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Green School – Flag Raising Ceremony

We had the pleasure of hosting some important guests for our official flag-raising ceremony for the Green School Flag that we were awarded in May. Deputy Varadkar, Minister Chambers, and Minister O’Gorman, Senator Currie, Councillor Walsh, and our very own Councillor Shovlin were all in attendance. All pupils and staff gathered in front of the school at the flag poles. The Green School Committee members started the even by welcoming all our guests. We had a number of speeches where the efforts of the Green school committee were commended. The pupils and staff were thanked for taking on the challenge of reducing our litter and waste to earn us our First Green Flag. 

The Show Choir gave a wonderful performance before we raised the flag. Deputy Varadkar (a past pupil of the school) had the honours of being the official flag raiser. We are delighted to have earned our first flag and are already thinking ahead to the next Green School challenge.

Please see our Gallery Page for more pictures of the day.

 


Spring Activities:

Spring has been a very busy time here in SFX Senior School. All our pupils have been so busy participating in a variety of events, from music therapy in SONAS, to baking in 3rd, Irish Sign Language in 5th and 6th Class, outdoor adventures in 4th class and many many different sporting events. As always our pupils are great ambassadors for the school and their excellent behaviour is always complimented.

Chess Club:

SFX Chess Club had a great day at the “Féile Fichille 2024” Chess tournament in St. Benedict’s Ongar. The children had a wonderful day and were highly successful in their chess matches. We are incredibly proud of our pupils and they were great ambassadors for the school on the day.


Peace Proms 2024:

Pupils from our 5th and 6th class attended Peace Proms on Sunday February 4th. Our Peace Proms choir did a fantastic job representing our school and they had a wonderful time at the event. A huge thanks to all the teachers and pupils who worked so hard preparing for this over the last number of months!

Final preparations are underway for Peace Proms 2024 where children from 5th and 6th class will represent the school, at a cross border performance, with over 1,000 children from schools all over the country both north and south. Peace Proms takes place in the RDS Simmonscourt this Sunday, February 4th and it is a celebration of diversity and togetherness of communities. We are all very proud of you and all the hard work you have put in over the past few months. Best of luck to all the children on the night.

 


Catholic Schools Week:

Grandparents Day

We celebrated our annual grandparents again this year and it was a huge success. Our pupils loved hearing stories about school in times gone by and performing some songs for their grandparents. We had a great attendance and would love to thank the school community for their support with the event.


gCumann na mBunscoile Handball

Sophie played in the U13 girls handball Competition/Dublin on Thursday at the National Handball Centre Croke Park. Many schools from the Dublin 15 area and beyond were in attendance.
Being the only student from SFX Senior school she wore her school colours with pride and fought gallantly to represent SFX.
In her first game she met a fellow club mate representing St. Brigid’s National School Castleknock, where she played a close game against a Leinster champion, where she was unfortunately defeated.
With head held high she went on to play for the U13 Plate, meeting a player from St.Ciaran’s.  Sophie triumphed here and won the plate game.
No silver ware or crockery was physically brought home, it was pride that she carried home knowing that after a sleepless night the night before the competition she put in for herself and her school a good day’s work!

Christmas Message:

Dear Students, Parents, and Staff,

I hope this message finds you all in good health and high spirits. It has been a fantastic first term here in St. Francis Xavier Senior school, with many highlights.

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our dedicated staff for always going beyond and above the call of duty and making the school such a wholesome and warm learning environment.

To our parents and volunteers, your support and dedication to the school helps the school to be the fantastic learning environment it is. We truly appreciate your involvement.

And finally, a massive thanks you to our wonderful pupils for engaging with their lessons and being such brilliant participants in the many extracurricular activities that take place here each month.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and safe Christmas. We look forward to welcoming you all back to school on January 8th for our second term.

Kindest regards,

Mr. Sean McKeown,

Principal, St. Francis Xavier Senior School


 

One of our 5th classes were delighted to attend the launch of the book gifting programme by the Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Adrian Henchy at Blanchardstown Library recently. The Mayor was joined by County Librarian Betty Boardman and children’s author Alan Nolan.

The book gifting programme to local schools is part of the Community Recognition Fund. The Community Recognition Fund is a major initiative from the Department of Rural and Community Development, designed to specifically support communities across the country that are hosting people from Ukraine and other countries.

Blanchardstown Library has used this funding to purchase special sets of books for each school in the Dublin 15 area. This will result in every child having access to books in their school library. Photos from Fingal County Council. 


 

Our Wonderful Show Choir have been busy performing Christmas Songs for the Active Retirement in Blanchardstown, Le Chéile – Laurel Lodge and Bank of Ireland’s Charity Day. We have huge talent in our school and can’t wait to see what 2024 has in store!


