Carrickfergus Model Primary School

Inspiring excellence through example, endeavour and encouragement

Recent Events

Accelerated Reader 

Have a look at yet another wonderful selection of new titles ready to be added to our Accelerated Reader library! Our library stock is continually growing through major investment as a school and by your very kind book donations! If you've any books at home that are gathering dust and you'd like to donate them to school, we would be delighted to add them to our AR library! You can check if a book is on AR by searching 'Accelerated Reader Book Finder' on Google and looking up the title. If it's there, we'd love to have it! Keep reading!!

P7 Trophy Winners

Award's Ceremony for P1 & P2

Award's Ceremony for P3 & P4

Award's Ceremony for P5 & P6

Primary 5 Mrs McCullough's Certificate Winners

Primary 5 Mrs Gilliland's Certificate Winners

Primary 6 Mr Catterson's Certificate Winners

Primary 6 Mrs Hutton's Certificate Winners

Primary 5 & 6 Pupils with 100% Attendance

Eco Cup Winners

Under 10 Football Winner

Rugby Player of the Year

Best Dramatic Performance

Most Improved Musician

Primary 6 Endeavour Cup

Ulster Schools' Swimming Gala

A huge well done to a number of pupils from P5, P6 and P7 who represented Carrick Model on Saturday 15th June at the Ulster Schools Swimming Gala held in Larne Leisure Centre.

Marco Allen (P5) came home with a Gold medal in the Under 11’s Individual Medley and a Silver medal in breast stroke.

Harry Palmer (P6) received a Silver medal for breast stroke.

Sports Day 2019

Everyone had an enjoyable day today at Sports Day. It was great fun and the weather was on our side. P1-3 pupils enjoyed Sports Day from 9:30am onwards and P4-7 were in the field shortly after 11am. Pupils enjoyed the obstacle races, the sprint race, the skipping race, the sack race and at the end we had water 'balancing' races and toddler races too! A great day was had by all and pupils really enjoyed seeing their family members come along to support their efforts! 

Fun Day Prize Winners

Have a look at the great prizes these children won for taking part in 'Fun Day' activities. What a lucky lucky bunch you are!

PTA Fun Day

Have a look at the great photos from our 'Fun Day' today. There were so many different activities - petting farm, pony rides, soak the teacher, disco bouncy castle, football darts, Fun Bus, vintage cars, Forest Fitness, PSNI, St.John's Ambulance, Lifeguards, arts and craft, BBQ and many other games and activities. 

Thank you to all our parents and friends who supported the PTA Fun Day in any way today. The rain held off just long enough for everyone to enjoy the varied activities and tasty treats outdoors. Total raised to follow but your generosity today in supporting our school is very much appreciated.
Stand By Me Assembly
In KS2 assembly recently, we were visited by the charity, Stand by Me. Johnny was able to update us on our sponsor child, Metti, having recently visited her himself. What an important message he had for us at the beginning of a new week - "Do your little bit of good where you are."

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. 

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! 



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.


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. 



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!

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!

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.