Dear Children, Parents & Staff of St Gabriel’s NS,
As we approach midterm break I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the role you have played in ensuring a safe return to school for all.
I am delighted to report that our Inspector from the DES is very happy with all our progress to date.
I feel very fortunate to be the leader of such a supportive and respectful school community and to have such an amazing staff.
I would like to give a special thank you to my Deputy Principal, Brenda Whyte, who has been working constantly alongside me since last March to make sure our school is the best it can be.
I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody for embracing our ‘Green Day’ in October! We raised a grand total of two thousand, four hundred and eighty two euro and fifty five cent. We have a number of projects in the pipeline that this money will be much needed for and we will keep you informed of this as we move through the year.
As we enter into more uncertainty the school community becomes even more important as the children need any opportunity to learn, socialise, exercise, play and have fun and a break from home. It also allows us all to have routine in our lives.
All classes are now doing homework and many classes are using a combination of books, worksheets and SeeSaw.
Many classes have been on outings to the Phoenix Park and local area to do Nature and Maths Trails.
We had a very successful Maths Week and are busy with Fire Safety Week at the moment.
We have continued to award Pupil of the Week and Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine even though we cannot have Assembly.
We are constantly adapting and responding to the needs at any given time for the children in light of what is happening in the wider world.
We are having extra focus on Birthdays this year as we understand the disappointment of not being able to celebrate in the usual way.
Some of our teachers have been very generous with their time providing free After Schools Clubs as we understand the children are very limited in what they can participate in. I was very impressed by Senior Infants who had a Music Club with Mr Whyte. They recorded their own CD and personal covers. I was very excited to receive one from them yesterday with a cover especially designed for me by Sofia!
Ms Fitzpatrick ran a Zumba/Art club which went down very well with the children. This is what came home to me!!
Ms Sweetman & Ashley ran a Football Club which was attended and enjoyed by her whole class! The feedback and thanks I have received in regard to the clubs has been fantastic and we hope to run many more this school year.
Mark from St Brendan’s GAA has been training Junior Infants to 2nd Class as well as the Sunshine Class. He will begin training with the older children up to Christmas.
Mr Donnelly has been training the children from 5th/6th to make sure we are match ready if the opportunity comes!!
Mr Smyth and Ashley did wonderful work organising our class photos in a socially distant way but bringing the class together digitally using a box!! Great thinking outside the box for them!!
Most of our communication now is through this website, emails from teachers and texts. If you need any help or support around this, please contact Mike and he will be more than happy to help. There is always a way around everything!
Thank you to those who have paid their School Supply Fee online using our new system. We will be billing you soon for tracksuits, ties, crests and photos. Remember you can always pay this in installments.
The children are tired now and really need to recharge the batteries during the midterm. We plan to work them very hard from November 2nd when we return to school!
We are looking forward to a fun dressing up day tomorrow!
Take care and see you all in November!!