Autism Awareness Day 2021

There was a sea of blue in St. Michael’s N.S. on Friday 16th April as we celebrated our first annual Autism Awareness Day on Friday 16th April. The children in each class took part in various lessons throughout the day to raise awareness about autism. They learned what autism is, how to communicate with someone with autism, and how we could make school life easier for someone with autism. We wore blue on the day in support of autism awareness.

We also completed a whole-school collaborative art project which you can view below. The puzzle pattern reflects the complexity of the autism spectrum. It also shows that although we all have different personalities and abilities, we all fit together to create one amazing school community.

The children engaged really well and learned a lot! Well done boys and girls!

 

School Holiday Arrangements 2021/2022

St. Michael’s NS School Holiday Arrangements 2021 / 2022

School re-opens on Thursday 26th August 2021

Halloween (Mid-term) break 

From Monday 25th to Friday 29th October (5 days)

Re-open on Monday 1st November.

Christmas Holidays

12 noon (½ day) on Wednesday 22nd Dec to Wednesday 5th Jan 2022 (10 days)

Re-open on Thursday 6th Jan 2022.

 

February Mid-term break

Thursday 24th & Friday 25th February (2 days)

St Patricks Day Thursday 17th March
Bank Holiday Friday 18th March    (2 days)

Easter Holiday
12 noon (½ day) on Friday 8th April to Friday 22nd April (10 days)

Re-open on Monday 25th April

 

May Bank Holiday
Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd May (2 days)

June Bank Holiday
Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th June (2 days)

Summer Holiday
Close at 12 noon (½ day) on Thursday 23rd June

Please note- it may be necessary to change or add school closures during the
school year. In the event that this occurs, we will notify parents in advance.

A visit from the Easter Bunny

We had a very special visitor to our school on the 26th March.. The Easter Bunny! The Easter Bunny brought Easter eggs for all of the children; it was such an exciting end to the school term.
A huge thank you to our Parent’s Association who managed to contact the Easter Bunny to arrange the visit.
Wishing you all a safe and happy Easter break!

School Grounds

In recent weeks the school grounds, especially the top yard, has been used after school hours and at weekends by members of the school community. During this time, damage has been done to the yard, rubbish scattered on the premises and school equipment moved and used for unintended purposes. We would ask those involved to please stop using the school grounds as they are not insured to do so. The damage being caused is unnecessary and unfair to the students currently in the school. Moving forward, the Board of Management will have no option but to deal very seriously with incidents of trespassing and damage to the school property.

Regards,

The Board of Management.

School Covid-19 Rules

In the best interest of all our school community, the Board of Management of St Michael’s National School would again ask our parents to adhere to the following rules:

School drop off is from 9.15-9.30 daily. Please keep your children in your car until the school gates are opened daily. There is no need for the pupils to be allowed congregate at the school gates. If the gates are opened a few minutes later then normal, this means that they is an important issue to be addressed / resolved in advance of opening and the staff require your patience and support in this regard.

Parents please stop congregating at the gates or at cars to chat, this is putting our whole school community at risk. We have had numerous complaints by concerned parents about the potential risk this is imposing on our students. And while we fully agree with these complaints, we need all parents to be responsible and comply with the request.

Parents please wear face coverings while dropping off or collecting children. This is essential to protect our students and staff.

Return to School for all Pupils and Staff

Dear Parents and Students,

We can confirm that the Department of Health and the HSE have reaffirmed that the gradual phased reopening can proceed as planned. The next phase of return is on Monday March 15th for all primary school children in 3rd- 6th class. This is wonderful news for everyone, student, parents and staff and we are very excited to welcome all the boys and girls, Mrs Campbell and Ms Mc Connon, back to the school building on Monday. However, we can not take this lightly. All measures that we have put in place to protect our school community must be rigorously adhered to. Everyone must play their part in following safety measures.

