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Junior School News 24 January 2020

Dates for Your Diary

Tuesday 28th            J2 Swimming

                                    J5 go to STEAM workshop at Mill Theatre

Wednesday 29th     J6 AIJS Basketball Tournament – Castle Park School, Dalkey.

                                    J6 students not travelling to Castle Park; will go to Maynooth                                        to support Laura in the Grand Final of the Mini Intel Scientist                                        competition.

Thursday 30th         Green Action Day (led by Green Schools – activities all day)

Friday 31st                 Fundraiser – Pajama Day! Donation to “My Little Horse                                                    Rescue”



Feb. 3rd – 7th            LSMD (Drama) exams (J2-J6)


From the Office

Grand Final - Intel Mini Scientist competition

We wish the very best to one of our J6 students, Laura Van Buylaere, as she competes in the Grand Final of the Intel Mini Scientist competition next Wednesday, January 29th at Maynooth University.


Carboscan – The app to manage your carbon footprint

Carboscan is an innovative app enabling people to track their carbon footprint on a daily basis and view the grams of CO2 equivalent for all the products they purchase by simply scanning the product’s commercial barcode. The app sums each product’s CO2 eq contribution and shows clear charts to demonstrate weekly and monthly reviews with information about the user’s personal carbon footprint. From the app, it is also possible to join the Carboscan e-community and users can share, on a social media platform, the amount of grams of CO2 eq they have generated. 

Carboscan will raise people’s awareness and change their daily habits by motivating them to buy more eco-friendly products, all in a fun way.



Upcoming Event for International Parents


Friday, March 6th    Drinks in Ashton’s, Clonskeagh from 8pm


In Other News……..

AIJS Poetry Winners

We were delighted to hear that two of our students were winners in the annual AIJS Poetry Competition. The theme was “Peace” and there were entries from ten different schools. The poems are below:


Winner in J5/J6 category: Abigail Moran (J6R)

Runner Up in J3/J4 category: Olivia Wilson (J4W)



Important Notice: Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day (SID) 2020 will be coming up soon on Feb 11th and Alexandra College will be using this national event to highlight the importance of safer internet use for our students.


In the weeks leading up to it, internet safety will be highlighted in classes and at assembly. There will also be a poster competition ran on the theme "Together for a better internet". Students will be asked to work on this at home and to discuss it with their parents. 

As Ger Brick reminded us at his super parents talk last year, communication is so important for safer internet use and for a positive experience.


Please note below some resources in the area of internet use and online behaviour that I hope you might find useful;


Excellent resources for parents are available through;


Some choice reads for further information;

"The Cyber Effect"  Dr. Mary Aiken

"Reclaiming Conversation" Sherry Turkle


Kind regards,

Jennifer McGarry

STEAM Coordinator Alexandra College Junior School


Happy Australia Day!

This week, to celebrate Australia Day, the J6Ws were learning all about Australia. In groups they researched facts about Aborigines, famous Australian landmarks, indigenous animals and about the tragic bushfires. They then presented their findings at assembly. Well done, J6W!