Christmas 2016


Fáilte Róimh go léir

September heralded the arrival of new members to our ever expanding staff at Monagea NS. We are delighted to welcome Ms. Lisa Morris to 1st class along with Mrs Caroline Collins to 5th and 6th class. Sinéad Mulqueen has joined forces with Ms. Hennessy in the Junior Infant room providing Special Needs Assistance. The first term is always a busy one and all the new arrivals have quickly found their feet. It feels as though they have been always been part of our staff!


“GAA George”

Monagea GAA club in conjunction with the Parents’ Association have facilitated in the provision of GAA training every Monday since early October. George Fitzgibbon, who was sourced by Kevin Hogan, comes with some outstanding credentials. He has long been involved in Milford Camogie club and in recent years he has trained the ever successful Cork Camogie team and his expertise is currently been put to great use by children from all classes. Everyone thoroughly enjoys their sessions with George and even in a short space of time they have made some excellent progress. We are hugely indebted to Monagea GAA club, Monagea Parents’ Association, George and Kevin Hogan for providing us with a wonderful opportunity to excel at our native games.

Road Safety Talk


On Monday 10th October the school was visited by Eileen Cunningham from the R.S.A. She highlighted the dangers of being a road user. We learned about the importance of using the Safe Cross Code, being visible, wearing a seat belt and having a booster seat if necessary. It was a very informative talk and it is hoped that the children will use this information to keep themselves and others safe on our roads.


After School Service

Sinéad Dillane brought an added dimension to Monagea NS when she opened her After School Service. This service is available everyday up to 6pm, for children of all ages and it is and has been a huge success. The children are provided with the opportunity to complete their homework in a supervised and supportive environment. When the work is done, the fun begins! Sinéad then provides the children with lots of enjoyable activities to complete. The club has grown in popularity and Sinéad has had to enlist the help of Suzanne Monaghan for two evenings per week. Should you have any queries about the After School Services do not hesitate to contact Sinéad Dillane on (087)7614669.


Children of a Digital Age

Ms. Quigney organised a visit from  Jason O’ Mahoney who works for a company called Children of a Digital Age. He spoke to all classes from Senior Infants upwards and highlighted the dangers associated with online gaming, Facebook, Snap Chat and Instagram  to name but a few. He then held an information evening in the hall which was reasonably well attended. The main message to be taken away from Jason’s visit was that adults must be aware of what their children are accessing online. We need to be vigilant to ensure that our children remain safe from the dangers of the cyber world.

 Enrolment Ceremony

The children in second class will receive their Holy Communion on Saturday, the 13th of May.  Preparations are already under way as the children are participating in the “Do This In Memory” Programme. This is a parish based initiative that is designed to help children, parents/guardians and wider parish community prepare for first Eucharist. The children, along with their families participated in the Enrolment Ceremony on October 9th. The children are continuing to work hard at home and at school to prepare for their special day.

Hairspray the Musical

On Thursday, November 11th 2016, fifth and sixth classes went to Desmond College to see the musical ‘Hairspray’. It was wonderfully directed by Katie Upton. It was enjoyed by all the audience and the students did a wonderful job at performing it. 5th and 6th classes really enjoyed Hairspray and hopefully there will another musical like it next year.

 English Station Teaching

The Senior classes have been using “The Literacy Powerhour” for their English class.  This happens on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Mrs Fitzgerald, Mrs Daly and our own teacher, Mrs Collins are in the classroom helping us.  We have a reading station, a grammar station and a writing station.  We work independently on the other two stations.  There are thirteen minutes on each station. When the timer goes the teachers move to a different table.  It has been a great way for us to learn new things.  A big thank you to all the teachers!

