Green School

I am delighted to announce that we are currently purchasing items for our OUTDOOR CLASSROOM! We have seen that we are utilising our outdoor space so much more since the onset of Covid-19 and would like to continue to do so. Pictured is our gardening group who are going to collect ideas for our outdoor classroom from the student body. Also pictured, junior and senior infants ‘investigating’ outside.
We have a team of staff volunteers who are planning the classroom. We will get started with benches, tables and an outdoor blackboard. As we proceed we will share our wishlist with you as you may be (or may know someone) able to help/donate your time/donate an item. Our dream would be to have a chair similar to the one in the picture to make the area somewhat magical for the children. If you can help, we would really love to hear from you. School funds are tightly bound in cleaning costs currently so all creativity welcome!


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Combining our love of art, Hallowe’en and being a green school, here are some entries from our Hallowe’en decoration competition! Well done everyone!!

Castletown Crusaders!

The students of Scoil Ghormáin Naofa, Castletown are working towards making their school more sustainable. Last year, through their Junior Entrepreneur project, a water bottle made from recycled materials was introduced as part of the school uniform. The idea behind this is that it eliminates single use plastic bottles. Children are encouraged to refill their bottles from one of the fountains on the school yard so it compliments their healthy lunch policy also!

This September, the students have decided to ban glitter from Art lessons. Lots of children love using glitter but it was discussed at assembly how microplastics such as glitter have a devastating effect on marine life. At Scoil Ghormáin Naofa, the students are mindful of protecting marine biodiversity, having hosted a visit from RTÉ’s Éanna ní Lamhna last week. The school took an educational field trip to Clone beach where they investigated the ecosystems there. They learned about how to detect phosphates in the streamlet running into the sea.

Other initiatives include reducing litter in classrooms and the creation of junk art. We have a beautiful green field for play on dry days and we look after our wooded area here. Scoil Ghormáin Naofa has raised five green flags and has an active green school committee who wear their badges with pride!

Greta Thunberg is a real inspiration to the students who downed tools during assembly time on Friday, 20th September in support of Global Strike for Climate Change. This inspirational young eco warrior inspires the students at Scoil Ghormáin Noafa to see that our young people can and must change the world.

Biodiversity day

5th and 6th class students began a survey this week ahead of a Biodiversity workshop in connection with Heritage in Schools, scheduled for April.

Here they are working with numbers for planning!


Graeme and Jack were horrified by the amount of litter that was found in our school green area. We believe that it has blown in from the outside area as we are trying to be conscious of litter and recycling in school. Nathaniel would like to make a sign for outside saying ‘No litter’. Keep it up boys!

Heritage in schools

Today, 19-09-2019, we welcomed nature expert Éanna ní Lamhna to our school to talk to us about marine biodiversity at Clone Beach. We enjoyed a beautiful walk to the beach that is just on our doorstep and had some play time while we were there. We learned about natural grasses and how the environment affects the ecosystems on the beach. We hope everyone enjoyed their day.


Raising the Green Flag!

At Sports Day, we had the pleasure of raising our new Biodiversity flag for the first time! We congratulated Ms. McDevitt and the Green School Committee on their hard work and praised how they made the initiative so interactive for all the students. Our green school committee will be rewarded with ice cream and pizza before the school year is out!

Pictured: Diarmuid, Conor, Harry, Erin and Aaron

Our new Green School Motto! 

Congratulations to Harry and Sophia who are our Green School Motto winners. They received lovely eco-friendly prizes. We love both their slogans and the artwork!

Field Trip! 

There was such excitement today when our junior and senior infants embarked on a trip to the duck pond in Arklow. There they observed native wildlife including a swan and her cygnets! They really enjoyed the fairy door trail too!

To end the trip the children played in the playground and had a picnic. They got a huge surprise when Ms. Russell arrived with ice pops. We hope that they have lovely memories from today!

Well done to all on super behaviour!

