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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

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Maths Week 2018!

There is a buzz about school this week with lots of activities being planned for Maths Week.
* 6th class are out in the fresh air this morning using the ipads to uncover QR codes which set Maths challenges for them! We love this integration of Maths and Digital Literacy!
* 1st and 2nd class will take a trip to Gorey library for their Mathsweek Lego event. On the way, they will complete Maths surveys about what they see
* There will be Maths trails around school this week
* There will be a lunchtime activity each day
Thank you to Ms. Carroll for all her hard work!
* I am running a Maths Eyes competition which I spoke to the classes about. Your child will use their Maths eyes to observe real life Maths in their home environment. This could be a clock that is circle shaped for a junior infant to a half eaten pizza (180 degrees,semi-circle) for middle classes and senior classes might spot more complex angles, shapes and numbers in their homes.
These entries can be emailed to me at the school address cns.iaswx@gmail.com. Please put Maths Eyes in the subject box. I will upload entries and give prizes to the winners on Friday. Good luck!

Here are some of our early Maths Eyes entries!

Henri: How many different shapes can you name? What patterns can you see? 

Isabelle: what fraction of the total number of blocks is each colour? How many blocks are there in total?

Robyn: What 3-d shape can you identify in my computer game? 

Fiadh: How many squares can you see? There may be more than you think!

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The Big Sing for Mental Health!

We are beyond proud of our students today. They sang beautifully, Aaron and Joseph played wonderfully. Their behaviour was excellent and they all looked so smart! I am very grateful to Ms. ní Shuilleabháin and Ms. Byrne for all the work and to Ms. McDevitt and Mr. Breen for their help. Enjoy!

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World Mental Health Day

Happy to all! Today we will have an extra mindfulness session. Our 3rd-6th class students will be looking at the Headbomz programme by They will also perform at The Big Sing for Mental Health on Friday.

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Our new Student Council

We are delighted to launch the new Students’ Council for the coming academic year. I know that those elected will do great justice in representing the voice of our most important people, our students!

The Council will be involved in fundraising, book swap ventures and many other initiatives! Many thanks to Ms. Whittle for organising and supporting our council.

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Renewing our Active Flag!

 

It is with great heart and enthusiasm that we embark on the renewal process for our Active Flag. Here at Scoil Ghormáin Naofa, we extol the importance of healthy minds and healthy bodies. If we have both, then we will have the tools to be great learners!

Our Active Flag coordinator, Ms. D’Arcy has a wonderful programme of events planned for the coming year. We kicked off this morning with Scooter day! What a fun Friday we are having! It was a joy to see our students whizz around the laps we had set up. Well done to all for remembering your helmets!

d90f25ce-f5ba-4ad3-89fa-8b286e2ca6c6 – Check out our Scooter video by clicking the link!

We had a fantastic lunchtime league with a valiant Dublin side emerging victorious! It was brilliant to see our own 6th class students referee in such an efficient and respectful way! Many thanks to Mr. Breen for coordinating and thanks to Anthony Masterson for popping  by. Best of luck in the next stage!

  

Rackard League and Mini 7s: Our girls and boys have had a super start to the Rackard League and Mini 7s tournaments. Our girls are playing particularly well this season! We are delighted to have Berney White on board this year to coach. Thanks to Ms Carroll, Mr Breen, Ms D’Arcy, Ms McDevitt, Siobhan and Carmel for their involvement and encouragement.

Our Parents’ Association are extremely supportive of our Active efforts and have a Hallowe’en disco planned for the last day of term. We will also work with them to plan another Croghan walk, based on our hugely successful walk last year.

Many thanks to the staff and students of Creagh College for facilitating  the GAA blitz that we attended last week. Our girls reached the finals to a tough Monamolin side. Our boys were runner up in the tug of war and Usha and Julie came 1st and 2nd respectively in the crossbar challenge. Thanks to Mick Kavanagh for supporting us!

    

 

SSE – We have reengaged with the School Self Evaluation process and have selected Physical Literacy as our area of focus. Ms D’Arcy and Mr. Breen are rolling out the project and our teachers are all on board. We will evaluate the progress of our junior infants specifically as they learn the fundamental skills of movement through the Move Well, Move Often programme. We hope that this will motivate them to be active in their whole lives!

Keep tuned for updates!

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Intergenerational Day

We had a really interesting visit from Castletown resident, Lena Leonard, who came to talk to our students about lifestyles from generations past. Lena has maintained traditional customs and lives a life without technology. Our children were fascinated and I was impressed by their recall when I asked them the next day! We were also delighted to welcome Ms. Byrne’s Mum too!

Many thanks to Lena and to Ms. Byrne for organising this very interesting event!

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September Corridor displays!

Our corridors are already awash with artwork and interesting displays! Click the link to browse……. http://castletownnationalschool.ie/gallery/2439-2/

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GAA Lunch time league

This term, our students are having great fun with the lunch time league. Mr. Breen has organised a fantastic league and it is great to see students taking on the role of referee. Our new Sports Code of Conduct reminds us that the referee’s decision is final! It is not an easy job but our students are playing and refereeing fairly. Well done all!

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Narrative writing: school competition!

This term, we are focusing on the Narrative Genre. Our whole school is working on this theme. We are running a writing competition and the theme is Hallowe’en. Our students are currently planning what they will write about. I can’t wait to read their spooky stories! There will be prizes for winners from each class. I will post some pictures of our Working Literacy Wall when we hang up winners’ entries.

Good luck everyone!!

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Welcome back!

Hello everyone, we are delighted to welcome you back to another exciting school year! We have some new members of staff; our new teachers are Niamh ní Shúilleabháin , Orla Morris and Sarah Carroll and our new SNAs are Fiona Byrne, Sharon Power and Angie Barnes.

We are looking forward to focusing on STEM as an area of interest this year. We are also implementing the new Primary Language Curriculum and Physical Literacy has been identified as our area for School Self Evaluation.

I have attached a file of photos of our new junior infants who are settling in really well!

First Day Pics

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