ARDEE Monastery National School senior quiz team achieved a first in the long history of the school by winning the Credit Union Quiz regional chapter and qualifying for the All-Ireland final in the RDS, Dublin on 3 April. The school had previously won the local final of the Credit Union quiz.
Monastery NS Senior Quiz then advanced to the regional chapter final in the Fairways Hotel at the beginning of March.
The team was well prepared by Ms Taaffe and ably assisted by former staff member Ms McCaghey.
Teams from all over Cavan, Monaghan and Louth were competing and at the end it came down to a tie break between Monastery NS and Scoil Róis, Carrickmacross.
Monastery NS won the tie break and now compete in the All-Ireland Final.
This is a great achievement for the school which was newly extended and refurbished last year.
This refurbishment represented an investment of over €2.8 million Euro by the Department of Education.
The school now has nine mainstream classrooms with ensuite toilets, three lerarning support rooms, one language support room and a new gymnasium.
The refurbishment included six new classrooms, eight refurbished classrooms, new administration offices and a new gymnasium.
The new building also provides a secure and enclosed infant yard and a large senior yard. The school with the help of local sponsors has also invested heavily in technology and each classroom has a new interactive whiteboard.