June 29 2024

New Teachers Introduced…

We welcome four new teachers to our school next year, Ms. O’Hare, Ms. Bradley, Ms. Errity and Ms. Bosveld, although two of them, Ms. Bradley and Ms. Bosveld have already completed some work with us during this academic year. Ms. Bradley will teach 1st class, Ms. O’Hare will teach 3rd class and Ms. Bosveld and Ms. Errity will take up roles as  Special Education Teachers.  Please find below messages from all four new members of our teaching staff:

A message from Ms. Errity:

Hello, my name is Rebecca, I have over 10 years teaching experience and very much look forward to joining the team in St. Anne’s in September. I love teaching and I am particularly focused on creating positive learning opportunities where children are engaged and supported. Wellbeing, Yoga and Sport are areas which are of special interest to me which I include in my daily lessons. 

A message from Ms. Bosveld:

‘Hi! My name is Elizabeth Bosveld, and I am a qualified primary school teacher from the Netherlands. I qualified in 2021 and have worked as a teacher in the Netherlands since then. In 2023 I obtained my Master’s Degree in Educational Sciences. I moved to Ireland almost 6 months ago, with the aim of working in education here. I’m excited to start as a Special Education Teacher in St. Anne’s while I also work on my Irish!’

A message from Ms. Bradley:

‘Hi! I am Sara Bradley and I am delighted to be joining the amazing team in St Anne’s. I completed my Bachelor of Education degree in primary teaching in St Patrick’s College, DCU, specialising in Geographical, Environmental and Outdoor Education. I have worked in many different schools across Dublin, and I have particularly loved working in St Anne’s for the past couple of months. I am passionate about children’s wellbeing and I am enthusiastic about creating a safe, supportive and fun learning environment. I love learning through play, and my experience in working in a Montessori School has helped to shape my teaching style in this way. I am really excited to get to know all the children and have a great year filled with fun and learning!’

A message from Ms. O’Hare:

‘Hi everyone! My name is Laura O’ Hare and I have been a teacher in Ballyfermot for the last five years. My hobbies include tennis and music and I love to bring my passion for sport and music into the classroom! I am really looking forward to my new adventure in St. Anne’s where I’ll be closer to home and can’t wait to meet all of you and the children in September!’

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June 29 2024

Graduation 2024

We had such a memorable and special day on Wednesday, when we said a fond farewell to our Graduating 6th classes, through stories, memories and song….we wish you every success and happiness in Secondary School!

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June 28 2024

Our Final Term in Ms. Olson’s Second Class!

Wow what a year it has been in Ms. Olson’s Second Class! We have really enjoyed ourselves over the year and we are ready for Third Class.

Here are our highlights from our final term!


We learnt all about report genre writing this term and we worked very hard at writing reports about different topics. We really enjoyed researching facts and information on the iPads to help us in writing our reports and they were a very interesting read! We also loved reading our class novel ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl.


This term we enjoyed learning about ‘Bia’ (Food); ‘Sa Bhaile’ (At Home); An tEarrach (Spring), ‘Siopadóireacht’ (Shopping), ‘An Teilifís’ (Television) and ‘An Samhradh’ (Summer) and we are continuing to develop our reading, writing and oral language skills.


We love maths in Second Class and this term we focused on learning about money, rotations and angles, pattern, place value, number, how to subtract with renaming, learning our 2x multiplication tables, data, area and capacity. We really enjoyed coming up with questions to survey our class on before constructing graphs out of concrete materials and representing our data pictorially and abstractly on block diagrams. We also measured the area of different things and explored capacity by measuring and pouring.



We received our First Holy Communion on Saturday 18th May 2024. We had a very special ceremony in St. Anne’s Church celebrated by Fr. Michael O’Sullivan. We had been practising for a number of weeks before our Sacrament learning hymns, saying our readings and prayers and of course learning how to receive Communion. On the day we processed into the church with the priest as the choir sang beautifully in the background. Afterwards we went to the school for a party run by the PTA. The hall was decked out in gorgeous decorations and we had some much fun! On the Monday after our Communion we had our photographs taken and had a big party in the classroom with a yummy cake, lots of treats, music and dancing! We even had a game of ultimate tag out in the yard before home time. It truly was a very memorable occasion!



