World Book Day and Pyjamas Day!

What a fantastic day! Our students loved arriving in their array of nightwear and enjoyed breakfast together. We had so much World Book Day activity throughout the day, including buddy reading and a thoroughly enjoyable dramatisation of We’re going on a Bear Hunt by 6th class!

For more information, check out the report by our wonderful Student Council at their tab!


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Grandparents’ Day

What a wonderful time we had last Friday, celebrating Grandparents’ Day! We deferred the date so that travelling grandparents could avail of the Bank Holiday time with their families. The day started with a beautiful Mass concelebrated by Fr. John and Fr. David. 6th class played tin whistle and there was beautiful music throughout. Many children read prayers and brought gifts. Thank you to Ms. Byrne for her hard work.

After the Mass, our wonderful Parents’ Association provided a lovely reception with treats donated by our families. The reception area was beautifully decorated in appreciation of our special guests, our grandparents.

Each class performed their festival piece for grandparents which was greatly enjoyed by all.

Throughout the day a candle was lighting in memory of our beloved grandparents who we have loved and lost.


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Céilí rehearsal – Seachtain na Gaeilge

Check out the cuteness of this buddy rehearsal for our céilí this Thursday for Seachtain na Gaeilge! Many thanks to 3rd/4th class for teaching their younger counterparts the steps! We hope it stays fine for Thursday!!


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Arklow Music Festival

Wow – what a week we had performing in various competitions at Arklow Music Festival. Each class entered and I was immensely proud of all their performances!

A special word of congratulations must go to Mr. Breen and Ms. ní Shuileabháin who won first prize for their rendition of ‘There’s a Monster in the Garden’, by David Harmer.

Below is a breakdown of winners:

Ms. Whittle (jnr and snr infants) – 2nd in Action Poem

Ms. Carroll (1st and 2nd class) – Very Highly Commended in Action Song

Mr. Breen and Ms. ní Shuilleabháin (3rd and 4th class) – 1st Place in Action Poem

Ms. Byrne (6th class) – Very Highly Commended in Action Poem

Individual Verse Speaking:

1st place

2nd place: Síofra Higgins, Usha Daly O’Toole,

Very Highly Commended: Charlie Church, Louise Foley, Rachel Wolohan

Highly Commended: Ravindra Daly O’Toole, Oisín White

Solo singing – Charlie Church 1st place


1st: Síofra Higgins and Rachel Wolohan

Diarmuid O’Shaughnessy and Jennifer Allen – Highly Commended


2nd – Aedín Condren

Congratulations to Ms. D’Arcy whose Speech and Language students did so well!!

While it is fantastic to win, we also remember that taking part and being good sports is just as important! We will have the memory of facepaint, costumes, rehearsal and team work with us all our lives.

Thank you to all the teachers and SNAs who prepared the children so well.

All at Scoil Ghormáin Naofa wish Arklow Music Festival a very happy 50th anniversary!!


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Literacy in action

Today we launched our literacy competition for this term. Our genre this time is Recount and all children will write their recount based on their experience of Arklow Music Festival, thus combining English, Art, Music, Drama and SPHE. Good luck to all!

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Pancake Tuesday!

Happy Pancake Tuesday to all! Thanks to our wonderful parents who came in to serve up these delightful treats to our hungry students! Nutella came out tops once again!!

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Heart Skips a Beat Skipathon!

We had an amazing Skipathon on Valentines day! Our themes were ‘Healthy Hearts,’ and ‘Skip a Beat.’ We skipped to music, rhymes, solo, in groups with long ropes, in pairs, had races, knock out challenges. But most importantly we had fun exercising and raised much needed funds for P.E equipment. Huge thanks to the continuously, great support from parents and the students as well as our principal and staff.

It was not only a one day challenge this month our students are also ‘Climbing the Heights!’ whereby each class chose different mountains around Europe to climb for example Mount Olympus in Greece is 2919 metres high and one skip = 1 metre. We hope to climb many mountains and learn lots of geography too.

Thank you,
The Active School Committee

Check out these happy, active pictures!


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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.

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St. Stephen’s Day Walk – Scoil Ghormain Naofa 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!

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Merry Christmas from Sam!

Look who popped by! Our Mini 7s Champs plan to lift him again in a few years! Farewell to Jésus, our foreign exchange student – Feliz Navidad, Jésus!

Thank you to all who have supported our lovely school. We wish you all a peaceful and happy Christmas!

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