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Ready set…..

Our 1.1km run…

There could not have been a more active school than St Laurence’s last week for Active Schools Week 2018.  High energy was the theme for the week, with ‘Wake up, shake up’ on arrival at school and active ‘lines’ when lining up.  Not even the inclement weather could dampen our efforts. We had visits from a tennis coach for some fun tennis and games in the yard, as well as a Zumba class with Alex grooving and shaking along with the music.  As if that were not enough, we walked to and from the Phoenix Park on Thursday, completing a 1.1km run while there!   Friday, however, was the finale with the much anticipated teachers vs pupils game of dodgeball.   Pupils in groups of five continually beat the teachers until the last group when Ms Carty spectacularly defeated the last remaining opponent.   Take a look at our photos below!!



Go Ms Carty…..

Zumba, Zumba, Zumba…..

Anyone for tennis???

Go Sara…


Once again, the pupils and staff of St Laurence’s got into the spirit of World Book Day this year.  Pupils came to school dressed as one of their favourite book characters – and what an eclectic bunch they made.  From princesses to super heroes to scary characters and even ‘cool’ characters!   Can you name them all???

Our round-up of characters…

The pirate and the bear….

Three little princesses….

Mary Poppins and the Phantom….

Mr Bond! Shaken not stirred…

Not to be outdone – our wonderful teachers….


Crossing the imaginary river…

Fun together….

Following their great work on this year’s Pentecost Project, the pupils of St Laurence’s were invited to a day retreat at Ovoca Manor, Christian Adventure Centre, Co Wicklow on 21st March. Travelling by bus, they then spent a very busy day experiencing scripture stories, engaging in team building activities and, most importantly, having fun together.

Thank you to Claire Devaney and her colleagues from Scripture Union.


Together makes things easier…


We saw some great ball skills at our special training session with GAA football coaches, Michael and Malachy, from St Brendan’s GAA Club who visited our school on Friday, 16th March.


Engineer’s Week 2018 ran from 24th February to 2nd March and we at St Laurence’s certainly got into the spirit of things with some pretty amazing activities……

We had a had a visit and photo presentation from Niamh and Glenn, who work with Dublin City Council as Civil and Structural Engineers. Senior pupils had the opportunity to ask them questions about their roles and find out more about local engineering projects.









All pupils paired up to participate in an EGG DROP CHALLENGE, where they designed and built structures that they hoped would keep their eggs safe when they were later dropped from a height! Most of the eggs survived, demonstrating the children’s Egg-sellent Engineering skills…

The drop….




















































It was then construction time with the senior room pupils using various materials, incl straws and pasta to make stand alone structures.  Take a look at our bridges, lamp post, wind turbine and other constructions……



Well done to the pupils pictured for attaining perfect attendance for the month of February. They all received a certificate to mark their achievement. We are all so proud of them. Keep it up.







St Brigid’s Day

The senior room pupils were very busy making St. Brigid’s crosses early this week. They weaved rushes to create the cross shape. Although the process was challenging each and every child persevered and made their own special cross. They then brought them home to their families. We hope the kindness shown by St. Brigid is something the pupils will show to others.





We hope everyone who attended our nativity presentation, ‘Prickly Hay’ at St Laurence’s Church on Sunday, 17 December enjoyed it. It is certainly one of the highlights for the pupils who each year perform a different interpretation of the Nativity.


Our trip to the Library

Story time at the Library

Looking for that special book

Treasure Hunt

Checking a book out of the library

On Friday, 26th October, the whole school paid a visit to Ballyfermot Library.  We were met there by Lara and her colleague who gave us a tour of the library, explaining how books are sorted, showing us special places of interest and how to borrow books if we have a library card.  For the younger children, there was then ‘story time’ in the small children’s area, while the older pupils engaged in a library treasure hunt.  This tested the pupils on the information they learned from the tour of the library. They broke into teams and together they solved all the questions and clues. After a little snack, the children each chose a book to borrow from the library. We hope to visit the library again as a group from time to time during the school year.


Diocesan Service

The senior room representing St Laurence’s.

On Thursday, 19th October, the pupils of the senior room attended the annual Disocesan Service for Schools at Christ Church to celebrate the start of the new school year.

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