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Lá Gaelach 2020:
Cosúil le gach bliain, bhí ár Lá Gaelach againn arís! Bhí sé ar siúl ar an Chéadaoin agus an Déardaoin, an 11ú agus an 12ú lá de mí Márta. Bhí nuacht an lae againn freisin gach lá ar an idirchum le haghaidh Seachtain na Gaeilge. CLICEÁIL ANSEO chun griangrafanna agus físeáin a fheiceáil! Like every year, we had our Lá Gaelach again! It took place on Wednesday and Thursday, 11th and 12th of March. We also had the daily news on the intercom every day for Seachtain na Gaeilge. CLICK HERE to see photos and videos!
2020 Lasallian Competition:
For the fifth year in a row, Mr. Russell's 5th Class entered the Lasallian Competition. This year's theme was "In the Words of John Baptist de La Salle". Since 2015, the entries from St. Stephen's have won a category every year, with St. Stephen's being the only primary school taking part in 4 out of the 5 years. The boys had a very innovative idea for this year -
St. Patrick's Day fun in Junior Infants:
We all love celebrating our national day! Junior Infants had a lot of fun learning about St. Patrick and all the Irish traditions that are celebrated all over the world. The boys made some brilliant leprechaun hats and beards -
World Book Day took place on Thursday, March 5th. As always in St. Stephen's, we had LOTS of fun activities and games all centered around books and reading. See LOTS of photos on our special World Book Day page HERE!
Miss Nevin's Class were learning about... The Gruffalo!:
Miss Nevin's Junior Infants were learning all about the Gruffalo! All the boys enjoyed the theme and the activities -
Our school's Chess Club took part in the Ficheall.ie regional tournament on Thursday, February 27th, 2020 at Waterford ETNS. Our boys played well on the day and everyone enjoyed the experience. Photos are here -
Daragh in Ms. Keevers' 5th Class was nominated by the school for Today FM's 'Class Hero' award.... and won!! Find out more about this amazing achievement by clicking here!
Mr. Russell's 5th Class are enjoying the Junior Achievement programme! Deirdre from Bausch and Lomb is visiting 5th Class and the boys are enjoying learning about business, resources and much more! More news and photos soon!
Pancake Tuesday Fun!:
Miss Byrne's 4th Class had a lot of fun for Pancake Tuesday! Visit here to find out what the boys in 4th were up to! And Miss Kenny's boys devoured lots of delicious pancakes with chocolate filling on Pancake Tuesday -
A fantastic Valentine's Day in St. Stephen's for 2020 -
The boys in Mr. Russell's 5th Class have been super busy over the past few weeks. As well as entering the 2020 Lasallian Competition, they are entering the Safer Internet Day competition too. Junior Achievement will be starting in their class after the mid-
The St. Stephen's 6th Class Basketball team competed in the annual Waterford Primary Schools Basketball Blitz on Thursday, January 30th. How did the boys fare? Find out here!
A fantastic few weeks for our indoor hurlers in 3rd and 4th Class -
As hard as it is to believe, the 2019/2020 Roots of Empathy programme has passed the halfway mark already! The boys in 5th Class welcomed baby Bailey back to their room on Wednesday, February 12th for another lovely Family Visit. Photos here!
Fun in the Snow!:
Junior Infants enjoyed some fun in the snow in mid-
Super cool work from Miss Nevin's Junior Infants, as the boys were busy learning all about the Arctic in their latest Aistear adventure! Check out the photos HERE!
A New Aistear Theme for Junior Infants -
Cooking for Fun:
Cooking for Fun took place in Mr. Coghlan's and Miss Finnegan's 3rd Classes during February 2020. The boys enjoyed a few weeks of cooking and baking and there were some lovely smells all around the school! Thanks to the volunteer parents and grandparents who came in to help out with the Cooking for Fun lessons. And thanks as always to Mr. Fahy, our Home School Liaison Teacher, and cooking co-
Maths for Fun took place in Mr. O'Sullivan's 1st Class during February 2020. The boys got to enjoy some Maths games with the help of some super volunteer parents! Thanks as always to Mr. Fahy, our Home School Liaison Teacher, for organising the activities. See the photos HERE!
"Fast Fashion" Workshop with Sustainable Living Initiative Waterford:
Sustainable Living Initiative Waterford, along with some TY students from a number of local secondary schools, visited 4th, 5th, and 6th Classes in St. Stephen's during January and February with a workshop about "Fast Fashion". The boys learned about how the fashion industry contributes to climate change through pollution and usage of water. Find out more and see some photos from one of the workshops HERE. Thanks to Global Schools Waterford, supported by the Sustainable Living Initiative, for visiting St. Stephen's with this very worthwhile activity!
