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), Barry Hughes (secretary), Martina Henkel, Catherine Thompson, Elaine Healy, Liam J O’ Rourke, Annette Murphy and Denise Hogan.
The PA meets once a month to discuss topics and issues that are specific to our school and our community.
They launch their first initiative on February 1st 2018. A group of ten Transition Year Students will participate in an internet safety workshop called ‘Be-smart’. The goal of this workshop is to equip our students with the tools and support to be safe on the internet. It will cover online reputation, social networking, online privacy and being responsible online. The workshop will also include 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.
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 ‘Sky Hawk’ by the author Gill Lewis and the First Year class N. Ruairi will represent North Monastery in OBOC. N. Ruairi, along with their English teacher, Mr Healy and the HSCL coordinator, Ms Coleman will read ‘Sky Hawk’ in the coming weeks.
OBOC promotes literacy and the importance of reading for pleasure. After reading the book, N Ruairi 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.