Hello Sunshine!

Hi everybody,

I hope you are enjoying this fabulous sunshine. Isn’t it glorious?
This is just a short message to wish you an enjoyable long weekend. Activities will be uploaded to begin next Wednesday.

Have fun in the sun!

Ms O’Dowd

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

Last week, the children from Mr Smyth’s 1st Class painted their own version of Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting. Since this week we are talking about Flower Power I thought it might be nice to post up some of their paintings. Enjoy!

Assembly Monday May 25th

Hi Everybody!

Welcome to the last week in May! I hope you are enjoying the lovely weather! Congratulations on all the hard work being done by students, staff and families of St. Gabriel’s N.S.

I want to welcome Ms O’Loughlin back. She will be working as a Support Teacher and is looking forward to catching up with you all!

Ms Dunne loved the beautiful pictures and cards you sent on SeeSaw!

I want to wish Donato a very Happy Birthday from us all!

So this week and next week are a bit shorter as we are off on Friday May 29th and Mon June 1st and Tuesday June 2nd. How valuable this time off is to those trying to juggle home schooling with working from home and the various other challenges that are presenting in our households.

Remember we are all doing our best and to try and put your mental health and wellbeing above all else. There are days when we feel incredibly sad and we miss our friends and routine and there are days where we are able to be grateful for what we have. We need to stay strong, stay at home and do our best so that June 8th will allow us more freedom. I am sure you are all experts by now at washing your hands and maintaining social distance.

So to cheer us up we are going to have a FLOWER POWER themed week!

So I want you to draw flowers, create flowers, colour flowers, photograph flowers, plant flowers, write about flowers, dress up as a flower, dance like a flower and send your photos and videos to your teacher on SeeSaw if you can! Do you get the idea?

The Bloom Festival in Phoenix Park this year will be held on-line. They are running an online competition on Sunday May 31st. They want people to share pictures of their colourful gardens…some fun videos capturing how garden spaces are being used. They also want to celebrate examples of great community spirit…” as simple as adding something to your front garden for those passing to enjoy from a socially acceptable distance.” On May 31st, posts on social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) using the hashtag #BloomwithRTE (more info available here: https://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/living/2020/0518/1139048-bloom-2020-is-moving-online-with-a-colourful-competition/ )

Have a lovely week flowers!!

Suzanne Comerford

A flower meditation and a leakproof bag experiment (you might need a mop!)

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all keeping well.

As we are into Flower Power this week in St. Gabriel’s N.S., here is a guided meditation from cosmic kids yoga. Click on the picture below and the guided meditation will open in Safetube.

Over the past few weeks I have planted a lot of summer seeds and bulbs which I hope will begin to shoot up and bloom when they are ready. Like the seed in the meditation, they will need heat from the sun and water from the clouds (or the tap!) to help them to grow.



You can keep practicing the counting, addition and subtraction activities and playing the maths games that were in my previous posts.

This week here is a rekenrek activity for Doubles. It is a PowerPoint file which should download to your device. Open and play the slideshow to do the activity.
Rekenrek – Doubles


Following on from the subtraction activity last week, here is another one for you to try. It is a PowerPoint file which should download to your device. Open and play the slideshow to do the activity.
Subtraction activity, e.g. 8 – ? = 5



I was delighted to see some of you trying the experiment about an egg floating in water over the past few weeks.
Here is another interesting experiment you might like to try – The Leakproof Bag Experiment (video opens in Safetube)
Please ask an adult at home for permission to do the experiment and ask them for help if you need it.
Do this experiment outside or over the sink or bath because if you get it wrong you’ll be mopping up a lot of water!
If you are using Seesaw, send some photos of the experiment to your class teacher!
(If you want to know more about how this experiment works please see here).


I hope you have a good week. Stay happy and safe!

Ms Whyte


Please note: For internet based activities please ensure your children are supervised while accessing the internet.

1st Class Activities Week Beginning May 25th

Hi all,

All activities are uploaded to SeeSaw app.

You can log on now to access the activities.

Thanks to all who have uploaded work – there’s lots of work coming in now each day – it’s amazing!

New activities load each morning at 8.50am. Hope you are all having fun with them.

Please remember that in order to access the material your parents should first ensure they give consent via email to Mike.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mr Smyth