Sports & Physical Education
Introducing Mark Shaw our games master and PE coach
Swimming takes place in the Monkstown Pool and Leisure Centre during school hours. Instruction from qualified coaches begins in Junior Infants and continues to Sixth Class.
Boys and girls from Second Class up to Sixth Class take part in school rugby. For the younger pupils this means training during the week and Saturday mornings. For the older pupils, friendly matches and blitzes are arranged against other schools. All of our MPJS pupils enjoy proudly representing their school in a fun way. The Saturday morning training also involves lots of Dads imparting their knowledge to the boys and it's not clear who enjoys the coaching more, the boys or the Dads!
Multi sport classes take place every Thursday this is in addition to our PE class every Tuesday. Each term the pupils try out various different sports ranging from Hockey, to GAA, Cricket and lots more. Soccer coaching also takes place in MPJS and the school takes part in the AIJS (Association of Independent Junior Schools) annual league. Summer Soccer League takes place once the rugby season has finished and it includes pupils from Second Class to Sixth Class. The end of the soccer season sees Monkstown Park meeting tough competition in a game against another school - wearing the special school soccer jersey!
The pupils take part in weekly tennis lessons run by professional tennis coaches on the grounds of Monkstown Tennis club which is located directly across from our school. For the younger pupils tennis coaching takes place on the grounds of our school campus.
House Team Champions' Shield
The house teams Packenham, Knapton, Mounttown and Carrickbrennan battle it out each year for the Champions' Shield. All pupils join a house team from the moment they enter the school in Junior infants and stay on that team until the end of Sixth Class. Each house team has a mix of all classes and siblings are always kept on the same house team! There are many events, sporting and non-sporting, over the course of the school year where the reams can accumulate points. These include Talent Spots at Assembly, the Annual Conker Competition, the Christmas Quiz, the Swimming Gala, Art Competitions, House Posters and, finally, the last chance to win house points is always on school Sports Day! We continue to uphold the House team tradition that has been in the school for a number of years.
MPJS takes part in the 5K Community Walk in Kilbogget Park every October. The pupils, teachers (and their families) are very proud to take part in these fun events while representing their school.