In January 2023 we seen the establishment of the first student council in St. Michael’s National School. The aim of the student council is to provide students with greater involvement in the decision-making procedures of the school and learn about the democratic process. We believe that students have a vital role to play in creating a positive and welcoming school environment conducive to learning and happiness. We predict that our Student Council will play a requisite role in achieving this.
Two children from each class were elected by secret ballot on Friday 13th January and will retain their positions on the council for the duration of the school year. Infant classes are represented by the two elected pupils from 6th Class. Well done to everyone who applied to be part of our first ever student council. You have worked very hard and we are very proud of you all.
We are delighted to introduce our new Student Council to you all. The children elected for the 2022/2023 school year are as follows:
1st Class – Kylah and Eoghan
2nd Class – Katelyn and Luke
3rd Class – Saoirse and Kyle
4th Class – Amy and Oisín
5th Class – Lucy and Ben
6th Class – Zara and Isobel
Our first student council meeting will take place on Wednesday 18th January at 2pm.
The second term has been a hive of activity in 5th & 6th Class. The pupils engaged in Procedural Writing in both English and Irish. Dramas were created in groups as part of our Irish learning on ‘Bia’ agus ‘Sa Bhialann’ which were quite the entertainment!
A lot of planning, research and learning took place with the compilation and presentation of the children’s projects on World War 1 which were assessed by their peers.
In recent weeks 5th & 6th class had fun with fantasy poems and even wrote some amazing fantasy poems themselves.
Of course the highlight of this term has been taking part in our highly successful school production, ‘School of Rock’. Next stop-Hollywood!! The excitement has been mounting in our classroom also for the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas songs & dances have permeated classroom activities for days now and the pupils made some beautiful Christmas Tree paper plates using skilful weaving.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy all the festivities!
After weeks of rehearsals, we were delighted to perform our school musical ‘School of Rock’ for the community on Thursday 8th December.
We are incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication of every child in our school. From designing posters and tickets, to learning lines and perfecting dance moves, no task was ever too much for the children. They were determined to put on a good show, and what a show it was – we were blown away by their incredible performance! Such a wonderful display of talent and energy!
As always, there were many people behind the scenes who helped us put on such an amazing show. Thank you to Tara McAuley, our musical director, for her dedication over the past number of years. Thank you to Karen McDermott for her beautiful backdrop, and to Mark McDermott for videoing the show. Thank you to everyone in Lisdoonan Community Centre for going above and beyond to help as always. Thank you finally to the parents who donated prizes for the raffle, your unending support doesn’t go unnoticed!
What an amazing end to 2022 in St. Michael’s National School!
We had great day on 28th October 2022 celebrating Halloween in St. Michael’s National School. The children dressed up and each class had a Halloween party. We also held a whole-school Halloween disco. We took part in ‘Trick or Treat for Sick Children’ and raised almost €300 for this very worthy cause, well done everyone!
We also held our monthly assembly, where numerous children were awarded with certificates for their hard work this term.
What an amazing first term we had together in 5th & 6th class. The pupils have worked so hard engaging in individual & group projects. We completed a study of our very own county of Monaghan, created outstanding family and county coat of arms for a competition, dramatized and illustrated the story of Setanta, researched and wrote reports on a famous artist, made periscopes, composed Halloween soundscapes for music, designed and made unique 3D buildings among many more creative activities. Choice time awards were having a fun pyjama and desk swap day.
Of course the highlight of all was supporting our boys as they reached the final of their Cumann na mBunscol School football league. Well done on your wonderful achievement boys!
We hope you all have a fun Halloween break and looking forward to the adventures that the next term brings!
It’s hard to believe that we are returning to school on Monday. The Summer has gone by so fast. I hope you all had a very enjoyable break and are well rested. We are very excited to welcome you all back, and we are looking forward to another amazing year in St Michaels.
Before returning, here is a quick reminder of a few school rules:
Gates open at 9.15 am, students are not insured to be on the premises before this time.
Junior Infants/ Senior Infants, 1st & 2nd Class, all enter the school via the main front door to the left when they enter the yard. 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th class will enter via the bottom door to the right when the enter the yard. They will be directed by myself/ Debby / Nicola so no need to worry.
Junior Infant parents are more than welcome to take their children into their classroom , for the first day. However, with limited space and lack of the middle yard (as building work on our new classroom has commenced), we would urge parents to enter and leave the building as soon as possible. Photographs can be taken in the yard before entering the classroom. Junior Infants will finish at 12pm for the first two weeks. This will allow them the time they need to adjust to the school life gradually, without exhausting them.
We are a health promoting school and would ask parents to refer to our healthy eating policy regarding appropriate school lunches. Due to several children with nut allergies, no products containing nuts are permitted on the premises.
Please ensure your child has all books/ copies etc with them on their first day. This will allow teachers the opportunity to get their classrooms set up and will enable teaching to take place as soon as possible. Please label everything for your child!!!!!!
We are very excited to see our lovely new school jumper and we would ask parents to adhere to the school uniform. Plain grey tracksuit bottoms (not leggings) and grey polo t- shirt.
While we are no longer required to adhere to Covid 19 guidelines, we would ask parents to continue to promote and encourage good hygiene etiquette, as we will within the school.
School finishing time will return to 3pm for all classes, with students leaving via the same gate they enter from.
With the end of our school year comes a sad farewell to our highly esteemed 6th class pupils. Goodbye from all of us in St.Michael’s, you will be sadly missed but we look forward to hearing of all your adventures and achievements in the coming years!
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