The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework was introduced in Moneystown in 2011. Aistear is an early years curriculum, it focuses on the importance of play in early years education. Each month the Aistear play areas are all centred around one specific theme. Children play in areas such as role play, small world and construction. There is a focus on language development in each area based on the current theme.
MNS has been taking part in the Green Schools Project for a number of years. The Green Schools programme is operated and co-ordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce. We have achieved 6 Greens Schhols Flags to date (Litter and Waste, Energy, Water, Travel, Biodiversity, Global Citizenship: Litter & Waste) and we are currently working on our 7th flag Global Citizenship: Energy. Our Green Schools Coordinator Ms. Tallon, along with the hard working Green Schools committee are active throughout the year promoting workshops in relation to Global Citizenship: Energy.
Moneystown NS achieved our Amber Flag in 2019. This flag represents our efforts in promoting positive mental health. Our first step was to establish an Amber Flag Committee. Our next step as a committee was to do an audit on our current practices to promote mental health and wellbeing. This audit showed us that as a school, we were doing quite a lot of positive activities already such as; run for fun, using visual timetables, giving golden time, providing reading areas, having school assemblies, rewarding achievements, recognising goals and giving alternative break time activities such as lego break or disco break. We set out to establish an amber flag noticeboard, a special wellness week (which incorporated a fundraising day for Pieta House) and to publish a newsletter or add a piece into an existing newsletter to promote Amber Flag activities. We had our wellness week on the 19th-22nd March 2019. This week was a fantastic event in which we had yoga classes, a regular ‘run for fun’, meditation, mindfulness, reading, feel good activities and of course our odd shoe day which raised money for Pieta House.
Moneystown National School is an inclusive school which continuously seeks to cater for the needs of pupils in our local community. As an extension to the continuum of support offered in our school, we were delighted to open our Special Class in September 2019. The Bluebell Room offers an alternative learning environment for our pupils. The enrolment is limited to 6 pupils and places are sanctioned by the SENO (Special Educational Needs Officer)and the NCSE (National Council for Special Education). The inclusion of this class in Moneystown has been very warmly welcomed. It stands as a testament to the ethos of the school and local community. The Board of Management are currently liaising with the Department of Education & Skills to secure funding for a purpose-built special class in the coming 24months.
The Daily Mile is a social activity wherein children run or jog, at their own pace, for 15 minutes every day during school hours with their classmates. Everyone has fun taking part - it is not P.E nor is it competitive - while building relationships, confidence and resilience.
Our school are active participants in Cumann na mBunscol Chill Mhantáin. We partake in the numerous GAA blitzes, both indoor and outdoor, from 3rd – 6th class for boys and girls. As well as the playing activities, we also have qualified Young Whistlers who referee our games and we annually participate in the county Tráth na gCeist entering numerous teams.
Moneystown National School is home to the Festine Lente Choir under the direction of Mary Tallon and Louise Conheady.The choir perform at a range of both school and community events throughout the year including School Concert, Parish Sale of Work, Sacraments and the annual Cake Sale. The school participates in a range of activities from the Music Curriculum, including tin whistle from Senior Infants to 6th Class & choir from 1st to 6th Class.Children from 3rd to 6th participated in Peace Proms in February 2018.