Mansion House Awards Ceremony

Friday 2nd of December saw the the final of the Dublin City Neighbourhoods Awards 2016 (Schools Category) take place in the Oak Room in the Mansion House.  The Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr was on hand to present the awards and to hear about all the fantastic work that has been done in each of the schools that reached the final.

St. Gabriel’s, winners of the Dublin City North section for the extensive work that has been done to create our colourful school garden, were awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ in the the competition.  Our eight pupils from 6th Class who were present on the day were wonderful representatives for our school.  Well done and congratulations to all who were involved.

5th and 6th visit the Irish UN Veterans Association

The pupils from 5th and 6th Class were very excited last week to be invited to visit the Irish UN Veterans Association in Arbour Hill.  They were given a fascinating tour of  the Arbour Hill Cemetery where the leaders of the 1916 Rising are buried.  After that our guide Stephen showed the class around the veterans garden and the Irish UN Veterans Museum.  Everybody learned some interesting facts about the role of the Irish Army and their peacekeeping duties around the world.

Dublin Zoo trip

Ms. Fahey’s class took a trip to Dublin Zoo in November.  This was a trip that was suggested by the pupils themselves and we all had a fabulous time.  Arriving at 9:30am, just as the zoo was opening, meant that there were no queues to avoid and we had a clear view of all the animals.  Some highlights were the racing sea-lions, the orangutan looking for a kiss and the grumpy gorilla who was afraid we would steal his food!

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Tables Championship Finals

On Thursday we had an exciting (and stressful!) day as the finals of the  Maths Week Tables Championships took place.  A huge well done to all the children who reached the finals and showed everyone their amazing number skills and strategies. Congratulations to Alan, our junior champion and well done to Marta and Karol who were our runners up.  In the senior final it was congratulations to Alistair who came in 1st place and his worthy runners up were Daniel and Leon.  Well done to all involved.

Recycle Magic!

Last week a magician visited St. Gabriel’s with a special message about recycling.
He taught us the recycle rap – “Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! Yo!”

Outdoor Maths Trail for Junior Infants

Junior Infants and 5th and 6th Class went on another adventure to the Phoenix Park today, this time following a Maths Trail!  Each group was tasked with finding lots of different items such as 3 pieces of bark, 7 leaves, 9 stones, 5 chestnuts, 12 twigs etc.  The pupils also had to look out for any circles, triangles and squares in the environment and to make 2D shapes with the twigs and stones they found.  The Junior Infants children were so enthusiastic that we all had a really fantastic time.  Watch this space for more adventures throughout the year with these classes!

Junior Infants go on an Adventure!

Junior Infants went on an adventure to the Phoenix Park last week with their buddies from 5th and 6th Class.  In October, each class is focusing on the strand Outdoor and Adventure Activities in our P.E. lessons and the pupils from 5th and 6th Class were delighted to be asked to accompany their ‘Buddies’ from Junior Infants to the park.  We managed to include some S.E.S.E. on our trip and discovered lots of different coloured Autumn leaves and chestnuts.  We are all looking forward to doing some more fun activities together during the year!