Dates for Your Diary

Tuesday 27th           J3/J4 Swimming

Wednesday 28th      International Coffee Morning 8.45am Wilde and Green

Friday 30th              “Sammy Snowflake’s Toy Trouble” 9.30am (Preschool to J1)

*JACA Toy and Book Fair. 1.30pm in JS Gym



From the Office

Thank you! We raised €440 for UNICEF on Tuesday. Thank you for your support.


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

Thursday 6th         Christmas Raffle (during assembly)

Friday 7th                J1-J6 go ice skating in the RDS (9am-12pm)

KGLr/KGUpr go to Christmas panto at Mill Theatre (9.15am – 12pm)

Sunday 9th             Second Sunday of Advent

Monday 10th          Christmas Hampers delivered to Ms. Carr’s Home

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

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


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.



Only one week to go now to the annual Toy and Book Fair on Fri 30th November, 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 next Monday, November 26th. The raffle will take place on Monday, December 3rd.
  • Second Hand Uniform Sale: We will also have a second hand uniform on the day.
  • 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. There has been a fantastic response to this initiative and there will be a limited number for sale available on the day. 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!



Mini Intel Scientist Exhibition 2018

We had a fantastic Mini Scientist Exhibition in the Junior School last Friday. Well done to all of our amazing Junior Scientists! KGLower to J2 presented class projects and J3-J6 worked on individual and group projects. The projects were all of a very high standard and the Intel judges had a difficult task choosing the winners.


2018 Intel Mini Scientist Winners


First Place

“Eco Home”

Laura Van Buylaere and Catriona McGuinness (J5R)


Second Place

“Gruesome Greenhouse Gases”

Alice Kent (J4W)


Third Place

“ Brains – Do Animals Dream?”

Kate Gallagher, Regan Riordan and Tara Lennon (J5R)


Many thanks to Ms. Stapleton and Ms. McGarry for organising the day and setting up all the projects with their classes. A big thank you to all the teachers for all the work that they did to support the girls on the day.



AIJS Handwriting Winners

Well done to the following girls who won prizes at the recent AIJS Handwriting competition:


Second Prize Winner:   Annabelle O’ Connell (J1)

Highly Commended:    Claudia McEnroe (J4R)




Edyta Keeling Art Competition Winners

In a recent Art competition run by South Dublin Vets, we were delighted to have two prize winners – well done, girls! The girls were asked to draw an animal. The prize-giving ceremony will be held this Sunday in Dundrum.


First Prize Winner: :       Katie de Marco (J6R) – €100 Eason’s voucher

Second Prize Winner:     Amelie Ó Riordáin (J2W) – €50 Eason’s voucher




J3W Storytellers

This week we have been working hard on creating stories in Irish. We all made up a story about a naughty dog who was caught stealing biscuits from his Mom in the kitchen.

Go tobann, thosaigh an madra ag rith!! ‘Amach leat!’ arsa Mamaí. Madra dána.

For this story we used pictures and put our sentences together as a group. It was a lot of fun. Next time our stories in Irish are going to be even better J


By Claudia Kelly and Olivia Wilson, J3W.



J6 Visit Newgrange

On Wednesday the 21st November, the J6s went to Newgrange on a school trip. We left school at nine o’clock and the journey took about fifty minutes. We started the school trip by watching a video about the history of Newgrange and having a scavenger hunt in the Visitor Centre where there was an exhibition on. Next, we got on another bus and went to see the passage tomb. We all had to squeeze through a tiny passage until we entered a small cave with a high roof and a corbelled roof. The tour guide showed us around the cave and explained all the ancient carvings in the walls. She then showed us what the cave will look like during the Winter Solstice by turning off the lights and shining a big torch down the passage. Then we went back to the Visitor Centre and we had lunch and hot chocolates! Our behaviour was so good that Ms. Mahon and Ms. Cermakova got free coffees at the cafe!

AIJS Table Quiz

On Wednesday, eight girls from J5 travelled to St Gerard’s School in Bray to take part in the annual AIJS Table quiz competition. The girls showed great teamwork skills and enthusiasm, in answering questions about sport, music and history. Special mention to Caoilinn Dunne (J5W) who stepped in last minute as a substitute. Well done, girls!


J2W Assembly

When we came back from our mid-term break, we decided we wanted to work even harder in the run up to Christmas. So we worked together to think of ways that we can become better students. This includes things like: staying positive, following instructions, being responsible for our own belongings and showing good manners. These are just some examples which have helped us to do better in class. We pick something to focus on each week and add to them as the weeks go by. Our assembly was all about teaching you how to be the best student you can be!

S. Martin