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.
After many exciting matches over the last few weeks, the finals of the St. Gabriel’s World Cup soccer competition took place in Aughrim Street Sports Centre before a lively crowd. Ian Hill of the Football Association of Ireland was on hand as referee with help from Mr. Smyth and Ms. Hyland.
The semi- finals saw Nigeria come up against Ireland. While it was a close game, Nigeria came out the victors at full time. The second semi-final was another closely fought game with India and Scotland battling it out for a place in the final. After a number of excellent goals scored by both sides, Scotland eventually came out on top.
The finalists – Nigeria and Scotland – somehow found the energy to deliver an enthralling final match with Nigeria the eventual winners. All the teams that had taken part showed great sportsmanship throughout and were gracious in both defeat and victory. Well done to all involved.
There is a lot of excitement this week in St. Gabriel’s as we are celebrating Maths Week 2016. One of the pupils, teachers and parents favourite events took place on Tuesday when the whole school came together at the same time to play Maths Games. This year’s event was as enjoyable as ever and everyone was very proud that we broke our previous records for the amount of parents in attendance. All the pupils and staff appreciate the time that the parents gave up to come and be a part of the fun. There was a wonderful atmosphere of friendship and learning in the P.E. hall that was felt by all. Next up, the Tables Championship finals!!!!
Maths Week Ireland will take place from the 15th – 23rd October 2016 (see www.mathsweek.ie for a list of activities nationwide) In St. Gabriel’s we always enjoy an active Maths Week each year and look forward to this event for months. Most importantly, each child from Junior Infants to Sixth Class gets involved in the various activities.
Our whole school Maths Games event will take place this year on Tuesday 18th October at 9am in the P.E. Hall. As every class is involved in this one event, we need our parents to come along and help out with the fun and games! If you are free to be a part of this fantastic event, please come along next Tuesday morning for a really enjoyable morning.
Well done to our pupils who were recognised for their extra efforts to speak Irish in class and around the school this week! Ar fheabhas go léir!
Operation Transformation 2016 has started. It’s great to see some new faces at activities and it’s not too late to join.
There are four activities each week, and parents (aswell as their friends and families) are welcome to do as many as they like. All activities start at 9:15. Weigh in on Monday is from 9am.
Mondays Weigh in (optional) and football Stanhope Street Primary School
Wednesdays Aerobics St Gabriel’s NS
Thursdays Boxercise Stanhope Street Primary School
Fridays Walking (buggies welcome) Meet at Kavanagh’s Pub
Watch out for the group video on this weeks Operation Transformation on RTE1 – Wednesday and Thursday night at 8:30pm.