Dates for your Diary

April

Monday 29th           School re-opens at 8.45am

Tuesday 30th           J1 Swimming

“Be a Dancer for Cancer” – €2 for Irish Cancer Society (see below)

 

May

Monday 6th            Public Holiday – School closed (Boarding remains open)

 

 

From the Office

Prep/After Care invoices:

Invoices went home last Tuesday – please pay promptly.

 

Lunch Cards in Arrears: Please top up your daughter’s lunch card regularly. J1-J6 balances can be checked using the new top up system. Ms. Higgins has texted you if your daughter’s lunch card is in arrears.

 

Be a Dancer for Cancer!

Today FM has launched its Dare to Care campaign in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and this year, the station is asking people around Ireland to ‘Be a Dancer for Cancer’ with the goal of raising €500,000. In Alex, we will have the whole school dancing to a song during assembly on Tuesday, April 30th. We are asking each student to donate €2 – thank you in advance for your support.

 

 

From JACA

JACA Social Evening 2019

The annual JACA dinner took place on Sat 6th April in the wonderful surroundings of the Westin Hotel’s Banking Hall. The night began with a prosecco reception which included an Easter themed raffle where all participants were winners. One lucky winner even won a Jimmy Choo clutch!  The Junior School parents were thrilled to be entertained by the Intermediate Choir directed by Nathan Barrett. The very talented Erica Li (Fifth Year) also treated the diners to 2 violin solos. Spot prizes were won at each table. The silent auction proved to be a huge success. A huge congratulations to Jacinta Lambert who won the eagerly anticipated grand prize of a voucher worth €5,000 from Cullen & Co. Jewellers. The night continued with a DJ and lots of dancing. JACA would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support with this event and all the events that we run throughout the year.

 

Celebrating Music in the Junior School

The Junior School girls thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Agri Farm which came to the school campus this week! Many thanks to the Sixth Year Ag Science students for inviting us along!

 

Celebrating Music in the Junior School

This week we had a celebration of music in Alexandra College Junior School.  We started the week with assembly performances from Alice J4, Maryam J3 and Katie and Erica from the Senior School. The girls got us off to a great start. Later that day we learnt about the “concerto” from Ms. Fitzgerald and watched a lovely video called “Catcerto of a Piano Concerto” played by Nora the Cat!

On Tuesday we were once again given a great start to the day with performances from Sorcha  J4, Eva J5, and Merrielle J4. Mid-morning, the J6 girls welcomed girls from The Virgin Mary School, Ballymun. We performed for each other, but also combined forces to create some very  special moments of music making. Throughout the day, we had travelling bands of ukulele players who went from class to class playing for their friends. What a great experience for these young students to be able to perform in such a relaxed atmosphere!  Ms. O’Rourke also led her String Quartet (Portia, Sorcha, Ainhoa and Katie) around  to the different classes. They were a joy to listen to, so polished and with a beautiful tone.

We finished our day with a visit from Mr. Cooney and the Jazz Band. They had us clapping and dancing our way through the last half hour of the day.

Wednesday morning arrived and Mr. Barrett brought the Intermediate Choir over from the Senior School. They gave us a beautiful rendition of “Do Re Mi” from The Sound of Music. For our afternoon assembly, we were entertained by more Senior School girls-Kate and Oriane playing cello duets, and Grace playing Piano. During the day, each class was again entertained by yet more travelling ukulele groups.

On Thursday morning we had an all Piano treat provided by Anna J5, Sasha J6, Larissa J5 and Ciara J4. Then in the afternoon we had our main event of the week. We hosted 7 other schools in the HWC for the AIJS Music Festival.  It was so lovely to hear the other schools from Dublin, Wicklow and Dundalk playing in Orchestras, performing in ukulele groups, singing in choirs, playing solo instruments etc.  Our orchestra, under the direction of  Ms. O’Rourke, played “Amazing Grace” and “Quiet Evening”,  followed by our J5/6 choir who sang “Siyahamba” conducted by Ms. Murray and “Let There Be Song” conducted by Ms. Fitzgerald and accompanied by Ms. Errity. We ended the Festival with a reprise of “Food Glorious Food” from our Christmas musical once again conducted by Ms Fitzgerald accompanied by Mr. Wilson.  It was a wonderful celebration of music and we all enjoyed it thoroughly.

Alas, all good things come to an end and we were given a fitting ending to our Music Week by Maryam J3 and Elsa J6 at Friday morning’s Assembly.

Mary Fitzgerald (Head of Music in the Junior School)

We are so grateful to all the students and teachers involved in making this such an enjoyable week. A particular word of thanks must go to Ms. Fitzgerald for organising all of the musical events for us. Well done, everyone.

 

JACA Easter Cake Sale

Thank you for supporting our annual Cake Sale again this year. The Easter bonnets were fabulous too. We will let you know the class winners in the AP after Easter. Thank you to all the J6 girls for setting up, selling all the cakes and cleaning up. Thank you also for all the help from the teachers, especially Mr. Fitzgerald and Ms. Mahon.

 

Congratulations to the winners of the cake competition! Well done on all the fantastic entries!

 

STAR Baker Dad – Stephen Cushen (KGLr)

STAR Baker Mum – Rowena Cunningham (KGLr and PS)

 

Easter Bonnet Winners 2019

Preschool Lower             Raina Hannon

Preschool Upper              Matilda Schiassi

KGLower                          Cara Lalor

KGUpper                          Emily Dempsey

J1                                      Eva Lalor

J2R                                   Katie Mc Gearty

J2W                                   Chloé Corcoran

J3R                                    Ella Rose Mc Elligott

J3W                                   Claudia Kelly

J4R                                    Sara Foulds-Martin

J4W                                   Charlotte Ruscio

J5R                                    Charlie McKinnon

J5W                                   Charlie Wilson

J6R                                    Kate Harrington

J6W                                   Mimi Leonard

 

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter break – safe travelling to those of you going away. We will see you all back on Monday, April 29th.