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UPDATED: Friday December 14th, 2018

Join us in St. Stephen's!
Would you like your son to join our amazing school community? Well, now's your chance! We have spaces for enrolment in our Junior Infants! Get in touch with us for more details. You can phone the school on 051-871716, or fill out our contact form. You can also download a copy of our Application Form here. We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Christmas Raffle:
It's nearly time for the St. Stephen's Parents' Association Christmas Raffle... There are some AMAZING prizes to be won again this year, including a brand new bike, vouchers for Pennys, McDonalds, and more! The draw takes place in the school on December 18th - please support the work of our school's Parents' Association by buying some raffle tickets!

Christmas Carol Service:

Our school's annual Christmas Carol Service will be taking place on Wednesday, December 19th in the Cathedral in Barronstrand Street at 11:30am. It's always a highlight of the Christmas season, and all parents, past pupils, and friends of our school are welcome to come along and join us on the day for some lovely carols to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas time.

Christmas Activities:

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Festive activities are taking place all around St. Stephen's, with lovely artwork being produced, and concerts being prepared. Our special Christmas page is now live on this link, click to visit and catch up with all the festive fun taking place around the school!

Winterval Golden Ticket:

Our boys in Mrs. Breen's and Mr. O'Sullivan's 1st Classes are going to have quite a treat this Friday! The two classes will be out for the day with a Winterval Golden Ticket!!! Check back on Friday to hear all about the things that the boys get to do on their big day out!

Annual Cinema Trip:

Every year at Christmas, the boys get a nice treat and are brought to the cinema. This year, Junior Infants to 2nd Class are going to see The Grinch, while 3rd to 6th Classes will be treated to Ralph Breaks The Internet. Have fun, everyone!

School Choir:

The school choir were invited to sing at AIB Bank in Barronstrand Street and went along on Thursday, December 6th. The boys sang beautifully and everyone who was there really enjoyed the lovely songs - see a lovely highlights video HERE. Well done to Miss Power and all the boys. The boys also travelled to Maypark Nursing Home on Wednesday, December 12th to sing some songs for the residents there. Well done to everyone!

Brrr-illiant work in Miss Kenny's Junior Infants!:

The boys in Junior Infants had a brrr-illiant time learning about the Arctic! The boys did lots of different activities and learned LOADS! Click here to see photos from Miss Kenny's Junior Infants and their latest Aistear theme!

High Five for 5th Class:
It's been a busy few weeks in Mr. Russell's 5th Class! The boys have travelled the world (on Skype!) to learn about lots of different things! They took part in the Dreidelympics with South Africa, the USA, and Israel, while learning about Hanukkah. They competed in the Kahoot World Cup, went on a virtual trip to the Canadian Canoe Museum, and learned about Sea Turtles and endangered Vultures. On top of that, they enjoyed some fun with Hockey for PE! Well done boys!

Even MORE Cooking for Fun in Miss Lowe's 3rd Class:
Yes, there was even more Cooking for Fun... fun!... in Miss Lowe's 3rd Class! Click HERE to see the photos as the boys baked some more delicious treats!

CHECK out the challenge games in the Chess Club:
The boys in the Chess Club made the short trip to De La Salle College on December 4th to play some challenge games. See photos and read more HERE.

Healthy Eating Aistear in Miss Butler's Junior Infants:
Miss Butler's class loved learning about healthy eating in Aistear. Click HERE to read more and see photos of the boys working on the theme!

4th Class at the FAI Waterford FUTSAL Event:
Boys from 4th Class took part in the 2018 FUTSAL football event that took place at the WIT Arena on Thursday, November 29th. Read more HERE!


Science Week 2018:
Science Week took place recently and there was some amazing work taking place in St. Stephen's! We have Science Week highlights from Miss Byrne's 4th Class, Miss McGovern's Senior Infants, and Mr. C. Hayden's 6th Class!

