Term 2 in 5th & 6th Class

There was lots of incredible work going on in 5th & 6th class since Halloween as the pupils worked co-operatively in their buddy groups to plan, research, display and present outstanding projects on The Vikings. We also learned a lot about Tourism in Ireland from which emerged wonderful Tourism brochures.

 

In Irish very entertaining and educative role plays were devised and produced on the theme of ‘Ag Siopadóireacht’. In English impressive narrative poems were wrote. In Science the pupils learned a lot about the human ear, its parts and functions and the mechanics of how the ear works. An integral part of this learning was experimenting with making a model ear and needless to say the results were amazing.

The pupils artistically created the most beautiful winter landscape scenes that I have ever seen. Lots of fun was had in mixing the paint and experimenting with obtaining lighter and darker shades. The results speak for themselves…well done everyone!

 

 

The lead into Christmas this year was a busy one, the highlight of which was what I can only describe as a breathtaking Christmas Carol Service. We hope you enjoyed the ‘Fairytale of Donaghmoyne’, 5th & 6th class style! Santa came to visit and it’s no surprise that all the boys and girls in the senior room are on the good list! Lots of other fun activities took place such as travelling to Inniskeen to watch ‘Shrek’ by Blackstaff NS, taking part in our whole school Christmas quiz, making Christmas cards using fabric & fibre and of course a class party with lots of sweets & treats.

 

Well done to the boys and girls in the senior classes for your attention, diligence and hard-work this term. Now lots of chocolate has been well earned over the Christmas break! Merry Christmas everyone and I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Halloween 2023

A huge well done to all of the boys and girls who took part in ‘Trick or Treat for Sick Children 2023’. We raised an amazing €267.30 for this very worthy cause and had great fun in the process!

A Super Term in 5th & 6th Class

5th & 6th Class have had an amazing and very busy first term.

Impressive group projects on the Romans were planned, designed and presented. This learning inspired some unique Roman pottery pieces.

 

In Gaeilge the pupils learned about the topics of ‘Mé Féin’ and ‘Bia’. Delicious menus and recipes were planned as a result. In Maths the pupils did a lot of valuable work in Number and Data, especially in learning how to calculate averages.

In Science the pupils learned a lot about ‘The Eye’ leading to outstanding 3D models and a fun quiz afternoon.

The senior classroom has been a hive of musical activity this term from learning about musical instruments, to writing song lyrics to a very enjoyable karaoke session! We have also resumed tin whistle lessons and hopefully we can showcase this talent very soon.

Fr.Linus visited our classroom various times and we really enjoyed his teachings on Ghana and his friendly chats. He had great fun making cupcakes with the pupils and our student teacher Ms O’Connor!

The boys from 4th, 5th and 6th class represented our school with wonderful distinction in the Cumann na mBunscol school league this term. The boys won all but one of their games in which they were narrowly defeated. We are very proud of them all!

Lots of learning and fun took place on the theme of Halloween with Picasso Frankenstein Art work, poetry, report writing on Halloween traditions not to mention engaging in a variety of games & activities and of course having some delicious Halloween treats! Well done on all of your hard efforts this term 5th & 6th class. Have a SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN and I can’t wait to see what our next term brings!!

Last term in 5th & 6th Class

The senior classroom has been host to a huge variety of activities this term.

 

Learning to knit was very successful and a lot of students became quite inspired by this new opportunity culminating in some wonderful crafts being formed from scarves to creative animals.

 

The girls participated exceptionally well in the Cumann na mBunscol school league and we were all very proud of their outstanding efforts. Well done girls!

 

Lots of very persuasive arguments filled the senior rooms as 5th & 6th Class teamed up with 3rd & 4th class for a number of weeks in order to plan and deliver debates on a variety of contentious motions. In Maths we engaged in a number of probability experiments. In SESE the pupils learned a lot about Ethiopia from their research and superb projects together with investigating the properties of materials in Science.

 

French conversations filled the air in these last few weeks as past pupil Áine delivered some inspiring French classes throughout the school.  The pupils thoroughly enjoyed their French lessons with lots of valuable phrases learned for future reference. Merci Áine!

 

Monaghan county museum facilitated a number of informative and beneficial workshops on the History of Photographs and Homes & Houses which were a huge hit in our classroom.

 

The highlights of this final term were undoubtedly our school tour to the Crystal Maze, our summer Disco, playing Tag Rugby, Sports Day and last but by no means least our end of year party. That’s a wrap for this year! Congratulations and the very best of luck to all 6th class students as they embark on their journey to Secondary School. Have a wonderful, fun filled summer everyone!

 

 

School Disco

On Friday 9th June the children were delighted to attend our first ever school disco arranged by our student council. The student council organised disco lighting, the playlist and of course some disco accessories for each student. The photobooth was a particular hit with the students – have a look at the photos below!!

Sports Day 2023

On Thursday 8th June we travelled to Donaghmoyne Fontenoys GAA club for our annual Sports Day. The children (and teachers) had great fun taking part in various races and stations. A huge thank you to our past pupils who helped organise the day. Well done everyone!

School Tour 2023

Staff and pupils were full of excitement on Friday 19th May 2023 as we set off on our annual school tour. Our destination was the ‘Crystal Maze Outdoor Activity Venue’ in Kilmainhamwood. The children got involved in several physical, mental, skill and water-based challenges, based around Ireland’s largest hedge maze. We had a wonderful day!

 

Sewing

This term, Debby has been teaching sewing to the children in all classes. We can’t believe how skillful they have become in just a few shorts weeks, and it’s clear how much they are really enjoying it!

Autism Awareness Day 2023

Spirits were high on Friday 28th April 2023 in St. Michael’s National School as we celebrated our third annual Autism Awareness Day. The children in each class took part in various lessons to raise awareness of autism. They learned what autism is, how to communicate with someone who has autism and how we can make school life easier for someone with autism. The teachers were so impressed with how children engaged with the lessons, and how much knowledge they had retained from last year.

We are so proud of our inclusive school!

Accelerated Reader

Congratulations to our star readers for the month of March – Isobel, Kyle and Luke.

Our class readers of the month were 3rd and 4th Class.

Well done everyone!