UPDATED: Tuesday April 16th, 2019
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St. Stephen's participates in the Track and Field Athletics at the RSC:
St. Stephen's took part in the annual Waterford Primary Schools' Track and Field Athletics competition, which was held on Tuesday, April 2nd, in the RSC. All the boys had a very enjoyable day, competing very well in all the events, with the school taking home a huge number of medals on the day. Read more here and see photos too!
Junior Achievement in 5th Class:
The wonderful Junior Achievement programme, which teaches the boys about business, ran for 5 weeks in 5th Class. Two business volunteers from Sanofi visited the boys every Monday, with a different theme each week. See the photos from all 5 weeks and read about all the lessons that the boys learned about by clicking here!
Mr. Beglin's and Mr. Russell's 5th Classes, along with Mr. C. Hayden's and Mr. R. Hayden's 6th Classes have begun their swimming lessons for the current school year. The boys are having their swimming lessons at the Crystal Swimming Pool for 8 weeks. Best of luck to all the boys in 5th and 6th Class! And well done to all the boys in Mr. Coghlan's and Miss Lowe's 3rd Classes and Miss Byrne's and Mr. Cantwell's 4th Classes, who have now completed their swimming lessons for the 2018/2019 school year.
STEAM work in 5th Class:
Thanks to Caroline in Waterford Libraries, Mr. Russell's 5th Class enjoyed an electrifying Engineers Week! The boys received a Curiosity Box called "Electric Artwork", which involved putting all elements of STEAM into action. Find out more about STEAM, and see the boys at work here!
Lá Gaelach 2019:
Cosúil le gach bliain, bhí ár Lá Gaelach againn arís! Bhí sé ar siúl ar an Chéadaoin agus an Déardaoin, an 13ú agus an 14ú lá de mí Márta. Bhí nuacht an lae againn freisin gach lá ar an idirchum le haghaidh Seachtain na Gaeilge. Táimid ag tnúth go mór leis an bhliain seo chugainn cheana féin! Cliceáil anseo chun na rudaí a bhí ar siúl againn a fheiceáil! Like every year, we had our Lá Gaelach again! It took place on Wednesday and Thursday, 13th and 14th of March. We also had the daily news on the intercom for Seachtain na Gaeilge. We're looking forward to next year already! Click here to see what we were doing!
Another Family Visit in Roots of Empathy:
St. Stephen's was delighted to welcome Michelle and baby Aidan back to 5th Class recently for more Family Visits in Roots of Empathy. Both were lovely sessions and everyone greatly enjoyed the visits. Photos from Visit 5 are available here and from Visit 6 here!
World Book Day 2019:
World Book Day took place on Thursday, March 7th. As always in St. Stephen's, we had LOTS of fun activities and games all centered around books and reading. Visit our special World Book Day page to see all the fantastic things that took place in our school!
Miss Kenny's Junior Infants had lots of fun on Pancake Tuesday, enjoying some tasty treats! See some photos here!
Internet Safety Talk with An Garda Síochána:
Two community officers from An Garda Síochána visited St. Stephen's in early March 2019 to present a talk to 4th, 5th, and 6th Classes about internet safety and cyberbullying. It was a very interesting talk, and certainly gave the boys and teachers plenty to think about. Thanks to the Gardaí who visited our school and spoke with our boys.
2019 is the tercentenary (300th anniversary) of the passing of Saint John Baptist De La Salle, so this year's Lasallian Competition was extra special. The theme this year was "De La Salle: Then and Now". Previous classes enjoyed great success in this competition, which is only open to Lasallian schools in Ireland. The boys in Mr. Russell's 5th Class travelled to the De La Salle Pastoral Centre in Castletown, Co. Laois, on Tuesday March 12th, to present their work and join in the celebrations. And to their credit, the boys were awarded Best Project in the class category! Well done to all the boys for their hard work and superb video, which can be watched here! See photos from the boys' day out in Castletown here! Learn more about Saint La Salle on our Founder page, and see previous entries in the Lasallian Competition on our special #300LaSalle page.
Safer Internet Day 2019 in Mr. Russell's 5th Class:
The boys in Mr. Russell's 5th Class celebrated Safer Internet Day in February 2019, making some posters with messages about e-
Maths for Fun is underway in Mr. O'Sullivan's 1st Class! The boys are enjoying all the different maths games that they are playing over the few weeks. Thanks as always to Mr. Fahy for organising Maths for Fun, and to the volunteer parents, without whom we wouldn't be able to run activities like this. See photos here!
