Welcome to our News Archive! Click on the plus symbols for each school year below to reveal a drop down with all the news of concerts, trips, visitors to our school, events and other activities that took place in St. Stephen’s De La Salle in that school year!
We received some AMAZING news in early November regarding the film made by last year's Mr. Russell's 3rd Class for the 2023 FÍS Film Competition... The boys have been shortlisted for the FÍS Film Awards!!!!! They will now travel to The Helix in Dublin in February 2024 and we wish them the very best of luck and hope that they might take home an award! Of course - the boys are winners already, as each year, only a select number of films are shortlisted. It's a massive achievement for the boys - and well deserved, as they wrote the story from scratch, creating the characters and dialogue! The film is called "The Nightmare Scenario" - you can watch it on our website HERE! In addition, the second film made by the boys - "An Tubaiste Titanic" - has been listed as highly commended by the FÍS judges. Truly - amazing accomplishments!
The Mayor, Cllr. Jody Power, visited St. Stephen's on Thursday, October 26th and presented the All Star Certificates for October. See photos HERE!
Boys in all classes dressed up for Halloween on the day of the holidays as everyone had their annual Halloween party!
We would like to sincerely thank all that have contributed to our fundraiser for Unicef Ireland. Together we raised €1150, which is a tremendous amount. Thanks once again for your kindness and generosity.
The school calendar for the 2023/2024 school year is now live! You can keep up to date with the half days and school closures between September 2023 and June 2024 by visiting our online calendar HERE - or download a copy to print out and keep at home HERE!
It's almost time! St. Stephen's is getting ready for BACK TO SCHOOL! Our school reopens on Friday, September 1st, 2023, at 8:50am! We're all looking forward to seeing everyone again and welcoming our new boys into our Pre-School and Junior Infants, as well as opening "The Hub", our brand new Autism class. These are exciting times and it's going to be another fantastic year in St. Stephen's in 2023/2024. We'll see you all soon!
- All boys from Senior Infants-6th Class will finish at 1:00pm on Monday September 12th. This is to facilitate a staff meeting. Please collect your son at the designated gate at 1:00pm.
- Please make sure your son’s name is on all his belongings, especially coats, jumpers and tracksuit tops.
- Please pay the School Contribution Fee before the end of September. I understand that back to school is an expensive time for everyone so there is an option to pay by instalments if preferred. Payments can be made via Aladdin or you can send in cash in an envelope with your son’s name/class on it.
- Please do not park on yellow lines around the school, especially at the Bachelor's Walk entrance. We are a city centre school and I know parking is an issue; however, there is plenty of parking available on the Mayor's Walk and on Ballybricken. If you arrive a bit early, you can park and walk to the school to pick up your son.
- All boys should have all their books and stationary by now. If you are in need of assistance please contact our HSCL Marise on 085 2775077.
- Reminder: please all boys from 1st - 6th must wear their full school uniform. Tracksuits are for PE days only. Please note the boys are not allowed wear earrings. This is strictly enforced.
- Lunches: There is a lot of waste each day. We are asking that each child bring in an empty lunch bag/box to take home the waste. Please make lunch choices that your son will eat. Make your choices on www.freshtoday.ie before 5:00pm each Thursday.
- Mobile Phones: Pupils are not allowed to have mobile phones in the classroom. If they need to bring their phone to school, boys in 5th and 6th class only may bring them to school, but they must be left into the office to Deirdre or myself before school starts. They can be collected at home time. Any pupil found with a mobile phone in the classroom will have the phone confiscated.
- Any queries please call the office on 051 871716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
As we're heading into a very busy time of the year, we have a number of items to bring to your attention:
De La Salle Day
We celebrated Our Founder’s day on Friday 12th May. A lovely, respectful mass was celebrated in the Cathedral and it was wonderful to see so many come and join us for such a special day. Well done and thanks to all the boys for their participation on the day.
Congratulations to our U11 hurlers who won the Roinn B Inter schools hurling blitz! After extra time, and a nail biting finish, St. Stephen's won the game. There was - and still is - great excitement! Thanks to Mr. Barrett and Mr. Hayden for their efforts with the boys. The future is bright!
Waterford City Primary Schools Athletics
Best of luck to all the pupils who will represent St. Stephen's in this much-anticipated event on Tuesday, May 16th. Thanks to Mr. Coghlan and Mr. Hayden for their efforts.
Green Flag Success
Congratulations to Mrs. Breen and our Green Schools Committee on successfully securing our sixth Green Schools Flag for Biodiversity. The entire school put a lot of hard work into this project with the committee leading the way. We're very proud of our work as a school on Biodiversity and environmental awareness and care.
6th Class Basketball Blitz
Well done to the boys from our 6th Classes who competed in an inter school basketball blitz in De La Salle College on Wednesday. The boys displayed great skill and determination and some superb scores made! Thanks to Miss Robinson, Miss Drohan and Mr. Morris for their dedication to the boys.
First Holy Communion
Our 2nd class will make their First Holy Communion on this coming Saturday, May 20th, at 11:00am in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity. We wish the boys the very best of luck for their special day! Additional information will be issued directly to the class groups from their teachers.
Standardised tests will take place on Wednesday May 17th from 1st to 6th Classes. Maths Testing for Senior Infants will take place on Tuesday May 23rd. Spelling Testing will take place for 1st to 6th Classes on Wednesday May 24th and Maths testing for 1st-6th will take place on May 30th/ 31st. Please try and have your son in school on time on these days.
School will close on Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th June as per our school calendar. All closures are on our school calendar, which you can view on our website HERE.
School tour dates and locations are being finalised. Information will issue to each class with all the information.
Our Fun Day (previously known as Sports Day) will be held on June 16th in Cleaboy. More details to follow!
Junior Infant Open Day
The Open Day for next September's Junior Infants will be held Tuesday June 13th. Further details will be issued to parents in the coming days.
We are delighted to announce the opening of St. Stephen's 1st Autism Class in September 2023. The applications window has now closed and places will be allocated soon. This is an exciting time for St. Stephen's BNS.
All School books, copies and stationary will be provided for all students in September 2023. There will be a school contribution fee for all pupils to cover photocopying, arts and craft resources, drumming, swimming etc. We will let you know the amount in June and open the payments option on Aladdin to allow you pay in instalments over the summer break.
School will close at 12:00pm on Friday, June 30th for the summer break.
We're delighted to announce that St. Stephen's will open an Autism Class in September 2023. You can find the policy, admissions notice, and both an online and downloadable application form on our new admissions page, which has all the relevant information needed regarding admissions and enrolment in St. Stephen's. You can find that page HERE.
International Week was a great success last year and was just as much fun in 2023! The boys took part in projects, art work and videos about different countries and a magnificent display was put on show in the hall. Boys from many different places also recorded some videos to share some information about their countries. Visit our special International Week page HERE to see those, along with photos of the magnificent projects completed by lots of classes!
The boys in Miss Kenny's and Mr. Lyons’ 2nd Classes will be partaking in their First Reconciliation on Tuesday March 14th. This is an important step on their journey towards their First Holy Communion. We wish them the best of luck!
The last few weeks through February and into March have been very busy for the school and we would just like to update you on the following:
6th Class Retreat
Mr Coghlan’s and Mr. Morris' 6th Classes attended a Confirmation Retreat in Miguel House in Castletown. The boys had a great day in the company of De La Salle Brothers, many of which spent some time in St Stephen's. Huge thanks to our Parents' Association for subsidising this trip.
FAI Primary 5s Football
Two teams represented St. Stephen's in SETU Arena in the FAI Schools Primary 5s competition last week and had a great day out and played some fine football! Behaviour was exemplary and they represented their school so well. Thanks to Mr. R. Hayden, Mr. Coghlan and Mr. Russell for their time and effort with the boys.
Miss Kenny's and Mr. Lyons' 2nd Classes will make their First Confession in the Cathedral on Tuesday 14th March at 7:00pm with Fr. Harris. The boys had their Enrolment in the hall on Wednesday, March 8th.
Hurling in the yard began on Monday March 6th for 1st class boys and Thursday March 9th for 2nd class boys. Boys can bring their hurls and helmets to school with them. We have some on sale here if needed.
Artist in Residence
The school successfully applied to participate in the Arts-in-Education BLAST Residency Programme. Animator Mike Byrne spent 4 days recently in 2nd class working with the students. They have had an amazing week bringing their ideas to life and Miss Kenny and Mr Lyons will share links to their work in due course.
World Book Day
World Book Day was a great success last week. The boys were busy reading and listening to new stories and enjoyed the dress up and chatter about their favourite characters. Mr. Russell has uploaded lots of photos on our website and social media channels.
Swimming continues for 6th, 2nd and 3rd classes.
Swimming lessons will start for 1st, 4th and 5th classes on Tuesday April 18th. Full payment of €40 is required before swimming lessons start. You can pay via Aladdin or bring €40 into your sons class teacher.
The Parents' Association Cake Sale was a huge success with an amazing total of €1700 raised. Huge thanks to everyone involved. The PA’s next fundraiser is Bingo at the forum on Tuesday March 28th. Tickets are on sale for €10 from the school office. A great night is guaranteed with some fabulous spot prizes!
New Enrolments 2023
There are a limited amount of spaces still available for Junior Infants 2023 and for our preschool also. If you have a son, nephew or friend looking for a place in these classes, please CLICK HERE to download an application form or call us on 051 871716 for an application form.
Miss Power's and Mr. Russell's 3rd Classes had a very interesting and enjoyable "Biodiversity Bootcamp" workshop with Eoin, the local Biodiversity officer with Waterford City Council, on Tuesday, January 17th, 2023. Eoin visited the boys in their classrooms, and gave a very interesting and interactive talk about biodiversity in Ireland and about many of the different species that live in our country, as well as talking about the adaptations that many of the different species have made. Check out some photos from Miss Power's 3rd Class HERE and Mr. Russell's 3rd Class HERE!
The Roots of Empathy programme is back in St. Stephen's this year and we are thrilled to welcome Miriam back as our Facilitator for the 2022/2023 year. We're also very lucky to have baby Quinn and mum Aisling as our Roots of Empathy family this year. You can keep up to date with all the Family Visits HERE!
We were very excited with the return of a very special day in our school, as our annual Christmas Carol Service in the Cathedral of The Most Holy Trinity took place on Tuesday morning, December 20th, 2022. It was wonderful to see so many friends of our school who to join us in a celebration of the birth of Our Lord.
Science for Fun returned to St. Stephen's after an absence and it was 3 weeks of wonderful science fun and learning in Mr. Russell's 3rd Class! Helped by a number of brilliant volunteer parents each week, the boys worked with dancing raisins, discovered what happens to food when you eat it, it gets broken down... and what happens to the waste left over from the food that your body needs to get rid of; the class worked to create volcanoic eruptions using baking soda and vinegar, and tested to see if they could make a bag waterproof - even with holes being poked in the bag! The final week involved experimenting with floating eggs and adding Mentos mints to Coke to create a geyser! Thanks to the super volunteer parents for coming in to help out and to our awesome Home School Liaison Teacher Miss Robinson for organising the programme and running all the activities over the 3 weeks!
The school is a hive of activity at the moment and we have a number of items to bring to your attention:
Code of Behaviour and Anti Bullying Policy
The above policies have been ratified by the Board of Management following approval by staff and parents and are now in use by all staff. Please familiarise yourself with the code of behaviour and remind your son of the types of behaviour that we expect in St. Stephen's and what happens when misbehaviour occurs.
Parents' Association Christmas Cards
Order forms for the ever-popular Parents' Association Christmas Card fundraiser went home this week. Please return the forms with the correct amount by Wednesday, 7th December.
The Parent’s Association annual Christmas raffle will take place before the Christmas holidays. Cards will be distributed next week.
All classes will be going to the cinema on either Friday 9th December or Friday 16th December. The cost for this cinema trip is €7. There is great excitement as we haven’t had our annual cinema trip since 2019!
Little Red Kettle Theatre Company
Little Red Kettle are also making a comeback on Thursday 15th for all classes. Cost for this is €3.
Our traditional Carol Service returns after its 2 year absence. It is scheduled for Tuesday 20th December at 11:00am in The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity. Children from 2nd to 6th class will attend. Everyone is welcome to join us.
Class Christmas Concerts
Some classes will showcase their talents to parents at various performances scheduled for the days leading up to the Christmas break. Specific dates and times will be communicated to you.
We are delighted to have so many extra-curricular activities available to our pupils.
Monday - Hurling for 1st class
Tuesday - Basketball for 5th/6th classes
Wednesday - Book Club, Chess and Gardening club
Thursday - Hurling for 2nd class
We look forward to starting an Art and Craft club, a Radio/Film Club and a Lego club next term.
Teachers give their time to these clubs on a voluntary basis. The whole school community is extremely grateful to the teachers involved for their dedication to our pupils.
Swimming Lessons 2023
Swimming classes will take place for all classes from 1st-6th in term 2. The cost of these lessons will be approximately €40. Full payment must be paid before lessons commence. You can still pay by instalments but full payment is required before lessons begin. Swimming is a part of the SPHE curriculum and all boys must take part. If for some reason your son cannot take part in the lessons you will be asked to collect him from school while lessons are taking place.
School will finish at 12 noon on Wednesday 21st December for the Christmas holidays and we will return on Thursday 5th January.
Enjoy the special time in the build up to Christmas!
Sinéad Lowe, Principal
Technology is an amazing tool that we use in St. Stephen's to give the boys opportunities that they might not have without it. Recently, Mr. Russell's 3rd Class enjoyed a chat online with author Tom Rogers. Tom wrote the book "Eleven", a novel for children about the September 11 attacks in America in 2001. The boys heard about the writing process behind the book, how Tom came up with the idea, and had lots of time for a Q&A as he heard ideas for stories from the boys and answered many questions about the book and his job as a scriptwriter for Disney. Well done to all the boys!
Our Parent Teacher meetings took place last week and it was great to meet everyone in person this year for the first time since 2019. Thanks to all parents and guardians who came along to meet all the teachers last week!
There's always lots of wonderful things happening in St. Stephen's - and we always do our best to grab photos so we can share the awesomeness! You can check out photos from what's been going on in 2022/2023 by clicking HERE - and you can also see tons of photos from lots of years in the past by clicking on the relevant year, which will drop down to show you all the links available for that year!
An annual tradition, boys came to school in Halloween costume on the last day before the mid-term break. There were lots of great costumes and every class played games and enjoyed some treats for Halloween. We've lots of photos from a wonderful day so we've gathered them all onto one special Halloween page - click HERE to visit!
Marise, our HSCL Teacher, ran 3 make up Classes over a few weeks in October 2022 with Lyndsey Waring, Makeup Artist. We had great attendance over the 3 weeks and parents really enjoyed the cuppa and chats! Lyndsey was amazing and everyone picked up so much from her. Marise also ran 3 workshops with Bricks4 Kidz over a few weeks for Junior and Senior Infants boys and their parents. We had a huge response to this too! Sixteen different families participated in the workshops, with younger siblings welcome too. A wonderful month for everyone involved in these different projects all organised by our fabulous HSCL teacher, Miss Robinson!
All of us in St. Stephen's were absolutely delighted to witness the official opening of Lasallian House on Friday, October 14th, 2022.
Principal of St. Stephen's Miss Lowe spoke of the efforts of so many people to make Lasallian House a reality, paying tribute to Mr. Morris and Br. Frank and the school's Board of Management, after which Bishop Cullinan blessed the building and Br. Frank and Mr. Morris cut the ribbon to officially open our stunning new extension. Our many guests then took the opportunity to look around the new building. There's plenty of photos of the official opening to view in the gallery HERE!
After over a 2 year break because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Chess Club returned to St. Stephen's on Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 with over 30 members joining! Chess Club will be running for eight weeks and we have already had some great matches played on the first day. League tables will start in a few weeks. Thanks to Mr. Morris, Miss Kenny and Mr. Coghlan for helping out - and well done to all the boys!
Our school athletics team took part in a cross country competition in the RSC on Tuesday, September 20th, 2022. Boys from 1st to 6th Class competed and they all did themselves and the school so proud. St. Stephen’s came away with a total of SEVEN medals. Well done boys!! See the photos from a great day out HERE!
De La Salle GAA Hurling and Football Club won the County Minor Hurling Final to become County Minor Hurling Champions 2022! The team visited the school on Friday, September 9th, to speak about the magnificent accomplishment and to offer some words of inspiration to the budding young hurlers in our school. It was great to see so many of our past pupils return as part of the winning panel. See photos from the visit HERE!
Welcome back to all. I hope everyone is settling in well to the back to school routine! A big welcome to our new Junior Infants and all the new boys that have joined our school. We hope you will be very happy with us.
Just a few matters to bring to your attention:
Looking forward to another fun year at St Stephen's!
I hope you are all safe and well and enjoying the beautiful weather. As the summer holidays are quickly coming to an end, all thoughts are on back to school! School will reopen Thursday, September 1st, 2022 for the new school year. Please see below for the entry/exit gates for each class.
We are very excited to be finally moving some classes into our amazing new extension. It has been a long time coming and it’s a very exciting time for our school community. I want to thank you all for your patience and cooperation over the building period. 6th Class and 3rd Class are the lucky classes that are moving in but we will make sure all classes get a grand tour over the next few weeks.
Please make sure we have all up to date contact details, phone numbers, addresses etc. Boys from 1st Class to 6th Class must wear their full uniform to school. They may only wear their tracksuit on PE days. Junior and Senior Infants can wear tracksuit or uniform. Please make sure your son’s name is clearly written on all his belongings.
The boys may bring a school bag to school. Please do not purchase bags with wheels as they are dangerous. The boys do not need lunch boxes as there will be no waste going home. Reminder: Hot Lunch options to be chosen online by 5:00pm each Thursday.
Our Online Payment system is up and running via Aladdin Connect. I would appreciate it if you could pay the school contribution fee next week. I appreciate that back to school is a costly time so remember you can pay in instalments if that is easier. Please see your booklist for fee details.
