Welcome to Monkstown Park Junior School
Monkstown Park Junior School is an independent, self-funding, primary school, in the Catholic tradition, catering for pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. Each child is individually known to the Principal and staff and is educated in a warm, caring and happy atmosphere. Our pupils learn, grow and work together in an environment of co-operation and mutual respect.
The school is a vibrant and busy place with constant different activities featuring throughout the year. It was Mark Twain who said "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education" and we like to make the educational experience in the school be as broad as we can manage, in a fun and happy atmosphere.
Small class numbers ensure that each child gets plenty of one-to-one attention and their individual talents can be nurtured. Our extensive grounds provide an ideal backdrop for sporting ambitions and outdoor activities.
Our boys leave Monkstown Park Junior School well ready for life in CBC Monkstown Park Senior School (all boys from the Junior School are automatically eligible for a place in the Senior School), continuing their education with the solid friends they have made during their time in the Junior School.
They will also already have developed relationships with Junior School boys in the years above them through sporting and social events participated in during their Junior School years. The importance of familiar faces cannot be stressed enough when the boys are settling into life as small fish in the big Senior School pond.
Things that make Monkstown Park Junior School Special...
Speech and Drama
Ms. Fiona Lester gives speech and drama classes each week to all of the boys. Each year a member of the Irish Board of Speech and Drama comes to the school so that the boys can take their Speech and Drama exams. Our boys have a great history of doing really well which can be seen at various performances whether it’s at the Christmas Concert, Talent Spots in Friday Assembly or in the biennial School Concert.
Boys from Third Class up to Sixth Class take French lessons with their class teacher.
Our Gamesmaster, Stephen Flood, takes each class for Keep Fit each week.
Boys from First Class up to Sixth Class take part in school rugby. For the younger boys this means training during the week and Saturday mornings. For the older boys, friendly matches and blitzes are arranged against other schools and the boys enjoy proudly representing their school in a fun way. The Saturday morning training also involves lots of Dads imparting their knowledge to the boys and it’s not clear who enjoys the coaching more, the boys or the Dads!
Summer Soccer League
Soccer League takes place once the rugby season has finished and it includes boys from Second Class to Sixth Class.
Swimming Classes take place in the local Monkstown Pool and Leisure Centre for all boys from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.
Tennis is coached from Junior Infants to Sixth Class in the excellent facilities of Monkstown Lawn Tennis Club located beside the school. The boys on the Monkstown Park Junior School Tennis Team represent the school each year in the TRETORN Leinster Primary Schools League, under the guidance of Junior School teacher Mrs. Colette Farrell.
House Team Champions' Shield
The house teams Packenham, Knapton, Mounttown and Carrickbrennan battle it out each year for the Champions’ Shield. The boys join a house team in Second Class and stay on that team until the end of Sixth Class. Each house team has a mix of Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class boys and brothers are always kept on the same house team! There are many events, sporting and non-sporting, over the course of the school year where the teams can accumulate points. These include Talent Spots at Assembly, the Conker Competition, Christmas Quiz, Swimming Gala, Art Competitions, House Posters and finally, the last chance to get house points is always on school Sports Day!
The boys from Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes attend a weekly computer class in the Senior School computer room.
Green School Committee
The Green School Committee under the leadership of teacher, Ms. Lindsey Heppenstall, do wonderful things to make us all aware of the need to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste and to keep our school and environment looking tidy at all times.
Cycling Safety Classes
The boys from Fifth Class take a course of six cycling safety classes from Cycling Safety School. They partake in all aspects of safety including using helmets and learning road signs. They are awarded with certificates on completion of training.
There has always been a very strong tradition in Monkstown Park Junior School of Charity Fundraising, stretching back as far as when the Christian Brothers were in charge. Each class is responsible for raising funds for a range of charities which the children choose themselves. Jersey Day, Sale of Work, Toy Sale, Three-Legged Walk, Crazy Tie Day and putting on a play called The Graveyard Play were some of the events organised by the boys in the past.
World Book Week
In conjunction with the school Library, visiting authors come to speak to the boys around World Book Week. The older boys pay a visit to see an author in a local book shop in Dun Laoghaire. The boys enjoy this as it brings books to life for them.
The Parade of Flags in Dun Laoghaire and 5K Community Walk in Kilbogget Park are two local events that the school participated in. The boys (and their families) are very proud to take part in these fun events while representing their school.
Mrs. Miriam Tuohy spends some of her valuable time fuelling the boys’ imaginations with wonderful stories of long, long ago.
Mrs. Tuohy also does fantastic work with the boys from all classes helping to create a school garden complete with scarecrow, which was made by the Green Committee. She also organises workshops such as “Bringing birds back to school”, “Native Trees” and “Compost detective at school”!
Every year Seachtain na Gaeilge finishes up with Lá Glas to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The boys all dress up in greenery and hold a parade around the school grounds. Irish phrases are used by all with enthusiasm!
Visiting Theatre Groups
The boys recently had a visit from “Down to Earth” theatre company who put on an environmental themed play called “A Breath of Fresh Air”. It was an excellent production which got across a very important message in a fun and enjoyable way.