Art Workshop with The Ark!

Today the children from First Class took part in a virtual art workshop – a unique experience for everyone!  The title of the workshop was Winter Tales and Animal Shadows and we were lucky to be working with artist Lucy Hill and Clara from The Ark.

To begin, the children looked at some beautiful animal paintings that are part of the online Winter Light exhibition (you can have a look at the exhibition here  Each child gave their ideas about what they could see in the paintings and they discussed the shapes and colours with Lucy.

Then it was time for Ms. Fitzpatrick’s class to make their own animal shadow puppets!  Using colour to create the movement and shapes of their own animal, next they cut out the outline of their puppet.  Even as the children were cutting, they were changing their designs and adjusting to what they thought would look best.  Lucy also showed us how to make a shadow box to perform a puppet show at home!

First Class really enjoyed their workshop and are all looking forward to creating more art and stories from the pieces that they created.



Parent Teacher Meetings update

Usually at this time of year we would be preparing to welcome all our Parents and Guardians into the school for our annual Parent Teacher Meetings.  These meetings are always a positive way to involve everyone in the learning of the children of St. Gabriel’s NS. 

Unfortunately this year we will have to postpone these meetings to a later date in the school year due to the Covid-19 crisis.  Until then – as always – teachers will contact parents if there is anything of an urgent matter that needs to be discussed about your child’s needs.  Class teachers can also be contacted by email if you have any queries about your child’s learning.

Thank you again for your continuing co-operation during these unusual times.

Happy Hallowe’en!

Wishing all the pupils and families of St. Gabriel’s NS a Happy Hallowe’en and a relaxing and safe mid-term break.
Today there were lots of spooky goings-on all around the school with witches, werewolves, dinosaurs(!) and skeletons spotted everywhere and even a gruesome magic show thrown in for good measure! Happy Hallowe’en!

Maths Week Update!

Maths Week this year was as busy and fun as ever with lots of activities happening all around the school.  Junior and Senior Infants headed to the Phoenix Park for an adventure and got to do some Maths Trails too (photos to follow), while the other classes were busy carrying out their own trails around the school.  There was a lot of estimating, measuring, deciphering and counting going on everywhere.

In the Senior classes, the children took part in nail-bitingly tense Tables Championship finals, where the poor teachers had to keep going until they were down to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  Well done to all the children who took part.

It’s Maths Week!!

It’s that time of year again!  This week in St. Gabriel’s NS the pupils will be joining thousands of other children around the country in celebrating Maths Week Ireland 2020.  Visit for information on activities and events taking place and for ideas for Maths activities to take part in at home.

Every year at this time we organise a number of events and activities throughout the school, also making sure Maths lessons for the week take on a ‘fun’ aspect.  While this year we are so disappointed that we cannot have our Maths Games Extravaganza with all the parents involved, we are still going to have a busy week with other activities that will be taking place in a different way that is safe for these times.  We hope to have outdoor Maths Trails for all ages, both around the school and in the Phoenix Park. 


For these trails we will be ‘putting on our Maths Eyes’, where we look at everyday objects in our surroundings in a new way and see how they might be connected to Maths.  This is something that the children can do themselves on the way to school, at home and anywhere in the local community.  

There will also be lots of games and some competitions for the children to take part in within their own classes where they will be working together and individually to problem solve and talk about different areas of Maths.  Wishing everyone a Happy and Busy Maths Week 2020!