Miss Kenny's Busy Class:
Miss Kenny's Junior Infants have been working SO hard in the last few weeks! The boys have been working on their letter formation, and learned about Healthy Eating in Aistear! Keep up the great work, boys!

Roots of Empathy:
The second Family Visit in Roots of Empathy took place recently, as baby Aidan and his mum Michelle came to 5th Class. See the photos HERE!

Cooking For Fun:
Cooking for Fun took place in the 3rd Classes during November! The boys enjoyed the sessions and made some lovely, tasty treats. The aromas were fantastic all around the school! See photos from Miss Lowe's 3rd Class and from Mr. Coghlan's 3rd Class!

Parent Teacher Meetings:
Parent Teacher Meetings took place last week in St. Stephen's. A big thank you to all parents and guardians who took the time to come to the meetings to discuss your son's progress!

FÍS Film Awards 2018:
The 2018 FÍS Film Awards took place in The Helix Theatre in Dublin on Wednesday November 14th. Mr. R. Hayden's 6th Class made a film when they were in 5th Class last year, and it was shortlisted for an award. In what is a huge accomplishment, the boys WON the award for Outstanding Achievement in Film Making in the Documentary category. Click HERE to read more and see photos from the 2018 FÍS Awards! You can also watch a highlights video HERE!

Pre-School celebrates Diwali:
That's right, the wonderful boys in the pre-school celebrated Diwali on November 7th! See some photos and learn a little more about Diwali HERE!

Retirement of Mrs. Musgrave:

St. Stephen's sadly saw the retirement of Mrs. Musgrave on Thursday, October 25th. This brought to a close a distinguished teaching career with decades of dedicated service to the pupils of St. Stephen's De La Salle. Mrs. Musgrave taught everything from infants to 6th Class while in recent years, Mrs. Musgrave worked tirelessly in her role as Learning Support Teacher, and was a shining beacon of inspiration to us all in that position. Mrs. Musgrave also looked after the Credit Union quiz teams, and the Athletics entrants from St. Stephen's each school year. She was, and always has been, a dedicated, hard working teacher, who always put pupils' interests first, and will be sorely missed by everyone. All of us at St. Stephens - pupils and staff alike - wish Mrs. Musgrave many happy years in retirement and thank her for her dedication and huge efforts, for which everyone associated with St. Stephen's, past and present, will be forever grateful.

Halloween 2018:
Click here to check out the fang-tastic fun that took place around the school for Halloween 2018!

Mayor's Visit 2018:
Waterford City Mayor Joe Kelly visited St. Stephen's on Thursday, October 25th. Read more HERE.

October Highlights in the Pre-School:
October was another busy month! The super boys in the Pre-School enjoyed another wonderful month in the two pre-school rooms. Watch a video slideshow or check out the photos here!

Science for Fun:

Mr. Russell's 5th Class have been learning about Science - for Fun! The first week was filled with interesting and fun experiments. Check out the photos from Week 2 HERE!


Maths Week in Miss McGovern's Senior Infants:
Miss McGovern's Senior Infants absolutely LOVED Maths Week! The boys did a Maths Trail and played lots of Maths games! See their awesome Maths Week video HERE!

Social Skills:
Mrs. Breen's 1st Class enjoyed learning about social skills recently. Read more and see photos of the boys with their certificates HERE.

Maths Week 2018:
Maths Week was absolutely amazing in St. Stephen's! All week, there were lots of fun games, puzzles and Maths Trails, as the boys are shown that Maths is all around us, every day. Check out ALL the awesome Maths activities on our special Maths Week page - there's "sum" load of photos!

De La Salle College Show 2018:
Our 5th and 6th Classes went to see "The Addams Family", staged by De La Salle College, on Friday, October 19th. Everyone enjoyed the show, and it was great to see THREE past pupils of our school on stage as part of the main cast, as well as plenty more alumni of St. Stephen's involved in other parts of the show's production. Well done to everyone involved for another excellent production!