 Boys’Football Team

Our first football match was a home game against a strong Feenagh side.  Everyone played well and we came within two points of them .However, Feenagh were victorious on the day.  Next we travelled to Cappagh. This was a must win game if we wanted to progress out of our group .This game came down to the wire. It was level at the full time whistle so we had to play another ten minutes aside in extra time. Point after point was exchanged but unfortunately when the referee blew the full time whistle it was Cappagh who came out winners .Well done to the boys and girls who came training and tried out for the team .We had fifty children some days in the pitch playing football .Keep up the good work!

 Girls’ Football Team

On Monday 3rd October, the girls from fourth, fifth and sixth classes travelled to Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale for a football blitz. Our first match against Ardagh was a very close encounter with both sides battling hard for every ball. When the final whistle blew, the sides were all square. Next up was Raheenagh/Ashford.  This proved to be an easier game and Monagea were comfortable winners.  The pressure was on for the final group game against Kilcolman.  Caoimhe, in goals, maintained her composure and made some great saves to keep us in the game.  Jennifer and Lilly were outstanding in the backs, Sophie continued to amaze us all with her fearless tackles and Ava gave her great support with an excellent performance.  Aine and Niamh kept the scores ticking over and we were all relieved when the final whistle went. This led to a play off for top of the group with Ardagh.  Again, the girls played an amazing game and we were the winners – very proud parents, grandparents, aunts and teacher at the end of the day. Nicky Quaid kindly agreed to referee an extra match so that all the girls who had trained at school got to play. This was very enjoyable and great to see progression being made by the remaining girls. On the 17th of October, we set off for Rathkeale again to play Ballingarry in the West final. Despite the great performance from all the girls, in particular Lilly, Ava and Jennifer, we were beaten on the day. With four minutes to go, we were 2 points down, the girls played to the end- never giving up and this has to be admired. Well done to Ballingarry.  Mrs. Daly would like to thank all the parents for their help with transport and support on the day.  We would like to thank to Mrs Daly for all the hard work she did training us for the matches and coming with us every day. 

Larkin Shield

Well done to Lilly Duggan and Ava Baynham from 5th class who made the Larkin Shield Team.  There was a panel of 21 chosen from 74 girls who turned up for trials from schools all over West limerick.  The girls attended training every Tuesday for a number of weeks in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale.  They played a strong Limerick city team in the competition and narrowly lost out in progressing to the final in the Gaelic Grounds.  Well done to the two girls on their achievement and for representing our school on the West team.

A big ‘thank you’ needs to be extended to Ms. Fitzgerald for becoming involved in the Larkin Shield this year.  She gave up her time every Tuesday evening to help train the girls and put together the best team possible.  If it wasn’t for teachers like this volunteering their time, great events like this could not happen.  Well done Ms. Fitzgerald.

 Science Show in Limerick

Third and Fourth classes attended a science show in The Limetree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick for science week.  The show explored elements of Energy and Forces.  It consisted of a range of interactive experiments investigating forces and energy, electricity and magnetism.  Children were asked to assist the show presenter with some of these experiments.  It was a very entertaining day.  Some of the highlights were finding out why it is possible to sit in a chair of thumb tacks without feeling discomfort and how to make a bottle of coke explode.

Science Quiz

Rhys O’Connor (5th class), Eugene Monaghan, Liam Scanlan and Jennifer Geary (6th Class) were recently chosen to represent Monagea N.S. at a science quiz in Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher.  They were unlucky on the night but well done to each of them for representing our school.  Thank you to Mrs. Daly and Ms. Fitzgerald for helping in the preparation for the quiz.  Thank you for being there on the night with us!

Maths Week

Maths week was celebrated in Monagea NS between 15th and 23rd October.  The children had great fun in all the classrooms during the week, playing games, completing mazes and puzzles.  It was wonderful to see Maths being enjoyed by all.

Beginning of School Year Mass.

In the first week of September, each class from Juniors to sixth attended mass in Monagea Church.  Fr. Duhig was the celebrant on the day.  He extended a warm welcome to all the pupils after the summer holidays and made a special mention to our new infants as they embarked on their first few days at school.  A special ‘thank you’ to Ms. Collins and Ms. Heffernan for the lovely music they played and also for preparing the choir for Mass.  The school children also attended Mass on the 8th December for the feast of The Immaculate Conception.

