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Mission Statement, Ethos & History

Mission Statement

To provide a Catholic education for boys in a caring Christian atmosphere in the pursuit of all-round character development and academic excellence.



In 1950, the Christian Brothers' vision for their new, fee-paying, primary school in Monkstown Park was to give their students a good, academically solid education, grounded in Catholic belief and practice, and also to create an educational environment that embodies the unique tradition founded by Blessed Edmund Rice. After 61 years, Monkstown Park Junior School is a thriving institution, rooted in the community and the Edmund Rice tradition. The school’s ethos is built on 5 foundation blocks which are common to all Christian Brothers schools 

  • To nurture faith, Christian spirituality and Gospel-based values
  • To promote partnership in the school community
  • To excel in teaching and learning
  • To create a caring school community
  • To inspire transformational leadership

We encourage a love of learning and participation in school life and seek to supply a well- rounded education. 


The Christian Brothers opened their school in Dun Laoghaire on the first day of January,1857. The school, located on Eblana Avenue, educated the boys of the community for almost 100 years. By the late 1940’s the student body had grown to the point that this site could no longer accommodate it. In 1949 the Brothers purchased the nearby estate of Monkstown Park to provide a commodious new home for the thriving school. The private Christian Brothers College Junior School was opened at Monkstown Park in 1950. In the early days the school taught boys from 2nd to 6th class in two streams. This was later changed to a single stream of children from Junior Infants to 6th Class, creating a relatively small school with a unique atmosphere where every boy is well known to the principal and staff. For most of its history, the school’s patron was the Congregation of Christian Brothers. In September 2008, the Brothers transferred their trusteeship to the newly created Edmund Rice Schools Trust. The Trust is administered by Members and Directors from a variety of professional backgrounds, with a wide range of experience and a strong commitment to Catholic education in the Edmund Rice tradition. 

In 2014 the school became an associate member of the ERST network.  Under new directors the school was re-established as M.P.J.S. in July 2014.

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