2020 Credit Union Quiz:
The 2020 Waterford Credit Union Primary Schools' Quiz took place on Monday, February 3rd, 2020 in the Woodlands Hotel. Mr. Keevers accompanied our two teams on the night and the boys did well. Click here to read more!
Grandparents Day in Junior Infants:
Catholic Schools Week took place between January 27th and 31st, 2020. Part of the annual week is "Grandparents Day", a special day when we all give thanks for the wonderful gift that our grandparents are. Miss Kenny's and Miss Nevin's Junior Infants celebrated a really lovely Grandparents Day on Friday, January 31st -
5th Class Basketball :
The St. Stephen's 5th Class Basketball team competed in the annual Waterford Primary Schools Basketball Blitz on Thursday, January 23rd. Find out here how the boys got on!
Stay and Play 2 in Miss Kenny's Junior Infants :
January's "Stay and Play" in Miss Kenny's class was another great success. Thanks to the parents who joined the boys for games and fun. See some photos here! More dates will be coming up soon, so watch out for those!
Arctic Aistear :
The latest news and updates from Mr. Morris can be found HERE in the newsletter from the office!
Zumba in Mr. Russell's 5th Class:
The boys in Mr. Russell's 5th Class had a great time over the 4 weeks of their Zumba classes! We have some photos HERE -
Little Red Kettle 2019:
We always look forward to welcoming Little Red Kettle to our school each January! The 2020 show took place on Friday, January 24th. Everyone enjoyed the show and lots of boys got to take part! We have a huge selection of photos -
January's "Stay and Play" in Miss Nevin's class was another fantastic success. The boys had a great time time again, and thanks to the Mams who joined the class for games and fun. See some photos here! Get in touch if you'd like to get involved in your son's class!
Roots of Empathy in 5th Class:
The Roots of Empathy programme continued in 5th Class recently with the fourth Family Visit. Another lovely atmosphere and chance for the boys to ask questions in the latest theme. Check out the photos here!
Airport Aistear in Miss Nevin's Junior Infants:
Up, up and away -
Waterford Aistear in the Pre-
The boys in the Pre-
"Stay and Play" has arrived in Miss Kenny's class! Thanks to the Mams and Dads who joined the boys for games and fun. See some photos here!
FÍS Film Festival:
As you may already know, Mr. Russell's 5th Class 2018/2019 entered the annual FÍS Film Making competition for primary schools last June. The boys made a film about Thomas Francis Meagher. Unfortunately, the boys weren't shortlisted for an award, but were still highly commended and entered into the FÍS Hall of Fame. We were all delighted to be recognised for a great effort from the boys. Imagine our surprise and delight recently, when a trophy arrived in St. Stephen's commemorating the boys' film. They, and we, were understandably delighted! It now proudly hangs alongside the 2018 award for Best Documentary in reception in St. Stephen's. Mr. Russell's 5th Class 2019/2020 are already planning their film for this year -
Airport Aistear in Miss Kenny's Junior Infants:
Fasten your seat belts -
The atmosphere in St. Stephen's was absolutely buzzing for Christmas 2019! SO many amazing activities taking place all around the school, from visits to the Giving Tree to awesome artwork, from concerts to Christmas Card exchanges. And we have captured it all in a highlights slideshow! We hope you enjoy this look at Christmas in our school!
Christmas Carol Service:
Our school's annual Christmas Carol Service took place in the Cathedral in Barronstrand Street on Wednesday, December 18th. It's always a highlight of the Christmas season in St. Stephen's, and we were delighted to see so many parents, grandparents, families, former staff members, past pupils and friends of our school come along to join us for some lovely carols to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas time. You can listen back to the highlights of this year's Christmas Carol Service here!
The annual St. Stephen's Christmas Raffle draw took place in the school on Thursday, December 19th, 2019. As always, everything raised goes back into the school to benefit the boys. Thanks to everyone for their magnificent support for the raffle -
Mrs. Breen's 1st Class presented their Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 19th with a super show, photos of which are HERE. Mr. O'Sullivan's 1st Class were in action on Wednesday, December 18th, with a large crowd coming along to support the boys. See photos here! Earlier in the day, the boys in the two Pre-
Festive activities are taking place all around St. Stephen's, with lovely artwork being produced, and concerts being prepared. Our special Christmas page features all the activities for 2019 why not visit the page and catch up with all the festive fun that's going on around the school!
