Active Flag 2018-2019


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!


We offer heartiest congratulations to the winning Castletown team on their victory yesterday! The children were delighted to welcome these local celebrities to school with the silverware !! It was great inspiration for the next generation of players. Thanks for the lollies! We like to think it was down to our rap!!


Healthy Eating in a Healthy School

Click on the links for information around healthy eating and some ideas for tasty, healthy lunches!

Lunchtime League

Great fun was had at the arena yesterday when our lunchtime league winners went on to represent Scoil Ghormáin Naofa. We were thrilled that they got to the final! Congratulations to Tara Hill NS who were victorious. Many thanks to Mr. Breen for organising.



School Self Evaluation: Physical Literacy – Move well, move often.

Ms. D’Arcy recorded three junior infants earlier this school year. You can view the recordings below. Their progress will be monitored and reviewed shortly!



Equestrian Achievement!

Congratulations to Jordan Murphy who won gold at his equestrianevent in Cork! What a fantastic achievement, Jordan! We are very proud of you!

St. Stephen’s Day run – winners!

Congratulations to Oisín, Niall and Conor who were first across the line in their respective categories at the St. Stephen’s Day run in Castletown! We love their active spirit! I’m sure they worked up a great appetite for the selection boxes!

Ms. D’Arcy has begun the process of applying for the renewal of our Active Flag. She has some great ideas! Our Run Around Europe has been a huge success. Mr. Breen’s class has almost reached Rome! Stay tuned for further exciting Active Updates!

Active School Motto Competition

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!


Mini 7s tournament – Scoil Ghormáin Naofa is tops!

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!


Playground Leadership

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!

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!

Hallowe’en fun!

We had a great morning on the last day of our first half term. Everyone came to school dressed up and we had a Hallowe’en Wake up Shake up on yard to get the juices flowing! We love being an active school!! Those who moved really well were tapped on the shoulder to indicate that they had won a homework pass!

We also had the pleasure of awarding our literacy narrative story writing competition winners. The standard was so high which reflected all the work the teachers had done around the genre. Ms. Gilmartin Ryan and Ms. D’Arcy had tough decisions to make when adjudicating! We will run another writing competition before Christmas with regard to our new literacy genre.

Many thanks to our PA who organised a brilliant disco at The Golden Anchor. It was a really active fundraiser and there were some really great dancers there!


Lunchtime League

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!


GAA Updates –  Hallowe’en 2018

Boys GAA:
Straight from the first week back our football teams were right in the thick ofit. The Mini 7s team got through their first round with great wins over Loreto, Gorey and Gaelscoil, Gorey. They are now hoping to go a step further in the second round of the competition.
The Rackard League team is also progressing very well with fantastic wins
over St. Josephs of Gorey and Bunclody. These wins put them through to an A
quarter final against Ballindaggin. The Teams are showing great interest, discipline,
work rate and team work during each and every day they take to the field.
The school also ran our own All Ireland series during lunch, which proved very
popular and served up some very exciting games. A lot of credit must go to both
5th and 6th class who helped run the competition. Well done to all the boys and
girls who took part from 3rd to 6th class. A special congratulations to Dublin who
came out on top after a hard fought final game against Wexford. A boys and girls team also attended the Creagh College annual football blitz. It was a very enjoyable day with both
teams representing the school superbly. Finally I would like to thank all who help
out with the GAA, especially the parents for their great support, Carmel, Ms. Russell,
Kevin Morris and Michael Kavanagh for all the organising, training and support
throughout the term. We are looking forward to what the GAA will bring after the mid-term break. Niall Breen

Girls GAA:
The girls Rackard league football team have been super! Having played 4
matches, they won 3 out of 4 games, beating Crannford, Monageer and Oulart.
Our Mini 7s team had one enjoyable day out. They played Tara Hill and
Ballythomas in the blitz. Both tough games. We overcame Tara Hill but
Ballythomas were in a league of their own having lost only two players from
last year and being defending County champions. Maith thú cailiní.
Huge thanks to Berney White for giving his time and help with Rackard league
and Mini 7s.

The girls had great success at the Creagh college blitz as well. They reached the
final and played magnificently against a strong Monamolin team. Usha and Julie
made the cross bar challenge final also with Usha taking the title. Both girls were
super. Paula D’Arcy

Pictured: Our wonderful Rackard League Girls’ Team who made the finals!

Active School Flag

Scoil Ghormàin Naofa was proudly awarded The Active School Flag in 2016 after much hard work and dedication from staff and the Active Flag committee.

It has been a busy term for Active school flag activities. To begin with, we had our ‘Bring your scooter to school day,’ which was a great success and we look forward to doing it again. We have also selected a new committee; our members are Michael Kavanagh, Shayla Donnery, Jennifer Allen, Sophia White, Niamh Kavanagh and Harry Nicholls.

Our new committee have been busy with the ASF motto competition and listening to ideas for Active Ideas from their peers.  The winner of this competition was Cáit Gregan with the very catchy ‘ Hop, skip, jump and play. Let’s get active every day!’

Active Week – day 5

We rounded off Active Week in style with a Friday full of fun! We started the day with an epic circuit course organised by Mr. Breen and supported by Fiona. There were over 18 stations!!  We had fun in the sun at each station whilst listening to some great music in the background!