Fruit Friday in Miss Nevin's 2nd Class:
Miss Nevin's 2nd Class enjoyed a "Fruit Friday" recently, where the boys got to taste different fruits. Check that out here, and Miss Nevin's Class have also been enjoying Maths for Fun, photos from that can be seen here!
5th and 6th Class Basketball:
The annual Waterford Primary Schools' Basketball blitzes took place recently, with the boys from St. Stephen's performing well. Read more about the 5th Class blitz and the 6th Class competition!
More wonderful activities in Miss Kenny's Class:
Spring and Valentine's Day have been the latest themes in Miss Kenny's Junior Infants -
Huff and puff and enjoy looking at some photos from the super boys in Miss McGovern's class, as the boys enjoyed Aistear with lots of activities based on the story of the "Three Little Pigs"!
More wonderful activities in Mr. O'Sullivan's 1st Class:
Mr. O'Sullivan's 1st Class are doing some really great things in their class! The boys followed up their Sassa dance with another wonderful piece of culture, as they learned the Kecak Fire Dance! They also worked together to learn about time! Well done to everyone and keep up the great work!
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So much fun in Mr. Russell's 5th Class as the boys enjoyed 4 weeks of terrific exercise and laughs with Lada and their Zumba classes. Check out their photos here or click here to watch the video highlights from the 4 weeks!
Science Discoveries in Miss Kenny's Junior Infants:
Magnetic personalities in Miss Kenny's class! The boys were learning all about magnetism in a recent Science lesson, and worked as junior scientists, experimenting and recording the results. Amazing work! Check it all out here!
2019 Credit Union Quiz:
Well done to all the boys who took part in the 2019 Waterford Credit Union Primary Schools' Quiz. Everyone had a good night and did very well. Read more and see photos of the FOUR quiz teams HERE!
The latest news and updates for the new term from Mr. Morris can be found here in our newsletter!
Jam Packed Days in Mr. Russell's 5th Class:
The boys in Mr. Russell's 5th Class are working very hard at the moment in lots of different areas. The class are working on their entry for the 2019 Lasallian Competition, where they are making a video documentary. They are also in the planning stages for their entry into the 2019 national FÍS Film Festival, a competition where St. Stephen's won Best Documentary in 2018. The class have produced a short documentary for Safer Internet Day 2019, while the boys also took part in a workshop about the Rainforests and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), learned about Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement, solved tangram puzzles, explored 3D shapes, enjoyed some great fun with Zumba classes, learned about the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986, drew Van Gogh's "Sunflowers". Keep up the great work, boys!
Zumba in Mrs. Breen's 1st Class:
Lots of fun and plenty of exercise for the boys in Mrs. Breen's 1st Class, as the boys enjoyed lots of physical activity with their Zumba lessons! Check out a few photos!
Polynesian Slap Dancing:
Mr. O'Sullivan's 1st Class had lots of fun as they learned about Sassa, a Polynesian slap dance. Check out a video as the boys performed the entire piece in one take!
Little Red Kettle 2019:
We always look forward to welcoming Little Red Kettle to our school! The 2019 show took place on Thursday, January 17th. Everyone really enjoyed the show -
Maths for Fun in Miss Power's 2nd Class:
Maths for Fun is underway in Miss Power's 2nd Class! The boys are enjoying all the different maths games that they are playing over the few weeks. Thanks as always to Mr. Fahy for organising Maths for Fun, and to the volunteer parents, without whom we wouldn't be able to run activities like this. Check out some photos!
Apple Tart Baking:
Miss Kenny's boys enjoyed a wonderful music lesson with Miss O'Shea -
Move over, Van Gogh... there are some fantastic artists in Miss Butler's Junior Infants! Check out some photos of these great boys enjoying some painting!
Airport Aistear in Miss Kenny's Junior Infants:
Fasten your seat belts -
The fourth Family Visit in Roots of Empathy took place recently, as baby Aidan and his mum Michelle came to 5th Class to teach the boys about the latest theme. See the photos from this Family Visit HERE!
Mr. Russell's Class' Christmas Party:
The boys in Mr. Russell's 5th Class had a brilliant time at their class' Christmas Party! Check out a little video here!
