at Cluster Demonstration Days in early June, all demonstrating ingenuity, imagination, creativity, collaboration and resourcefulness.

Pupils from Coore NS, Kilkee NS, Knockerra NS, Moyasta NS and Shragh NS met in Knockerra Hall to demonstrate their work on the topic of ‘The Science of Toys’.  The groups had considered modern toys, discussed their merits and disadvantages and then set about designing and making their own toys. The results involved the use of levers, magnetics, hydraulics, investigations and skill.  The large attendance wondered from display to display as pupils enthusiastically encouraged them to try out their toys.  Dr Maeve Liston from Mary Immaculate College of Education spoke warmly of her involvement with the schools and acknowledged that the projects were entirely pupil led and surpassed all expectations of those involved with the project.  Some funding for this project was also provided by the Irish American Partnership.

Pupils from Doora NS, Furglan NS, Kilnamona NS and Tubber NS worked on the theme of ‘Connections’.  Families and friends gathered in Clare Education Centre to appreciate the research and investigations carried out and the practical demonstrations of their learning. The variety of projects demonstrated included learning sign language, designing load-bearing bridges, interactive use of circuits and replicating lighthouse signals.  The curiosity of pupils in learning from each other was the highlight of the evening as pupils explained, demonstrated, offered opinions, outlined the challenges addressed and solutions discovered.   

“We are the Animals” brought together Mol an Óige CNS(Ennistymon) and Scoil Mhuire(Lahinch) to work with drama facilitator Nell Smyth. Over several weeks, pupils explored the concept of diversity through movement, drama games, and improvisation. Each child picked a card with the image of a creature and they then depicted the characteristics of the creature through making clay models and painting the animal on large wooden shields.  The final spectacle which was held on the beach in Lahinch involved group chants, movements, drama and games as the children from the senior classes in both schools depicted imagery of warriors fighting against the threat to the creatures of our planet.   52 children from both schools contributed to a visually strong finale full of fun, power and vitality.

At all of the demonstration events, the interactions among children from different schools were of excitement, enjoyment and participation as they explained their work to each other, demonstrated their learning, appreciated the efforts of others, and sought explanations for how other groups had gone about their projects.  Parents and teachers alike complimented pupils highly on their efforts and wondered how pupils had achieved so much, and in such an engaging and participative way.

Speaking about the demonstrations, Ray McInerney, Director of Clare Education Centre, complimented the work of the Cluster Coordinators Michael Browne and Ana Colomber for their enthusiasm and expertise in guiding the teachers and pupils throughout their engagement with the Creative Clusters Project.  The success of the project has led to its continuation for another year allowing the opportunity for another cluster of Clare schools to explore the benefits of clustering and providing collaborative learning opportunities for their pupils.

CLICK HERE for photos from Doora NS, Furglan NS, Kilnamona NS and Tubber NS Cluster
CLICK HERE for photos from Mol an Óige CNS (Ennistymon) and Scoil Mhuire (Lahinch) Cluster
CLICK HERE for photos from Coore NS, Kilkee NS, Knockerra NS, Moyasta NS and Shragh NS Cluster

Video from Mol an Óige CNS (Ennistymon) and Scoil Mhuire (Lahinch) Cluster Day, 5th June 2019 at Lahinch Beach - VIEW HERE.  

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Write-a-Book 2020

Write-a-Book 2020

Unfortunately, we will have to defer 'Write a Book 2020'.  We will try to facilitate this when schools return. 

Clare Education Centre is currently organising Write-a-Book 2020.  This is the 25th consecutive year of this successful project.

To help us process Write-a-Book 2020 we ask each teacher interested to complete the online registration form by clicking here.  Each class must be entered separately. 

Timeframe for Write-a-Book 2020

6th December 2019   Register intent to participate in the project before 5pm. 

POSTPONED             Book Swap at Clare Education Centre for Junior, Senior, First and Second Classes.  Each participating teacher will take a bundle of books to correct.

POSTPONED             Book Swap Day at Clare Education Centre for Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes.  Each participating teacher will take a bundle of books to correct.

POSTPONED             All books to be returned to Clare Education Centre by 5pm.

POSTPONED             Presentation Evening (venue TBC)

Last year was a phenomenal success with a most enjoyable social Awards Night.