We then welcomed former #1 Women’s tennis seed, Yvonne Doyle to speak with our students. Yvonne is also a mindfulness coach and each class took part in some coached mindfulness after a busy week!

There were various activities during the day and the week finished with ‘Walk a Mile with a Smile’. It was great to see so many parents there too! Ms Gilmartin Ryan cheered on the walkers at various intervals and it looked like great fun!

We had such a super week. We are most grateful to Ms D’Arcy and all the parents, teachers and SNAs who got involved. THANK YOU!

Active Week – days 3 and 4!

I am just catching up on an epic two days!
Yesterday, we had the honour of welcoming Castletown’s own Mary Hickey to mark her Lap of the Map achievement. She gave a wonderful Q&A session to our very interested students and we were delighted to welcome members of her own family and Fr. McCarney to the talk. Thank you to the PA who again facilitated the refreshments.
The weather was on our side today as we embarked on our walk up Croghan. Big thanks to the site workers for stewarding the parking and giving us such a warm welcome. I was delighted at how well the children behaved and I didn’t see a trace of litter afterwards!
We then came back to sunny Castletown where we enjoyed the finals of the Mini World cup, refereed by Pete O’Brien and organised by Mr Breen. Well done to all! Following that, there was the tense basketball game between parents/teachers and students. The teachers/parents  won so we won’t penalise those who tackled us!!
Tomorrow, we welcome former Women’s #1 tennis seed, Yvonne Doyle to talk to our senior classes. Yvonne is also a mindfulness  coach and will be giving classes during the morning.
We will start at 9 with Wake up Shake up – this time organised by Mr. Breen. I wonder what he has in store?!
At 2 pm, we conclude Active Week with ‘Walk a Mile with a Smile’and we would love to see you all there!!

Many thanks again to Ms. D’Arcy for the wonderful week.



Active Week – day 2!

Today started off with a bang, or a boom, as 5th class taught the floss dance to the school. Shayla explained like a pro!! ‘Boom’ was played over the speakers and the sun shone! Well done to Siofra and Daniel who demonstrated! We also had a master class in shuffling from some 6th class students.

We saw the infant classes take part in their Tug of War competition! How can they look so cute and fierce all at the same time!

We keep bumping into other classes outdoors as we avail of the great weather and the fantastic activities that have been planned for us. We are having a ball!

Pictures to follow….

Active Week – Day 1! 14/-5/2018

Wow, what a start to Active Week! We began this morning with Wake up, Shake up led by Ms McDevitt who taught us all Zumba!! It was so much fun! What a way to kick start a Monday. It was great to have some parents take part too! Check out our video!


We then had a tug of war demo which was organised by Ms. D’Arcy and today it was the turn of 3rd and 4th class to pull with all their might! We think these pictures are just great!!

An Apple a Day…..

Many thanks to Graeme and Robyn’s dad Shane and his colleague Amy of Sprint College who gave of their time to do a healthy eating workshop with each class today (27/04/2018)! The children enjoyed a crunchy fresh apple whilst they learned about the food pyramid! The level of questioning was great from the children and Shane and Amy had put together a really interesting presentation for each level!

We are so lucky to have such interested parents among us. Just another example of our wonderful relationship with parents.

Thanks to Ms D’Arcy who coordinated this experience as part of our Active School work.

Parental involvement

Today, (08-02-18), Ms. D’Arcy had a really productive meeting with our Active School Committee parents! Aideen, Peter and Shane brought some really innovative ideas to the table and we will keep you posted as to what will be unfolding soon!! Watch this space! Thanks to all involved.

Scooter Day

We had another successful scooter day on February 2nd. The weather was on our side too! All our participating students had great fun whizzing around the one way system set up for scooter day. What a great way to end the week!

*Click below for video*


Parents Needed

We are looking for a parent for our new committee. So if you are interested in helping in a small or big way please let Ms. D’Arcy know.

Sam Maguire dropped in for a quick visit too. We live in hope that our rising football stars will bring him back to Wexford some day!

The pupils have been busy with Hip Hop and hurling since Halloween as well.

The Junior and senior infants have had fun with chalk also. On Friday 8th December they were let loose with chalk to draw pictures or games on the yard. Great fun was had by all.

‘Hop, skip, jump and play let’s get Active every day.’

The following are the list of winners and all received wonderful sporty prizes such as, footballs, basketballs, huge tennis ball, shin pads, sporty drinks bottles.

2nd places: PJ Crotty and Aedin Condren

3rd places: Ross Higgins and Lizzy Morris

Runners up: Shane Ivanoff, Robyn Prendergast and Ruby Fegan.

The winning entries can be seen on our ASF notice board.

A huge well done to the mini 7’s boys’ team on their great win and finally, well done to all the children who represented our school at different sporting events in 2017.

We are entering 2018 with an enthusiastic attitude and our teachers are embracing ‘Move Well, Move Often’, facilitated by Ms. D’Arcy, into their teaching. Stay tuned for more activity!

Happy exercising, Ms.D’Arcy.




Now it is soccer’s turn! Today we start our Mini World Cup leagues at break and lunchtime. Thanks so much to our Active School coordinator, Ms D’Arcy for all the work! Thanks also to Mr. Breen for refereeing!