Looking forward to welcoming everyone back on Thursday.
Sinead Lowe, Principal
- We have a busy term ahead with school tours and other activities planned. All teachers are trying to keep the costs down but it is difficult to do so. Please note that you can pay in installments if this suits you.
- If you need to speak with your son's teacher, please make an appointment by calling 051-81716. We ask that parents remain at the barrier and do not enter the school area without an appointment. Construction is still ongoing and safety for all is a priority.
- Our 2nd Class boys will celebrate their 1st Holy Communion on Saturday May 21st in the Cathedral. Our 6th Class boys will celebrate their Confirmation on Friday June 24th. We are all very much looking forward to these special occasions.
- Hand and respiratory hygiene.
- Remaining at home if a child has symptoms.
- As our yard is restricted due to the extension of our school, staggered opening and closing times and breaktimes will continue for now.
- Children in 3rd to 6th class will no longer be required to wear masks in school from Monday, February 28th, 2022. They can of course continue to wear them if that is their wish.
- End to physical distancing and pods in classes. This now opens up the opportunity for children to interact more in their classroom, and engage in wider school activities such as GAA, swimming and school tours.
- Christmas Songs from Miss O'Shea's and Miss Finnegan's Junior Infants
- Christmas Songs from Miss Nevin's Junior Infants
- Christmas Songs from Miss Byrne's Senior Infants
- Christmas Songs from Miss Brennan's Senior Infants
- Christmas Songs from Mrs. Breen's 1st Class
- Christmas Songs from Miss Butler's 1st Class
- Christmas Songs from Miss Kenny's 2nd Class
- Christmas Songs from Miss Keevers' 2nd Class
- Christmas Songs from Mr. Russell's 3rd Class
- Christmas Songs from Miss Power's 3rd Class
- Christmas Songs from Mr. R. Hayden's 4th Class
- Christmas Songs from Miss Murphy's 4th Class
- Christmas Songs from Mr. Fahy's 5th Class
- Christmas Songs from Mr. Cantwell's 5th Class
- Christmas Songs from Mr. Coghlan's 6th Class
- Christmas Songs from Mr. Morris' 6th Class
- Miss Lowe, Principal
- Do not enter the school premises without an appointment.
- Please wear masks and observe social distancing at the school gate. Arrive at school at your appointed time and leave promptly so as to avoid any congestion at the school gate.
- If your child has any symptoms of COVID 19 they must NOT come to school. Symptoms include:
fever, , dry cough, tiredness, aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhoea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes.
- If your child or a member of their household is waiting on a test result they must NOT come to school.
- If your child has been identified as a close contact you must follow HSE advice and they must NOT come to school.
- If your child displays symptoms in school they will be brought to the isolation area until they are collected.
- Please make sure we have all up to date contact details, phone numbers, addresses etc.
Mr. Russell's 3rd Class have entered the 2022 FÍS Film Competition! The boys wrote a story and made it into a storyboard in February / March 2022 about an accident, and spent several weeks learning stop motion animation and making physical sets with card, paint and LEGO, before animating the story. The film is called "Timpiste" - and yes, it's in Irish! The boys deserve great credit and praise for their efforts and we all think that the film is fantastic! The judges will watch all films over the summer, with their decisions on the films to be shortlisted being revealed around the end of September. We wish the boys the best of luck! See this wonderful short film HERE!
The boys in Mr. Coghlan's and Mr. Morris' 6th Classes will be receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit and making their Confirmation in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Barronstrand Street on Friday, June 24th, 2022. The boys have been working hard in preparation and are looking forward to the ceremony. Everyone in St. Stephen's wishes the boys the very best for their special day!
Miss O'Shea's and Miss Finnegan's, along with Miss Nevin's Junior Infants, all went on an absolutely wonderful school tour to Copper Coast mini farm in Co. Waterford on Wednesday, June 15th, 2022! The boys had so much fun all day on their first ever school tour! Everyone had a fabulous day! See ALL the photos - Miss O'Shea's and Miss Finnegan's photos are HERE and Miss Nevin's photos are HERE!
Miss Power's and Mr. Russell's 3rd Class were on their school tour to The Irish National Heritage Park in Wexford on Friday, June 10th, 2022. The boys had a great time, travelling through thousands of years of Irish history! Both classes took tons of photos! See photos from Miss Power's 3rd Class HERE and Mr. Russell's 3rd Class HERE!
Congratulations to Adam, Kai, Anton and Glenn who came runners up in the boys plate at the Munster Primary Schools Tennis competition that took place on Wednesday, June 1st, 2022. Well done to the boys - see the photos HERE!
The school athletics team had a great day in the RSC on Wednesday, June 1st, 2022. So many of the boys won medals and St. Stephen’s won a plaque as the 3rd best overall boys school. What a super achievement! Well done to all the boys for taking part - see photos of our great boys HERE!
St. Stephen's annual School Sports Day made its' return for the first time since 2019! Three long years had passed before we were able to be together for the fun of Sports Day.
Friday, May 27th, 2022 was the date that we were finally able to host Sports Day again and we were absolutely blessed with glorious sunshine on the day as the boys, staff, parents and families enjoyed every minute and made the day a huge success! Check out our huge galleries of photos from all classes HERE, with huge thanks to Miss Kenny and Mr. Russell for taking all the photos!
Congratulations to the boys in Miss Kenny's and Miss Keevers' 2nd Classes who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday morning, May 21st, in the Cathedral. Our thanks also to the boys in the school choir who sang so beautifully on the morning, and to Miss Power, Miss Brennan and Mr. Lyons who worked with the choir to help provide the beautiful music on the day.
The boys in Mr. Fahy's and Mr. Cantwell's 5th Classes had a super time on Friday, May 20th, 2022 when they took off for a day of cycling on the magnificent Waterford Greenway! It was organised as part of Bike Week 2022. Read more and see some photos HERE!
Mrs. Breen's and Miss Butler's 1st Classes went on their school tour on Wednesday, May 18th. This was the first school tour since 2019 - and this was the boys' first ever school tour! They had tons of fun - find out where they went and see photos from the day by visiting Mrs. Breen's and Miss Butler's class pages using the menu above!
The chicks have hatched!!! Great egg-citement all around St. Stephen's! Catch it all LIVE on our special live stream HERE on the school website.
We're into the final term of 2021/2022! We have just a few matters for your attention:
Our Parents' Association organised a fundraising walk on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022. All classes from Junior Infants to 6th Classes took part in the walk. All money raised by the walk will be used by the Parents' Association and will go directly to the boys and their education. As always we appreciate your support in our fundraising efforts.
Our Parents Association will hold a fundraising Bingo night at the Forum on Tuesday 26th April at 8.00p.m. Tickets are €10 and are available through the school office. We would appreciate your support on the night.
Paula McAuliffe (Chairperson)
This year, we focussed on Active Homework and it was a great opportunity to get outside, get some fresh air and enjoy some family time! There were lots of different activities happening all around the school all week, with a Teddy Bear's picnic, an Easter Egg Hunt, baking, and visits to the park. We also had our Mental Health Awareness Day in school, and we marked the occasion by having a Crazy Socks Day. The boys came to school in odd socks, crazy socks... the sillier the better!!
Thanks to the staff, all the boys, and all parents and families for supporting our Well Being Week!
We are looking for uniforms and tracksuits (in particular bigger sizes) in excellent condition, if you have any at home. Also, if you would have schoolbags that your son is no longer using, again in excellent condition, we would love to have them please! You can drop them into Miss Robinson's room or contact her at 085-2775077. Thanks as always for your support!
WOW! All classes were learning about Report Writing in February and March 2022 and the boys wrote reports about lots of different topics. The standard was sky high! From Junior Infants to 6th Class, all the boys made a huge effort and Mrs. Hatton had a very hard task to pick out some winners from each class! They're now on display on the bottom corridor, as you can see in our photo. Read ALL the reports HERE:
We celebrated World Down Syndrome Day on Monday, March 21st, 2022. The boys did a great job learning Lámh sign language, which is a form of sign language for those that need help to communicate. Well done to all the boys for taking part! Watch the wonderful, heart warming video HERE.
Our 5th and 6th Classes are currently undertaking an 8 week programme with Marathon Kids. This initiative encourages students to engage in four running sessions each week inching them closer to completing their first marathon as well as learning about the benefits of physical activity. Well done to all the boys!
A few matters for your attention please.
The Department of Education has issued new guidance to schools in relation to Covid.
Measures that will remain in place include:
Measures that will change include:
The easing of restrictions is a very positive development for the children's learning and wider experience of school. The process will be managed carefully and with your continued support we look forward to an increased range of learning experiences for the children in the weeks and months ahead.
World Book Day
Thursday, 3rd March is World Book Day. On that day, children may dress up as a favourite book character and/or bring in their favourite book for class discussion. Please do not go to the expense of buying a costume - lots of characters wear items you would have at home. We have lots of activities planned for all classes to celebrate World Book Day.
St. Patrick's Weekend
School will close on 16th March at the normal time and re-open on Monday 21st March at 8:50am.
We have limited availability for our Pre-School for 2022/2023 and also for Junior Infants and other classes. Please contact the school on 051 871716 for further information or complete an online application form at www.ststephensbns.com. Please spread the word and share with family and friends.
Sinéad Lowe, Principal
I have received official notification from the Department of Education regarding the easing of Covid 19 restrictions in schools. From Monday February 28th, Pods in the classroom will no longer be needed and mask wearing is no longer a requirement.
We will continue with pods in the yard and with staggered opening/closing times/break times as the removal of these would have a huge impact on timetables and we need time to review and reflect on what we’ve had in place over the last 18 months. Also, with the yard still restricted due to the extension of our school, I would be keen to keep the status quo until we have our full yard back, which I hope will be next month!
We also hope to have some after school activities like hurling and possibly basketball underway in the next couple of weeks. It is a lovely positive way to sign off on our mid term break. Normality is definitely on the horizon!
Hope you all have a lovely mid term break.
We have been informed by our insurance company, Allianz, that due to the increased risk of accidents and theft, we cannot allow e-bikes or e- scooters on the grounds of the school.
We therefore ask students not to travel to school by this mode of transport. This is effective immediately.
From tomorrow, Tuesday, February 1st, we will not allow any motorised scooters or e-bikes to be stored on the premises.
We are asking all parents for your cooperation on this matter.
Happy New Year to all our pupils and their families! We hope you all had a safe and happy Christmas. School reopens for all pupils tomorrow Thursday, 6th January, 2022.
There still remains a lot of uncertainty in our lives especially with case numbers so high. There is an updated guide for parents of children aged up to 13 years old that lists many different scenarios and what steps you as parents should take with your child - you can access that here: tinyurl.com/SSisolationguide
We will continue to follow all preventative measures as set out in our Covid 19 Response Plan:
✅ Each class is a bubble and doesn't mix with other classes.
✅ Classes sit in pods of up to 6 pupils.
✅ Classrooms are well ventilated.
✅ Pupils from 3rd to 6th class and all school staff wear masks.
✅ Regular handwashing and sanitising is encouraged.
✅ Entry times, Break times and home times are staggered.
We ask that parents do not send their child to school if he/she has any symptoms of Covid. Also if there is a case of Covid in your household or someone is awaiting a test/test result, your child must not attend school.
Pupils are encouraged to wear extra layers of clothes or a sleeveless jacket to keep warm .
Please wear a mask when collecting your child from the gate and avoid congregating with others at this time.
Please inform us if a pupil tests positive so that we can inform the parents of pupils in their pod.
On behalf of all the staff we thank you for your support over the past number of months. By not sending in your child if they have symptoms or if they or a family member are awaiting a PCR test / result you are helping keep the school as safe as is possible.
Finally, a reminder also to return all books to school. We're looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow morning!
With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, in-school Christmas concerts could not take place in 2021. However! You can't take the Christmas spirit out of St. Stephen's - so every class recorded a short virtual performance! Click any of the links below to see ALL classes performing for Christmas 2021!
A Red Alert has now been issued by Met Éireann relating to severe wind for counties Clare, Kerry and Cork. A status orange warning has issued for counties Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Mayo, Wexford, Dublin, Louth, Wicklow, Meath.
The annual FÍS Film Awards were held on Friday, November 19th. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Awards could not take place in person in Dublin as in previous years. Instead, the awards took place online with a virtual awards ceremony. There was a very high standard again this year, with some fantastic films winning awards for categories like animation, Irish, costumes, and many more. To a huge roar of approval, the boys from St. Stephen's were announced as winners of the "Best Local Interest" category. This is another fantastic achievement for our school, winning another coveted FÍS Award in a national competition. Well done to all the boys!
Our Parent Teacher meetings took place recently through phone calls. Thanks to all parents and families for engaging with our teachers through the calls to hear how the boys are getting on. Please remember that if you need to speak to a member of staff, please contact the office on 051-871716 and we will arrange a suitable time with the person you wish to speak with.
A few items for your attention:
Parents' Association AGM:
Just a reminder about Monday (15/11/2021) night's Zoom meeting. Please use the link that was shared on Aladdin to access the meeting.
Parent Teacher Meetings:
Parent Teacher meetings will be held on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th November. These will be held over the phone. Your son's class teacher will be in touch to schedule a day and time for these meetings. School will close from 12.30pm onwards on these days. A list of staggered closing times will be sent out closer to the time. Please make sure we have updated contact telephone numbers.
School will close from 11.35am this Friday to facilitate staff training. Prompt collection is appreciated.
Photos from the Halloween Party, Maths Week etc have been uploaded to the school website and our various social media channels. I would like to thank Mr. Russell for the huge amount of work he puts into sharing these photos with the school community.
This year, the boys designed their very own Christmas Cards. The sample copies of each card arrived back to school and they look really fantastic! Each child brought home his sample card with an order form. Please return the order form to school if you would like to buy a pack of cards with your son's design. The price is 10 euro for a pack of 10 cards. We would ask that you please send in the money with the order form too. Please do so by next Wednesday (November 17th). Also - if you would like to amend how your son's name appears on their Christmas card, you can do so on the order form too. Any questions or anything at all, please contact Marise, our Home School Liaison Teacher either by phone or email using the details that were sent home on Aladdin.
We're all delighted here in St. Stephen's to welcome Cathy from Rhythm and Shakes back to our school! Cathy has started drumming with the boys from 1st to 6th class (during school time) and every class will get a 4 week block of drumming lessons between now and March. We're DELIGHTED to hear the sound of drumming in our school again!
Ryan, James and Bobby from 6th Class are fundraising for Dublin Zoo. They have organised a no uniform and no homework day for Thursday, November 11th. They are asking for each boy to donate €2 to the cause. Well done to the boys on their efforts. They are working very hard on this campaign. Everyone in St. Stephen's would like to thank you for your support!
Saturday, November 6th, 2021 was a very special day for our two 3rd Classes!. The boys made their First Holy Communion with their 2nd Class teachers Miss Keevers and Miss O'Shea. The original date in July 2021 was postponed because of the public health situation at the time but the ceremony went ahead in the autumn and the boys were able to celebrate this very special sacrament. Thanks to our teachers for preparing the boys and to all parents, families, and Fr. Harris in the Cathedral for the co-operation in making First Holy Communion day a big success.
There was lots of great fun and activities all around St. Stephen's celebrating Halloween! Check out the photo and video archive pages for photos of Halloween artwork, Halloween parties, a highlights video from Mr. Russell's 3rd Class and a "Thriller" of a video from Miss Kenny's 2nd Class!
The HSE has provided information for parents about the changes to contact tracing and testing for children aged between 3 months and 13 years in early learning and care, school aged childcare, education, primary school sports and social settings. You can find it HERE.
We're delighted to FINALLY share the entry into the 2021 FÍS Film Festival from Mr. Russell's 3rd Class 2020/2021! The title is "Disasters" and looks at Waterford's connections to two major disasters in history - 9/11 and the Titanic. The class worked really hard on the storyboard, for which they won 1st place in the special Storyboard Competition in March 2021, and then used that to guide the making of the film. On location filming took place in June 2021, at the 9/11 memorial by the Bishop's Palace, and in Little Michael Street at the Titanic plaque. Editing revealed some issues with sound, so the boys used footage of just the memorial and plaque, and used the green screen to complete the film. They were even working on the film on the day of the summer holidays!! The judges spent the summer looking at the entries all summer and in some absolutely fantastic news, it was announced on September 15th that the film made by the St. Stephen's boys has been shortlisted for the 2021 FÍS Film Awards, which will be coming up in November! We wish the boys the very best of luck! Enjoy the short film on the school website HERE!
Rory in Mr Fahy's 5th Class participated in the T4 World Cup Series Karting Comp in County Louth on September 18th/19th, 2021. Rory's class made a good luck video for him, which was also shown on the organiser's social media channels. This is an amazing achievement for Rory - good luck! Everyone in St. Stephen's is right behind you! See the class' good luck message HERE!
**UPDATE: Rory finished in 5th place in the WORLD, which is an incredible achievement. Well done Rory!
Welcome back to all! What beautiful weather we are having to help us all settle back into the school routine. A special welcome to our new Junior Infants who have settled in so well and so quickly!
Just a few reminders as we all get to grips with the new school year:
✅ Please arrive at school at your appointed time and at your appointed entrance only. Our aim is to reduce congestion at the school gates and that is why we have staggered opening and closing times. No child is allowed on school premises before 8.50am.
✅ Please put your son’s name on all his belongings especially his jumper and tracksuit top.
✅ All boys should have all their books etc for school. If you need help with this, please contact the school.
✅ Our hot lunches are going down a treat but some boys are still getting the generic chicken curry and rice. Reminder logins were sent home for all so please take the time to look at the choices with your son and choose something that he will like together. This must be done by 5:00pm each Thursday.
✅ We would appreciate if we could have all school contributions collected by the end of September. If you would like to pay by instalments that is no problem. Otherwise, please pay via Aladdin connect or give money to your son’s class teacher.
