December 2017

Enrolment Ceremony

Preparations for the sacrament of reconciliation and communion are well under way in second class.  On Sunday 1st October, the enrolment ceremony took place.  Each child received their candle and “thumb booklet”.  Just a reminder that there will be no “Do this in Memory” mass on 24th December.  There will also be two further reflection evenings after Christmas, dates yet to be decided.



This year it was decided to produce a calendar for Christmas. There are lovely photos with the children grouped according to their classes, sports teams, all the sets of twins in the school and a beautiful photo of all the children dressed in their Halloween costumes that Ben O’Sullivan took with his drone. These Calendars are a lovely memento for the children to keep for many years to come.


Shoebox Appeal

154 beautifully wrapped shoeboxes are currently on their way from Monagea NS to children in need. Many thanks to all of you who kindly took the time and effort to do this wonderful thing and we hope that all of these boxes will bring happiness and joy to all of the children on Christmas Day.


After School Service

Sinéad Dillane has set up an amazing facility with the After School here in Monagea. The club has grown in the last two years and has been a great success. The service is available every day from 2pm until 6pm. Here the children are provided with the opportunity to complete their homework

in a supervised and supportive environment. When the children have their homework completed,

Sinéad then provides the children with lots of enjoyable activities and games.  Sinéad has the support of Suzanne Monaghan and Rose O’ Connor a couple of days a week, whom the children all adore. Should you have any queries about the After School Services please contact Sinéad Dillane on (087) 7614669.


Maths Week

Maths Week took place from the 14th of October until the 22nd. The children had great fun in all the classrooms during the week, playing games, completing mazes, maths trails and puzzles. It was wonderful to see Maths being enjoyed by all.


‘GAA George’

We are fortunate enough to have George Fitzgibbon in the school again this year. Monagea GAA club in conjunction with the Parents’ Association have facilitated in the provision of GAA training every Monday since early October. George has done fundamental movement skills with the children. He has shown them the mechanics of running and sprinting correctly while also carrying out a number of balancing and co-ordination activities over the last few weeks. He has covered the basic football and hurling skills with the older classes. The children look forward to George’s visit to the school every Monday. We are very grateful to the Monagea GAA club and Monagea Parents’ Association for providing us with a wonderful opportunity to excel in the area of sport in the school.


Futsal Soccer

Boys from 4th class took part in a Futsal soccer competition in the Community Centre Newcastle West on Thursday 12th of October. They won three games to progress to the semi-final. They also won this match and faced strong opposition in the final. Both teams were evenly matched and it was nil all at half time. It was beginning to look like whoever got the first goal would go on to win the game. Unfortunately this goal came from our opposition. The clock ran out despite Monagea counter attacking on numerous occasions. It was the first time Monagea competed in this Fustsal competition. The boys thoroughly enjoyed it and did incredibly well to make the final.


Halloween Dress Up

On 27th October, the children swapped their uniforms for Hallowe’en costumes.  A super effort

was made by parents and children alike to embrace the occasion.  A huge thank you to Ben O’Sullivan for capturing a wonderful whole school photo on his drone.  This can be seen on our school calendar.  What excitement!


Boys Football

The boys’ football competition started this year on the 29th of September with an away match against a very physical Athea side. It was a wet and windy day but Monagea put in a fantastic performance to win this match against a strong Athea team.  Next they had a home game against Croagh and defeated them to progress to the final in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale. There was strong support for Monagea on the day but luck was not with us. We faced Cappagh who had defeated us last year in the semi-final. From the start it was obvious that we had an uphill battle. However Monagea never gave up. We are very proud of the effort they put in right up until the final whistle blew. Cappagh deservingly received the shield on this outing.  Monagea will now concentrate on hurling which will take place after Christmas.


Santa’s Visit

There was great excitement for Santa’s visit to Monagea NS this year. Santa visited all classes and brought sweets for the children as a treat for all their hard work so far this term.


Christmas Concert

Monagea hall was transformed into a magical land of song, dance and laughter. The whole school participated in the play “Peter Pan”. The children worked hard since September perfecting their performances and the audience was not disappointed. Huge credit is due to everyone involved in such a professional production. Many thanks to Ms.Fitzgerald and Mrs. Collins who worked tirelessly with the children from 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 gusto. Of course, there are many people behind the scenes who carry out trojan work to ensure the show runs smoothly. Thanks to Mrs. Daly and Mrs. O Sullivan who provided us with a beautiful backdrop for the play. We very much appreciate the fact that Mrs. Daly and Mrs. O Sullivan gave many hours outside of school time to complete this work. Míle Buíochas to Mary King and Mrs. Ciara Fitzgerald in the office who sold tickets…not an easy job when the shows sell out so quickly! In total 450 tickets were sold.  Thanks to Denis Mulcahy for giving his time to operate the lighting which adds so much to the show. Thanks to George Daly for doing the video of the shows on both nights .  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 it was. 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.



In the beginning of September after a long summer break, classes from juniors to sixth gathered for mass in Monagea church. Father Duhig was the celebrant on the day. He welcomed the new junior infants. A big thank you to Miss Heffernan, Miss Fitzgerald and Mr. O Sullivan for lovely music and preparing the choir. The school children also attended mass on the 8th of December for the Feast of The Immaculate Conception. Thanks again to the teachers for the lovely music and preparing the children.


A Visit from the Guards

On the 8th of December the school was visited by two of our local Guards. They highlighted the dangers on our roads and encouraged everyone to keep safe. We learned about the importance of wearing Hi-vis jackets and seatbelts. It was a very informative talk. We hope that the children will use this information to keep themselves and others safe on our roads this winter.

