Friday June 10th saw another year of our annual Poetry Reading in St. Gabriel’s. The children from 1st to 6th Class came together to share some poetry that they had written themselves and to read aloud some poems by famous poets that they have enjoyed themselves. We heard some limericks, acrostic poems, group poems and some really moving pieces in particular from the pupils of 6th Class who had attended a writing workshop with Dermot Bolger, Irish novelist, playwright and poet. A really enjoyable morning was had by everyone present. Watch out for some of these poets in the future!
Everyone in St. Gabriel’s was very disappointed when we had to postpone our Sports Day in May due to bad weather but luckily we ended up having an even better day on June 2nd! The day was warm and sunny from first thing in the morning and couldn’t have been any more perfect for the day we had planned. Every class from Junior Infants to 6th had a fun and busy day taking part in many different activities and we even had one or two medals to present. Well done to everyone who took part and showed great sportsmanship throughout the day, and thank you to the many parents who came and showed their support and played their part too.
May has seen the children of St. Gabriel’s focus on Paint and Color in Visual Arts. The children of Ms. Fahey’s class have been busy all year creating individual and imaginative pieces of art and this month they made some Minecraft selfies. We used lots of different coloured paper squares to make our self portraits look like characters from the game. (You might have guessed that a lot of our class are big fans of Minecraft!)
Thursday the 12th of May saw the return of the M & M Players theatre group to St. Gabriel’s. This year’s production was based on the classic novel The Railway Children by E. Nesbit and it brought to life the story of a family and the Yorkshire railways in the early 20th century. The bright sets and colourful costumes added to the drama and the show was greatly enjoyed by the children from Junior Infants to 6th Class. The children of 5th and 6th class were lucky enough to enjoy a theatre workshop with the cast after the show had ended.
During Seachtain na Gaeilge we had a Tráth na gCeist (table quiz) in Irish. Well done to all the children who took part and comhghairdeas (congratulations) to our winners!
2nd and 3rd Class took an interesting trip today to the Natural History Museum, otherwise known as the Dead Zoo. While some of the children had visited the museum before, some of the others were a little bit nervous about what they might see in a Dead Zoo!
Everyone had a wonderful time exploring the different animals, insects, fish and birds on display. Without a doubt the pupils and teachers all left having learned about creatures that they never even knew about.
We were delighted to be invited by Cabra Library to participate in Story Time again. Two lovely librarians visited our Senior Infants and read them a story in our own wonderful school library!
Mr. Linnane’s 5th and 6th class pupils are working hard on their 1916 projects. As well as learning lots about both the leaders of the Rising and the ordinary people, they have continued their art work, creating the stories around artefacts from the rising. As you can see from the pictures below, the poster work is almost finished. The children will soon be working on recordings of the stories the posters tell.
Both the posters and recordings of the stories will later be displayed in DIT Grangegorman.
The class is also looking forward to two more visits to the National Museum at Collins Barracks – to see the new 1916 Exhibition, Proclaiming a Republic, and following on from that they will participate in a workshop with Dermot Bolger, a writer who will be in residence in the museum.
Mr Linnane’s 5th and 6th class are continuing work on their 1916 project this week.
The class is working in groups, each on one artefact from the 1916 Easter Rising. They are using images of the artefacts to tell a story – stories set in Easter Week. The artefacts the children have chosen include a charred green flag, a melted bottle, James Connolly’s shirt, a dummy rifle, a volunteer’s uniform, a bottle of iodine and a hat.
A picture really does paint a thousand words, and no doubt these pictures will tell interesting stories of what happened in Dublin 100 years ago.
Watch this space for updates and more pictures on the project