School Activities

Engineering Week

Senior Infants have been very busy building to celebrate engineering week.

Leap Day Letters!2024

1st Class marked 29th February by writing a letter to themselves.

World Book Day in 1st Class 2024

1st Class enjoyed getting cosy with their friends to read and chat about their favourite books.

Exploring Length in 1st Class 2024

1st Class were on a mission to find the tallest cartoon character!

We are very excited to be participating in the Active Schools ‘Run Around Europe’ Challenge.

Pancake Tuesday  2024

Many thanks to our wonderful parents who came to school on Shrove Tuesday and made delicious pancakes for the children.

Swim Ulster School Cup and Championships 2024

Congratulations to Lily who represented the school at The Swim Ulster School Cup and Championships in Bangor.

Senior Infants revised group 1 Jolly Phonics and letter formation in our literacy stations in September. 

September Team Building Challenges

Ulster Scots Workshop

2nd and 3rd class recently visited the library to attended an ulster scots language workshop.

Christmas Sewing

The author and illustrator Kate Sheehy visited 1st Class during Children’s Book Festival Week.

Digital Learning in 3rd and 4th Class. 

Junior and Senior Infants go to a Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the Markethouse

Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the Markethouse

Santa’s Workshop

Learning about the Hospital

Junior Infants go on an Autumn Walk

Kate Sheehy visits Junior Infants

 With the change of seasons, Why not have a clear-out of old and unwanted items.

Thank you to everyone who brought money over the last couple of weeks.

We were very lucky with the beautiful weather all week to allow us to really enjoy all the fun activities that were organised.

The boys and girls had a fun-filled week at school as they took part in lots of different activities to celebrate Active Week.

In March, 1st & 2nd Class began their class project to plan, plant and perfect their own class garden, as part of the Woodie's Budding Gardeners Programme.

Our picnic in the park was a huge success. Bigger children played with little children. Some relaxed on the picnic blankets. Siblings played together and teachers had a chat. The tug of war and the edible treats were a definite favourite for many. 


The Model School was well represented at the Monaghan Coaching & Games Blitz in Cloghan last week.

On the last day of term, a special visitor arrived to our school and left Easter eggs in the corridors for us all to find.

Junior Infants went on a Spring Walk. We even brought our little spring lamb and chick to help us explore the signs of Spring. See photos below.

Junior Infants got their hats, coats and wellies on last Friday and had a fun time playing in the snow. Lots of snowballs were thrown and lots of snow angels were made. Check out the pictures below.

1st & 2nd Class really embraced World Book Day 2023, and celebrations to mark the event lasted for the whole week, as the children enjoyed reading lots of different books, sharing their favourites with the class, relaxing in our chill zone, and completing creative activities on their chosen books.

World Book Day was a fun and a relaxing day!

We all brought our favourite book to school, along with a blanket and a pillow.

Mrs Kelso was very busy and had transformed the resources area into a cosy place where we could all lie down and take some time to read our favourite books. Thank you Mrs Kelso!!


Check out photos below.

What excitement there was in the Junior Infant classroom when Farmer Barry brought his lamb to our classroom.

The Junior Infants really enjoyed the experience and they even completed a health check on the lamb too.

The children listened to the lamb's heart using a stethoscope, gave it an injection and even took the lamb's temperature. 

This bunch of children will all make fabulous vets in years to come!! 

Check out the pictures below.

We have had a busy January and February in 1st &  2nd Class. Take a look at some of the activities we have been working on.   


Junior Infants have been very busy lately. 

They have learned a lot about 'The Vets' and caring for animals.

Check out some of the pictures captured during Aistear time.

Today was our first day Scottish dancing in St Patrick's hall.

The children had a fabulous time and were very fast learning all of the new dance moves!

Check out the pictures below.

