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!

Sports Day 2024

On Wednesday 5th June we travelled to Donaghmoyne Fontenoys GAA club for our annual Sports Day. The children had great fun taking part in various races and stations. A huge thank you to our past pupils who helped organise the day. Well done everyone!

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As part of our ACTIVE SCHOOL Campaign and our HEALTH PROMOTING SCHOOL Campaign and as part of our ‘Transport’ Theme in our GREEN SCHOOL’S Campaign, our whole school take part in WOW (Walk on Wednesday)on the first Wednesday of each month.  It’s a great way to  come together as a school community, getting some exercise […]

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Super Stars 2023-2024!!

Each week, a child is chosen in either First Class or Second Class to be our SUPER STAR!! They can be chosen for lots of reasons, such as, being kind to someone, showing good manners, showing good listening skills or improving at something they have found to be difficult.  The SUPER STAR of the week […]

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Friendship Week 2023 in First & Second Class

Friendship week took place this year between 18th -22nd September.  We took time to reflect on the importance of friendship in our school.  We identified qualities of a good friend, learned a friendship song and made friendship bracelets.  

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Zippy’s Friends

Zippy’s Friends is a universal school-based programme for in primary school. The programme is designed to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of all young children by increasing their repertoire of coping skills and by stimulating varied and flexible ways of coping with problems in day-to-day life. Miss Whelan, takes children from various classes, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Cumann na mBunscol

There were fantastic celebrations among our brilliant footballers here in Saint Michael N.S. school this week as they progress to the final of the Cumann na mBunscol school league, which will take place on Saturday 22nd October in Castleblayney. We would like to say a massive thank you to our coach Darren Fox for helping […]

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All-Ireland Medal Winners

Huge congratulations to these girls who took home Bronze medals from the All-Ireland Community Games Dance Competition. A massive achievement girls and we as a school are very proud. Well done!

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Yoga Bears 2022

As part of our Active Schools Campaign and also our Mental Health Initiative, the Junior Classes in the school enjoyed participating in some yoga based lessons with Mrs. Mc Guirk. We learned how to relax and unwind and also explored techniques to help us stay focused. Everyone enjoyed the Yoga Bears sessions.  

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