✅ No homework for the month of September! Loads of time for making the most of the good weather!
✅ Please note the boys are not allowed to wear earrings. This is strictly enforced. Boys from 1st -6th must wear their school uniform every day with the exception of PE days. Boys in Junior and Senior infants may wear either.
✅ Mobile Phones: Pupils are not allowed to have mobile phones in the classroom. If they need to bring their phone to school boys in 5th and 6th class only may bring them to school but they must be left into the office to Deirdre or myself before school starts. They can be collected at home time. Any pupil found with a mobile phone in the classroom will have the phone confiscated.
✅ If your child has any symptoms of COVID-19 they must NOT come to school. Symptoms include: fever, dry cough, tiredness, aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhoea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes. If your child or a member of their household is waiting on a test result, they must NOT come to school. If your child has been identified as a close contact you must follow HSE advice and they must NOT come to school. If your child displays symptoms in schoo,l they will be brought to the isolation area until they are collected. Remember: if in doubt, stay out!
Looking forward to another fun year in St Stephen's.
Enjoy the beautiful weather!
The boys in Miss Kenny's 2nd Class have had a super start to the 2021/2022 school year! The boys have settled in really well and are loving school and their fantastic teacher! Check out some photos HERE from the first week!
It's been a wonderful start to 3rd in Mr. Russell's Class! The boys had some fun with the parachute in the garden, with some great photos to view. The boys were also busy with some art, making cool face mask selfies! No doubt there'll be lots more great things going on over the next few weeks - well done to all the boys!
Miss Byrne's and Miss Brennan's Senior Infants were delighted to get back to school! The boys have been enjoying playtime every morning in their classrooms before they take on some work each day. Well done to all the boys! Photos from Miss Byrne's Class can be seen HERE and check out a few snaps from Miss Brennan's Class HERE!
I hope you are all safe and well and enjoying the beautiful weather. As the summer holidays are quickly coming to an end, all thoughts are on back to school!
School will reopen on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 for the new school year. Please see the staggered opening and closing times for each class HERE. The entry and exit points are listed also. Please note these may have changed from last year so please read carefully.
There has been great progress made over the summer on our new classrooms and as works continue I would ask that you all be careful and encourage the boys to be the same. Safety for all is our priority so your patience and understanding is much appreciated.
We are in a better place than we were last September in terms of COVID. However it has not gone away and therefore we will continue with the COVID guidelines that we had in place last year to continue our efforts to minimise the risk of a Covid outbreak in our school. Please adhere to the following:
Boys from 1st class to 6th class must wear their full uniform to school. They may only wear their tracksuit on PE days. Junior and Senior Infants can wear tracksuit or uniform. Please make sure your son’s name is clearly written on all his belongings.
The boys may bring a school bag to school. Please do not purchase bags with wheels as they are dangerous. The boys do not need lunch boxes as there will be no waste going home.
Our Online Payment system is up and running via Aladdin Connect. I would appreciate it if you could pay the school contribution fee next week. Please see your booklist for fee details.
Looking forward to welcoming everyone back next week.
Sinéad Lowe, Principal
- Communication with the school must continue to take place by phone (051 871716) or email (email@example.com). Please do not call to the office unless by prior arrangement.
- It is important not to congregate at the school when dropping off and collecting your child. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines.
- Please complete the Return to Education Parent Declaration Form on Aladdin. Please note this must be done before your son returns to school.
- Children are not to attend school if
- they are displaying any symptom of COVID 19
- they or anyone in the household are awaiting a test
- they are a close contact of a person with COVID 19
- they have travelled outside of Ireland; in such instances parents are advised to consult and follow latest Government advice in relation to foreign travel
- School will be closed on Wednesday the 17th for St Patrick’s Day.
- Communication with the school must take place by phone 051 871716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- It is important not to congregate at or near school when dropping off and collecting your child.
- Please complete the Return to Education Parent Declaration Form on Aladdin Connect after 3pm on Sunday.
- As we will have all classroom doors and windows open for maximum ventilation you might want to put an extra layer on your son as the rooms might be cooler than usual!
- Children are not to attend school if
- they are displaying any symptoms of COVID 19
- they are awaiting a test
- they are a close contact of a person with COVID 19
- they have travelled outside of Ireland; in such instances parents are advised to consult and follow latest Government advice in relation to foreign travel.
- Start and finish times will be staggered (see separate timetable for details). Please note different entrances.
- No children will be allowed in the yard before school to avoid crossover of classes.
- All classes will be brought to their exit gate by their teacher at finishing time.
- Uniforms – both old and new tracksuits and / or school uniforms are acceptable. These MUST be labelled as nothing can be stored in the school.
- All contact number and address MUST be updated immediately.
- Parents need to make an appointment by phone or email to visit the school. The contact email address for the school is email@example.com. Following health and safety guidelines face coverings must be worn and proper hand hygiene observed. Several hand sanitisers are available adjacent to all school entrances.
- No homework will be given for the month of September. All boys must have their own plastic pencil case clearly labelled with their name containing a pencil, pen, topper, rubber and colouring pencils as no sharing is allowed. These will remain in school.
- Sanitisers are available in every classroom and resource room for pupil and staff use. All classrooms will be cleaned and sanitised daily.
- If anyone in your household shows symptoms – high temperature, persistent cough, change in taste and smell etc, please keep your child and siblings at home. In the event of a child displaying symptoms in school, they will be isolated as per COVID-19 guidelines and you will be contacted immediately. Please ensure you are contactable at all times.
- The parking area on Patrick Street is for set down only . Please do not delay when dropping your son to school.
Wednesday June 30th, 2021, saw the end of an era in St. Stephen’s with the retirement of two hugely respected and exceptional teachers, Mrs. Kirwan and Mrs. Mulvaney.
Mrs. Mulvaney came to St. Stephen’s 20 years ago and brought with her an infectious love of learning and a caring nature that was greatly admired and appreciated by all her pupils. In more recent years, the boys who received Learning Support were the ones to benefit from her positive approach to learning. Mrs. Mulvaney also spent a number of years as St. Stephens’ Home School Liaison Teacher, where she excelled in welcoming parents and families and being the link between home and school. Even now, many parents recall the generosity of spirit that Mrs. Mulvaney gave to her many roles in our school.
Mrs. Kirwan is an embodiment of the term “living legend”! Arriving in St. Stephen’s 42 years ago, Miss D’Arcy, as she was known then, immediately became a favourite teacher of many pupils and a highly valued member of the staff. As the years went by, this never changed. Large numbers of past pupils always fondly recall Mrs. Kirwan for her kindness and patience, for her unwavering commitment to helping the boys and doing so with gentle encouragement. Indeed, over the years, as new teachers have joined the staff of St. Stephen’s, every single one mentions the kindness, welcoming smile and the offer of the open door for help, where all you had to do was ask. Teachers and pupils alike have been helped along the way by a lady whose giving nature has shaped more lives in positive ways than many of us realise.
St. Stephen’s loss is the gain of the families of Mrs. Kirwan and Mrs. Mulvaney. They have given exceptional dedication to their positions and to our school, which is a richer place because of them. Everyone in St. Stephen’s wishes these two phenomenal ladies all the very best for a long and happy retirement.
It is hard to believe that we are at the end of another school year. It seems like no time at all since we were preparing to reopen after the first Covid lockdown in 2020.
I would like to thank you, the parents, for your support throughout the last school year. It was a challenging year for all, not least for our boys. They have been fantastic and showed great resilience and courage in strange and difficult times. I really appreciate your kindness, patience, cooperation and understanding.
I am so proud of our efforts as a school. I want to thank everyone associated with St Stephen's for their huge efforts in making the best of all the challenges.
To our 6th class boys, we bid them a fond farewell. They have been an incredible class group and have left a great legacy as role models for all in our school. For now, I send them my best wishes on their journey through second level. I know that each one of them will be a success because they got the best start here with us in St Stephen's. I hope they will always keep St Stephen's and De La Salle in their hearts because they will always be in ours.
We will never forget this year and what we went through – and we need to remember that we all did so well! We lived, laughed, and learned all along the way!
I hope you have a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you all back here on September 1st, 2021.
Sinéad Lowe, Principal
You have to SEA this wonderful art from Miss Murphy's 5th Class! The boys made some absolutely amazing fishbowls using clay, paint and lots of fantastic imagination! Well done to all the boys for the terrific effort - and be sure to check out some photos HERE!
Miss Kenny's Junior Infants had a super time when they made some lovely art and sang a song too! The boys made some "quacking" ducks for their art and sang the song "Five Little Ducks". Well done to all the boys! See their super photos in the gallery and you can see a video of the boys and their wonderful singing too - check it out HERE!
Miss O'Shea's 2nd Class has an amazing pizza party on Friday, May 21st, 2021! Cayden in Miss O'Shea's class won the colouring competition that was run by Supermacs and the whole class got to enjoy a pizza party. Check out the photos HERE as the boys tucked into some very nice pizza!
Miss Nevin's Junior Infants explored some colour to brighten up a wet Friday. All the boys were very excited by the colours and are very proud of their work. See their photos HERE!
Mr. Fahy's and Miss Murphy's 5th Classes and Mr. R. Hayden's and Mr. Coghlan's 6th Classes from St. Stephen's took part in the Credit Union quiz online on Friday, May 14th! Great fun in all 4 classes - photos from the monster virtual quiz are HERE! And each class had some winners too - check those out HERE!
Just a quick reminder the school will close this Friday May 14th for a half day as it is the Feast Day of our Founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle. Please see the closing times below for each class. Please be on time to collect your son in order to prevent crossover of classes.
St Stephen's is delighted to inform you that construction will begin on our 4 new classrooms on Monday May 17th, 2021. This is an exciting time for everyone, as after many years of planning, we are one step closer to expanding our school.
With any building project there is noise and disruption and no more so when you are situated in the middle of the city centre and construction begins on the day the shops are reopening! Your understanding and patience would be greatly appreciated as we begin our new project.
The site access will be on Stephen Street and as a result there will be reduced footpath and parking in this area. This will lead to increased traffic congestion so please be mindful of that. Take your time and don’t worry about being late, safety above all other concerns at all times.
Safety is of huge importance and the children will be protected from any building activity by hoarding which will be erected around the site.
The boys in Miss Keevers' 2nd Class celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday, 11th May, and Miss O'Shea's 2nd Class on Wednesday, May 12th, 2021. The boys in both classes worked very hard to prepare for the service. They did brilliantly and received a lovely certificate to mark the occasion. To celebrate, these lucky boys had an ice pop party in their classroom and then played some giant games in the lovely sunshine. Well done to all involved!
More amazing work from Miss Kenny's Junior Infants! The boys were learning the five green and speckled frogs song as part of some numeracy work - and then they got to tie that into a really cool art lesson! The class made some really fantastic frogs and did a super job with all the cutting as part of the process. Super work from all the boys! Check out their photos HERE!
We recently celebrated Well-Being week in St. Stephen's. There was a lovely week full of activities for the boys with lots of fun! The boys and staff really enjoyed it! On Wednesday, 28th April, we held a Rainbow Day Fundraiser for Pieta House. All boys wore any colour they liked to school on this day. We had a disco in the yard and a popcorn party for every class. We are hoping this Fundraiser raised awareness of the importance of looking after our Mental Health. Thanks to everyone for your amazing support of this fundraiser! Our application for the Amber Flag has now been submitted and we are waiting to hear back. Keep your fingers crossed!
Back in March while on remote learning, the boys in Mr. Russell's 3rd Class worked on a story to enter the 2021 FÍS Film Storyboard Competition. On Friday, April 16th, at lunchtime, the boys were contacted and told that after a very competitive process, the judging panel had awarded the honour of 1st Prize in the class category 3rd and 4th class to the boys for their storyboard called "Disasters". What a fantastic achievement for the boys, taking 1st Place against 3rd and 4th Classes from all over Ireland!!! Well done to all the class!
Food Dudes has run in St. Stephen's a number of times and been a huge success on each occasion. Now, in April 2021, Food Dudes is back for another run! Over the next 10 weeks, the boys will get to try out different fruits and vegetables. An information letter was sent home on Aladdin and we would appreciate it if you could have a read over it.
We hope that everyone enjoyed the Easter break. The weather for the most part was lovely, let's hope we get more of that in the coming weeks.
In order to reopen our school safely tomorrow I am bringing the following points to your attention:
The weeks prior to the Easter holidays were spent helping the children settle back into the routine of school as well as assessing where their learning is at. Upon our return to school next week we are well positioned to return to 'normal' schooling including the return of homework!
Dear Parents / Guardians,
We are delighted to welcome the children from 3rd to 6th class back to school on Monday. The children from Junior Infants to 2nd Class have settled back very well.
Coming back to school after an extended period of time working at home will be a period of adjustment for the children. School is a very busy place (both learning & socialising) and consequently the children will probably be quite tired after the school day. The class teachers have agreed to pause homework until after the Easter holidays to help with their adjustment back to school. The focus between now and the Easter holidays will be re-establishing routines, making the children feel safe and happy in school and assessing where their learning is at. This will put us all in a good position to hit the ground running after Easter which this year is a good long term.
I'd like to bring a few items to your attention:
The school operated very smoothly before Christmas and that was due to a large degree to the support parents gave us as well as the amazing children we have who took this in their stride. Parents can continue to help our school by continuing to abide by all social distancing guidelines and staying home apart from essential journeys. Adults are asked to please wear a mask at all times. Play-dates and home visits between your children and their friends are not recommended.
We are all looking forward to safely welcoming the boys back into school on Monday. It will be great to have everyone back together again! Please tell them all there will be extra playtime for everyone!
Thank you, as always, for your cooperation
Miss Brennan's Senior Infants had a BLAST celebrating World Book Day yesterday! They read some new books, designed a book cover for their favourite books that they have read this year, and also wrote a book review on one of the new stories! Wow! AMAZING work from the boys! See their photos HERE!
Dear Parents / Guardians,
Under the direction of the Department of Education and Skills, the phased reopening of St. Stephen's will begin on Monday, March 1st. The first phase sees our school open for Junior Infants to 2nd Class. In order for this to be a successful reopening, there are a number of important points of information for parents to be aware of. You can access all the information, and watch some videos ON OUR COVID-19 INFORMATION PAGE. It is very important that ALL parents and families take the time to read all the information as once St. Stephen's is open, we all want it to stay open. We look forward to welcoming back the boys from Junior Infants to 2nd Class in this 1st step in the phased reopening of our school. We hope that the boys from 3rd Class to 6th Class will return on the 15th March and we very much look forward to all of us being back together again.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Following the announcement by An Taoiseach, I am delighted to inform you that school will reopen for students in Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st class and 2nd class on Monday March 1st.
We know how difficult the last 2 months have been and we are really looking forward to welcoming our younger students back.
Level 5 restrictions will remain in place and for that reason we all have a part to play in keeping our school open. I am asking all parents to read the attached Section 5 of the school’s Covid-19 Response Plan. From Monday, communication with the school should be by phone or online only. You can call the school on 051 871716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. No parent has permission to enter the school grounds without notification.
All parents should observe and adhere to public health guidelines. Masks are to be worn at the gate and social distancing maintained. Please do not gather at the gate. You must come to the school at your appointed time and leave promptly once your son has gone into his line. At home time please arrive at your appointed time and pick up your son and once again please leave promptly.
Junior Infants: Miss Nevin 9.05 - 13.45 Patrick St Entrance
Junior Infants: Miss Kenny 9.00 - 13.40 Patrick St Entrance
Senior Infants: Ms Brennan 8.50 – 13.30 Patrick St Entrance
Senior Infants Ms Byrne 8.55 – 13.35 Patrick St Entrance
1st Class Ms Butler 8.50 – 14.30 Stephen Street Entrance
1st Class Mrs Breen 9.05 – 14.45 Stephen Street Entrance
2nd Class Ms Keevers 9.00 - 14.40 Stephen Street Entrance
2nd Class Ms O Shea 9.10 – 14.45 Stephen Street Entrance
A Return to Education Declaration form will be required for each pupil returning to school on Monday. This can be be filled in via Aladdin Connect. Please complete this form anytime after 3pm on Sunday February 28th. We are all working hard to ensure the safe operation of our schools for students, staff and families. We have put in place rules and routines which must be followed to keep everyone safe. The latest public health advice on returning to school is available on gov.ie/schools.
Remember if your child has any of the following symptoms of Covid-19, do not send them to school and contact your GP:
• A temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more
• Any other common symptoms of Covid-19 – a new cough, loss or changed sense of taste or smell, shortness of breath or an existing breathing condition that has become worse
• Been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19
• Been living with someone who is unwell and may have Covid-19
• Other uncommon symptoms of Covid-19, such as sore throat, headaches or diarrhoea
• Returned from another country in the last 14 days.
Please find further advice on the phased school reopening on THIS LINK.
They boys should bring all their school books to school on Monday. Please put them in a bag with his name on it and we will quarantine them for 72 hours before we take them out. Also please note there will be NO school lunches provided as Fresh Today have delivered or will soon be delivering a 3rd food box.
We are all very excited and looking forward to Monday. We know some children will be anxious about returning to school after so much time at home but I can assure you that the emphasis will be on fun and laughter and getting to know one another again for the foreseeable!
Dear Parents / Guardians,
I hope you are all safe and well. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all a very Happy New Year.
Following confirmation from Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, I am writing to inform you our school buildings will remain closed until the end of January. This is obviously very disappointing news but hopefully it will be a short term measure. A review will be made by the Government towards the end of January and hopefully it will be deemed safe for us all to return to school in February. Schools, including ours, have demonstrated that they are safe environments for children, but with the increased numbers in recent days the safest option is remote teaching and learning.
