School News & Updates

Dear Parents

Now that we have reached the end of our first month back at school I would like to thank you all for your cooperation in adhering to all the new rules and procedures pertaining to our Covid-19 regulations. The health and safety of all members of our school community remains our primary focus.

We are very thankful that we are all adjusting to the ‘new normal’ and ask that you continue to remain vigilant in checking temperatures and ensuring that your child remains at home if presenting with any of the symptoms of Covid-19. If concerned best practice continues to be to check with your GP before returning to school.

To date you will have noticed that homework set during the month of September has mostly been in the form of reading, spellings and tables. From the 5th October pupils, from Senior Infants up, will also have some aspect of written homework. The format of correcting written work will change somewhat but the usual rules apply:

· All work must be completed carefully and neatly

· Homework Journal should be signed by parent when all aspects of homework have been completed and checked

Teachers will be in touch in the near future to organize registration of all pupils to use the seesaw App which may be used for homework and also used in the event of having to engage in any form of remote learning.

Just a few wee reminders!

· Pupils should not arrive at school before doors open at 9:00am

· External classroom doors are locked at 9:30 so pupils arriving after that should ring bell at main door for admittance

· In the interest of pupil safety please refrain from driving into school grounds from 9:00 - 9:30 each morning while pupils are arriving and walking to their classroom.

· Please remember to send a note explaining each absence with the pupil when he/she returns to school. (back pages in Homework Journal can also be used for this) Please note that a written note is needed even if you have already phoned the office to inform us of the absence.

We look forward to your continued cooperation and support during the school year as we work together to maintain a safe environment and provide the best possible educational opportunities for our pupils within the restrictions placed upon us by the current Covid-19 situation.

Yours sincerely

Linda Mills

Mrs Berry visited all the classrooms today collecting any money &showing the pupils what things she will be sending to Peace. Thanks to the pupils & families who did bring in money, it amounted to just over €20. Mrs Berry will be sending a gift on Saturday, using Middletown PO as post is not going to Uganda yet. Included in the parcel is soap, t-shirt, bag, colours & a notebook.

Mrs Berry here, today I went around the classrooms collecting any donations for Peace. I was overwhelmed with the generosity of the Model pupils & families, especially in the Junior & Infant rooms. In just  over a week I have collected €90! This means we can easily pay the monthly sponsorship & send an extra gift in the post. The Ugandan government are hoping to reopen schools soon.

Thanks again, keep bringing in the money, it all helps.

Dear Parents & Pupils

I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the last few weeks of the summer break.

As you will know from a recent email we are working hard to put a huge number of new procedures and practices in place in order to comply with Department of Education directives as laid out in the DES Covid 19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Primary & Special schools.

At present we are aiming to open as planned on Thursday 27th August with an Induction Day for Junior Infants on Wednesday 26th August.

We officially welcome parents of all new pupils to the Model School community and look forward to getting to know you in person as the year progresses.

There will be lots of correspondence in coming weeks as more details for our return to school are finalised so I would encourage you to keep a regular check on your emails.

We are really looking forward to getting back to school and seeing you all again very soon.

Linda Mills

Before returning to school we would ask all parents to ensure that your child’s name is clearly marked on all belongings (drink bottle, lunch box, school bag, cardigan/jumper, coat, pencils etc.)

School Uniform

We have no plans to change the wearing of school uniform as reasonably priced clothing can be purchased at any of the main retail outlets. We also have some good quality second hand uniforms available from school. If anyone is interested in these please get in touch by email or using the school mobile number.

Hi Mrs Berry here, when I was shopping today in Tescos & I spotted this Barbie. I immediately thought of Peace & will send it to her when the post is working in Uganda properly.  Some restrictions have been lifted, people now are allowed drive. People have also been told to wear face masks. Many are making their own & are in lots of lovely, brightly coloured African prints."

Virtual Sport for All Day

If we were in School at present we would be planning for our Annual Sport for All Day

Covid May Updates from Monaghan Model School

Hello Everyone

I hope that you are all keeping well and staying safe at home.

Click here to see the FULL Message

Happy Friday, We're missing you and can't wait to see you again!

A Book Review by Sophie at Monaghan Model School

Congratulations to Sophie!

Sophie wrote a book review for the Sunday Business Post Newspaper.

Mrs Berry here.... I thought I’d send you all a short update on Peace in Uganda..

Dear Parents & Pupils

As you can see our teachers have been busy planning and preparing more school work to keep you busy.

Senior Infants have thoroughly enjoyed their Shared Education experience this year. They have made new friends, visited new places and experienced new things. 