Last November, the children in 5th class read the book ' Irish Civil War 1922-23 Ava's Diary' for the One Book, One County reading initiative, part of the Decade of Centenaries Programme which marks key events in Irish history. Monaghan County Library organised a workshop to teach the children about the events of The Irish Civil War.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the highly interactive and informative workshop. 

We are very excited to have begun our 6 week block of cycling lessons with our instructors Francis and Paul from Bike Green on the first Thursday back after Christmas.  Our sessions are split between learning about the theory of cycling in the classroom and practising skills on the bicycles in the playground.  The boys and girls are learning lots of useful technical information such as how to make sure your helmet is fitted accurately, cycling laws, the various road crossings you could meet and how to check your bike every time you go for a ride. 

This year for our Christmas Art, as well as painting our windows, 6th class also made colourful Christmas character lanterns, Christmas cards in Paper Construction and these beautiful angels as part of our Fabric & Fibre strand in Art. 

Christmas has arrived at the Model School! Yesterday 6th Class began our tradition of painting the windows for Christmas and today the boys and girls finished the job!  Lots of paint, lots of laughter and although we were shivering outside taking the photos there lots of smiles at the end looking at their beautiful art work! Didn't they do a fabulous job?  Well done everyone!  Have a look at the other windows ...

Something interesting is going on down in 6th today!  What are they up to?


October was full of healthy eating delights!  This month our Well-being Committee were full of great ideas!  Firstly we enjoyed porridge and stewed apple as an early morning treat, next came some fruit and vegetable smoothies with surprise ingredients and then we had gorgeous spiced pumpkin soup!  Lots of these were very new tastes and it was great to see the children trying new healthy foods.


On 23rd September we were invited to take part in a Samba Drumming Workshop organised by Monaghan County Museum.  We learned lots about different types of drums from around the world and a wide variety of rhythms to play on them.  It was very loud but great fun and in the end we put together a fabulous piece of samba drumming.  

As part of our team-building activities on the 1st of September we had great fun with a Marshmallow tower building challenge!  Each group was given four marshmallows and 10 pieces of spaghetti.  The challenge was to build the highest tower capable of standing independently and holding a giant marshmallow on top by working collaboratively.  There was lots of laughter, some scientific learning about the strongest shapes and even some sneaky nibbling of the marshmallows.  A lovely way to start learning to work together to achieve our best!  

Welcome to 6th Class!  It's great to see everyone looking so rested after the holidays.  We are looking forward to a great year working together!  

Numeracy and Literacy Stations are a real favourite in Senior Infants. Have a look at the photographs to see some of the activities that help us to learn while playing.

Numeracy Stations





Senior Infants learned how to make some sandwiches. Afterwards we wrote the instructions down. The proof is definitely in the tasting. 



Senior Infants have been learning all about 2D and 3D Shapes. We had lots of fun as we explored and investigated the shapes. 



The children in 5th class have been busy creating some lovely art for winter. They were inspired by the artist Jackson Pollock to create these winter landscapes. 

Junior Infants have learned a lot about the doctors, ambulances and other emergency services.



Junior Infants have been learning lots about farming. They learned that cows give us milk and that milk is used for lots of different products that we find in the shop. 

Junior Infants used double cream and created their own butter. Each child spread the butter on their own slice of fresh bread, which was served along with some pumpkin soup. 


Junior Infants learned the nursey rhyme 'Humpty Dumpty'.

Mrs Marshall was very impressed when the children came up with the idea to re-create the nursery rhyme during outdoor play.

After learning 2D shapes, Junior Infants looked at Kandinsky's 'Circles' artwork. 

This inspired the children to create their own images using 2D shapes.

Ms Hazlett gets married! The fourth class children got the celebrations started in style and we enjoyed a fun filled day with balloons, cake and fancy dress to mark their teacher's last day as Ms Hazlett. We look forward to welcoming Mrs Duffy back to school in January! Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Duffy. We wish you both a long and happy life together.

This week, we were learning about 3D shapes. The children were excellent at sorting all the 'real-life' 3D shapes.