Again on the 14th, another guard came in and she spoke about all the different types of bullying and how it is affecting people. The main type we spoke about was Cyber bullying. We learnt that Facebook is the most popular for Cyber bullies. There are many different ways that Cyber bullies make people depressed. These are the main ones that we learnt; name calling, excluding people and comparing them with themselves. Another type of bullying was physical and mental bullying. The best way to solve bullying is to tell a trustworthy friend or an adult.

Science week

Science week was held nationwide from the 12th to the 19th of November.  All classes enjoyed practical lessons throughout the week with experiments and lots of creative work going on throughout the school.  There was great excitement (and some looks of disgust) when a sheep’s heart and lungs were investigated by children from 2nd to 6th classes.  Lots of shrieks from excited children as they poked and prodded the heart and lungs were heard around the school!



This year was a great year for football in the school.  Girls from 4th, 5th and 6th classes participated in a blitz in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale.  They played three matches winning all three games.  This led to a semi- final spot.  Mary Delee made some wonderful saves in goals, a strong combination of Lilly Duggan and Emma Dowd in the backs helped to keep a solid line of defense.   The wonderful combination of Sophie and Ava doing fantastic work in midfield kept the ball moving to our wonderful forwards Caoimhe and Kellie.  All roads once again led to Rathkeale where we met Adare Girls’ School in the final. The girls were amazing on the day, giving a great display of football skills and also a great team performance.  With ten minutes left in the second half, we were just four points up.   The tension was nerve-wrecking but the determination of the girls saw us seven points up when the final whistle blew on a scoreline of 3.10 to 3.3.  Great credit is due to all girls who played on the day.  Mary, Lilly, Emma, Ava, Sophie, Caoimhe, Kellie, Jessica, Clodagh and Haley.  A sincere thanks also to the subs who trained with these girls and were a wonderful support to the team, Isobel, Laura, Katelyn, Katie, Shauna, Nadine, Orlaith, Aideen, Nikola, Isobelle and  Anna.  Thank you to the girls for representing the school and doing us proud and also to the parents for their support at the matches.


The Larkin Shield

Congratulations to Sophie Bourke, Lilly Duggan and Ava Baynham for representing Monagea National School on the Larkin Shield team.  A panel of 21 girls was chosen out of 84 from all schools in West Limerick.  They attended training every Tuesday evening after school and worked hard in perfecting their skills.  The West team played the South and won by 4 points.  This led to the Larkin Shield final in the Gaelic Grounds where they played East Limerick.  The bitterly cold night did little to put the girls off form and a great team performance led to victory by 4 points.  Their families and school community are both very proud of these girls.  Well done to Ms. Fitzgerald for training this team along with Cormac Behan, Ahalin school and Mary Moore, Ballyhahill school on a voluntary basis every week.


Principal’s Notes


New Language Curriculum

The oral language component of the new integrated primary language curriculum is being fully implemented from Junior Infants to Second class. The staff will receive training in the reading and writing components on May 15th. The school will be closed on that date.


Best Wishes

Best wishes to Caroline Lee as she commences her maternity leave on the 22nd of December. The BOM would like to take the opportunity to thank her for her hard work in Monagea NS and wish her the best of luck in her future career. Ms. Sarah Prendeville will be teaching first class after Christmas.


Smooth Running of the School

Please note the following important points essential for the smooth running of our school;


As you know, school starts at 9.20am. Teachers start work at 9.20am and if their cars are outside the school before this time they are in school of their own accord to prepare for the day. We appreciate however that all pupils can’t arrive at exactly 9.20 am. Therefore we will accept children from 9.00am. Children should not arrive before that time.


If you have any concern about your child, please make an appointment, letting the teacher know your area of concern. This way we can sit down and give you our full attention.


It is of utmost importance that a note be sent in if your child has been absent, is late, their homework is not done or they have to be collected early.


It is essential that you arrange for the prompt and safe collection of your children – please be there to receive your children at either 2.00pm or 3.00pm. Please ensure children know who is collecting them and/ or how they are getting home.


Please inform us of any change to your address, contact numbers or emergency contact number. Please also let us know if there is a change in family arrangements.


Please do not park in the bus stop at any time. There are 4 different buses servicing our school and they each need sufficient space to park to allow the children to disembark safely.


Online Booking System

Thank you for your cooperation in using the online booking system for your Parent Teacher Meeting appointments this year. The system worked excellently and feedback from staff and parents was very positive.


Parents’ Association

Thank you to the PA for your help and support with the various school activities this term.


Child Protection

Ciara Fitzgerald is the Designated Liaison Person (DLP) and Avril Daly is the Deputy DLP for Child Protection purposes.



September 94.5% October 96.5% November 95.5%


Croke Park 2015/16

8 Hours Individual Planning

3 Hours Evening Supervision

11 Hours Continued Professional Development

4 Hours Christmas Concert

8 Hours Staff Meetings

3 hours Parent Teacher Meetings Total: 36 Hours


Christmas Calendars

Thank you to Mary King for organising their production.



Swimming will commence on the 30th of   January and will run for 8 weeks, for classes from 2nd to 6th


Policy Review

The whole school curricular plan for Geography has been reviewed by the teaching staff. The BOM and staff have reviewed our School’s attendance strategy. These will be available in the coming weeks on our school website and a copy will be available in the school office.


Christmas Holidays

The school will close for the Christmas Holidays at 12noon on Friday 22nd December and will re-open on Monday 8th January.


Thank You

Thank you to all members of the school community including teachers, SNA, 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

Aidan O’Connor

Angelida Sammon

Ava Baynham

Caoimhe Scanlan

Haley Beasley

James Gray

Orlaith O’Connell

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