 Shoebox Appeal

170 brightly coloured shoeboxes are currently on the way from Monagea NS to children in need.  We hope that these boxes filled with love and surprises will bring joy to many children on Christmas day.  Many thanks to all who took time to do this wonderful thing.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Monagea Hall was transformed into a magical land of song, dance and laughter as the whole school participated in the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. The children worked very hard since September perfecting their performances and the audience were not disappointed. Huge credit is due to everyone involved for presenting such a professional production. Many thanks to Ms. Denise Fitzgerald and Ms. Caroline Collins who worked tirelessly with the children from the senior classes directing the dialogue and operating the microphones. Thanks to Katie Upton for her work with the children since September. Everyone danced and sang with great gusto.
Of course there are many people behind the scenes who carry out Trojan work to ensure the show runs smoothly. Thanks to Ms. Quigney who provided us with a beautiful backdrop for the pantomime. We very much appreciate the fact that Ms. Quigney gave many hours outside of school time to complete this work. Míle Buíochas to Mary King and Ms. Ciara Fitzgerald in the office who sold the tickets… not an easy job when the shows sell out so quickly! Pat Enright, our caretaker and all round troubleshooter was always at hand to help us. Nothing is ever a bother to Pat and his help is very much appreciated by the staff.
On the night the hall was beautifully decorated with the childrens’ art. Many thanks to everyone who helped to put these pieces on display.
Thanks to Denis Mulcahy for giving his time to operate the lighting which adds so much to the show.
Many thanks to all who donated spot prizes and míle buíochas to all members of the Parents’ Association who assisted in any way. Your support ensures that everything runs smoothly. Of course without an audience our show would not have been the success that it was. Thank you to everyone who came to see us.
Finally thank you to all the teachers and SNAs who worked so hard to ensure that the children were afforded with the opportunity to create life long memories.


This year it was decided to produce a calendar for Christmas, instead of the Christmas cards.  It is lovely to see the children grouped according to the month of their birth and is a lovely momento for the children to keep for many years to come.


Principal’s Notes

Parents Association:

Thank you to our Parents Association for organising the Christmas Themed Cookery Demonstration and for the members of the school community that supported the event. Thank you also to the PA for funding and organising the resurfacing of the school yard over the Halloween holidays. Thank you for your assistance in organising the Christmas Concert and for contacting Santa Claus and arranging his visit to our school this week.

Clothing Collection: Thank you to the members of the school community for contributing to the clothing collection. Thank you to the PA for overseeing this.

Head lice: Please check your child’s head weekly. A whole school approach is needed to keep this issue under control.

Morning Drop Off: There are a number of children being dropped off to the yard before 9am. The BOM remind you that we do not take responsibility for their safety before 9am.

Christmas Calendars: Thank you to Mary King for organising their production.

Swimming: Swimming will commence on 15th  February and will run for 8 weeks, for classes from 2nd-6th.

Policy Review: The whole school curricular plans for RSE/SPHE, Visual Arts and Mathematics are currently being reviewed by the teaching staff. These will be available in the coming weeks on our school website

Christmas Holidays: The school will close for the Christmas Holidays at 12noon on Thursday 22nd December and will re-open on Monday 9th January.

Staff Training: The school will be closed on Friday 19th May to facilitate compulsory teacher training on the new Primary Language Curriculum. Training takes place in the Limerick Education Centre.

Thank You: Thank you to all members of the school community including teachers, SNA’s, ancillary staff, the children and their parents for your hard work and dedication this term. I wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas break.

 Ní Neart go cur le Chéile

Editorial Team

Niamh O’Mahony

Jennifer Geary

Michael Brouder

Nathan Cahill

Ronan O’Sullivan

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