 

Marathon Kids – 4th, 5th and 6th class children have completed their 8 weeks Marathon Kids Programme. We held a Final Mile in December.


We were delighted to receive a box of the shortlisted books as part of the Junior Jury Initiative from KPMG and Children’s Books Ireland.


Fingal County Council sponsored a day of workshops with Dale Treadwell and we learned lots about the trees around our school, wildlife and planted some holly with him. 


Our school recently welcomed Maria from GOAL who did workshops with students from 4th to 6th Classes. We learned so many interesting facts about developing countries.

 


We were delighted to welcome Angela, Marie and Trisha from Blanchardstown Tidy Towns to our school.

We did some planting together and can’t wait for our next project with them.

 


Great fun for Science Week in SFX. Classes carried out a range of experiments including making rockets, lava lamps and much more.

Thank you Mr. Kilkenny for organising all the fun activities!

 


Classes have been busy learning about soil and working in the garden with Brian this term.

We look forward to seeing the fruits of our labour in spring!

 


 

Well done to our Girls GAA Team for reaching the semi-final of the Cumann na mBunscoil Competition.

We are so proud of you all!

 


 

Members of the Student Council are busy selling raffle tickets for the upcoming Halloween Raffle.

All support greatly appreciated!

 


Please see the Stationery List for each class level below.

3rd Class

4th Class

5th Class

6th Class


Robotics Workshops in 4th Class


 

Best wishes to one of our past students Elisa Gallagher who will represent Ireland at the European Championships this week in Italy. Go n-éirí leat! 

 


Welcome Back:

Welcome Back to St. Francis Xavier Senior School, Everyone!

Dear Students, Parents, and Staff,

I hope this message finds you all in good health and high spirits. It is with great excitement that I welcome you back to St. Francis Xavier Senior School for another fantastic school year!

Our hallways have missed your laughter and energy, and our classrooms eagerly await the curious minds that will fill them once again. As we embark on this new journey together, let’s remember that each day is an opportunity to learn, grow, and make wonderful memories.

Our dedicated teachers and staff have been working tirelessly to ensure that our school is safe, nurturing, and conducive to learning. We’re here to support you every step of the way. Together, we’ll make this school year the best one yet!

Let’s make it a year to remember!

Warm regards,

Mr. Sean McKeown,

Principal, St. Francis Xavier Senior School


 

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5th Classes enjoyed a GLOBE Workshop recently on Litter and Waste.

 


We really enjoy sports here in St. Francis Xavier Senior School…..

 

It has been an incredibly busy and exciting year on the sporting front, and we are immensely proud of all our students.

We had numerous teams competing in various sports, including Boys and Girls GAA, Boys and Girls Soccer, Boys and Girls Basketball, Cross Country,  Sprinting Events, and Climbing. We also took part in  the Marathon Kids programme, SARI football against Racism and Bike Week events. The dedication, teamwork, and sportsmanship shown by students has truly been commendable, and all students have represented our school with great pride.

We would also like to express our gratitude to the parents who generously volunteered their time to support our teams and give lifts. Special mention to Ellie’s Dad, Christopher, Sally’s Dad, David and Olivia’s Dad, Ronan who helped out with the Camogie team. Your involvement and assistance have been invaluable. Thanks to all teachers who took teams.  We look forward to another busy sporting year.


 

Classes have been enjoying Sports Days over the past number of weeks.


Well done to all the students who took part in the Basketball League Finals in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght recently.

 


On Thursday, 27th of April, we had a Super Hero Dress Up Day for Sophie.

Well done to 6th Class who organised a Bake Sale.

Thank you to the parents, staff and students who helped make the day the super success that it was. 

There were ice-cream vans, popcorn makers and much more on the day!

 


 

Well done to all the classes who recently took part in Trócaire’s Gamechangers Competition.

We are so delighted to learn that a group from Ms. Donoher’s Class are through to the final in DCU at the end of May.


Well done to 6th Class who recently entered the

Fís Storyboard Competition.

Great imagination and creativity!


We celebrated Scoot to School Week and children were encouraged to scoot where possible.

 


Look at the amazing buildings around the world created by Ms. Ward’s Class.


Classes have been busy planting with our Caretaker Brian.

Some classes are taking part in the Woodies Budding Gardeners Competition.


Ms. Gill’s 4th Class were lucky enough to attend a Fighting Words Workshop recently.


Many of our classes went to Science Blast in the RDS with their own investigations recently. 

 


We are so proud of our 6th Class Quiz Team who paticipated in Phoenix FM and Credit Union Quizzes recently.


4th Classes recently visited EPIC Museum.


6th Classes recently enjoyed a trip to Glasnevin Cemetery to follow up on their work on Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera and Daniel O’Connell.

 


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