December in the Pre-
Festive fun and a special visitor -
Miss Brennan's Senior Infants visited the Giving Tree in George's Court to place their decorations on the tree -
Winterval Golden Ticket:
Our boys in Mrs. Breen's and Mr. O'Sullivan's 1st Classes had quite a treat on Friday, December 13th! The two classes were out for the day with a Winterval Golden Ticket!!! Click here to see our photos featuring all the things that the boys got to do on their big day out!
Christmas Fun in Miss Byrne's 4th Class:
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and Miss Byrne's class are certainly having a wonderful time! Check out some of the festive fun from the boys!
Stay and Play in Miss Nevin's Junior Infants:
December's "Stay and Play" in Miss Nevin's class was another great success. Thanks to the Mams who joined the boys for games and fun. See some photos here! More dates will be coming up after the Christmas holidays, so watch out for those.
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 went to see "Frozen 2", while 3rd to 6th Classes were treated to "Abominable". All the boys were well behaved on the day, so well done to all!
Science for Fun:
Mr. Russell's 5th Class have been learning about Science -
Food Aistear in Miss Nevin's Junior Infants:
Another hugely successful theme in Aistear for Miss Nevin's boys, as they learned all about food! Click here to see photos of the great work taking place!
Christmas Art in Mr. Coghlan's 3rd Class:
It's the most wonderful time of the year -
Miss Brennan's Senior Infants had a brilliant time with a festive theme for Aistear -
A Visit to Waterford Crystal:
Miss Finnegan's and Mr. Coghlan's 3rd Classes each visited the House of Waterford Crystal factory on The Mall for a guided tour! The boys enjoyed seeing how the world famous glass is shaped and made. Read more and see some photos here!
Christmas Carol Singing:
Every year, Miss Power and the school choir visit Maypark Nursing Home to sing some Christmas Carols for the residents. It's always a pleasure to visit older members of the community and bring a little festive cheer. This year, the carol singing took place on Wednesday, December 11th. Well done to Miss Power, Miss Brennan and all the choir boys from 5th and 6th Class!
Maths for Fun in Mrs. Breen's 1st Class:
The boys in Mrs. Breen's 1st Class enjoyed Maths -
Every Tuesday, boys in 5th and 6th Class have been taking part in basketball training in the yard after school. Everyone's been enjoying the skills and drills and games, as they get ready for the competitions which are coming up after Christmas. See some photos from the basketball training!
Miss Nevin's Junior Infants:
Have you seen the terrific photos from Miss Nevin's class? If not, check out the boys on their class' page! Click here! You can see photos from the different Aistear themes, a photo slideshow video, and find out more about "Stay and Play"!
Primary Schools FUTSAL:
Boys from our 3rd Classes took part in the annual FAI Schools FUTSAL tournament at WIT Arena on Wednesday, November 27th. Read more and see who took part HERE!
Parents' Association Quiz Night:
Our school is very lucky to have a hugely supportive Parents' Association. One of their activities is a quiz night for boys in 3rd to 6th Classes. There was a huge turnout this year! Well done to all the boys and thanks to the parents who helped out on the night. Check out the photos!
The boys in the Pre-
The boys in Miss Nevin's Junior Infants have been very busy with their work! One of their recent lessons in Aistear was all about a visit to the doctor. Check out the super photos!
Our annual Parent Teacher meetings took place towards the end of November for Senior Infants to 6th Class. Thanks to all parents and guardians who came in to meet with our teachers to discuss your son's progress. It was lovely to meet with you all!
Science Week took place last week and our 4th, 5th and 6th Classes were in WIT on Friday, November 15th for a workshop about recycling and the environment. Photos from that show are HERE. 3rd Class were at WIT to see Bubbly Maths, which incorporated Science and Maths, and all the boys had a fun time. Click here to see photos from the 3rd Class workshop! The two 5th Classes also visited WIT on Tuesday, November 12th for a Science Week workshop with London Science Museum called "Glorious Blood". See the photos from that show here!
Gaelic Football Coaching:
We are always delighted to welcome GAA coaches to St. Stephen's to give some training to the boys in our national games. A number of classes enjoyed some Gaelic Football coaching on Tuesday, November 12th. Well done to all the boys for taking part. Catch some photos from the coaching in 5th Class HERE!
