Good Friends Week
5th-9th September 2016
It’s that time of year again when, here in St. Gabriel’s, we celebrate all our wonderful friendships and hopefully create some new friendships too!
Our special focus this year is to ‘Be Thoughtful’.
Each class will work hard this week to be thoughtful by helping each other out, being considerate of how others may be feeling, sharing, welcoming all the new pupils to our school and inviting others to join in our games.
We will draw up our class charters with guidelines that we feel are important to help each classroom to be happy, safe, welcoming and productive places to be this year.
Ms. Fahey’s class have already begun to be wonderful role models by becoming Playground Buddies to our new Junior Infant Classes.
What a wonderful way to begin the new school year!
Huge thanks to the wonderful group of parents who made our school Sale of Work such a huge success.
The parents gave up three days of their time to prepare the Sale, bake and to run the sale over two days. They were creative, industrious, fun, friendly and hardworking.
We are so lucky to have such wonderful parents to work with us here in St. Gabriel’s NS.
The STAR awards took place in May in the beautiful President’s Hall in the Law Society on Blackhall Place.
The STAR awards recognise our pupils’ Special Talents in a variety of areas – Academic work, Art, Music, Drama, Dance, Involvement in the Community, Helping others, Participation in the School Community, Sport and a Past Pupil Award. All award winners are voted by the children, parents, teachers and community people involved in the school.
The awards were presented by Father Peter McVerry and past pupil, Joan Burton.
We are very proud of our ten winners, and it was especially nice that all of our winners had their families there with them in the President’s Hall to celebrate on the day.
Well done to all!
The Celebration of Learning is an annual event run by the Home School Community Liaison teachers across Dublin 7. It is a day to celebrate the learning achievements of the parents and other members of the community who attend courses in our local schools.
We are so proud that so many parents from St. Gabriel’s attended such a wide variety of courses and classes this year. The attended English, Sewing, Aerobics, Cookery and Baking, Cake Decorating, Computer courses, Operation Transformation Fitness classes and Incredible Years Parents’ Programme.
We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of the tutors who facilitated the classes.
Well done to all of you who attended courses this year. We look forward to seeing you back again in September, and we hope many more of you will become involved in classes and courses too.
‘Proclamation Day’ took place on Tuesday March 15th. This was the day when every school in the country was invited to share the results of their Proclamation for a New Generation. Here in St.Gabriel’s National School the students did not disappoint! So much so that Aughrim Street Credit Union requested a copy which is currently on display for all members of the community to see. The many prominent members of the community that attended on the day believe that what the children had to say was worthy on many levels. There are lessons to be learned from what they have highlighted as the burning issues for 2016 and their generation.
In the morning a very special concert took place celebrating all things Irish from storytelling to song and poetry in the school hall. Some of our Irish Dancers performed in their beautiful costumes. There was also a presentation from our Senior Classes celebrating the Leaders of 1916.
The Ceremony itself was led by Ms McLoone and two army representatives, John and Paul. They came from McKee Barracks and performed the official flag raising on the day dressed in full attire. They were accompanied by a bagpipe player and the stars of the day, Keelagh and Darcy. Keelagh and Darcy are two Irish Wolfhounds who are well used to official ceremonies. Keelagh led the Dublin Fire Brigade in this year’ s St.Patrick’s Day Parade and has even met the Queen! The children and adults were all very excited to have a meet and greet with them after the official proceedings! Ms Comerford read the original Proclamation while Daniel was selected to read the Proclamation for a New Generation. Our youngest student Aryan presented the flag to the soldiers for raising.
We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to past pupil Séamus Stone and his community team of workers and local businesses that have been working tirelessly to provide us with the funding and the man power for a flagpole and various additions to our school grounds in preparation for this special day. Without Seamus this day just would not have run to the same level. We would also like to thank our caretaker Andrew Martin for all of his involvement on the day and in the lead up to it. Aughrim Street Credit Union have been extremely generous and provided us with a plaque to commemorate our special day. It is wonderful to be part of the Stoneybatter Community at this very important time in history.
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.
Many thanks to Byrne’s Allcare Pharmacy on the Oxmantown Road for making a donation towards the running of our Breakfast Club.
Here in St. Gabriel’s, we are delighted to run a very popular and busy breakfast club for the children. The breakfast club not only provides the children with a breakfast to set them up for the day, and all the learning and play that they do, but it is also an important social opportunity for them. The breakfast room is always a hive of chatter and laughter in the mornings.
To provide this to the children right through the year, we need extra funds, so we were very grateful to accept a generous cheque for €250 from Fiona from Byrne’s Allcare Pharmacy. The money will go towards continuing to provide the children of St. Gabriel’s with a breakfast before school each morning.
The parents who attend Paula’s Cookery and Baking Class on Friday mornings finished the term off with a delicious feast of food from around the world. Paula prepared both traditional and other foods, and the parents brought dishes they had cooked at home. There was enough food to feed the whole school.
Great fun was had with Christmas crackers, paper hats and silly jokes, sharing stories and festive cheer. Many thanks to Paula for always providing such an enjoyable class.
The cookery class resumes on Friday 18th January, and is free and open to new people to join.
A group of parents visited the National Museum at Collins Barracks on Tuesday to take part in the Family Christmas Trails. There are two trails in the museum suitable for all the family – the Angel Trail and the 12 Days of Christmas Trail. Both trails are fun, interactive and finish with an art activity.
Helen and Hollie in the museum were excellent tour guides, as they always are. The museum is open through the Christmas holidays and the trails would make a fantastic, fun and free family day out.
Other events in the museum over Christmas:
Christmas Family Trails – running until 6th January 2016
Sunday 13th December, 3 – 4 pm – FREE “Hands on History” drop in activity.
Saturday 28th November, 3:30 – 4:30pm – FREE Family Storytelling with storyteller, Jack Lynch
Sunday 3rd January, 2pm – The Mummers’ Play with Armagh Rhymers – traditional storytelling, folk theatre, music, singing, dance and drama and guaranteed to be a great laugh!