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Open Night 2017

Our Open Night was held on Thursday 26th October and was a great success. Many

thanks to all who called in to see us and also to the staff and pupils who helped out

on the night.

Photos can be viewed on the Gallery Page!


School Walk

Due to the weather in October we had our school walk before the midterm during school time. Many thanks to Coláiste Muire for the use of the astro turf for the event. The infant classes dressed up in their Hallowe’en costumes for the day!

See the Gallery page for some photos!

Book Fair 2017

Our annual book fair was held from the 22nd-25th May and was a great success once again.  Organised by Mrs. O Connell, it gave a chance to parents and pupils to buy books for the appropriate age groups. Our theme this year was ‘Endangered Species’ and classes did some fantastic project work and displays. An overall thanks to the staff for all their cooperation. A special thanks to Mr. O’Driscoll & Ms. Kelly for their support, shopping and labels etc.!  Thanks also to the following parents who gave their time to help out during the week – Caroline Griffin, Jillian McCrossan-Donnachie, Mary Maher, Susan Kelly, Triona Morrissy, Linda McCourt, Joy Mackey, Cynthia Devlin, Eimear Dorgan, Michaela Bradley, Rose Clancy, Kathleen Stanton, Joan Devlin-Buckley, Tara Mansworth-O’Connell, Madalena Barillot, Rocio Gilmour, Gemma O’Halloran & Sharon Furmedge - your help and support is always appreciated. A commission of 60% of the total sales goes to the school to purchase new books.  The winners of the competition were:- Rian Connick, Darragh Breen, Nicholas Altmann, Glen Grace, John McCarthy & Lee O’Flaherty-Foley.


Congratulations to the pupils in Rang a Sé who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Crean on Saturday 29th April.  Many thanks to all who prepared them for the sacrament – their families, teachers Mr Barry, Mr. McSweeney, principal Mr Kenneally and Fr. Kelleher.  Thanks also to the following for making this day such a special occasion – Sr. Emanuel, the Faith Friends, Mrs. O’Connell, the priests of the parish, Dominic Finn and the Choir, organist Adrian Gebreurs, the stewards, sponsors, the sacristan and the altar servers.



First Holy Communion


Congratulations to the pupils of Rang a Dó who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday 20th May in the Cathedral in a Mass celebrated by Fr. Liam Kelleher, assisted by Fr. John McCarthy & Fr. Pat O' Donoghue. We would like to thank their teachers, Mrs. Ahern, Ms. Finn & Ms. O'Donovan, and their families for all their work in preparing them for the sacrament. Thanks also to Principal Mr. Kenneally, Ms Kelly, Mr. O’Driscoll, Mrs. Kenneally, the Parents’ Association, Mrs. O’Connell, Ms. Doherty, Mrs. McMahon, Ms. Scriven, Mr. O'Loingsigh, Mr. McSweeney, Minister of the Eucharist, the Sacristan and Organist Adrian Gebreurs. All involved made it a very special occasion indeed.




A Room with a View!


The 'Celebrity Eclipse' docks in Cobh.


This photo was taken from the school!



Scoil Iosaef Naofa Supporting Darkness into Light



A Message from the Principal for Easter

Sunday April 2nd was World Autism Awareness Day. Here in Scoil Iosaef Naofa the whole idea of autism awareness is very important. In September 2013 we opened our special class for autism within the school. We named it An Droichead, the bridge, as we see the class as a means of integrating the boys in the class fully into the life of the school. An Droichead has been a blessing to the school. Over the last two years we have actively engaged the fifth and sixth class pupils in helping the boys in the playground and more recently in their reading. The friendships which have developed have been a joy to see. It is clear that the boys in the mainstream have developed as people due to these interactions.

As a Catholic school we take an active part in our community. Recently, we held a Green Day to support the local Playground Fund. Through the generosity of pupils and parents we raised 500 euros for this most deserving cause. We are currently collecting copper coins to help our twinned school in Ghana. This school is run by the Presentation Brothers. We have an ongoing connection with the Brothers. Saturday 6th May sees the first Darkness into Light 5km Walk/Run being held in Cobh. We would urge everyone to register to take part.