From Monday the 11th of January, we will engage in remote teaching and learning. The children have made great progress this school year and have been so happy and safe in school and in so far as possible, we hope that we can continue to support and facilitate their learning during these difficult times. I am very conscious of different pressures and constraints households are under during these turbulent times. Home-schooling is not easy, sometimes not possible and whatever you can do is OK. Varying WiFi speeds, work commitments, lack of devices, caring for family members can all contribute to making an already stressful situation even more challenging. Setting a time to spend with the children each day (ideally in the morning) works well. If you are at home with your child or if someone within your family support bubble is caring for your child do what you can to support the learning of your child. The school work that the class teachers will assign is optional. Nothing is compulsory. The most important thing is that everyone is safe, well and happy.
It is important that you check into Aladdin regularly for any updates. The school staff met remotely today and we finalised plans for distance learning. As was the successful practice last year, class teachers will be your primary contact. Class teachers issued See Saw codes to all pupils before the Mid Term Break. They will be reissued in the coming days.
Parents of children who were absent before Christmas can call to collect books on Friday 8/01/21 between 11:00am and 1:00pm. This is to facilitate parents of pupils that were absent before Christmas and didn’t get the opportunity to bring home books. If your son did bring home books before Christmas, there is nothing extra that you need to collect. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines. The bags will be labelled and placed in class lines in the yard. Staff will be here to point you in the direction of your class line.
If you need assistance with anything please contact your son’s teacher via Aladdin or email email@example.com and we will do our very best to help.
We, like many of you, will be juggling childcare, work commitments and remote learning and so would ask for your understanding and patience with regard to home-school communication and responses outside of working hours.
Kindest regards to you all,
St. Stephen's is now closed for the Christmas holidays. It's been a different term than usual but thanks to all parents and families, and of course the boys themselves, it has been another successful one. Hope everyone has a WONDERFUL Christmas. Everyone please be mindful and stay safe and look after each other. And be thankful for the good things that we have, like health, happiness and family. Those are the real gifts that we should treasure at this time of year! We'll see you all again on January 6th, 2021, when we re-open for the new term. Until then, Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise Dhaoibh go léir!
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Festive activities took place all around St. Stephen's, with lovely artwork being produced, and virtual concerts being prepared. Catch up on everything that took place in St. Stephen's for Christmas 2020 on this special page. And Nollaig Shona!
A huge thank you to everyone who supported the St. Stephen's Parents' Association Christmas Raffle... The draw took place in the school on Monday, December 21st - congratulations to all the prize winners!
Well done to all the boys in Mr. Russell's 3rd Class, who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday, December 12th 2020, in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Barronstrand Street. It was great that the boys finally got to celebrate this very special occasion, which had been postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to all the families for your cooperation in both ceremonies, and we hope you all enjoyed your very special day!
It was a busy week ahead in St. Stephen's, as our past pupils from Mr. C. Hayden's and Mr. R. Hayden's 6th Classes finally made the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Barronstrand Street. Mr. C. Hayden's former class made their Confirmation on Monday, December 7th and Wednesday, December 9th, while Mr. R. Hayden's former 6th Class celebrated their Confirmation on Thursday, December 10th and Friday, December 11th. It was great to see our past pupils and their families again for this very special occasion!
Well done to all the boys in Miss Power's 3rd Class, who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday, December 5th 2020, in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Barronstrand Street. It was great that the boys finally got to celebrate this special occasion, which had been postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to all the families for your cooperation in both ceremonies, and we hope you all enjoyed your special day!
Friday, December 4th was a special day in St. Stephen's! We kicked off all our Christmas festivities with lots and lots of Christmas fun, art, and activities taking place all around the school. The aim of the day was to help to raise some funds for our school's amazing Parents' Association, who do such fantastic work on behalf of our school and are always working hard to raise money for activities and resources for the boys in St. Stephen's. A huge word of thanks to everyone who contributed to the fundraiser - and we all hope that the boys had a lovely day too!
We were all delighted in St. Stephen's to launch our Amber Flag campaign on Wednesday, December 2nd. 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone and it is so important that we look after our Mental Health and the Well-Being of our children. As part of our initiative to promote Well-Being and good Mental Health in our school we are making every Wednesday "Well-Being Wednesday" a day where the boys can spend some time doing the activities that they love. This could be extra art, music, drama or simply getting outside for some fresh air. We will keep you updated with lots of photos showing the boys having fun in school. We look forward to hopefully getting the Amber Flag next year!
Science Week 2020 took place in St. Stephen's from Monday to Friday, November 9th to 13th. There were lots and lots of science experiments taking place all around the school. The boys loved experimenting, investigating, testing and recording - all things that scientists have to do! Visit our special Science Week page and click on the links to see some of the activities completed around St. Stephen's! And you can watch a highlights video HERE!
Lots of fang-tastic work took place all around our school for Halloween 2020... writing and recording stories, dressing up in spook-tacular costumes and awesome artwork! Catch all the terror-ific Halloween work HERE! Or catch a slideshow of all the fun HERE!
As you are no doubt aware there is a lot of discussion whether schools will remain open in the coming months. The reopening of our school has gone very successfully and with the support of the parents and the wider community we have created a learning environment where children have thrived whilst remaining safe. It is our hope that schools will be allowed to continue operating in their present format until we come out of this situation.
There is, however, in the coming weeks and months the possibility of a closure (whole school, class or pod) and the children are being set up on the online learning platform Seesaw.
On Thursday/Friday this week we will send home 3 books. These books are only being sent home in the event that the mid-term break is extended and should be left in the bag to be returned to school on Monday November 2nd.
In the event of an unexpected school closure, each class teacher will communicate with you via Aladdin, Seesaw and Zoom. For this reason it is important to make sure you check your Aladdin regularly. SET and SNA support will be also provided through these channels.
Please take note of the following important information:
• It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to ensure that pupils are supervised while they work online.
• We ask that parents/guardians check the work pupils send to their teacher, ensuring it is appropriate.
• Under no circumstance should pictures or recordings be taken of video calls. Actions such as these will be in breach of our Behaviour Policy and there will be sanctions. Teacher-pupil calls will be recorded by the teacher and saved as a record. Under GDPR the recordings will not be made public and will be stored until the end of the year.
• Communication may only take place during normal school hours (8.50a.m. – 2.30p.m.)
• Check-in on your child`s school work on a daily basis and talk to your child about the work assigned.
The health and well being of all is paramount. Circumstances may change for any of us unexpectedly, teachers or parents, so please keep schooling in perspective and do not allow anything school related to impinge on your child negatively. You are the primary educator of your child and you make those calls. We encourage a little work every day for routine. We provide work and guidance and ask parents and pupils to do their best and that is all.
In light of the entire country moving to level 5 restrictions on October 21st, and with all efforts being made to keep the schools open, it is now mandatory to wear face masks at the school gates at drop off and collection times. Please observe social distancing guidelines and wear a face mask. This is all part of our efforts to protect the whole school community from Covid 19. Please pass on this message to other family members who may be bringing or collecting your child to/from school.
We ask for your full cooperation.
Ms S. Lowe
A new chapter for our school began on Monday, October 5th, 2020! Miss Lowe succeeded Mr. Morris as principal of St. Stephen's. Here is a welcome message from our new principal, Miss Lowe:
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Principal of St. Stephen's BNS. I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a high reputation and tradition of excellent teaching and learning. I am excited and eager to bring my skills as School Principal to St. Stephen's and I look forward to working with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success.
This is a year like no other and we have had and will continue to have many hurdles to climb. Along with the tremendously dedicated teachers and staff of St. Stephen's, I will work hard to guide us through this difficult time. I wish to continue the legacy of success established by the De La Salle Brothers by building strong relationships with parents, students and the wider community.
I would like to thank Mr Morris for all the guidance, support and kindness he has shown me, especially over the last few weeks. I have big shoes to fill and I hope that I can build on the many accomplishments Mr. Morris achieved in his tenure as principal. I wish Mr. Morris and Mr. Keevers the happiest of retirements.
As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors - teachers, students and parents - are excited to be here! This attitude enables us all to learn in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment. My door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year.
I look forward to working with you as a team to help each student at St. Stephen's BNS to be the best that they can be and to meet their goals and have a successful school year!
Mise le meas,
It was with a heavy heart that St. Stephen's saw two of its longest serving staff members retire on Friday, October 2nd, 2020.
Mr. Morris arrived in St. Stephen's in the 1980s and taught many different classes up to 2010. Since then, he has served as principal of St. Stephen's, taking over from Br. Martin. He has overseen the profile of St. Stephen's raised to a national level, leading and encouraging our teachers as our school has won numerous Green Flags for environmental awareness and work in this area, been awarded with the prestigious and highly coveted Digital Schools of Distinction status, and in recent years, winners at the FÍS national primary school film-making awards. Mr. Morris also spent many years as a player and coach with the De La Salle GAA Club.
Mr. Keevers also arrived in St. Stephen's in the 1980s. For over three decades, he has given hugely dedicated service to our school and the pupils who have been and gone, and those currently here. Mr. Keevers' love and passion for our national games was always evident and he could be found many afternoons after school in Cleaboy in all weathers, taking teams for training in both hurling and Gaelic Football which led to many successes for St. Stephen's in both sports grades. He, too, spent many years coaching with the De La Salle GAA Club. In recent years, Mr. Keevers brought his teaching talents to Language Support and this has been of great benefit to those boys.
We are all truly blessed to have had the privilege to work alongside these two men who have left a gigantic impression on both their colleagues and pupils alike. All of us in St. Stephen's are very sad to see them leave us for retirement, but we wish both Mr. Morris and Mr. Keevers the very best in this new chapter in their lives, and we thank them for their huge contribution to St. Stephen's.
Dear Parents / Guardians,
Welcome to all our boys and parents for a new school year. A special welcome to our Junior Infant boys who have settled in really well. Thanks to all our parents. Thanks to Miss Kenny and Miss Nevin. We hope 2020 - 2021 will be a happy and successful year.
Thanks to all our parents for your co-operation. There are changes to start times and finish times. We now have 3 entrance gates. These new plans are working very well. Thanks to all families for bringing boys to the right gate at the right time. We have contacted Waterford City Council to post road markings on Stephen Street and Bachelor's Walk to warn drivers to slow down.
We are all delighted to have the boys back in school. It is lovely to see the boys so happy coming in. Our playground is divided into 4 separate parts and only one class plays in each part. We have postponed some activities like dance, hurling in the yard, our choir and chess to limit the number of contacts in our school. If your son is unwell, please keep him at home. We are following H.S.E. guidelines with regard to Covid-19.
Points to note / remember:
• Please ensure you have an up to date contact list on the Aladdin App. You can edit your details on the App at home.
• Please mark / label all clothing especially jumper and tracksuit tops, books, copies etc.
• Twenty four hour Personal Accident Insurance is being offered at a cost of €8 per pupil for the whole year. The link to pay for the insurance is on Aladdin. Please do not tick the permission section unless you have paid the €8 as you will not be covered.
• Give your son a good start to the day by ensuring that he is on time for school.
We are happy to have secured funding for lunches for all our boys. Fresh Today is the name of the company who supply and deliver the food. It is working very well.
For better communication with our parents our school are now using Aladdin Connect to relay information with regard to our pupils. We will NOT be sending “paper notes” so 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 if you have not already done so. We have also added e-payments to our system and all money can now be paid through the app. You will be sent notification when there is a money collection. We thank you as always for your co-operation. If you have any problems please ring the office at 051-871716 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In consideration to other children, we ask that children or parents do not distribute birthday invitations and Christmas cards in school. Please do not send in leftover cakes from birthday parties to be distributed in school due to allergies. Due to GDPR we are not in a position to give out class lists.
The tender for the new building will begin in the next two weeks.
Thanks to all families for having books and uniforms. Thanks also to all who have paid for arts / crafts, photocopying etc. If you haven`t already paid the €35 please follow the link sent to you on Aladdin or send it into the class teacher. We realise that equipping children for school is costly. If you are unable to pay these charges in one amount, it is quite acceptable to pay in weekly installments. Please contact the class teacher, Miss Robinson (HSCL), Deirdre or myself.
Mr Morris, Principal.
What a fantastic group of boys there is in Miss Byrne's Senior Infants! The boys have settled back into school in no time at all, and are doing amazing things with their wonderful teacher! Visit the boys on their class page HERE and see photos from their first week in Senior Infants, as well as their work on the letter "t". Keep up the great work, boys!
The boys in Mrs. Mulvaney's 5th Class have been having an ART attack! The boys have made some stunning cityscape skylines and fantastic autumn collages. Be sure to visit Mrs. Mulvaney's class page to keep up with everything going on in 5th Class!
Miss O'Shea's 2nd Class took advantage of the good weather and went outdoors to explore the different materials that they could find in the secret garden! Click here to check out the photos of the super boys in 2nd Class on the hunt for materials!
The boys in Miss Butler's 1st Class are absolutely brilliant! They have settled back into school so well and are doing great work! Visit the boys on their class page HERE and see what they're getting up to - and be sure to check out their amazing artwork too!
Mr. Fahy's 5th Class were brushing up on their Irish and talking about the jobs that they would like when they grow up. They made a lovely display outside their room, with everyone holding a chalkboard and the job they would like.... as Gaeilge, of course! Check out the photos on their class page HERE!
The boys in Mr. Russell's 3rd Class have had a very busy month of September! They have spent lots of time outdoors enjoying games and PE, playing with the parachute, working together to win challenges, playing hockey, and drumming in the garden! They've also been busy with their artwork, with lots of great pieces made. Visit the boys' class page to see all the fantastic things that have been going on in 3rd Class!
Mrs. Breen's 1st Class are delighted to be back in school! And the boys have wasted no time in getting down to making some terrific art to brighten up their classroom! The boys made some wonderful autumn artwork and you can check that out HERE!
The boys in Mr. C. Hayden's 4th Class read a really great poem by John B. Keane recently, called "Autumn's End". The class enjoyed it so much that they made some artwork based on the imagery used in the poem. Check it out HERE!
Welcome back to school! What a fantastic first week for everyone. It was great to see all the boys again and to see how much they have all grown since we last saw them. A big and warm welcome to the new boys in our Pre-School and in our two Junior Infants classes. We hope that these boys will have many happy years in St. Stephen's!
Dear Parents / Guardians,
We are all looking forward to a positive start to the new school year. School will open for all students on Tuesday September 1st. We are complying with “The roadmap for the full return to school” in as much as is possible. Consequently the following changes will be implemented for the foreseeable future:
Our staff are looking forward to returning to school and we will strive to keep our school experience as normal as possible in these extraordinary times. *This information letter can be downloaded here.
Keep safe and well.
We're hope you are enjoying our new website here in St. Stephen's! Our new website is fully responsive on all devices, so whether you are browsing on a computer/laptop, tablet, smartphone or any other device, you will be able to view all pages hassle free! We've added shortcuts to our social media channels on the main header of the website. Click on the icon for the social network you would like to visit and it will open in a new window. We are still working on rebuilding our digital archive, so you may still come across some pages that are not fully functional yet. Please bear with us as we restore the thousands of photos to the photo archive. In the coming weeks and months, we hope to also be adding old photos from the history of St. Stephens's that date back as far as 1910! Keep an eye out here and on our social media channels for those. Thanks for visiting!
The booklists and assigned teachers* for all classes for 2020/2021 are now available to view or download from our website! Click here to see the booklist, and to download, open the file and click on the save icon.
Dear parents and boys,
Today was or is the official end of this school year. It has been strange and unprecedented. I want to thank you all for your positive cooperation in recent months. I want to thank you for the great effort you have put into your boys learning with 'home schooling'. I thank all our staff for the work and activities they have planned, shared and managed with your sons.We look forward to a new start on the first of September. I believe the Department of Education is going to supply Freshtoday boxes over the summer, Please be on the lookout every 3 weeks. We hope to have our book exchange/collection next Monday, 29th June, at the same times you were given before. We have to limit numbers and follow guidelines of social distancing, so only one adult per family in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Classes and one parent of 6th Class boys with your son. Please hope that Monday will be a fine day. I am delighted to see the lovely videos of both our 6th class boys. They represent family, school, happiness and being together. Thanks to our teachers especially Mr Russell. Take care.
- Mr. Morris
Friday June 26th, 2020 saw the departure of two long serving and hugely popular members of St. Stephen’s Pre-School as Mrs. Wendy Murphy and Mrs. Joan Grant announced their retirements. Wendy and Joan have always excelled in their roles in the Pre-School, and they were both very popular with the boys in their class. Many past pupils have great memories of their time with Joan and Wendy, and it is with a sense of sadness that we see them retire. But of course, all of us in St. Stephen’s wish them both the very best in retirement and thank them for their time, efforts and dedication to the boys of St. Stephen’s over the years they have been here. Click here to see a short video tribute to the two ladies. Congratulations Wendy and Joan!
Congratulations to the boys in Mr. C. Hayden's and Mr. R. Hayden's 6th Classes on their completion of their primary school education here in St. Stephen's in June 2020. Due to the school building closures as a result of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, we were unable to hold our annual Graduation Mass. In its' place, we have prepared a short video for each class looking back at their years in St. Stephen's. Click here for Mr. C. Hayden's Class video and HERE for Mr. R. Hayden's Class video. The boys have been a wonderful part of our school for 8 years and we will miss them. Everyone in St. Stephen's thanks you for your contributions to the school over the years you have been here, and we wish you the very best for the future!
Dear boys, parents, grandparents and minders
I would like to say on behalf of myself and the Pre-School teachers and that we are very sorry we didn't have the full year with you. We had so much more fun plans. We missed our tour, sports day and concert. We had so much more learning through play to do. We had more painting and arts and crafts to make. We missed our hugs and seeing you grow over the year. We wish you all a lovely summer and you'll all be ready for big boys school in September. We wish that everyone of you reach your full potential. We loved having you in our classes.
Thank you to our parents, grandparents and minders for all your support. It was a pleasure meeting you every day and we will miss you too.
You are a very special child
And I want you to know
Although our year was cut short
I'm so proud of how you did grow
I loved being your teacher
And I have missed your smiling face
But the memories we have of this year
Will never be replaced.
What I have tried to teach you
To last your whole life through
Is to know that you are special
Just because you are YOU!
