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Welcome to Scoil Aine Naofa, Loch Cutra, website.

Scoil Aine Naofa is a Catholic co-educational school catering for children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.

It is situated in the parish of Beagh, approximately 6km South of Gort, Co,Galway. There has been a school on this site since the 1860’s and many distinguished teachers have graced its corridors since, most notably, perhaps Michael Cusack, founding father of the GAA. Michael was appointed the first Headmaster of Lough Cutra by Lord Gough when he was merely 20 years old.

There have been many improvements to the school over the years the latest of which was the addition of an ASD unit in 2017. Mostly recently, the Department of Education and Skills has  granted funding for the building of two 80sq metre classrooms with ensuite toilets and a new Special  Education classroom. We're at the preplanning stage. In September 2023, we were granted planning permission for a new All Weather Pitch, which will be a wonderful addition to our school. We look forward to that.

We have a current enrolment of 91 pupils, with four mainstream teachers, two Special Education Teachers. We also have 4.5 SNAs and a secretary.

We endeavour to stimulate learning by offering a diverse range of activities both curricular and extra-curricular. Our aim is to create a friendly, inviting atmosphere with happy, well-adjusted pupils and highly- dedicated, motivated staff.



We are now enrolling in Scoil Áine Naofa for our 2024-2025 infant class.

Enrolment Form Link

Biodiversity and Sustainability

As part of our Science Blast application, our school has become more aware of biodiversity and sustainability within our school. We have introduced a new Bug Hotel and Bird feeder into our school grounds. Children from 5th and 6th class collected materials for the hotel and with the help of Paula Gallagher, they created a safe and secure environment for bugs and insects. Our new birdfeeder has proven very popular!

Cyber Safety

Our senior classes participated in an important workshop on Cyber safety today. This workshop promoted positive thinking and the importance of brain development, while also alerting pupils to the dangers and impact of social media and cyber activity on both our minds, bodies and cognitive development. Thanks to Aoife Noone for delivering the talk.

Cumann na mBunscol Girls

A massive congratulations to our Cumann na mBunscoil Girls Camogie Team who made us very proud in reaching the final of their division in both football and camogie! They were unfortunate to be narrowly defeated in the football final, however they were successful in securing a place in the Cumann na mBunscol Camogie County Semi-Finals after a great victory in the final on Friday 10h May. Well done girls!!!

Fantastic Art, Report writing and Project work brightening up the halls of our school!

Here is a look at some of the more recent work going on in our school . We have fantastic Art in our halls from Cherry Blossom paintings from 5th and 6th class to printed kangaroos and project work in our 1st and 2nd class. 3rd and 4th were busy completing report writing and learning about their development, comparing their clothes and changes in their appearance and bodies from when they were babies. Infants have also been comparing photos of themselves when they were young and seeing their huge growth and development! It's also great to see our achievements board filling up fast! Well done to everyone!

Easter Egg hunt in school!

Some of our classes participated in a fun Easter Egg Hunt throughout the school grounds! There was great laughter and excitement!! 

Wishing all our families a happy and peaceful Easter. Thank you all for your continued support.

Engineer's Visit:

We were very fortunate to have a visit from three engineer's this week from Medtronic and the Rediscovery Centre. Pupils from 3rd-6th class participated in an engineer's workshop that introduced them to engineering concepts, processes and types of engineering. The hands-on activities tested their mathematical thinking, problem-solving skills,and spatial awareness skills, while also giving them a glympse into life as an engineer. The 90 minute activities included a range of engineering challenges from K’Nex constructions to building an earthquake-proof house

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Our school had a great week celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge 2024! Pupils participated in a whole school buddy reading initiative where senior pupils read books as gaeilge to the Junior Classes. This was a great method of encouraging léitheoireacht in Irish. 3rd - 6th class completed a fun tráth na gcéist, displaying some of their general knowledge skills through Irish. They were very impressive! There were lots of Irish damhsa, canadh as gaeilge and tin whistles and fiddle playing in preparation for our Seachtain na Gaeilge school assembly! Well done to all involved and thanks to the teachers and SNAs for all their hard work.

See the great photos in the slideshow of our activities including our Lá Glas and Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine winners!

3rd and 4th class Lego Construction

The children built an object with a purpose/function

Paper Aeroplanes in 3rd and 4th class:

3rd and 4th class were very busy this week creating Paper Aeroplanes as part of their Science Work. They had great fun testing the different dynamics that create flight! See our slideshow

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