Welcome to our School Website.

Céad Míle Fáilte go Láithreán Scoil Ghormáin Naofa, Baile an Cáisleáin.

We are a vibrant child-centred school with the happiness of our pupils at the core of our ethos. We believe that if a child is happy, they have a better predisposition towards learning. Through our curricular and extra curricular teaching, we aim to promote the development of the whole person through a range of opportunities and multiple styles of learning. We pride ourselves on providing an atmopshere that is conducive to a happy and engaged schooling.

We hope that you enjoy your visit to our site and that you learn about all the range of activities we are involved in here in Scoil Ghormáin Naofa.

Is mise le meas,

Emer Russell


Telephone: 0402 37596

Email: secretarycastletownns@gmail.com

Twitter: @Castletown_NS

Established by Parish 1865

Recognised as National School 1872


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June fun!!

Click on the links to view the outdoor fun we had in June!

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A visit from a parent working in an app company!

Huge thanks to Francis’ dad who came in today to teach the senior students about online safety and what it’s like working for an app company. The Occulus VR headsets were the highlight of the visit – thank you!!! It is amazing to be able to enjoy digital learning in such an experiential, fun way

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Inspired by Maud Lewis – Nova Scotia

We are stunned by the beauty and individualism of these paintings by 3rd/4th class. They were inspired by the artist Maud Lewis – Nova Scotia. Looking and responding at its finest. Well done Ms. Ní Shúilleabháin and class!

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Hedgehog tracking!

Our Green School Committee is conducting research as part of a national tracking of hedgehogs this week. They have set out a little shelter with hedgehog suitable food and water. They have placed a mixture of oil and paint (it’s safe -we checked!!) so as to catch some footprints! So far we have no results but we have a hunch that there might be a family of hedgehogs around so fingers crossed they visit! Stay tuned!

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A visit from Carol Carr – Paralympic Gold Medalist!

We had a super opportunity today in that we welcomed Irish Paralympic gold medalist Carol Carr to our school. Carol brought her guide dog Arlo who was a hit with the children too! Carol shared her experiences as a female athlete with disablities and was most inspiring. We feel that it is so important to promote both inclusion and gender equality in sport so this was a fantastic experience and we are grateful to Lisa Hempenstall for arranging this visit. The children were enabled to see Braille and see Carol’s Hall of Fame certificate and her gold and bronze medals. We hope the children take something from this visit.

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Sports Day 2022


Many thanks to John Tobin for kindly capturing the many happy moments of our annual sports day. It was wonderful to welcome new faces to our school community as we welcomed incoming infants and their parents for induction. We were also delighted to welcome grandparents back as w

e had not had Grandparents’ Day this year.

This year was a special one as we introduced the Joe O’Shaughnessy Memorial Cup for the football penalty shoot out. Kiefer Shelly was the worthy recipient of the perpetual cup and we were grateful to Marcella O’Shaughnessy, Joe’s daughter, for presenting the cup and speaking about Joe. We were also pleased to welcome Joe’s wife Anne and their daughters Julie and Ellen.

Congratulations to Patrick Fanning who won the hurling penalty shoot out!

Enjoy the photos by clicking the link at the top of the post

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End of year ukulele concert!

WOW! What a treat we had today! Ms. Ní Shúilleabháin’s 3rd and 4th class performed a medley of their ukulele songs learned over the year with Diarmuid Comerford of Music Generation. We had violins, electric bass, percussion (from Diarmuid’s brother Michael) and guitar also! We had strumming, plucking, singing and percussion from the class. I am so proud of how well the Music Generation programme is embedding in our school and look forward to promoting ith further in the future. We definitely have musicians in our community. Each child looked so happy while playing – this makes it all worthwhile! Click the links below to view!

Huge thanks to Ms. Ní Shúilleabháin for her encouragement, enthusiasm and passion for music and to Fiona for supporting all the children along the way

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Split the Pot Bumper Draw!

I am delighted to reveal the prizes that are in store for our bonus winners in next week’s Split the Pot (30th June)! One prize has been kindly donated by Tabitha, Oscar and Phoebe’s Mum Niamh, who is proprietor of the fabulous Ruby Rouge. Niamh is donating a Mommy Makeover to the value of €250 which includes a personal shopping experience!! I know I will be buying extra entries this time!
Our second bonus draw is for a place in the brilliant Colour Club summer camp! Huge thanks to Rachel for donating this – I know it will be a week that the winner will never forget!
* Don’t forget the advance of €20 which will cover you for all summer draws and will make a huge difference to the PA and the school in providing the special experiences that are made possible by PA fundraising. So far we have had 35 sign up to the €20 payment – the PA is aiming for 100 entries to cover costs for September
* Entries can be made using envelopes, the PA paypal link
https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/castletownpa?country.x=IE&locale.x=en_US , Revolut @fionafy6k, or in cash at the stand on Sports Day – thank you in advance.

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We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded our STEM award yet again, qualifying for the top category – the plaque! Huge thanks to Ms. Whittle for coordinating and to the staff and students for their enthusiasm.

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Our Second Amber Flag!

We are so thrilled to have received our second Amber Flag! Well done to our hard working committee! We are so proud!

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