Tables Championship Finals

On Thursday we had an exciting (and stressful!) day as the finals of the  Maths Week Tables Championships took place.  A huge well done to all the children who reached the finals and showed everyone their amazing number skills and strategies. Congratulations to Alan, our junior champion and well done to Marta and Karol who were our runners up.  In the senior final it was congratulations to Alistair who came in 1st place and his worthy runners up were Daniel and Leon.  Well done to all involved.

Autumn Collage

In the Sunshine room we made autumn collages from the beautiful autumn leaves and twigs we collected in the park.

Recycle Magic!

Last week a magician visited St. Gabriel’s with a special message about recycling.
He taught us the recycle rap – “Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! Yo!”

Outdoor Maths Trail for Junior Infants

Junior Infants and 5th and 6th Class went on another adventure to the Phoenix Park today, this time following a Maths Trail!  Each group was tasked with finding lots of different items such as 3 pieces of bark, 7 leaves, 9 stones, 5 chestnuts, 12 twigs etc.  The pupils also had to look out for any circles, triangles and squares in the environment and to make 2D shapes with the twigs and stones they found.  The Junior Infants children were so enthusiastic that we all had a really fantastic time.  Watch this space for more adventures throughout the year with these classes!

Maths Week Fun in St. Gabriel’s

There is a lot of excitement this week in St. Gabriel’s as we are celebrating Maths Week 2016.  One of the pupils, teachers and parents favourite events took place on Tuesday when the whole school came together at the same time to play Maths Games.  This year’s event was as enjoyable as ever and everyone was very proud that we broke our previous records for the amount of parents in attendance.  All the pupils and staff appreciate the time that the parents gave up to come and be a part of the fun.  There was a wonderful atmosphere of friendship and learning in the P.E. hall that was felt by all.  Next up, the Tables Championship finals!!!!

Maths Week 2016

Maths Week Ireland will take place from the 15th – 23rd October 2016 (see www.mathsweek.ie for a list of activities nationwide)  In St. Gabriel’s we always enjoy an active Maths Week each year and look forward to this event for months.   Most importantly, each child from Junior Infants to Sixth Class gets involved in the various activities.

Our whole school Maths Games event will take place this year on Tuesday 18th October at 9am  in the P.E. Hall.  As every class is involved in this one event, we need our parents to come along and help out with the fun and games!  If you are free to be a part of this fantastic event, please come along next Tuesday morning for a really enjoyable morning.

Junior Infants go on an Adventure!

Junior Infants went on an adventure to the Phoenix Park last week with their buddies from 5th and 6th Class.  In October, each class is focusing on the strand Outdoor and Adventure Activities in our P.E. lessons and the pupils from 5th and 6th Class were delighted to be asked to accompany their ‘Buddies’ from Junior Infants to the park.  We managed to include some S.E.S.E. on our trip and discovered lots of different coloured Autumn leaves and chestnuts.  We are all looking forward to doing some more fun activities together during the year!

Educational Workshops for Parents

A big thank you to all of the Junior and Senior Infant parents who attended Anna’s Jolly Phonics workshop on Tuesday. We hope this workshop will help you to help your child more at home with learning phonics.

We also recommend using the Jolly Phonics app at home. This can easily be downloaded on your smart phone or tablet.

Don’t forget the next workshop for parents is next Tuesday, 11th October at 9am.

This workshop will introduce parents to the Help My Kid Learn website, and some great activities you can use with your children both at home and out and about.

 

The art of Axel Scheffler

Last month (September) 4th and 5th Class studied the drawings of Axel Scheffler, the illustrator of many of Julia Donaldson’s books, including the Gruffalo and A Squash and a Squeeze. We studied the methods of Axel and had a go at drawing our own interpretations of his work. Today, we painted the drawings, as Axel would have using water colours. Check out the amazing results below!