Dates for Your Diary
Monday 19th *KGLr -J6: Christmas play costumes due – see note/email sent 8/11/2018 –
please label all items and put in a bag with name on it
Tuesday 20th J3/J4 Swimming
AIJS J6 Hockey Blitz – Mt. Anville (1-3pm)
UN World Children’s Day – add something blue to uniform €2 for Unicef
Wednesday 21st J6 visit Newgrange (9am -3pm)
AIJS Table Quiz – J5 – St. Gerard’s 1pm.
Saturday 24th Entrance Scholarship exam for SS (J6 students)- info was sent to parents
(Christmas Events in the JS – see below)
From the Office
Food Hampers Needed for Mrs. Carr’s Home
There is a long-standing tradition of giving between Alexandra College and Miss Carr’s Home on Northbrook Road. Each year we deliver hampers to the home for distribution among the residents and those in need in the community. We would appreciate if each family could donate a food hamper for this worthy cause. It can be made up of a cardboard box covered in festive wrapping paper and no perishable items. Everyday essentials can be included as well as a luxury item such as a tin of biscuits or box of chocolates. Please do not include any items containing alcohol.
The hampers can be left in the Junior School Reception area from Monday, December 3rd until the morning of Friday, 7th December. The J6 girls will deliver the hampers to Miss Carr’s Home on Monday, 10th December.
We would really appreciate your support on this very worthy cause.
The Toy & Book Fair will be held on Fri 30th November this year and, for the first time, we will be hosting this fun event in the Junior School Gym. JACA has lots of exciting plans in store this year and are looking forward to working with the J6 girls again. We need your help with the following:
- Donations: We are looking for donations of toys & books, in excellent quality only please.
- Raffle: We will have a raffle too so it would be great if we could have donations of prizes. The J6 girls will sell raffle tickets starting the week of November 26th. The raffle will take place on Monday, December 3rd, after the Toy and Book Fair.
- Second Hand Uniform Sale: We are also looking for used uniforms in re-usable condition (no holes or stains please). All donations can be left in the Junior School entrance area between 19-23 Nov. only.
- Goody Bags: As this year’s event coincides with the Late Late Toy show, we will have a cool “Late Late” goody bag on sale for €4.
- Fun Games: We will also be setting up a games corner with some really fun games in store for the children.
- Refreshments: We will set up a treat table and tea/coffee stand for the adults.
- Special Christmas Tea Towels: As part of our fundraising efforts this year, we have created a large, premium quality Tea Towel. This is a very unique and special creation that all the girls have recently contributed to. Pre-orders by the JACA class reps in order to make sure we order enough and leave no one disappointed. To date, over 500 have been ordered! These tea towels will make excellent Christmas presents for family and friends and will come with a beautifully packaged red ribbon and gift tag. We are offering a fantastic raffle prize of 4 tickets to the Gaiety Panto (matinee Sat 22nd Dec) for one lucky name drawn from the pre order list at the Toy & Book Fair.
We hope to see you at this year’s biggest Toy & Book Fair yet!
From Mrs. Davis
Thank you very much for your good wishes, kind words and gifts.
If you haven’t received a personal thank you from me already, would you please accept my grateful thanks? Some presents got separated from the cards so I don’t know who they are from.
You have been SO generous and I am feeling quite overwhelmed.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with your girls in Alexandra. I will miss them all very much.
Again, very many thanks,
Science Week in the Junior School
We celebrated Science Week this week in the Junior School. In assembly, we talked about famous scientists and shared interesting facts.
From KGLr to J6, all the finishing touches were put on the science projects during the week in order to be ready for our annual Mini Intel Scientist Exhibition which took place today. Thank you for the amazing support for this event. The girls work really hard for this day and love to present their projects to all of our visitors. Well done, girls!
A big thank you to Mark Phillis (Eva’s dad in J4) for bringing some of his colleagues from Intel to judge the projects from J4 to J6.
Preschool Mini Scientists!
Preschool Lower had lots of fun during Science week. Some of our experiments were, making milk change colour with food colouring and washing up liquid, growing gummy bears in water and learning how clouds make rain by using shaving foam and blue food colouring drops. We displayed our experiments around the room and enjoyed observing the changes to them throughout the week.
Ms. Brandon & Ms. Malseed
For Science Week, we did an experiment using a hair dryer and a ping pong ball. When the hairdryer was turned on at its highest setting we placed the ping pong ball above the hair dryer.
The ping pong ball stayed nicely inside the column of air produced by the hair dryer without shifting side wards and this was due to Air pressure. The fast moving air from the hair dryer creates a column of low air pressure. The surrounding higher air pressure forces the ping pong ball to stay inside this column, making it easy to move the hair dryer around without losing control of the ping pong ball. The same principle applies to flying an aeroplane. The children all got turns to participate in this experiment and really enjoyed it!
Ms. Murphy/Ms Moran
The Gift of Friendship
On Friday, 16th November, J2R performed an assembly on ‘The A-Z of Friendship’. We recited an acrostic poem which we had written together as a class. It outlined the qualities which we should try to bring to our friendships in school and at home. It was accompanied by cardboard cut outs of the girls in our class displayed on a colourful poster. You can read a copy of our poem below.
A-Z Friendship Poem by J2R
A good friend always looks out for you
Be honest and tell the truth
Care for your friends and they will be there when you need them
Don’t be mean to others
Everyone in our school can be friends
Friends support you when you need them
Good friends make each other laugh
Help everyone when you can
If you are sad, talk to your friends
Join in and let people play-
Kindness is important in friendship
Listen to your friends when they are speaking
Memories are important in friendships
Never let your friends down
Only say kind words
Promise to never give up on them
Questions can start a friendship
Remember the happy memories
Super friends last forever
Try to make lots of friendships
Value yourself and others
Welcome people into your life
Xtraordinary friends should be treasured
You can be a good friend
Zoom through life with your friends
Christmas 2018 Events in the Junior School
Friday, Nov. 30th “Sammy Snowflake’s Toy Trouble” 9.30am (Panto for Preschool to J1)
Toy and Book Fair in JS Gym at 1.30pm
Sunday 2nd First Sunday of Advent
Monday 3rd Christmas Raffle (during assembly)
Friday 7th J1-J6 go ice skating in the RDS (9am-12pKGLr/KGUpr go to Christmas
panto at Mill Theatre (9.15am – 12pm)
Sunday 9th Second Sunday of Advent
Tuesday 11th Christmas Solo Singing Concert (Ms. Fetherston’s students) 1.15pm in JS
Wed. 12th Preschool Christmas Plays ( in JS concourse)
PS Lr: 9.30-10.00am
PS Upr: 10.15-10.45am
Thursday 13th Christmas Solo Singing Concert (Ms. Fetherston’s students) 1.15pm JS
Fri. 14th Christmas Jumper Day! Donation to Laura Lynn House
Sunday 16th Third Sunday of Advent
Tuesday 18th “Ralph the Reindeer” (KGLr/KGUpr/J1) 10am in JS Gym
Wed. 19th Oliver! (J2-J6 10am in JS Gym)
International Coffee Morning 8.45am Wilde and Green
Friday 21st Christmas Carol Service 11am in HWC – all welcome
Term ends at 12 noon for all classes (Preschool to J6) No After Care