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.
School Art Projects
The boys enjoy the many arts and crafts projects they undertake - especially when they involve murals! Here are some photos of their mural work:
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 to celebrate 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.
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”!
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.
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!
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 reams can accumulate points. These include Talent Spots at Assembly, the Annual Conker Competition, the Christmas Quiz, the Swimming Gala, Art Competitions, House Posters and, finally, the last chance to win house points is always on school Sports Day!