- Wendy Murphy, Joan Grant, Caroline Elliott and Mary O'Hanlon
Mr. Russell's 5th Class were learning all about the weather. With the generous help of TG4 and the use of a weather video background, the boys made a weather forecast. Watch the forecasts HERE!
We have updated our school's Acceptable Use Policy, which includes details of the different technologies we use for teaching and learning here in St. Stephen's. The new version of the AUP replaces all previous versions. It can be viewed and downloaded here.
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!
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 -
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 -
Following a directive issued by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD and the Department of Education and Skills, St. Stephen's is CLOSED to help contain the spread of COVID-
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 Junior Infants were learning all about the Gruffalo! All the boys enjoyed the theme and the activities - and making the Gruffalo crumble! See the super photos from this exciting Aistear theme by clicking here</a>!
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 and thanks to Mrs. Kealy for the photographs too!
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!
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 -see their brilliant photos here!
5th Class were working on the theme "Siopadóireacht" (Shopping) for Gaeilge, and to help them use all the vocabulary that they built up, they went downtown, took some photos, and came back to school to write a story about a day shopping in town! The boys put it all together in a "leabhar grinn" - a comic! Read this impressive piece of work here!
A fantastic Valentine's Day in St. Stephen's for 2020 - Miss Kenny's class made lovely bees to bring home, while Miss Byrne's class made some excellent cards inspired by Star Wars. Well done to all the boys for their great work!
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!
Junior Infants enjoyed some fun in the snow in mid-February! We don't get to see the snow too often, so the boys really enjoyed getting out to see it! See photos from Miss Nevin's class here and Miss Kenny's class
Junior Infants took a stroll through the deep, dark wood, and the boys all thought this Aistear theme was good!! They were learning all about the Gruffalo! It was one of the most popular themes of the year, and we have a ton of marvellous photos from the class while the boys were at work - check them out here!
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!
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-ordinator Teresa for organising the activities. See the photos from Mr. Coghlan's class here and Miss Finnegan's 3rd Class here
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.
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!
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!
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-term break. They were learning about the Space Shuttle programme and made some brilliant art using recycled materials. They were also learning about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and the civil rights movement of the 20th century, as well as the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh. Check out some extra information on the links!
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 - find out more and see photos HERE.
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!
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!
A fantastic few weeks for our indoor hurlers in 3rd and 4th Class - read more and see a photo of the team HERE!
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 - see those here or watch a slideshow video here.
Brrrrr-illiant work from Miss Kenny's Junior Infants, as the boys learned all about the Arctic in the latest Aistear adventure! Check out the "cool" photos HERE!
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!
The boys in Mr. Russell's 5th Class had a great time over the 4 weeks of their Zumba classes! We have some photos and video highlights are HERE and video highlights are HERE!
The latest news and updates from Mr. Morris can be found HERE in the newsletter from the office!
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!
School have been learning LOTS about our historic city of Waterford! They learned all about one of the most famous buildings in our city, Reginald's Tower. The boys also learned about the Vikings and how they came here in their longboats. Check out some photos in the gallery!
Miss Nevin's class were learning about the airport in Aistear! Click here to find out what the boys got up to whilst working on the theme - or watch a slideshow
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!
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!
"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!
Fasten your seat belts - Miss Kenny's class were learning about the airport in Aistear! Read more and see photos of the boys working on the theme!
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 - here's hoping it will be another success for our school!
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Every year, we have a Lá Gaelach (Irish Day)! There's music, drama, chat and fun -
This year, Seachtain na Gaeilge was EXTRA special in St. Stephen's! Every day in the week running up to St. Patrick's Day, we had "Nuacht an Lae"! The boys from the different classes came on the intercom and gave us some news -
The theme for the 2017 Lasallian Competition was "An Event In The Life Of John Baptist De La Salle". Mr. Russell's Class entered again this year, and made a documentary style video for their project. The celebration and presentation of projects took place on Tuesday, March 14th, at the De La Salle Pastoral Centre in Castletown, Co. Laois. The boys secured a runners up place and special commendation for their work and took home a beautiful plaque for the school and a certificate each. 5th class are very proud of their project -
It's a day we always look forward to here in St. Stephen's -
Check out the photos from Miss Hickey's Junior Infants, as the boys learned how pancakes are made -
Check out the newsletter from Mr. Morris, with all the latest news and goings on around St. Stephen's. Click here for a PDF!
There's no end to the wonderful activities that the boys in Miss Hickey's class get up to while doing Aistear -
Mr. O'Sullivan's 4th Class completed some absolutely stunning projects recently. The boys had been learning all about the Rainforests, and they made projects that included amazing dioramas. The boys were so proud of their work, and rightly so, that they opened their room up to other classes and gave short talks about them. Take a look at photos of the brilliant work here! And we have a video slideshow available to view on this link!
The final drumming sessions of 2016/2017 took place in the hall on Wednesday, February 15th! Miss Flavin's 1st Class presented their first ever performance, while Mr. Keevers' 6th Class and Mr. Casey's 6th Class showcased their drumming for the final time in St. Stephen's... Check out the audio from ALL Drumming Concerts in 2016/2017 -
> Mr. Keevers' 6th Class
> Miss Flavin's 1st Class
> Mr. Casey's 6th Class
To encourage more people to get involved in physical activity, RTÉ's TV Show "Operation Transformation" asked all schools to take part in "10 @ 10" -
Mr. Russell's 5th Class took part in a global project to share greetings for St. Valentine's Day... but with a 21st Century twist, as no physical cards were sent! Find out all about it here!
Mr. Russell's 5th Class marked Safer Internet Day on February 7th with lots of activities and learning about online safety. More information here!
The Chess Club went to St. Paul's Community College on Tuesday, February 7th for a Chess Challenge! Billy and Mr. Russell accompanied the boys, who were facing a big challenge against secondary school boys and girls. Click here to see how they got on!
The latest Family Visit in Roots of Empathy was for the theme of "Sleep". Baby Lucy came to visit and the boys in 5th Class were able to ask lots of questions about babies and sleep. Check out the photos here!
Our Indoor Hurling team participated in a series of blitzes over the past few weeks -
The Credit Union Quiz for 2017 was on Monday, January 30th. As always, St. Stephen's was well represented with a number of teams from our school at each age bracket. All our teams performed well and the boys enjoyed the night. The U13 team, pictured on the left with their trophies, finished second on the night. Well done boys! See ALL the boys who took part here!
Mr. O'Sullivan's Class had their first EVER Skype! The boys were joined by marine biologist Jillian Morris on Skype on Monday, January 30th. Jillian spoke to the boys to teach them all about sharks and the oceans. Check back for more on this during the week!
Swimming is underway for 2017! 3rd and 4th Class are enjoying their lessons in the Crystal swimming pool each Thursday. The 5th and 6th Classes will follow at the end of March, while 1st and 2nd Classes will go to Kingfisher for their swimming lessons in May and June!
We're always delighted to welcome Little Red Kettle to St. Stephen's to present their shows -
The Roots of Empathy programme is continuing in Mr. Russell's 5th Class, and the latest Family Visit took place recently. The theme was "Emotions" and there was great discussion and learning as baby Lucy came back to 5th Class to help the boys to learn about emotions. See the photos here!
Welcome back to school for the new term! We hope everyone had a nice break!
The always popular and highly anticipated Christmas Carol Service from St. Stephen's De La Salle took place in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Barronstrand Street, on Wednesday, December 21st.As always, it was a joyous occasion for Christmas, as we celebrated the birth of Jesus -
Missed any of the festive activities that happened around our school? We've got you covered! Click here to visit our Christmas 2016 page!
The two Senior Infant classes presented their Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 20th in the school hall. The hall was jam packed as everyone flocked in to hear a whole range of Christmas songs -
Miss Flavin's and Miss Butler's 1st Classes must have felt like Charlie when he opened his Wonka Bar -
The two Junior Infant classes presented their Christmas Concert on Friday, December 16th in the school hall. The hall was packed out to see these magnificent boys singing their hearts out with some brilliant songs! Well done to all the boys and to their teachers, Miss Hickey and Miss Kenny. Miss it? Hear the audio from the concert here! And see a cute slideshow of Miss Hickey's boys just before they made their way to the hall!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.... and that's exactly what Mr. O'Sullivan's Class did as they made their Christmas Art! The boys worked with items that had been listed to be thrown away -
Mrs. Breen's Senior Infants, along with their buddies in Mr. Russell's 5th class, together with Miss Hickey's Junior Infants, and their buddies in Mr. Casey's 6th Class, and Miss Hickey's boys and their buddies in Mr. Keevers' 6th Class, went to pay a visit to the Giving Tree in George's Court on Thursday, December 15th. The Giving Tree is a yearly tradition in Waterford, where children from local schools are invited to place a handmade decoration on the Tree. For every decoration that is placed on the tree, a toy or game is donated to a local charity. The boys from all the classes were delighted to place their handmade decorations on the tree, and everyone had great fun as they all sang Jingle Bells in the middle of the shopping centre! Click here for photos from the boys' visit to the Giving Tree or click here to see the photos in a video slideshow -
The School Choir travelled to Maypark Nursing Home on Thursday, December 15th, where the boys sang some Christmas Carols for the residents there. It was just a small gesture from our school to do something nice for others in the community. A big well done to Ms Power and the choir for all their great singing!
The Maths for Fun programme ran recently in Mr. Coghlan's Class recently, and proved to be a great success! Of course, we are very appreciative of the volunteer parents who came in to help to run the different stations, as without you, there wouldn't be a Maths for Fun programme. Thanks also to Mr. Fahy, our HSCL Teacher, who co-
The Science for Fun programme has been a great success in its' most recent run in Mr. Hayden's 5th Class! The boys are learning lots, as well as having fun conducting scientific experiments. Of course, the best part of all is that with all these experiments, Mr. Hayden's boys haven't blown up their room!!! We are very grateful to all the volunteer parents who come in to help to run the different science experiment stations, as without you, there wouldn't be Science for Fun. Thanks also to Mr. Fahy, our HSCL Teacher, who organises and runs the programme! See photos of their science fun here!
It was been a hugely busy week in St. Stephen's with not one, not two, but SIX classes presenting their drumming concerts!!!! LOADS of parents and families came in to support the boys on Wednesday December 7th and Thursday, December 8th as they played some stunning rhythms. Click here to enjoy the audio from all the concerts that have taken place for 2016/2017 -
> Miss Butler's 1st Class
> Mr. Coghlan's 2nd Class
> Mr. Morris' 3rd Class
> Mrs. Kealy's 3rd Class
> Mr. Russell's 5th Class
> Mr. Hayden's 5th Class
As you may (or may not!) know, Mr. Russell's Class have their own internet radio station! But now, they've expanded their programming, with 24 hour broadcasting during the school week, and news items from their class. In addition to that, Mrs. Breen's Senior Infants join the 5th Class boys on air each week to give their news, and Mr. O'Sullivan's 4th Class add to the news by keeping us updated on the exciting activities in their room! Why not give the station a listen -
The presentation of medals to all the boys who play hurling after school with Br. Frank, Peter Galvin, Mr. Fahy, and Mr. Hayden took place on Tuesday, December 6th in the hall. It was great to see so many parents and family members come along to support the boys. Past Pupil and Waterford hurler Jake Dillon returned to present the medals and plaques on the day. See the photos here!
Baby Lucy visited St. Stephen's for the 3rd Family Visit in the Roots of Empathy programme. The theme this time was "Caring for Baby". It was a lovely visit and all the boys in 5th Class enjoyed having Lucy come to visit again. Check out the photos from the latest Family Visit here!
Yes, it's that time of year... Christmas is fast approaching, and as always, it's a very special time in St. Stephen's De La Salle, with lovely artwork, stories, poems, displays, carol singing, Christmas Plays and Christmas Concerts taking place, along with our school's annual Christmas Carol Service. More news on what's happening for Christmas 2016 will be posted in the coming week!
Our B Team competed in the 2016 FAI Schools FUTSAL "B" Competition Finals in the WIT Sports Campus on Tuesday, November 29th. The boys did themselves and their school proud once again, finishing 2nd in the group as runners up! Read more and see photos from the day here or watch a slideshow here (which includes video of one of our goals!)
It was another successful week of Parent Teacher Meetings in St. Stephen's. A big thank you to all the parents and guardians who came to meet your son's teachers recently!
We are delighted that the Roots of Empathy programme is running again this year in St. Stephen's. Mr. Russell's 5th Class are welcoming baby Lucy to their class every 3 weeks for the year, and they will learn about emotions and growing up as baby Lucy grows up during the year. Click here to learn more about the programme, and to see photos from the Family Visits in Roots of Empathy 2016/2017.
The boys in Mr. Russell's 5th Class marked Remembrance Day on November 11th with a live Skype to a German World War II bunker on the island of Alderney. Read more here!
We sent two teams to the 2016 FAI Schools FUTSAL Competition in the WIT Sports Campus on November 10th. Click here to find out how the boys got on!
The boys in Mrs. Allman's 2nd Class had a really great time recently - they went on a minbeast hunt! Read more here!
We've been very lucky to receive Gaelic Football coaching recently! Qualified GAA coach John Quinn has been visiting our school and 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Classes have been enjoying drills, skills and small sided games with John. All the boys,whether they play Gaelic Football at club level or not, have been enjoying the sessions with John. And of course, we're very grateful to John for coming in and helping to foster a love for one of our national games!
We were delighted to welcome Mayor John Hearne to St. Stephen's on Friday, October 28th. See photos from Mayor John Hearne's visit here.
It was another fangtastic Halloween in St. Stephen's with all sorts of spooktacular costumes and terror-
Maths Week 2016 was another mathe-
It's been an Aistear-
Aistear's been in full swing in Miss Kenny's Junior Infants Class! The boys have been learning all about autumn -
It's been a spook-
Check out this super cool slideshow of Miss Kenny's Junior Infants on their first day of school!
Space Week is coming up during the first week of October! Mr. Russell's 5th Class are taking part, and will be doing some very cool science work all based around the theme of Space! More news soon!
Maths Week is back in St. Stephen's! Maths Week 2016 runs October 15th to 23rd, and like the previous years, there's going to be a whole load of games, puzzles, problems and fun all based around Maths for that week! We'll have more news very soon, so... watch this space!!
3rd and 4th Class went to a very cool painting workshop! The boys met with the people behind Waterford Walls and did some painting! Check out the photos here!
Aistear's been really exciting recently in Mrs. Breen's Senior Infants Class! The latest theme was "The Clothes Shop"! Click here to read about what the boys did and see some photos too!
Aistear's been in full swing in Miss Hickey's Junior Infants Class! The boys have been learning all about autumn - and even went outside to gather up some leaves and things to show that autumn is happening all around us! Check out their autumn Aistear here or see their stunning autumn Aistear video here!
The boys in Mr. Russell's 5th Class really enjoyed Maths Week! The boys took a head scratching Maths Quiz, they've done a maths trail on Ballybricken, as well as daily Maths puzzles. And if that's not enough, they wrote a maths song too! Check out Maths Week in Mr. Russell's Class by clicking here!
Mrs. Allman's Class enjoyed Maths - for Fun! Lots of great games, puzzles and all round fun as the boys and Mrs. Allman, Mr. Fahy and the parents and grandparents who came in to help enjoyed lots of different Maths activities. We're very grateful to the families for helping out! Check out the photos from the Maths for Fun programme in progress in Mrs. Allman's 2nd Class here!
Rhythm and Shakes are back in St. Stephen's for another year of drumming! Mr. O'Sullivan's and Mr. Fitzgerald's 4th Classes, along with Mrs. Allman's 2nd Class, had their concerts on Tuesday, October 11th. Click here to hear the audio - or click here to get the links to SEE the boys drumming their catchy rhythms!
All of us here in St. Stephen's were delighted to welcome the victorious hurlers from De La Salle GAA Club to our school on Monday, October 10th. The team had won the County Minor Hurling Championship Final a few days before, and came to our school with the cup! See photos from the visit here or see the video highlights here!
Our HSCL Teacher Mr. Fahy has a brand new Facebook to connect with parents! Find him on Facebook - by looking for Hscl St Stephens Dls! Mr. Fahy will be sharing news of school events and other activities that are undertaken in HSCL. Add Mr. Fahy today and keep up to date with all the happenings in YOUR school!
Mr. Russell's Class enjoyed a Skype with Cape Town in South Africa, when Tamlyn from SANCCOB joined them on Skype (along with Steve the Penguin!) to talk about endangered penguins, and what can be done to help them. Check out the video highlights of what sounds like an amazing call with SANCCOB in South Africa!
Read the latest news from our Home School Liaison Teacher Mr. Fahy - click here!
Check out the latest artwork from Miss Hickey's Junior Infants Class! They've been very busy making some lovely art since they started school in September! Visit the boys on the "Class Pages" menu above!
Check out Miss Kenny's class and all the amazing activites that they've been doing - like play time, PE and art! Visit their class on the "Class Pages" option on the menu above!
The Annual Waterford Primary Schools' Cross Country Athletics took place on Tuesday, September 20th, at the RSC. 48 athletes from St. Stephen's took part. See our participating athletes here!
Everyone in St. Stephen's was delighted to welcome Waterford's U21 All Ireland Hurling Champions on Monday, September 19th! Past Pupil Adam Farrell brought the James Nowlan Cup with him as he returned as an All Ireland Hurling Champion! See photos here or see a slideshow here - with video highlights available here!
The boys in Mr. Coghlan's 2nd Class had a exciting time outside their classroom recently - they went on a minbeast hunt in the secret garden! Check out their photos here!
