Summer 2017

Newsletter Summer 2017

Discover Primary Science and Maths


All of our hard work has paid off!

Monagea National School has achieved a Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Plaque of STEM Excellence for the 2016/17 academic year. It was fantastic to see all of the science, technology, engineering and maths work being carried out in our school with such enthusiasm. Well done to everyone involved!


Ice Cream Day in Aid of Down Syndrome Ireland


Despite the wet weather we were thrilled to have ice-cream at school on Thursday June 1st 2017. The entire student body each donated €2 for this worthy cause and each child enjoyed some delicious ice-cream and wafers. This annual event is kindly sponsored by HB ice-cream. Dooley’s Super Valu Newcastle West generously donated the wafers so all proceeds go to Down Syndrome Ireland, a total of €365.00. Many thanks to Mary King for organising and collecting the important goods in town!


Bake Sale in aid of CRY


We held our annual Bake Sale in aid of CRY on Friday 26th May. This event organised by Mrs. Daly is very much looked forward to in our school as we remember our past pupils Niamh and Darra, whilst fundraising for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young). Once again the sale was very well supported. A large array of freshly made buns, cakes, tarts and treats were donated. The children really enjoyed spending their money and enjoyed their treats. In the afternoon many locals attended the hall to enjoy a cup of tea and a chat. Míle Búiochas to all who worked so hard to make the day a success.







Thanks to the children and their families who supported the bake sale. We are looking forward to next year already!


First Holy Communion 2017


Congratulations to the boys and girls from Second class who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on May 13th 2017.  They were a credit to themselves, their families and their teacher Ms. Heffernan. Well done also to the members of the School Choir who were so good to attend on their day off. They were in full voice and greatly admired by the huge crowd that was in attendance.  Thank you to Caoimhe and Niamh who served mass. Míle Buíochas to Canon Duhig and Fr. Mockler for officiating at the ceremony. We wish all of the children, along with their families the very best as they continue their journey of faith. May they do their best to live like Jesus every day.


Confirmation 2017


Congratulations to the 36 children in Fifth and Sixth Classes who were confirmed on June 2nd. Thankfully the sun shone for the occasion of the visit of Bishop Brendan Leahy. The children participated in the ceremony and were excellently prepared by their teachers Ms. Collins and Ms. Fitzgerald. The choir were once again in fine voice along with the wonderful musicians from Fourth Class. Many thanks to Canon Duhig and all who assisted in the hard work that went into preparing for such a holy day.




We were very fortunate this year to have George Fitzgibbon coming into school every Monday. He took every class from juniors up to 6th. He did fundamental movement skills with the younger classes and progressed to hurling as he moved further up along the school. Everybody looked forward to their Monday sessions at school with George. He was very engaging with the children and he put them through their paces in the yard. Go raibh míle maith agat George and we look forward to seeing you again in September!




Gymnastics took place every Wednesday for six weeks. Juniors to sixth class went to the hall for 45 minutes.  We learned how to do cartwheels, pyramids, handstands, headstands, forward rolls, backward rolls and lots more. We also bounced on airboards.  We had two teachers, Mark and his sister.  They helped us with our skills and challenged us all.  Everyone really enjoyed it.




The school hurling team played their first match at home against Ardagh. There was a great display of hurling and we won the game easily. We played Kilfinny in Croagh after this. Kilfinny had just been promoted from the division below us after winning it last year. Monagea proved too strong for them and we got another win. We topped our side of the group so we faced a strong Raheenagh side at home. It was a wet, miserable day. But despite the heavy rain that fell during the game Monagea fought until the end. We started well by scoring 3 goals to put us ahead. Raheenagh crept back and there wasn’t much separating the teams at half time. However in the second half, Raheenagh pulled ahead and we never looked like closing the gap. Raheenagh progressed to the final where they were defeated by a strong Askeaton team. Well done to all the players from Monagea who attended training and played their very best in all the games.


