Easter 2017


Seachtain na Gaeilge

“Seachtain na Gaeilge” was a busy week again this year in Monagea NS. Children from infants right up to sixth did their best to ‘Usáid cúpla focail Gaeilge i rith an lae ar scoil’ . They created poems in Irish, learned songs as Gaeilge, coloured pictures containing Irish phrases and some classes learned Irish Dancing. On Thursday 16th of March 3rd to 6th classes gathered in the Hall where they took part in a “Tráth na gCeist”. It was a very close contest but the winning team on the day consisted of Nadine Behan, Hayley Beasley, Luke Broderick, Caoimhe Scanlan and Aidan O’Connor. Well done to everyone on a great effort for “Seachtain na Gaeilge”. Tá Gaeilge beo gan dabht ar bith i Móin na nGé.


Discover Primary Science and Maths

This year has seen some incredible Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) work happening in our school as we work together in the hope of attaining an award for Excellence in Discover Primary Science and Maths.  Through this process, as well as recognition of the students’ and teachers’ hard work, the Award brings a range of benefits; it provides a structure for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths work, raises the profile of Science in our school among parents and increases whole school collaboration. Please visit our school website www.monageans.scoilnet.ie to view our STEM Blog where we are following 5 steps in order to gain this award.

First Confession

Second Class had their First Confession on Wednesday, the 15th of March. Canon Duhig and Father Irwin helped the children celebrate the sacrament. All of the children participated so well on the night. We are now busy preparing for our First Holy Communion which will take place on the 13th of May. Thanks also to the musicians from 4th, 5th, and 6th for the music on the night.


Station Teaching

This term again we had “Literacy Power Hour”. This takes place twice a week. There were five stations. A teacher was assigned to three of these stations and the other two are independent stations.  Mrs. Daly was teaching us how to write different types of stories. This term we focused on narrative writing. Mrs. Fitzgerald, our principal helped us with our grammar. Mrs. Collins, our own teacher, helped us to read stories from our new graded reader books called “Collins Big Cat” books. We thank everyone involved, especially our teachers.


Indoor Hurling Blitz

Fourth class boys participated in an indoor hurling blitz on Monday 13th March in the community centre in Newcastle West. This was a knock out competition. Their opponents on the day were Ashford and Monagea defeated them easily. They went on to meet Broadford. This game was a very even contest. It went to extra time and this still failed to separate the teams. It was decided to do penalties to pick a winner. Unfortunately Broadford beat us by a goal. The boys gave a great performance on the day and it was a most enjoyable blitz. Well done James Normoyle, Declan Brennan, Cameron Carey, Cian Beirne, Ethan Lynch,  Noah Supple, Luke Broderick, Thomas Kelly and Ronan O`Connor.



Every class from 2nd to 6th went swimming this term. Second and third were grouped together. Fourth, fifth and sixth were also grouped together. Each session lasted fifty minutes for eight weeks. We were split up into groups that were suited to our ability. There were many instructors teaching us.


Operation Transformation

This year Operation Transformation had schools all over the country involved in their ’10 at 10’.At ten to ten each day pupils stopped what they were doing in class and  exercised  for ten minutes. Monagea NS really enjoyed participating in this and using the online exercise video that was provided for us. The whole school also went on a walk around Monagea on a Friday morning to complete our Operation Transformation involvement.  We assembled in the school yard where we did a warm up and proceeded to walk down the path behind the school.  We walked up the road passing out the G.A.A. pitch and did a loop to the church and down the byway back to school.  We finished off with a few laps of the school yard.  We were lucky with the weather and it was a great way to finish off “Operation Transformation” in the school.


Monagea NS Book Fair and World Book Day 2017

We held our Book Fair in Monagea NS from February 27th to March 1st. The fair was hugely popular with young and old. The school was then in a position to spend a percentage of the profits purchasing books for the school. These books are now in all class libraries throughout the school and are being put to good use daily. Míle Buíochas to all who supported this year’s fair.

On March 2nd we celebrated World Book Day. The children dressed up as their favourite book characters and brought their favourite books to school. They were a sight to behold on the day! Well done to all who made the effort to dress up.