Read the latest news from Mr. Morris as we settle into the 2016/2017 school year - click here
The list of bank holidays, school closures, half days and seasonal holidays is now online. Click here to see a PDF of our school calendar for 2016/2017. Don't forget our school calendar is also available here on the website as a Google Calendar
We've launched a brand new Digital Archive on our website where you can read about the events from past years in St. Stephen's! You can find photos of various activities, video highlights and slideshows, as well as audio from concerts. Browse through some of our history by clicking here or by visiting the "Archive" option on the menu above! It will be interesting to look back in the future and see all the amazing things that have happened -
As you may have read, we have launched our new Digital Archive here at St. Stephen's. But we are looking for photos of past activities that we don't have copies of! We're hoping that some past pupils or their parents might have some group photos from years gone by (such as class activities or Communion / Confirmation class photos) that you might be willing to lend us so we can scan them and add them to our school's digital archive! Please get in touch with us if you think you might have something that we could add to this exciting piece of our school's history!
All of us in St. Stephen's De La Salle were delighted in June 2016 with the news that our school's website had been selected as a Scoilnet.ie Star*Site. This is a much-
St. Stephen's is now closed for the summer holidays. Thanks to all parents, guardians, and families for the wonderful support, and thanks to the boys for all their efforts all year. We wish our departed 6th Classes the very best for the future. St. Stephen's re-
All of us in St. Stephen's De La Salle were delighted in June 2016 with the news that our school's website had been selected as a Scoilnet.ie Star*Site. This is a much-
Mr. Casey's and Mr. Keevers' 6th Classes celebrated their graduation mass on Tuesday, June 28th. See some photos here.
Rain, rain, go away. No, seriously, go away!!! Miss Lowe's and Miss Robinson's Senior Infants had to change their class trip at the last minute because of heavy rain -
Mr. Casey's and Mr. Keevers' 6th Classes went on their Class Trip to Shielbaggan Outdoor Adventure Centre! The two classes had a brilliant time on Thursday, June 23rd. Click here to see their photos!
Mr. Fitzgerald's 4th Class took off for Tramore for their school tour -
Mrs. Breen's and Miss Hickey's Junior Infants went on their school tour on Thursday, June 23rd... They went to Sallyfort Farm in Stradbally -
Mr. Hayden's 4th Class had so much fun on their school tour -
St. Stephen's faced St. Declan's in the Jack Kennedy Memorial Cup Semi Final at the RSC on Wednesday, June 22nd. Sadly, despite our best efforts, we went down to a 1-
With fine weather as always, the Chess Club set off on the annual outing on Tuesday, June 21st! Read more and see photos here!
Mr. Russell's Class visited The Broadcast Centre in Ardkeen on Tuesday, June 21st. The boys went for a guided tour of radio station Beat 102 103. Read more and see photos from their visit here!
It was another thrilling day at the St. Stephen's School Sports Day on Friday, June 17th. Read more here!
It was a really great day in Mr. Russell's Class on Friday June 17th -
The 2016 end of year presentation of medals to the hurlers in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Class took place on Tuesday, June 14th. Click here to see photos from the presentation of medals to the hurlers!
The Chess Club Awards were held on Monday, June 13th. All the players from both the beginners and advanced players section were present as medals and trophies for the 2015/2016 school year were awarded. See photos from the awards here!
Mr. Russell's Class took a History Trail around Waterford's City Walls on Friday, June 10th. The class walked the old Viking and Norman walls, as well as taking in a tour of Reginald's Tower. Check out their photos!
Congratulations to all the boys in Mr. Casey's and Mr. Keevers' 6th Classes, as they made their Confirmation in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity on Saturday, June 4th. A big thank you and well done to Ms Power and the boys in the choir, who sang so beautifully at the service. Well done everyone!
Give us a wave! Miss Flynn's Class went to Tramore for their school trip! They went surfing and had a sea-
Our school's soccer team for the 11-
Miss Flavin's and Miss Butler's 1st Classes, Mr. Coghlan's and Mrs. Allman's 2nd Classes, and Mrs. Kealy's and Mr. O'Sullivan's 3rd Classes took off on their school trip on Monday, May 30th. Find out how they got on!
Willie Moran was Principal of Holy Cross NS, Tramore. Prior to that he taught in CBS Primary School, Tramore. He was secretary of the Waterford City Branch of the I.N.T.O. for many years. Willie was also seriously involved in sport all his life. He set up the Waterford Primary Schools’ Football League. He was secretary of the Waterford Schoolboys’ Football League (WPSFL) for many years before serving as Chairman of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland. He was also instrumental in the formation of the schoolboys’ section of Tramore AFC. Willie passed away on 28th April 2013. Tramore AFC and WPSFL joined forces to honour Willie’s name with a 7 a side soccer tournament for Primary Schools. It is a one-
Mr. Casey's 6th Class enjoyed a hugely interesting History Walk with Stephen! The boys walked to the People's Park and enjoyed a thrilling tour around our historic city, learning about freedom and how many of history's greatest names that stood up for freedom are linked to our city! Click here for more!
It's that time of year! Classes are planning and organising their trips -
We celebrated the feast of our Founder, St. John Baptist De La Salle, on Friday May 13th. All the boys in 1st to 6th Class went to a special celebratory mass in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity and sang some lovely hymns as we gave thanks for the vision of Saint La Salle. Why not find out more about our Founder, St. John Baptist De La Salle, by watching the documentary video made by Mr. Russell's Class, exploring the question. The boys in 5th Class made the video for the 2016 Lasallian competition.
Mr. O'Sullivan's 3rd Class had a nice piece of history in their room recently, when Caoilan brought in some medals that were awarded in 1916. Read more about it here!
A great, big, huge WELL DONE and congratulations to Mrs. Allman's and Mr. Coghlan's 2nd Classes, as the boys made their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 8th. The two classes were magnificent on their special day! Well done also to Ms Power and all the boys in choir who sang so beautifully on the day. Everyone in St. Stephen's is proud of you all!
Listen to this!!! Mr. Russell's Class launched their own class radio station on Thursday May 5th! The boys spent months preparing a schedule and different types of shows. Watch their class Twitter for upcoming broadcasts -
Mr. Fitzgerald's and Mr. Hayden's 4th Classes are enjoying 6 weeks of cycling lessons on Wednesdays at the moment -
Mr. Russell's 5th Class enjoyed a thrilling History Walk with Stephen on Friday, April 29th! The boys walked to the People's Park and enjoyed a thrilling tour around our historic city. Click here to see photos from a superb afternoon of local and international history!
Mr. Russell's 5th Class entered the 2015/2016 Lasallian competition, with the theme "Who is John Baptist De La Salle?", making a documentary-
We had our new Junior Infants for September (and their parents!) come to visit last week, and we showed them some of the highlights of our wonderful school. We've now added the video to our website -
Mrs. Julia Skinner, former principal teacher -
Grab your passports! Mrs. Breen's Class were flying with their newest Aistear theme -
It's a busy time in Mrs. Allman's and Mr. Coghlan's 2nd Classes, as the boys continue their preparations for their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 8th. The two classes are working hard at their prayers and their songs as the big day gets closer. We all wish them well for their special day!
A big well done to all the boys in Mr. Keevers' and Mr. Casey's 6th Classes, who had their Commitment Ceremony on Saturday, April 16th. These boys are entering their final preparations for the big day in June, when they will make their Confirmation.
St. Stephen's marked Proclamation Day 2016 on Tuesday, March 15th, a day when schools across Ireland flew the Tricolour that was presented to them by the Defence Forces. We were joined by Fr. Paul, parents, and families for this historic event. Visit our special 1916-
Mr. Russell's Class were very lucky to receive a visit from bat expert Andrew Harrington on Monday, March 14th. Find out what they learned about -
We had a great time celebrating Lá Gaelach in St. Stephen's on Thursday and Friday, March 10th and 11th! All classes put on brilliant performances. Maith sibh, a bhuachaillí! Visit our Lá Gaelach page to hear the songs and poems, and see some videos too!
The St. Stephen's 5th Basketball team competed in the 2016 Waterford Primary Schools Basketball Blitz on Friday, March 4th. Find out how they got on and see some photos from the Blitz!
We had a great time celebrating World Book Day 2016 in St. Stephen's! A load of activities took place all around our school, and everyone had a great time as every class celebrated books, reading and all that goes with it! Visit the World Book Day 2016 page here!
Buddy Reading has become a staple of World Book Day in St. Stephen's De La Salle, and all the boys look forward to it each year! 2016 was no exception -
The boys in Mr. Russell's Class visited the city's Central Library for Engineering Week 2016 -
Our drumming concerts for 2015/2016 are now finished -
Spring is always such a wonderful time, with (usually!) better weather, longer days, and flowers starting to grow and leaves starting to appear on trees. Mrs. Breen's Junior Infants were learning all about Spring in Aistear. See how they got on!
St. Stephen's soccer season is underway! Mr. Russell and Mr. Coghlan took a team each to the FAI Schools Spar 5 A Side Competition on Thursday, February 25th and were out again on Friday, March 11th. Find out how they got on!
Mr. Russell's Class took part in a global project to share greetings for St. Valentine's Day... but with a 21st Century twist! Find out all about it here!
Check out all the latest news from the office in the spring newsletter -
Mr. Russell's Class are taking part in a weekly writing challenge that includes classes from around the world! The 100 Word Challenge releases a prompt every Monday -
Safer Internet Day was celebrated around the world on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016. Mr. Russell's 5th Class marked the day with lots of discussion and they made some posters for SID too. Read more and see the posters here!
Mrs. Breen's Junior Infants had a "flipping" great time on Pancake Tuesday! Read more here!
On Tuesday February 9th, 2016, our school’s indoor hurling team were victorious in the Roinn A Group 2 Indoor Hurling competition which took place in the Cill Barra Sports Centre. Read more!
Aistear returned to Mrs. Breen's Junior Infants Class with a very "cool" theme -
The annual Credit Union quiz took place in the Tower Hotel on Monday, February 1 st, 2016. St. Stephen’s had 4 teams entered to represent our school. Find out how they got on!
The Roots of Empathy programme is continuing in Mr. Russell's 5th Class! The boys have now almost reached the end of theme 5, "Sleep". Family Visit day for this theme was on Wednesday, February 5th. Every theme lasts for 3 weeks -
Aistear returned to Miss Hickey's Junior Infants Class with a very interesting theme -
Little Red Kettle visited us here in St. Stephen's on Thursday, January 21st. We all really enjoyed this year's show, with LOADS of boys getting the chance to take part in the play and flex their acting muscles!! Check out the photos! And click here to see the different video options!
The dates have been confirmed for the boys in 2nd Class and 6th Class! Mrs. Allman's and Mr. Coghlan's 2nd Classes will celebrate the sacrament of First Holy Communion on Sunday May 8th at 12 o'clock mass. The boys in Mr. Keevers' and Mr. Casey's 6th Classes will make the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday June 4th at 11 o'clock mass. Both ceremonies will take place in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Barronstrand Street. We wish all the boys well in their preparations over the next few months!
The return of Aistear in Mrs. Breen's Class brought great joy and lots of smiles to all the Junior Infants! Find out what the newest theme was and see photos!
Mr. Russell's Class have started creative dance lessons with Edel! There's been some stunning moves on show (watch me whip!) and we think that boy bands like One Direction should watch out for the moves from this class! See some photos here!
The boys in 4th Class, 5th Class, and 6th Class will be receiving Hurling coaching over the next few weeks! We will be visited by a GAA coach who will teach the classes some of the skills needed to play hurling, as well as playing some small sided games. We hope these classes enjoy their hurling training sessions!
Training for the 2016 soccer competitions will be starting during January for the boys selected from 5th and 6th Classes. More news soon!
Training for the 5th and 6th Class Basketball teams will be starting back on Tuesday, January 19th. The competitions will be starting soon too. Watch for more news as soon as we have it!
All of us here in St. Stephen's welcome everyone back for the new school term! Fáilte ar ais!
Did you see our highlights video of all the festive fun as St. Stephen's celebrated Christmas 2015? NO?! Well, why not have a look now! You'll see all the fun and laughter of a special Christmas in our school, with activities ranging from Christmas Art, 1st Classes having a day out at Winterval, visits to the Giving Tree -
Mr. Russell's 5th Class visited the Reptile Zoo on Tuesday, December 22nd! The Reptile Zoo was part of Winterval, and was located in City Square. Check out the photo gallery from 5th Class' visit to the Reptile Zoo!
Mr. Hayden's Class visited Winterval -
Mr. Russell's 5th Class presented their Christmas Concert on Monday, December 21st, with a very enjoyable selection of festive favourites, along with a class-
Mr. Hayden's Class made some smashing art for Christmas, taking inspiration from Robert Frost's famous painting. Check out their fantastic results in the gallery below!
Mr. Hayden's Class love their Maths! They were learning all about fractions in Maths recently -
Mrs Breen's Class were on the right track -
Move over Star Wars! Miss Flavin's Class presented their Christmas show, "Christmas with the Aliens" and wowed everyone in attendance! See some photos from the 1st Class show!
Choo, choo! What a journey that the boys in Miss Lowe's and Miss Robinson's Senior Infants went on! The two classes boarded the Winterval Express train and enjoyed a wonderful journey around Waterford! See some photos from this choo-
Miss Tyrrell's fantastic 1st Class presented their Christmas Concert on Friday, December 18th, in the school hall. It was great to see so many parents and family members coming in to support the boys as they told the story of the first Christmas, as well as performing a rap version of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and some popular Christmas songs! See photos from Miss Tyrrell's Class' concert HERE! Or you can watch videos of the concert in two parts -
The annual St. Stephen's Christmas Carol Service took place on Friday, December 18th, in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, in Barronstrand Street, at 11:30am. As always, this was a highlight of our school calendar, and allowed a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations to have some time to remember the birth of Our Lord, the very reason that we celebrate CHRISTmas. We were delighted to be joined by some of our retired teachers, as well as parents, families, and parishoners of the Cathedral, as we sang joyous hymns to celebrate the arrival of the baby Jesus in a most uplifting experience!
What a day the boys Miss Flavin's 1st Class had! The boys went off to Winterval on a Golden Ticket on Thursday, December 17th. See all the fun that Miss Flavin's Class had with their Golden Ticket to Winterval!!
Mr. Russell's Class are taking part in a weekly writing challenge that includes classes from around the world! Already, Cian has made the Showcase, and Sam B has been chosen for the Showcase TWICE! The final Showcase of 2015 was released on Sunday, December 20th, and we were all delighted to see that Daniel D was chosen for his story about the FA Cup Final. Read more about the 100 Word Challenge and read the Showcase stories, as well as the class' Writing Wonders!
Wow, what an amazing day the lucky the boys in Miss Tyrrell's 1st Class had!!! They took to Winterval on a Golden Ticket on Thursday, December 17th -
What a fun time Mr. Russell's 5th Class had! They visited the Toy Museum on Wednesday, December 16th. See how they got on!
Mrs. Breen's Junior Infants, Miss Robinson's Senior Infants, Miss Flynn's 5th Class and Mr. Keevers' 6th Class visited the Giving Tree in George's Court on Wednesday, December 16th. All the boys made decorations for the tree. It's a very special tree because for every decoration placed on the Giving Tree, a toy is donated to a local charity. See photos from the classes' trip to the Giving Tree!
What a gallery of amazing art work the boys in Mrs. Breen's Class have been putting together!! These lucky boys have been busy making Christmas art in Aistear, as well as making ice cool snowmen, and beautiful robins! Visit Mrs. Breen's Class' art page and have a look at their masterpieces!
There's been a tremendous amount of art work taking place in Miss Flavin's Class over the past few weeks. The boys have made some art pieces that are nothing short of stunning! Check out the awesome art work from Miss Flavin's 1st Class here!
What a week of fun and learning the boys had in Mrs. Breen's amazing Junior Infants! The boys enjoyed the latest theme in Aistear, and this time, it was a very timely theme -
There's been great fun and fabulous music around St. Stephen's! Mrs. Kealy's and Mr. O'Sullivan's 3rd Classes and Miss Barry's 2nd Class staged their concert on Wednesday, December 9th, while Miss Tyrrell's 1st Class, and Miss Flynn's and Mr. Russell's 5th Classes presented their performance on Thursday, December 10th. The concerts were drum-
There's been some amazing games and lots of fun with after school hurling in the yard since September. The first term has come to an end now, and all the boys who go hurling with Br. Frank, Peter Galvin, Mr. Casey, Mr. Fahy and Mr. Keevers were presented with medals in the school hall on Tuesday, December 8th. See photos from the presentation here! And remember that hurling will return after the Christmas break!!
Mr. Russell's 5th Class met with Ella from Waterford Council at Central Library on Tuesday, December 8th. The class took part in an upcycling workshop. Read more about what the boys did -
What a festive week of fun and learning in Miss Hickey's awesome Infants! The boys have been enjoying the latest theme in Aistear, and this time, it's one we all love -
Mr. Russell's Class have been all over the world recently! The class had a thrilling Mystery Skype with a class in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, November 30th. Then, the boys celebrated the worldwide Skype-
What a fun week of in Miss Hickey's Junior Infants Class! The boys had great fun in Aistear, this time, the theme was the Little Red Hen! Click here to visit Miss Hickey's special Aistear page!
Mr. Russell's Class are being visited by Shane from Genzyme for 5 weeks as part of the Junior Achievement programme, which teaches young people about different types of businesses, and how they operate, as well as exploring entrepreneurship, advertising, and different skills needed for different jobs. See how they're getting on here!
What a week of great fun and learning! The boys in Mrs. Breen's Class have been enjoying the latest theme in Aistear, this time, it's the Little Red Hen! Visit the special Aistear page for Mrs. Breen's Class here and read all about it!
Mr. Russell's Class visited Waterford's Central Library on Friday, November 20th, for a fun storytelling session as part of Library Week 2015! The boys had a great time as the interactive stories were told, with some of the class even getting to draw on the flipchart to add to the stories! Visit Mr. Russell's Class here and read more about it!
Yes, we have loads of budding scientists in Mrs. Breen's Class! The boys performed two (very cool!) science experiments!! Read about their experiments and see photos here!
