Junior School News
4th October 2019
Dates for your Diary
*Next week is National Singing Week and also EU Code Week. The girls will be presenting items at assembly all week.
Monday 7th J6 Hockey match – all teams -vs KPS – 3.00pm
Tuesday 8th Swimming J5/J6
Friday 11th Founders Day (Happy 153rd Birthday Alexandra College!)
From the Office
Car Engine Idling:
Parents, please be mindful to turn off the engines of your cars when you are waiting to pick up your children. Every time you turn off your car engine in place of idling, you'll:
- Make the air healthier by cutting down on hazardous pollution. Idling tailpipes spew out the same pollutants as moving cars. These pollutants have been linked to serious human illnesses including asthma, heart disease, chronic bronchitis and cancer.
- Help the environment. For every 10 minutes your engine is off, you'll prevent one pound of carbon dioxide from being released (carbon dioxide is the primary contributor to global warming).
- The Junior School has been working on lots of things we can do to combat climate change. This is something simple that we can all do.
Appeal for Cuddly Toys!
Our family began our Indian charity work through our local church in Dublin city, approximately. 15 years ago. Our registered charity runs on a small scale, which allows us to ensure that 100% of the funds we receive go directly to those that we seek to help. Projects that we fund vary from bore well placement, Leprosy Mission Housing and Care programmes, to education and feeding programmes amongst children form a variety of backgrounds (Gypsy and Irula children).
Every year, we travel to India to work amongst the people there that we support and to distribute much needed supplies and clothing etc. This year we will travel on October 24th with a team of 14 volunteers. In the past, the Alex support has been amazing! You have assisted us to fund the building of an amazing playground and also the building of 8 houses in a gypsy camp where families were living in shocking conditions. This year we would like to ask if the girls would like to sort through some of their cuddly toys and donate one or two (max) that are in good condition that we can give to the children that we will meet. On our last visit, the children were delighted with some of the cuddly toys we brought as most of them have never owned one.
Mrs.Lamplugh has kindly allowed us to request that the girls bring their donated cuddly toys between Monday 7th October- Friday 12th October. We will get packing and ensure that the toys find new homes in the arms of a little boy or girl in India !!
Patrick, Sian, Rachel, Rhian & Hannah Joy Fitzgerald
In Other News………..
Family Groups Announced!
We are delighted to introduce this year's Healthy Living Super Hero Family Groups for 2019-2020.
May the fun for learning, sharing and making wise choices and decisions commence!
No doubt, the girls will show infectious enthusiasm and good team work skills as they come together in their respective Family Groups..
We are looking forward to seeing how everyone interprets this Superhero theme and especially the anticipated, 'Dress Up as your Family Group Superhero Day'.. watch this space...
'Choose Positive' (re. Health & Well-being)
The Magic Mindsetters
The Super Troopers
'Choose Green' (re. Environmental Care)
The Green Rangers
The Eco Warriors
'Choose Active' (re. Healthy Eating/Living)
The Lightning Bolts
The Happy Hearts
'Choose Kind' (re. Friendship)
The Sharing Stars
The Mega Minders
'Choose Respectful' (re. School Community -To ourselves & Others)
The Red Respectables
The White Musketeers
'May the POWER be With YOU!'
J3W – An Nuacht!
This week in Irish class, we all divided up into groups and watched a video titled An Nuacht. In the video we saw kids presenting different news items from all over the world. We split into our tables and learned these news items as Gaeilge. We talked about ourselves, Autumn, animals and special events. Half of us presented the news and the other half presented the weather. It was so much fun!
Sports Captains 2019/2020
Art Captains 2019/2020
Roisin O' Callaghan
Mary G Paloni
STEAM Captains 2019/2020
Laura van Buylaere
J5R carried out research on some wild animals that once lived in Ireland many years ago. Most of these animals were hunted to extinction. However, attempts were made to reintroduce some of these animals back into Ireland.
The animals that the girls researched include; Wild Boars, The Great Irish Elk, Wolves, Brown Bears, Golden Eagle and Lynx.
J5 Trip to CP Adventure Centre
Last Friday, the J5s went on a trip to CP Adventure in Russborough, County Wicklow. We participated in several outdoor activities. These activities included; archery, ziplining, rock climbing and a low rope course. We had great fun working as a team and getting plenty of exercise! We even made a new friend, Ziggy the dog!