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  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 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.


Ms Whelan & Staff

Remote Learning – 1st and 2nd Class (18th-22nd January 2021)



17th 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 Feb 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

Remote Learning – Junior and Senior Infants

Hello boys and girls,

I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas break. I am so excited that, even though we cannot go back to school just yet, we can still learn lots and lots from home! Your parents have probably already explained to you all that teacher will be sending you lessons and you will complete them at home. Some of the lessons will be on Seesaw. Imagine getting to do your schoolwork on an iPad or laptop – lucky ducks! How amazing is it that we can learn in the comfort of our own homes!

Just like in school, I am always here to help you. If you’re finding something really really tough you can send me a voice message or note on Seesaw, or you could ask your Mammy or Daddy to email me.

I want you all to try your very best all of the time. You all work so hard in school, please work hard at home too! Listen to your parents and be patient with them. I am so proud of you all!

I have sent an email this evening with your work for this week. If your parents did not receive this, they can email me on

We will be chatting online through the week – I can’t wait!

Ms Atkinson.

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.  

Happy Halloween from 1st and 2nd Class!

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Although we celebrated Halloween in a slightly different way this year, we still participated in lots of Halloween activities.  We learned lots about the History of Halloween and its’ traditions in S.E.S.E., we learned lots of tips about keeping safe in S.P.H.E. and created our own safety tips posters, we wrote our own acrostic Halloween poems and completed Halloween Spiders and Frames in Art.  We were delighted that we still got the opportunity to dress up and participate in a fancy dress parade!  The outfits were fabulous!  We finished our last day before our Halloween holidays,  with a Halloween movie and some tasty treats.