Our School Mission Statement:
To provide education for children in a caring Christian atmosphere in the pursuit of all-round character development and academic excellence.
Monkstown Park Junior School was established in July 2014, when the former CBC Junior School was transferred from the Edmund Rice Schools Trust to a company set up to take ownership of the school. MPJS continues to be an associate member of the ERST.
There has been a junior school in Monkstown Park since 1950, when the Christian Brother purchased the grounds to house their expanding Dun Laoghaire school. The School was transferred to the ERST in 2008.
We encourage a love of learning and participation in school life and seek to supply a well- rounded education.
After School Club
After School Club
Manorbrook After School Club offers an extended day After-School Club programme until 6pm for school going aged children from 5-12yrs of age. After school is offered to boys and girls attending Monkstown Park Junior School. The club is a great place to mix and socialise with other children and make new friends along the way.
Manorbrook After-School is run during the academic school term and offers a fun and varied After-School Club for all who attend. Some of the activities include: Multi- Sports, Competitions, prize giving, fun workshops each term, outdoor adventure hunts, construction classes, dance classes and more!
Manorbrook After School Club is also offering the Active Kids Coaching Programme - which is run by a qualified Sports Coach who provides a professional fitness based aged appropriate programme, which aims to promote a Healthy & Active lifestyle among the children. Some of the topics include lots of physical activity, sports skills and techniques, team building exercises and nutrition. We have use of the large outdoor space where the children can practice their skills on the Rugby pitches or Astro turf area.
Each child who stays until 6pm is also provided with a nutritious hot meal. Children who stay for a shorter period are given a healthy snack.
For more information about the Club please contact: email@example.com
Ms. Heppenstall is the coordinator in MPJS for the Green-Schools, Ireland’s leading environmental management and education programme for schools. The programme promotes long-term whole-school action for the environment and is a student-led programme with involvement from the wider community. The programme is operated and co-ordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce
(FEE member for Ireland)
Monkstown Park Junior School celebrated raising our four Green Schools Flags yesterday 26th of September 2018. We were very lucky to be joined by Jack Conan Rubgy player for Leinster and Ireland who helped raise our 1st Active flag. Martha Gouldsbury from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council also joined us to congratulate us on all our hard work and efforts.
The sun shone for our flag raising ceremony and we all took pride in our hard work achieved so far. We have received 4 flags to date:
Litter & Waste
The Active Flag
MPJS is working towards our 2nd Active Flag and this year’s Active Week was a great success. During Active Week the pupils wore their PE gear in everyday, so they could take part in the activities listed below. They
were also given an active homework grid which included ten-minute activities to
do at home such as frisbee, skipping, cycling, dancing or walking.
Monday Day 1 of a Triathlon: Swimming
Tuesday Day 2 of a Triathlon: Rowing/Cycling
Wednesday Day 3 of a Triathlon: Running
Thursday Day 4 Snatch the Bacon
Friday Day 5 Class Choice of Activity
We continue to promote lots of physical activity in our school and take part in a daily run each morning around the perimeter of our three Rugby pitches and forest trail. Teachers, parents and children start the run each morning at 8.45am before settling down to class at 9am. This is a really enjoyable start to the day and get everyone set up for the busy day ahead in school.
Travel Flag Committee 2018/2019
Last week we welcomed Allison Phillips from Green School Travel. Allison came to our fortnightly meeting, and we looked at steps to forward planning for our “Travel Flag”
We started to createan Action Plan for the school setting targets with theultimate aim of increasing the number of pupils walking, cycling, scooting,carpooling, using public transport or using park ‘n’ stride instead of the private car on the school run.
Senior Infants: James, Gino & Blaise.
1st Class: Lorenzo & Will
2nd Class: Toby & Dan
3rd Class: Ben
4th Class: Mannix , Liam & Eoin
5th Class: Issac & Yeshua
6th Class: William & Nacho
Active Flag Committee
Daniel Buckley, Emmet Nolan,Daoquin Gao, Yequin Gao, Theo Carr- Marsella, Mac Daithi O'Brien, Luke O'Callaghan, Gabriela Dalla Pieta, Lorenzo Dalla Pieta and Daniel Stok.
Green School Waste Saving Tips
Everybody should be trying to reduce their energy consumption. Not only will it help you reduce your fuel bills, but you will also be helping do your bit for the environment. Not everything costs a lot of money.
Tips to make our school a greener place to be:
- There has been a huge reduction on the amount of rubbish generated with plenty of recycling, composting and reusing happening in our school.
- The pupils have entered competitions for making rockets and Christmas Decorations out of recyclable or recycled materials.
- They have taken part in the Big Clean all around the local Monkstown area last April and look forward to doing the same next April!
- We are working towards encouraging wildlife with bird feeders and a bug hotel. (Thanks to Ali for his help).
Have a look at our Green School Notice Board the next time you are in to see what else we've been doing.
Well done to everyone for all their hard work.
