Carrickfergus Model Primary School

Inspiring excellence through example, endeavour and encouragement

Most Recent Events

Quiz Time!

Today, five P7s were at the 'Big School Quiz' ran by Carrickfergus Vineyard Church and they won! Congratulations!


Easter Hamper Draw!

Congratulations to the Easter Hamper draw winners! What a lovely Easter you will have sharing all these goodies with your family and friends!

Young Enterprise Project Final Sale!

The few left over items from the P7 Young Enterprise project will be on sale next week. Items range in price from 2 candles for £1 to £5 for the largest button frames. 

The Great Outdoors!

KS2 pupils love getting to be in the school field at lunchtimes but not just to play football. There's room for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors!

Accelerated Reader Library

The truly wonderful selection of new novels now on the shelves of our incredible Accelerated Reader library. All these books were purchased by money raised from the annual book fair. Thanks so much for supporting us! As always, if you've any books at home that you're finished with and you'd like to free up some space on the bookshelf, then we'd love to have them for our library! World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March so keep reading!

Safety Bus Visits the Model

Thanks to Translink Safety bus officers for bringing the Safety Bus to our school. Groups of children from P1-P6 were able to learn about bus safety. They listened brilliantly!

KS2 Accelerated Reader news!

This collection of 286 books was donated to school by KS2 pupils! All these books have now been uploaded to the AR system, labelled and are on our shelves ready to be read! Thank you so much for donating! If you've any books at home that you're finished with and you're looking a good home for them then we'd love to have them!

Mr Hullabaloo Visits the Model

Mr Hullabaloo visited the P1-4 children today to tell them some of our favourite fairy tales but each had a Winter-related theme. Pupils loved hearing the story of The Ginger Bread Man, The Elves and the Shoemaker as well as Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Goldilocks was very naughty in this version of the story). Pupils had a great time and some were even asked to take part in the performances. Thank you for visiting us Mr Hullabaloo!

Carrickfergus Academy Taster Day

In an action packed week in P7, they have been out and about again at Carrickfergus Academy Taster Day. A very big thank you to the staff of the Downshire Campus for hosting us today. 

Regional Safety Quiz

Primary seven pupils enjoyed participating in the Regional Safety Quiz today.


Schools Engagement Programme

Yesterday P7 pupils travelled to the town hall to take part in the Mid and East Antrim Council Schools Engagement Programme. We learnt about the values of mixing with people from different cultures, religions and economic backgrounds. All pupils were very engaged. 

Belfast High School Visit

On Wednesday morning, P7 had a visit from Mrs Creighton and two Year 8 pupils from Belfast High School. 

Primary 7 pupils watched a video and listened to lots of valuable information about what is on offer to pupils attending Belfast High School.  We were delighted to welcome back our 2 extra special guests. Anyone recognise them? Don't they look so smart in their new uniforms! 

We would like to thank the staff and pupils for taking time to visit us.

Belfast High School Open Morning is Saturday 19th January, 9.30am-12.30pm.

Carrickfergus Grammar School Visit


This week P7 had the pleasure of a visit from Mr McDonald, Head of Year 8, Mrs Best and 2 extra special guests from Carrickfergus Grammar School. 


Primary 7 pupils listened to lots of valuable information about what starting Year 8 in Carrick Grammar, none more so than the first hand experience of our 2 extra special guests. Anyone recognise them? Don't they look so smart in their new uniforms! 


We would like to thank the teachers for taking time to visit us and especially thank the pupils who volunteered to be in school on the last day of their Christmas holidays. 


Carrickfergus Grammar Open Night is on Thursday 24th January, 6.30-9.00pm.



Have a look at some of the fabulous Christmas outfits pupils wore to school for our non-uniform day on Thursday. It was Christmas party day and the children really dressed for the occasion. Everyone looked fabulous!


After our Christmas performance last week P4 asked could they perform Jingle Bells, still in costume, and even though we had slightly windy weather we persevered to send you this Christmas jingle. So, Merry Christmas everyone!