We learnt all about the weather and the water cycle in S.E.S.E. We conducted a couple of experiments including creating the water cycle in a zip lock bag and we made raining clouds using water, food colouring and shaving foam! We also had an amazing Stem Day towards the end of June. We investigated which material would make the best kite out of paper, bin bags, tinfoil, fabric and cardboard. The paper and bin bags proved to be the most successful. Other classes came to view our kites and we loved going around to other classes to see what they had made too!



We had a lovely Wellbeing Day this year in April! We enjoyed having extra yard time, playing card games, listening to music and doing some mindfulness colouring.


We had a very busy Active Schools Week in May and it was so much fun! We had our sports day on Tuesday where we enjoyed doing basketball shoot outs, long jump, an obstacle course, relay races, hockey, croquet, penalty shoot outs, bean bag races and target throws. Team C was the winner of sports day but we all thoroughly enjoyed taking part! We also had lots of fun doing bowling, rugby and yoga throughout the week on top of our regular P.E. with Coach Ed, Dance with Ms. Casey and swimming on a Friday. On Friday afternoon we had our Family Fun Day up at Stonebridge Pitches. We had lots of fun doing circuits, penalty shoot outs, target throws, an obstacle course, egg and spoon races and three legged races! Our parents even joined in too. Afterwards we danced to music, had a picnic with lots of treats and enjoyed blowing bubbles and soaking our friends at the wet sponge throwing event! It was a fantastic day! We also headed up to the pitches on Monday for parachute fun!


Visual Arts

In Music, we had been working really hard to learn all our hymns for our First Holy Communion and we sang them beautifully on the day. We also continued on with our Dabbledoo lessons enjoying learning about the Pentatonic Scale. We made some beautiful art pieces for our Communion including First Holy Communion suncatchers and lovely salt dough crosses. We also made Father’s Day Cards and rainy day resist umbrella pictures. We used wax crayons to draw an umbrella and a straw to blow paint around it, we were able to wipe off any paint then off our umbrella!


School Tour

We had a fantastic time on our school tour to Fort Lucan. We loved the water slides, helter skelter, go-karts, mini golf and the playground!


Leaving Parties

We were sad to see three of our friends leave our class this year but we wish them all the best of luck in their new schools and we couldn’t let them leave without throwing them a farewell celebration! Best of luck in your new schools D, T and R!


What a fantastic year it has been in Second Class! I will miss having this lovely class but I know that the children will have a wonderful time with their new teacher next year. I wish you all a fantastic summer break and the very best of luck in Third Class!

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April 21 2024

Second Class Highlights from November to March!

We’ve had a very busy few months in Second Class! Here are some of our highlights from November to March:


We learnt about narrative writing and worked very hard at writing stories for the ‘Write a Book’ competition! We are eagerly awaiting the results to see if we have any winners! We had great fun bringing in our favourite books, making bookmarks, dressing up as our favourite characters on World Book Day and enjoyed swapping books at the book fair.



We enjoyed learning about ‘An Scoil’ (School); ‘An Geimhreadh’ (Winter); ‘An Nollaig’ (Christmas); ‘Lá ‘le Pádraig’ (St. Patrick’s Day) and ‘An Chaisc’ (Easter) and are developing our reading, writing and oral language skills as Gaeilge. We had a fabulous Seachtain na Gaeilge participating in a céilí, a parade and Gaeilge poster competition!


We’ve been having fun exploring different maths topics including Number; Pattern; Symmetry; 3-D Shapes; Time; Place Value; Fractions, Length and Weight. We enjoyed making fairy buns and pancakes as part of our learning and loved our maths orienteering Easter egg hunt on the last day of term.



We received the Sacrament of Reconciliation on 27th February and created beautiful art to decorate the church.

