We are a group of volunteer parents who support the teachers and staff by providing extra activities and events to enhance the boys' enjoyment of the school year.
We organise activities for the boys each term. These activities are designed to be inclusive for all boys, catering for sporting and other interests, introducing the boys 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. The Brunch is for the boys of Second Class and their families and is made possible by the fantastic support of the entire parent body. This is a wonderful tradition in Monkstown Park Junior School and becomes a great memory for all the boys 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 boys are responsible for decorating a cake in a Halloween-themed design and a local professional cake decorator, Rosanna, from Cakes & Co. has a difficult but fun time judging the cakes. Cakes & Co. also provide a wonderful Halloween cake which we raffle on the day of the Cake Sale.
November is when we bring "Learn IT with Lego" to the school to mark Science Week. Each class has the opportunity to take part in this event and the boys really enjoy learning about technology, building their projects and seeing them work.
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 boys 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 boys 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 wonderful return visit of Animal Magic. The boys get to learn about and meet some fantastic animals ranging from large owls to small turtles and lizards and of course their friendly snake family!
The Committee provides light refreshments for the Sixth Class boys 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. Boys 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 boys 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.
The school Library is run by parents from the Committee and is open every Tuesday to allow the boys to borrow books. The Library is also open and supervised at lunchtime for the boys who don't want to go out to yard. They play board games, run quizzes or just sit and chat.
During World Book week we have visiting authors in to the Library to chat to the younger boys.
The older boys 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 the boys 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 boys from First 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 boys 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 boys get to enjoy a whipped ice-cream to cool them down!
The Committee are really grateful to all of the parents who volunteer and help out in various ways throughout each year. We couldn't do it without you and it really enhances the boys enjoyment of school life.