The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, paid a visit to St. Gabriel’s NS this morning as his last official engagement as Lord Mayor.
He was formally and professionally greeted by a well-turned out 6th class, before entering the packed school hall. We had a superb turnout of parents and family members to celebrate the achievements of the boys and girls. There wasn’t a spare seat in the house!
Deborah Sutcliffe from the North West Inner City Network (NWICN – who sponsor the Star Awards), helped the Lord Mayor to present the Star Awards. All the children, parents and community groups who work with the children got to vote. We were also very honoured to present a parent, Tanya, with a Star Award for her involvement in the Community and one for a very special Past Pupil and neighbour of the school, Séamus “The Sweetman” Stone.
Children were awarded for their excellent attendance, something we hold dear in St. Gabriel’s. Loads of children got certificates and medals for their outstanding attendance.
Miss Hyland announced the children who won “Sportsperson of the Year” in each class. These are the children who always do their best, don’t worry about not winning, always show good team spirit and help other children in a sporting way.
Miss Cleary told us all about her experience of learning Irish in school, and how it is so lovely to hear the children really using their “cúpla focail” in the corridors of St. Gabriel’s NS.
Each class teacher very proudly read out their reasons for choosing their “Pupils of the Year”. The teachers really do have a difficult time picking these children out as there are so many wonderful children to choose from.
It was a lovely celebration to mark the end of another fantastic year in St. Gabriel’s – all the children have worked so hard, as have all the teachers.