S.E.S.E – Geography, History and Science

We were fascinated learning about Space, Winter, Christmas, The Rainforest, China and Myths and Legends. We made satellites and space rovers with Lego WeDo 2.0 and used the iPads to code them to move. We also enjoyed creating Santa’s Sleigh out of different materials including wood, clay, plastic, cardboard and Lego WeDo 2.o for our Stem Exhibition.



We were so lucky to have five different coaches teaching us different skills – Coach Steve from Shankill GAA for Ball Skills; Coach Deirdre and Coach Alberto for Gymnastics; Coach Ed for Games including Hockey and Coach Jim from Cricket Ireland. We also had a special visit from Coach Steve who brought the Sam Maguire Cup for us to see and hold!



We have been focusing on our wellbeing and have been enjoying doing activities in our wellbeing journals. We also enjoyed participating in Secret Santa in our class! We had a ‘Crazy Hair Day’ to raise money for the school and we were very thankful to R in our class for bringing in goodies for World Down Syndrome Day too!


Visual Arts – Music, Art and Drama

We have loved doing our Dabbledoo Music lessons. We created beautiful Advent wreaths, Christmas Tree suncatchers, Snowmen, Recycled Christmas Cards, Rainforest Dioramas, Chinese Dragons, Valentine’s Day Cards, Spring Flowers using pointillism, St. Patrick’s Day bodhráns for our parade, Mother’s Day cards and Easter cards in Art. Finally we put on a fabulous performance of ‘The Night Before Christmas’ for our families and had a ‘wrap’ party. We also went to a show ‘Polar Bear and Penguin’ in the Mermaid Theatre, Bray on the DART to get some inspiration before our own performance!


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April 21 2024

STEM Challenges!

In December, our school had stem challenges where each class level had selected themes ranging from creating Christmas trees to creating sleighs. We interviewed pupils about their projects.

Junior Infants:

We interviewed Anna and Ezra. They made Christmas trees out of Lego, blocks, paper, pegs, forks, sticks and books. They made trees that were multicoloured. They were from Ms. Rigby’s class.

Senior Infants:

We interviewed Nicky and Adam. They made paper chains using cardboard and paper. Their chains were white. Nicky said his was the longest in the class. They were from Ms. McManus’s class.

First Class:

We interviewed Lucy and Ethan. They made symmetrical wrapping paper. They made Christmas trees. They painted one half of the sheet and folded it to male it symmetrical. They were from Ms. O’ Crowley’s class.

Second Class:

We interviewed Lelya and Dylan. They made Santa sleighs out of lollipop sticks, cardboard, playdough, egg cartons and cubes. They were from Mr. Higgins’ class.


Third Class:

We interviewed Zoe and Robyn. They made pulleys out of ribbons, wire, pom poms and cartons. They were from Ms. Dawson’s class. 

Fourth Class:

We interviewed Cara and Isabelle. They were allowed to do whatever they wanted. Cara made a wreath and Isabelle made a gingerbread house. They were from Mr. Hackett’s class.

Fifth Class:

We interviewed Isabel and Éimhin. They made elf traps out of cardboard, paper, rope, net, markers, string, clay and candy canes. They were from Ms. Treacy’s class.

Sixth Class:

We interviewed Alesha and Marcus. They could make whatever they wanted. Alesha made a cup tree and Marcus made a marshmallow launcher with Robyn. They were from Mr. Scully’s class.


Well done to everyone involved!

By Eoghan and Robyn

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April 21 2024

Environmental Workshop

Last December, Rosin from the SEAI came to our school and visited some classes to speak about the importance of saving energy. She showed us experiments like bouncing a basketball at our feet to see if we could feel the vibration. My favourite experiment was when we put a vitamin tablet in a water container with a lid. The lid popped off 4 times. The second time she put an extra half a tablet in and the lid popped off 9 times! At the end we did a quiz. Did you know that using a hair dryer for 15 minutes uses more energy than watching tv for 4 hours?


Thank you Roisin.

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