We wish all our school community a happy and peaceful Easter and may the message of the Risen Jesus bring hope into all our hearts. (Mr. Kenneally)


Coin Collection for Ghana

For the third year running we are collecting 1c ,2c and 5c coins. As both the 1c and 2c coins are being phased out, this may be the last such collection. Last year our collection reached the staggering total of 1,368euro. This money has been sent to our friends at Presentation School in Logre Ghana, where it has been used for food, books, pencils, copies and much more. It’s our smallest change but it can make a big difference in Ghana. Please search around for any coins you may have lying around the house and send them in. Míle Buíochas. (Mr. Barry)


Seachtain na Gaeilge

This is celebrated every year in the week before St. Patrick’s Day all around the country. Here in Scoil Iosaef Naofa pupils were encouraged to speak some more informal Irish and engage in organised classroom activities. As a policy we encourage the use of Irish on a daily basis all through the year. This year we held a school concert – ceolchoirm – where all classes performed some activities with an Irish emphasis such as songs, poems, drama, playing music and dancing. It was a great success and everyone enjoyed the concert. More was to follow though as some of the school staff performed a ‘Flash Mob'. At the end of ‘am lóin’ the pupils lined up in the yard as usual expecting the teachers to collect them from the yard. However, some staff went in to the centre of the ‘clós mór’ where Mr. O’Loingsigh & Mr. McSweeney began to play some music on the button accordion and the banjo! The staff then lined up and danced a ‘Siege of Ennis’ to the delight and surprise of all the pupils!



First Confession

The pupils of Rang a Dó made their First Confession in the Cathedral on Thursday 9th March. A great crowd of parents, grandparents, family members and friends attended this lovely ceremony. Many thanks to those who prepared them for the sacrament  – their teachers Mrs. Ahern, Ms. Finn & Ms. O’Donovan and also to Mr. Kenneally, Ms. Scriven, Mrs. McMahon, Ms. Doherty Mr. O’Driscoll, Mrs Lucey. The music was performed by Mr. O’Loingsigh & Mr. McSweeney. Thanks to the priests who celebrated the sacrament on the night – Fr. Liam Kelleher & Fr. Pat O’Donoghue. Above all well done to the boys themselves for the effort they put into the preparation for the sacrament and on how they took part in the ceremony. They are a credit to their families and the school



Car Projects

The 3rd class boys in Ms. Harte’s have been learning about the first cars and they each did a project on either Henry Ford or Karl Benz. These were the winners: 3rd Josh Sheehan, 2nd Ryan Daly, 1st Jack Gilmour. Well done boys!



Thanks for the Teddies!

Thank you to all those who donated to our recent appeal for soft toys, colouring books and crayons for refugee children rescued in the southern Mediterranean. Your generosity will bring comfort to these children and will be of great assistance to our Naval personnel undertaking this incredibly difficult work. The response to the appeal led to a “Teddy Mountain” in the school much to our own pupils’ amazement and delight. We have donated 30 large bags of teddies to the local group who are involved in gathering, washing and repairing the teddies for this great cause. Any larger teddies donated will be passed onto The Bessborough Centre, Blackrock, Cork, where they will go to great use for families in crisis. We also donated 4 large bags of colouring books and crayons, which will be much appreciated by the children, who are rescued and travelling aboard the next Naval Ship to be deployed. The response was immense and was in the true spirit of Scoil Iosaef Naofa. Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir! (Ms. Kelleher



Water Safety Awareness Flag


The school has a new flag flying outside! We received the Water Safety Awareness Flag from Caroline Casey of Cork County Council, for our projects and discussions on the topic .



Stop! Look and Listen!



Ms O'Regan's class were very busy this week learning about National Beep Beep day which took place this Friday, October 7th. The boys learned all about the Safe Cross Code. They learned about the dangers of walking and cycling on our roads and how to practice safety when out and about.




Turas go dti an Leabharlann

Mrs. Studdert’s Rang a Cúig


This is a report of the trip by Luke Meaney.

‘5th class were invited to a book reading in Cobh Library. When we got to the library we waited for a while and then we went into a big room where there were two authors – Alan Early & E.R. Murray. They talked us through a few of their books – based on horror stories. Then they played a few games with us. When it was over we got autographs. It was good fun!'





Congratulations to Miss Finn and the Cork Ladies Team on winning the All Ireland Final!

Two bus loads of pupils, parents and staff were in Croker for the occasion.









