Health Promoting School

A Health Promoting School can be characterised as a school which is constantly strengthening its capacity as a healthy place in which to live, learn and work.


Year One of our Campaign:

We began our journey towards becoming a Health Promoting School in March 2016 in conjunction with our health promotion officer Jennifer Treanor. Our first aim in striving towards receiving Health Promoting School recognition was to work on Healthy Eating within our school and review our Healthy Eating Policy. Our new Healthy Eating Policy was ratified in June and is now available for all to view on our School Notice Board. We hope all parents, staff and pupils will embrace our new Healthy Eating Policy with a view to our school becoming a healthier and happier environment for all and that they will continue to embrace this into the future. Some of our starter and ongoing activities can be viewed below. Our Health Promoting Team are key components in striving towards making our school a healthier and happier environment for everyone!


Year Two of our Campaign:

In year two (2017 – 2018) of our Health Promoting Schools Initiative we have been focusing on incorporating physical activity into our school day. Not only is this part of our overall aim to promote health among everyone here in our school but we also hope to obtain an Active Flag to recognize our efforts! A small selection of our active flag initiatives can be viewed below. Lots more of our Active Flag Activities can also be viewed on the Active Flag page of our website. We have an Active Flag Team made up of our pupil body who are integral in leading many of the activities in our Active Flag Campaign!


Year Three of our Campaign:

In year 3 (2018 – 2019) we decided to focus on promoting mental health among our pupils and staff. We have already marked the importance of friendship by planting a friendship tree on National Tree Day on October 4th 2018. We will use this tree to represent the importance of friendship in our school. We are also appreciative of the commitment of parents in commencing and maintaining a friendship garden for our school. In the future we also hope to purchase a ‘buddy bench’ and to add some picnic tables to our garden, in keeping with the theme of friendship. As a staff we have engaged in an anti-bullying workshop with Sean Fallon to give us a better understanding of bullying. The aim of these workshops is to enable us as teachers to equip children with the skills to recognize bullying and have the skills to deal with it should it arise. Teachers in the school continue to engage with CPD courses (for example the Friends for Life and the Fun Friends Programmes) which continue to enrich their knowledge of how to promote mental health and well being among our entire school body.

Health Promoting Schools News & Events!

Active Home Week – Let’s get Active Donaghmoyne

Dear Principal and Active School Flag Coordinator, We hope that this email finds everyone well. The Active School Flag team would like to begin by saying WELL DONE to principals and teachers for all the work that you are doing to support your pupils with their wellbeing, and by providing continuity of teaching and learning […]

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Wellness Wednesday

During our school closure due to Covid -19, we were very conscious of the impact the virus was causing on our students and whole school community.  As both a Health Promoting School and Active School, we decided to introduce an initiative called Wellness Wednesday to support children and families in maintaining fitness and mental health! […]

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Relax Kids in Saint Michael’s National School Donaghmoyne!

The children in our in our school really enjoyed their first session of Relax Kids on Thursday 30th January 2020 and are excited about their next class. The sessions are aimed at primary school children and run in 6 week courses. They involve warm up and movement, relaxing mindfulness games, stretching and breathing exercises, massage, […]

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Active Flag Activities for Halloween 2019!

We got active for our Health Promoting Schools Campaign on Thursday 24th October 2019.  We looked terrifyingly good as we did our various circuits. Well done everyone for your participation and a huge thank you to all our active leaders for leading the events.

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Football Coach in Our School September / October 2019

Our children continue to focus on Health Promotion and continue to practice our Active Flag Initiative as they take part in soccer skills with Euan Treanor during September and October. Have a look at some of their activities below! Thanks to Euan for visiting our school and sharing his knowledge and expertise with us.  

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Bike Green – Monaghan Sports Partnership

On Friday 21st June 2019, we were very fortunate to be offered a free taster session from Bike Green by the Monaghan Sports Partnership. Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Class got to learn many valuable cycling skills, using balance bikes. A massive thank you to Seán and Francis for coming to visit us today […]

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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 […]

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Conor Mc Skeane Memorial Shield 2019

Congratulations to the children from Mrs. Mc Guirk’s first class who were chosen to represent us at the Conor Mc Skeane Memorial Shield Football Blitz. Well done on your fantastic efforts and congratulations on receiving your two beautiful medals! It is wonderful to see our school competing in this very special and worthwhile annual event. […]

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Community Games 2019

Congratulations to the boys in third class on their recent achievement in the Under 10 Gaelic Football Community Games Competition. The boys reached the county final and should be very proud of their efforts!  

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Sports Day / Active Schools Week 2019

Active Schools Week took place in our school between Monday 27th and Friday 31st of May 2019. We engaged in many fun active events at school and at home, including a Summer themed Sports Day! Have a peek below at some of the events we engaged in.

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