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Junior School News

20th September 2019

Dates for your Diary


Monday 23rd                 JACA AGM 7.15pm in JS concourse – all welcome

                                         Talk by psychologist Dr. Mary O’Kane

Tuesday 24th                 Swimming J5/J6

                                         Dogs Trust visit J4

Wednesday 25th           Visiting author to (KGLr/KGUpr/J1) – book order forms went                                            home in schoolbags Thursday
                                          Milltown Road Entrance closed to vehicles

Thursday 26th                     Milltown Road Entrance closed to vehicles  

Friday 27th                      J5 go to Avon Rí (all day)


From the Office


Tusla Registration Forms

(All KGLower students and all new students from KGUpper – J6)

It is the law that all students are registered with the Túsla Child and Family Agency. The forms and letter went home in school bags last week.  When you have completed the form, please return it to Ms. Higgins in the school office, together with a photocopy of your daughter’s birth certificate,  no later than Wednesday, September 25th.  It is very important that we receive all forms and birth certificates by this date. Please make sure it is a copy of the birth certificate, as it will not be returned to us. 


Komeer App/ Parent Communication App

Thank you to those of you who have already signed up to our new messaging service, Komeer. This will enable us to send important communications to you through the app, ensuring you receive relevant information seamlessly and effortlessly.  You will also have the opportunity to let us know when you have read a message or if you can attend an event, all through the app. From Tuesday, October 1st, this is the service that we will use for communicating with you.





JACA AGM Monday, September 23rd 7.15pm in JS concourse

Guest Speaker: Dr. Mary O’ Kane

Dr. Mary O'Kane originally studied Psychology then specialised in the area of early childhood while undertaking her MPhil and Doctorate at Dublin Institute of Technology. Mary is a Lecturer in Psychology, Early Childhood Studies and Education. Her research interests include childhood transitions; self esteem and well-being, and the value of play. She runs a monthly Parenting Slot on Ireland AM discussing a broad range of parenting and childhood issues while also responding to viewers parenting queries. She is also a regular contributor to the Alison Curtis Show on Today FM. She gives public talks on a range of topics related to child wellbeing, parenting, and education


Visit from Author- Jackie Burke

This week, the girls in J3 and J4 had a visit from Jackie Burke, the author of The Secrets of Grindlewood. She came in and read a few paragraphs from a number of her books. The series of Grindlewood stories are about two kids called Jemima and Jamie and their pets called Teddy the cat and Timber the dog. They find out secrets that are lurking in the back garden of their new house. All of the books sound really good. After her presentation, Jackie answered our questions and gave us all posters and bookmarks. We were able to buy signed copies of her books after her talk.  It was a great experience!


Green Schools Committee 2019/2020

J6                   Charlie McKinnon, Enid O’Brien

J5                   Alice Kent, Sorcha Moran 

J4                  Clara Galvin, Ella RoseMc Elligott

J3                  Emelie Galvin, Emily Mullan, Natasha Nangle

                      Bella O’Rourke, Eve O’Donnell

J2                  Layla Kelly, Adelina Ranalow

J1                   Emily Dempsey, Martha Ryan

KGUpr          Aoibheann Clark, Nika Kapilevich

KGLr             Aurelia Weeramanthri- Flynn



Student Council 2019/2020

J6R                Alicia Reddy

J6W              Charlotte Cronnelly

J5R                Grace Brew

J5W              Francesca Darcy

J4R               Emily Sexton

J4W             Maryam Khan

J3R               Bélen Mc Keagney

J3W              Meghan Pearle

J2R               Gráinne Lalor

J2W              Lauren Boles

J1                   Chloe O’ Farrell and Carla Ranalow



Green Focus – J5W

For their Assembly this week, J5W decided to focus on the environment and looked at factors affecting global warming. To begin with, they began at local level and explained the important role that the Green School Committee plays in the Junior School and how it helps raise awareness of climate change and the importance of recycling. The girls then spoke about the need to understand ecosystems and why this is important in having a healthy planet. This led the Class Assembly to focusing on what global warming is before suggesting some helpful ways in which we may reduce our waste and our carbon footprint. Finally, J5W presented their peers with a fun quiz on the content of their presentation.

Well done to J5W for doing a super job presenting on such an important topic.


JS Students March for Climate Change!


The JS girls followed the inspirational climate activist’s, Greta Thunberg, call for a global school protest today. Led by the Green Schools Committee, we gathered in the JS Hall at 11am and some of our students talked about many of the challenges that are facing us. Every class created a poster/banner and, at the end of the special assembly, we marched out to the playground to highlight the need for leaders to take more action on climate change. We chanted: Stop Climate Change: Save our Planet!