Here are a few pictures of the after-schools drama group musical 'The Nativity' performed on Monday to parents in the hall.

A Model Christmas Fair 

 There were SO MANY EXCITING THINGS TO SEE AND EXPERIENCE at our Christmas Fair on Friday night at the Model. 

 We hope that all of the children and adults enjoyed the inflatable snow globe, Santa’s Grotto, the 'Candy Cane Treasure Hunt', the toys and tuck shop, the craft activities, the ‘Just Dance’ room, the face painting, story time in the library as well as the yummy hot chocolate and hot dogs!


We hope that it helped everyone to get into the Christmas spirit!



We hope you were able to make it to our P1-4 performances this week. Here are some photos from Lights, Camel, Action. You can see all of the Strictly dancers and judges in action. We were lucky to have such a brilliant range of great dancers - from ballerinas, to hip-hop dancers, to funky camels and wise men, to disco dancers and, last but not least, the tango dancers. Great fun was had by EVERYONE! And in the words if our very own Darcy Bussell - it was A-MAZ-ING!


So everyone, keeeeeeep dancing!

The P1-4 Christmas Celebration Has Begun!

Have a look at some sneak-preview pictures from our three Christmas performances - The Sleepy Shepherds, A Midwife Crisis and Lights, Camel Action! Hopefully this will get you excited in anticipation of the on-the-day performances on Wednesday and Thursday. The children are very excited and cannot wait to show off their singing and acting skills. We look forward to seeing you all here at the Model. So, come and join the celebration!

The Ripple of Kindness Assembly

Mrs Robinson’s class delivered an assembly on The Ripple of Kindness on Tuesday morning.  They performed little sketches and the children had to work out what message it portrayed, eg kindness, manners, trying hard. We had songs, prayers and a birthday celebration to finish! Well done boys and girls... you were grrrreat!

Children in Need

Today was 'Children in Need' day. Pupils and teachers alike came dressed to school in a very spotty-dotty fashion to celebrate our Spotacular theme. Children at the Model helped to raise money by bringing in books to sell AND by selling home-made/ purchased buns. As you can see from the second set of pictures below, the buns went down a treat!!

A BIG thank you to Miss Manson for all of her hard work in organising this event and to the amazing Key Stage 2 teachers who took on the task of making buns in their classrooms!

Friendship Week

Mrs Robinson’s P4 class discussed and sorted pictures showing what makes a good/ not good friend. The pictures were often open to interpretation and they really made everyone think. Plus they made us all consider what type of friend we need to be to each other.



The Kindness Crew were out and about with Mrs Miller in Carrickfergus on Friday delivering little gifts. What a lovely bunch of children they are! Keep up these great acts of kindness, kids. 


Primary 5 enjoyed an informative talk on Fire safety today. The children received information packs to take home with them to spread the important information they learned. What valuable lessons these will be for everyone!



Have a look at all the fun activities Primary 5 have been experiencing on their trip to W5.


 Here are a couple of brave P7s, in music class, performing a song from our Unit of work on Michael Jackson. 


Beverly from Sustrans presented us with our Silver Award in assembly this morning. Well done everyone. We will be working towards our Gold Award over the next two years.


As part of Ripple Kindness today, P5 enjoyed exploring emotions and thinking of words that describe various levels of intensity. It helped us expand our vocabulary and understand better the feelings we experience.


Harvest Baskets

Look at the lovely harvest baskets lovingly put together by our pupils for our Harvest Assembly. After taking care to make up the baskets pupils thoroughly enjoyed delivering them to local residents. I think the pupils enjoyed delivering them as much as the residents did receiving our guest callers. Well done children.


Today we celebrated Harvest in assembly. Pupils took turns to read bible passages and recite poems; they reminded us how fortunate we are compared to people in other poorer parts of the world. Everyone enjoyed singing and contributing gifts to others. 