Clare Education Centre once again thanks the 2,000 + pupils, their parents and most especially their teachers who made this project possible.  If, however, you have not tried Write-a-Book before or have for any reason taken part in the past but were unable to participate last year maybe now is the time to re-enter or give Write-a-Book 2020 a try for the first time.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Clare Education Centre

Download the following attachments

  • Book Labels 2020
  • School Book List 2020
  • Write-a-Book Guidelines 2020
  • Write-a-Book Judging Guidelines 2020
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Creative Writing Residencies for Primary Schools

Promoting Writing in School through the lens of Development Education

Jointly funded by Poetry Ireland/Irish Aid, Clare Education Centre and the Clare County Council Arts Office

Clare Co Council            Poetry Ireland            Clare Ed

Opportunity for 8 schools to avail of:

  • Two Professional Development sessions for participating teachers. The sessions will focus on the Creative Writing process through the lens of Development Education.
  • Croke Park hour workshop for the teaching staff of each participating school, with a Creative Writing facilitator
  • 4 x 1.5 hour Creative Writing sessions with one class from each of 8 schools with a Creative Writing facilitator

This arts-based teacher professional development programme in Development Education is aimed at practising primary teachers. It will be cross-curricular, focused on constructive instruction and the development of critical literacy and higher order thinking skills.  Workshops will be participative with an emphasis on reflection, joint problem solving and a sharing of expertise and experience.

CLICK HERE to apply to participate in the project

  • Places will be allocated to each of 8 Applicant Schools. Only one class per school can participate.
  • Places will be allocated on a First Come, First Served Basis.
  • Each participating school is also asked to contribute €150 towards the project costs.

The Creative Writer facilitator is John W. Sexton (see attached Profile).

CLICK HERE for further information on the Writers in Schools scheme, an initiative run by Poetry Ireland.

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STEAM - Teacher Primary Schools Science Project

STEAM - Teacher Primary Schools Science Project

DCU          American

Steam poster

This project is run in partnership with the Institute of Education, DCU, Drumcondra and The Irish American Partnership (IAP).  The project was established with the aim to make the benefits of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in primary science more widely available to primary school teachers in small rural schools in Co Clare.  The workshops are collaborative in nature with a strong emphasis on developing greater pedagogical expertise as well as deepening subject knowledge.   

PHOTOS: Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire - Great attempts from the Third class STEAM marble run challenge. 
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For many years the Clare Education Centre has been promoting the teaching of ‘Science’ in the schools that it serves.  The use of materials, the promotion of active learning as well as co-operative learning were the foundation on which this promotion was built.  A few years ago ‘STEM’ and later ‘STEAM’ began to be discussed and it was an easy transition for many Clare schools to explore ‘STEAM’ education because of the work they had undertaken in Science education.  STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.  Pupils are exposed to all these subjects through their participation in this science project.  

PHOTOS: A recent STEAM Workshop at the Clare Education Centre.
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Clare Education Centre is delighted to promote this STEAM project, in order to further enrich science teaching and learning in local schools.  Michael Browne leads this project and endeavours to ensure that activities are inclusive, participative and based on a constructivist methodology.  Feedback from the participating pupils and teachers has been extraordinary.  Michael provides a great opportunity for the whole school to take a look at classroom practice in the area of STEAM teaching and learning as well as how maths and science are addressed.  The programme is based around the use of everyday materials to explore science questions and to experiment to find solutions. At present we have 14 of our large schools and 16 of our smaller schools involved in various ‘STEAM’ explorations.  In 2019 we plan to expand these numbers.  At present it isn’t uncommon to see classes in Clare Primary Schools working in small groups planning, building and evaluation various projects that they have put together using ‘the STEAM way of working’.  The children build bridges, marble runs, pulley systems, electronic quiz boards, to mention but a few, but with a minimum of teacher input.  The children get to plan, discuss, try out, explore and be creative while the teacher encourages and supports. 

PHOTOS: Scoil Chriost Ri, Cloughleigh using science, technology, engineering, arts and maths skills to design and build ramps that would allow a toy car leap across a 10cm gap.

A number of supports are offered to schools who participate in this programme.  Inservice education in STEAM methodologies is offered on an ongoing basis to teachers of classes participating in the project.  Whole staff inservice is offered to participating schools and model lessons are demonstrated in each participating school.    

Thanks to the support of The Irish American Partnership and Institute of Education, DCU, Drumcondra, the project is in its third year.  To further embed the focus of STEAM in participating schools, it is intended to extend the project to include shared learning days and opportunities for teachers to participate in Science Teacher Professional Communities.

VIDEOS: Drawbot videos from Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire and Coore NS below.  


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Clare Education Centre,
Govermment Buildings,
Kilrush Road,
Co. Clare.
V95 F782