Science in the Infant Classroom

In Science this term our infants are learning all about forces. We discussed ‘push’ and ‘pull’ forces and where these can be seen in our daily lives. We then explored the different ways that a toy car can move, and tested how different types of cars needed different amounts of pressure to move. Finally, we raced the cars to see who could apply the most force to make their car go faster!

Student Council

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.

Christmas in the Infant Classroom

We have been very busy in the lead up to Christmas in the infant classroom. We spent lots of time preparing for our musical ‘School of Rock’. Considering that it was many of the children’s first time on stage, we couldn’t believe the amazing show that they put on!

We learned all about Daidí na Nollaig as Gaeilge, and recited some Christmas counting rhymes in Maths. In religion the children learned all about the Christmas story, and they performed the story in small groups during our drama lessons. You can see one of our performances here: We also created some beautiful Christmas themed art and had a hot chocolate movie day!

Finally, we were very lucky on Friday 16th December to have a very special visit from Santa Claus! All of the boys and girls got a special present from Santa – thank you to our parent’s association for arranging this!

Well done boys and girls on all of your hard work this term. Wishing you all a safe and peaceful Christmas! 


School of Rock

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!

Halloween 2022

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.

Wishing you all a happy and safe Halloween!


Maths Week in the Infant Classroom 2022

We have been very busy this week as we celebrated Maths Week. The children took part in various maths-based activities, focusing particularly on using their ‘maths eyes’! Have a look at what we got up to…


We designed and created shape monsters.



We completed some ‘shape printing’ for art!




We played snakes and ladders in pairs.



And finally, we tried to focus more on the natural maths in our environment – maths is everywhere! The boys and girls took some time to use their maths and eyes at home, recorded these, and then presented these to the class. Well done to all of the boys and girls for taking part!

Annual Admissions Notice

St Michael’s National School
Annual Admission Notice
in respect of admissions to the 2023/2024 school year

Admission Policy and Application Form: 

A copy of the school’s Admission Policy and the Application Form for Admission for the 2023/2024 school year is available as follows: –

To download at:

On request: By emailing

Or on request: By writing to St Michael’s National School, Donaghmoyne, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, A81EA37.


Part 1 – Admissions to the 2023/2024 school year

Application and Decision Dates for admission to 2023/2024

The following are the dates applicable for admission to Junior Infants:

The school will commence accepting applications for admission onNov 7th 2022
The school shall cease accepting applications for admission onMarch 1st 2023
The date by which applicants will be notified of the decision on their application isMarch 12th 2022
The period within which applicants must confirm acceptance of an offer of admission isTwo Weeks

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 2023/2024: 

The number of places being made available in junior infants20

Busy Bees in the Infant Classroom

Our Junior and Senior Infants have been very busy over the past few weeks. We have settled in really well to school life and have managed to pack in a lot of fun along the way!


We have been working on our cutting skills.


We revised all of the colours of the rainbow.


We have been working on our phonological awareness by learning different rhymes and poems. After learning ‘Humpty Dumpty’ we decided to create our own using our amazing cutting and painting skills!


We have taken part in fun PE lessons with Eamonn from Monaghan Coaching and Games Committee.


.. and we created these ‘Busy Bees’ reminding us of the classroom rules that we decided on back in August!

Welcome Back Everyone!

Good Afternoon everyone,

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.


If there are any queries, please email

See you all Monday,

Ms Whelan.

Well done Infants!

After a year of working hard, our infants had a very exciting final few weeks at school. Have a look at the photos below to see what we got up to!


We had a surprise visit from an ice-cream van after our school mass on Friday 17th June.


We held a whole-class talent show!


We held an End of Year ‘Pizza Party’, where the children prepared, cooked and tasted their very own pizzas!


Well done to everyone on another fantastic year – enjoy the Summer holidays!