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Monastery National School, Ardee, Co. Louth
We are still enrolling boys and girls in Junior Infants for September 2022. Click here for enrolment forms and information. https://www.monasterynsardee.ie/parents/enrolment/ | Check out our 6th Class STEM Challenge Rocket videos. [Open Link]
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Infant Info

When choosing a school for your Junior Infant daughter or son parents will be reassured by the following information about Monastery NS;

  • Large modern spacious school building and campus - In 2007 our school underwent a 2 million euro refurbishment and extension. Our Board of Management prepared for Coeducation by building double cubicle toilets in each classroom. We have 10 large modern classrooms that are excellently ventilated by numerous windows and doors. We have a beautiful school field and the largest playing areas of any school in County Louth.
  • Small Junior Infant Classes - we will have two very small Junior Infant classes in September 2022. This year we have 17 Junior Infants in each of our two classes with a class teacher and a support teacher in each class. We also have an SNA for both classes.
  • Separate Infant Yard - we have a large modern child friendly and safe infant yard with playground equipment (€16,000), Go Karts, Wendy House, Goals, Basketball hoops etc. This yard is for infants only and is supervised by a teacher and SNA at each break.
  • Experienced Staff - we are fortunate to have a mixed staff of male and female teachers who have significant experience of teaching boys and girls in other schools.
  • Special Needs - we have an exceptional special needs department in our school that includes an SEN Coordinator (Mrs McGrory), 5 Support Teachers in total and 5 SNAs. Each class is supported by its own support teacher through in class team teaching and / or one to one / small group pupil support. We believe in partnership with our parents and early intervention to meet the additional needs of your son or daughter.

Parents’ Programmes - Our school hosts the popular parenting programme Incredible Year

  • Book Rental Scheme - Our Book Rental Scheme will save you hundreds of euro over your child’s time in our school. You initially pay a deposit of €10 and then for a modest annual fee of €16 your child will receive excellent quality covered school books. He / she will also receive access to our virtual learning environments MNS Seesaw and MNS Google Classroom, access to €4000 worth of parallel readers and access to online subject materials in class. 
  • State of the art technology and digital learning - in each class we have new computers, Interactive HD Panels (no blackboard!) and a class webcam for video conferencing. We also have high speed fibre broadband, infant iPads and senior laptops. For our parents we have a one stop for all school App called Eolas. With this Eolas you can record your daughter’s / son’s absence, pay school bills and receive school communications. 
  • Sport - Our school has a long tradition of sporting success and we offer Gaelic Football coaching and after school leagues, Soccer coaching and lunchtime leagues, Basketball and lunchtime leagues, Rugby coaching, a school badminton championship, athletics, swimming lessons, lunchtime walking club, active schools and our annual Sports Day.
  • Drama - every year we produce a wonderful Christmas Production that runs over two evenings and one daytime matinee. All three shows are always sold out!
  • Music - Our School Choir perform at key school events and at the Peace Proms each year. We also have Recorder tuition from Music Generation and a traditional tin whistle group.
  • Green Schools - we have a long record of participation in the Green Schools Programme and have been awarded 10 Green Flags, one of the highest levels of awards in the country. We are also a Louth County Council 5 Star GROW awards school. We have a polytunnel and each class grow their own vegetables.
  • Ardee School Completion Programmes - SCP provide unique small group and individual early intervention programmes in our school including Play Therapy, Leadership for Life, Pyramid of Success and MAP programme.
  • The Sixth Class Challenge - This is a unique programme to Monastery National School and is designed to engage and motivate pupils in their final year of school. It is of great benefit in developing independence, positive self esteem, team spirit and positive behaviour among the pupils. For 6th class it is an exciting highlight of their final year with us.
  • Healthy Eating -We promote healthy eating through our Incredible Edibles programme.

We hope that you will consider all of the above when making a decision where to enrol your son or daughter in Junior Infants for September 2022. Please feel free to contact us if you have any queries at any time.