School Re-Opening Monday 1st February

Dear Parents and Students

We are absolutely delighted with the announcement that primary schools will commence a phased reopening from Monday 1st March. We are extremely excited about welcoming all our students back over the coming weeks. We would like to thank you all for your hard work and participation in our remote learning over the past two months and would urge any students from 3rd- 6th class who are not returning for two more weeks, to remain focused and try your very best to partake in seesaw until you return to school. We know for many families that this phased approach may be challenging, with some siblings working from home and others attending school. However, this is a step in the right direction and one that will hopefully see us all, back in school full-time, for the remainder of the school year.
We have decided to extend our zoom art classes for an additional two weeks to include, Friday 5th and Friday 12th March. A perfect way to keep the home-school link alive, with some students zooming from home and others zooming from school. The children have really enjoyed taking part in these classes and we hope they continue to engage in them in the coming weeks.

Below are a list of important points that we would ask parents to pay specific attention to, in advance of our opening on Monday

  • Please fill in and return your child’s Return to Education form before Friday
  • Please ensure your child’s school bag and pencil case are machine washed in advance of returning to school. If possible, we would ask that this is repeated every weekend.
  • Use antibacterial wipes/ cloth to clean books, copies, pencils before returning to school and nightly.
  • Please ensure your child has all the required resources including a new glue stick, rubber, sharpener, whiteboard marker, pencils, colours, rulers, spare copies etc. Children will not be allowed to share these items.
  • Please make sure your child has a wash bag containing soap and a hand towel with them at school daily. Replace the hand towel nightly
  • You may provide your child with their own sanitiser if you wish.
  • Your child can, if they wish, wear a mask in school
  • Please do your very best to wash your child’s uniform nightly. We understand that this can be very time consuming and therefore we are happy for you to alternate between the uniform and school tracksuit. We will also allow students to wear alternative clothing on days while parents are trying to dry uniforms.
  • Please only communicate with staff via email or phonecall. Although I will be greeting the children in the morning and seeing them off safely in the evenings, I will no longer be able to engage in impromptu meetings with parents. This is to protect myself, the staff and the children I interact with throughout the day.
  • Please do not congregate outside the school gates. This is unfair for the children who have to walk past adults to enter and leave the school.
  • Please always wear a face covering when outside the school
  • Please do not send your child to school if they have any symptoms of Covid 19, have been identified as a close contact or are awaiting a test.
  • Please remind your child of the one student in the bathroom rule- where possible we will try to uphold this as it is impossible for us to ensure distancing and prevent children interacting while in the bathroom
  • Please remind your child of the importance of hand hygiene, coughing and sneezing etiquette and the importance of avoiding physical contact with others.
  • Teachers are conscious of cross contamination between items being taken from home to school and vice versa and therefore they may decide to limit the books being sent home weekly.
  • MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL- please work with us on this and be patient. I can assure you all that our priority every day will be to protect your children. We will not take risks, we will always do what we feel is in the best interest of our students. We want to keep our school doors opened, and need everyone working together to help achieve this.

Stay Safe

Ms Whelan

Art Class Friday 26th Feb

Parents , please check your emails for access to the list of resources and zoom link for this weeks Art class.

Winter in 1st and 2nd Class

We have been busy in our classroom learning about different winter birds. We looked at bird names, the life-cycle of a bird, the parts of a bird and their functions. We also watched a nature show, learning about the habits of birds. The pupils were also given a practical task to design and make their own bird feeders, using recyclable materials. We created some lovely winter pictures, using printing with paint.

Have a peek below at some of the bird feeders we made!

Zoom Talent Show

What an amazing display of Talent Today

Congratulations and Well Done to our Participants











Remote Learning (18th-22nd January 2021)

Dear Parents, Boys and Girls,

(a copy of this letter has been sent by email also).

Hello everyone and I hope you are all staying safe and keeping well!  Parents thank-you all for the effort and hard work with your children this week. It is great to see how well Seesaw is working. Boys and girls, I am delighted to get your recordings and photographs, each day. It is a great way for me to see how you are progressing with the work I have set and of course I love to see your faces and hear your voices too. Please  try to stick to the plan of work for each day,  as much as is possible.  I have been in contact with parents and I know that for some they find it easier to do a few days work together and that is absolutely fine.  

At the beginning of each  new week (Monday), I have decided to remove any items covered/completed for the previous  week from Seesaw.  I feel that it will be easier and less confusing for everyone, if only the activities for each relevant week are visible


Although I have received work from most children, I have had no contact or interaction from some and I would like to emphasise how important it is for your child to engage with home schooling and remote learning.   It will be much easier for children to re-engage with our curriculum  on our return to school, if we are all on the same page.


When sending the photographs of the work on Seesaw, please make sure that it is rotated the right way around as it is very difficult to turn the laptop and there is no option to zoom in that I have found.  Try your best to take clear photographs of all work. There is a little hand that appears and a rotate circle to turn the work around correctly before sending. It will take a few days for us all to get used to it.  Although, I’m sure the children are already much more advanced at using Seesaw than teacher is.


