Springtime Growth

Mr Smyth’s Class have begun planting some Water Cress this week as part of the Big Grow Programme.

It’s the beginning of Spring, February 1st Imbolc- Celtic Spring, (although Meteorologists would have Spring as starting March 1st and Astronomers on March 20th- depends on your perspective!) and it’s a time of growth! Days are getting longer and brighter and the world is springing back into life after the Winter.

Check out the pictures of the class planting Watercress. Check back later for updates on the growth. Next week we plan to plant Peas and the next week, Spinach.

Friday 15th February:

Monday 18th February:

Today we started to see the first shoots from our Water Cress seeds. Thanks to our Star Growers who have helped water the plants so far- Oliwier, Petra and Zofia.

We also planted our Peas. Keep an eye on the website to see how they grow!

Here are the peas Sally planted

Workshop in Phibsborough Library with author Patricia Forde

On Tuesday, 2nd/3rd class took part in a workshop in Phibsborough library with the fantastic author Patricia Forde. We had lots of fun reading her book ‘Bumpfizzle the Best on Planet Earth’. She entertained us no end with her funny tales about growing up in Galway. She read extracts from the book and she was blown away by all the fantastic questions the boys and girls had for her. We gave this book a resounding thumbs up!

Clay-tastic work in First Class

This month in Mr Smyth’s First Class we have being working with clay.

The children worked on creating Pinch Pots with clay, adding their own patterns and designs on the outside and then painting the pots when they had dried. Click HERE to learn more about the process.

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Maths Games are Back!

Maths Games started again in two classes this week.

Miss Reynold’s Senior Infants have Maths games on Monday mornings from 9:00 – 9:45am until 11th February.

Miss O’Dowd’s 2nd/3rd class have Maths games on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 – 2:30 until 12th February.

Parents/guardians, grandparents are invited to come and join the fun for one of the sessions! We’d love to have some of you in each week to help out and enjoy the games.

Other classes will have their turn after the February mid-term break.

Bubble wrap printing

In the Sunshine Class we painted designs on bubble wrap and printed them onto paper.

Karate Kids!

Congratulations to the St. Gabriel’s After-School Club members who recently graded for their Yellow Belts in the Bushido Karate Gendai syllabus under Ms. Sweetman. Having shown great determination and a fantastic attitude towards learning over the past eight weeks, each student has sucessfully increased their fitness levels and also managed to develop a new skill set. Having undergone an examination on the 12th of December, each student showcased their ability to display the basics in both Karate and Kickboxing.

Very well done to all involved. The journey to becoming a master in any Martial Art can be a long and arduous one, however, if these students continue to value hard work and dedication in the way they have so far then anything is possible for them.