Dress in RED on this Friday23rd September.

Show your support for Cork and Ms. Finn for the Ladies All Ireland Final.

If you are not going to Croke Park on Sunday tune in to TG4 at 4.00pm!


Corcaigh Abú!


Cross Country Running

In September a team of runners from our school took part in the East Cork Schools’ Cross Country Competition in Castlelyons. We has three runners in each age group and all performed well. Each race had about 100 runners and medals were given to the first 15 in each race. The medal winners from our team were James Burke & Jamie Maher ( 2010), Jakub Wolny & Ollie Morrissey (2009), Alex Finnegan, Odhran Ryan & Oisin Dorgan (2007) and Colin Henderson (2004). The other boys who ran excellently and finished well up the field were Diarmuid Conroy, Cillian O’Connell, Sam Cronin, Nico Pindelski, Billy Lynch, Andrew Mulcahy, Luke Mulcahy, Shayne Kelleher, Warren Devlin, Erin O’Brien, Josh Collins, Malick Kanaze and Cathal O’Riordan.

(Mr. Fleming, Mrs. Aherne)




It's Conker Time!




Farewell to Rang a Sé!

The time has come to bid farewell to the boys in 6th Class. We had a lovely graduation ceremony on Wednesday 22nd June in the school hall which was packed to the door! We hope that you have fond memories of your time here in Scoil Iosaef Naofa and that you will call back to see us in the future. Second level education has lots of new exciting possibilities for you and your families. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the boys and their families in the different ways they contributed to the school over the years. The Class of 2016 - Rui Barillot, Niall Barrett, Eoin Cullimore, Eoin Curry, Seán Devlin, Evan Doody, Luke Finnegan, Casey Ford, Dylan Higgins, Frank Irwin, Michael Keane, Joseph Kelleher, George Kelly, James Kevany, Conor Kidney, Alex Kirk, Luka le Bervet Bardsley, Coror Looney, Paul Murphy, Simon Murphy, Adam O’Donovan, Daniel O’Driscoll, Darragh O’Regan, Daniel O’Sullivan, Ryan Osborne, Cian Ryan, Moayad Sallabi, Jake Sawani, Roy Kelleher, Kaleb Tighe & Cian Tobin (Rang Mr. Fleming). Cameron Cuddihy, Ronan Gallagher, Harry Kennedy, Piotr Kwiatek, Julio Cesar Martinez, Michael Murphy, Adam Perryman, Patrick Roche, Benedikt Schulz & Justin Ziga (Rang Mr. O’Loingsigh)

Rang a Sé - Class Tour to Dublin



A message from the Principal

For our 6th class  boys it is a time of transition as they prepare for the next step in their education journey. Many of the boys have really enhanced the lives of our younger pupils with the assistance they have given to An Droichead and the boys in the small yard. We are very grateful for this help and we know the experience will stand to them in their future lives.

For all our 6th class pupils it will mean starting again as the youngest in a school. This will pose challenges but I am confident that they will succeed as they have done here in Scoil Iosaef Naofa.

This school year has seen many changes. We continue to grow and are constantly trying to improve our facilities and accommodation. We have just been given approval for a further extension. We have almost completed our universal access works which will make the entire school accessible for wheelchair users.

I want to thank all our dedicated staff for their hard work throughout the year. I also wish to thank you the parents for your co-operation in providing what is in the best interests of our pupils.

Take care during the summer and we will see you all (apart from 6th class boys) on September 1st with God’s help.

Tony Kenneally



Presentation of Medals for the Sports








Harvesting and selling of vegetables!