Each week , I will send a full overview of the work I have set, by email, as I have been doing.  You have already been sent my first fortnightly plan, which includes work for next week. From the following week, I will send work on a weekly basis, rather than on a fortnightly one. If anyone is missing any of the links or worksheets needed please let me know.  I will be attaching recordings of and links to songs, online activities, demonstrations and explanations, work corrections etc that your child will need each week ( via email and Seesaw). It is important that you check these platforms for all relevant material.  When plans have been received, I am on the laptop each day to receive work and help each child out in any way I can. Please do contact me if you need help on any particular activity this week and I will be available.


Important Reminders and Messages for this week !

  •  Don’t forget to send me a photo of your spellings test each week on Seesaw.
    • Second Class – Don’t forget to send me a recording of your Irish Reading via Seesaw, as soon as you are confident reading it.
    • Any maths answers from mathemagic or worksheets will be available on Seesaw each Friday.
    • I have recoreded answers for Mental Maths on seesaw.  Be sure to only use these answers to correct your work once it ha all been completed.
    • From next week, I would love if everyone could pick one of the two stories they read each week from their (Two Little Frogs-1st Class) or (Green Genie – 2nd Class) and record themselves reading it and send it to me via Seesaw.  Recordings of me reading the story and explaining the activities have also been provided on Seesaw.  
    • Send me a photograph of your Safety Rules Poster and your science work on ‘Light’ in your hardback copy.
    • Send me a photograph of your Religion work on ‘Choices’ in your Religion copy.
    • Send me photographs of your art work on the winter hat.
    • Forward all completed work to me, as you complete it, so I can give feedback or offer help if required.

Once again, feel free to let me know any area that was difficult and I will try to adjust it to suit or help you out with any problems you have.   I hope the children felt like they have had a sense of school at home this week.

I am looking forward to another week of learning and fun with you all this week.

Thank-You for Your Efforts and Your Continued Support,

Teacher/Mrs Mc Guirk.


I have attached some information on the RTE School Hub which you may enjoy engaging with.  There are also some fun activities you may find useful as well as a list of websites with lots of additional resources and educational games.


Thinking of You All,




Below you will find some Additional Activities which you may find useful:

RTÉ Home Schooling Programme


Some Fun Activities.

  1. Go camping in the living room.
  2. Play board games.
  3. Design and go on an indoor treasure hunt.

Set up an in-home nail salon and try some nail art techniques.

  1. Dress up in your best clothes and have a fancy dinner.
  2. Make friendship bracelets.
  3. Make and blow bubbles.  Have an indoor picnic.
  4. Listen to an audiobook or podcast.
  5. Try Cosmic Kids Yoga.
  6. Create your own bingo cards and have a bingo tournament.
  7. Create a family tree.
  8. Learn and play a new card game.
  9. Teach yourself to juggle.
  10. Make a maze on the floor with painter’s tape.
  11. Play with sidewalk chalk.
  12. Play indoor volleyball or soccer with balloons.
  13. Have a pizza party
  14. Make paper airplanes and see whose plane flies the farthest.
  15. Play dress up with mom and dad’s clothes.
  16. Make your own popsicles or help bake something delicious.
  17. Play “I Spy” inside or out the window.
  18. Facetime or Skype with family or friends.
  19. Have a tea party.
  20. Make some play dough.
  21. Create a nature scavenger hunt in your back yard.
  22. Play “The Floor is Lava.”
  23. Snuggle on the couch and read your favorite books.
  24. Rearrange or redecorate your room.
  25. Play in a bubble bath.
  26. Have a pillow fight.
  27. Make an indoor/outdoor obstacle course.
  28. Have a family music night.
  29. Build a giant fort out of blankets, chairs and pillows.
  30. Put on a puppet show.
  31. Make a scrapbook.
  32. Play marbles on the floor.
  33. Do a puzzle.
  34. Create a new dessert.
  35. Put on your bathrobes and play spa day.
  36. Play 20 Questions.
  37. Create creatures out of pipe cleaners.
  38. Make a treasure bottle.
  39. Decorate a T-shirt.
  40. Write letters to family and friends.
  41. Play hangman or tic-tac-toe.
  42. Make a time capsule! One day your kids can use it to tell their kids all about this craziness.