Primary 4 thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Carrickfergus Library today. They learned all about how to find books in the library, the different types of books on offer, how to join a library and the many different ways a person can be involved in library life and activities.

Furthermore, pupils were tested on their alphabetical ordering skills - they would have made their P3 teacher very proud as they showed an excellent understanding of ordering, even to the second letter!

Everyone, including the lovely parent volunteers, had a great time. We especially enjoyed the reading from David Walliams book 'The Demon Dentist'!

Paul Cookson Visit


Today our sides were splitting with laughter as Paul Cookson, the poet, visited the Model. He read poems from his three poetry books and had pupils and teachers wiping their eyes with laugher. Dab Dad, T Rex, The Zoo, Sick in the Sink and other such themed poems were thoroughly enjoyed by all. We really hope that he comes to our school again as he really inspired our pupils. 

Outdoor Learning Area

Thanks once again to our helpers at the weekend. Now the area has been landscaped we can now fundraise for outdoor learning equipment. We can't wait for the children to use it!


What busy bees Primary One are. Just have a look at the fun they are having and the great work they are doing in the Model!


As you can see from the photos below P6 have spent their final hours at the Share Centre climbing, playing archery, sailing, jumping into the water and much more. (It looks like they enjoyed a nice meal and some dancing last night too.) I'm sure they have made memories for life! 


P6 were active all day on and off the water in the glorious sunshine again today - canoeing, banana boating, laser tag in the forest, mountain biking, sailing, archery and the climbing wall. We're not done yet... the disco's still to come! 



Have a look at the activities P6 have been getting up to at the Share Centre today. They have been practising their archery skills, they have been rock climbing, using a water slide and cycling too. It looks like they are having a brilliant time. 


We all look forward to tomorrow's next installment!



Today P3, P4 and P5 really enjoyed taking part in a Football Festival run by IFA coaches. Here are some pictures of both P4 classes in action.

Swimming Success!


An early start, after a very exciting and late journey back from Northumberland, didn’t stop P7s, and an honorary P6, from giving it their all at the School Swimming Gala. Medals came in all strokes, with some very close races and a second place trophy, in a nail biting relay race! A fantastic morning ended on a high, when pupils from the Model, for a second year in a row, were named overall winners of the Gala! A big thank you to all the parents who showed up to give lots of support and cheer us on! 

Congratulations to Saria Ogilvie and Daniel Harvey competing at the Ulster Schools Minor Swimming Gala. Saria had a fantastic start at her first Ulster competition coming 9th in a large class. Daniel amazed us all getting Silver in the 50m backstroke and Gold in the 50m freestyle!! We are very proud of you both!!

Overall the pupils won medals, a second trophy for the relay and won overall swimming gala shield as we earned the most points.



P7 set off for home on Thursday with a couple of stops along the way. After visiting the Sea Life Centre, they ventured on to Gretna Green shopping outlet to buy some last minute gifts. Although the boat was delayed, P7 were in high spirits as Mrs McCullough put them through their paces while we waited & those with any energy left sang the rest of the way home. P7  pupils were a pleasure to spend with this week and were often complimented on their manners, good behaviour & enthusiasm for the tours and workshops undertaken. Well done P7!!

After a very early start and a lovely smooth sailing, P7 have safely arrived in Boldon. They had lots of fun at Dalscone Fun Farm this afternoon and they are looking for to St. James Park Stadium a visit to Alnwick Castle tomorrow. 


Trip to Greenmount

Have a look at the different activities P5 got up to on their recent trip to Greenmount. They identified forest mini beasts, went on a mini beast hunt, went walking in the maze, took part in some pond dipping and had a lovely lunch.


P6 have been taking advantage of the lovely weather and have been putting their learning about measures into practice. They have been calculating the area and perimeter of something as small as a paving brick and as large as the running lanes for Sports Day. They were busy estimating and measuring capacity, measuring the radius and diameter of the rainbow above the Friendship bench and using the maps and height charts in the playground to think about scale and averages.

