Welcome to St. Joseph’s National School Cobh Website.

Dear Parents,

We are delighted to be re-opening on Thursday 27th August. Understandably there will be some anxiety among children and parents but we are going to follow public health and Department of Education advice. Re-opening presents a big challenge and so new measures will change the way schools operate. We are going to inform you of these proposed chages through the school website and the facebook page.

The first major change involves the opening and closing times.

There will be no congregating in the school grounds or yards in the morning.


Pupils and parents must NOT arrive in school before 8.45 a.m. This is really important and we ask for your co-operation in this.


Junior Infants are to be brought directly to their classroom door any time from 8.45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Please enter the school by the centre doors and exit by the Junior/Senior infants’ corner.


Juniors will have a transitional arrangement for the first week and a half of school. We will circularise parents separately about this.


Senior Infants are to be brought directly to their classroom door any time from 8.45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Please enter the school by the centre doors and exit by the Junior/Senior infants’ corner.


Pupils from 1st to 6th classes may be accompanied to the gate of the school and boys make their own way to their classrooms no earlier than 8.45 a.m. until 9 a.m. They will be greeted on entering the centre door


The school shed is not to be used in the mornings so it is important to plan for arriving in the school between 8.45 a.m. and 9 a.m.


Finishing Times

In order to avoid large crowds congregating together we have proposed major changes to the times for pupils leaving.


Junior Infants….after the week and a half transition period for junior infants the closing time for Junior Infants will be 1.30 p.m.


Senior Infants finish at 1.45 p.m.


When the weather is fine the children will be brought to the school yard. Please do not enter the yard until all the children are placed appropriately.

When the weather is inclement please collect the children from the school hall. Enter the school by the centre door and exit by the side door. Please do not enter the school until the appropriate time.


All other pupils

1st and 2nd classes finish at 2.30 p.m.

3rd and 4th classes finish at 2.40 p.m.

5th and 6th classes finish at 2.50 p.m.

Best wishes to all the boys in Scoil Iosaef Naofa’s Communion class. We know you were looking forward to it, but your special day will come and it will be worth the wait! For now stay safe and well and enjoy the day with your families. We look forward to seeing you all very soon. 

See can you tell who these staff members are on their Communion Day!


Fr. Kelleher will be saying mass for the boys at 11am tomorrow 6th June on Facebook Live.

Below is a special message he recorded for the boys.

Pubblicato da Liam Kelleher su Giovedì 4 giugno 2020

Some special messages for our First Communion Boys:


We are delighted to announce this fantastic competition for our younger Titanic enthusiasts. Something to keep them challenged and entertained over the next few weeks and fits right in with the history curriculum for April! Check out our video for details!

There is some great information and inspiration to be found on the National Geographic Kids website. Just check out the link below.
Please share or Tag anyone with kids who might be interested!
Full Terms & Conditions outlined on our Facebook Page http://bit.ly/titaniccompetitionterms
Good Luck everyone!

Get Active!

Here is our next challenge for you all!

Our staff have been keeping active while at home and we hope you all are too!

Here are some activities for you to try out!

Click the link to head over to our school facebook page and try one, some or all! https://www.facebook.com/pg/stjosephscobh/posts/

Happy Easter to all our pupils!

Here is an Easter message from our principal Mr. Tony Kenneally.

Winner Winner!

Congratulations to the winners of our staff pics competition: The Griffin Lynch family! Staff winners were: Grace Kelleher and Petrice Scriven!

Hope you enjoyed our staff pics competition!

Here are the answers:

1.Petrice Scriven. 2.Tony Kenneally. 3.Katherine Studdert. 4.Seán Ó’Loingsigh. 5.Susan Kelly. 6.Martin O’Driscoll. 7.Martin Fleming. 8.Marie O’Regan. 9.Lynda Ahern. 10.Grace Doonan. 11.Orla Finn. 12.Eileen Forde. 13.Vickie Harrington. 14.Kate O’Donovan 15.Catherine Smithwick. 16.Grace Kelleher. 17.Rosemarie Doherty. 18.Margaret Kearney. 19.Niamh O’Grady. 20.Niamh Stack. 21.Levi Kelly. 22.Willie McSweeney. 23.Jacinta Donovan. 24.Brendan O’Donovan. 25.Claire Murphy.


Guess The Staff Member!

Guess each staff member correctly and win a prize!