Mrs. Kealy's and Mr. O'Sullivan's 3rd Classes visited WIT for Science Week 2015! The Science Museum presented a fun workshop and the boys really enjoyed themselves -
Mrs. Breen's Class have been learning about Healthy Eating for Aistear! The boys were all in different groups so that they could all try out different activities. The boys all had a really great time and took LOADS of photographs -
Miss Flynn's Class have been having tons of fun with Science for Fun! Check out all the photos here!
The baby chicks that hatched in early October have now left us to go and live on the farm. We'll miss them! This was all sponsored by our absolutely wonderful Parents' Association, to whom we are very grateful! We've now compiled all the video footage we have, and made a highlights video! Check that out here!
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There was some monstrous fun in St. Stephen's for Halloween! Check out the different activities here!
The Mayor of Waterford, Eamon Quinlan, visited St. Stephen's on October 22nd, to present certificates of attendance to the boys who didn't miss a single day of school last year! Well done to those boys! Mr. Quinlan also spoke about the importance of including everyone in our games, and presented our school with a replica of the Proclamation! Click here to catch the photos from the Mayor's visit to St. Stephen's!
There's been great fun and fabulous music in the 4th and 2nd Classes! The lucky boys in these classes presented their big drumming concert on Tuesday, October 20th, in the school hall, which was packed to the rafters with so many parents and family members coming in to support the boys -
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St. Stephen's are the U10 Roinn A Group 2 Gaelic Football champions! The boys won the trophy on Tuesday, October 13th, with their final blitz of the year in the De La Salle GAA grounds in Gracedieu. Read about this marvellous victory here!
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St. Stephen's Chess Club is in full swing for the 2015/2016 school year -
St. Stephen's received a visit from two officers representing the Irish Defence Forces on Monday, October 5th. Read about it and see photos from the presentation here! And you can watch highlights from the visit here!
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It's been a busy few weeks in Mr. Russell's Class! The boys in 5th received a visit from Mrs. Musgrave's husband. He had a fascinating story to tell! Mr. Musgrave told us all about his grandfather, who was involved in the 1916 Rising in the GPO in Dublin's O'Connell Street. He also brought medals with him that were presented to his grandfather. The boys in 5th Class visited the newly hatched chicks, as well as starting the brand new programme "Science for Fun!". And they've started their Halloween Art too -
It's back! Maths for Fun! is a hugely popular activity in St. Stephen's -
It's been a busy few weeks in Mrs. Breen's Class! They've made some terrific art! Visit Mrs. Breen's boys in the Class Pages option on the main menu above!
Our school calendar has been updated. You can view it here!
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Check out some photos from Miss Flynn's 5th Class, as the boys enjoyed Gaelic Football and some bowl making using clay in Art! Visit their class page on the menu above to read all about it!
Read the September newsletter from Mr. Morris here and see a PDF of our school calendar for 2015/2016 here. And you can see all our after school activities for 2015/2016 here!
The Annual Waterford Primary Schools' Cross Country Athletics took place on Tuesday, September 15th, at the RSC. 31 athletes from St. Stephen's took part. Find out how they fared here!
St. Stephen's De La Salle congratulates Waterford's Intermediate Camogie squad, who won the All Ireland Final on Sunday, September 13th, in Croke Park! Two of the victorious panel play camogie for the De La Salle GAA Club. The team have now completed the double, adding the Liberty Insurance All-
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We added a new feature to our website over the summer, a news archive for the past year. See what made the news in our school by visiting the 2014/2015 archive!
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It was with great regret and a sense of sadness that the end of the 2014/2015 school year saw the retirements of Mrs. Quinn and Mrs. Stafford. They have both given many years to our school and have been an intergral part of creating and maintaining the special atmosphere that we have here at St. Stephen's. Everyone associated with our school wishes both Mrs. Quinn and Mrs. Stafford well in their retirements, and we are all grateful to them for their kindness to everyone and their efforts for our school down the years.
Mrs. Quinn's and Mr. Keevers' 6th Classes celebrated their Graduation Mass on Thursday evening, June 25th, with a moving ceremony in the school hall. We will all miss the boys in these 6th Classes when they leave our school next week and we wish them the very best for the future, and thank them for all their efforts during their time in St. Stephen's. Slán agus go n-
Mrs. Cosgrave's and Mr. Casey's boys enjoyed a fun day out on Thursday, June 25th. Click here to read more about it!
Miss Barry's and Mr. Coghlan's 2nd Classes had a right "owl" time!!! These very lucky boys went to visit the Mayfield Birds of Prey. Check out some photos from a pretty awesome day out by clicking here or see a slideshow here!
Mrs. Quinn's and Mr. Keevers' 6th Classes visited Shielbaggan in Co. Wexford on Wednesday, June 24th, for a day of outdoor adventure and fun. Click here to "sea" photos from a day of fun by the water!
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Miss Flavin's 1st Class made their way to Ardmore on Tuesday, June 23rd, to visit Ardmore Open Farm. See what they got up to by clicking here!
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Senior Infants had a great time at Woodstown beach recently! Click here to see some photos from their fun trip to the coast
What a day for some fun on the farm! Mrs. Breen's Junior Infants travelled to Sallyfort Farm in beautiful Stradbally, Co. Waterford, on Monday, June 22nd -
What a day for some fun on the farm! Miss Hickey's Junior Infants travelled to Sallyfort Farm in beautiful Stradbally, Co. Waterford, on Monday, June 22nd -
We were awarded our second Green Flag, this time for energy, in May 2015. We had a special celebration in our school on Friday, June 19th -
Mr. Russell's 4th Class were back at the city's Central Library on Thursday, June 18th, where they met Ella Ryan, the Environment Officer who works with our school in our efforts for Green Flags. The boys took part in the "Guzzler's Energy Challenge" game, all about sustainable energy! Read more about the workshop here and see a slideshow of the fun here!
What a thrilling trip this was for the two 4th Classes! On Wednesday, June 17th, Mr. Russell's and Mr. Fahy's 4th Classes joined up and travelled to Wexford for a day of history! Click here to see how they got on!
Mrs. Kealy's and Mr. Fitzgerald's 3rd Classes joined Mr. Russell's and Mr. Fahy's 4th Classes in Cleaboy on Tuesday, June 16th, for a fun football blitz to raise money for Br. Tom and the Lasallian projects in Ethiopia this summer, where a new school is to be built. It was a day of great fun in glorious sunshine. Once again, we are indebted to the De La Salle GAA Club for the use of the Club's grounds in Cleaboy. Click here to see some excellent photos from the 3rd and 4th Class Blitz!
The 2015 Chess Club trip took place on Monday, June 15th, as the Chess Club boarded a bus after school and made their way up to the beautiful Comeragh Mountains. Find out how they got on -
The football team at St. Stephen's were back in action in the Jack Kennedy Memorial Cup Semi Final. Read about how the team fared here.
St. Stephen's annual School Sports Day took place on Wednesday, June 10th! It was a great day for everyone associated with our school, and marvellous fun was had by pupils, staff and families alike, all under beautiful blue skies and lovely, warm sunshine! Check out a vast collection of photos from the races in all the classes on a special Sports Day 2015 page -
Well done to all the boys in Mrs. Quinn's and Mr. Keevers' 6th Classes who made their Confirmation on Saturday, May 30th, in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Barronstrand Street. Special thanks to the boys in the choir, who sang beautifully at mass and helped to make it such a special occasion.
Mr. Russell's and Mr. Fahy's 4th Classes had a WHEELIE good time!!! These lucky boys took part in a 6 week cycling and road safety course, as well as learning how to ride a bike! Donal came to our school to get us all more aware about cycling safety. The two classes learned about the checks that need to be done before setting off, such as the importance of wearing a helmet, testing brakes and checking tyres, as well as hand signals and proper clothing. Click here to see some photos and videos from these two awesome classes!
As you may know, we here at St. Stephen's De La Salle were awarded with our first ever Green Flag in June 2013. Mrs. Breen and the boys on the Green Schools Committee have been working hard to try to secure a second flag. Well, we have some exciting news! Mr. Morris, Mrs. Breen and two boys from the Green Schools Committee travelled to Kilkenny recently -
The football team at St. Stephen's were in action recently in the Jack Kennedy Memorial Cup. Read about how the team fared here.
Friday, May 15th marked the feast St. John Baptist De La Salle. We celebrated with a very special mass in honour of our Founder in the Cathedral. It was a really beautiful service, underpinned by the wonderful singing from all the classes, but especially from Mrs. Quinn and the school choir (pictured right), who once again made it a truly magical service. "St. John Baptist De La Salle -
A big WELL DONE to all the boys in Miss Barry's and Mr. Coghlan's 2nd Classes! The two classes made their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 10th, in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Barronstrand Street. Special thanks to Mrs. Quinn and the boys in the choir, who sang beautifully at mass and helped to make it such a wonderful occasion. Everyone at St. Stephen's is really proud of all the boys in 2nd Class -
Mrs. Cosgrave's 5th Class took a walking tour of Waterford! The boys met with Stephen from Fadó at Bishop's Palace -
Mr. Casey's 5th Class and Mrs. Quinn's 6th Class took a walking tour of Waterford! The lucky boys in these classes met with Stephen from Fadó at Bishop's Palace -
The annual Waterford City Primary Schools Sports took place on Tuesday, April 21st, at the Regional Sports Centre (RSC). 30 of our school's athletes competed at the event. See how our school fared -
Mr. Russell's and Mr. Fahy's 4th Classes took a walking tour of Waterford! The lucky boys in these classes met with Stephen from Fadó at Bishop's Palace -
St. Stephen's takes the online safety of our pupils very seriously. We have compiled some e-
We were all delighted here in St. Stephen's to receive a visit from Br. George and Br. Ultan before Easter. The two Brothers bring photos and stories of their work on the missions each year in poor parts of the world. This past year, the Brothers were in Ethiopia where, this summer, Mr. Coghlan is going to work on the missions as a Lasallian volunteer. Br. George also brought a relic of Saint La Salle. It's always a pleasure to welcome the two Brothers to our school and we wish them well for their work on the missions in 2015.
Junior Infants to 3rd Class were visited by author Liam Farrell as our school celebrated World Book Day! All the boys had a great time as Liam told them stories! Check out a short video from the infant rooms here, see photos from around the classes here or see a slideshow of the photos here!
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5th Class and 6th A and B teams from St. Stephen's competed in the 2015 Waterford Primary Schools Basketball Blitz recently. Click here to visit the basketball page and see the latest happenings!
We celebrated World Book Day 2015 on Friday, March 6th! St. Stephen's was buzzing with a load of different activities taking place to promote reading and the enjoyment of books! Visit our special World Book Day page to see what events took place in our school! Click here!
The boys in Miss Barry's and Mr. Coghlan's 2nd Classes are almost ready to make their First Holy Communion. A very important step on the road to that special day is the Sacrament of Penance. The boys in 2nd Class had their First Confession on Wednesday, March 4th, in the Cathedral. All the boys were really great and they will now start preparing for their big day in early May!
Clan Cluana visited our school on Friday, February 27th to perform the Irish legend of Oisín in Tír na nÓg. It was a brilliant presentation, with some fantastic acting and plenty of fun thrown in too! 3rd to 6th Classes gathered in the hall to enjoy the story and everyone enjoyed it greatly! Check out the photos of Clan Cluana's "Oisín in Tír na nÓg" here!
The St. Stephen's Indoor Hurling team were victorious in the Roinn A Group 2 Indoor Hurling Competition which took place in the Cill Barra Sports Centre recently. Read more about how the team emerged as group winners by clicking here!
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Our Maths for Fun! information page has undergone a makeover! Check out news and photos from Mrs. Mulvaney and the Maths for Fun! scheme by clicking here!
Mrs. Breen's Junior Infants have been SO busy again! They've been having great fun while learning with their newest theme in Aistear, "The Little Red Hen"! They've also made some pretty awesome artwork based on Monty the Penguin and The Gruffalo. Head on over to Mrs. Breen's class' area and see some photos of these brilliant boys and their work!!
The boys in Mr. Keevers' and Mrs. Quinn's 6th classes presented their final drumming concert in our school on Wednesday, February 11th, in the school hall, which was packed to the rafters with so many parents and family members coming in to support the boys -
Pupils from St. Stephen's are regular entrants in local quiz event, especially the Credit Union Quiz. Each year, Mrs. Musgrave looks after the teams from our school that take part in this challenging but fun quiz night. This year, we have had great success! Our under 11 and under 13 teams were involved and performed very, very well. Read more about how the teams fared -
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All the latest news from our school has been sent home in a newsletter! If you missed it, you can read it here!
All the latest news from our HSCL went home recently in a newsletter! There are some exciting events and classes for adults coming up, and there's more news in there too. If you missed it, you can read it here!
More fabulous music was made in the hall in December as the lucky boys in Mrs. Kealy's 3rd Class, Mr. Coghlan's 2nd Class, Miss Butler's 1st Class, Mrs. Cosgrave's 5th Class, Mr. Casey's 5th Class and Mr. Fitzgerald's 3rd Class presented their big drumming concerts in the hall, which was packed full of so many parents and family members coming in to support the boys -
Mr. Russell's 4th Class really got into the festive spirit for Christmas 2014! The boys visited the Giving Tree in George's Court Shopping Centre -
Mrs. Breen's and Miss Hickey's Junior Infants classes spent so many weeks preparing for a very special concert for Christmas. And you can be sure that they didn't disappoint! The boys in these classes staged their Christmas play, "It's A Cracker!", on Thursday, December 18th, to a school hall bulging with so many proud parents, families and friends! It was a truly mesmerising performance from these very talented classes! Check out our photo gallery of the festive fun by clicking here!
Miss Lowe's and Miss Kenny's Senior Infants staged an Oscar-
The boys in Miss Flavin's 1st Class are SO lucky!! These boys were the lucky winners of the Golden Ticket to Winterval! They got to spend a whole day enjoying the many different events happening around the city, met Santa, had a Garda escort, visited the toy museum and so much more! Click here to see photos from this thrilling day out for 1st Class!
Mrs. Breen's Junior Infants joined Mrs. Quinn's 6th Class on Wednesday, December 10th, to visit the Giving Tree in George's Court Shopping Centre. Each year, for every decoration that is placed on the tree, a toy company donates one toy or game to a local charity. The boys were delighted to make some decorations to put on the tree and do something small to help others at Christmas. Check out the photos in our Christmas section or click here!
Mr. Fahy's and Mr. Russell's 4th Classes made the short walk to The Mall on Wednesday, December 10th, to take a guided tour of the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre. The boys were able to see the mould room, the blowing department, the cutting department, quality control and some sculpting and engraving. The pieces on show were amazing and all the boys really enjoyed the visit. Mr. Russell's Class took some photos on their way around the factory -
The infant classes were on the right track on Friday, December 5th! These lucky, lucky boys went down town to take in some of the Winterval atmosphere.... and then took a ride on the Winterval train!! The boys all had a really super time and got to see so many sights as the train took them around our wonderful city! Check out the photos from the infant classes' visit to the Winterval Train by clicking here.
Mr. Russell's Class visited the Waterford Municipal Art Gallery at Greyfriars on December 4th to see an exhibit featuring Marvel's Spiderman! An Irish artist is behind the artwork for the new Spiderman 2099 series. How cool is that! They also had a short tour around the gallery itself and they even got to see a display featuring photographs taken by Annie Brophy. Annie is remembered as a gifted photographer who photographed the city's everyday life and it is interesting to see the city from such a long time ago! Check out the photos from their visit here or watch their video slide show featuring their pictures here!
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Lots of new information has now been added to our Green Schools page here on the school's website! Click here to visit the Green Schools page and read all about our efforts to win a second Green Flag for our school -
It was a really scary time in our school, as vampires, Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Iron Man, turtles, pirates, devils, skeletons, werewolves, monsters and all sorts of terrifying things appeared in all the classes! Thankfully, they were only costumes from our very imaginative minds! Click here to see the spooky (and fun!) happenings from many classes in our school for Halloween 2014!
Waterford's Mayor, Lola O'Sullivan, paid a visit to our school on Monday, October 20th. All the classes gathered in the yard to welcome the Mayor at just past midday to hear the Mayor speak and present 57 boys with certificates for full school attendance in 2013/2014. Well done to these boys on a fantastic achievement! Check out some photos of the Mayor's visit to St. Stephen's De La Salle by clicking here!
Mrs. Breen's Junior Infants have been very (very!!) busy since they started school in September. But now, their class' page here on the school website has exploded as they show off the wonderful work they have been doing! Why not head over to Mrs. Breen's section (under 'Class Pages') and read all about the amazing things that have been happening in that very lucky class!
WOW! There were so many fun events happening at St. Stephen's as we celebrated Maths Week Ireland 2014! Miss Flavin's Class went on a Maths Trail and played lots of Maths games, Mr. Russell's Class had a Maths quiz and went on a Maths Trail on Ballybricken, Mrs. Breen's Junior Infants played lots of Maths games, made patterns, measured different things, made sets and generally had a ball with their Maths; Mr. Coghlan's Class went on a Maths Trail around the grounds, and Mr. Fitzgerald's Class took on Mr. Russell's Class in a Mystery Number Skype Challenge! Visit the special Maths Week page to read details and see photos of the various fun maths activities that were happening in so many of the classes!
There's been great fun being had and fabulous music being made in the 4th and 2nd Classes! The lucky boys in these classes presented their big drumming concert on Tuesday, October 14th, in the school hall, which was packed to the rafters with so many parents and family members coming in to support the boys -
History is always so interesting... so when you add in some interactive fun, along with Mr. Fitzgerald's 3rd Class and Mr. Russell's 4th Class, you get a wonderful afternoon at the Waterford City Central Library! The two classes visited the library as part of the annual Children's Book Festival, on Monday, October 13th! Check out the photo gallery featuring the boys from Mr. Fitzgerald's 3rd Class and Mr. Russell's 4th Class on their trip to Central Library for the Children's Book Festival 2014 by clicking here!
