St Gabriel’s NS visit Design Hub in Dublin Castle

Mr Smyth’s Class recently visited the Design Hub in Dublin Castle for a special tour of the exhibition and a workshop in construction. Check out the pictures below.

The Garda Band visit St Gabriel’s

The boys and girls of St Gabriel’s were treated to a live performance from the Garda Band this morning. We sang Christmas songs such as Jingle Bells, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and We Wish you a Merry Christmas.

The teachers even did a special performance for the children – a great rendition of Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!

St. Gabriel’s Christmas Show

Our annual Christmas performance was a great success and a real treat.

Parents, grandparents, friends and families were treated to a superb selection of festive songs, poetry and a wonderfully performed nativity from Junior Infants.

Some children read poems that they had written themselves, expressing the true meaning of Christmas. The music was fun, lively and enjoyed by all.

There was a fantastic turnout – a full house. The children were so happy to see so many people there to support their hard work.

May we take this opportunity again to wish all of you a very happy and peaceful Christmas and best wishes for the year ahead from all in Saint Gabriel’s NS.

Christmas Poem


By Luke

Click your fingers Santa’s coming,

Here’s the time for Christmas humming,

Reindeer through the snow are running,

Its the Christmas joy,

Tonight we get a Christmas toy,

Santa Claus is filled with joy,

Mums and Dads are happy tonight,

All of us cheer tonight,

Santa Claus is coming tonight!

The answer is Blowing in the Wind

This month 4th/5th Class have been learning about Wind: Where wind comes from and how wind is measured.

We have studied the work of Francis Beaufort from County Meath who invented the Beaufort Scale for measuring wind speed.

We have built our own Wind Gauges or Anemometers. We are collecting our results over a few days to see how the wind speed changes.

Parents’ Cookery Class Christmas Celebration

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.

Parents’ Christmas Trip to Collins Barracks Museum

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!

Nutrition Workshop for Parents

The second of two Nutrition Workshops for parents took place in the Parents’ Room on Monday. Participants learned about portion sizes, sugary drinks, dealing with fussy eaters, and even tried some simple and healthy treats that children can get involved with cooking.

The workshop was very informative, interesting, interactive, and most of all helpful for parents of young children, whether they are fussy eaters or not.

Huge thanks to the DCU Nutrition and Dietetics students who facilitated the workshops.

More information and the recipes are available from Anna – just drop in and ask for them.

3rd Class Museum Visit

The children from 3rd Class were invited to visit the Museum of Decorative Arts and History at Collins Barracks this week.  They took part in a workshop called “If Things Could Talk” where they got to handle and examine different artifacts.  The children discussed who they thought each artifact may have belonged to and what it was used for.  Each group then gave a small presentation to the rest of the class.  We had a really enjoyable trip and hope to visit the museum again very soon.