Monkstown Park Junior School

Principal's Welcome

Lisa Kenna - School Principal

Welcome to our School website.

Our wonderful Junior School is situated in the heart of Monkstown, South Co. Dublin. Located close to Monkstown village and is set within a beautifully enriched and vibrant school campus with acres of green space.

We were delighted to welcome our pupils back to MPJS on August 26th since the sudden school closures on March 12th. Our aim was to re-open the school in an orderly safe manner, whilst reassuring the children and making them feel comfortable, safe and relaxed with their friends in their new school environment. During the course of the school closure we offered online teaching for all pupils from Junior Infants to 6th Class and ensured continuation of learning through the curriculum including PE and Music classes. We also felt it was incredibly important to maintain our precious school community and school spirit during the lockdown period, albeit through a computer screen but it proved to be extremely effective for everyone’s wellbeing, nonetheless.

Since re-opening our school, we have had to implement new changes in line with the Government guidelines for re-opening schools safely. Each class has a pod and bubble system in place. We have also ensured our class sizes remain small to allow for adequate social distancing measures and extra space within each classroom. We are very lucky to be situated within a large school building on a big campus. We have access to lots of outdoor open space which again, allows for a very safe approach when our pupils play outside each day. All of us have a part to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19 within our school community and we continue to work hard towards achieving this common goal. Everyone has settled back to school life really well and we commend our teachers, parents and pupils for all their efforts thus far.

Every child that enters through our doors is given the opportunity to grow and develop in a happy, nurturing and supportive environment, that is enhanced with an abundance of learning experiences. Our Junior School caters for boys and girls from Junior Infants to 6th Class. Whilst our fundamental focus is on quality education following the National School Guidelines as set out by the Department of Education and Skills, our core values are centred on developing each pupil as a well-rounded individual.

We are a member of the Association of Independent Junior Schools (AIJS) and we maintain a strong link with other AIJS schools in Dublin. We regularly participate in events organised by the AIJS throughout the year.

As mentioned above, we are extremely lucky to be situated on such a large school campus with access to lots of outdoor space including Rugby pitches and Astro turf areas. These are used daily by the pupils to explore the natural outdoor learning environment and be close to nature. Physical activity is vital for each pupil's development and lays the foundation for a healthy and active life. We are proud to say that Monkstown Park Junior School is an 'Active School' there is big emphasis on physical activity and health promotion. We start off our school day with a morning run around the whole school campus. Teachers, pupils and parents partake in this daily event. It has really proven to be the best way to start our school day. We have also seen an increase in attention and memory span amongst our pupils and encourages us all to start the day on a very positive note which in turn, helps facilitate learning in the classroom.

Each pupil within our school is assigned to one of our four long established house teams, this has been a long standing tradition in our school. There are many events throughout the school year that encourage teamwork in areas such as art competitions, talent spots, orator competitions and many more.

Monkstown Park Junior School naturally fosters a vibrant and solid school community that works collaboratively with pupils, teachers and parents alike. I would encourage you to arrange a visit so see our school in action, meet with me and the rest of our dedicated teaching team and experience first-hand what our unique school has to offer.

I look forward to personally welcoming you to our school.
Lisa Kenna
Junior School Principal

Dec 04
Speech and Drama Exam
Dec 22
Christmas Break 12pm finish
Dec 23
Christmas Break
Jan 06
School reopens 2pm finish
Upper Mounttown Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
+353 1 2842564
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