In Fifth and Sixth class the children completed a project about earthworms. They investigated if the population of earthworms differed relative to soil type. They even created their own womery to support their studies. They went to the Science fair in Mary Immaculate College on January 16th and people had great interest in their findings. Well done to all involved and many thanks to Miss Fitzgerald for organising a memorable day out.
On January 20th the school received a visit from Lee Collinson Jones of Skip Hop. They enjoyed learning some skipping tricks and the day ended with a display of all the new skills the children learned. Many children purchased a rope following the visit and it is wonderful to see lots of boys and girls skipping at break time.
January heralded the arrival of a new year and many resolutions to get fit and be healthy. Monagea N.S. hit the ground running on return to school after the festive indulgences as we got behind Clare Scanlan, Operation Transformation participant. We introduced Fruit Breaks and Busy Breaks to our daily schedule. We continued to implement our Healthy Eating Policy. We even received a visit from the woman of the moment herself along with her camera man Jack. He captured much footage and we spent the following weeks watching out eagerly to catch glimpses of ourselves on national television! Congratulations to Clare on her massive venture. We wish her well as she continues on with her life changing journey.
Travelling Theatre Group
Clan Cluan Theatre group brought their production of Deirdre of the Sorrows to the
halla on St. Brigid’s Day. The children really enjoyed their funny yet educational presentation of this age old legend.
Catholic Schools Week and Grandparents’ Day
We celebrated Catholic Schools Week at Monagea N.S. from February 1st to 4th. We became more conscious of ways in which we can live more like Jesus. We were thankful for God’s love and guidance in our lives. The week culminated in Grandparents’ Day celebration. Canon Duhig officiated over a short prayer service in the church and afterwards the guests of honour went to the hall for some refreshments. Miss Heffernan and some children provided the entertainment. We are very thankful to our grandparents who love and care for us. Míle buíochas to Canon Duhig, Miss Heffernan, those who supplied refreshments and all who helped out to make the day so special.
We held Friendship Week at Monagea N.S. from February 8th to 12th. During this week we focused on the many aspects of being a good friend. We held colouring and poster competitions in all classrooms. We met up with our “buddies” and chatted to them about friendship. We are practising all that we have learned every day at school.
William Whyte Photographer
Our school uniforms were in pristine condition on February 15th as we posed for William Whyte photographer. He took a series of family and individual portraits followed by our class photos. We are sure that they will be a joy to behold in many homes for years to come.
Nicole from Tradtime has been visiting our school every Friday since the middle of January. The children in the junior end of the school have been learning to play the tin whistle while the children in the senior end of the school have enjoyed expanding their repertoire of tunes.
On Thursday 3rd March, the girls from 3rd, 4th and 5th travelled to Newcastle West for indoor camogie. The girls from Scoil Iosef were the opposition for our first match. The girls played really well and settled into the game from the throw in. It was “fast and furious” and we were delighted when the final whistle blew, especially as we won 3-2. Next up we played Ballingarry. This was a very close, physical game and at the final whistle the teams were level. It went to extra time and we were beaten by a goal. Well done to Ballingarry who went on to win their remaining matches. The girls from Monagea did themselves proud with their great skill on display on the pitch and also their behaviour. Well done to Ava, Lilly, Niamh, Áine, Sarah, Sophie, Mary, Shauna and Caoímhe. Thanks to Ruth and Dan O Mahony for helping with transport on the day and to Deirdre and Tom for their support at the matches. Looking forward to next year already!
World Book Day
We celebrated World Book Day on March 4th. There was much excitement that morning as we were dressed up as our favourite book characters. We had great fun guessing who was hiding behind the costumes. Even the teachers joined in! We collected a grand total of €165 which will be donated to the Joanne Mc Mahon Thanksgiving Fund. Many thanks to all who contributed to this worthy cause.
Celtic Travelling Books brought their book fair to Monagea N.S. on March 7th. Everyone was afforded the opportunity to view and purchase books in the school from 2pm to 4pm daily. We hope that the gift of reading continues to be shared in our homes every night.
Seachtain na Gaeilge
To celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge third to sixth class held a quiz “as Gaeilge” in the halla. In the younger classes the children made an effort to speak in Irish more often during their school day. It was lovely to hear our native tongue being used.
Mar a deireann an seanfhocal:
“Beatha teanga í a labhairt”
Centenary Celebration of 1916 Rising
As you may recall we were presented with the Tricolour on November 9th. As part of the 100 year celebration of the 1916 Rising we had a flag raising ceremony on Tuesday 15th March. The children from 5th and 6th Class wrote their own proclamation which they read to the school. We sang Amhrán na bhFiann and played some traditional music to mark this important day in the history of our nation.
The children from 2nd to 6th have just concluded their 8 weeks of swimming lessons. The children attended Askeaton Leisure Centre for these invaluable lessons. It has been a wonderful experience for them and great to see them growing in confidence in the water, week by week.
The children in second class celebrated a very special occasion on Monday 14th March when they received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. The children worked very hard preparing for this and they enjoyed their visits from Canon Duhig. A special word of thanks to the musicians who came on the night and helped to make it a relaxed evening for the children.
Thank you very much to the Parents Association who very generously purchased i pads and lap tops for the school in January. We are extremely grateful to have them. Many thanks to the Parents Association and all who have supported their fundraising efforts.
Thank you to all members of the school community for making the term a great success.
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 9.20am. Therefore we will accept
children from 9.00am. Children should not arrive before that time. If you are dropping your children before this time please contact the office to sign a letter accepting responsibility for your child’s safety before 9.am.
Please check to ensure your child has adequate school supplies for their final term – pens,copies, colours etc
As you are aware head lice have become a problem in our school this term. Please treat your child for head lice over the Easter Holidays. Every parent needs to commit to doing this if the issue is to be resolved.
Please revert back to wearing the full school uniform after the Easter Holidays.
Thank You to the Parents Association
I wish to extend a sincere thank you to all members of the Parents Association for their tireless work so far this year. Despite leading extremely busy lives you a have made a huge investment of time and energy to fundraise in order to make the necessary improvements to our school. The PA recently purchased 16 ipad2’s and 7 laptops for our school. They also put up the fence at the front of the school to enhance safety. They are soon to replace both the front gates to make the road inaccessible to the children during playtime. This is very much appreciated. Thank you to all parents that contributed towards the various fundraisers.
Our two new resource rooms are now complete if any parents wish to come in and see them, you are welcome after 3pm.
On April 25th Food Dudes in beginning in our school. Food dudes is a healthy eating initiative where by children are given a portion of fruit and vegetables to taste each day for 16 days. This is free of charge.
Wishing You all a happy and safe school holiday. Best of luck to all the children for the final school term.
Ní Neart go cur le Chéile