Basketball blitz


On Monday 12th of June Monagea attended the annual West Limerick Primary Schools Basketball Blitz in the Community Centre Newcastle West. They had to play three games in the competition. They played Mahoonagh N.S. in their first game. They won this game by five baskets. They met Killoughteen next and won this game by 4 points. Their last game was against a strong Scoil Iosaf side. They lost this game by 4 points. Going on a points system Monagea finished second in the group so made it through to the final again against Scoil Iosaf. This was a very exciting game. It was a draw when the final whistle blew so we had to play extra time. Both teams gave it their all. There were missed scoring opportunities at both ends of the court as the defence work was excellent. It was looking like we were going to have to go to free shots to separate the teams when with ten seconds remaining Scoil Iosaf scored a basket. Monagea’s captain Aurelie Mantaba presented silver medals to the team. Well done to all on a fantastic display of basketball. Thank you very much to Ms. Fitzgerald who organised the whole event and prepared us for the matches. It was a most enjoyable evening of sport. The team was: Aurelie Mantaba, Sarah Bourke, Jennifer Geary, Áine Brennan, Chloe O’Connor, Niamh O’Mahony, Lilly Duggan, Ava Baynham, Kellie Casey, Caoimhe Scanlan, Haley Beasley, Angelida Sammon.


Eithne Neville


Monagea had the great honour of being represented on the Eithne Neville team by two girls from the school this year. They were Ava Baynham and Lilly Duggan from 5th class.  Both girls had to attend training every Thursday after school for a number of weeks in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale.  They went to the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick for the tournament. They played a strong city team first but managed to pull ahead and win this game. They faced the South next in the final. Unfortunately they proved to be too strong for the West team. Ava and Lilly played in both games and they did their school proud by representing us. Well done girls!!




Well done to the girls from 4th, 5th and 6th who participated in a camogie blitz in Mick Neville Park last month.  They beat Granagh, drew with Croagh and lost to Shountrade.  The girls were fantastic on the day and showed some great skills.  Well done to all and míle buíochas to all the parents for their continued support.


Sports’ Day


This year our Sports’ Day was another resounding success owing to many positive factors. Firstly we were blessed with glorious weather. Secondly our wonderful Parents’ Association organised many fun activities for the children both in the pitch and in the school grounds. At 1pm the children participated in a series of races and there was huge delight when the ice-cream van came to deliver a cone for everyone in the entire school. Míle Buíochas to the Parents’ Association for their Trojan work in making the day the massive success it was. Thanks to all parents and past pupils who helped out at the stations. We are all very much looking forward to next year already!


School Tours


Junior and Senior Infants travelled by bus to Crag Cave on June 26th. They had a wonderful time playing in Crazy Cave and in the playground. They were delighted and exhausted when they arrived back to school full of stories to tell about their day out.


1st Class Tour: On Friday 16th June 1st class took off to the Wetlands in Tralee on their school tour.  They had activities such as scavenger hunt.  They had to find letters and unscramble the words.  Then they went fishing for little bugs and fish.  Finally they went on paddle boats.  They all loved these.  A great day out.


2nd Class Tour: On Thursday 22nd June, Second class set off bright and early on their school tour to Active Kingdom in Tralee.  Great fun was had by all on activities like “Wipe-out Spinner”, “Wrecking Ball” and the 50ft Obstacle Course.  The class also enjoyed fantastic team building exercises.  What a great day!  Thank you to Mrs. Daly and Mrs. O’Sullivan for coming with us on the day.


3rd and 4th Class Tour: On Friday 23rd of June, third and fourth classes went to Bunratty Castle on their school tour. They got to sample 19th century Ireland and participate in a series of fun and engaging workshops. After their informative day of history on the castle and its surrounding area they got a chance to enjoy the new playground with a Viking head playship, zip wire and an array of swings and slides. What a fantastic day!


5th and 6th Class Tour: On the 27th of June 5th and 6th class will be going on their school tour to Active Kingdom in Tralee, Co. Kerry.  The bus will leave the school at 8.30am and hope to be returning at approximately 4pm.  We are looking forward to the activities such as wipeout spinner, drop zone, wrecking ball, bouncing castles and obstacle courses. I am sure that all of 5th and 6th class will have an outstanding day.


Baby Fionn


Warm congratulations to Mrs Ciara Fitzgerald and her husband Paddy on the safe arrival of baby Fionn.  We wish them all many years of health and happiness.


Graduation Mass for the class of 2017


The graduation Mass will be on in the church of the Visitation on Wednesday 28th of June. All classes will be going to the mass. All in sixth class will be presented with certificates.  We are sure Fr. Duhig will have some words of wisdom for them as they embark on the next phase of their education.  We wish the class of 2017 the very best of luck in the future.


Editorial Team

Sarah Bourke

Chloe O’Connor

Cathal McCarthy

David Piedzia

Cathal Scanlan

Liam Scanlan


We wish everyone the very best for their summer holidays. School will re-open on 31st August at 9:20a.m.