The North Monastery Secondary School is very proud of its Parents Association and it has a long history of supporting the school in various initiatives over the years.
Current members of the PA are:
Liam H O’ Rourke (chairperson), Martina Henkel, Catherine Thompson, Elaine Healy, Liam J O’ Rourke, Annette Murphy, Denise Hogan, Susan Heslem and Samantha Heaphy.
The PA meets once a month to discuss topics and issues that are specific to our school and our community.
In February 2019, our PA arranged for a group of ten Transition Year Students to participate in an internet safety workshop called ‘Be-smart’. The goal of this workshop was to equip our students with the tools and support to be safe on the internet. The ‘Be-Smart’ workshop covered important topics such as online reputation, social networking, online privacy and being responsible online. The workshop also included a tour of the European Operations Centre at Trend Micro and a career chat with Trend Micro mentors.
As our school moves forward, we know that our very committed Parents Association will provide support in other topical issues for both students and parents of North Monastery.
Mental Health Event in the North Mon
Adult Education Classes
Please click on the link below for information on Adult Education Classes.
Jigsaw Workshop (Supporting Young People’s Mental Health)
The Parents Association of the North Monastery invite you to a very important event on March 14th 2019. Geraldine Gannon from ‘Jigsaw’ will be here to present a workshop on how you can support a young person’s mental health. This event takes place at North Monastery Secondary School at 6.30 pm. Jigsaw have already been to the North Mon and have delivered a workshop to the staff. They will also be working with our Second Year Students in March 2019.
Please get behind this event, it would be great to see you there!
The Parents Association want to remind you that if you have any queries, questions or anything that you feel we might be able to attend to, please write it down and post it in this letterbox. Thank You!
Internet Safety Workshop
The Parents Association of the North Monastery invite you to a very important event on Monday 19th November. Avril Ronan from Trendmicro will be here to present a workshop on Internet Safety and how to keep your son safe while using the internet. This event takes place at school at 7 pm.
The Parents Association has placed a letter box in the reception area of the school. If you have any queries, questions or anything that you feel we might be able to attend to, please write it down and post it in this letter box. Thank You!
The Parents Association recently hosted a very important workshop at school called SafeTALK. This 3-hour workshop teaches a person to become a ‘suicide –alert helper’.
Thank you to ‘Breaking the Silence’ in Cobh for providing us with the opportunity to educate our school community on this very important topic. Many parents and teachers attended this workshop. We hope you found it beneficial.
Cork Walking Week
Cork Walking Week takes place in May. The PA invite you to take a local walk with us and get the Northside walking!
Our first walk takes place on Monday the 30th of April at 7 p.m. Please meet us by the school gates for a walk and a chat!
Other walking dates are Monday the 7th, 14th and 21st of May.
Home School Community News
One Book One Community
Every year the schools in our community participate in a communal reading programme. This is called One Book One Community (OBOC). This year the book chosen is called ‘Wonder’ by the author RJ Palacio and the First Year class N. Aodan will represent North Monastery in OBOC. N Aodan, along with their English teacher, Ms Harold, and the HSCL coordinator, Ms Coleman will read ‘Wonder’ in the coming weeks.
OBOC promotes literacy and the importance of reading for pleasure. After reading the book, N Aodan will take part in various art projects both inside and outside of school. It is our hope that some parents will get involved during this process. The art will be displayed in Blackpool Library during the annual Lifelong Learning festival.