List of Useful Websites


  • Barefoot-maths challenge games
  • Bebras-problem solving games
  • org-lots of puzzles
  • primary games
  • Topmarks
  • Who wants to be a mathinaire?
  • Countdown
  • Communication4all
  • Have you got maths eyes
  • Scoilnet
  • Sparklebox
  • Kinderweb Games
  • Primary Resources


  • Reading (phonics)
  • Book Trust(online books)-games and activities
  • org (making wordsearches etc.)
  • Storyberries (online story books to read)
  • http://www.readwritethink. (Classroom Resources – student interactive)-(phonics, construct a word, theme poems, picture match)
  • Topmarks
  • Tes
  • Woodlands
  • Hangman
  • Crickweb
  • Primary Games
  • Primary resources
  • British Council Kids
  • sparklebox
  • Topmarks
  • communication 4 all
  • scoilnet
  • visual thesaurus
  • mystery net kids
  • photostory
  • storyboard
  • animito (making books)
  • googlelit trips (takes you to places in a story)
  • scratch (make movies and games)
  • Literacy Shed – Fantastic for Oral Language Activities
  • Pobble365-Fantastic for Oral Language Activities



  • Primary Treasure Chest
  • composers for kids
  • Woodlands
  • Sparklebox
  • Communication 4 all
  • Scoilnet
  • Primary Resources
  • Topmarks
  • Ask about Ireland
  • Hwb Wales
  • photostory
  • storyboard
  • animito (making books)
  • googlelit trips (takes you to places in a story)
  • scratch (makes movies and games)
  • crickweb
  • Kidrex
  • Instagrok – good search engine for various topics
  • ie (great website for recording history with kids)-go through scoilnet
  • Irish Newspaper Archive –can view any newspaper article for any date
  • Britannica (visit schools section)
  • Adobe Spark (Photos)
  • Google Cultural Institute
  • National Geographic Kids
  • Scoilnet-worldbook –topic resource
  • Dkfind out –topic resource


  • Dltk
  • Activity village
  • Pinterest
  • Art Hub for Kids


  • An múinteoir .ie
  • Scoilnet
  • Teanglann
  • Scéalta do Pháistí
  • Seideansí.ie

Parent Teacher Meetings February 2021

Dear Parents ,
In the interest of health and safety, we have decided that Parent Teacher Meeting will be conducted this year by phone, regardless of whether or not we return to school on February 1st . Due to large numbers in some classes, we have decided to allocate one week, Wed 10th February – Wed 17th February for teachers to contact all parents. This will allow teachers to allocate a longer time per phone call and facilitate more in depth conversations and discussion regarding your child’s progress. Teachers will be in touch with parents in due course to arrange a date and time which is suitable. Rest assured we will do our best to facilitate all families and parents in allocating a time that suits.
Stay Safe
Ms Whelan

Notice of Admissions

St Michael’s National School, Donaghmoyne.
Annual Admission Notice
in respect of admissions to the 2021/2022 school year

Admission Policy and Application Form
A copy of the school’s Admission Policy and the Application Form for Admission for the 2021/2022 school year is available as follows: –
To download at:
On request: By emailing
On request: By writing to
St Michael’s National School,
Co Monaghan

Part 1 – Admissions to the 2021/2022 school year

Application and Decision Dates for admission to 2021/2022
The following are the dates applicable for admission to Junior Infants:

  • The school will commence accepting applications for admission on October 1st 2020
  • The school shall cease accepting applications for admission on February 26th 2021
  • The date by which applicants will be notified of the decision on their application is March 12th 2021
  • The period within which applicants must confirm acceptance of an offer of admission is Two Weeks

Note: Failure to accept an offer within the prescribed period mentioned above may result in the offer being withdrawn.
Note: the school will consider and issue decisions on late applications in accordance with the school’s admission policy.

Number of places being made available in 2021/2022
The number of places being made available in junior infants 20

School Update

Hello Parents and Students,

We hope you are all keeping well and staying safe. As we settle in to our first week of remote learning we wanted to touch base to say a very big well done and thank you to you all for your participation so far. We know this is not an ideal situation and we would all rather be at school, however at the minute that is not possible. We would ask parents to bare with us as this is challenging times for everyone. We are constantly taking on board concerns and queries from parents and doing our very best to accommodate you all in any way we can. Any new form of learning always presents challenges but by working together we can overcome these.

As always the well being of our students is our priority. I would like to remind parents that Joe Wicks has PE lessons for students on his YouTube channel, The Body Coach TV, on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s at 9am.
Similarly, Donna Dunne Fitness has daily 10 minute exercise programmes on her Facebook page at 9am and 12 pm, suitable for all students.

We really miss seeing all the children’s faces and hearing from them all so we have decided to organise a whole school Family Zoom quiz on Friday 15th January at 12.30pm. We would love to see as many families as possible taking part, Mammy’s and Daddy’s included. All you need is some blank paper and a pen/pencil to write down your answers. If you wish to take part, please make sure we have an email address to send the zoom link to on Friday morning before the quiz starts and please email with your email address and let her know you will be joining.

Looking forward to seeing you all then, take care.
Ms Whelan & Staff

Well Done Joshua!

Well done to Joshua Hughes in Second Class, who picked the winning title for our  Christmas DVD.  I think everyone will agree the title ‘Not Such a Silent Night!’ is very apt for our production.