Castletown Spring Clean Up 2019! 

Congratulations to our civic minded students who gave of their spare time to clean Castletown last weekend! We are very proud of them! Ms. Byrne rewarded them for their efforts!

Pictured: Eimear, Usha and Ravindra

Christmas recycling competition! 07-12-2018

Well done to all our upcycling artists who won prizes today for the Christmas decoration challenge!

Overall winners: Izaac, Charlotte and Freya!

Imagine, this material could just have been dumped! Now look how beautiful it has become!


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Yo! 

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. 23-11-2018

A visit from our feathered friends!

Today (23-10-2018) was such a fun and memorable day for our students as they got to experience a bird workshop with Colin Travis. We saw owls and hawks and even got to hold them using a special bird glove! Colin was so patient and kind towards our pupils, giving each one enough time to enjoy their experience. One reminded us of Hedwig from Harry Potter!

This experience falls under the SESE umbrella as we investigate the habits and lifestyles of these beautiful birds. It also comes under the Green Flag heading as it is part of biodiversity.

It’s a thumbs up from Cian!

Autumn fun!

We are loving the abundance of crunchy autumn leaves in all their shades of crimson, brown and gold! Children were making ‘leaf angels’ – a warmer, drier version of snow angles!! They also loved making leaf men and throwing leaves at one another!

Summer fun! Our trip to Clones beach!

Check out our gorgeous photos of our school mini field trip to Clones beach. This fulfilled the active aspect of our Biodiversity flag project. Thank you to Ms McDevitt who organised and to Julie Robertson for coming to talk to our school about coastal care.

How lucky are we to have this on our doorstep! Memories are made of this……

Green school flag – news!!

Greenschool Award
It is with great pride and excitement that we can announce that we have got our 5th Green flag!!!!  Yes we have our Biodiversity flag!!  Well done to all involved, especially the committee.  Our garden is flourishing and we have a lot of pictures to take of it during the coming months to prove ourselves to An Taisce.  We also have to keep sending in lots of evidence that we are doing all we have promised to do, so our trip to the beach will have to be documented well.  We will undertake this big adventure in June as the weather is not on our side.
We will be awarded our Green flag in Kilkenny on the 22nd of May along with all the other schools in the southeast.  Two lucky children from the committee will get to go and receive the flag.
I would like to commend Ms. Mc Devitt for all her dedication and to our wonderful student council – well done!!!

At Assembly on Friday, we had a really interesting presentation from our Green School Committee members around the theme of biodiversity. We explored what biodiversity is and looked at different types of habitats.

Our students are now taking part in Spring Watch – students can record first sightings of new life with our green school committee and may even receive a little treat from Ms. Russell!

Thanks to Ms. McDevitt for all her hard work and dedication in the green school initiative. Thanks too to Carmel for maintaining our crocus plants. They have now been arranged into a star shape in memory of the children who were lost in the holocaust. #crocusday

Future plans include the creation of a bug hotel! Watch this space!



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An Taisce Green Flag Award:


As we all know by now Biodiversity is our theme for our upcoming flag renewal.  We have elected a new committee which includes the following people: Katie Kinsella, Jack Kenny, Harry Ryan, Conor Fanning, Aaron Halford, Erin Cunningham, Niall O’Shaughnessy, David Byrne, Carmel, Ms McDevitt and Ms D’Arcy.  They are going to fill us with all the knowledge they are learning about Biodiversity throughout the year.  We have all undertaken a survey with “The Great Plant Hunt” to find out what our knowledge of Biodiversity is and we will retake this survey in June hoping to see a big improvements.  We plan on keeping a small corner of the field for wildlife and possibly have a bug hotel to encourage more wildlife to visit.  When the weather improves in the spring we will take part in another programme called the Eco Rangers which involves us recording things we find on various nature walks.  Any parents that would like to help out with this exciting flag please contact Ms McDevitt.