Graduation Night for Rang a Sé



Sports Day 2016


Sports Day 2016: Our Annual Sports Day took place on Friday 17th June. The weather was good and a fine crowd of family members attended. Here are the results: Junior Infants  Mrs. Doonan’s Class, Bean Bag Race 1) Declan Clancy 2) Cillian Dorgan 3) Isaac Hawes Straight Race 1) Adam O’Brien 2) Cillian Dorgan 3) Noah Moran Keane Obstacle Race 1) Declan Clancy 2) Keelan O’Donovan 3) Cillian Dorgan Hurdles 1) Adam O’Brien 2) Ruairí O’Sullivan 3) Noah Houlihan Mrs. McGowan’s Class, Bean Bag Race 1) Aaron Hayes 2) Isaiah Agunbiade 3) Luke Callanan Straight Race 1) Jake O’Rourke 2) Odhran Keane 3) Michael Harrington Obstacle Race 1) John Ruminski 2) Odhran Baylor McMahon 3) Neven Maher Hurdles 1) Jake O’Rourke 2) Tadhg O’Riordan 3) Nikodem Kowalik Senior Infants  Ms. Harte’s Class, Bean Bag Race 1) Daire O’Leary 2) Brian Wyse 3) Kevin O’Connor Straight Race 1) Alex Barrett 2) Kyle O’Loughlin 3) Benjamin Derdowski Obstacle Race 1)Daire O’Leary 2) Alex Barrett 3) Benjamin Derdowski Hurdles 1) Daire O’Leary 2) Benjamin Derdowski 3) Alex Barrett Ms. O’Regan’s Class, Bean Bag Race 1) Jamie Maher 2) Davin Brophy 3) Daniel Foley Straight Race 1) James Burke 2) Fionn O’Rourke 3) Aaron Smith Obstacle Race 1) Daithí Byrne 2) Luke Meyler 3) Adam Kelly Hurdles 1) Adam Carroll 2) Sam Meade 3) Ryan Dillon 2003 100m 1) Adan Perryman 2wMoyad Sallabi 3) Conor Kidney 2004 100m 1) Danny O’Driscoll 2) Fionn Walker 3) Luke Finnegan 2005 100m 1) Warren Devlin 2) Steven Rowe 3) Danielis Krupodra 2006 60m 1) Gearóid O’Donovan 2) Oskar Olszewski 3) Darragh Ahern 2007 60m 1) Jake Doody 2) Alex Finnegan 3) Odhran Ryan 2008 60m 1) Ryan Cremin 2) Billy Lynch 3) Sam Cronin  2009m 60m 1) Jakub Wolny 2) Cillian Mansworth 3) Ollie Morrisy  Piggy Back Race 1) Adam Perryman & Eoin Cullimore 2) Conor Kidney & Darragh O’Regan 3) Seán Devlin & Cian Tobin Obstacle Race 1) Danny O’Driscoll 2) Luke le Bervet Bardsley 3) Luke Finnegan Sack Race 1) Aaron Murphy 2) Warren Devlin 3) Ross Bell 3 Legged Race 1) Kieran Hurley & Jack Barrett 2) Rian Connick & Logan Malone 3) Fred Kelleher & Tiago Barillot Tyre Race 1) Eoin Griffin 2) Alan Creevy 3) Jake Doody Bean Bag Race 1) Ryan Cremin 2) Jamie Burns 3) Peter Jevens Egg & Spoon Race 1) Cesary Curylo 2) Jacob McCall 3) Paddy Murphy  Distance Race 5th & 6th 1) Conor Kidney 2) Colin Henderson 3) Luke Finnegan Distance Race 3rd & 4th 1) Alex Finnegan 2) Andrew Mulcahy 3) Gearóid O’Donovan Distance Race 1st & 2nd 1) Oisín Dorgan 2) Jacob Wolny 3) Adam O’Sullivan Relay Race Rang 5 Warren Devlin, Fionn Walker, Colin Henderson, Ross O’Shea Relay Race Rang 3 Jake Doody, Oskar Olszewski, Alex Finnegan, Gearóid O’Donovan Musical Chairs 1) Alex Kirk 2) Alex Buckley 3) Malik Kanaze Tug O’War Rang 5  Rang Mr. O’Loingsigh Tug O’War Rang 6 Rang Mr. Fleming Javelin 1) Oisín Kelly O’Meara 15m 2) Kyle McKeown 14.5m 3) David Sheehan 13m High Jump 1) Erin O’Brien 120cm (New Record!) 2) Jack Kennedy 97cm 3) Fred Kelleher & Leighton Frahill 96cm Shot Putt 1) Adam Perryman 34m 2) Rui Barillot 25.5m 3) Casey Ford 25m.

Iománaí na Bliana Eoin Cullimore Peileadóir na Bliana Paul Murphy Luthchleasaí na Bliana Adam Perryman.






Music in the Classroom!