Second and Third class have really loved learning to sew throughout the month of December. Each child created a beautiful snowman toy. 

First & Second class practised their desiging, making, problem-solving and communication skills during their Science week STEM challenge. There was a lot of trial and error, but they showed great initiative, and completed the challenge with success!

As we were learning about the topic of Water, the class also made their own models of the Water Cycle to investigate the process involved in making rain. 

Our Healthy Eating Month was a real success! Every Friday the boys and girls were excited to see what delicious, healthy treat would arrive to our classroom! We enjoyed eating our fruit platters, smoothies, porridge and pumpkin soup! For a few pupils, this was the first time they would have tasted some of this food and there were lots of positve comments. We would like to thank the Well-being Committee for all their hard work in preparing the food.It was a great way to end each week and we loved it!

Our class participated in one of the many online events organised by Monaghan Library for this years festival. We joined the award winning Irish author illustrator Paddy Donnelly as he shared his latest book' Fox & Son Tailers', and showed us how to sketch a character from the story. We also entered the Mr.Men or Little Miss Competition, where we had to design a brand new character and write a short paragraph to describe them.


What a busy month! Take a look at some of the activities 1st & 2nd Class took part in during October.


                          What a fantastic group of children!

                                    Fun times ahead!

Welcome to 2nd and 3rd Class.


Welcome to Fourth Class

Welcome to our new 1st & 2nd Class pupils! We are looking forward to a wonderful year together!



Junior Infants celebrate Mairead’s big birthday. 
Happy Birthday Mairead.  It was a lovely treat after our first full week in Junior Infants.

Active Week was great fun and involved lots of different activities involving Dance - 'Jungle Body with Elaine', Soccer skills and Touch Rugby activities. We were also delighted to be able to have our Sports Day this year. 

We had a great day out on our school tour to Castleblayney Outdoor Adventure Centre. Take a look! 

We were so happy that we got the opportunity to have our Sports Day this year! It is always a great occasion and there were lots of happy, smiling faces, as we took part in all the different races. Take a look at some of our lovely photos!


Active Week was a real success this year! We enjoyed a full week of fun activities including Dance, Football and Rugby.


This year Senior Infants have really enjoyed 'Outdoor Play'. During outdoor play sessions the children have the opportunity to be creative and use their imaginations, develop their gross and fine motor skills and also to use their problem solving skills to find solutions to problems they encounter as they play.

After learning all about fire safety and developing oral langauge around the theme of 'The Fire Station', Junior Infants were pleasantly surprised by a visit from the fire engine.

The chidlren in Junior Infants love stories so we celebrated World Book Day 2022 by spending time reading our favourite stories.


As part of our Geography curriculum we learned all about Africa and made comparisons with what life is like for children in Africa compared to children in Ireland.

Congratulations to all the boys and girls in 1st Class who took part in the Write a Book project this year! They worked extremely hard on their stories and should be very proud of themselves. Well done!

Back in April 1st Class completed a unit of work on bridges. They learned about the different types of bridges, famous bridges around the world and bridges in Ireland. They completed a report on their chosen bridge, and painted beautiful pictures inspired by Monet's Water Lily art. They worked together in groups to design and build their own bridge as part of their STEM project in Science.

Fourth and Fifth class had a fantastic day away to Airtastic in Craigavon. 

We took part in a shared learning event called 'Our Generation' and they treated us like royalty.

We met St. Tierney's Primary School from Rosslea at Airtastic and we all played very well together.

On the bus, we were given bags with snacks inside. They really were such a treat. 

At Airtastic, we bounced and bounced and bounced some more!!

After all of the fun, we had lunch. This included pizza, chips and chicken goujons.

It really was a fabulous day all round! Check out the photos below!

Fourth and Fifth class worked exceedingly hard writing their own books. It is fair to say that each book was unique and wonderful! Well done everyone on all your excellent work!

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