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Welcome to our School Website.

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

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

Is mise le meas,

Emer Russell

Principal

 

Telephone: 0402 37596

Email: secretarycastletownns@gmail.com

Twitter: @Castletown_NS

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School’s out for summer!

Here is a message from Ms. Russell wishing you all a happy and healthy summer.

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Virtual Sports day 2020

We may have been apart but that did not detract from the unity of sports day this year. Thanks to Ms. D’Arcy for coordinating a fantastic day in connection with Healthy Kidz. For three weeks, students uploaded their daily practices in welly throw, sprint, marathon, strength, egg and spoon and obstacle course activities.

Ms. Byrne’s class were the outright winners and will receive yummy fruit pots in September. Top class participants will also win fruit pots.

We were delighted to be top of the national leaderboard yesterday! 

Here is a gallery of our activity – enjoy!

Here are some videos of our active students!

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Welcome, new infants!

We are really looking forward to welcoming the newest members of our school community this September. This year has not allowed us to have the traditional welcome that we would normally extend to students and their families so we hope that the Zoom connections, videos and emails have helped somewhat. Below are some supports that may help you prepare for the transition to school in September. Be reassured that we are on hand to nurture your child as they enter school for the first time!

This is an excellent padlet of resources to help:

https://padlet.com/lilacsars/u1mmvkzfeqrjpc2z

This link is to a government site aimed at preparing students for the transition

https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/1e8a3-lets-get-ready/?referrer=http://www.gov.ie/letsgetready/

Here is a lovely, classic story that may help your child to visualise starting school. All the details are not exactly the same but it will give the sense of what school is like. You could ask them to imagine what their favourite activities might be.

This is a set of books around the theme of starting school. They are available on Oxford Owl. Parents can sign up for free at the moment to this great reading site. It will continue to be a useful reading site throughout school!

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/starting-school/books-about-starting-school/

 

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Farewell to our 6th class!

There is no debating the fact that our 6th class students have missed out on a great deal. Their last few months play on the school field, the debating county final, Rackard League hurling, final school tour, bending the rules a little ….the list goes on

We have tried to mark this occasion with a special souvenir newsletter compiled by all the staff who care for you and will miss you greatly. I am also grateful to the other community members who contributed to this newsletter.   I hope that you all enjoy this souvenir and we hope to see you very soon.

I hope you like your special badge and cert. We will sort your leavers’ hoodies when social distancing allows us to organise sizing

In the meantime, have a wonderful summer!

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Talking to your child about racism

Black Lives Matter is a cause that should not only affect adults but children too. Here are some resources that might help you to have discussions with your children. Thank you to those who shared these resources with me.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gz8yo0_I7BQ

The Elmer series of books celebrate diversity and colour differences at an elementary level. The song at the link above is a fun way of sharing a really important message

Reading Material: Today FM provide a list of appropriate reading material recommended by parents. See link below

https://www.todayfm.com/best-bits/books-kids-read-learn-racism-1026357

This article provides some language that may aid conversations with your children around this topic

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This article from The New York Times recommends talking to your child about racism from an early age.  Click on the link below

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At Scoil Ghormáin Naofa we are committed to the creation of an inclusive environment which celebrates all cultures.

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Virtual Sports Day 2020!

We are delighted to launch our preparations for Virtual Sports Day today! This morning, our families will be downloading their apps which will allow them to record their daily activities. There’s something for everyone; from sprint to egg and spoon to welly throw! I think there will be great competition amongst the classes! Huge thanks to Mr. Breen and Ms. D’Arcy for coordinating and to all the teachers for rolling it out with their classes. Check out https://healthy-kidz.com for more info!

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Virtual Sports Day 2020!

We are delighted to launch our preparations for Virtual Sports Day today! This morning, our families will be downloading their apps which will allow them to record their daily activities. There’s something for everyone; from sprint to egg and spoon to welly throw! I think there will be great competition amongst the classes! Huge thanks to Mr. Breen and Ms. D’Arcy for coordinating and to all the teachers for rolling it out with their classes. Check out https://healthy-kidz.com for more info!

 

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Amber Flag Award!

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing our first Amber Flag for the promotion of positive mental health in our school. Amber Flag is run by Pieta House.

Now more than ever, we value the importance of positive mental health and mental resilience. We look forward to building on our mental health practices when we return to school.

We believe that our Amber Flag and Active Flag work well in tandem with one another. A healthy mind in a healthy body.

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First Holy Communion

A message for our students who were due to make their First Holy Communion this weekend. 💙❤️💜

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Suite of Parenting Supports for wellbeing during Covid19

Thank you to Mums Anna and Fiona for sharing some of these resources with us. We hope you find them useful

This is a lovely little book which may help little ones with worries around Covid19 https://en.calameo.com/read/000777721945cfe5bb9cc?authid=Xu9pcOzU3TQx

This Axel Scheffler animated book/video may help to explain Covid19 https://nosycrow.com/blog/actor-hugh-bonneville-to-voice-audio-for-nosy-crows-coronavirus-book-for-children/

Barnardos have a phone line to support parents at this time. There is also a resource page at the following link: https://www.barnardos.ie/how-you-can-help/fundraising/covid-19-crisis-appeal-for-children/support-for-parents-during-covid-19-crisis

Author Emma Cahill was with us before Christmas to read her book, ‘Under the Mask’, for our children. It was a huge hit with the students. Emma has written a free downloadable story that is available at the following link and also deals with managing positive mental health. http://www.emmacahill.ie/inside-feelings/

This article explores ways to support your child’s anxieties at this time

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/keeping-the-learning-going-at-home-childrens-wellbeing-a-practical-guide-to-talking-to-your-child-about-their-feelings-and-worries-39196087.html

National Council for Special Education: supports for distance learning  for children with additional needs

Primary Development Support Service : some wonderful resources for mental well being at this time

https://www.pdst.ie/pp/healthwellbeing/distance-learning#Student%20Wellbeing

Online resources for home learning during the Covid 19 restrictions

 

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