Parent and Teacher Meetings

 

Every November in St. Gabriel’s we invite our parents and guardians to come to the school and meet with all the relevant teachers that work with your child/children.  We  have found that holding these meetings at this stage of the year allows our teachers to get to know their pupils and observe any progress, but also allows the parents and teachers to work and plan together for the coming year.  Both class and support teachers will be available for these meetings.

Meetings with parents will take place on Tuesday 13th and Tuesday 20th of November.  Please check the time and day that you have been assigned.  The meetings will last for ten minutes so we ask that everyone arrives on time for their appointment so that the afternoon will run to schedule.

Children will go home at 2:15pm on Tuesday 13th November to facilitate these meetings.  We look forward to welcoming all of you at some stage over the next few days.

Learning Through Play

Some of the children from 1st Class recently went down to visit our new Aistear Playroom to investigate all the different toys and activities.  From running a busy café, building a city, running an international jewellery and hat business, visiting the supermarket and welcoming guests to their house, they all exercised their imaginations and had a lot of fun at the same time!

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Maths Week 2018

All the children in St. Gabriel’s enjoyed a fantastic week of learning and fun during Maths Week Ireland recently.  There were many activities taking place during the week including our whole school Maths Games Extravaganza, Maths trails both around the school and in the Phoenix Park and a nail-biting Tables Championship Quiz.  Huge thanks to all our wonderful parents who were able to take part that week!  Pictured are some of our quiz winners and our Maths Games Extravaganza.

Stories Between Us

Some more photos from the Stories Between Us inter-generational oral history project that is ongoing with Ms. Sweetman’s class this term.

Arbour Hill Commemoration Ceremony

The children from 6th Class were again invited to attend the annual state commemoration ceremonies in the Church of the Most Sacred Heart Arbour Hill, Dublin.

This was attended by President Michael D. Higgins and An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar among other state representatives.  Asha made us all very proud as she read a prayer from the altar and Sadirah and Nickolas confidently brought up the gifts during the mass in front of a large crowd.  As an inter faith ceremony, representatives from the Jewish and Islamic communities, the Catholic and Romanian Orthodox churches, and the Church of Ireland were in attendance and offered prayers at the graveside of the 1916 leaders.  Here, President Higgins and An Taoiseach laid wreaths and and led a minute of silence.

The pupils of St. Gabriel’s really enjoyed the chance to attend these ceremonies.  As a school community, we have children from many different cultures, races and faiths, all of which are embraced by pupils and teachers alike.  This atmosphere of respect was shown by the children at these ceremonies. as it is shown everyday in our school.  All the pupils take great pride in our school and they are a credit to St. Gabriel’s NS.

Switch on STEM

The pupils of 5th and 6th Class attended a Switch on STEM workshop in DIT Grangegorman recently.  Switch on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) provides hands on workshops and resources for primary and secondary school pupils and teachers. The pupils really enjoyed the different activities and experiments that ranged from making slime, Virtual Reality, robotics and investigating our sense of smell,to name just a few. It was a fantastic workshop and definitely inspired a few future scientists!!

FAI Primary School 5s Competition

The boys from 6th Class recently took part in the Spar FAI Primary School 5 a side competition in Irishtown.  A team of eight headed off early on Wednesday morning, nervous but excited about what the day would hold.

The team were strong through all their matches, with goalie Alex unbelievably only conceding one goal in total!  As captain, Scott gave direction and encouragement where needed and he found great support in defence from David, Mario and Nickolas.  Roberto, Séamus and Lee were strong in attack and one match ended in a 5 – 0 victory.  While the team only missed out on the finals because of goal difference, they all agreed that they had a fantastic day and did their school proud.

ART EXHIBITION

 

St. Gabriel’s are celebrating all things artistic and creative this Valentine’s Day with Art From the Heart.  This will be an exhibition of multiple art works from every child in our school, from Junior Infants right up to Sixth Class.  On Wednesday 14th February (opening times 10:30am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 3pm) there will be art pieces on display in the school hall showing the different art strands, from Paint and Colour, Clay and Construction to Drawing.  Admission is free and all are welcome.  We hope to see you there!

Quavers to Quadratics in the National Concert Hall

The pupils from 5th and 6th Class recently took part in Quavers to Quadratics, a collaborative initiative between the National Concert Hall, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin.  The programme is centred around enabling primary school children to explore the overlap between science and music.

The children spent the whole day in the National Concert Hall taking part in three different workshops, (1) Seeing Sound, (2) Feeling Sound and (3) Creating Sound. Every pupil was really engaged in the different activities and had a fantastic day.