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

  • Junior / Senior Infants & 5th / 6th class enter and leave the building via the main door and leave the grounds via the small main gate.
  • 1st / 2nd & 3rd / 4th class enter and leave via the bottom door, and leave the grounds via the big gates.
  • Home times will be Staggered again, from Monday 15th March. This will not impact on Junior/ Senior Infants as they leave at 2pm. 1st/ 2nd class will finish and leave the premises at 2.50pm, followed by 3rd/ 4th class at 2.55pm and finally 5th ? 6th class at 3pm.
  • Please fill in and return your child’s Return to Education form before Friday. This was emailed to all families prior to the first phase of return. If you do not have a copy, email debbyoffice2020@gmail.com . PLEASE NOTE- If your child is absent from school at any stage between now and the Summer holidays, a return to Education form must be filled in prior to their return. This applies even in the event that the student has only been absent for one day. This is a Department of Education rule and must be adhered to. I would advise all parents to ensure they keep an email copy of this form which can be filled in and returned to the school via email, when the need arises.
  • 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, 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.

Regards,
Ms Whelan.

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

Regards
Ms Whelan

School Update

Good Morning everyone
As we start another week of remote learning I want to remind everyone about our very first zoom Art Class with Jo on Friday morning at 10am . Materials needed to make the Fairy/Elf doors include- 2/3 paper plates, 2/3 different colours of paint, 2 sheets of paper , pritt stick or sellotape. Please have all these materials ready for Friday morning. Also, congratulations to all the participants in our Talent show. I am working on your certificates and hope to have them ready for next Wednesday when we are having our “Goodie bag collection” at the school.
Stay Safe and have a wonderful week
Ms Whelan

School Update

Parents and Students

We hope you are all keeping well and staying safe. We are now two weeks into remote learning and we know this is a massive challenge for everyone. As a staff, we are constantly taking on board concerns expressed by parents and are doing our best to facilitate requests for additional support.  We have made numerous changes to the provision of learning in terms of timetabling and planning,  teaching methodologies and in the provision of feedback to students for work completed,  in an effort to make remote learning a more positive, enjoyable and educationally beneficial experience for our students.

We were hoping that tomorrow would see the opening of our school for students with Special Education Needs, however this is not to be. For now, we must continue to work together from home and we can only hope that we will be opening our doors on February 1st and welcoming all our students back to school. 

In the meantime, we are very conscious of the lack of social interaction and engagement students are having with their peers. This has always been a very important element of school life for students and one which is very often the highlight of a student’s day. In this regard , we have decided to organise a number of different events , to enable students to interact with and see their peers. Firstly, Last Friday we held our first zoom quiz and feedback from parents was very positive. We will hold another quiz this Friday (20th) January at 12.30 pm. Any family who did not join last week is more than welcome to join this week, just make sure you email mswhelan2020@gmail.com  in advance and let me know so I can add your email address to the list.

In addition, we would also like to host a whole school zoom talent show. Over the years, we have been overwhelmed by the level of talent our students have . There are very limited opportunities during the hectic school day for students to show off their extra curricular skills and  talents. As a staff, we would love to show everyone , just what the students of St Michael’s National School, Donaghmoyne, have to offer.  However, we can’t hold a talent show without participants. Therefore, we are asking that anyone who would like to entertain us with a song, a tune on the tin-whistle or indeed any instrument, tell a few jokes (we could all do with a laugh right now), perform magic tricks, or whatever other amazing talents are out there… Please email mswhelan2020@gmail.com and let me know. I will draft a list of entrants and once there are students interested, we can orgnaise a day and time that suits everyone.

If there is anything else we can do to help, please do not hesitate to email and we will do our very best to facilitate and support both students and parents in any way we can.

Regards

Ms Whelan & Staff

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: www.stmichaelsns.ie
On request: By emailing stmichaelsnsdonaghmoyne@gmail.com
On request: By writing to
St Michael’s National School,
Donaghmoyne,
Carrickmacross,
Co Monaghan
A81EA37.

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