Andrew and Beulah McMullan are well known to us in school. They occasionally take our school assemblies and we really enjoy hearing from them. Click into the following link to have your very own assembly at home.

We are all struggling to come to terms with the broader effects of Covid 19 and the restrictions it has placed upon our daily lives.

Dear Parents

Today we have been directed by the Department of Education & Skills to send home textbooks and to set work for this exceptional closure until 29th March.

On Thursday 27th February, children from Aughadarragh and Eskra came to visit us in the Model School.

School will be closed for pupils on Friday 1st May to facilitate further whole staff training for the Primary Language Curriculum.

The Memory Lane photographer will visit school on Tuesday 18th February. Parents have already received a letter with information regarding this. The Data Protection Policy of the company has also been received.

The Green Schools Travel Team is inviting schools to take part in the Big Travel Challenge 2020, to promote a sustainable mode of transport for 10 days during the month of February.

Shared Ed. is back!

Third class children had their first visit of Shared Education, in Aughadarragh Primary School for 2020.

The first meeting of our new Board of Management was held in school on Monday 10th February. See 'Board of Management' in Our School section for an updated list of Board members.

The Declaration of Acceptance of Membership of the School Board of Management was signed by all present.

Construction work on our new classroom is progressing slowly. The block work is almost complete and the central steel beam to support the roof is now in place. The connection to existing building is due to take place during Easter holidays.

The process to complete the purchase of plot of land adjacent to our school yard is ongoing. 

Our School Calendar for 2020 -2021 has been agreed and will be published on our website in the near future.


Peace’s Birthday

Peace will be celebrating her 9th birthday at the end of February. We’ll be sending her a small gift & card very soon.

“Not So Serious Burns” at Monaghan Model School

“Not So Serious Burns” is a 35 minute theatre-in-education play on the life and work of the national bard of the Scots and Ulster Scots - Robert Burns.  3rd-6th class attended the drama on Thursday 23rd January.

Between September and December, Shared Education was back up and running again. The teachers from all schools met in September and planned our events for the school year ahead.

Congratulations to Kate and Sarah on achieving Distinctions in their Grade 2 fiddle exam. Well Done girls - the hard work is beginning to pay off!

MODEL SCHOOL PARENTS' ASSOCIATION invite you to a Cookery Demonstration and Launch of School Recipe Book with celebrity chef Adrian Martin in The Four Seasons Hotel on Monday 2nd December at 7:30 p.m.

Model School staff and pupils invite parents and friends to our Carol Service in 1st Monaghan Presbyterian Church (kindly granted) on Thursday 19th December at 7:00 p.m.

Senior Infants have enjoyed making new friends through Shared Education. We have met several times and already we are becoming familiar with new faces and names.

Our Sport For All Day held in the Monaghan Harps Gaa Grounds was a huge success.

We are delighted to report that after three years of hard work we have been presented with our Healthy Ireland -Health Promoting School Flag.

Thank you to everyone who has already started to bring in money to support Peace & her community in Uganda.

Preparation of the site for our new classroom is now underway. It is estimated that the entire construction project will take from six to eight months.

Thank you to everyone who has given generously over this past school year to support Peace & her community in Uganda. We have raised over €400. This has been enough to cover the monthly sponsorship & to send gifts regularly over the year. Our most recent package was a glittery notebook & some markers. Peace, with help from World Vision, is very good at thanking us for the things we send. So let me pass on those thanks to all of you......

School Trip to AWOL

3rd and 4th class went on their school tour to AWOL in Emyvale. Despite the wet weather, we had a blast of a time.


In February 2019, the Model School, along with 29 other schools in Ireland, took part in a project to raise awareness about air pollution.

I am delighted to report that we have made great progress with our new outdoor play area and although it is not fully completed, we have enough resources to begin some play sessions outdoors. Many thanks to everyone in our school community who contributed by giving resources to the school, building equipment or by doing some practical painting and varnishing. 




ActiveSchool Week

Active School Week

The Active School Week took place from 7th - 10th May 2019. As usual regardless of age or fitness level everyone (including the teachers) had the opportunity to participate. The various activities were enjoyed by all, although some of us had more aches and pains at the end of the week than others. Read on to discover the activities we did and view some photographs.

As a final part of our Shared Education project for 2018-2019, we visited the Ulster American Folk Park and Parkanaur Forest Park. 

Congratulations to Murtada, one of our 6th class pupils, who won the County Monaghan Eason Spelling Bee competition held on 29th April 2019.

