Dates for your Diary
May 16/17/18th Drumcondra Tests (J2-J6)
Tuesday 16th J1/J2 Swimming
Wednesday 17th Summer Service (J4/J5/J6) 9.00am Sandford Church
Preschool Parent Meeting 7.30pm (Incoming Sept 2017)
From the Office
Drumcondra Tests (J2-J6): Information has already been sent by email on these tests.
Summer Service J4/5/6: Students in J4/5/6 will attend this service in Sandford Church next Wednesday, May 17th at 9.00am. Students may be dropped off at the church for 9.00am or walk with their class group from the school at 8.30am. Brown uniform is to be worn by everyone.
AIJS Debating Winners Again!!
Over the past few weeks, a group of our J6 girls have been preparing for the annual AIJS Debating competition that takes place in St. Conleth’s. Once again, our Alex girls have come up tops! We are so proud of each of them and a special word of thanks must go to Ms.Stapleton for coaching the girls to success. This is the second year in a row that Alexandra College Junior School has won Best Overall School.
Team A: Emily Holland, Lily McAuley, Millie Gannon
Team B: Niamh Walker, Catriona Baxter, Sophia Kenny
Best Overall School: Alexandra College Junior School
Best Team Overall: Team A – Emily Holland, Millie Gannon and Lily McAuley
First Best Speaker Overall: Millie Gannon
Second Best Speaker Overall: Catriona Baxter
The motions were:
- The voting age should be lowered to 16 years.
- All Gardai should be armed.
- Mace debates are a waste of time.
- Anyone guilty of spreading fake news should be banned from social media.
- People who vote in a national election should be offered a special tax break.
- Should your child receive an acceptance letter to Hogwarts, you should accept.
We are SO proud of all of the girls!
Bizworld – J5 Entrepreneurs!
The J5 girls have been having a fabulous two days working together in small teams taking on the role of Directors in a company. They were jointly responsible for coming up with a new product or service, communicating its benefits and acquiring an investment in order to develop and market it. The J5 girls really got into the spirit of the programme and produced excellent products. Fitgo, Fit It, Kidbit, Lunchalot and Sampbe were the names of their creative and innovative products. They presented their projects to a group of business people this afternoon and looked for an investor to help them sell their products. I am pleased to report that all five groups were successful. When asked what they had thought of their Bizworld experience, the girls replied, “Fun, so enjoyable, realistic, real-life business, team work and amazing”. Thank you so much to Aileen and Kerry from Bank of Ireland for running this programme in the school. Special thanks also to Alan Hartley and Ben Rance from Bank of Ireland for being part of the Dragons’ Den Team. The judges gave very positive feedback to all the groups commenting in particular on their confidence in presenting their product, creativity, research and super ideas. Well done, girls!
Tales from Walt Disney – J3
J3 decided to base their assembly on the history of Walt Disney. Over the course of this and last term, I have been showing the girls Mickey Mouse cartoons from the late 1920’s and early 1930’s as a comparison between cartoons in the time of their grandparents and great-grandparents and the present day. This also links with SESE in showing change and indeed continuity, as Mickey Mouse is still a familiar character to children in the present day.
The girls were encouraged to research how long that Disney cartoons have been made, the groundbreaking work done by Walt Disney (Snow White was the first ever feature-length animation) and the global success of the brand as seen by how popular and large Disneyland has become.
The girls merged the history of Disney with its continued success in 2017 by singing a verse from the latest Disney animation, “Moana”.
AIJS Tennis Tournament:
Well done to all of our girls who represented Alex so well at the AIJS tennis tournament last Saturday. Lara Willoughby-Bouchery won Silver and Alice Kelly won Bronze in the singles. Katie Mullan and Penny Reynolds won Gold in the doubles. Well done! Many thanks to Ms Tracey and Mairead Wales for organising and running the event.
Alex 150 Cup – Update on Quarter Finals
With another round of games completed, we are getting ever closer to the day when the ALEX 150 Cup is presented to the winning team. We now know that that team will be Preston, White, Delap or Hull as they will face each other for a place in the Grand Final to be played at the end of this month.
After four thrilling quarterfinals, we are all excited by the prospect of more exciting games. Special mention should go to Jellicoe, who brought themselves back from 2-0 down, only to be beaten on Sudden Death Penalties. As we reach the conclusion of the tournament, míle buíochas goes to Ms Lamplugh, Ms Tracey, the TY referees and all of the teachers who gave up their time to allow the participating girls to leave class.
Go raibh maith agaibh!
May 16/17/18th Drumcondra Tests (J2-J6)
Tuesday 16th J2/J1 Swimming
- Summer Service (J4/J5/J6) 9.00am Sandford Church
- Preschool Parent Meeting 7.30pm (Incoming Sept 2017)
Sunday 21st J2 RC class – First Communion 11.30am
Monday 22nd AIJS Golf Cup 2017 – Delgany Golf Club. J4 visit Butler’s Chocolate Factory
Tuesday 23rd J2/J1 Swimming
Friday 26th Junior School Sports Day (10am-12pm)
Tuesday 30th J2/J1 Swimming
Friday 2nd KGUpr/KGLr school trip. J1/J2 school trip (all day)
Monday 5th Public Holiday – School closed
Wednesday 7th KGLr End of Year Concert 9.10am
Thursday 8th J3/J4 School trip (all day)
June 7/8/9th Summer exams (J5/J6)
- *All extracurricular classes end this week. Prep/ Aftercare will continue until Thursday15th.
- Preschool Aftercare will be from 1.00pm – 3.00pm only until Monday, June 26th.
Monday 12th J5/J6 School trip (all day)
Tuesday 13th J1 End of Year Concert 9.10am
- KGUpr End of Year Concert 9.10am.
- Preschool End of Year Concert 1.15pm
- Summer reports go home in schoolbags
Thursday 15th J6 End of year Assembly 1.00pm in the HWC
June 19th-23rd “Preschool Activity Week”
Friday 16th Terms ends for KGLr to J6 at 12.30pm (No After Care)
*Tuesday 27th Preschool term ends at 1.00pm.