What an Achievement!
We are delighted to announce that St.Raphaela’s Primary School 4th Class Student Sophia Acosta has made it all the way through to the Grand Final of the Intel Mini Scientist Competition which takes place at Maynooth University on January 29th 2020.
Sophia’s winning project, entitled Grätzel Solar Cell, first won the Intel Mini Scientist Competition in her school in November 2019. This was the first round of the competition. It involved 120 students from 4th, 5th and 6th class who entered the St.Raphala’s in-school competition. The exhibition involved 53 teams or individuals presenting their ideas to every class level from Junior Infants to 6th class. It was visited by Intel employees who judged all entries and selected one winning project from St.Raphaela’s to go forward to a regional final.
The second round, held on December 6th was the Intel Mini Scientist Regional Final for the Leinster area. This was hosted at the TU Dublin Blanchardstown campus. The Regional Final brought together over 200 students from 72 different schools in Kildare, Dublin, Laois, Meath, Wicklow, Westmeath, Kilkenny, Wexford, Louth and Monaghan. From this round, 16 projects were selected at the event to go forward to the National Grand Final which will take place later this month in Maynooth University.
The 2019 Intel Mini Scientist competition saw more than 7,200 students from 105 schools in 18 counties across Ireland taking part.
Visit www.intel.ie/miniscientist for information about the program.
Christmas Craft and Cake Fair 2019
What an amazing Christmas Craft and Cake Fair we had this year; congratulations to all entries and winners. Amazing talent!! A BIG Thank you to all parent volunteers and teachers for all their hard work and preparation for this annual festive event enjoyed by all!
Dates for your diaries…
One of the highlights in our school calendar happens next Friday 6th December……! Class calendars, girls handmade decorations, cakes, hot chocolate, raffle and some new surprises….spread the word 🍪🧁🥧🍰
Intel Mini Scientist Exhibition 2019
Big Congratulations to all students from 4th -6th classes who participated in the Intel Mini Scientist Exhibition November 7th. We had fantastic projects and students presented them superbly. Huge thank you to Ms Rooney for organising such a great event and thank you to our guest judges from Intel Ireland.
Spot prizes went to projects: ‘Magic of Magnetism,’ ‘Power of Hydrogen,’ ‘How Cows Produce Methane‘ and ‘Different Species.‘
Runner up went to: ‘Superhero Science.’
Overall Winner went to: ‘ Moving Electrons using solar cells‘ which will represent our school in the Intel Science Exhibition Regional Finals in December in Blanchardstown. Well done!
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A huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped with this years Halloween disco! Thanks again to Paul Clifford and Abigail for the music. What a fantastic night with amazing costumes and fun We hope everyone has a safe and happy Midterm!!
Big Congratulations to our wonderful football team on their win today Oct 23rd in Croke Park at the Cumann ns mBunscoile finals. What a performance! We are all so proud of you. Big thank you to our amazing coaches Tara and Laura and to all teachers involved…
Maths week was on from the 12th – 20th of October and every class took part in Mangahigh where they competed for bronze, silver and gold medals in Maths and Coding. Junior classes had Bricks 4 Kidz workshops and they really enjoyed their STEM activities. Watch for highlights…
Our Halloween Disco will take place on Thursday 24th October from 7-8pm for 3rd to 6th classes. Admission €3. Come and dress up in your spookiest attire for a night of fun, games and dancing!
Junior classes will have their Disco on Friday 25th of October in School.
Big thank you to our fantastic Parent’s Association for organising such a Spooktacular event.
Back to School Newsletter
Back to School Party
Welcome back to another school year, we hope you all had a wonderful summer holiday!
To celebrate the start of another school year, our amazing Parent’s Association will be hosting our annual Back to School party on Saturday 14th September from 1-3pm (weather permitting!) – details are attached. This is a FREE family event so everyone is welcome, bring a picnic blanket and join us for an afternoon of fun.
If you would like to volunteer an hour or so of your time on the day to help supervise Bouncy Castles, or help serve food we would love to hear from you! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your time availability and contact details.
In keeping with the schools ‘Green Policy’, our aim going forward is to ensure we ‘leave no trace’ at any of our Parents Association events, so we ask families to please use the bins provided, or take their rubbish home with them!
We look forward to seeing you at the Back to School Party!
Please see After School Activities for 2019-2020 School Year…
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Date for your Diaries…
Our Annual Scavenger Hunt is back and will take place on Sunday 7th April at 2pm in Marlay Park. This is a FREE event and open to everyone, so bring your phones or cameras to log your clues as you find them and join us for a fun afternoon!
Seachtain na Gaeilge 2019
Lá fhéile Pádraig daoibh, agus bain sult as an lá.. Bhí ceolchoirm agus damhsa iontacha againn Dé hAoine. Bhí seachtain ar fheabhas againn fresin lán le gníomhaíochtaí chun Gaeilge a fhorbairt agus a chéiliúradh..