Mr. Barry and Mr. Quinlan visited Ms. Kelleher's first class to teach them about some string instruments. The boys learned about the guitar, double bass and mandolin. They listened to a traditional piece of music called The Blarney Pilgrim. Mr. Barry played some music from Italy and Greece on the mandolin. The class sang along to Count on Me by Bruno Mars and The Lemon Tree by Fool's Garden while the visitors played the guitar and double bass. Ollie, Domantas, Conor and Cillian had great fun as they joined the band playing the percussion instruments. The boys enjoyed learning about chords, scales and string instruments and were great singers. Many thanks to our visitors for coming to our class to teach and entertain us!


Cork City Sports Team




Cork Schools’ Sports

All our runners performed very well on a hot day in CIT on June 1st. Prizes were won by Oskar Oslewski (2nd) and Alex Finnegan (1st) in their races. Many other runners were narrowly outside the medals on both the sprint and relay events. Well done to: Adam Perryman, Conor Kidney, Danny O’Driscoll, Fionn Walker, Warren Devlin, Jack O’Shea, Oskar Oslewski, Seán Mackey, Alex Finnegan, Jake Doody, Billy Lynch, Nico Pindelski, Cillian Mansworth-O’Connell, Will O’Keeffe,  Erin O’Brien & Luke Finnegan. (Mr. Fleming)



Annual Book Fair

Annual Book Fair

Our annual book fair was held from the 16th – 19th May and was a great success once again.  Organised by Mrs. O Connell, it gave a chance to parents and pupils to buy books for the appropriate age groups. Our theme this year was ‘The Movies’ and classes did some fantastic project work and displays. An overall thanks to the staff for all their cooperation. A special thanks to Mr. O’Driscoll & Mrs. Lucey for their support, shopping and labels etc.!  Thanks also to the following parents who gave their time to help out during the week –   Madalena Barillot, Rocio Gilmour, Joy Mackey, Joan Devlin Buckley, Cynthia Devlin, Sharon Furmedge, Margaret Barrett, Linda McCourt, Kathleen Stanton, Eimear Dorgan, Michaela Bradley, Rose Clancy, Christine Griffin Lynch, Tara Mansworth, Triona Morrissey, Catherine Woods, Gwen Le Bervet Bardsley, Mary Maher, Caroline Griffin, Debbie Forde & Gemma O’Halloran. - your help is always appreciated.   The winners of the competitions were Cain Scriven & Jason Grace. A fantastic total of €4,892.30 was spent altogether during the week.  Because of this the school received Scholastic Rewards worth 60% which came to €2,935.45! Thanks to all who took part.







Proclamation Day

The whole school celebrated Proclamation Day on Tuesday 15th March. Everyone assembled in the small yard to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising in 1916. The ceremony involved a number of items - the National Flag was raised; the Proclamation was read out; Prayers were recited; the School Choir sang ‘The Foggy Dew’; a Mountain Ash was planted which was presented to the school by Cobh Tidy Towns and the National Anthem was sung.



Presentation of the Tricolour

As part of the commemoration of the centenary of the 1916 Rising the Irish Tricolour, out National Flag, was presented to the school on Friday 20th November by four members of the Defence Forces. - P.O. .G.Hamilton, P.O. S.Hamilton, P.O. J.O'Brien & Trp. B.Warton.



Mrs. Halley Retires

The retirement of Mrs. Eileen Halley took place on Thursday 1st October. Eileen had started her 40th year of teaching in Scoil Iosaef Naofa. A native of West Cork, Eileen was a teacher who gave dedicated service to the community of Cobh. She was noted for her kindness towards those children most in need of help. It was no surprise that when the opportunity arose Eileen started to do resource teaching. Eileen was a strong advocate of healthy eating and also took charge of attendance matters in the school. She gave a lot of friendly advice to young teachers when they first came to the school. Her colleagues in Scoil Iosaef Naofa, as well as the pupils will miss her from the school. Principal Tony Kenneally spoke about Eileen to the whole school population in the yard. Mrs. Halley was presented with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the pupils. We wish Eileen, her husband Pat and children Cormac and Cliona a happy retirement.



Three Football Stars in the school!

It was a very exciting day in the school today,Tuesday 21st April 2015. We were visited by two famous inter county football stars - Kerry's Colm Cooper and Cork's Colm O'Neill. Along with Cork Ladies footballer, Ms. Finn, from our staff, we had three All Ireland winners on the premises!