Roots of Empathy in 5th Class:

St. Stephen's was delighted to host the first Family Visit in the 2018/2019 Roots of Empathy programme! Baby Aidan and his mum visited 5th Class on Wednesday, October 17th. Click here to see photos!

Science for Fun:

Mr. Russell's 5th Class have been learning about Science - for Fun! The first week was filled with interesting and fun experiments. Check out the photos from Week 1 HERE!


U10 Gaelic Football:
The St. Stephen’s De La Salle Under 10 Gaelic Football team had a historic victory in Gracedieu on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018!  It is the first time that St. Stephen’s have won the U-10 Gaelic Football Cup in well over a decade. Read a full report and see some photos of the victorious panel HERE!

Science for Fun in 4th Class:
Science for Fun has ended in Miss Byrne's 4th Class - with some super cool experiments! Check out the final 2 weeks on their class page HERE.

Blast Off for Space Week in 5th Class:
Mr. Russell's 5th Class were celebrating Space Week Ireland 2018, part of World Space Week. The boys were learning lots about planet Earth, our solar system, and other interesting things about space, as well as doing some science experiments with a space theme. Read more about everything happening in 5th Class for Space Week!

Aistear in Senior Infants:
Miss Robinson's Senior Infants started October with an enjoyable theme in Aistear - Old MacDonald and his farm! Check out some photos here!

Senior Infants and 6th Classes in the Park:
Miss Robinson's and Miss McGovern's Senior Infants, along with their friends in Mr. C. Hayden's and Mr. R. Hayden's 6th classes, visited the People's Park recently for a nature trail. Read more and see photos here!

Super Boys in Miss Kenny's Junior Infants:
Lots of awesome things happening in Miss Kenny's Junior Infants recently! The boys were learning about Autumn in Aistear and you can see photos here or there's a video slideshow here, and they were singing "Dingle Dangle Scarecrow" - see a video here!

Science for Fun in Miss Byrne's 4th Class:
Miss Byrne's 4th Class have been learning about Science - for Fun! The first week was filled with interesting and fun experiments. Check out the photos from Week 1 here!

September Highlights in the Pre-School:
September is always such a busy time! The fantastic boys in the Pre-School have settled in really well, and enjoyed a wonderful month of activities and games. Watch a video slideshow or check out the photos here!

European Day of Languages 2018:
Mr. Russell's 5th Class had a brilliant time at the City Library on Wednesday, September 26th, as the boys attended a celebration for European Day of Languages. Find out what they did and see some photos by clicking here!

Busy Bees in Miss Butler's Junior Infants:
Miss Butler's Junior Infants have been SO busy! The boys were showing off their technical know-how with some learning fun on the iPads, they were learning about Autumn in Aistear, and were singing some songs too! Check out the links to see these great boys at work!

Cross Country Athletics 2018:
The annual Waterford Primary Schools' Cross Country Athletics took place on Tuesday, September 18th at the RSC. Read more about how the boys got on and see photos here!

FÍS Film Festival 2018:
For the second year in a row, Mr. Russell's Class entered the national FÍS film making competition for primary schools. The boys in 5th Class 2017/18 wrote a script and made storyboards for their 5 minute film, which is a short look at the history of Waterford's City Walls. The title for their film is "Waterford: Ireland's Oldest City". The names for the shortlist were released on Friday, September 14th, and we are delighted to reveal that the boys' film made the shortlist! They will now travel to The Helix Theatre in Dublin in November to the FÍS National Film Awards. It's a massive achievement to be the only school in Waterford to reach this stage! Well done to all the boys, and we wish them the very best of luck on the day. Watch" Waterford: Ireland's Oldest City" here!

News and Welcome from Mr. Morris:
Get all the latest news from the office with the start of year newsletter from Mr. Morris!

School Calendar:
Our school calendar is available to view here on our website. You can also download a version to print out at home - click here for a PDF!