Engineers Week 2019
Engineers Week 2019 has begun; Please see press release below for Engineer Guest Speakers who will be joining us throughout this week and our fantastic BUILD A RAFT (junior classes) / BOAT (senior classes) DESIGN CHALLENGE:
A huge thank you to all volunteers who visited us this week and worked with our students. Well done to all students who participated in the Engineering Design Challenge. What a fantastic, inspiring week; watch for highlights:
Car Park Safety Week 2019
Our Annual Car Park Safety Week 🚙🚲🚨 started today February 25th!
Big thank you to Minister Shane Ross for visiting us today to start off the weeks proceedings. We will have volunteers in the car park all week to remind everyone about our Safe Car Park Message…..
Leinster Schools Chess League
Big congratulations to all our fantastic student’s who played Friday 18th January in the Leinster Schools Chess league at St.Laurence’s! Well done girls! 👏🏻👏🏻💚💛
New Student Website
Visit our New Student website showcasing our latest news, achievements and samples of work. We hope you enjoy…
Our Annual Christmas Fair Friday 14th December:
Dublin Primary Schools Mini Basketball Finals 2018
Congratulations to our basketball team for winning the Dublin Primary Schools Mini Basketball Finals 2018 against Scoil San Treasa today November 28th. Well done girls and to big Thank You to Ms. Blighe and PJ Reidy for fantastic coaching all year.
A huge thank you to @AIB and their volunteers from the local Stillorgan branch and head office in Ballsbridge for converting our old storage room into what will be, once furnished, a nurture room for the children and a meeting room for the adults, establishing a dedicated S.T.E.M resource room by upgrading a disused storage room, and for refreshing Ms. Byrne’s Learning Support room, giving it a bright and colourful décor for the children to enjoy. This project was on an entirely voluntary basis and financed by fundraising carried out by the volunteers. We are forever grateful for their time and generosity and for enabling us to advance our ambition to promote S.T.E.M and nurture our children’s growth and learning.
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Infant Parent Coffee Morning November 2018
A wonderful morning at school last week as we welcomed the families of Junior and Senior Infants for a coffee morning to help raise money for new school readers. Thank you to everyone who came and joined the teachers and girls for the morning. Huge thanks to the Junior & Senior Infant teachers for organising and for all the wonderful help from our parents! Over €1,000 donated!! 📚📗📙👨👩👧👦👏🏻
Halloween Disco Oct.25th 2018
A HUGE thank you to all the parents that helped out at our annual Halloween disco! A wonderful evening for all the girls, great music, great fun… and such an array of amazingly creative costumes!! Hope everyone is having a fantastic Midterm Break…🎃🎃🎃
Intel Mini Scientist Exhibition Oct.24th 2018
We had an overwhelming number of entries to our Mini Scientist Exhibition from 4th – 6th classes this year at 152 entries. Wow! Well done to all our students for their fantastic work. This competition aims…
To encourage students to see that science is all around us and that it can be fun and exciting.
To encourage investigation into how, what and why things work the way they do.
To foster a strong interest about science in students before they take on the Junior Cert curriculum in secondary school.
To allow students demonstrate their experience of completing their project and the knowledge gained to the rest of their school.
Well done to our Overall Winner’s; Big Congratulations…
S.T.E.M. Fortnight October 2018
Our Stem Fortnight is underway with workshops from Bricks4Kidz with our junior classes and workshops from LearnIt Lego Robotics with our senior classes. Watch above for highlights!
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We are delighted to have achieved Digital Schools of Distinction status. We are embracing ICT throughout the school through a wide range of methodologies, activities and workshops. Our e-learning culture is embraced by all. Well done to all teachers and students!!
We are delighted to have achieved the 2018 Discovery Primary Science and Maths Plaque of STEM Excellence. All classes have been working hard all year in Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering. Well done to all!!!
Camogie Finals 2018
Big Congratulations to our fantastic Camogie team who represented the school tremendously at the Cumann na mBunscol Áth Cliath finals in Croke Park on June 6th. We lost out to Gaelscoil Inse Chór but our team played superbly and we are all so proud. Big thank you to Ms. Noctor and parents involved for all their hard work.
Fantastic day today for our MegaMix Fundraiser. Sponsorship forms are still coming in; stay tuned for total amount raised. Big thank you to all families. Watch for highlights below…
Big Congratulations to our 2nd Classes on making their First Holy Communion today! We hope all families have a wonderful day. Thank you to everyone who puts so much effort into making this day so special, and thanks to our amazing PA for organising our big communion party!
Summer Calendar of Events
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Scoil Net Star Site
We are delighted that our website has been awarded with a Scoil Net Star Site Award. Scoilnet’s much-coveted Star Site award recognises those schools that are embracing the web as a communication tool. Please read our School Feature at Scoilnet’s Star Site.