What a fabulous way to learn at the Model!

Northern Ireland Electricity


Key Stage 2 pupils received a talk from NIE on Tuesday morning on staying safe around their electrical equipment in our environment.  Pupils were offered advice on what to do if, for example, their ball was kicked into a sub-station and pupils were asked to be aware of overhead powerlines when flying kites or drones. They were also shown real life examples of the effects of electrical current flowing through everyday items such as a kite caught in a powerline. We hope this advice will help to keep all our older pupils safe this summer. 



Well done to everyone who took part in Sport’s Day today. The weather was really on our side and it helped many of the P7 pupils and their teachers dry off today, after the water race! Each pupil gave their best and had a go and everyone was determined to finish each race. We are all very proud of your many achievements today so keep running all the races that life brings and keep up the great team spirit that was shown today.


Our thanks go out to everyone who played their part in organising and running this event, especially our PE Coordinator Mrs McCullough!



It's 'Walk to School Week' and lots of pupils have been getting on board our walking buses and have been walking to school with their parents and teachers. Have at look at some of our fabulous walkers in the pictures below.

If you haven't hopped on board yet you still can join us on Wednesday and Thursday morning at Carrick Castle at 8:25am!

Keep up the great walking everyone!



On Monday P6 visited the Carrickfergus Library. Our thanks goes to one of the librarians and a P6 parent, Mrs Millar, who explained to the pupils how fiction and non-fiction books were organised in the library.

Pupils undertook activities with familiar author names and with using the Dewey Decimal System.  Carrickfergus Library also has a dedicated Accelerated Reader section which was great for our avid P6 readers.

Mrs Millar also demonstrated the ebook and audiobook online borrowing facilities provided by LibrariesNI. Some pupils returned to school carrying the books they borrowed from the library during our visit. 

P6 were immersed in a day of Viking life and culture today. Pupils had opportunities to take part in: brooch making, writing in runes, weaving, tasting Viking food, playing traditional games, an archaeological dig of a Viking settlement, sword drills and shield wall training and finally a little Viking green screen as a record of our busy day of learning!
Have a look at all of these exciting actives in the pictures below!



P6 went on a trip on Wednesday to Colin Glen Adventure Centre, as part of the Model’s Shared Education programme. 


They enjoyed the low ropes course, climbing activities and 'flying' down from the top challenges. The trip was to complement their learning on Bridges and Flight. 


The photos below show what a fantastic adventure they had. 



Have a look at these great pictures taken of our Mary Poppins performance in March. The children did a fantastic job and raised the standard of acting, dancing and singing in our school. The talent demonstrated by all of the pupils exceeded our expectations. They dazzled us, moved us and enthralled us by their performances. Well done Model pupils!


Have a look at our lovely new friendship bench. This idea came from the children in the school council.


At the Model we are encouraging children to always include others. If someone is feeling alone or left out they can sit on the friendship bench. Someone will then come and talk to this person and offer to play with them.


What an excellent decision the school council has made!



Pupils at the Model have been very busy and very creative today as they celebrated World Book Day AS WELL AS Disconnect Week. 


Children and teachers came to school dressed as their favourite story book character. There was also a special assembly for P4-7 to celebrate this special day. 


Pupils also used the c2k Newsdesk to vote, access videos made by their peers and to link together with pupils from other schools to celebrate World Book Day.


Furthermore, pupils from the senior end of the school visited junior pupils in their classrooms and read to them. Have a look at these lovely pictures showing this shared approach to reading together. What a lovely way to connect with one another!


During the Autumn term, Carrickfergus Model PS successfully achieved the HP Digital Schools of Distinction Award.  To date, fewer than 20 schools in NI have this accolade.  We are very proud of the teachers and pupils who participated in the assessor's visit & to all teachers and pupils as they continue to contribute to the digital learning in our school.