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.

Preparation for our Nativity Performance in Junior Infants


Our two junior infant classes have been very busy over the past few weeks preparing for our Nativity performance. The children have learned all about the story of the very First Christmas.

They have taken on the roles of kings, shepherds, sheep, angels, innkeepers as well as the star, the donkey, Mary and Joseph. The boys and girls have learned songs and actions as part of the show.



Junior Infants enjoyed rehearsing our re-enactment of the Nativity in the classroom before preparing for filming it on our school stage. There was great excitement on the days the children had the opportunity to fit on and wear their costumes!


Although we can’t perform in front of a real audience this year, we look forward to sharing a special recording with our Junior Infant parents on Seesaw this week. Other classes in the school will also have the opportunity to watch the recording on their whiteboards before we get our Christmas holidays on Wednesday.

A special thanks to Mr. Crosbie and Mr. Flanagan for helping with costumes and the filming of our show in recent days.