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About Our School

Castlehackett NS is a small 3 teacher school situated on the foothills of ‘Knockma’. Working alongside our teachers are 2 resource teachers, a learning support specialist and a special needs assistant.

We are a co-educational school catering for children from 4 – 12 years of age. Here at Scoil Naomh Iosef, we adopt a holistic approach to education, focusing on the social, emotional and spiritual education of each child. Our school has a warm and homely environment where our pupils can learn through hands-on activities and use of technology.

Being a modern school, we have every up-to-date facility available and as well as implementing programmes like Reading Buddies and the Green Flag, pupils also participate in chess, debating and other competitions. We are very proud of our students and their achievements, both academic and sporting

History
The school was originally established in 1905 by a local landlord and was relocated to its current site in 1958 after being granted the site by the land commission. In 2004-2006 the school was redeveloped. The new school is at the cutting edge of architectural design. Each of the three mainstream classrooms in the building has an adjoining toilet and store room. The school also has an office, a staff room, two learning support rooms and a large general purpose hall with a canteen.

Organic Garden
The garden was established by teachers and students and every classroom has a plot to grow their vegetables in. The soil has been enriched with organic waste from our compost bin. Potatoes, onions and leeks are among the vegetables planted. We have even made soup from our own organically grown vegetables.

Willow Dome
In December 2013, Kay Synott, a heritage specialist, helped the pupils construct a living willow dome. The children will be able to observe the effect of different seasons on the willow plants. It will also make a nice play area for students and a place where they can engage in reading and storytelling with their teachers.

Green Flag Status
We currently hold 2 Green Flags (Waste & Energy) and are confident of a 3rd (water conservation).

School Transport
If Castlehackett school is the closest school to your house, you are entitled to a bus service for your child to this school. This is still true even if other children in your vicinity take a bus to another school. The current bus route can be adjusted to accommodate any new pupils so please don’t assume that we don’t pass near your house. We can hopefully facilitate your requirements in this regard – just ask!

Motto
Our school motto is Ní neart go cur le chéile’ which loosely translates to: ‘There is strength in unity’; something which is very apparent when you enter our school.

 

Castlehackett NS is the perfect start to your child’s education! If you don’t believe us, come and take a look for yourself; you won’t be disappointed!