Paint and Colour

5th and 6th class explored the art of Marbling this week in school and we think they did a fabulous job. Marbling is the art of creating colourful patterns by sprinkling and brushing colour pigments on a pan of oily water and then transforming this pattern to paper.

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!!