Mr. Russell's 5th Class learn about Plastic Pollution:
Waterford One World Centre and Waterford City Council presented a workshop in the City Library in Lady Lane about plastic pollution and what schools and those at home can do to help. Mr. Russell's 5th Class went to the workshop on Friday, September 14th. See photos from their workshop with Sarah here!

Miss Butler's Junior Infants - Loving School!:
Miss Butler's Junior Infants have settled into school so quickly - and are already very busy! See photos from their first week in school here, and click here see even more happy faces from another brilliant week!


Drumming fun with Rhythm and Shakes!:
There's been great fun and fabulous music in the Mr. Russell's 5th Class! The lucky boys in the classes enjoyed their drumming and learning about where the Djembe comes from! See some photos here of the boys enjoying their brilliant drumming!

Mr. Hayden's 6th Class learn about Plastic Pollution:
Waterford One World Centre and Waterford City Council presented a workshop in the City Library in Lady Lane about plastic pollution and what schools can do to help. Mr. C. Hayden's 6th Class went along - see some photos here!

Mr. Russell's 5th Class - PE Fun and Games:
Fun - and lots of it! That's what PE in 5th Class has been like! Check out some photos from the boys as they've been enjoying the fresh air and getting plenty of good exercise!

Miss Kenny's Junior Infants:
Miss Kenny's Junior Infants have settled into school so quickly - and are already very busy! See the boys at work or go nuts for their squirrel artwork!

1st and 5th Classes take a walk to the People's Park:
Mrs. Breen's and Mr. O'Sullivan's 1st Classes teamed up with Mr. Russell's and Mr. Beglin's 5th Classes on Friday, September 7th, and took a walk to the People's Park for a nature trail and some fun in the playground! See some photos or watch a slideshow of the fun!

First Week!:
Miss Butler's Junior Infants had a brilliant first week! See some photos of the boys enjoying themselves!

First Day!:
Miss Kenny's Junior Infants had a brilliant first day of school! Check out a lovely slideshow of the boys on their first day or click here to see the photos of these super boys!

Special Pages on our Website:
A new option on our menu is called "Special Pages" - here you will find class pages for Miss Kenny's and Miss Butler's Junior Infants, Mrs. Breen's and Mr. O'Sullivan's 1st Classes, and Mr. Russell's 5th Class, as well as our pre-school. Classes will be adding material from mid-September on. There's also an option for #300LaSalle - 2019 is the 300th anniversary of the passing of St. John Baptist De La Salle, and there is a worldwide celebration of the Founder of the La Salle Brothers. St. Stephen's will take part, with more information being added on this page from December!

School Staff 2018/2019:

Our staff page for 2018/2019 is now available to view - see the list of staff, including teachers, classes and room numbers, by visiting here.

St. Stephen's on Social Media:
St. Stephen's has a brand new Facebook page, where you can keep up to date with all the news from our school! Check it out here: facebook.com/StStephensDLS . This Facebook page runs alongside our school's Twitter account. Now you have lots of ways to follow what's going on in St. Stephen's!

FÍS Film Festival 2018:
Mr. Russell's 5th Class 2017/18 entered the national FÍS film making competition for primary schools. The boys wrote a script and made storyboards for their 5 minute film, which is a short look at the history of Waterford's City Walls. The title for their film is "Waterford: Ireland's Oldest City". See the completed film here! The FÍS competition has a strict 5 minute time limit, meaning the boys had to cut a number of scenes. So they made a special, extended "Director's Cut", featuring 3 extra scenes, and that can be seen here! The judges' decision will be announced in September. We wish the boys the very best of luck!

Summer Camp:

The 2018 Summer Camp in St. Stephen's was the biggest and best yet! Click here to read about the activities and see some photos from the 2018 Summer Camp in St. Stephen's!

News and Events from St. Stephen's in 2017/2018:
As we do every year, all the news stories from the previous school year are moved into the news archive. Click here to read the stories that shaped the 2017/2018 school year, or here to see the list of options in our news archive!

 
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