Ideas to reduce waste in our School
Use our lunchbox
Eat our food
Bring uneaten food and wrappers home
Avoid using cling film and aluminium foil. Use a box with a lid instead eg. Tupperware / plastic containers
Use a reusable drink bottle rather than carton juices
Compost bin, all apple cores, orange peel, fruit – each class has a day to empty the compost bin
Food to be eaten in classroom and not walking around the school or yard
We are a group of volunteer parents who support the teachers and staff by providing extra activities and events to enhance the boys and girls enjoyment during the school year.
We organise various activities for all the boys and girls each term. These activities are designed to be inclusive for all pupils, catering for sporting and other interests, introducing the pupils to new experiences and preserving the traditions and ethos of the school.
We are not involved in any academic or management role within the Junior School.
First Holy Communion
Our main event is the First Holy Communion Brunch which takes place each year in May. This special brunch is organised by our wonderful Parents Committee and is for the pupils of Second Class and their families. This is a wonderful tradition in Monkstown Park Junior School and becomes a great memory for all the pupils and their families.
Tea and Coffee Morning
The Committee starts the year with a welcome Tea and Coffee Morning for the parents of new students. This provides a great opportunity to get to know some of the parents they will be sharing many memories with over the next eight to fourteen years!
October brings Halloween and, with it, the Annual Cake Sale, Cake Decorating and Mask Making Competitions. This is the main fundraiser of the year and the proceeds go to all the activities undertaken throughout the year, most especially, the First Holy Communion Brunch. The students are responsible for decorating a cake in a Halloween-themed design and both their masks and cakes are then judged by completely independent judges. Every year they have a difficult but fun time doing their very important job!
November is when we bring some science-theme visitors to the school to mark Science Week. Each class has the opportunity to take part in this event and all students really enjoy learning about science and technology - usually both!
December is a busy month in the school. The Committee decorates the school and provides tea, coffee and some seasonal treats at the Carol Service. The Library sub-committee organises the hotly-contested Christmas Quiz where the house teams from Second Class to Sixth Class battle it out for precious House Points (while enjoying the treats provided!). The Committee also arranges for Santa to visit the students from Junior Infants to First Class with a present for all. Thanks to the generous donations of food items from the parents, the Committee provides some beautiful hampers to the local branch of St. Vincent de Paul.
The Spring Term sees the some wonderful animals coming to visit the school. We have the Agri-Aware mobile farm visit our school each year. The students have a chance to get up close to some great animals ranging from little baby lambs and chicks and lots more.
The Committee provides light refreshments for the Sixth Class pupils and their families in the Parish Centre after they celebrate their Confirmation each year.
The very successful Chess Club runs at lunchtime once a week in the Library. It begins with lessons and friendly games and ends with the very exciting annual Chess Competition. Pupils from each class participate and the Library is always packed for the final game! A team is also selected from Fifth and Sixth Classes represent the school each year at the AIJS (Association of Independent Junior Schools) chess tournament which takes place in Rathgar Junior School.
The Nutrition Committee provides healthy and tasty Nutrition Days a number of times each term. The students are encouraged to try foods they may have avoided trying before, sometimes surprising themselves! We do occasionally sneak in a little treat for them too.
Our newly refurbished school Library is run by parents from the Committee and is open every Tuesday morning for the pupils to borrow new books each week. MPJS recently took part in the Scholastic book fair.
During World Book week we have visiting authors in to the Library to chat to the younger pupils. The older classes take a trip to see authors in a local book shop in Dun Laoghaire.
End of Term Class Raffles
At the end of each term the Committee holds a free raffle for all the students during Friday Assembly. Depending on the term the prizes could be Christmas selection boxes, Easter eggs or various sports items.
Saturday morning rugby training is run by a team of parents (mostly, but not exclusively, fathers) who help to coach the teams from Second Class to Sixth Class - it's not clear quite who enjoys the training more, the Dads or the boys! The parents also help out during home and away matches. The Committee provides refreshments for parents and players at all the home matches.
Finally, to finish the year on a sweet note, the Committee brings in the ice-cream van and all the students get to enjoy a whipped ice-cream to cool them down!
Our school is very lucky to have wonderful dedicated parents who volunteer their time and help out in various ways throughout each year. We couldn't do it without you and it really enhances the students enjoyment of school life. If you would like to join the Committee or help out at any of our activities feel free to get in touch with us - our email address is Parents.Committee@mpjs.ie.
What makes Monkstown Park unique?
Monkstown Park offers impressive and extensive grounds and green areas.
8am drop-off and after-school club until 6pm
Monkstown Park Junior School offers a wide array of extra-curricular activities, including:
Speech and Drama
SMALL CLASS SIZES
Small Class Sizes
Monkstown Park offers a new STEM program for Science Technology, Engineering and Maths based in our dedicated STEM suite.
Monkstown Park Junior School provides an easy transition to CBC senior school all on the one campus.