Mrs. Breen's 1st Class Christmas Concert:
Well done to Mrs. Breen's 1st Class, as they put on a terrific performance for their Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 20th. Thanks to all the parents and families who came in to see the boys in action and hear their lovely songs and terrific recorder playing. You can watch the concert from Mrs. Breen's 1st Class HERE, listen to the concert audio here, or see photos from the concert HERE!
Christmas Carol Service:
Our school's annual Christmas Carol Service took place in the Cathedral in Barronstrand Street on Wednesday, December 19th. As always, it was a highlight of the Christmas season in St. Stephen's, and we were all delighted to see parents, grandparents, families, former staff members, past pupils and friends of our school come along and join us for some lovely carols to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas time. You can hear the highlights of this year's Carol Service HERE.
Senior Infants: Giving Tree and Christmas Concert:
Miss Robinson's and Miss McGovern's Senior Infant classes visited the Giving Tree in George's Court on Thursday, December 19th before presenting their Christmas Concert! Read more here about what the boys got up to!
Mr. O'Sullivan's 1st Class Christmas Concert:
Huge praise is sent the way of Mr. O'Sullivan's 1st Class, as they put on a great Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 19th! Thanks to all the parents and families who came along to enjoy the songs and great recorder playing. You can watch the concert from Mr. O'Sullivan's 1st Class HERE, listen to the concert audio here, or see photos from the concert HERE!
Junior Infants Christmas Concert:
Another highlight for the terrific boys in Miss Butler's and Miss Kenny's Junior Infants, as they impressed everyone with their Christmas Concert! All the boys and their teachers were very appreciative of all the parents and families who came to see their performance! You can watch the Junior Infants concert HERE, listen to the concert audio here, or see photos from the concert HERE!
A huge thank you to everyone who supported the St. Stephen's Parents' Association Christmas Raffle... The draw took place in the school on Tuesday, December 18th -
Mrs. Breen's 1st Class joined their buddies in Mr. Russell's 5th Class on Monday, December 17th, to visit the Giving Tree in George's Court. Find out more HERE!
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Festive activities took place all around St. Stephen's, with lovely artwork being produced, and concerts being prepared. Our special Christmas page featuring all the activities for 2018 is on this link, click to visit and catch up with all the festive fun that took place around the school!
Winterval Golden Ticket:
Our boys in Mrs. Breen's and Mr. O'Sullivan's 1st Classes had quite a treat on Friday, December 14th! The two classes were out for the day with a Winterval Golden Ticket!!! Click here to see a massive range of photos featuring all the things that the boys got to do on their big day out! -
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 2018 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. They received Christmas Cards from boys and girls in Mr. Flory's class in Kansas in the USA, and made some smashing Christmas Art. On top of that, they enjoyed some fun with Hockey for PE! Well done boys! Visit Mr. Russell's Class' page to see photos from all the awesome activities happening in 5th Class!
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 The Grinch, while 3rd to 6th Classes were treated to Ralph Breaks The Internet. All the boys were well behaved, so well done to all!
Miss McGovern's Senior Infants:
The boys in Miss McGovern's class have had an amazing few weeks! They've had a treat and visited Supermacs, and enjoyed some Zumba dancing! Visit their class' page to see photos and videos from Senior Infants!
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 -
The boys in Junior Infants had a brrr-
Another Family Visit in Roots of Empathy took place recently, as baby Aidan, his mum Michelle, and his dad David came to 5th Class. See the photos from this year's Family Visits HERE!
Some news now from Mr. Fahy, our Home School Community Liaison Teacher, and Cooking for Fun and Science for Fun have concluded in the 3rd Classes and Mr. Russell's 5th Class. Sewing classes for adults are currently underway, and going very well. All materials needed are supplied, and there's still space if anyone would like to join. Contact Mr. Fahy in the Home School room for more information!
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!
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!
That's right, the wonderful boys in the pre-
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 -
Click here to check out the fang-
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-
Mr. Russell's 5th Class have been learning about Science -
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!
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 -
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 -
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-
Science for Fun in 4th Class:
Science for Fun has ended in Miss Byrne's 4th Class -
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 -
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" -
Science for Fun in Miss Byrne's 4th Class:
Miss Byrne's 4th Class have been learning about Science -
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-
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!
Our school calendar is available to view here on our website. You can also download a version to print out at home -
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 -
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 -
Miss Kenny's Junior Infants have settled into school so quickly -
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!
Miss Butler's Junior Infants had a brilliant first week! See some photos of the boys enjoying themselves!
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:
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School Staff 2018/2019:
Our staff page for 2018/2019 is now available to view -
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!
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!