The Board of Management confirms that our Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment documents have been reviewed and updated using the checklist provided by the Department of Education & Skills at a BOM meeting on Monday 25th March 2019.Copies of these have been posted on website and are on display in entrance hall and on the staffroom noticeboard.

Other policies and school plans reviewed and ratified were: Plean Gaeilge, Social Personal & Health Education (SPHE) and Relationships & Sexuality Education (RSE).

New policies finalised and ratified were: 1. Photography Policy   2. Stay Safe and Child Protection Policy

Sincere thanks to the parents who attended the Policy Review Meeting on Wednesday 20th March 2019. Your input into this process is always welcome and appreciated.


Our aim is to create an outdoor area that will enhance the learning experience for children across all curriculum subjects.

Congratulations to Lily on her success in a recent Irish Dancing Feis in Emyvale Community Centre.

Seachtain na Gaeilge Assembly.

Seachtain na Gaeilge was on from March 1st to 17th this year. Teachers used this time as an opportunity to further promote the use of the Irish language and to make it as fun and as enjoyable as possible for the children.

Third and Fourth class competed in a Tug of War Blitz in Tyholland Community Centre. The children had been training prior to the event and were very excited to attend the blitz. On the day, the children demonstrated great skills and one of our teams even made it to the semi-fiinal!! It is true to say that we really enjoyed this event.


Since September pupils & teachers have been bringing in money to support Peace & her family in Uganda. They have raised E270 to date. Well done & thank you! Peace celebrated her 8th birthday at the end of February. We sent her a small gift & sang her Happy Birthday at an Assembly.

Enrolment of new infants for September 2019 is now taking place.  Application Forms and Handbooks are available from school office. 

Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 047 83070 for more information. 

Food Dudes is in Progress

Food Dudes is a Healthy Eating Programme for Kids. It aims to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables both in school and at home. It is based on positive role models (the Food Dudes characters), repeated tasting and rewards. Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st class are getting 16 tasting days, while 2nd - 6th class get 8 tasting days. The science behind the programme is that if children at an early age taste new foods repeatedly, they may develop a taste for them. We call this training our taste buds. 


Phase 1 of Food Dudes for the Junior classes will run from 17th January - 7th February 2019. Phase 1 for Middle and Senior classes will run from 29th January - 7th February 2019. Phase 2 begins for all classes on Friday 8th February. During Phase 2 children are encouraged to bring their own fruit and veg to school in their new dual lunchbox. We look forward to trying new fruits and vegetables and getting new ideas for our lunch boxes from our peers. Happy Tasting everyone!!

On Tuesday 19th February we expect to have our annual visit from Memory Lane photography. Watch out for notice with more details and consent form in school bags next week. 

As you may know children from Senior Infants and Second Class are participating in a cross border project with two schools. The schools we are working with are St. Patrick's National School in Eskra and St. Patrick's Primary School in Aughadarragh. 

Shared Education: CASE - Funded by Peace IV

Pupils in Senior Infants are continuing to make new friends with pupils from St.Patrick's Primary School Aughadarragh and St.Patrick's Primary school Eskra.

School will close for Christmas holidays on Friday 21st December at 12:30 pm.

Model School staff and pupils invite parents and friends to our Carol Service in 1st Monaghan Presbyterian Church on Thursday 20th December at 7:00 pm. 

Well done to the eleven swimmers who particpipated in the Coral Leisure Inter-Schools' Gala on Saturday 24th November.

Congratulations to Kevin, one of our 5th class pupils,

Christmas shoe box appeal.

We say a big thank you to all those who responded to our Christmas shoe box appeal.

As parents, we can often feel on the back foot when it comes to keeping up with our children online. Kids are digital natives, whereas we can sometimes feel like trespassers in their digital world.That’s why we have developed our Parents Crash Course in Internet Safety!

Shared Education Project: CASE (Collaboration and Sharing in Education) - Funded by Peace 1V.

During the 2018/19 school year Monaghan Model School is participating in a Shared Education project funded by Peace 1V.

New School year Starts August 30th. We are happy to see the children back and more importantly, the new children start

peacce Update

Thank you to everyone who has brought in money for Peace this month. All donations both big and small, people gave 5cent to 5 euro, will make a difference to Peace & her community in Uganda.

On Friday 22nd June 2018, we had our annual Sport for All Day. It was a beautiful sunny day and spirits were high as we left the Model and made our way up to the green field at St. Mary’s Boys School.

Get in Touch!

Telephone: +353 (047) 83070
Mobile: +353 (086) 057 7885

The Model School, North Road,
Monaghan, Ireland