Junior School News
18th October 2019
Dates for Your Diary
Monday 21st School photos (consent form must be signed)
JACA Committee Meeting 7pm
Tuesday 22nd Swimming J5/J6
Friday 25th Halloween Dress Up Day - €2 donation to
Mid-term break. Full school day.
Aftercare open until 6.00pm
From the Office
Julie McCoy will be in to take photos during the week of Oct. 21-24th. A consent form was sent home to everyone last week in schoolbags and by email – the photographer will not take photos without a signed consent form. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal
Cathy and James Malseed gave a very moving presentation to us on Tuesday morning in assembly. This is a wonderful organisation that takes thousands of gift-filled shoeboxes to children in Eastern Europe and Africa. A leaflet with all of the information on what to do went home in the girls' schoolbags this week.
More information can be found on the Team Hope website:
The shoeboxes will be picked up on Friday, November 8th.
This week the girls in the Junior School took part in a fun and unique design project. Their creations will be transferred onto an eco-friendly, double-sided cotton shopping tote which will be available for sale at the Toy & Book Fair on 29th Nov. The bag is very practical, can be used every day, is made of sustainable material and will make the perfect Christmas gift!
Special thanks to parents Sinead Ranalow, Maria McElligott, Paola Casola and Maria Trujillo for their time in researching and organising this beautiful gift idea.
There will be two different bags available for sale.
- The Initial Bag: The preschoolers up to J3 designed an initial of their first name.
- The Emoji Bag: The girls in J4, J5 and J6 designed their own individual emoji.
Two samples pictures of the girls’ creativity are captured here to give you an idea of the pre-production products and also a picture of other completed sample bags.
Pre order now!
Class reps will be taking pre orders for the bags next week only. In order to secure your bag(s) and more importantly to help us estimate accurate quantities, please get your order in by Fri 25th Oct. Based on the success of last year’s tea towel gift idea, the tote bags will also be presented in a red ribbon and gift tag for €10, making an ideal stocking filler!
Finally, with every pre-ordered purchase you make, your name will be entered into a raffle to be held at the Toy & Book Fair on 29th Nov.
Thanks in advance for your continued support.
Veronica Brogan, JACA Chairperson
It's beginning to look a lot like....Hallowe'en!
Thank you to Ms Smith and all of her students who helped to decorate the Reception Hall with all of the Hallowe'en art work!
JS Celebrated EU Code Week!
This week and last, saw EU Code Week being celebrated in the Alex JS. A number of our newly appointed STEAM Captains along with students from Ms. McGarry's Makerspace and Coding Clubs gave a variety of presentations throughout the two weeks.
These presentations comprised of a variety of STEAM related topics: from students showing examples of the animations they coded in Scratch, a block-based visual programming language, to short presentations on 3D printing and the use of coding in animation and dance.
Thanks to the support of JACA, Alex JS has also been able to invest a super range of technological devices from Micro:Bits, to Edison robots, Lego, MakeyMakeys and more.
Watch this space for exciting upcoming inventions from the JS!!
Not Just a Princess!
Junior School parent Gavin Leonard is the author of a series of children's books called "Not Just a Princess". This series of books features Gavin's daughter Jade (Preschool Lower) alongside different female characters in non-traditional occupations and from diverse cultural backgrounds. The series has sold over 6000 copies worldwide to date!
Gavin is publishing a new book on October 24th, which is a Charity Partnership with Down Syndrome Ireland and the Special Olympics.
The book features "Nora", a Special Olympics Athlete, and all proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the two charities.
This book and the rest of the series can be purchased from www.notjustaprincess.com.
J4 and KG Upper: Making Maps - Collaboratively!
On the 16th October, J4R went into the KG Upper classroom to do some map work with them.
We made three maps - one of the school playground, one of our dream yard and one of our dream school. It was very fun for all the girls.
The maps were very colourful and unique. If you asked the J4Rs and KG Uppers, they would all say they had great fun and they loved making maps. We would love to work together again!
By Carina (J4R), Beth (J4R), Aoibheann (KGUp) and Elizabeth (KGUp)
J4R did Friday assembly this week on Walt Disney and his skills of resilience. We did some research on him and found out some very interesting facts! We also sang I Just Can't Wait To Be King from the Lion King.
We are inviting classes to come and view our posters and slideshows on Monday - we hope that everyone will enjoy our presentations.
By Hazel and Sofia, J4R
Well done to our Alex swim team who competed in the Leinster Regional Schools Competition last Sunday in the NAQ.
The girls did very well great efforts in the pool with their best times and lots of smiles.
Emily De Marco
Laura Van Buylaere
Laura has qualified to go to the national competition which will take place at the NAC on the 9th of February 2020. She will then represent Alexandra College at the Irish Schools Championships.