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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Today belongs to 5th and 6th class!!
What a fantastic morning with every child completing the almost 6km loop!! We are so proud of you all. When we have a total raised, we will share it with you. Congrats to Ravindra who crossed the finish line first! Huge thanks to Mr Breen and all the staff who participated and helped, to the parents who stewarded, ran/walked, prepared/donated refreshments. There was quite a spread on their return – and well deserved too!!

Thank you to Garda Ronan and Garda Katie who came out to give the children a send off with the siren!
The other pupils in the school gave the seniors a great send off and enjoyed their active disco on yard and a little Christmas treat as a reward. You all looked so great in your dress up clothes!!

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Masks in School – 01/12/2021

Dear Parents,

We have received instruction about mask wearing from children from 3rd-6th class inclusive. I have raised concerns with the Minister of Education, Norma Foley on this. While the situation is less than desirable, I have spoken to the teachers and children today about how we can uphold this directive in the most comfortable way possible for our children.

We are fortunate in that each classroom has an exit door. The facility for children to take self-directed mask breaks has been outlined and modelled with them today. If the child feels that they would like a breather they can simply walk to the open door and stand outside where they may take off their masks and take some deep breaths. Children do not need to ask permission for this. We have told them that they may listen to the birds and take in the view while they are there. There is no limit to the amount of times a child may do this. As a class they will be taking part in increased movement breaks throughout the day also, during which they may remove their masks.

Children with medical exemptions will not have to wear masks. Children should bring a zip lock bag for hygiene of the masks during mask breaks.

Parents of bus children, I would ask that you talk to your children about wearing masks on the bus.

As a staff, we are committed to providing the happiest possible atmosphere in the circumstances with emphasis on the lighter aspects of the curriculum and engagement in Christmas/winter themed activities. Our Amber Ambassadors for Mental Health have some ideas that should bring some light relief also over the next few weeks.

As principal, I didn’t sign up to policing the mask wearing of children in our school, yet this is where I find myself. I would like to maintain the relationship that I have with children and families and hope that you will accept my guarantee to you that we will do everything in our power to make mask wearing as bearable as possible in our school.

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Green school field trip!

1st and 2nd class had a fantastic field trip to John’s family business, None so Hardy Forestry. They learned lots about planting trees and were each given a rowan tree to take home! How kind!! Huge thanks Kate and family for this memorable trip.

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Confirmed case 28/11/2021

We have been advised of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our school. The HSE has advised that no action is required with a single case. No contact tracing will take place in this instance. We ask that you continue to be vigilant with your children and symptoms and keep them at home if they are unwell. Children presenting with symptoms in school will be sent home. It is essential that we work together to limit any spread.
We wish a speedy return to full health to the individual concerned.

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Update for parents regarding antigen testing and pods 26/11/2021

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Isolation guide for parents of children aged 3-13 dated 23/11/2021

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Science in Action in Rang 3/4!

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November Newsletter from our PA

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Super Healthy Friday!

The Student Council and Active Flag Committee of Scoil Ghormáin Naofa, Castletown, worked collaboratively to create a Super Healthy Day last Friday. The day kicked off with children arriving with their helmets and scooters to enjoy fun movement breaks throughout the day. There was great excitement with children zooming around the school yard!  The Student Council distributed a range of healthy breakfasts to each classroom. All of the produce was donated by local companies and shops. Salt Rock Dairy from Tara Hill provided delicious creamy milk and Staffords Bakery delivered multiple packs of their tasty brown soda bread. Student council member Ellen made healthy granola bars and Nutorious Nutrition donated jars of their signature granola.  Certainly the carbon footprint was minimal for this venture and children were made aware of the produce that is available locally. We would also like to acknowledge Lidl Arklow, Pettitt’s Supervalu Gorey and Tesco Arklow for generously supplying healthy low sugar cereals and fruit.All packaging was recycled, Salt Rock glass bottles will be reused and unopened cereal boxes were donated to the local Food Cloud collection. Even our pupils’ hens were fed the leftover cereal! We are delighted that this sustainability will satisfy the interests of our Green School committee who work hard to improve our practices all year round. The healthy, happy atmosphere feeds into the work being done by our Amber Ambassadors (for Mental Health).As part of our Active Flag, the action continued with pop music on the yard at breaktime. We want to encourage our students to move as much as possible and we aim to provide a variety of fun ways in which to do so, thus tapping into the interests of the various students. I would like to commend our staff and students for the collaboration in making the day so memorable. Mens sana in corpore sano! 

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