Fire Safety Week 2022

This week in St. Gabriel’s N.S. we are turning our focus to learn about fire safety. We will look at how we can be more mindful in our daily lives in order to prevent unwanted fires from beginning. We will see how we can best prepare ourselves and our families in the event of a fire. In school we will practice our fire drill and encourage each family to discuss an escape route at home.

Some things to remember are:

We’re also learning what to do if our clothes caught fire.

Many classes will learn about how Dublin Fire Brigade are always on call to help us. We will look at the work in which the fire brigade engage, the uniforms they wear and the equipment they need to do their jobs.

As we approach our midterm break we understand that Halloween is a time when we need to be extra mindful about fire. There may be occasions where we come across candles, fireworks and bonfires. Caution is required, especially when wearing costumes. We hope that learning about fire safety will ensure that we all keep extra safe this Halloween and in the future.

Good Friends Week

Welcome back to a new school year. This year, the focus for Good Friends Week is on how we greet each other. One of the easiest ways that we can be friendly to others is by saying ‘Hello’ to those we meet each day. This week the children in St. Gabriel’s will make an extra effort to show how friendly they are by greeting the people they meet in our school and at home.

Each class will explore some of the many ways we can greet others such as by smiling, waving, saying ‘good morning’, ‘hi’, ‘hello’ etc. We are very lucky to have lots of children who have family from all corners of the world. These children will help us to learn how people greet each other and say hello in other languages all over the world. When greeting someone we will try to remember to look at the person, smile and use their name. We will also make sure that we can respond appropriately when somebody says ‘hello’ to us.

As usual, each class will draw up their class charter during Good Friends Week. They will use these as important guides to help ensure that each classroom is a friendly, safe and productive place to be this year.

Mr. Flanagan’s 5th and 6th class will greet their new buddies in Junior Infants this week. They will have a friendly ‘hello’ for Junior Infants and look forward to introducing them to lots of games and fun activities on the playground during the week.

As we have the freedom to open our doors and welcome parents and families back into the school, we look forward to using our greetings during assemblies, seasonal performances and other fun events in the school throughout the school year.

Our Infant classes visit Sea Life Aquarium in Bray

Junior and Senior Infants had a wonderful day out on our school tour to Bray. We travelled there on a double-decker bus. We walked the sunny promenade to get to the aquarium.

There was such an amazing array of sea-life to be seen. We saw lobsters, crabs, sea-stars, urchins, terrapins, big-bellied sea-horses, dogfish and cardinal fish. You might spot some of them in the photos below.

It was very interesting to hear all about the clever octopus named Pat. Some of us saw him figuring out how to open a box to take out his lunch!

We spent lots of time watching the tank of cow-nose rays.

In the final water tank we even spotted some reef sharks!

At the end of our tour of the aquarium we were surprised and excited to meet a pig called Peppa!

We enjoyed a lovely picnic together on the seafront before getting back on the bus to return to school.

Our Spring Walk to the Phoenix Park

Junior and Senior Infants were delighted to be able to join up with our buddies in 5th and 6th class to go on a spring walk to the park.


It was fantastic to team up in our challenge to search for signs of spring. The children found some spring blossoms, budding branches, beautiful daffodils and even a little ladybird!



All classes are looking forward to our next outing with buddies from other classes in the school.

World Book Day 3rd March 2022

We love to read in St. Gabriel’s N.S. We especially love to read on World Book Day! We are all thrilled to celebrate World Book Day in a variety of ways in our school this year! Here are a few of the activities we plan to take part in:

  • We’re going to enjoy some stories from our collection of Story Sacks.
  • We have a fun book trail to follow.
  • We will test our knowledge of books with some themed quizzes.
  • We are excited to share our reading with other classes this year, now that restrictions have lifted. Junior infants are looking forward to welcoming 2nd and 3rd class to read some stories.
  • We hope to design bookmarks and book covers.
  • We will read some of our favourite books and some new ones too!

Don’t forget, the World Book Day celebrations can continue at home! Every child in the school will receive a World Book Day book or a voucher on this special day. We encourage all children and parents to take some time to share a book at home together.