We had a very special visitor to St. Gabriel’s this week.
Santa Claus came to visit on Wednesday. He said he had heard that we are the best school in Dublin with the best boys and girls. And he’s right!
He very kindly gave a gift of a book to every single boy and girl in the whole school. He reminded the children how reading is so important and also lots of fun.
We were very impressed that Santa has been learning Irish too, and was able to use his cúpla focail. He was very impressed with the good manners of the children throughout the school in English and in Irish.
Wishing all the children and their families a very happy Christmas.
School reopens Monday 8th January at 8:50am
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.
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 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!
The Wednesday Afterschool club is over for this half-term. There were two groups – Miss Fahey’s Variety Club , and Miss O’Loughlin’s Halloween Art Club.
The Halloween Art club made big, bright, colourful birds, autumn leaves and fruit for the trees in Grimm’s Fairy Tale Forest, and Golden Magic Mirror Frames for Snow White’s corner. The group had great fun creating the pieces, and they have now been brought to Step by Step’s building on Coke Lane in Smithfield, where the Haunted House “Escape from the Gingerbread Zombie Mansion” is again this year.
The Haunted House is open from 4-6pm on Halloween evening but get there early to avoid disappointment. There will also be lots of spooky family fun on Smithfield Square at the Cauldron of Smithfield from 5 – 9:30pm.
Wishing you all a happy and safe Halloween.
School reopens Monday 6th November at 8:50am.
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!
The pupils from Ms. Fahey’s class were lucky enough to be invited to Phibsboro Library last week to meet with well known children’s author Alan Early. The author started with a Who Wants to Be a Viking God quiz and followed this by sharing some of the ideas and planning that went into writing his ‘Father of Lies’ trilogy. These books were inspired by Viking lore and Alan worked with the children to create a character that could fit into one of his books – an 8 metre tall cave dwelling Viking goddess with long hair and a mohawk who hates chidren and men, has laser eyes and farts that can propel her into the air, and who fears tickles and sunlight! He then read to us from the first book in the series ‘Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent’ and answered any questions the pupils had about how they can improve their own writing. The class had a fantastic time and are all looking forward to their next trip to the Phibsboro Library!
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, using forensic science to investigate a crime scene and investigating our sense of smell to name just a few. It was a fantastic workshop and definitely inspired a few future scientists!!
Junior Infants and their 5th/6th Class buddies took another trip to the Phoenix Park on Friday. This time we practised some of the activities that will take place on Sport’s Day, such as the egg and spoon and sack race. We also played some parachute games and even made a tent!
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 Enda Kenny among other state representatives. Ellie and Kacper 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 and the Catholic, Methodist, Church of Ireland and Coptic Christian churches were in attendance and offered prayers at the graveside of the 1916 leaders. Here, President Higgins laid a wreath and and led a minute of silence. The Defence Forces concluded the ceremonies at the graveside.
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.