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.

Tables Championship Finals!

One of the most popular events every year in Maths Week in St. Gabriel’s is the Tables Championship.  Pupils from 1st to 3rd Class battle it out to become the junior champion, and those from 4th to 6th Class compete for the senior crown.  In a tense final, Ms. McLoone had to keep adding more and more difficult sums until the winners finally emerged.  Well done to all involved!

 

Maths Week 2017

Maths Week Ireland took place in October of this year all around the country and as usual the children in St. Gabriel’s took part in many different activities, from Maths trails and Maths games to our first ever Maths Week Table Quiz.  Thank you to all the parents who came along to take part in the events.  The most important goal of Maths Week is that the children have fun while learning and we all agreed that this was definitely true!

Buddies Trip to the Phoenix Park

Junior Infants and their buddies in Fifth and Sixth Class went on a trip to the Phoenix Park last week.

We followed a trail around the park as part of the Outdoor and Adventure Activities strand for P.E., going around the pond, up the hill, around the flower beds and through the trees.  After that we looked for different types of leaves, such as oak and sycamore, and then everybody collected lots of conkers and acorns.  Finally we were lucky to see some of the swans and their cygnets as we were about to leave the park.

The Junior Infants children loved having their buddies to look after them and help them find lots of interesting things.  The two classes are looking forward to another trip very soon!