Junior School News 12 February 2021
From Avril Lamplugh
We will be closed next week for the mid-term break and we are all ready to move away from the screens for a while. The Alex girls have done so well with their schooling online for the past five weeks. We have no date for the re-opening of schools yet, so we will continue with our Distance Learning programme from Monday February 22nd. Please make sure that you all continue to adhere to the Level 5 restrictions by staying at home over the break.
Congratulations to all of the students and music teachers who took part in this beautiful concert last night. We are especially proud of our JS girls: Clara Galvin, Sofia Sambataro, Róisín O’Callaghan and Kate Molloy. Well done, girls!
Thank you for completing the survey on our Distance Learning Programme. It is very helpful to us to get your positive and constructive feedback. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the JS teachers for their trojan work in teaching your daughters online for the past five weeks.
INSIDE ALEX – at Home
This newsletter is available now. This publication is put together by the wonderful J6 girls on the JS news committee and our Art teacher, Ms. Smith. It will give you an insight into what the girls have been doing in school for the past five weeks.
Good News to Share!
Sive Manville Arnold (J2R) welcomed a new baby sister this week. Congratulations to Sive and her family.
Emily and Chloe Dempsey celebrated their great grandmother’s 100th birthday this week. What a wonderful milestone! They are looking forward to seeing her when the restrictions on travel are eased.
Please keep the Kelly family in your prayers. Sarisha’s mother, Layla and Pearl’s grandmother, passed away this week.
Special Valentine’s Day Message
Rev’d Gyles sent this Assembly to all the classes to view today.
Birthday Girls this Week!
- Seraya Matchett
- Ms. Stapleton
- Ellie Archer
- Ivy Moroney
- Sonia Moroney
- Sophie Butcher
- Emily Sexton
- Annabel O’Leary
Birthdays over Mid-Term Break
- Elsie Stalley
- Julia Dunleavy
- Ruby Kidd
LSMD Speech and Drama/ Public Speaking Exams (J2-J6)
The J2-J6 students will have their exams online starting on Monday, February 22nd. You will be sent the guidelines for these exams from Ms. Quinn on Monday, February 15th. Please read the information carefully and make a note of the day/time of your daughter’s exam. As the exams will be on all week, the regular Speech and Drama and Public Speaking classes will not take place.
J2W Welcomes Spring
This week, J2W welcomed the season of spring. We worked together to create this word-flower demonstrating all the words and ideas that came to mind when we thought of Spring. We discussed how the days were getting brighter, animals were coming out of hibernation, new animals were being born and flowers were beginning to bloom. We also enjoyed learning A.A. Milne's poem Daffodowndilly.
Celebrating Black History Month
Phillis Wheatley was born in West Africa. She was sold into slavery at the age of seven or eight and sent to North America. She was enslaved by the Wheatley family in Boston. The Wheatleys' 18-year-old daughter, Mary, was Phillis's first tutor in reading and writing. Their son, Nathaniel, also helped her. John Wheatley was known as a modern thinker in New England, his family let Phillis have an education which was unheard of for a slave to be allowed to learn to read and write in these times and also very unusual for a woman of any race. By the age of 12, she was reading Greek and Latin classics in their original languages, as well as difficult pages from the Bible. At the age of 14, she wrote her first poem, to the University of Cambridge, Harvard, in New England. Seeing her talents with reading and writing, the Wheatley family supported Phillis's education and left the household work to their other enslaved workers. The Wheatleys often showed off her abilities to friends and family.
In 1773, she became the first Black person, and only the second woman, to publish a book of poetry in America and the UK. Her amazing talents were being recognised and she travelled to the UK sharing her works. Her Poems were about different subjects like Religion and Moral topics. She immediately became famous in England and the U.S. After her book was published, in November 1773 The Wheatleys emancipated her in the same year, that means set her free from being a slave and she went on to meet George Washington and earn the praise of Thomas Paine. Her former enslaver Susanna died in the spring of 1774, and John in 1778. Shortly after, Phillis met and married John Peters, a free black grocer. They lived in poor conditions and two of their babies died. John was reckless and was imprisoned for owing money in 1784. With a sick baby son to provide for, Phillis became a house maid at a boarding house, work she had not done before. She died on December 5, 1784, at the age of 31. Her son died soon after.
What a very sad end to her life but her published book left behind was an amazing achievement. I picked Phillis as my most important black woman in history because I thought that the Wheatley family were very nice and not like other people of this time, that were very cruel to their black slaves. I was interested to see that when this young black girl got the same chance as their own children that she proved with an education how talented she was and if John and his children had not given her this chance we would not be able to enjoy her poems today as they would have never been created. It also made me think about the thousands of black girls that didn’t get an education and only ever worked as slaves so didn’t get the chance to show the world their talents and that makes me sad. This poem that she wrote explains how she felt.
Audrina Conlon J3W
On Being Brought from Africa to America
BY PHILLIS WHEATLEY
'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
"Their colour is a diabolic die."
Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain,
May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.
News from Preschool Upper
This week was such an exciting week in the Preschool Upper class. The girls celebrated friendship week with poems, stories and coloured a beautiful friendship flower. On the petals, the girls wrote their ideas of what a true friend really is. These included a person who shares, a caring person, a person who listens, who smiles, who is honest and who is loyal. The girls really enjoyed this activity and produced some beautiful friendship flowers. The girls also made a lovely Valentine's Day card for their parents and on the card drew a beautiful bee love bug with the caption “ Bee mine” . The drawings were beautiful. The girls listened to Valentine stories and really enjoyed themselves. We finished off the week celebrating the Lunar New Year making lanterns, Chinese fans and sampling some Chinese cuisine. What a busy week we have had and we are now all ready for the midterm break!
Ms. Murphy and Ms. Moran