World Cup Finals

Monday 23rd of March saw the annual Football World Cup in St. Gabriel’s draw to a close.  Over the past few weeks the children from 2nd to 6th Class have been playing together on teams with names that represent the different countries that some of our pupils or their families are from.  From Ireland to Poland, and Scotland to Zimbabwe, the teams have been battling it out to reach the semi-finals which took place in the Aughrim Street Sports Centre.

Referee on the day was Ian Hill of the FAI who has been running the competition with Ms. Hyland and Mr. Smyth.   Both semi-finals were nailbiting affairs and the spectators were never sure which team was going to walk away with the cup, but it was India who managed to swing it in the final.  Well done to South Africa, Estonia and Bulgaria who came 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively.

Today’s Solar Eclipse

Today our class wrote about our experience of the Solar Eclipse. Have a read of them below:

By David Casey

Today on the 20th of March 2015, there was a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is when the sun, the moon and the earth are perfectly aligned. The last one was in 1999 and the next one is in 2026.

By Jamie Leigh Fitzharris

Today when we came into school Mr Smyth told us there was a solar eclipse just before we did our Maths. He explained what a solar eclipse was. We were all fascinated. Well for all I know- I was. A solar eclipse is when the moon gets in the way of the sun so the sun reflects off the moon and then it looks like a diamond ring because the sun is behind the moon. So it makes it look like a diamond ring. I really liked learning about the eclipse. The last eclipse was in 1999 and the next one is in 2026 and I’ll be 21 or 22!

By Ryan Burke

Today in class our teacher told us that there was going to be a solar eclipse. It will repeat history from 1999. When the sun shines at the earth the moon gets in the way and makes no light and the world gets darker, darker and darker, until it goes pitch black for an hour more or less. Today the eclipse started at 8.30 and finished at 10.30. We looked at websites and we found live coverage from England, Scotland and the Faroe Islands.

Our Green Walk 2015!

The staff and pupils of St. Gabriel’s came together for our annual sponsored Green Walk to mark the end of Seachtain na Gaeilge 2015.  A busy week was had by all as we celebrated our language and culture (teanga agus cultúr)  with a series of events such as a concert (ceolchoirm) with Irish poems and songs from the children from Junior Infants to 6th Class, a quiz in Irish (Tráth na gCeist) and some céilí dancing. On Friday, we all dressed in green and walked around the Stoneybatter area.  Thank you to all the friends, families and neighbours who kindly sponsored the pupils and we are confident that we have raised even more funds for school events than ever before! Go raibh míle maith agaibh gach duine.