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- 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.
- Communication with the school must continue to take place by phone (051 871716) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 email@example.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Rory in Mr Fahy's 5th Class is participating in the T4 World Cup Series Karting Comp in County Louth this weekend. Rory's class made a good luck video for him, which will also be 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!
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!
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, 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 have been looking at the entries all summer and the results are due out in the next 2 weeks or so. We wish the boys the very best of luck! Enjoy the short film on the school website HERE!
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
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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!