Dates for your Diary
Monday 5th Public Holiday – School closed
Wednesday 7th KGLr End of Year Concert 9.10am
Thursday 8th J3/J4 School trip to Causey Farm
June 7/8/9th Summer exams (J5/J6)
- All extracurricular classes end this week. Prep/ Aftercare will continue until Thursday 15th
- 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
Wed. 14th KGUpr End of Year Concert 9.10am
- KGUpr End of Year Concert 9.10am
- Preschool End of Year Concert 1.15pmSummer reports go home in schoolbags
- Summer reports go home in school bags
Thursday 15th J6 End of year Assembly 1pm 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 1pm.
From the Office
Junior/Leaving Cert exams: Parents, please be mindful when dropping off and picking up your daughter(s) for the next two weeks. The SS girls will start their exams on Wednesday, June 7th. The Junior School gym is an exam centre until the end of June. Please use the car park by the LUAS and walk around by the Dining Hall and down the steps to the Junior School. Exams will take place from 9.00am to 5.00pm each day. We would appreciate your full co-operation on this matter.
All extracurricular classes end on Friday, June 9th.
Prep/ Aftercare will continue until Thursday 15th.
Preschool Aftercare will be from 1.00pm – 3.00pm only until Monday, June 26th.
Booklists 2017/2018: Booklists are now available on the school website. You can order the books through www.openingminds.ie. The school receives a 5% contribution on all books and stationery when you avail of this service. The JS roll number is 00003X.
All girls in J2-J6 may wear their PE uniform for the last two weeks of the school year.
There are a lot of unclaimed uniform items in the JS Hall that have no names on them (PE tops and bottoms, brown jumpers, Alex 150 hoodies, school shorts). If your daughter is missing something, please check the pile in the hall.
ROCKJAM Classes – 2017/2018
Due to the huge demand for places for ROCKJAM for the next school year, we have had to add extra times. The first 16 forms that came in will get Tuesday slots (3-4pm and 4-5pm).
New times will be:
Wednesday 8.00am – 9.00am
Thursday 3.00pm – 4.00pm and 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Important Reminder: J2-J6 2017/2018
Some of you have been asking again about the dividing up of the classes from J2-J6 next year. An email explaining this matter was sent to all parents on May 15th. It read as follows:
As you know, the school is expanding for the 2017/2018 school year. We will have two class groups from J2-J6. This necessitates the dividing up of some of our current classes to accommodate the forthcoming new J2-J6 students.
We appreciate the fact that many of you would like to request who your daughter is placed with. Classes will be made up of a mixture of existing students combined with the incoming students. The current Class Teachers will make the selection based on a number of factors that we assure you will be in each child’s best interest. The school colours, red and white, will be used to name the classes e.g. J2W and J2R
J2, J3 and J4 will remain in the main Junior School building with each class adjacent to each other. J5 and J6 will be upstairs in Jellicoe, which is the building facing the green area at the front of the school. The girls will continue to socialise together in the mornings before school, assembly time, break/yard, lunch in the Dining Hall and during Family Group time.
You will be notified of your daughter’s class teacher and class group during the last week of the school term (June 12th – 16th). No changes will be made between the assigned groupings.
Reading a good book is something that we all enjoy and many classes take 10 minutes each day to Drop Everything And Read. The Student Council encouraged us all to have DEAR time for 10 minutes every day this week.
Green Day 2017
Our wonderful Green Schools Committee got us all involved in a special day of activities focusing on environmental matters. They included:
- KG Lower and KG Upper made Energy Chains to learn about conserving energy.
- J1 learned about the importance of recycling, particularly how important it is to recycle plastic bottles and newspaper.
- J2 read the poem My Family’s fond of Gadgets by Kenn Nesbitt to learn about how the use of electronics impacts upon our environment.
- The J2 Green School Members (Taylor and Hannah) performed a quick drama at morning assembly about the proper disposal of litter.
- The J3 and J5 Green School members performed during assembly time, also highlighting how important it is to ensure that the school is litter-free.
- J6 participated in a quiz about the topic of energy conservation and usage in class.
- Everyone in school (pupils, teachers and staff) took part in Energy Hour where the use of photocopiers, computers, interactive whiteboards, printers etc. were out of bounds for an hour between 9 and 10am in an effort to reduce our energy use.
Mr Rycraft’s guitar group had us all tapping our toes and swaying to some great tunes on Thursday at assembly. Well done to all the girls – Lola Rose Turley, Orla de Schonen, Hannah Stuart, Ailbhe Mooney, Katie Mullan and Carmel Deirdre Humphries.
The KG Uppers have been learning all about Monet and impressionism and shared lots of interesting facts about the famous artist. They spent a great deal of time creating their own impressions of Monet art- lily ponds and the Japanese water bridge from his garden in Giverny, as well as a sketch of the artist himself, which they displayed at assembly. They did a fantastic job- well done, girls!
Alex Soccer Cup Final – Thursday 1st June 2017
After 29 games, including a final that had a 2-2 draw, extra time and even Sudden Death penalty shootout, we have FINALLY found our first ever Alex 150 Cup Champions. We extend our congratulations to the Hull team led by captain Alice Kelly and Vice-Captain Sophia Kenny (both J6). We should of course not forget our excellent runners-up Preston who were just pipped at the final hurdle. This game could really have gone either way. Anyone who was in the HWC would tell you that this one was way too close to call.
The noise in the hall was deafening as Shona Ashmore announced the teams to a brilliant audience of pupils, teachers and parents before the teams themselves emerged from the corridor and walked onto the court alá Wembley Stadium. Leading the teams onto the field was of course our team of match officials: Michelle Scanlan (Ref), Val Lusk and Monica Tracey (Assistants) who ensured that the game was played fairly and really added to the occasion.
We were scoreless up to half-time when Alice Kelly scored an amazing goal from a kick-out. This was followed by goals from Eve Bailey, Jessica Clarke and Lucy Maguire, which made the score stand at 2-2. We had only caught our breath when the full-time whistle for Extra-Time had ended and a penalty shootout took place to try find a winner. The teams traded goals and saves for quite some time before the winners were eventually found.
Hull was crowned the inaugural champions as friends and family swarmed the court to congratulate and commiserate all involved.
After a few words of thanks, the presentations began as Ms. Lamplugh presented awards to the Match Officials before the Runners-Up and the Winners medals were distributed. It seems that in the blink of an eye, we have come from a Friday afternoon in March when 12 teams began this journey, to the moment when Alice Kelly and Sophia Kenny raised the Alex 150 Cup aloft to huge applause. I have been lucky enough to attend to many sporting occasions and some of the world’s most iconic stadiums, but I honestly think that the Alex Cup Final 2017 will be very much on my list of great sporting occasions to have witnessed. Thank you and well done to all involved and hopefully we can do it all again next year!