St Laurence's National School, Chapelizod

  Under the patronage of the Church of Ireland

Mural in St Laurence's NS schoolyard

Nestled in the heart of Chapelizod Village, and on the doorstep of the Phoenix Park, is St Laurence's NS, under the patronage of the Church of Ireland. St Laurence's is a small two class primary school offering an unrivalled pupil/teacher ratio and a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for all our pupils.
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We are sailing..... and rock pooling

School Tour 2019

On Monday 10th June, we set out on our school tour 2019 to the Irish National Sailing School in Dun Laogaire.  And what a day it was!!!  We were firstly blessed with the weather - apparently there was torrential rain in Chapelizod but out in Dun Laogaire the sun shone and the rain stayed away.  We did some rock pooling and took a trip out on the water.


Muriel, our wonderful guide, took us to the beach in Dun Laoghaire where we scavenged for crabs, sand hoppers, limpits, lug worms, sea  to name but a few.  We saw barnacles stuck to rocks and learned so much about the ecosystem of the beach.  We even received a history lesson about the Martello Tower close by.


After a well earned lunch, we took to the seas.....    We'd like to send a big 'thank you' to Muriel and her colleagues at the Irish National Sailing School.  Click here to see more photos and videos of one of our best school tours ever......

Bloom in the Park


On Thursday, 30th March the whole school took a trip to Bloom in the Park.  Invited by Incredible Edibles to take a tour at Bloom, we saw sheep and cows and learnt about food from the farm.  We visited a small butterfly garden, learned about insects, bees and pollination.  We also took the opportunity to tour Bloom ourselves, spotting wonderful plants, watching a beehive in action, and visiting the Irish Guide Dogs Association stand. Click here to see more photos of our day at Bloom ...

 

ANNUAL DODGE BALL TOURNAMENT!!!!


The annual teachers vs pupils dodge ball tournament took place on Wednesday, 15th May.  Some deft movements on both sides - not too sure who the champions were - but great fun all round. Check out the videos here....

Active School Week

Never one to be daunted by a challenge, St Laurence's is this week partaking in Active School Week (7th to 10th May 2019).  Despite the deluge of rain this week we ventured out whenever we could - see our activities below.........

TUESDAY


Skipathon

The sun appeared again on Friday so we set off to the park for a game of rounders.

STEM Week 2019

Each year St Laurence's celebrates STEM Week (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and we showcase various aspects of STEM and show how important and prevalent these subjects are in our everyday life.  This year Ms Hendy set us some challenges which were great fun and educational too. We put all our heads together to complete the tasks. See our videos below.......  

CHALLENGE:  Make a rollercoaster which brings a marble down from a start height of 1m with no drop greater than 5cm....
 

CHALLENGE:  Make a boat that can float successfully in a tank of water and can carry cargo of at least one coin.....

World Book Day 2019

St Laurence's certainly got into character for World Book Day 2019.  Each pupil came dressed as their favourite book character and what an array of characters we had - do you recognise any?????   

We walked 'in character' to Ballyfermot Library where each child chose a book and settled into buddy reading.....

What a great day and, hopefully, this enthusiasm for books will continue throughout the year.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Bhíomar an-gnóthach i rith Seachtain na Gaeilge i mbliana! 
We ran a Siopa Cáca bake sale and raised over €100 for Barretstown. We learned the Hakka Gaelach and roared our Irish verbs ferociously! We combined the classes to hold a massive game of Biongó. We took our cúpla focal out into the community and went to visit our senior friends at Glenaulin Nursing Home. The week culminated in a Lá Glas agus Seó Tallainne íontach ar an Aoine - bhíomar bródúil as iarracht ár bpáistí, rinne siad a ndícheall ar fad!  

An Haka as Gaeilge - An Físeán

INCREDIBLE EDIBLES

Incredible Edibles is a healthy eating initiative for Primary School pupils. It encourages schools across the country to get busy growing carrots, lettuce, potatoes, strawberries, turnips and herbs. St Laurence's, eager to get involved, signed up and were supplied with grow packs containing everything we need to grow a veritable feast of healthy foods! There's still work to be done in tending to our grow packs but we look forward to watching our fruit and vegetables grow......

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SENIOR ROOM!!
St Laurence's Senior Room pupils made waves at the Palmerstown Credit Unit schools quiz......

Huge congratulations to our Senior Room pupils, who represented St Laurence's so well at the Palmerstown Credit Union Quiz, held at Pobalscoil Iosolde on Friday 1st February. Our Under 11s were joint winners, before being narrowly defeated in a nail-biting tie-breaker round to finish in a fantastic 2nd place. Our 6th class girls also made great waves in the Under 13s competition, scooping 3rd prize in the end. We are very proud of them and thanks to all the parents who came along to support them on the night.

Felting with Lorna

The whole school had a master class in felting with Lorna McCormack on Monday 11th February.  See our video below and click here to find out more  FELTING WITH LORNA