Roots of Empathy in 5th Class:
St. Stephen's was delighted to welcome back baby Bailey and her mum Nicola to 5th Class on Monday, November 11th. Click HERE to see the lovely photos!
A Visit to the Doctor in Miss Kenny's Class:
Miss Kenny's Junior Infants are loving their work in Aistear! The learned all about the doctor's surgery recently -
Formerly known as "Skype-
Another month of terrific times in St. Stephen's Pre-
The boys in all the classes had great fun for Halloween! Check out the highlights on our special page HERE!
Spraoi leis an Ghaeilge:
Mr. Russell's 5th Class were learning all about Halloween in Gaeilge (Irish) and decided to make a short video to practice their spoken Irish. The boys did a great job! Check it out!
The Mayor of Waterford, Cllr. Breda Brennan, visited St. Stephen's on Thursday, October 24th. She presented certificates to boys who missed no days of school in 2018/2019. Well done to these terrific boys! Our school also presented certificates to boys who only missed one, two, or three days in the year, as that too is a marvellous achievement! See photos from the Mayor's visit HERE or listen to the Mayor's message to the boys HERE.
Miss Kenny's Junior Infants really enjoyed their Aistear theme in October -
Maths Week proved to be 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. Mr. R. Hayden's 6th Class used their Maths Eyes all around our school grounds, Mrs. Breen's 1st Class played lots of games and saw that Maths is all around us every day, while Mr. Russell's 5th Class took a Maths Trail around Ballybricken. 1st and 5th Class got together to do a Maths Trail -
St. Stephen's was delighted to host the first Family Visit in the 2019/2020 Roots of Empathy programme! Baby Bailey and her mum visited 5th Class on Wednesday, October 16th. Click here to see photos!
Busy Bees in Miss Kenny's Class:
Miss Kenny's Junior Infants have had an amazing time in their first few weeks in Junior Infants. Well done to all the boys for settling in so well! Visit Miss Kenny's class page HERE to see all the wonderful things that have been going on!
De La Salle College Show 2019:
Our 5th and 6th Classes went to see "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat", staged by De La Salle College, on Tuesday, October 15th. Everyone enjoyed the show, and it was great to see many past pupils of our school on stage as part of the cast, and involved in other parts of the show's production. Well done to everyone involved for another excellent show!
Blast Off for Space Week in 5th Class:
Mr. Russell's 5th Class were celebrating Space Week Ireland 2019, 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 that happened in 5th Class for Space Week!
Busy times in Miss Keevers' 5th Class:
There's been LOADS happening in Miss Keevers' 5th Class! The boys enjoyed a History Trail around the city and had 4 weeks of energetic fun with their Zumba lessons! Well done to all the boys and keep up the great work!
Zumba Fun in 3rd Class!:
There's always great fun when classes have their Zumba lessons. 3rd Class enjoyed their four weeks and we caught some photos of the boys having fun -
A Visit to the Park!:
1st Class and 5th Class visited the People's Park on Friday, September 20th. All the boys enjoyed the walk in the beautiful autumn sunshine! Photos of all the fun are HERE!
The boys in our 5th and 6th Classes were treated to some rugby coaching on Thursday, September 19th. They learned about the rules of the game, practiced some skills and played some small sided games. Check out photos from one of the sessions!
Always a hugely popular activity in St. Stephen's, Drumming is back for 2019/2020! The first classes are halfway through their lessons and are enjoying their weekly drumming. The classes taking part for September are Miss Power's 2nd Class, Miss Byrne's 4th Class and Mr. Russell's 5th Class. Well done to everyone involved! Check out some photos from Mr. Russell's Class here!
Newsletter from Mr. Morris:
It's been a busy start to the 2019/2020 school year in St. Stephen's! Everyone has settled in really well -
For better communication with our parents, St. Stephen's is now using Aladdin Connect to relay information with regard to our pupils. We will not be sending home any “paper notes” from now on. It is very important that the phone number you gave to the office is correct and up to date. Please download the Aladdin Connect App from your app store as soon as possible. We thank you as always for your co-
The annual Waterford Primary Schools Athletics were held at the RSC on Tuesday, September 17th. Mr. Keevers travelled with a large number of athletes from St. Stephen's, and all the boys performed well.
The new school season of Gaelic Football is in full swing! The boys are in training already and picked up their first draw recently. Well done to all the boys!
News and Events from St. Stephen's in 2018/2019:
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 2018/2019 school year, or here to see the list of options in our news archive!