Junior School News
6th September 2019
We are all happy to be back to school!
Dates for Your Diary
Monday 9th J5 Parent Information Meeting 9.10am
Tuesday 10th J6 Parent Information Meeting 9.10am
From the Office
Detailed Date List: This was emailed to you this week and also put in school bags. This will be updated about twice a term.
There is also a new calendar on the College website which is updated regularly. Click here to access the online calendar. Scroll to the bottom of the page for instructions on how to view these dates on your own calendar.
Smart fobs: The new system is up and running. In KGLr to J1, the teachers keep the smart fobs in a box in the classroom. From J2-J6, all students must be responsible for their own smart fob. If a student loses a smart fob, an automatic €10 will be charged to your account for a replacement card. It is advised that all smart fobs are put on a lanyard or a key ring so they do not get lost.
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.
Lock Your Bikes! It is great to see that many of the JS girls are walking, cycling and scooting to school. However, please make sure that bikes are locked at all times on the campus.
New Learning Support Teacher: We would like to welcome Ms. Christine Ferguson to the Learning Support Department in the Junior School. She will start working with the girls on Monday.
All classes started this week. Music lessons will start over the next 2 weeks. The teachers will set up suitable times with the class teachers.
A History Lesson from J6R!
The J6 Red class have been learning about Dáil Éireann which was founded 100 years ago in January. In addition to learning about the current Dáil, its function and the various people involved (TD's, Government, Opposition, Ceann Comhairle etc.) they produced projects on the very first Dáil sitting at the Mansion House, which was re-enacted this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary.
The girls rightly pointed out that women were very much under-represented in the 1919 Dáil, despite having won the right to vote one year earlier, and so they also paid homage to the women who have served as TD's (Teachtaí Dála - Members of Parliament) over the last 100 years, including Countess Markievicz, up until the many TD’s and ministers who work in the Dáil in the present day.
A painting of this was completed to show the impact of women in the Dáil.
The girls will be holding their own model Dáil in order to experience the election process and the process of proposing, debating and passing bills into laws. We are hoping to pay a visit to Leinster House in the near future so that the J6 girls can experience the real thing, live and in person.
Mr E. Fitzgerald.