Dates for your Diary
Nov. 12-16th Science Week (activities all week)
Parent Teacher Meetings (KGLr to J6 – not for J1or Preschool)
Tuesday 13th J3/J4 Swimming
Friday 16th Mini Intel Scientist Exhibition – 1.30pm in JS Gym (All welcome)
From the Office
Thank you for supporting our annual Halloween Dress Up Day for the Dublin Simon Community – €460 raised for the homeless in our city.
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 hall 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.
Bags2School: Thank you for your support for our recent clothes collection. The bags were picked up today and the members of the Green Schools Committee did a great job helping to load up the truck.
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: Finally, 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 are being taken this week by the JACA class reps in order to make sure we order enough and leave no one disappointed. To date, over 400 have been ordered and paid for! 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!
The 2018 Mini Intel Scientist Exhibition
As part of Science Week, we have a very special Science Exhibition coming up in the Junior School. You are all very welcome to visit the Intel Mini Scientist Exhibition which will take place in the JS Gym next Friday, November 16th at 1.30pm.
Over the past few weeks, all of the classes have been preparing for this event. KGLr, KGUpr, J1 and J2 will present class projects. J3 has worked on small group projects and our visiting Intel judges will judge the J4-J6 entries. The exhibition will take place in the JS Gym and it is well worth a visit. Unfortunately, due to the number of schools participating in the competition this year, we will not be able to send our winning project on to the next level of the competition. However, we will have winners in our school competition judged by judges from Intel.
We look forward to seeing all of you on the 16th.
Teddies – From India with Love!
Over the mid-term break, one Junior School class teacher (Niamh Walsh) and three parents of children in the school (Liam Halpin, Pat and Sian Fitzgerald) travelled to India as part of a larger group, organised by the David Ware Trust. The Fitzgerald family have long had a heart for India, and the Trust they run is set up to care for the most needy people, as well as help fund those working on the ground with them. Alexandra College has in the past been a great supporter of the Trust, and this year was no different. The children in the Junior School were asked to donate one or two teddies if possible, which were then brought to India. We collected 469 teddies in total – great work, girls!
The teddies were given to children in two orphanages and some gypsy camps, as well as to adult residents of Shanthi Gramam, a home for people with leprosy who were disowned by their families. The teddies brought a lot of joy to those receiving them and the girls can be sure that the teddies will be very loved in their new homes. Ms. Walsh and Liam shared photos and memories of their time in India with us at assembly on Wednesday morning.
Thank you to all those who contributed supplies for the trip. Every member of the travelling team came home to Ireland very touched by what they had seen and experienced. We hope that the Junior School girls will have seen that by just giving a little from what we have, we all can make a difference!
J3R – Geography Lessons!
The girls in J3R have been learning about the provinces and counties of Ireland. They shared very interesting facts with us during their assembly on Thursday morning and then recited a super poem to show us how they had memorized all the names of the counties of Ireland. We were all hugely impressed with this Geography lesson. Well done, girls!
J4 Visit Art Gallery
J4 students and teachers had a fantastic day out at the National Gallery of Ireland. Not only did we see some of the highlights of the gallery’s collection, we also learned how to look at art in a whole new way. We really enjoyed our picnic in Stephen’s Green Park and were very impressed by ‘The Haunting Soldier’, a statue on display to commemorate the ending of World War I.
We Remember – Remembrance Sunday
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War. In assembly today, we considered the importance of remembering the sacrifices made by the armed forces, both past and present. The poppy is used as a symbol to remember the men and women who have fought in past wars so that we can live in peace in our country. We should never take our peace for granted. We ended the assembly with the Prayer of St. Francis, praying for peace throughout the world.