School Placement Students from Mary Immaculate College

The school will facilitate three students from Mary Immaculate College in the final term of the school year. These students will work in Senior Infants, Fifth and Sixth Classes for a period of three weeks and two weeks, respectively. We wish all these student teachers well in their placements. The college is extremely grateful to the staff and pupils of the school for facilitating their teacher training programme.


Catholic Schools’ Week 29th January-3rd Februaury 2017

The theme for Catholic Schools Week this year was Catholic Schools: Learning with Pope Francis to Care for Our Common Home. In the Senior Classes this theme helped us to gain an understanding of the Pope’s encyclical letter ‘Laudato Si’. This is Pope Francis’ second encyclical. Its title means ‘Praise be to you’ and it has the subtitle Care for Our Common Home.

In the Middle and Junior end of the school we learned and continue to appreciate that our world is a gift from God and we are called to act as both stewards and protectors during our time here.

As part of our Catholic ethos we hope to continue to implement what we have learned during Catholic Schools’ Week in our lives at home and at school.


Indoor Camogie Blitz

Girls from 4th and 5th class participated in an indoor camogie blitz on the 15th March.  The first match was against Shountrade.  The girls played really well and won 4-1 .  Next match was against Scoil Iosaf which Monagea won by a goal.  This led to a semi-final place against Killoughteen.  With 5 minutes to go, we were down 4-2.  The girls played really well and, on the final whistle, it was a draw.  The girls kept their cool and won on the ‘golden goal’ rule. Such excitement.

We played the Gaelscoil in the final and, despite their best effort, were beaten on the day.  The girls should be very proud of themselves – they played as a team and never gave up.  Their behaviour on the day was wonderful – well done to all of the girls – Ava, Caoímhe, Clodagh, Haley, Kellie, Shauna and Sophie.  Thanks to the parents for their support on the day.


Soccer Blitz

On Friday the 24th of March, Monagea Boys Soccer Team headed for Sean Choill Astro pitch in Corbally to participate in a blitz. They won their first match 4-0 against Murroe N.S. Their second game was against Ardagh and they defeated them 7-0. Their final game was against Our Lady of Lourdes where they also came out on top. They gave a fantastic performance on the day. Well done to Cathal Scanlan, Ronan O’ Sullivan, Liam Scanlan, David Piedzia, James Normoyle, Cian Beirne, Conor Smallwood and Jack Nash Culhane.


Garda Visit

On 29th of March Garda Cathy Healy came to 5th and 6th classes to talk to us about drugs. She told us about different kinds of drugs and how dangerous they can be. She explained to us how important it is to say `NO`.  She showed us samples of drugs to make us aware of them. She spoke to us about the abuse of drugs and the affects they have on people’s lives. We learned a lot from her and would like to thank her.


Principal’s Notes

Parents’ Association:

Thank you to our Parents’ Association for organising the school dance.  It was a huge success.  A lot of voluntary time goes into all these initiatives.  Your interest in our school is very much appreciated.

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

Uniforms: After the Easter holidays we revert back to wearing the full school uniform.

Morning Supervision: There are a number of children being dropped off to school before 9am.  The BOM do not take responsibility for their safety before 9am.

Easter Holidays: The school will close for Easter holidays at 12 noon on Friday 7th April and will re-open on Monday 24th April.

Staff Training: A reminder that the school will be closed on Friday 19th May as the teachers have to attend a compulsory training course on the new Primary Language Curriculum.  Training will take place in the Limerick Education Centre.

Gymnastics & G.A.A. George Fitzgibbon will start coaching G.A.A. after Easter at a cost of €6.00 in total for each child.  He will continue up to summer holidays. Gymnastics are starting on 3rd May for six weeks.  This is €4.50 in total for the six weeks.  You will receive an epayment text in due course.

School Tours: Junior and Senior Infants -26/6/2017 – Crag Cave – Total cost €12.00

1st Class – 16/6/2017 – Wetlands, Tralee – Total cost – €17.00

2nd class – 22/6/2017- Active Kingdom, Tralee – Total cost – €29.00

3rd and 4th classes – 23/6/2017- Bunratty – Total cost €18.00

5th and 6th classes – 27/6/2017 – Active Kingdom, Tralee – Total cost €28.00.

You will receive an epayment link via email and text message for the cost of the tours.


Editorial Team

Áine Brennan

Aurelie Mantaba

Jack Kelly

Eugene Monaghan

Jack Nash Culhane

Ronan O’Sullivan