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,
Congratulations to Shane Ivanoff who won 1st place in the Active School Motto competition and was awarded with the other prizewinners at assembly last Friday. His motto was: ‘Any shape, any size, everyone can exercise. Let’s get active!’. There was great humour and wit in the entries and Ms. D’Arcy and the Active Council found it tough to adjudicate! The prizes were all suitably active too! Well done Shane! It is great to see this motto in action in school as classes complete their walk around Europe!
We are excited about our upcoming visit from Mary Allen, Mum to Jennifer, John and Lily Mae, who will come to teach us about Coding! Mary works in Microsoft and will teach coding through the medium of Minecraft. We warmly welcome parental involvement here in Scoil Ghormáin Naofa. #STEM
We are delighted to have been shortlisted to win the Robert Dunbar Memorial book bursary to the value of €2,500. Winners will be informed in the new year so we are keeping everything crossed! Oh what a treat it would be to inject such a vast stock of new books into our library!
Call Out for The Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries 2018
What an awesome afternoon with ! We learned so much about recycling through puppetry, tricks and comedy! Many thanks to Cliona from for providing this lovely treat!
We learned about landfills, reusing glass bottles and about the excess of paper that is dumped when it could be recycled! We will think twice in future! As we are a green school, we are committed to consciously recycling in our school.
We are immensely proud of our Mini 7s boys team who emerged victorious from a pool of 78 schools! They played a valiant Glynn side in the final and we thank Glynn for a great match. We will hold a civic reception in honour of our players next Friday and look forward to inviting parents and local club members.
Here is a report from one of our players, Mikey Kinsella:
It was a great match with Fionn and Conor flying up the midfield. When the high ball went up everyone was relieved when Fionn caught it. The ball went to Joseph but was intercepted by a player from the Glynn team. The first half score was 1-2 to 1 goal, in favour of Glynn. As we jogged off of the pitch we got a roaring from Mr Breen and Mick Kavanagh! In the second half the ball was down at the Castletown half but it was no match for Kyle Fegan, Mikey Kinsella and Diarmuid Brady in the backs. In the last five minutes we knew what we had to do. Mikey caught the ball and booted it up to Joseph, who crossed it to Dylan Bealin, who put it in the back of the net. Castletown were in the lead by one point. Glynn had hit it to their forward but it was no match for Fionn and Mikey who quickly shut him down.The final whistle blew and there were celebrations from everyone supporting Castletown!
Discover Primary Science
We are delighted to announce that we are embarking on the Discover Primary Science award this coming year. As such, teachers will be engaging in continuous professional development to support this initiative. We have purchased new STEM boxes with resources for lessons and we have field trips planned for classes over the year. As part of Maths week, 1st and 2nd class visited Gorey Library where they engaged in a Lego engineering workshop. Junior and Senior infants will go on a field trip to Wexford Wildfowl Reserve on December 6th. We will post photos of this tour later.
Ms. Whittle coordinated a super science fair once again this year. Representatives from each class demonstrated experiments that the whole class had investigated and ably recounted the rationale behind each. Parents were welcomed to visit the fair. Click the link to view an experiment from Ms. ní Shuilleabháin’s class. They had to create a contraption that would prevent an egg from cracking when it was dropped from a height. Here we see one that has had a balloon attached to slow down the fall. The egg was cushioned in a cosy box which was lined with lots of different material. Well done!
Pictured is our team of playground leaders who recently completed training with Ms. D’Arcy and are now active leaders on yard! Leadership takes many forms in our school and we are delighted to see it in our students!
Playground leadership is part of our Active Flag portfolio of activities. It has been warmly received by teachers, students and leaders!
We are tremendously proud of our inaugural debating team who were victorious in a closely contested debate in Bunscoil Loreto, Gorey. They opposed the motion that non-voters should have a fine imposed on them and were hugely convincing. The debate was ably adjudicated by Theresa Hughes who congratulated both sides saying that it was the most difficult debate that she had adjudicated.
Next debate takes place in St. Kevin’s, Tara Hill on Nov 27th! Thanks to Ms. ní Shuilleabháin for leading and coordinating, Ms Byrne and Ms D’Arcy and Carmel for their coaching and support and to Ms. Gilmartin Ryan for her adjudication in the dress rehearsal.
We welcome debating as an exciting new initiative in our school and see already that it has an all encompassing effect on our wider student population who are learning about civics, oral language and SESE through the process
Pictured: Síofra, Rachel, Dylan, Erin (captain), Aedín and Joseph
A message from our Student Council:
We would like to thank everyone who brought in a shoebox this year. In total we got 85 boxes! We would like to thank everyone for supporting Team Hope and helping children in Eastern Europe and Africa. The children who receive your shoebox will be delighted with it! It is very important to look after the children who are less fortunate than we are, especially at Christmas time because they deserve a nice Christmas too. We are delighted to have sent all the shoeboxes over and we hope to do it all again next year!
Jennifer Allen and Sophia White