Submit your guesses numbered 1-25 to: scoiliosaefias@gmail.com

The closing date for entries is Wednesday 8th April at 5pm.

Hint: One person is a former member of staff.

Competition open to families of pupils and staff only.

Good Luck!

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

Here are some St. Patrick’s Day messages from Scoil Iosaef Naofa. 

We know it’s a very different one this year but we hope you are all staying safe and enjoying spending time at home with your families. We look forward to seeing you all soon and hearing all your news. In the meantime, keep those brains busy and remember to wash your hands!



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Newsletter March 9 2020

Say hello to our newest addition!

On 9th March, St. Joseph’s became the first primary school in Cork to have a Sensory Pod.

The Sensory Pod is a futuristic calming space for the school environment, full of amazing features and is sure to be a popular addition to the school for teachers and students alike!

The Sensory Pod has a mood light ceiling which can be changed instantly to the favoured colour. It has a built-in flat screen tv and speakers, along with a heated soft base with custom vibration. The pod is fun, relaxing and appealing to any child, or adult, to spend any length of time. It is already being used successfully in Special Needs environments and Universities, seeking an Autism Friendly Environment.

Trip to The Everyman

On the 28th February, Mrs. McGowan’s 3rd class went to The Everyman to see Revolting Rhymes. Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes have been delighting audiences young and old for generations. The show brought together some of the finest musicians in the country and a great time was had by all.

First Confession

On the 5th March, our 2nd class boys celebrated their First Confession. Congratulations to all. Sincere thanks to Ms. O’Regan and Ms. Scannell for all their work in preparing the children for the sacrament. A big thank you also to Mr. O’Donovan, Mr. O’Loingsigh and Ms. Donovan who provided the beautiful music on the night. The children now turn their focus towards their First Holy Communion which will take place on Saturday 6th June.

FAI Tournament

On 5th March, some of our fifth and sixth class took part in the FAI five-a-side tournament which was held in Mayfield AFC. Our team emerged as the winners!

School Soccer League News

Team Barcelona were the eventual winners. 

School Soccer League News

Team Celtic were runners up.

Many thanks to Cobh Credit Union for presenting the school with €10,000 for our new playground. Everybody is delighted with it!

Scoil Iosaef Naofa – Annual School Walk

Sunday 13th October – 11.30am

Usual Route

3 Draws – Sponsors’, Sellers’ & Walkers’

Please support our major fundraiser.

Cross Country Running

In September our school took part in the East Cork Primary Schools Cross Country Running Competition which was held in Ballymacoda. Up to 100 runners took part in each race and the first 15 each received a medal. We had eight medal winners in all. These were: Ben Healy, Michael Bradley, Luca O’Rourke, Cillian Dorgan, Jakub Wolny, Sam Cronin, Oisin Dorgan & Ryan Abramson. All our other runners performed very well and finished just outside the medals. These were: Bartosz Ratajczak, Evan Kavanagh Byrne, Fionn Walsh Connick, Oliver Derdowski, Ronan O’Rourke, Mikey Felix O’Sullivan, Ciaran Clancy, James Burke, Roan Fallon, Will O’Keeffe, Cillian Kelleher, Nico Pindelski & Conor Leahy. Many thanks to Ms. Finn, Mrs Ahern & Mr. Fleming for preparing the runners and looking after them on the day.

Junior Infants – Fáilte! Welcome!

Thursday 29th August

9.45am – 11.00am

Back to School!

The new school year begins on Thursday 29th August.

Closing at 12.30pm

A message from the Principal

A very warm welcome to our website.

We hope this website will serve many functions. It will improve communication between parents and the school. We wish to highlight all that is best about Scoil Iosaef Naofa. The range of school policies available on the site will be expanded over time. We want to communicate with you our achievements as a school community.

Please let us know what you think of our new site. Along with the Parents’ Association facebook page, our text a parent service and our school newsletter it will be a valuable source of information.

Over the next few months we have some very exciting developments coming on stream. Plans are being drawn up for the resurfacing and fencing of our smaller playground into an astro-surface area.

The music room will be completed at the back of the school as well as a small sensory play area. We also intend to upgrade our sensory room which is adjacent to An Droichead, our special class.

Keep in touch with this website for more details.

We believe our pupils are really special people and so this website will primarily be about them and their learning. It is sometimes amazing to me to witness the range of learning activities going on in the various classes. We wish to share these experiences with you.


Tony Kenneally Principal