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!

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.

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

Cash for Clobber!

The Parents Association of St. Michael’s N.S. Donaghmoyne

are running the cash for clobber once again.

So raid the wardrobes, clear out those presses – bag them, don’t bin them!

 

Please place all your items for recycling into a black bin bag, all donations can be left at the school between

Monday 11th of January and Tuesday 12th of January 2021.

Accepted ItemsUnacceptable items
Clothing – ladies, men’s and children’s

Paired shoes, bags, hats, scarfs, ties, curtains,

Bed sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers and blankets.

 

No dirty or wet clothing

No carpets, mats or rugs

No pillows or duvets

Graduation 2020… With a Difference!

After over three months apart, the students, parents, families and staff of St. Michael’s National School came together today to show the most amazing display of solidarity and community spirit in saying farewell to their 6th Class students.
Tiernan, Lauren, Jessica and Eimar received one of the most remarkable and memorable send offs St. Michael’s N.S. has ever seen. They were showered with gifts and treats as they stood and waved farewell to all of their peers who came and took part in the parade. What a wonderful way to finish their eight years in primary school.
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone, especially the Parents Association and our wonderful staff for making this day possible.
Thank you to all our families who came out in support.

Enjoy a safe and happy Summer holiday everyone. We look forward to seeing you all in September!

Ice-Cream at School!

Have you ever seen such beaming smiles before? Not unless you got an ice cream at school from the Ice Cream Van! It goes without saying from these little faces that everyone enjoyed their surprise! Thank you to the Parents Association for organising and funding this.

Flag Raising Ceremony

There was huge excitement in St. Michael’s National School on Wednesday 19th June 2019 as we came together as a school community to raise three very important and well-deserved flags. Both staff and pupils have worked extremely hard and have shown huge dedication and commitment to achieve a flag for Water Conservation and Preservation, a flag for recognition as a Health Promoting School and also a flag for achieving Active School Status. We had a fantastic day gathering together to mark our success.

On the day we also opened our beautiful new friendship garden. A sincere word of thanks to our parent’s association for making our friendship garden possible – your unending support doesn’t go unnoticed!

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended the Flag Raising Ceremony and who contributed in any way to making the day a memorable one. A special thank you also to our special guests ‘Hiphopical’ for their fantastic dance display and to Drew Wylie from the Monaghan County Team who raised our three flags for us.

Well done to everyone! Our staff and pupils are very proud to be flying the flags for St. Michael’s N.S. Donaghmoyne.

‘Farmyard in your Schoolyard’

On Wednesday 19th June 2019, the pupils in St. Michael’s National School Donaghmoyne, were very fortunate to have some special visitors come to our school. Stephen from ‘Farmyard in your Schoolyard’ came to visit, and brought along an array of farmyard animals. He talked to the boys and girls about the various animals, including goats, chickens, roosters, guinea pigs, rabbits and even Shaun the Sheep! The children loved having the opportunity to learn lots of interesting facts about these animals, as well as having the chance to pet them.

A word of sincere thanks to our Parent’s Association for organising and funding this fantastic event!

Presentation to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda

Linda Finn, Joan Rooney and some of the students from St. Michael’s National School with the cheque they presented to the Oncology Unit in Our Lady of Lourdes hospital Drogheda following our 5K Fundraiser.

A massive thank you to all involved in organising this event!