What an amazing day out in the park! Miss Lowe's and Miss Robinson's Senior Infants joined with Mr. Russell's 4th Class, Mr. Fahy's 4th Class and Mr. Casey's 5th Class to go on a Nature Trail in the People's Park on Friday, September 26th! Read all about it and see LOADS of photos by clicking here!
Summer is here! St. Stephen's is now closed for the summer holidays. We wish everyone a happy and safe summer - and we look forward to seeing everyone back for the new school year 2014/2015! St. Stephen's re-opens at 8:50am on Monday, September 1st.
The final amounts have been counted after 5th and 6th Class played a small blitz to add in some more funds to the money already raised by 3rd and 4th Class. The final amount raised is a staggering €659.30. A MASSIVE thank you to everyone who sponsored the boys for the different football competitions - we all send our sincerest thanks for your generosity and kindness in raising such a stunning amount. This money will go to help with building projects in Ethiopia this summer, where Br. Tom and many other volunteers will be building schools and helping those less fortunate. The final amount was presented to Br Tom when he came to visit on Friday! See a photo with some of the boys representing 3rd and 4th Class here!
It was with great regret and sadness that St. Stephen's saw the retirement of Mrs. Kehoe on June 27th. This brought to a close over 31 years of dedicated service to the pupils of St. Stephen's De La Salle. Mrs. Kehoe has taught infants, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th Classes, as well as Resource. In recent years, Mrs. Kehoe has worked tirelessly in her role as Learning Support Teacher. She was a dedicated, hard working teacher, who will be sorely missed. All of us at St. Stephens - pupils and staff alike - wish Mrs. Kehoe many happy years in retirement and thank her for her dedication and huge efforts, for which all of us at St. Stephen's will be forever grateful.
The St. Stephen's website is undergoing a makeover this summer! We'll be updating the look and feel of our website and making it easier to browse and find what you're looking for, as well as adding some new pages. Our new website will officially launch on September 1st, 2014 to coincide with the start of the 2014/2015 school year. Be sure to check it out on September 1st!
Mrs. Kealy's and Mr. Fitzgerald's 3rd Classes made the trip to the ever popular Woodstown beach on Tuesday, June 24th. Everyone had a great time on the beach, enjoying the good weather and playing lots of fun games!
Mr. Russell's 4th Class were back at the city's Central Library - again!!! - on Monday, June 23rd. The class went to an energy workshop where they met Ella Ryan, the Environment Officer who is working with our school towards our Green Flag for energy. The boys played Guzzler's Energy Challenge, which was great fun, as well as learning lots about energy and renewable and non renewable sources of energy. To top it all off, each boy was presented with juice and cookies at the end, and received a super diary and pack of colouring pencils (made from recycled drinks bottles, no less!!). See some photos from the class' visit to the Energy Challenge at the library by visiting their class page!
The boys in Mr. Keevers' and Mrs. Quinn's 6th Classes celebrated their graduation mass on Monday, June 23rd in the school hall. Joined by Br. Ben and the school choir, it was an evening to celebrate the boys' graduation from primary school, as well as the hint of sadness at seeing them leave St. Stephen's after their many years here. Well done and congratulations to all the boys in 6th Class and thanks to Br. Ben and the choir for the beautiful music for the last ceremony for these two classes. We wish them all the very best as they leave us this week to move on to secondary school.
Mrs. Kealy's and Mr. Fitzgerald's 3rd Classes joined Mr. Russell's and Mr. Fahy's 4th Classes in Cleaboy on Thursday, June 19th and played their own version of the World Cup! The main idea behind the day was to raise money for Br Tom's work on the Lasallian missions in poor parts of India. All the classes were mixed into 10 World Cup teams and played out some thrilling games! The final was tied at 1-1 between Spain and Croatia, so it was settled on penalties as Spain triumphed! All the teachers and the boys enjoyed the day and send their heartfelt thanks to everyone who sponsored the boys for the day. The final total raised will be announced on Thursday and presented to Br Tom when he comes to visit. Watch out for that!
It was an amazing sight - Miss Walsh's and Mrs. Breen's Junior Infants, along with Miss Hill's and Miss Lowe's Senior Infants boarded three buses on Wednesday, June 18th and took off to Woodstown! And what a day they had for it, as the sun shone high in the sky with not a cloud to be seen for ages! Everyone had great fun in the sun - playing in the sand, building sandcastles - and even taking in a paddle in the water!! Check out the photos of the boys having a ball at the beach by clicking here (and thanks to Rose for taking the photos!).
Mrs. Quinn's and Mr. Keevers' 6th Classes enjoyed their final outing at St. Stephen's as they visited Shielbaggan Outdoor Education Centre in Co. Wexford! What a fun time was had by all - and rumour has it that Mr. Keevers even took to the water in the sunshine!! Click here to see the photos from the 6th Classes' awesome day out!
St. Stephen's annual school sports took place on Friday, June 13th - and as always, a fun day was had by all with races and obstacle courses in the De La Salle GAA grounds at Cleaboy. Our thanks, as always, go to De La Salle GAA for the continued use of the facilities in Cleaboy for various school events during the year. Check out a HUGE selection photos coming soon from our school sports day 2014 - click here!
The Chess Club had its' annual Awards Presentation on Tuesday, May 27th 2014 in the school hall. All the players and their families made their way in to hear who won which league and Billy and Mr. Morris had some words about the magnificent efforts of the Parent's Association at St. Stephen's in looking after all aspects of our school, with some words in particular with regards to the Chess Club. Lots of medals and plaques were awarded to the players for some great games this year - and now you can check out the huge selection of photos from the presentation on the Chess Club's page here!
St. Stephen's recently took part in a Cumann na mBunscol U-11 Hurling blitz. This blitz was the third which the team were involved in having previously played in both Walsh Park and De La Salle Gracedieu. Find out how the players did by visiting a special page for the team here!
Mr. Fahy's and Mr. Russell's 4th Classes are having a WHEELIE good time!!! They've been getting cycling safety lessons and learning how to ride a bike! Donal from "Let's Get Healthy" has been coming to our school to get everyone more aware about cycling safety. They've learned about the checks that need to be done before setting off, such as the importance of wearing a helmet, testing brakes and checking tyres, as well as hand signals and proper clothing. They're really, really having a great time - and you can now see photos of Mr. Russell's Class and Mr. Fahy's boys on our cycling page here!
On Thursday, April 10th, Mr. Russell's 4th Class presented a recorder concert in the school hall. The boys had been practicing for a few weeks - and the standard of playing was exceptional! They played "Movie Buster" and "Mellow Out" - both twice, the second time being at a much faster tempo, as well as Irish tune "Mo Ghile Mear" and a piece made famous by Michael Flatley, "Lord of the Dance". Visit Mr. Russell's Class' page, where you can download the audio from the class' awesome concert or download a video* featuring 3 of the songs by clicking that link. (Please note that the video file is quite large!)
Just before the Easter holidays, we held some sponsored fun events... all the classes had great fun, playing lots of games and doing loads of fun activities in class too! We've got some photos from the fun activities in the yard which you can see by clicking here.
We have now added a new option to our menu, where you will find details of our school policies, including our code of behaviour and our school's internet acceptable use policy (AUP). Please read these documents carefully and feel free to download a copy to keep for reading offline.
St. Stephen's takes the online safety of our pupils very seriously. We have compiled some e-safety tips and recommendations for parents and guardians, with some ideas for monitoring your child's online activities and keeping your son safe while using online content. Please take some time to visit this new resource - click on "E-Safety" on the main menu to the left.
Bhí Lá Gaelach againn sa scoil ar an Déardaoin agus an Aoine, 13ú agus 14ú lá de Márta 2014. Bhí ceol, dráma, caint agus craic againn - agus ceolchoirm ar súil Déardaoin agus Dé hAoine!! Bhí na buachaillí as na ranganna ag canadh amhráin, ag spraoi, ag caint as Gaeilge, agus ag baint sásamh as na rudaí a bhí ar siúl againn! We had our annual Lá Gaelach in St. Stephen's on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th March, 2014! There was music, drama, chat and lots of fun - with a concert on each day too! The boys from every class were singing, playing and talking in Irish and enjoying our native language. It's our way of celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge! Visit the special Lá Gaelach page here!
Thursday, March 6th was World Book Day- and we had a whole load of celebrations around all the classes taking place to mark the day! There was dressing up, read-a-thons, podcasting, buddy reading, Skypes and more taking place - as well as boys bringing in their favourite books to talk about them! Visit our special World Book Day page with photos and news from all the events here!!!
The most travelled 4th Class in Waterford were out and about again! On Wednesday, March 5th, Mr. Russell's Class went on a walking history tour of our historic city with Stephen and Eleanor. WOW! We walk past so much history with so many interesting stories to tell every day - and don't even realise it! We heard all about the vile villains from Vedrarfjordr's 1100 year history. And there were some really VILE villains in our city through the centuries! Check out our class' page to see some really awesome photos from a fun and interesting walk around the oldest city in Ireland!
Clann Cluana Theatre Company visited St. Stephen's on Friday, February 28th, to present a dramatic telling of the Irish legend of Cúchulainn. The three actors brought us a brilliant telling of the story of Setanta, from his adventures as a young boy with the Red Branch Knights, to how he became known as Cúchulainn. 3rd to 6th Classes filled the hall to enjoy the play - and you can see some photos of the afternoon here.
Mrs. Breen's and Miss Butler's Junior Infants are having great fun, learning lots and improving their oral language skills all at the same time! Aistear is an innovative programme which is aiding the boys' development of oral language through play and is currently running in the Junior Infant classes. Aistear is an Irish word, which means "journey". And what a journey these lucky boys are on! We've got some amazing photos from Aistear in the two Junior Infants classes -
Cathy, Mo and Catherine from Rhythm and Shakes have been lighting up the musical lives of loads of classes! The boys in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Classes have been learning new rhythms and over a number of weeks, some very special performances have been staged for all the families! Thanks to everyone who came to see the boys perform in the school hall, which has been packed to the rafters with admirers of these fantastic boys. They all wowed the audience with amazing drumming skills! Check out the drumming page on the main menu for some photos AND links to videos and mp3s of the performances from all the classes that took part! We hope you enjoy our drumming - we most certainly did!!!
St. Stephen's recently took part in the Credit Union Quiz Night! Mrs. Musgrave accompanied boys from 4th, 5th and 6th classes to the quiz on Monday, February 3rd as they performed admirably. The questions covered a wide range of topics and the boys did very well in answering them, amassing an impressive points tally! One of the teams finished 3rd and each boy on that team won a plaque. Click here to see some photos of the teams!
It was a 1st Class morning of fun every Wednesday! Maths for Fun returned for 2014 with a bang and Mr. Coghlan's Class were the lucky boys who had an opportunity to play LOTS of cool and fun maths games! The boys had lots of fun working with tangrams, bingo, snakes and ladders and loads of other activities! Mrs. Mulvaney, Mrs. Crowley and a number of parents organised the maths activities and everyone involved had an amazing time and hopefully gained a great love for Maths! We send our sincerest gratitude and thanks to all the parents who help out with Maths For Fun - and there's a selection of photos from 1st Class to view on the Maths for Fun page - and there's a selection of photos from 1st Class to view on the Maths for Fun page - click here!
St. Stephen's welcomed Little Red Kettle to the school on Thursday, January 16th for their 2014 play. Click here to see photos from the play!
Billy and the chess club are back in action for 2014! Have a look at the Chess Club's special page - including a video of the Chess Club in action! Click HERE!
WOW! The 2 Junior Infants Classes staged their Christmas show on Tuesday, December 17th in the school hall. They all took part in a play called "The Sleepy Shepherd". It was amazing! The hall was packed to the rafters as families made their way in to see these fantastic boys put on a spectacular show - and now we have a Santa's sleigh full of photos from the show! <br>Senior Infants were in action too! The 2 classes presented "A Christmas Story" in the hall on Wednesday, December 18th. The show was thoroughly enjoyed by all the families in attendance - and again the hall was packed out to see these great boys put on a thrilling show! <br>Ms Flavin's 1st Class wowed their audience on Tuesday, December 18th with a magical play for Christmas! It was a real joy to watch - and everyone enjoyed it... especially the spaceship!!! <br>Mr. Russell's 4th Class put on the most awesome 4th Class Christmas Concert EVER! They sang a HUGE set of songs - and made the songs even more enjoyable by adding in percussion instruments! There were triangles, wood blocks, sleigh bells, tambourines - and some serious dance moves being shown too! <br>Click here to visit the special "Nollaig 2013" page featuring the Christmas events happening in St. Stephen's for the festive season!
Every December, St. Stephen's holds its annual Christmas Carol Service in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Barronstrand St. It is always a very special occasion for all of us, as all classes make their way to the church to sing beautiful Christmas songs in honour of the birth of Our Lord. It is always a highlight in the school calendar and an uplifting experience in the height of the festive season. This year's carol service takes place on Thursday, December 19th, at 11:30am. We invite you to come and experience this truly magnificent carol service, which is now a Christmas tradition for both the Cathedral and our school.
Mr. Russell's 4th Class decided to give something back to the community for Christmas 2013. On Friday, December 13th, after school had finished, the boys made their way to Mowlam Nursing Home in Ballinakill and very generously gave of their time and efforts to spend over an hour singing traditional Christmas carols and some more upbeat festive songs for the residents. The boys included many musical instruments in their songs, such as triangles, bells, claves and tambourines to add to the performances. It was a special occasion and was greatly enjoyed by everyone present and the boys were a credit to the school and to their families. Huge thanks and gratitude go all the parents and family members who brought the boys to and from the venue on a very busy Friday afternoon - your support is, as always, greatly appreciated!
Choo won't believe this! The 2 Junior Infants classes had an amazing day on Friday, December 6th! All the boys went down town and took a ride on the Winterval train!!! Everyone had a great time - including Mrs. Musgrave who went along for the fun trip! Click here to see the photos!
Mr. Russell's 4th Class enjoyed Maths - for fun through November and December 2013! Mrs. Mulvaney and a number of parents ran the maths activities and everyone in the class had an opportunity to play LOTS of cool and fun maths games! The boys worked with tangrams, bingo, snakes and ladders and loads of other activities! Everyone involved had a wonderful time and gained a great love for Maths! We send our sincerest gratitude and thanks to all the parents who helped out with Maths For Fun - and there's a HUGE selection of photos from day one of the Maths for Fun in 4th Class to view on the Maths for Fun page - you can see them by clicking here!
Our school was honoured to receive a visit on Thursday, November 14th from Br. Alvaro Rodriguez Echeverria, Superior General of the De La Salle Order. We here at St. Stephen's are very proud of our Lasallian ethos and we were delighted to welcome Br. Alvaro back to our school, which he visited previously, in November 2004, when Br. Martin was our principal. Br. Alvaro spoke to all the boys and all the staff from our school about the importance of the Lasallian ethos that is alive and well in 82 countries worldwide today. Br. Alvaro was accompanied by Br. Jacques, Br. Finbarr and Br. Damien, a former principal of our school. We have made available a video of Br. Alvaro's words for the pupils, and also an audio clip of his address to the boys - click here to visit our dedicated page highlighting Br. Alvaro's special visits to St. Stephen's De La Salle.
Mr. Russell's and Mr. Fahy's 4th Classes celebrated Science Week 2013 in style! We went to W.I.T. to see "It Takes Guts", an interactive show from the London Museum of Science all about how the human digestive system works. What a great time we had! We learned about the journey that food makes as soon as it goes into your mouth - and then down the oesophagus... and all the way until the waste material comes out the other end! It was so interesting - and more than a little disgusting too! We took a small number of photos which you can see by visiting Mr. Russell's 4th Class' page - and watch out for a video of our trip soon!
It was a really scary day in our school, as vampires, Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Iron Man, turtles, pirates, devils, skeletons, werewolves, monsters and all sorts of terrifying things appeared in all the classes! Thankfully, they were only costumes from our very imaginative minds! Click here to see photos from Halloween 2013 in St. Stephen's!
Mrs. Breen's Junior Infant Class now has their own class page!!! You'll be able to see photos of all the fun things, great work and amazing art happening in our room! Click the Class Pages button on the menu to the left to start exploring!
We recently celebrated Maths Week 2013 in St. Stephen's! We had maths trails, maths bingo, maths eyes and a maths quiz taking place... And you can check out all the amazing maths games, activities and more by visiting the special Maths Week page with lots of photos of the activities - which you can find on the main menu on the left!
The Mayor of Waterford, John Cummins, visited St. Stephen's on Monday, October 14th, to present certificates to the boys who had full attendance in school for the year 2012/2013. It was a special occasion to have the mayor return to where he himself went to school and to mark the occasion, he gave the whole school no homework!!! That was announced to huge cheers! You can see photos of the Mayor's visit to our school by clicking here.
De La Salle GAA Hurling and Football Club recently won the County Minor Hurling Final to become County Minor Hurling Champions 2013! The team visited the school on Tuesday, October 15th with the trophy to speak about the magnificent accomplishment and to offer some words of inspiration to the budding young hurlers in our school! You can see photos of their visit by clicking here.
St. Stephen's received a visit on Friday, September 27th from Waterford's All Ireland Minor Hurling Champions 2013! Some of the squad came to visit our school and had some words of inspiration about hurling and Gaelic Football for our pupils. Click here to see some photos of the visit!
We are all so proud! On June 14th, 2013, St. Stephen's De La Salle was awarded our first EVER Green Flag! The hard work put in by Mrs. Breen and all the boys on the Green Schools Committee was finally rewarded as An Taisce recognised our school's efforts to reduce waste and recycle more. It was such a fantastic occasion, as Mr. Morris had some words for the crowds gathered. Br. Tim, the chairperson of the school's Board of Management, also spoke eloquently about the spirit within our school, Mrs. Breen thanked everyone for their efforts, and the Mayor of Waterford congratulated our school before he assisted 2 boys from the Green Schools Committee to raise the flag, which went up to a huge cheer from the boys! Check out some photos from this special day for our school - click HERE!