Seachtain na Gaeilge 2018
Bhí Seachtain na Gaeilge iontach againn an bhliain seo
@SnaGaeilge #SnaG18 Bímid ag ceiliúradh Lá Fhéile Padráig Dé hAoine sa halla le ceol, filíocht agus céilí ó ngach rang. Maith thú cáilíní agus míle bhuíochas do na mhúinteoirí freisin #LaFheilePadraig
Design a Bridge #EngineersWeek 2018
Check out some of the Amazing Bridges designed and built for our Design a Bridge Competition as part of Engineers Week. The guidelines were the bridge could be no longer than 50cm in length and had to sustain the weight of an apple. Any materials could be used. We were blown away by the creativity and engineering shown. Future engineers in the making…
Check out our notice of the exciting events happening throughout the school for Engineers week: Engineers Week 2018
To find out more about please visit the official website: http://www.engineersweek.ie/ where our school is featured as a case study for inspiring future engineers: http://www.engineersweek.ie/2018/02/28/st-raphaelas-primary-school-stillorgan-inspiring-future-engineers/
We have been creating awareness for Internet Safety and Cyber-Bullying throughout the school. Safer Internet Day is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users. The Theme for Safer Internet Day 2018 is “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you” #Up2Us #BeinCtrl
The Flat Stanley Project January 2018
2nd classes with Ms. Noctor and Ms. Rooney have been taking part in The Flat Stanley Project. The Flat Stanley Project has become the longest-lasting literacy project on the web. Student’s send a flat visitor to a school, a celebrity, a family member, a politician or anyone of interest and the recipient returns the little flat guy along with a completed journal and perhaps some souvenirs such as post cards, photos, or special items. See more at: http://www.flatstanleyproject.com/
2nd classes wrote letters and have had great response from famous faces with Flat Stanley such as Luke Fitzgerald (Leinster Rugby), Peter Clohessy (Former Ireland Rugby), Ollie Campbell (Former Ireland Rugby), Hugo MacNeill (Former Ireland Rugby) and Gary Ringrose (Ireland Rugby). Molly Lamb took Stanley to visit Kilmacud Crokes where she bumped into some senior ladies football players and also senior men’s footballer David Nestor working hard in the gym. Stanley then got to enjoy a brunch with Dublin’s ladies football players Martha Byrne and Sarah McCaffrey. Such adventures were had! Well done 2nd class!!
BT Young Scientist Exhibition 2018
5th classes had a great day out at the RDS BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition on January 12th. They got to preview the fantastic projects and showcases on display. Watch below for highlights…
A HUGE big thank you to EVERYONE who volunteered to help at our wonderful Bake Sale this year. We have such a wonderful Parents Association; Thank you!
From all the preparations, set up and selling we had some fabulous helpers that helped made the day such a success! Thanks to everyone that supported by coming along and buying some of the wonderful cakes on offer baked by some very talented school bakers!🎂🍪🌲🎅🏻
We have had some fantastic Christmas Productions this year from infants to senior classes each performing and showcasing their amazing talents. A big thank you to our drama teacher Ms. Mc Coy for all her hard work and thank you to all teachers and classes involved. Watch for highlights below…
Science Week 2017
Science Week 2017 took place from 12th – 19th November. http://www.scienceweek.ie We have been celebrating the fascinating worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) throughout this week. There have been lots of exciting activities happening in each classroom. Excitingly the senior classes took part in the Intel-Mini Scientist competition and had a fantastic exhibition and presentation of projects.
Watch for highlights…
Halloween 2017 🎃
We had a Spooktacular Halloween Disco again this year. Well done to all our students for incredible costumes and a Big Thank You to parents and teachers for the effort put in to decorating and organising the senior and junior discos. Happy Halloween 👻 🎃
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Science Technology Engineering Maths #STEM
As part of Maths week 2017 14th – 22nd October; classes have been busy with completing a range of Maths activities. They are loving their Mangahigh Maths challenges. They can continue to log in and develop their Maths skills in Mangahigh https://www.mangahigh.com/en-gb/
Senior classes have also been busy with Lego Robotic workshops provided by LearnIT education. These workshops complement the STEM, S.E.S.E. and Maths curriculum in a fun and engaging way and enable students to exercise scientific inquiry skills through direct hands on science, maths, engineering & technology activities. Students practiced and developed skills using LEGO robotics and coding/programming on tablets to predict, estimate, observe, measure, and record their investigations.
Watch for highlights…
Road Safety Awareness October 2017
We were delighted to welcome Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD for Carpark Safety week this morning!
This fantastic initiative which raises awareness in our school family about car park safety, wearing high viz clothing and the importance of the safe cross code was enthusiastically supported by all.
Led by the our black panther mascot, the safe cross code routine was enthusiastically practised with students every morning across the yard, for all to hear!
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations 🍀🍀
The whole school celebrated St.Patrick’s Day and Seachtain na Gaeilge on Thursday 16th March with a variety of dances, songs, poems and performances from every class. We also had the great honour of having the Marshall Academy of Irish Dance with us who performed a range of fantastic dances. Watch for highlights below…
Primary Science Fair 2017
5th class had a wonderful experience presenting at the RDS Science Fair on January 13th with their project: Let’s go fly a kite: What sort of kite flies best?
Christmas Productions 2016
2nd class put on a fantastic production of ‘Whoops a Daisy Angel’ and 5th class shone in their performance of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Watch for highlights below…