Good Friends Week 2020

Good Friends Week

7th 11th September 2020

 

After an extra-long, unforeseen school closure, children, parents, teachers and staff are so delighted to be back in school this September. Although many aspects of school life are different, the first few days of school in St. Gabriel’s have gone very smoothly due to the cooperation of the whole school community. Thank you all. Every September we love to focus on a theme for Good Friends Week. This year our theme is ‘Be Respectful’.

Parents deserve huge respect for the way you have made adjustments to how we approach school life. You have shown respect for the new routines that we are all getting used to, especially at morning drop-offs and home-time collections. This all contributes to the safe, secure and happy return to school.

This year, more than ever, to be a good friend to those around us, being respectful is of great importance; respectful of space, respectful of belongings, respectful of ideas and opinions. This week, classes will explore, learn about and practise lots of ways in which we can be respectful. Pupils will be given the opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions around the topic of respect in order to promote the wellbeing of all in our school.

Pupils have impressed us so much already by displaying wonderful respect for the new school rules and routines. Although it may be a challenge to stay within their own pods and bubbles, the pupils of St. Gabriel’s are respecting the notion of staying together by keeping apart. Well done boys and girls! You are amazing!

 We will continue to encourage this wonderful display of respect during Good Friends Week and throughout our school year ahead.

Good Friends Week 2019

2nd – 6th September 2019

Welcome to the new school year. Our focus this year is ‘Be Kind’.

Children will look at what they can do to be kind in the classroom and on the playground. They will learn to understand the impact that one kind word or one small act of kindness can have on another person. Children will also explore with their teachers and classmates all the qualities that make a good friend.

As part of Good Friends Week each class will draw up a class charter with guidelines that they feel are important to help each classroom to be happy, safe, and productive places to be this year.

Ms. Sweetman’s 5th and 6th class will show wonderful kindness this week by becoming Buddies to our new Junior Infant Class.

It feels good to be kind to others and it’s a fantastic way to start the new school year.

Good Friends Week

4th – 8th September 2017

Our special focus this year is to ‘Be Generous’.  We hope to honour the life of our wonderful school gardener, Séamus Stone, who recently passed away. His generosity knew no bounds and has enriched the lives of our school community.

Each class will work hard this week to be generous with their time, their talents and their treasures, especially sharing our smiles and our kind words!

We will draw up our class charters with guidelines that we feel are important to help each classroom to be happy, safe, welcoming and productive places to be this year.

Ms. Fahey’s 5th and 6th class will display their generosity by becoming Playground Buddies to our new Junior Infant Class. What fantastic role models they are!

Good Friends Week 2016

Good Friends Week
5th-9th September 2016

It’s that time of year again when, here in St. Gabriel’s, we celebrate all our wonderful friendships and hopefully create some new friendships too!
Our special focus this year is to ‘Be Thoughtful’.

Be Thoughtful
Each class will work hard this week to be thoughtful by helping each other out, being considerate of how others may be feeling, sharing, welcoming all the new pupils to our school and inviting others to join in our games.
We will draw up our class charters with guidelines that we feel are important to help each classroom to be happy, safe, welcoming and productive places to be this year.
Ms. Fahey’s class have already begun to be wonderful role models by becoming Playground Buddies to our new Junior Infant Classes.

What a wonderful way to begin the new school year!